Judge sets redistricting hearings starting Dec. 5

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A judge handling redistricting is planning four hearings in December and January to gather evidence he'll use in drawing new boundaries for congressional, legislative and other elected office districts.

Retired District Judge James Hall has scheduled a four-day hearing for congressional redistricting from Dec. 5 to Dec. 8.

He set aside seven days for House redistricting, Dec. 12-15 and Dec. 19-21.

Senate redistricting is scheduled for six days, Jan. 3-6 and Jan. 9-10.

A three-day hearing on redistricting of the Public Regulation Commission is set for Jan. 11 to Jan. 13.

Hall issued his scheduling order this week.

Pending before the court is a request to appoint a special master to draw redistricting maps for the judge to consider in making final decisions on district boundaries.