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The Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission has adopted rules to guide how it carves up the state’s legislative districts once data from the 2020 Census becomes available including a goal of drawing competitive districts. The criteria it chose Tuesday for the 150 state House and Senate districts differ somewhat from the federal redistricting rules and the commission will have longer to work out the legislative map. The new federal electoral map must go into effect in time for the 2022 elections. The legislative districts don’t need to be finalized until the 2024 elections.