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Oklahoma Capitol briefs: Redistricting legislation gains Senate approval

An update on legislative action
Oklahoman Published: May 4, 2011
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CAPITOL BRIEFS

Senate approves redistricting bills

The Senate approved two redistricting measures Tuesday. House Bill 2145 would provide for new district lines for the state House of Representatives. It passed 35-6 and now returns to the House. HB 1527, which would redraw the boundaries for Oklahoma's five congressional districts, passed 37-5. It now goes to the governor for her consideration. It would establish Oklahoma's districts for a 10-year period beginning in January 2013. The proposal has minor changes to the existing five congressional districts. Unlike 10 years ago, lawmakers this year didn't have to wrestle with the loss of a congressional district; legislators 10 years ago couldn't agree on a plan and the matter had to be resolved in court. Oklahoma is required to redraw legislative and congressional district lines every 10 years to reflect population changes determined by the census.

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