Redistricting proposal gives top court the last word

Legal News Line Dec. 6, 2006, 9:27am


SACRAMENTO - The state's Supreme Court will be the last line of defense under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's current proposal to reform the way California's political boundaries are redrawn. The governor's proposal would form independent "citizens' commission" of 11 "independent and politically-balanced members" that would redraw political boundaries in California in the future. Schwarzenegger stressed that reform should mean "no political party uses the [redistricting] process to distort democracy, and electoral districts should be drawn for the benefit of the voters, not political intrigue and advantage." Under the governor's plan, final decisions of the redistricting citizens' commissions could be appealed to the California Supreme Court.

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