TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A committee in the Kansas House is preparing
to restart work on a plan for redrawing the state's congressional
The Redistricting Committee was meeting Monday because last
week, the House rejected a bill for adjusting the four districts to
reflect changes in population over the past decade.
Speaker Mike O'Neal, a Hutchinson Republican who's also the
Redistricting Committee's chairman, dropped his push to split the
Kansas City area between two districts. That's something local
officials strongly opposed. The plan rejected by the House was an
alternative, but it made dramatic changes in district lines in
south-central and southeast Kansas.
The 1st District of western and central Kansas is nearly 58,000
residents short of the ideal population of about 713,000. The 3rd
District, centered on the Kansas City area, is over-populated.