Utah court OKs redistricting plan cost estimate

Utah court OKs redistricting plan cost estimate

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Supreme Court has rejected a group's arguments that the estimated cost of its proposal to create an independent advisory commission on redrawing voting boundaries is wrong.

The Fair Boundaries Coalition challenged the proposal's estimated cost, saying data behind the $1 million price tag put on it by legislative analysts was biased and inaccurate.

The group wants to put an initiative to create the commission on the 2010 ballot.

On Friday, the court rejected the argument, saying the group didn't show the estimate is inaccurate.

The group argued the estimate was wrong because it assumed the Legislature would do its own research and analysis on redistricting in addition to the 11-member advisory board the group wants to create.

The court said the initiative doesn't prohibit the Legislature from doing its own work and it certified the estimate prepared by the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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