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Redistricting commission to hear from legislators

Commission chair Colleen Mathis, middle, pours over possible congressional redistricting maps as she is flanked by commissioners Linda McNulty, left, and commission vice chair, Scott Freeman during an Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission meeting Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona’s redistricting commission is trying to line up briefings by state legislators for next week to hear their views on proposed draft legislative and congressional maps now being retooled by the commission.

Majority Republican legislators have issued a detailed report critiquing the draft maps and accusing the commission of not following constitutionally required mapping criteria and processes.

A minority report by Democratic legislative leaders says the Republican report is an abuse of power.

Arizona voters created the five-member commission in 2000 to take redistricting out of the hands of the Legislature and the governor. Supporters said the change would eliminate lawmakers’ self-interest as motivations for where lines are drawn and also spur creation of competitive districts.

The commission on Thursday continued exploring possible changes to its draft maps.

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