Lawmakers approve map for Utah state Senate seats

ALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers drawing new election boundaries have approved a map for state Senate districts.(See the proposed Utah Senate map by

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)A legislative redistricting committee approved the map during a meeting Monday. It still needs to be approved by the full Legislature.Republican Sen. Ralph Okerlund of Monroe says the 29 districts are designed with the primary goal of balanced populations.Former Democratic Rep. James Gowans of Tooele says the map hurts his county because it is divided between two districts.Gowans says the divided county means it is unlikely there will be a senator from Tooele County despite it being one of the fastest-growing counties in the state.The committee still needs to approve the state House and congressional boundaries before the legislative special session Oct. 3.

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