Arizona legislature suing redistricting commission

| June 10 2012

House Speaker Andy Tobin, R-1
Senate President Steve Pierce, R-1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Legislature Seeks to Restore Its Constitutional Authority to Draw Congressional Districts

This afternoon, the combined Chambers of the Arizona Legislature filed a lawsuit against the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC).

The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court of Arizona, seeks to restore Arizona’s legislative control over the decennial Congressional redistricting process after the 2012 congressional elections. The required role of State Legislatures is outlined in Article I, Section 4, clause 1 of the U.S. Constitution which states, “The times, places and manner of holding elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each state by the legislature thereof.” The decision to launch the lawsuit was reached by a majority vote in both the House and Senate.

House Speaker Andy Tobin (R-Dist 1) stated, “Today, the Legislature is asking the federal courts to bring the constitutional redistricting process back to Arizona’s elected representatives. The Constitution entrusts the regulation of federal elections, including the drawing of congressional districts, solely to the legislatures of the states.”

Concurring with his House counterpart, Senate President Steve Pierce (R-Dist. 1) stated, “In 2000, Proposition 106 rode a wave of special-interest money to take congressional redistricting away from the People’s elected representatives and give it to an unelected and unaccountable commission. The Founders would never have stood for this. It’s time to return to the plain command of the United States Constitution.”

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For more information, contact:

Rey Torres, Communications Director, Arizona House Republican Caucus
Office: (602) 926- 3233; email: rtorres@azleg.gov

Mike Philipsen, Communications Advisor, Arizona Senate Republican Caucus
Office: (602) 926-3972; e-mail: mphilipsen@azleg.gov

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