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Calif. Supreme Court Hears State Senate Redistricting Case

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(San Francisco, CA)
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The justices discussed two basic questions.  First: Should the court put the maps drawn by the new Citizens Redistricting Commission "on hold" now that Republicans have turned in signatures seeking a voter referendum?  And second: If so, which districts should be used in 2012?  GOP attorney Charles Bell says the Court could use the current Senate maps from the last redistricting round … or "nest" two Assembly seats in each Senate district.

Bell: "They would be inexpensive to implement and they would be constitutional."

But Citizens Commission attorney James Brosnahan says those maps could violate the Voting Rights Act and the concept of "One Person, One Vote."

Brosnahan: "Huge problems that I dare to say to this Court are stoppers."

The justices also wondered whether they could use the Commission's Senate maps even if the referendum qualifies.

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