Extra Congressional Seat Could Represent Whole State

Extra Congressional Seat Could Represent Whole State

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A bill in Congress that would award Utah a fourth congressional seat could have the officeholder representing all of Utah until the next round of redistricting in 2012.

Representative Rob Bishop, a Utah Republican who supports the legislation, says it should appeal to Utah's minority Democrats, who are wary of possible gerrymandering by the Republican-controlled state Legislature. That would also clear any objection in Congress.

But some state legislators oppose having the new delegate representing all of Utah. The new representative would only serve at-large until 2012, when congressional redistricting would take place based 2010 census figures.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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