Redistricting panel at odds over legislative maps



OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Two members of the redistricting panel say they are struggling to reach an agreement on new legislative maps for eastern Washington.

Republican commissioner Tom Huff and Democratic commissioner Dean Foster said Wednesday they are struggling over how to assign Hispanic voters around Yakima. Foster wants to concentrate many Hispanics into a majority-minority 15th District. Huff would also have a majority-minority district but to a lesser degree.

Both members publicly released their own maps to begin broader discussion. The total panel is comprised of two Democrats and two Republicans, and at least three of them must agree to a map proposal before a New Year’s Day deadline.

The two other members of the panel have agreed to new congressional boundaries.