SJR A

S.J.R. A: Introduced February 7, 2007 by Senator Switalski, and referred to the Committee on Government Operations and Reform: A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the state constitution of 1963, by amending sections 2, 3, and 6 of article IV, to modify congressional and legislative apportionment and districting.

Under the proposed legislation, are single-member districts a requirement or otherwise implied?
Yes. The bill keeps intact single member district requirements enshrined in the state constitution. Moreover, counties entitled to two or more senators shall be divided into single member districts.

Does the proposed legislation provide for Voting Rights Act compliance (e.g. can the commission use voter history information)?
Yes. The amendment prohibits the drawing of districts to dilute the voting strength of racial and ethnic minorities but it also prohibits the use of political data in the redistricting process.

Under the proposed legislation, how is the commission formed?
Nine members shall be selected by the state organizations of each of the two political parties whose candidates for governor received the highest vote at the last general election at which a governor was elected, preceding each apportionment. If a candidate for governor of a third political party has received at such election more than 25 percent of such gubernatorial vote, the commission shall consist of 12 members, four of whom shall be selected by the state organization of the third political party. The House Speaker, the House Minority Leader, the Senate President, and the Senate Minority Leader shall each appoint one member, and the committee will choose the last member.

Under the proposed legislation, are competitive districts favored?
Neutral.

Under the proposed legislation, can members of the public submit plans?
No.

Does the proposed legislation allow for mid-decade redistricting?
No.

 
October 23rd 2005
Who Should Redistrict?

The New York Times Magazine explains the dilemmas many states, including California, face as they attempt to create competitive and fair congressional districts. Dean Murphy cites FairVote's statistics.

October 15th 2005
Wamp fresh leadership for sagging Republicans
The Tennessean

According to FairVote's Ryan O'Donnell, the Republican party should seize the opportunity to embrace electoral reforms, and take the lead on ending gerrymandering.

October 5th 2005
Mapping the way to a better system
Boston Herald

Why Massachusetts should turn a critical eye towards gerrymandering. This article mentions Fairvote.

October 2nd 2005
Several states may change redistricting process
L.A. Times

Discussion of redistricting practices in California, Massachusetts and Florida. Mentions Tanner's bill.

September 25th 2005
Local GOP breaks with governor to oppose redistricting
Auburn Journal

An article about the debate over a proposal that would give a panel of judges the responsibility of redistricting

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