TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) A flurry of map-making by Kansas House members has left the chamber’s Redistricting Committee with 18 proposals for redrawing the state’s congressional districts.
The committee accepted 10 new proposals Friday. Lawmakers must adjust the boundaries of the state’s four U.S. House districts to account for population changes over the past decade.
House Speaker Mike O’Neal, a Hutchinson Republican who’s also the committee’s chairman, says the panel will have hearings on the proposals next week and vote on a plan March 12.
One of the proposals is a bipartisan plan approved last month by the Senate, but O’Neal and other Republicans don’t like it.
Most of the proposals before the committee, including the Senate plan, put all of Democratic-leaning Lawrence in a single district, rather than keeping it split between two districts.