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State Legislature rejects maps proposed by redistricting commission

State Legislature rejects maps proposed by redistricting commission
ALBANY — The State Legislature on Monday, taking a widely expected step, rejected a set of new maps for New York legislative and congressional districts submitted by a commission. The Senate and Assem

i pShare Tweet Email ALBANY — The State Legislature on Monday, taking a widely expected step, rejected a set of new maps for New York legislative and congressional districts submitted by a commission.The Senate and Assembly quickly and overwhelmingly voted down maps drawn by the New York State Independent Redistricting Commission.The vote is the latest step in a process that will result in the legislature to take over the mapmaking process in New York, as is the case in most states.Technically, the redistricting commission has one more opportunity to meet and unite behind one set of maps — but few lawmakers expect that to happen.

There was very little support for the commission in either house in part because the panel couldn’t agree on one set of maps but rather submitted one version supported by its five Republican members and another by the five Democratic members.But good-government watchdogs had long said it would fail because it contained an equal number of politically appointed Republicans and Democrats rather than being a truly independent panel.

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