Panel Hears Comments On Redrawing Congressional Districts

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's redistricting commission on Monday approved county commission districts, but did not reach consensus on the state's congressional districts or legislative districts.

The commission heard public comments, but took no action on proposals for redrawing the line between the 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts, or on state Senate district proposals. Republicans and Democrats planned to release their proposals for 151 state House districts later Monday.

The congressional proposals focus on Kennebec County, and both parties agree on moving the state’s capital city, Augusta, to the state’s northern district. There’s disagreement, however, on reshuffling a dozen other municipalities, including Waterville.

The panel meets again on Thursday. It faces a deadline for coming up with a compromise and issuing a report on Monday.

If there's no consensus, then the matter goes to state lawmakers who'd have 10 days to approve maps. The maps would go to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court if there's no consensus.