.................... moves to amend H.F. No. 1547 as follows:
Delete everything after the enacting clause and insert:
"Section 1. [2.92] DISTRICTING PRINCIPLES.
1.4 Subdivision 1. Applicability. The principles in this section apply to legislative
1.5and congressional districts.
1.6 Subd. 2. Nesting. A representative district may not be divided in the formation
1.7of a senate district.
1.8 Subd. 3. Equal population. (a) Legislative districts must be substantially equal
1.9in population. The population of a legislative district must not deviate from the ideal
1.10by more than one percent, plus or minus. For a redistricting plan enacted in 2011 or
1.112012, the ideal population of a House district is 39,582 and the ideal population of a
1.12Senate district is 79,164.
1.13(b) Congressional districts must be as nearly equal in population as practicable.
1.14For a redistricting plan enacted in 2011 or 2012, the ideal population of a congressional
1.15district is 662,991.
1.16 Subd. 4. Contiguity; compactness. The districts must be composed of convenient
1.17contiguous territory. To the extent consistent with the other principles in this section,
1.18districts should be compact. Contiguity by water is sufficient if the water is not a serious
1.19obstacle to travel within the district. Point contiguity is not sufficient.
1.20 Subd. 5. Numbering. (a) Legislative districts must be numbered in a regular series,
1.21beginning with house district 1A in the northwest corner of the state and proceeding
1.22across the state from west to east, north to south, but bypassing the 11 county metropolitan
1.23area until the southeast corner has been reached; then to the 11 county metropolitan area
1.24outside the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul; then in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
1.25(b) Congressional district numbers must begin with district one in the southeast
1.26corner of the state and end with district eight in the northeast corner of the state.
2.1 Subd. 6. Minority representation. (a) The dilution of racial or ethnic minority
2.2voting strength is contrary to the laws of the United States and the state of Minnesota.
2.3Theses principles must not be construed to supersede any provision of the Voting Rights
2.4Act of 1965, as amended.
2.5(b) A redistricting plan must not have the intent or effect of dispersing or
2.6concentrating minority population in a manner that prevents minority communities from
2.7electing their candidates of choice.
2.8 Subd. 7. Minor civil divisions. (a) A county, city, or town must not be unduly
2.9divided unless required to meet equal population requirements or to form districts
2.10composed of convenient, contiguous territory.
2.11(b) A county, city, or town is not unduly divided in the formation of a legislative or
2.12congressional district if:
2.13(1) the division occurs because a portion of a city or town is noncontiguous with
2.14another portion of the same city or town; or
2.15(2) despite the division, the known population of any affected county, city, or town
2.16remains wholly located within a single district.
2.17 Subd. 8. Preserving communities of interest. (a) Districts should attempt to
2.18preserve identifiable communities of interest where that can be done in compliance with
2.19the preceding principles.
2.20(b) For purposes of this subdivision, "communities of interest" means recognizable
2.21areas with similarities of interests, including but not limited to racial, ethnic, geographic,
2.22social, or cultural interests.
2.23 Subd. 9. Data to be used. The geographic areas and population counts used in
2.24maps, tables, and legal descriptions of the districts must be those used by the Geographic
2.25Information Systems Office of the Legislative Coordinating Commission. The population
2.26counts will be the 2010 block population counts provided to the state under Public Law
2.27Number 94-171, subject to correction of any errors acknowledged by the United States
2.29 Subd. 10. Consideration of plans. A redistricting plan must not be considered for
2.30adoption by the senate or house of representatives until a block equivalency file showing
2.31the district to which each census block has been assigned, in a form prescribed by the
2.32director of the Geographic Information Systems Office, has been filed with the director.
2.33 Subd. 11. Priority of principles. Where it is not possible to fully comply with the
2.34principles contained in subdivisions 1 to 8, a redistricting plan must give priority to those
2.35principles in the order in which they are listed in this section, except to the extent that
2.36doing so would violate federal or state law.
3.1EFFECTIVE DATE; EXPIRATION. This section is effective the day following
3.2final enactment and applies to any plan for districts enacted or established for use at the
3.3state primary in 2012 and thereafter. This section expires June 1, 2012.
Amend the title accordingly