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Biggs says redistricting special session likely

Arizona Senate Majority Leader Andy Biggs says the Legislature will likely have a special session so lawmakers can make recommendations on a state commission’s proposed maps of new congressional and legislative districts.

Gov. Jan Brewer’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Friday. But Biggs says lawmakers are hopeful that Brewer would call a special session, possibly next week.

Republicans have said the draft congressional map favors Democrats and that the legislative map violates constitutional criteria such as protecting communities of interest.

A special legislative committee organized by Republicans to work on recommendations held its first hearing Friday.

Legislative Democrats are boycotting the committee. They say Republicans are trying to protect incumbents’ seats and undermine voters’ decision to take redistricting out of the hands of the Legislature.

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