Colo. lawmakers start over on redistricting
April 20, 2011
DENVER (AP) – Lawmakers charged with redrawing Colorado’s seven congressional districts are starting over, just a day before a deadline to complete their work.
The committee decided to start fresh on Wednesday after they gave up after trying to resolve differences in the 11 proposed maps that have been submitted. Six were offered by Democrats and five by Republicans.
Republican Rep. David Balmer and Democratic Sen. Rollie Heath agreed it would be too difficult to try to iron out differences on competing maps. They decided instead to start with a new map in an effort to find common ground.
Under federal law, states must redraw congressional lines based on the census every 10 years to ensure equal representation.
The committee is supposed to give map recommendations to legislative leaders on Thursday.