GOP-led Senate kills Dem plan for redistricting panel

February 11, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Republican-led Senate has killed a Democrat measure for an appointed non-partisan commission to draw a new map for North Dakota’s legislative districts.

The Senate defeated the bill 36-10, along party lines on Monday.

The measure was sponsored by Democratic legislative leaders.

North Dakota now has 47 legislative districts, each of which is represented by a senator and two House members.

Legislative redistricting is normally done after each federal census, which happens every 10 years. The last one was done in 2011 by a Republican-controlled committee of lawmakers over five months.

Redistricting plans are intended to ensure that each member of the Legislature represents about the same number of people.

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