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Wed December 7, 2011
Michigan Republicans: Ignore the apportionment commission, draw your own boundaries
A fierce partisan battle among Oakland County politicians played out in front of a state House panel at the state Capitol today.
Democrats tried and failed to block a Republican effort to let the GOP-led Oakland County Commission redraw its own district lines.
The district map was already adopted earlier this year by a bipartisan apportionment commission, and it was upheld by the Michigan Court of Appeals.
Democrats called the action to redraw the map a brazen effort by Republicans to undo a county commission map they don’t like.
Oakland County Commissioner David Woodward is a Democrat opposed to the bill.
“That this is being brought up, introduced after the rendered decisions, speaks of partisan overreach, specifically, Republican Party overreach - an attempt in this body to undo a process that has already run its course,” said Woodward.
The Oakland apportionment commission has a Democratic majority, while the Oakland County Commission is led by Republicans.
The bill would also reduce the number of county commissioners.
Republicans say the bill is designed to save taxpayers money.