Date: Thursday, February 10, 2011
Group calls for more transparency in redistricting

By The Associated Press

A  group of government watchdog groups is calling for more transparency and public participation as Michigan draws new lines for congressional and legislative districts.

The Michigan Redistricting Collaborative said Thursday that it will urge lawmakers and county redistricting commissions to make the process more accountable.

Michigan and other states are redrawing district lines to better match population patterns found in the 2010 census. Michigan will lose a congressional seat, so the remaining 14 districts must be reconfigured.

With Republicans holding the governor's office and majorities in the state Senate, House and Michigan Supreme Court, the maps that are adopted likely will favor GOP candidates.

The redistricting collaborative wants any proposed map to be posted on the Internet 30 days before adoption so citizens can study it and offer their comments.