Feb 21, 2014 8:29 PM by Associated Press

Challenge to Arizona congressional maps dismissed

PHOENIX (AP) - A panel of federal judges has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Republican-controlled Arizona Legislature seeking to throw out maps of the state's congressional districts adopted in 2012.

The three-judge panel's Friday ruling rejects lawmakers' arguments that the U.S. Constitution gives only the Legislature the authority to draw maps for the federal districts.

Arizona voters created the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission in 2006 when they enacted Proposition 106. The commission was given the power previously held by the Legislature to draw federal congressional maps and state legislative district maps. The commission adopted maps in 2002 and again 10 years later.

Republican lawmakers didn't challenge that right until after the 2012 maps were released.

The panel ruled that Arizona voters' creation of the commission to draw districts was not unconstitutional.


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