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.  
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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