Massachusetts: Governor signs legislative district maps into law

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Gov. signs new Mass. legislative district map One piece of the political redistricting process in Massachusetts is now complete.

Gov. Deval Patrick signed into law on Thursday new district maps for the 160-member state Senate and the eight-member Governor’s Council.

The Legislature approved the plans earlier in the week. The new House map doubles from 10 to 20 the number of districts in Massachusetts where minorities comprise a majority of voting age residents.

The Senate map increases from two to three the so-called “minority-majority” districts and creates the first-ever such district in western Massachusetts.

A key task still ahead of lawmakers is formulation of a new congressional district map reflecting the loss of one of the state’s 10 U.S House seats. The change is due to population shifts in the latest U.S. Census.

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