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.  
June 18th 2006
Where politicians dare to tread
San Francisco Chronicle

The San Francisco Chronicle editorial board endorses the British Columbia Citizens Assembly approach to electoral reform, specifically noting the potential for proportional representation in California.

March 21st 2006
Real redistricting reform is proportional representation
San Francisco Examiner

Rob Dickinson of Californians for Electoral Reform writes a commentary on how recent proposals to make the redistricting process fairer miss the mark. For real progress in how we elect our representatives, we need to turn to proportional voting.

March 1st 2006
Tanner redistricting bill gains Senate sponsor
The Hill

Senator Tim Johnson introduced a companion bill to Rep. John Tanner's federal redistricting reform legislation. The identical bills, supported by FairVote, would set up state commissions to handle redistricting only once a decade.

December 20th 2005
Overhaul of state electoral system sought

Following on the heels of the defeat of redistricting reform in California, Republican and Democratic legislators plan on introducing legislation to create a citizens assembly for election reform and discuss proportional voting for the state.

December 11th 2005
A Dramatic Idea for Election Reform
New York Times

A Times reader highlights the fundamental weakness of any single-member district-based system: gerrymandering is unavoidable.

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