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Published March 31, 2011, 02:49 PM

ND Legislature Wants to Keep Redistricting Job

The North Dakota Legislature wants to keep the job of drawing new district boundaries in its own hands.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature wants to keep the job of drawing new district boundaries in its own hands.

A proposed constitutional amendment sought to transfer the redistricting job to an independent, five-member commission.

The panel's members would be picked by legislative leaders. But it would have broad authority to draw new legislative districts and decide how many districts there should be.

North Dakota now has 47 legislative districts, which are represented by a senator and two House members.

Fargo Rep. Jim Kasper says the job of drawing legislative districts should stay in the hands of elected lawmakers.

Grand Forks Rep. Corey Mock supports the commission. He says it would draw district lines without focusing on political factors and the interests of lawmakers themselves.

The proposed amendment was defeated 69-25.

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