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Special Master Needed to Help Redistricting

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Congressional Districts 2010 courtesy Sec of State

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s State Supreme Court says it plans to appoint a special master to help settle the new boundaries for the state’s five congressional districts.

A legislative committee was unable to reach a bipartisan agreement on how to redraw the lines, sending the matter to the state’s highest court to determine how to resolve the matter. The state Supreme Court issued an order Tuesday, asking the Democrats and Republicans on the redistricting committee to submit a list of possible candidates for the special master position.

Those lists are due by Friday at 10 a.m.

The court plans to appoint the special master on Jan. 5 and he or she will have until Jan. 27 to submit a report, including a recommended new congressional map, to the Supreme Court.

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