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At 1 p.m. on Tuesday a five-judge panel will release the state’s new redistricting maps, a once-in-a-decade reshuffling of the state’s political lines that could pit incumbent legislators against one another, make other districts more competitive and create new districts altogether.

State redistricting maps set for Tuesday release

Lorie Skjerven Gildea

It’s official: At 1 p.m. on Tuesday a five-judge panel will release the state’s new redistricting maps, a once-in-a-decade reshuffling of the state’s political lines that could pit incumbent legislators against one another, make other districts more competitive and create new districts altogether.

The court will release the maps on its homepage on Tuesday, according to a news release. The electronic redistricting dump will include the judicial panel’s order, statewide and Twin Cities area congressional maps, statewide and metro area legislative maps and selected maps of regional centers around the state where “it is impossible to discern the legislative districts from the statewide perspective.”

“The redistricting coming out on Tuesday will probably suck almost all the oxygen out of the building,” House Speaker Kurt Zellers said Friday. “There will be lots of folks looking at maps.”

Some committee chairs have reportedly said they will not be holding their regularly-scheduled hearings on Tuesday in order to review the maps.

The five-judge panel was appointed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea to deliver maps in absence of new lines agreed to by  Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature.

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