Archive for Friday, February 10, 2012

Statehouse Live: House redraws its own lines with strong vote

February 10, 2012


— When it came to redrawing their own political boundaries, Kansas House members generally got along well.

"I applaud the House for their extensive communication and cooperation in keeping communities of interest together," said House Speaker Mike O'Neal, R-Hutchinson.

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Current Douglas County state House map ( .JPG )

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Proposed Douglas County House map ( .JPG )

House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence agreed but added on Friday that Democrats "certainly took our licks. But some of that is to be expected for the minority party."

Republicans outnumber Democrats in the House 92-33.

Legislators must redraw boundaries for legislative, congressional and State Board of Education districts to accommodate population shifts over the past 10 years.

The House approved the new district lines on a 109-14 vote and the proposal next goes to the Senate. Usually the Senate doesn't alter the House plan and the House doesn't alter the Senate plan. The Senate hasn't approved its map yet.

Population migration and loss resulted in western, central and southeastern Kansas each losing a House district, and the Kansas City metro area picking up districts.

Davis said Douglas County legislators — Republican and Democratic — met numerous times to work out a plan for Douglas County. "We have an eclectic group," he said. "But we worked together."

Essentially, Davis and state Rep. Barbara Ballard, D-Lawrence, had to take in more residents. This is because of a census readjustment based on a state constitutional provision that excludes non-resident college students and non-resident military personnel from being counted for redistricting purposes.

The district represented by state Rep. Anthony Brown, R-Eudora, has been readjusted to allow a new district in Johnson County. So his district takes in a little bit more of southeast Lawrence.


Ken Lassman 2 years, 2 months ago

Come on, Mr. Rothchild, at 1pm, none2 pointed out that your map didn't come close to showing the entire county, and his second post is a link that doesn't work. Can you please provide a link that shows the entire county?


bobberboy 2 years, 2 months ago

that does'nt say anything oneal is an idiot !!


none2 2 years, 2 months ago

What is missing is details about the changes:

1) Barbara Ballard picks up all of North Lawrence from the 38th (Anthony Brown's district). She also appears to take a bit more in SE Lawrence.

2) Parts of northern Douglas County move from the 38th (Anthony Brown's district) to the 47th district which represents Jefferson County and parts of Atchison County. Here is the current 47th district map:


none2 2 years, 2 months ago

These map descriptions are misleading...

These maps are not maps of Douglas County, but rather maps of portions of Douglas County. Wouldn't it make more sense to show a redistricting house map that at minimum shows the entire area of Douglas County? If that is impossible, it would make more sense just to say boundary maps of Lawrence and the surrounding area as that is all these maps show.


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