SB 2211

MN S.B. 2211, introduced by Pogemiller, March 31, 2007 establishing districting principles for legislative and congressional plans; providing for appointment of a commission to recommend the boundaries of legislative and congressional districts; limiting redistricting to once per decade; amending Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 2.021; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 2; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 2.031.

Under the proposed legislation, are single-member districts a requirement or otherwise implied?
Required. Each senate district is entitled to elect one senator, and each House district is entitled to elect one Representative. A plane for congressional districts must have eight districts; each entitled to elect a single member.

Does the proposed legislation provide for Voting Rights Act compliance (e.g. can the commission use voter history information)?
Maybe. The committee will weigh equally redistricting principles required by state and federal law.

Under the proposed legislation, how is the commission formed?
The commission will consist of 5 retired judges of the appellate or district courts that have not served in a political party. The majority and minority leaders of the senate and the majority and minority leaders of the house each appoint one judge. These 4 judges then appoint the 5th.

Under the proposed legislation, are competitive districts favored?
Yes, explicitly. The districts must be created to encourage competition.

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

Does the proposed legislation allow for mid-decade redistricting?

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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