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Posted: 2011-05-03 00:00:00
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REDISTRICTING PROCESS LACKS TRANSPARENCY, FAIRNESS


(ST. PAUL) — House Republicans released their redistricting map yesterday evening, and are expected to pass the map out of the House Redistricting Committee tonight.

State Representative Mary Murphy (DFL – Hermantown), the DFL lead on the Redistricting Committee, released the following statement:

“The DFL has always been committed to a fair, open, honest and transparent redistricting process. Our goal from the beginning has been a bipartisan map that Governor Dayton can sign. Unfortunately, Republicans have so far rejected that commitment at every turn.

“We offered numerous amendments to the redistricting principles in committee to make them fair and allow for bipartisan support. Every amendment was rejected lock-step by the GOP.

“At the 3 public meetings we did have outside the Capitol, Minnesotans asked us to leave time between the introduction of the map and voting on the map. To that effect, we offered amendments on the House floor to require the map to be posted online 5 days before voting, and require 5 days of public input before voting on the map. Republicans rejected these amendments as well.

“Instead, Republicans are rushing through a map with little-to-no time for public input, no time to work out potentially costly and confusing problems with where district lines are drawn, and no time for the democratic process to unfold.

“DFLers remain committed achieving a bipartisan map, and a fair redistricting process. We are ready to work collaboratively with our colleagues to achieve that goal."

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