HCR 1004
Background and Procedural Information

On March 27, 2008 Colorado Assemblyperson Douglas Bruce introduced Colorado House Concurrent Resolution 1004 (CO H.C.R. 1004).  As of June 4, 2008 the proposed constitutional amendment has not been moved forward.  

Under the proposed legislation, are single-member districts a requirement or otherwise implied?

Yes.  Single-member districts are a requirement.  

Does the proposed legislation provide for Voting Rights Act compliance (e.g. can the commission use voter history information)?

The Commission cannot use the political affiliation of citizens to develop districts.  While the proposed amendment does not specifically require compliance with the Voting Rights Act, it does require the independent commission to respect “any other federal requirements for redistricting” as its second of six formation criteria.

Under the proposed legislation, how is the commission formed?

The Commission is formed by each of the four legislative leaders of the Colorado Legislature selecting one person from their own party to serve on the Commission.  Citizens interested in being a commissioner, who are not registered with either of the two largest parties in the state, can pay a $2,000 filing fee or gather 1,000 signatures in order to be placed in a pool from which the Secretary of State will choose two members by lot.  These six commissioners will choose a final independent commissioner by casting five affirmative votes.
Under the proposed legislation, are competitive districts favored?

No.  The Commission is to four criteria ranked in order of importance to develop the districts.  Creating Competitive districts were not included among these criteria.   

Under the proposed legislation, can members of the public submit plans?

No.  The public may submit comments in a series of at least eight public forums.   

Does the proposed legislation allow for mid-decade redistricting?

It does not specifically forbid it, but it there is no mechanism to allow mid-decade redistricting to happen. 

November 19th 2005
Redistricting reform: How best to tackle ultra-safe districts
Sacramento Bee

FairVote's Rob Richie argues in commentary running in several newspapers that redistricting reformers must challenge winner-take-all elections.

November 16th 2005
In Canada, regular folks are put to work on reforms
San Jose Mercury News

Steven Hill prescribes a citizens assembly as a solution for achieving consensus on redistricting reform in California.

November 15th 2005
Citizens Must Drive Electoral Reform
Roll Call

Heather Gerken of Harvard Law suggests a citizens assembly as one means to achieve redistricting reform and buy-in from voters.

November 13th 2005
Arnold had the right idea about redistricting
The Herald News

The Herald News cites Fairvote with commentary about the dangers of Gerrmandering and redistricting obstacles.

November 13th 2005
ARNOLD AGONIZES: How the election changed the governor -- and California
San Francisco Chronicle

Article discussing the recent failure of redistricting reform in California and the potential solution in letting the citizens decide through a Citizens Assembly on Election Reform.

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