Utah lawmakers continue redistricting debate

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers are continuing to meet in a special session to give final approval to new election boundaries that will be in place for the next decade.House and Senate Republicans have spent the majority of Tuesday discussing congressional district boundaries behind closed doors.The Senate passed a proposed map Monday but it stalled in the House because one district was mostly comprised of suburban and agricultural areas.Republican lawmakers want every district to include significant public lands in rural areas to ensure the congressional delegation is concerned with the issue.Democrats say the public lands issue is a smoke-screen to divide Democratic-leaning Salt Lake County, home to more than a third of the state’s 2.8 million people.

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