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Utah Independent Redistricting Commission gives final map to committee

Nov 1, 2021, 8:04 PM
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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Independent Redistricting Commission provided its final map to the Legislative Redistricting Committee on Monday.

The Legislative Redistricting Committee will now work on proposed maps for the full Legislature and the public. The committee will take any feedback it received Monday into consideration as it moves along in the process.

 The committee will also host a public meeting to talk about the suggested congressional, legislative and state school board maps next Monday.

“The legislative committee and the independent commission have been on parallel paths, gathering input, listening to feedback and drawing maps,” said Sen. Scott Sandall, co-chair of the Legislative Redistricting Committee in a press release. “We are going to look at the commission’s recommendations, as well as review public maps and comments. Redistricting is an incredibly difficult and complex process. We appreciate all Utahns, including the Independent Redistricting Commission, for taking the time to work on maps and attend meetings.”

A special session by the Legislature to approve maps is scheduled to begin on Nov. 9.

“We appreciate the time and effort the Independent Commission took to provide these recommendations,” said Rep. Paul Ray, co-chair of the Legislative Redistricting Committee in a press release. “Redistricting is a constitutional responsibility that we, as chairs, a committee, and the Legislature, do not take lightly. Our goal is to draw maps that fairly represent all Utahns—based on the feedback we received directly from local communities over the last several months. While we will evaluate the commission’s submissions and use them to find areas which also align with the public input we have received, the Legislature is ultimately accountable to the people who have elected us and whom we represent.”

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