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August 22, 2019

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Sandoval says he won’t call special session for redistricting

Gov. Brian Sandoval said there is no reason to call a special session of the Legislature to redraw congressional and legislative boundaries.

The every-10-year task has landed with the courts after state lawmakers and the governor failed to reach an accord on reapportionment.

"I have confidence in the judicial process," the governor said.

The governor said he's going to respect the process laid out by Carson City District Judge Todd Russell.

Some legislators have been talking about reaching agreement. But approval would require a special session of the Legislature. And the Supreme Court has noted it has the authority to convene a special session for this issue.

Sandoval vetoed two reapportionment bills sought by Democrats during the 2011 session.

Russell appointed a three-member panel to draw up a reapportionment plan. The panel held a public hearing Monday in Las Vegas and is holding another hearing today in Carson City.

Secretary of State Ross Miller has filed suit in the Supreme Court seeking a writ to force Russell to provide legal guidance to the panel such as creating districts where Hispanics would a majority and have the best chances of electing its favorite candidate.

The court has set Nov. 14 to hear arguments on the Miller petition in the battle between Democrats and Republicans.

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