Veto showdown, court fight looms on redistricting

September 22, 2011 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democrats in the Legislature appear heading for a veto showdown with Republican Gov. Susana Martinez over proposals for changing the boundaries of House and Senate districts.

If no redistricting [auth] plans are enacted, the fight shifts to the courts and a judge likely will end up drawing new district boundaries.

A House redistricting plan won approval early Thursday in the 70-member chamber and Martinez made it clear she doesn’t support the proposal. The measure passed on a 36-34 vote with one Democrat breaking party ranks to join Republicans in opposing the measure.

Martinez spokesman Scott Darnell called the plan a “partisan gerrymander.”

The governor also objects to a Senate redistricting plan approved by the Senate on a party-line vote Wednesday with Republicans opposing it.

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