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Prop. 77 Backers Renew Effort To Take Redistricting From Lawmakers

Sacramento, CA — Proposition 77 supporters haven´t given up their efforts to take the power to draw legislative and congressional districts away from the Legislature.

They´ve drafted a new initiative that would create an 11-member citizens commission to draw new districts after each national census.

Proposition 77 would have turned redistricting duties over to a panel of three retired judges and required them to try to draw new districts in time for the 2006 elections instead of waiting for the next census in 2010.

It was scorned by most Democrats as an attempt by Governor Schwarzenegger to elect more Republicans to the Legislature and Congress and was rejected by voters in the November special election.