RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ Legislators submitted a new congressional map Thursday, hoping to satisfy a court that ruled the current drawing relies too heavily on race in its design.

``The underlying issue now is, are we going to draw it or is the court going to draw it?'' Sen. Roy Cooper asked before the state Senate approved the new map. The House had approved the design Wednesday.

Legislators had until Friday to submit a new plan to the three-judge federal panel that declared the 12th District unconstitutional last month.

The old district ran along Interstate 85 from Charlotte to Greensboro and was about 46 percent black. The new plan runs from Charlotte to Winston-Salem and is about 35 percent black.

If the judges or the U.S. Justice Department reject the new plan, then the court will draw its own congressional map by July 1.

Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C., currently represents the 12th District. Primary elections have been scheduled for Sept. 15.