DES MOINES — Iowa lawmakers are in discussions — amongst themselves and with Gov. Kim Reynolds’ workplace — to find out what, if any, position they’ll play in drawing congressional and legislative districts to mirror inhabitants adjustments over the previous 10 years.
The U.S. Census Bureau has knowledgeable states that it’ll ship information wanted for the redistricting course of Sept. 30 — 29 days after the deadline for the Iowa Legislature to approve new maps of congressional districts and 150 legislative districts. If it misses the deadline, the state Supreme Court docket takes accountability for redistricting.
Nevertheless, Home Speaker Pat Grassley, R-New Hartford, hasn’t given up on the likelihood lawmakers will play their position within the course of that has been held up as a mannequin of nonpartisan redistricting.
“We’re not going to simply leap to a conclusion in February that we’ll not have it,” Grassley stated Thursday in regards to the census information.
The Sept. 30 supply date is six months later than the Census Bureau’s typical launch, which it beforehand pushed out to July 30 due to delays in gathering census information. Ten years in the past, the Legislative Companies Company, which pulls the maps for legislative approval, was crafting the primary plan and lawmakers permitted it April 14.
Democratic legislative leaders have expressed concern that Republicans, who management each chambers of the Legislature and the governor’s workplace, would possibly attempt to approve maps giving them benefit in elections for the subsequent 10 years.