March 1, 2012 | Vol. 39, No 9

State Senator proposes redistricting board change

JUNEAU (AP) — The board that redraws Alaska's political boundaries would be comprised of five Republicans, five Democrats and four people not affiliated with either party under a proposed constitutional amendment introduced in the Senate Tuesday.

SJR19 is sponsored by Anchorage Democratic Sen. Hollis French. It would nearly triple the size of the redistricting board and seek to do away with concerns that creep up every 10 years, when the lines are redrawn, that politics influence the process. Board members would no longer be appointees but instead chosen through a lottery.

The measure calls for five members registered with Alaska's largest political party, and five registered with the second largest party. Those are the Republican and Democratic parties, respectively.

A challenge to Alaska's current redistricting plan is pending before the state Supreme Court.

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