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Trio of redistricting commission members submit own maps

The current district lines will be replaced after a series of hearings in late December to choose a final state House, Senate, and Congressional plan to become law.

The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission is done drawing new maps.

The final pool of proposed political boundaries is made up of nine collaboratively approved maps and six drawn individually by three commissioners.

Those independently drawn maps were not voted on by the body as a whole. The commission voted last week to allow that, against the advice of its general counsel.

The move prompted a meeting Monday to further discuss guidance from its litigation counsel.

“As a policy decision, it is appropriate for the commission to proceed under the motions as adopted,” general counsel Julianne Pastula told the commission Monday, summarizing that memo.

After this 45-day public comment period, the commission will meet in late December to pick final versions of the state House, Senate and Congressional district lines.

If the commission can’t agree on a map for a category, a random one from the pool of 14 will be chosen.