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No Deal On New Congressional Districts

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Members of a legislative committee charged with redrawing Connecticut’s congressional district lines say they cannot reach a bipartisan agreement before a court-imposed deadline, sending the matter to the state Supreme Court to handle.

Kevin Johnston, the nonpartisan ninth member appointed to the redistricting committee, told The Associated Press that the Democrats and Republicans reached an impasse late Tuesday afternoon. The panel had faced a deadline of noon on Wednesday to submit a plan for redrawing the congressional lines.

The committee did manage to reach a deal on redrawing the legislative districts.

Johnston said the Democrats didn’t believe wholesale changes were needed while the Republicans proposed major shifts, such as moving New Britain and Bridgeport into new districts.

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

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