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King City expected to change legislative districts in 2012

The city is expected to leave District 35 and join District 26

The Oregon House and Senate voted June 10 to approve a redistricting plan that among many changes across the state moves King City from District 35, currently represented by Margaret Doherty (D-Tigard), to District 26, currently represented by Matt Wingard (R-Wilsonville).

"The passing of the redistricting plan is another example of the Legislature working at its best, in a bipartisan way," Gov. John Kitzhaber said in a statement.

If the redistricting plan survives possible legal challenges in the Oregon Supreme Court, it would be the first to stand since the 1960s, when the U.S. Supreme Court issued a series of decisions requiring equal populations among districts.

A similar legislative redistricting bill was approved by the Legislature and signed by then-Gov. Vic Atiyeh in 1981, but it was overturned by the state Supreme Court, which directed then-Secretary of State Norma Paulus to make necessary changes that were minor.

The 2011 legislative action was the result of population shifts revealed by the 2010 census.

Each of the 60 districts in the House must have an average of 63,851 people, and each of the 30 Senate districts, which each include two House districts, must have an average of 127,702 people.

Senate Bill 989, which contained the plan, passed by a vote of 27 to 3 in the Senate and 47 to 10 in the House.