Colorado

Apr 25, 2011 4:59 PM by Greg Boyce

Redistricting talks collapse

DENVER (AP) - Bipartisan talks to draw new congressional district boundaries for Colorado have collapsed after a legislative committee failed to meet a self-imposed deadline.

Now Republicans and Democrats are vowing to draw their own maps to redraw the state's seven districts as required after every census.  If the Legislature can't agree on a plan, the state Supreme Court would decide. Democratic Sen. Rollie Heath of Boulder said Monday that Republicans were unwilling to compromise and the talks are over.

Republican House Speaker Frank McNulty said if Democrats won't return to the table, Republicans and Democrats will have their own maps.  Under federal law, states must redraw congressional lines based on the census every 10 years to ensure equal representation.

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