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Judge Proposes NM House Redistricting Options

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state district judge is proposing two options for revamping political districts of the state House of Representatives to comply with directives from New Mexico's highest court.

Retired District Judge James Hall is giving lawyers until Thursday to comment on the proposals. He will adopt a final redistricting plan by next Monday.

The Supreme Court overturned a redistricting plan Hall approved last month.

The judge's latest plans differ in the Democratic incumbents lumped together by consolidating districts in north-central New Mexico. One proposal pairs House Speaker Ben Lujan and Nick Salazar of Ohkay Owingeh. Lujan is retiring, however. The other proposal pairs Salazar and Thomas Garcia of Ocate.

Districts are consolidated to create new seats in the Albuquerque area, which experienced rapid population growth in the last decade.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.