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Two Dems snub joint panel on IRC

The four Republican members of the Joint Legislative Committee on Redistricting hear testimony on the IRC's draft maps. (From left) Sens. Andy Biggs and Steve Pierce, Reps. Jim Weiers and Doris Goodale. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

Two Democrats who were appointed to a new legislative panel that is scrutinizing the work of the Independent Redistricting Commission have snubbed the committee.

Rep. Lynne Pancrazi of Yuma and Sen. Robert Mesa of Phoenix announced they won’t serve on the committee and skipped today’s hearing in order not to lend credibility to a committee whose sole purpose “appears only to be political in nature.”

Democrats also complained that they were left in the dark about the creation of the committee, and Republicans appointed Meza and Pancrazi to the panel without consulting minority leaders.

They said that’s a violation of protocol.

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