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No final attempt made to put portion of Lawrence in 1st as Legislature adjourns

June 1, 2012

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— The Kansas Legislature adjourned today without making one last try to approve a congressional redistricting map that would put a portion of Lawrence in the 1st district.

Senate President Steve Morris, R-Hugoton, said supporters of such a move obviously didn't have the required 21 votes to get it passed. Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, agreed.

On Thursday, legislative leaders said they suspected a last-ditch attempt would be made.

As the Legislature gathered for its last day, 37 of the Senate's 40 members attended. That is more than usual for what is traditionally a ceremonial day.

But no one rose to make a motion to concur with a House-approved map that would put north and east Lawrence in the 1st, which includes western Kansas and most of central Kansas.

Lawrence is currently divided between the 2nd and 3rd Congressional Districts. Under the proposed map, the Kansas University campus area would be in the 2nd.

Essentially, the map would put one of the most liberal areas of the state in one of the most conservative congressional districts in the country.

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