Senate approves bill to create redistricting panel

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Lawmakers are getting ready for a politically thorny assignment after the 60-day Legislature ends.

The Senate unanimously approved a proposal on Thursday to create an interim committee on redistricting.

The committee of 18 House and Senate members will hold hearings this summer and make recommendations for redrawing the boundaries of districts for the Legislature, Congress, Public Regulation Commission and Public Education Committee.

The Legislature is expected to hold a special session later this year to change district boundaries using population figures from the 2010 census. The goal is to equalize district populations to comply with the legal doctrine of "one person, one-vote." However, redistricting often becomes a highly partisan battle.

The legislation heads to the House for consideration.