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Legislators Get 15 Days to Finish Congressional Map

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

Legislators seem to always need a hard deadline for anything important, and now they have one: the Connecticut Supreme Court today set a final deadline of noon on Dec. 21 for the legislature’s redistricting commission to produce a map of new congressional districts.

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The state’s congressional districts as proposed by the Republicans. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed graphic

The legislature got the census data necessary to draw the maps in March, but the redistricting panel missed deadlines of Sept. 15 and Nov. 30. Now, if the panel fails by the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, the court will draw the district lines for the first time in state history.

Last week, the panel unanimously approved new districts for 151 state House and 36 state Senate districts, but its only joint work on the congressional districts involved the Democrats and Republicans exchanging very different maps.

Democrats handed in a map that preserves the existing districts, making only small adjustments necessary to balance the population in each of the five districts.

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