Redistricting panel OKs new political maps



SEATTLE (AP) — Members of the Washington State Redistricting Commission on Sunday night signed off on plans that redraw legislative and congressional maps.

The panel, which faced an 11:59 p.m. New Year’s Day deadline, transmitted the new boundaries to the Legislature shortly after 10 p.m. Lawmakers will still have an opportunity to make minor modifications. Commission members met in Olympia throughout the weekend to debate and deliberate how the state’s political map will look for the next decade.

Because of population gains, Washington was awarded a new, 10th congressional district following the latest federal census.