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Del. Senate Approves Redistricting Reform

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DOVER, Del. (AP)- The state Senate has approved a bill taking direct control of legislative redistricting away from the General Assembly.

The bill, which was approved 13-7 on Thursday and now goes to the House, calls for an 11-member appointed commission to redraw districts every 10 years.

Republican and Democratic leaders in the House and Senate would appoint 10 commission members, who would then select a chairman.

Elected officials could not serve on the commission, nor could anyone who worked as a lobbyist during the prior year or held elective office in the prior two years.

Senate leader Patty Blevins, the bill's chief sponsor, said the change would make redistricting a public process rather than one done in secret.

The Senate approved a similar bill last year, but it died in the House.

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