Mass. lawmakers vote on new congressional map

BOSTON (AP) – The Massachusetts House has approved a new congressional district map that eliminates one of the state's 10 current seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The state House voted 122-29 Tuesday after rejecting a series of amendments, including an alternative map proposed by Republicans that would have shifted some communities between newly-created districts in the central and western parts of the state.

The Senate postponed a final vote on the bill until Wednesday.

Massachusetts is losing one seat because of sluggish population growth.

The map would create for the first time a congressional district in the Boston area where minorities would comprise a majority of voters.

It also establishes a new southeastern Massachusetts with no incumbent, but freshman U.S. Rep. William Keating has said he'll run in the new district.

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