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House speaker Tobin cool to redistricting change

House Speaker Andy Tobin (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

An Arizona legislator is calling for a special legislative election so voters can decide whether to eliminate the state’s redistricting commission.

Republican Rep. Terri Proud of Tucson is critical of the commission for selecting a Democratic-leaning firm as its mapping consultants and the chairwoman’s failure to disclose that her husband did 2010 campaign work for a Democratic candidate.

House Speaker Andy Tobin says he shares Proud’s concerns about the commission and questions whether the commission will be fair in drawing new congressional and legislative maps.

But Tobin also says it’s a “real stretch” for him to think that voters would want to put redistricting back in hands of legislators.

Proud says she hasn’t through details of her proposal for a special legislative session to call a special election on redistricting.

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