85th Legislative Bills

Bills filed between January 1-January 25:

HJR32: Constitutional amendment to create a seven-member independent commission, including two retired federal judges, to draft and approve congressional and state legislative maps; provides that districts may not be drawn to (dis)favor a political party or another group; establishes other redistricting criteria.

HB369: Implements HJR32; allows the redistricting commission to use statistical or other information for reapportionment; the commission must hold public hearings in at least four different geographic regions to consider the redistricting plans.

SB209: Creates a nine-member commission, including a non-voting chair, appointed by legislative leaders to draw congressional redistricting plans.

Bills filed between January 26-May 12:  

HJR32: Constitutional amendment creating a seven-member commission to draw congressional and state legislative lines; requires that the commission include two retired federal judges; establishes redistricting criteria; prohibits the commission from drawing districts that (dis)favor a political party or other group.

HJR74: Constitutional amendment creating a seven-member commission to draw congressional and state legislative lines; requires that the commission include two retired federal judges; establishes redistricting criteria; prohibits districts drawn to (dis)favor a political party or other group; bars state and federal legislators from having direct or indirect communication with commission members; commission must create a process allowing for public comment on initial proposed plans.

HJR118: Constitutional amendment to create a fourteen-member citizens redistricting commission to draw congressional, state legislative, and state board of education districts, and, under certain circumstances, to draw judicial districts; establishes and ranks redistricting criteria; prohibits drawing of districts that (dis)favor an incumbent, political candidate, or political party; commission will establish procedures for public participation.

HB369: Provides guidelines for redistricting for a commission charged with drawing state legislative and congressional lines; bars the commission from considering the potential effects of its redistricting decisions on incumbents or candidates for office; prohibits the commission from considering any political data, except as necessary to comply with federal law; requires the commission to host public hearings after proposing an initial plan.

HB1215: Mandates that incarcerated persons be counted at their home addresses for purposes of redistricting all election districts subject to the “one person, one vote” requirement; instructs local and federal facilities holding people who have been incarcerated to submit a report that includes—for each incarcerated person—a unique identifier, demographic data, and last address of residence prior to incarceration, for purposes of adjusting census counts.

SB209: Creates a nine-member commission to draw congressional districts; calls for majority of members to be appointed by the legislature’s two largest parties; establishes redistricting criteria.

Source:  http://www.brennancenter.org/redistricting-reform-tracker-state-bills

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