Will the Arizona Legislature get its hands back on drawing legislative districts?

mapping-1By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services | Arizona Daily Star

A bid by state lawmakers to take back the power to draw congressional lines is legally flawed and should be rejected, the lead attorney for the Independent Redistricting Commission told the nation’s high court.

Mary O’Grady acknowledged the U.S. Constitution says the “times, places and manner” of electing members of Congress “shall be prescribed in each state by the Legislature thereof.” But in legal papers filed with the Supreme Court, O’Grady said that doesn’t necessarily mean the 90 people who serve in the Arizona House and Senate.


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