House Continues to Move Forward with Redistricting

By: From 13 News, Posted by Ralph Hipp
By: From 13 News, Posted by Ralph Hipp

TOPEKA -- Today, the Kansas House of Representatives passed House Substitute for SB 102 to final action which includes the State House, State Senate and State Board of Education districts. The House map is nearly the same as the map the House passed in February on a bi-partisan vote of 109-14. The base of the Senate map is the amendment offered by Senator Abrams on the Senate floor which received 19 votes.

The House Redistricting Committee made slight changes requested by Senate members to reflect the specific concerns of Senators. While four amendments were offered on the House floor, they all failed, leaving the Senate authorized map untouched by the House.

“While the redistricting process has not been easy for the Legislature, the House is encouraged that the Senate Reapportionment Committee is still working,” said Speaker O’Neal (R-Hutchinson). “Although the maps introduced by the Senate committee continue to draw know challengers out of their districts, the House anxiously looks forward to working with the Senate to fulfill our constitutional responsibilities to pass maps before the end of session.”

Before passing these maps, hearings were held in the House Redistricting Committee allowing for public input and suggestions. The House strongly believes the Legislature must fulfill its constitutional duty to pass maps before adjourning.

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