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Senate votes to allow new challenges to L.A. County board districts
Senate votes to allow new challenges to L.A. County board districts

The state Senate on Wednesday gave final legislative approval to a measure that would allow minority groups to file legal challenges to the way Los Angeles County and other jurisdictions draw districts for elected officials. The bill, which goes to Gov. Jerry Brown for consideration, expands the California Voting Rights Act to allow judges to order local governments to redraw district lines or increase the number of seats to make sure minorities don't have their voting power diluted. Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) said he introduced SB 1365 because of concern about a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down portions of the federal Voting Rights Act, and legislation introduced in...

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