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1st Round In Minn. Redistricting Fight Arrives

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ST. PAUL (AP) – A GOP plan to redraw Minnesota’s legislative districts is getting its first airing at the Capitol.

The House Redistricting Committee debates the proposal tonight. The proposal would result in 20 incumbent members of the House paired up into new districts with another incumbent. Six current senators would be paired into three districts.

More Democratic incumbents are paired up than Republicans under the GOP plan. Republicans say it’s because population grew more in areas they represent, but Democrats are crying partisanship.

The process follows the once-a-decade census. Political boundaries are reconfigured to put roughly the same number of people in each of the 134 House districts and 67 Senate districts.

With GOP majorities in the Legislature and Democrat Mark Dayton in the governor’s office, the redistricting battle is likely to eventually land in the courts.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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