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Fairness & Accountability in Redistricting (FAIR) has filed a petition asking the California Supreme Court to prohibit the use of the Senate district maps drawn by the Citizens’ Redistricting Commission. The group is also circulating referendum petitions against the Senate plan. It is the first lawsuit filed challenging the maps produced by the Redistricting Commission.
“It is very important that these legal questions go before the court now, so they can examine the full scope of constitutional issues and be prepared to draw new maps once we finish gathering signatures on the referendum,” said FAIR consultant Dave Gilliard.
California's 40 state Senate, 80 Assembly and 53 congressional districts were drawn for the first time this year by a 14-member independent panel, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission, rather than by the Legislature. IBA West member Jeanne Raya, John L Raya Insurance Agency, San Gabriel served on the panel that spent the last two years working on the maps.
Gilliard's group has raised nearly $500,000 thus far for its two-pronged effort to kill the Senate maps, including $188,000 from the California Republican Party and a cumulative $200,000 from current or past GOP state senators.
Click here to read more on the lawsuit in the Sacramento Bee.