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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A group trying to get an initiative on the 2010 ballot to create an independent advisory commission on redrawing voting boundaries is challenging the proposal's estimated cost.

The Fair Boundaries Coalition says data behind the estimated $1 million price tag put on its proposal by legislative analysts is biased and inaccurate.

The coalition wants to create an 11-member advisory board on redistricting but would still give legislators the final say.

Lisa Watts Baskin, a coalition member and attorney, is asking the Utah Supreme Court to step in. She wants the fiscal note revised.

But Michael Christensen, director of the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, says the estimate is based on the premise that the new commission would be doing its own redistricting work in addition to the Legislature.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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