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Legislative district maps may be drawn soon

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina legislators have completed
nearly four weeks of public comment on how boundaries for
congressional and General Assembly seats should look for the next
decade, and maps could be drawn very soon.

The House and Senate redistricting committees held their final
public hearing Monday in a legislative office building in Raleigh.
They held meetings throughout the state, including 11 locations in
eastern North Carolina over the weekend.

Sen. Bob Rucho of Mecklenburg County is the Senate's
redistricting chairman. He said he hoped that legislative or
congressional maps or both could be presented to fellow legislators
later this month. Rucho would like final maps approved and
presented by mid-June to U.S. Justice Department attorneys to make
sure they meet civil rights laws.

The maps could be subject to litigation.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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