Wash. redistricting panel nears deal on maps

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Two members of Washington's redistricting commission say they are near an agreement on new congressional district maps.

Republican commissioner Slade Gorton said Tuesday morning that a plan could be released within hours. He and Democratic commissioner Tim Ceis were meeting to continue their discussions.

Commission members must reach a deal by New Year's Day, or the process will be sent to the Supreme Court. The panel includes two Republican and two Democratic appointees. At least three of them need to agree on the maps.