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Bill Detail: HB21-1047

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Title County Commissioner Districts Gerrymandering
Status Governor Signed (04/29/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Elections & Redistricting
  • Local Government
House Sponsors C. Kennedy (D)
Senate Sponsors P. Lee (D)
House Committee State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs
Senate Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Date Introduced 02/16/2021
Summary

The bill establishes the process used by county commissioner
redistricting commissions (commissions) to divide counties that have any
number of their county commissioners not elected by the voters of the
whole county into county commissioner districts. In these counties, the
bill:
  • Requires the commissions to hold multiple hearings

throughout the relevant counties that are broadcast and
stored online and comply with state statutes regarding open
meetings;
  • Requires the commission to provide the opportunity for
public involvement by providing the ability to propose and
comment on maps and to testify at commission hearings
both in person and electronically;
  • Prohibits improper communication between a member of
the commission and the staff of the commission;
  • Mandates that paid lobbying of the commissions be
disclosed to the secretary of state by the lobbyist;
  • Establishes prioritized factors for the commissions to use
in drawing districts, including federal requirements, the
preservation of communities of interest and political
subdivisions, and maximizing the number of competitive
districts;
  • Prohibits the commissions from approving a map if it has
been drawn for the purpose of protecting one or more
incumbent members, or one or more declared candidates,
of the board of county commissioners, or any political
party, and codifies current federal law and related existing
federal requirements prohibiting maps drawn for the
purpose of or that results in the denial or abridgement of a
person's right to vote or electoral influence on account of
a person's race, ethnic origin, or membership in a protected
language group;
  • Requires the commission to approve a redistricting map
and specifies the date by which a final map must be
approved;
  • Specifies that the staff of each commission will draft a
preliminary redistricting map and up to 3 additional maps,
and, in the event of deadlock by a commission, creates a
process by which staff submit a final map to a panel of
district court judges for review based on specified criteria;
and
  • Requires judicial review of a commission-approved or
staff-submitted redistricting map, and limits district court
judicial panel review to whether a commission or the staff
committed an abuse of discretion.
The bill recommends that counties establish independent county
commissioner redistricting commissions and provides criteria to consider
when creating these independent commissions.
The bill aligns the redistricting population data used to establish
county commissioner districts with the redistricting population data used
to establish congressional districts, state house of representative districts,
and state senate districts.
The bill also requires that, in a county where any number of county
commissioners are not elected by the voters of the whole county and the
board of county commissioners refers a measure to the voters of the
county to change the method of electing county commissioners, the
referred measure must provide at least 2 different methods of electing
county commissioners.
Finally, the bill repeals anachronistic county precinct size rules and
allows county clerk and recorders to redraw precincts less often.

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