U.S. justices raise doubts about Arizona redistricting commission

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 02, 2015 11:21 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday raised concerns that a voter-approved plan that stripped Arizona state lawmakers of their role in drawing congressional districts in an bid to remove partisan politics from the process could violate the U.S. Constitution.

The court's conservative majority, including regular swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy, asked questions during the one-hour oral argument that indicated they will find that the ballot initiative violated a provision of the Constitution that requires state legislatures to set congressional district boundaries.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)