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Senate Faces Blowback Over Proposed Districts

Redistricting Committee Co-chair Sen. Will Brownsberger, pictured at a Tuesday press conference where he released the Senate's proposed map changes, faced criticism at a hearing Friday about the map not combining Brockton and Randolph into a single district. "If there was a Voting Rights claim there, believe me, we would do it," he said. [Sam Doran/SHNS]

Voting rights advocates knocked the Senate redistricting proposal as "overcautious." A state representative with eyes on a seat in the other chamber slammed the potential split of Haverhill as "robbing Peter to pay Paul." And in the most visible sign yet that internal dissent is rumbling, a member of the Senate called for her colleagues to just hit pause and reconsider its map.

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