Posted: Jan 20, 2011 5:44 AM by Bea Karnes
DENVER (AP) - Colorado lawmakers say they are hopeful Republicans and Democrats can come up with a plan by April for congressional redistricting.
The issue is one of the thorniest lawmakers will take on this year. Legislative leaders formed a 10-member committee of five Republicans and five Democrats who met Wednesday and promised to come up with a compromise.
Lawmakers are hoping to avoid another redistricting fiasco like the one 10 years ago that ended up in court.
Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, says he hopes lawmakers end up with competitive districts in all the state's seven congressional districts.
However, that's unlikely because of population shifts over the past 10 years that would require major changes to the state's political map.