It’s good to be back meeting with people in our area after another busy week at the Capitol. New legislative maps have been a big topic of discussion the last few days.
The "redistricting" process takes place every 10 years, using the latest census data to reconfigure legislative lines and compensate for population shifts. We still have the same number of House and Senate seats; it’s just the respective borders which change. Gov. Dayton vetoed the redistricting proposal the Legislature sent him last year, so a court panel created our finished product.
The panel’s objective was to have roughly 40,000 citizens in each House district and approximately double that for each Senate seat. Some districts changed substantially and others remained much the same. The district I represent – District 18B – is somewhere in the middle. As of August, it will be known as District 18A. The eastern border will include less of Wright County, while the southern boundary will be expanded to encompass part of Hutchinson.
Websites are available to provide more information on this topic. You can click here to type your address and find out how the district changes impact your household. Overviews of each district throughout the state are available by clicking here.