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Published March 02, 2011, 07:15 PM

ND House Looks at Changes to Redistricting Process

A Grand Forks legislator wants a bipartisan commission to be in charge of drawing new legislative voting districts.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Grand Forks legislator wants a bipartisan commission to be in charge of drawing new legislative voting districts.

Democrat Corey Mock is proposing a constitutional amendment that would create a five-member redistricting commission.

It would have two Democrats, two Republicans and an independent professional.

North Dakota has 47 legislative districts. They are redrawn every 10 years after the federal census. The proposed commission would take away the Legislature's power to draw its own districts.

Mock's amendment wouldn't affect redistricting this year. Republicans control the Legislature and the new district map is likely to favor the GOP.

Mock's proposal would put both parties on a more equal footing when redistricting is done again in 2020.

The House Constitutional Revision Committee took no action on the measure Wednesday. It is HCR3012.

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