This fall, the state Supreme Court will be deciding whether new statehouse legislative maps are indeed fair, balanced and follow the Colorado constitution. A bi-partisan committee spent several months drawing the maps, and the court will give its final approval. If adopted, the new districts would be in place for the November 2012 election. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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