Lawmakers approve congressional map on party lines

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A legislative redistricting committee has approved the boundaries of Utah’s four congressional districts despite criticism from Democratic party leaders. Committee members made a final recommendation Thursday on the boundaries before the full Legislature meets in a special session next week. The approved map is placing a mix of urban and rural voters in each district and dividing Salt Lake County three ways. Utah Democratic Party Chairman Jim Dabakis says the new districts will further consolidate Republican power and discourage voters. Republican Senate President Michael Waddoups says the map is not ideal but is the best compromise the committee could find. Waddoups says he preferred a map that put all of the state’s military installations into one district.

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