HB 2857
Background and Procedural Information

H.B. 2857
was introduced on January 9, 2008 by delegates Overington, Lane, Sobonya, Sumner, Duke, Carmichael, and Blair. The proposed legislation provides for specific criteria that the State redistricting commission must follow when proposing district mappings.    

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

The legislation does not explicitly provide for single-member districts.  

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

The legislation explicitly states that voter history data is excluded from the mapping process and that the districts must comply with the United States Voting Rights Act.

Under the proposed legislation, how is the commission formed?

The legislation is silent as to how the commission is to be formed, since it does not provide for a new method of commissioner selection.
Under the proposed legislation, are competitive districts favored?

The legislation impliedly favors competitive districts by stating that districts shall not be created to favor a particular political party, an incumbent legislator or member of Congress, or any other individual over another.  

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

Although the legislation does not provide for submission of plans by members of the public, it does require that the proposed redistricting maps be advertised and available for comment by the public for at least 30-days.  

Does the proposed legislation allow for mid-decade redistricting?

No. The legislation provides that the redistricting committee shall collect the census data by December 31 of every year ending in zero, such that exclusive use of the decennial census is implied.   
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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