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Maine panel agrees on reapportionment plan

12:13 AM, Jun 2, 2013   |    comments
Maine's congressional districts, courtesy Maine.gov
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A bipartisan commission has agreed unanimously on a plan to redraw Maine's legislative district lines to reflect population shifts.

The Reapportionment Commission on Friday approved a compromise map for the House of Representatives. A map for the Senate, also a compromise, was approved a week earlier.

Democratic and Republican legislative leaders hailed the work as fair and in the state's best interests.  Commission member and Republican Rep. Wayne Parry of Arundel says the results prove that both parties can work together when they want to.

The Maine Constitution requires the plan to be approved by a two-thirds vote of the Legislature by June 11.  If a two-thirds vote cannot be achieved, redistricting proposals are sent to the State Supreme Judicial Court for resolution.

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