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Bill Detail: HB20-1073

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Title County Commissioner Districts Gerrymandering
Status House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/30/2020 - No Amendments (03/14/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Elections & Redistricting
House Sponsors C. Kennedy (D)
C. Larson (R)
Senate Sponsors
House Committee State, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 01/08/2020
Description

The bill requires the creation of independent 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. The bill:
  • Specifies that commissions are appointed both for counties
that have any number of their county commissioners not

elected by the voters of the whole county after each federal
decennial census of the United States and when a county
that has all of its commissioners elected by the voters of the
whole county elects to have only some of its commissioners
elected by the voters of the whole county;
  • Specifies that the commissions consist of 7 members, 2 of
whom must be registered with the state's largest political
party, 2 of whom must be registered with the state's second
largest political party, and 3 of whom must not be
registered with any political party;
  • Establishes the qualifications to serve on the commissions
and the method by which commissioners are appointed;
  • Authorizes the commissions to adopt rules and specifies
how the commissions are staffed, how the commissions are
funded, how the commissions are organized, and sets forth
the ethical obligations of the commissioners;
  • Requires the commissions to provide the opportunity for
public involvement, including multiple hearings, the ability
to propose maps, and to testify at commission hearings, and
requires hearings to comply with state statutes regarding
open meetings;
  • Mandates that paid lobbying of the commissions be
disclosed to the secretary of state by the lobbyist within 72
hours of when the lobbying occurred or when the payment
for lobbying occurred, whichever is earlier;
  • 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
members of or candidates for county commissioner or a
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 a majority of commissioners to approve a
redistricting map and specifies the date by which a final
map must be approved;
  • Specifies that the nonpartisan 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 nonpartisan 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
nonpartisan 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 also repeals anachronistic county precinct size rules and
allows county clerk and recorders to redraw precincts less often.

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