Colorado lawmakers try to salvage congressional redistricting map
May 10, 2011
DENVER (AP) – Colorado lawmakers are trying to salvage plans to draw new congressional districts before time runs out Wednesday.
It’s a long shot at this point. The Senate worked until early Tuesday morning to cobble together a redistricting plan without success. Lawmakers from both parties seem resigned to the likelihood that a judge will have to step in and draw new congressional lines because Democrats and Republicans cannot agree.
The Republican-controlled House was poised Wednesday to adopt congressional lines favored by the GOP. But unless they can agree with Democrats who control the Senate, the plan is doomed.
The state is required to redraw congressional lines every 10 years to account for population changes, but the redistricting process can be bitterly partisan, and this year is no exception in Colorado’s divided Legislature.