Kansas House Panel Introduces Rival Senate Map

By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ In a rare move, a House committee has introduced a map that redraws Kansas Senate districts.

Traditionally the House and Senate draw redistricting maps only for their own chambers.

The House Appropriations Committee introduced the map of Senate districts Wednesday, a day after the Senate approved its own version of the map.

House Speaker Mike O'Neal says the map approved by senators has problems and he doesn't think it would get much support in the House. The chamber, in fact, voted it down Wednesday afternoon, 43-72.

O'Neal, a Hutchinson Republican, says the House proposal is similar to one drawn by Sen. Steve Abrams that merges two districts in south-central district instead of merging two in western Kansas. That plan was defeated during Tuesday's Senate debate, but the speaker says it may have support in the House.

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