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California Supreme Court agrees to hear challenge to state Senate district maps

December 9, 2011 |  2:23 pm

The California Supreme Court agreed unanimously Friday to consider which district maps should apply for next November's state Senate elections.

Meeting in closed session, the state high court set a speedy timetable for written arguments and a hearing to determine the legal authority for the court's intervention in the ongoing feud over election maps.

A group of Republicans last week asked the court to appoint a special master to decide the boundaries of Senate districts if a referendum to overturn a plan drawn by a citizens commission qualifies for next November's ballot.

The court refused to appoint a special master to advise the court on maps but agreed to consider which districts might apply in November should the repeal qualify.

The court said it hopes to hold a hearing in early January and decide the case later that month.

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-- Maura Dolan

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