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NO FISCAL IMPACT
January 3, 1998
Lon Engelking (866-4751)
TITLE: CONCERNING THE REDISTRICTING OF HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICTS AS REQUIRED BY THE TENTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS.
Summary of Legislation
This bill as introduced, represents the final recommendation of a 1997 interim committee establishing new boundaries for House Districts 44, 45, 46, 47, 60, and 61 as directed by HJR 97-1045. Since the bill implements the directive of a prior House Joint Resolution, and as ordered by the United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, it is assessed as having no fiscal impact.
The new district boundaries would take effect for the 1998 general election and subsequent elections until a new redistricting plan is approved pursuant to Article V, Section 48 of the State Constitution.
After the United States District Court for the District of Colorado ruled in favor of the state, Sanchez V. State of Colorado, 861 F. Supp. 1516 (D. Colo. 1994), the United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the district court decision and ordered the state to redraw the boundaries of Representative House District 60 consistent with Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Sanchez v. State of Colorado, 97 F.3d 1303 (10th Cir. 1996).
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