Technically, the state Assembly has until midnight, August 31st to vote on a bill that would hand the legislative map over to a citizens commission. The Senate approved the measure. Republican Senator Roy Ashburn is a co-author :
“So far no one’s come up with a better idea and there’s plenty of time. If somebody has a better idea, let’s hear it and let’s do it now, so we can get it on the ballot.”
That would be the 2008 ballot. It’s too late for November – and that’s why the Assembly Speaker, Democrat Fabian Nunez, has said redistricting is dead for this year. A spokesman with his office says rather than make a quick deal now, it should be openly vetted next year. A conference committee was unsuccessful at reaching consensus last week. The Secretary of State sent a letter to Assembly leaders, asking them to consider the bill, and the Governor released a statement last week urging redistricting reform before the next census.