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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 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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