Voters to decide whether to add 6 lawmakers

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010

JUNEAU - Alaska voters will be asked in November to add six seats to the state Legislature.

If voters approve the constitutional amendment lawmakers passed Sunday, there would be 22 senators and 44 representatives. It would be the first expansion since Alaska became a state in 1959.

After the 2010 census counts are in, the addition is expected to keep the number of constituents each legislator represents about equal to current figures. That's about 15,700 people for representatives and 31,400 for senators.

The new districts are likely to go to the growing Railbelt area of Alaska.

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