DFL Releases Minnesota Legislative Map Proposal, Though Court Will Likely Decide Fate

This is the first glimpse of a redistribution fight in the state that will likely be settled in court – as it has ended up being the case in Minnesota for the past five decades. The Minnesota Supreme Court appointed a panel in June to redesign the state’s legislative districts if lawmakers cannot get a proposal to the governor by the Feb. 15 deadline.

The ideal population of the Minnesota Legislative District has grown from 39,582 to 42,586 in the last census, and DFL lawmakers have said their process of adjusting all districts in the state takes community input into account. , brought together areas with common interests and preserved all tribal areas.

“The House has been unwavering in gathering all the information we need to draw the right maps ahead of the 2022 session and is committed to doing everything possible to deliver a bipartisan result to the governor,” said Ginny Klevorn , vice-chair of the House redistribution committee. DFL-Plymouth, said Friday morning in a virtual press conference before the committee released its map proposal.

GOP lawmakers had not had enough time to examine in detail the proposed map on Friday afternoon, but the leading Republican on the House Redistribution Committee, Rep. Paul Torkelson, R-Hanska, said he seemed to pit more outgoing Republicans against each other in the same districts than he did the Democrats.

Multiple lawsuits had already been filed before the redistribution process began, and while lawmakers may come up with district maps, the five-judge panel is already taking steps to move the task forward on their own.

However, the court-guided redistribution process cannot move forward until there is a district bill, committee chair Rep. Mary Murphy, DFL-Hermantown said.

Lawmakers held public hearings on the redistribution process of the 67 Senate districts and 134 State House districts, as did the court-appointed redistribution committee. The sessions ran concurrently due to the reduced time frame, Murphy said.

Typically, lawmakers get new demographic data in January or February of the year following the census, Murphy said. This year, the data only arrived in August, which means a much tighter turnaround.

The map proposed by the DFL is highly unlikely to be the final map that will end up on the governor’s desk in early 2020. Republicans in Minnesota have yet to unveil their own proposals, but if they release maps , they’ll likely come in early December, Torkelson said. .

The House Redistricting Committee will be holding a public testimony on the proposed legislative map on December 1 and 2.

The committee plans to release its map of the state’s eight congressional districts on Tuesday afternoon, November 23.

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