Kansas Senate Panel Plans To Discuss Redistricting

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

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A legislative committee in Kansas is preparing to discuss proposals for redrawing congressional and state Senate districts.

Chairman Tim Owens scheduled a meeting of the Senate Reapportionment Committee for Friday morning. He set the meeting amid growing pressure on lawmakers to finish adjusting political boundaries to account for changes in the state's population over the past decade.

Owens said the panel will consider both Senate and congressional redistricting issues.

State officials have told legislators they risk creating administrative problems or postponing the state's Aug. 7 primary election if district lines aren't settled by mid-May.

A dispute between conservative and moderate Republicans in the Senate has prevented approval of a plan redrawing members' districts. Both chambers have approved their own congressional redistricting plans, but have killed the other's proposal.

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