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Kan. House panel may wade into Senate remap fight

Published on -4/25/2012, 6:37 AM

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A Kansas House committee is preparing to step into a contentious dispute among state senators over political redistricting in hopes of breaking their stalemate.

The House Redistricting Committee was scheduled to meet Wednesday to review proposals for redrawing the 40 state Senate districts.

Lawmakers must redraw the district boundaries of elective offices to account for changes in population over the past decade. A decades-old Kansas tradition dictates that one chamber doesn't get involved in adjusting the other chamber's districts.

But a bitter split in the Senate between conservative and moderate Republicans has held up approval of a new map. The Senate also has yet to give the usual rubber stamp to a bipartisan plan passed by the House for redrawing state representatives' districts.

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