SB 198
Background and Procedural Information

Colorado Senate Majority Leader Ken Gordon introduced Colorado Senate Bill 198 (CO S.B. 198) on March 6, 2008.  As of June 4, 2008 it has passed the Senate but has been indefinitely postponed in a House Committee.  This bill would establish new criteria for Colorado’s independent Reapportioning Commission to use when creating Congressional districts.

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

No.  There are no restrictions on the creation of multi-member districts.   

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

This bill proposes six ranked criteria be used to develop districts.  The criteria ranked second in importance states that a factor should be “non-dilution of minority voting strength.”  There is no overt mention of the Voting Rights Act.

Under the proposed legislation, how is the commission formed?

The existing law of Colorado has the eleven person commission is formed by the legislative leaders of Colorado each choosing one commissioner, the governor choosing three commissioners, and four commissioners chosen by the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court.  A maximum of six commissioners may be members of the same political party.
Under the proposed legislation, are competitive districts favored?

The commission is to create districts based on six criteria ranked in order of importance.  The sixth criterion is that “to the extent practicable the General Assembly shall create districts that promote fair and equitable representation and electoral competition.”  

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

No.  The existing law of Colorado does not allow for members of the public to submit their own plan.  

Does the proposed legislation allow for mid-decade redistricting?

The existing law only provides for one redistricting session per decade.   
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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