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House rejects O’Neal plan to split KCK

New plan puts Lawrence in one district

March 20, 2012, 1:52 p.m. Updated March 20, 2012, 2:09 p.m.

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— The Kansas House on Tuesday supported a congressional redistricting plan that rejects a proposal to split Wyandotte County. The House also endorsed a new plan putting all of Lawrence in the 2nd District.

The House advanced a plan that keeps Wyandotte County in the 3rd U.S. House district along with Johnson County. The proposal also adds the northeast section of Miami County to the 3rd. A final vote on the measure is scheduled for today.

House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, had pushed for a plan that would have placed most of Kansas City, Kan., in Wyandotte County into the vast 1st, which covers all of western Kansas.

Democrats and some Republicans said it was inappropriate to place one of the most urban centers of the state with a predominantly rural congressional district.

The proposal advanced by the House would put Lawrence wholly in the 2nd. Currently, Lawrence is divided between the 2nd and 3rd districts.

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none2 2 years ago

This may be better than KCK being split, but it is still lame. They split southeast Kansas in the weirdest of ways. What is pathetic about this is that they are doing everything in their power to keep Riley in the second district. Why? They are not going to loose the bio-hazzard facility based on which district they are in or who is the representative. If that was the case, then imagine what would happen if Lynn Jenkins lost her seat? Was it in jeopardy when Nancy Boyda lost to Lynn Jenkins? I think not.

I hope one day they can get their act together. Southeast got @#%@^ in this so that Riley and KSU could stick out like s sore thumb. I guess they are too good for rural western Kansas despite the fact that KSU is a university with strong agricultural studies.

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prospector 2 years ago

"Have they decided how to gerrymand Lawrence and Baldwin City?"

If it would stop TerriLoise, I'm for it.

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Tracy Rogers 2 years ago

Vote anything and everything down that he proposes. How this guy keeps getting reelected is amazing. Does anyone in Hutch have a brain?

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FlintHawk 2 years ago

First good news in the last two years. Have they decided how to gerrymand Lawrence and Baldwin City?

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KEITHMILES05 2 years ago

O'Neal is such a disgrace to this state. Why the voters of Reno Co. elect him is baffling.

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