Arizona high court explains redistricting ruling

Gov. Brewer fired commission chair Colleen Mathis, but the Arizona Supreme Court reinstated her

Arizona high court explains redistricting ruling

CREATED Apr 20, 2012

Web Producer: Marissa Pasquet

PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) - A newly released opinion explains why the Arizona Supreme Court overturned Gov. Jan Brewer's removal of the state redistricting commission's head.
The November reinstatement of Colleen Mathis capped weeks of political and legal controversy surrounding the high-stakes process of drawing new congressional and legislative districts.
Brewer said the commission failed to conduct its business in meetings open to the public as constitutionally required. But the opinion said Brewer failed to allege or find that a quorum of the commission held a non-public meeting.
The court's said Brewer's objection that the commission didn't adjust its initial maps to fit all the required constitutional criteria was premature because the commission was still considering changes.
It also said courts provide the recourse if there are procedural flaws once final maps approved.

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