By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The legislative panel charged with redrawing Connecticut’s congressional and General Assembly district lines has chosen former Democratic State Auditor Kevin Johnston as its tie-breaking ninth member.

Johnston, who lives in Pomfret, was chosen by the bipartisan panel on Thursday.

His appointment comes after the group informed Gov. Dannel Malloy in September that it needed more time to develop a redistricting plan. The group now has until Nov. 30 to come up with one.

It was not surprising that the committee needed more time. A ninth member had to be appointed for the last two reapportionments, 10 and 20 years ago. In both instances, the late Nelson Brown, a former House Speaker, was chosen.

Lawmakers expect to keep the current number of legislative and congressional districts.

  (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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