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Wis. committee passes redistricting plan

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin state Senate committee has passed Republican-written plans for redrawing political boundaries.

The committee voted 3-2 on Friday to pass both a map redrawing all 132 state legislative districts as well as one redoing the eight congressional districts.

The full Senate plans to vote on passing the maps Tuesday with the Assembly to follow on Wednesday.

Democrats spoke out against the maps, saying they are an unconstitutional power grab by Republicans.

No changes were made to the congressional map. Boundaries of two Milwaukee state Assembly seats were changed to slightly alter the percentage of Hispanic residents.

Changes were also made to a third bill to ensure that cities and counties that have already drawn new political boundaries won't have to redo them to comport with the state lines.

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