HB 1286
Background and Procedural Information

House Bill 1286 was introduced on January 23, 2008.  It provides for a bipartisan seven-member redistricting commission.  

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

The legislation is silent as to whether the districts shall be single-member.  

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


Under the proposed legislation, how is the commission formed?

The legislation provides for a total of 7 redistricting commissioners.  The first commissioner is to be chosen by the Senate Majority Leader, the second commissioner by the House Majority Leader, the third commissioner by the Senate Minority Leader, and the fourth commissioner by the House Minority Leader. The fifth, sixth, and seventh commissioners are to be chosen by the four appointed commissioners within 20 days of their designation.  If the 4 initial commissioners fail to reach a consensus on the 3 final commissioners, within those 20 days, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court shall make the final appointments.
Under the proposed legislation, are competitive districts favored?

The legislation is silent on the matter of competitive districts.  

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

No. However, before the commission submits its plan to the legislature it must hold at least one public hearing on the plan at the State Capitol, one in Sioux Falls, one in Rapid City, and two on major Indian reservations.  

Does the proposed legislation allow for mid-decade redistricting?

No, the redistricting commission must submit its plan to the legislature by September 20, 2011 for recommendations and then to the Secretary of State’s office for implementation.  
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 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.

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.

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