By CBS13 Staff

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A new legal ruling is causing confusion inside Sacramento City Hall.

An independent public commission dramatically redrew council districts last year as a result of new census numbers.

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City officials say the changes took effect in December. But, they also said council members are likely bound by their old district lines.

“The comment that I got most frequently was, ‘Wait, I voted for this person and now you’re telling me another person’s going to represent me? That’s not right,’” said Sacramento City Councilmember Jeff Harris.

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The issue was only uncovered when a recall petition was filed against District 4 representative Katie Valenzuela.

“Let’s just put it this way, in the midst of all the other things we’re dealing with, this was surprising,” said Mayor Darrell Steinberg.

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The city attorney is now saying it could take weeks to make a final determination.