Colorado

May 10, 2011 11:23 PM by John Romero

State redistricting bill dies

DENVER (AP) - Colorado Democrats have killed the last bill that would have let legislators redraw congressional districts this session. Now it's up to the courts or a costly special session. Congressional redistricting is required every 10 years following the census to ensure voter equality.

Democratic Senate President Brandon Shaffer said he would not be forced into a "blatantly gerrymandered map," but he agreed to look at a new proposal from Republicans in an effort to keep the last redistricting bill alive after Republicans launched a filibuster. The bill died later Tuesday on a 3-2 party line vote in the Senate State Affairs Committee.

Shaffer said allegations from GOP House Speaker Frank McNulty that it was the Democrats' plan all along to force redistricting into the courts were "just false."

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