Senate Passes Bill That Changes Redistricting Process

by Kenny Colston on March 15, 2012

A bill that would alter the section of the state Constitution dealing with redistricting is moving through the state legislature.

The Senate took up the measure today. The bill passed mostly on party lines in the Republican-controlled chamber, 27-11.

Senate Bill 18 provides more guidance to lawmakers drawing new districts in split counties and gives preference to federal rules over previous state law.

But Senator Robert Stivers says the biggest change would be one that could keep lawmakers in session if they can’t pass new maps in a timely manner.

“If it is not completed, and the committee substitute clarifies this, by April 15 which is the stated day of adjournment, sine die, for the General Assembly, that we must stay beyond that period of time, April 15, to complete the task of redistricting,” he says. [click to continue…]

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