Rep. Sarah Anderson, R-Plymouth, released her plan to redraw the state’s legislative boundaries. The U.S. Census Bureau released its 2010 Census data in March. Lawmakers are charged with taking that data and redrawing the political boundaries to ensure equal population in each legislative district.
Here’s the quick glance (according to House DFL and House GOP sources).
20 House members will be redrawn into the same legislative district.
GOP Rep. Larry Howes and DFL Rep. John Persell (Bemidji area)
DFL Rep. Lyle Koenen and DFL Rep. Andrew Falk (Southwestern Minnesota)
GOP Rep. Paul Torkelson and GOP Rep. Bob Gunther (Southcentral Minnesota)
GOP Rep. Mike Benson and DFL Rep. Tina Liebling (Rochester)
GOP Rep. Joyce Peppin and DFL Rep. Denise Dittrich (Northwest suburbs)
DFL Rep. Carolyn Laine and DFL Rep. Tom Tilberry (Fridley and Columbia Heights area)
GOP Rep. Connie Doepke and DFL Rep. John Benson (West Metro)
DFL Rep. Frank Hornstein and DFL Rep. Marion Greene (Minneapolis)
DFL Rep. Alice Hausman and DFL Rep. John Lesch (St. Paul)
DFL Rep. Sheldon Johnson and DFL Rep. Nora Slawik (St. Paul and Maplewood)
There are also ten open seats. They are in Sherburne County, Coon Rapids, Blaine, Prior Lake, the Burnsville and Lakeville area, Plymouth, St. Michael and Otsego area, St. Paul, Wadena and Cross Lake area and Rochester.
Six state senators are paired together under the plan:
GOP Sen. Gary Dahms and DFL Sen. Gary Kubly (Southwestern Minnesota)
DFL Sen. Patricia Torres Ray and DFL Sen. Linda Berglin (Minneapolis)
DFL Sen. Scott Dibble and DFL Sen. Ken Kelash (Minneapolis)
There are three open Senate seats under the House plan. They are in Bloomington, Minneapolis and the Northfield and Faribault area.
Anderson characterized her propsal as a “fair plan” that is based on the population growth derived from the 2010 census. She says the population growth was eight times greater in GOP controlled districts than DFL controlled districts.
Anderson says she hopes the House Redistricting Committee will move the proposal out of committee tomorrow night.
The House would then have to pass the plan and reconcile it with a Senate plan that has not been released yet. If Gov. Dayton vetoes the maps, the courts will redraw the lines after February 21, 2012.
Anderson says she will release the redrawn congressional boundaries soon. She says the full House will vote on that plan before the end of the year.
Follow this link to see the maps. Here’s a breakdown of which incumbents are paired together and where the open seats would be:
Here’s the list of Senate incumbents.