by Jack Minor –
The Colorado Supreme Court stated the proposed redistricting plan did not pass Constitutional muster.
The decision stated the redistricting plan was not sufficiently attentive to county boundaries to meet the constitutional requirements and the commission did not adequately show that a less drastic alternative could not have satisfied the criteria.
The court returned the plan to the Commission for further consideration, modification and resubmission by 5:00 p.m. on Dec. 6, 2011.
Weld County Commissioner Bill Garcia said the county was pleased with the ruling. “The plan as written would have carved Weld County up. We asked for a new map because we were concerned the proposal would not give us three seats at the state house.”
Various proposals by the commission were met with opposition by Weld residents. One proposal called for House District 50 to extend down to Platteville and Gilcrest. Local Hispanic leaders opposed the plan fearing it would dilute Hispanic influence in the district.
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