Panel to release new Wash. congressional maps

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington's redistricting commission is releasing a draft proposal that redraws the state's congressional map.

Two members of the panel will release their proposal Wednesday and begin taking public comment. The committee must approve the plan by New Year's Day or surrender the process to the state Supreme Court. Three of the four members must agree to the plan.

Washington's map is getting a substantial overhaul because recent population growth means the state will have 10 congressional districts instead of nine.

Commissioners are also still working on new maps for the state Legislature.