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Student Congress voted 23-7, with one abstaining vote, to let Student Body President Hogan Medlin’s veto on the redistricting bill stand at its meeting Tuesday night.

Speaker of Congress Deanna Santoro originally introduced the bill but said that in the end, it didn’t even seem like her bill anymore.

“I was really open to amending it, and I feel like that openness and willingness to amend backfired on me,” she said.

“The bill barely looks anything like how it did when I submitted it. I don’t even feel like it’s my bill anymore. It’s Congress’ bill.”

Another redistricting bill, which Santoro said differs only slightly from her original bill, is currently in committee.

This bill has the support of the Residence Hall Association and the Board of Elections, two strong opponents of the original bill, said Chelsea Miller, a Student Congress member.

Miller and Santoro said Medlin’s stance on redistricting hinges on the support of the RHA and the BOE.

Santoro said the new bill, if passed, would not go into effect until 2012.

Medlin declined to comment on the proceedings Tuesday.

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