The California Citizens Redistricting Commission officially approved the new maps for Assembly districts, State Senate districts, Congressional districts and Board of Equalization districts on August 15. District lines were formerly drawn by the California Legislature, but thanks to the passage of Proposition 11 in 2008 and Proposition 20 in 2010, they are now drawn by the citizen commission. These new districts will be used for elections over the next decade starting with the June 2012 primary election.
There are certainly some clear repercussions for California politics (incumbent vs. incumbent matchups, more competitive elections and early retirements) and many unknown consequences that will play out over the next decade as this reform is combined with the new open primary system. These new lines could also impact tobacco control. Here are the major effects of these new district lines on California’s tobacco control efforts: Read More