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House Passes Legislative Redistricting Bills (Apr 20, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has passed a pair of legislative redistricting bills that will allow the House and Senate to redraw the lawmakers' districts.

House members voted 91-4 Wednesday for a measure by Rep. Dale DeWitt of Braman that will authorize lawmakers to redraw election districts for the House's 101 members. The House voted 87-7 for a separate measure authorizing the redrawing of election districts for the state Senate's 48 members.

The Legislature must redraw election districts to compensate for population changes in the 2010 Census. Population shifts could require election district lines to be redrawn to assure residents are fairly represented.

DeWitt says proposed election district maps for both chambers are still incomplete. He says the maps must be finished before lawmakers consider final passage of the bills.

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