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Governor to lead redistricting effort

December 04, 2007|Patrick McGreevy

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Monday that he would serve as chairman of a campaign to qualify an initiative for the November 2008 ballot that would transfer the responsibility of drawing legislative districts from lawmakers to a citizens commission.

The League of Women Voters of California also endorsed the initiative. Also on Monday, a report by the Public Policy Institute of California said that having a citizens group handle redistricting could make elections more competitive.

Schwarzenegger, who made his announcement with leaders of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and California Common Cause, said he would travel the state seeking support for the California Voters First initiative.

-- Patrick McGreevy

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