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GOP lawmakers want to enter legal fight over maps

GOP lawmakers want to enter legal fight over maps

CREATED May 2, 2012

By: The Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - Majority Republicans who don't like the state's new congressional and legislative districts want the Arizona Legislature to go to court to challenge one or both maps and the voter-created redistricting commission's authority.
The House and Senate on Wednesday approved Republican motions authorizing their top leaders to file or join legal redistricting-related legislation.
Republicans say the commission didn't obey constitutional mapping criteria and processes. They also say the voter-approved measure creating the commission may violate a U.S. Constitutional provision saying legislatures are responsible for congressional redistricting.
Two Republican-backed lawsuits challenging both maps have already been filed in state and federal courts.
The suits ask judges to order drawing of new maps and one requests a court-drawn interim legislative map for use in this year's elections.

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