The Lowenthal proposal also would give the commission the role of drawing congressional districts; Ashburn’s plan would leave that job with the Legislature. Ashburn’s measure also includes changes in legislative term limits, new campaign contribution disclosure requirements, suspension of lawmakers’ pay if they’re late in approving a state budget and a requirement that legislators hold periodic constituent meetings in their districts. How districts are drawn can determine which party dominates the Assembly, state Senate and California’s delegation to the House of Representatives. Critics complain that allowing legislators to draw their own districts constitutes a conflict of interest. Republicans – usually in the minority in the state Legislature during the past 50 years – have made several unsuccessful attempts to create redistricting commissions. The latest was soundly rejected by voters in 2005 when they turned down Proposition 77, an initiative supported by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. SACRAMENTO – A state Senate committee approved rival redistricting reform measures Wednesday without resolving sharp differences that could hang up future negotiations as lawmakers debate how – and whether – to give up one of their most powerful roles. The Elections, Reapportionment and Constitutional Amendments Committee voted 4-0 to send the proposals by Sens. Roy Ashburn, R-Bakersfield, and Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, to the Appropriations Committee, the last stop before the full Senate. Both measures are likely to end up going to a two-house conference committee, which would attempt to draft a compromise that could pass the Legislature and win voter approval. The two proposals would create an 11-member citizens commission to draw new legislative districts after each national census, but they would use somewhat different procedures in setting up the commission. Helping prompt this year’s efforts is a desire by many lawmakers to convince voters to modify legislative term limits. Lame duck legislators nearing the end of their terms are looking for a way to run for re-election in 2008 or 2010. That includes the Legislature’s top leaders. Political consultants with ties to the Legislature and Governor’s Office are attempting to collect enough voter signatures to put an initiative that would make those term limit changes on the Feb. 5 presidential primary ballot. But Schwarzenegger has signaled that he won’t support the term limits change unless a proposal taking redistricting duties away from lawmakers also is on the February ballot. Ashburn and some other legislators say the redistricting and term limits changes should be lumped into the same measure.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!