Senate Dems introduce redistricting bill

With less than two weeks before the end of the 2011 session, Senate Democrats introduced a bill today to redraw congressional district lines.

Of the six proposed ideas the Democrats unveiled earlier this month, the Democrats chose one that would redraw the state’s seven congressional districts dramatically, including dividing the Western Slope in half.

In its proposed map, Mesa, Delta and Garfield counties no longer would be in the 3rd Congressional District represented by Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton. Instead, the county would be represented by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-2nd, and linked with such Front Range counties as Boulder and Larimer.

The map leaves Montrose County in the 3rd CD, but linked with all of southern Colorado and the south half of the Eastern Plains. The district would go as far north as Elbert and Douglas counties, touching the south edge of the Denver metropolitan area.



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