Republicans are putting a controversial bill on hold that would tell judges how to draw future congressional maps. A bi-partisan committee in the legislature is charged with re-drawing the state’s seven congressional districts after the latest census. The bill was scheduled to be heard in committee today, but lawmakers in both parties felt the Republican bill could undermine the committee’s work. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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