Panel backs new competitive CO legislature maps

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) -- One-third of Colorado's legislature will have races considered to be competitive under new legislative districts approved by a state panel.

The map, approved Monday, would make 11 of the 35 seats in the Senate competitive and put 22 of the House's 65 seats up for grabs. Some members from both sides of the 11 member panel say that means either party has a chance to take control of a chamber.

Democrats currently have a five-seat advantage in the Senate and Republicans hold a one-seat edge in the House.

The maps will be submitted for approval to the State Supreme Court by October 7.

If approved, there will be some changes to districts in Mesa County. What is currently known as House District 54 would become House District 56. House District 55 would keep its name intact, but would lose some area in the northern part of the county to House District 57.

Senate District 7 would no longer include portions of Garfield County.

State legislative districts are redrawn every 10 years to account for population changes.

(Copyright 2011 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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