Bush caucus supports expanding Alaska Legislature

September 13, 2010 

JUNEAU -- Rural Alaska lawmakers are supporting a ballot measure that would expand the size of the Legislature by four representatives and two senators.

The Bush caucus expressed its support in a statement Monday. Voters will decide the matter in November.

The Legislature currently has 40 House and 20 Senate members.

Rural lawmakers have been among those concerned that redistricting -- a process that follows the decennial census -- will result in the loss of representation in some areas. They worry that districts will cover too much territory, and be too diverse, and that it will be difficult for one senator and one representative to sufficiently represent these areas.

The Bush caucus has 16 members from the House and Senate.

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