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    sja, SuetheRedWA, confitesprit

    Washington uses a Redistricting Commission model, much like Iowa.

    The lege's input is this -- each House's caucus appoints a Commission member (that is, one by the House Dems, one by the Senate GOP, etc.).

    Those four individuals select a (non-voting) Chair for the Commission ... maybe "referee" would be a better term.  The Commission hires demographers and GIS whizzes, holds public hearings, public meetings, posts proposed maps on the web.  They are required by law to take neighborhood patterns into account, and to create geographically-compact districts.  No district (state or federal) can be drawn so as to place two incumbents in the same district, except of course if WA ever loses a CD.

    After they present their final plan, the lege (both Houses controlled by Democrats) is only allowed to make small tweaks:

    How does the Commission adopt a redistricting plan? Can the plan be changed by the Legislature or vetoed by the Governor?

    A redistricting plan must be approved by at least three of the four voting Commission members. This plan becomes final unless it is amended by the Legislature within 30 days after the beginning of the next regular or special session.

    A legislative amendment, however, can affect no more than 2 percent of a legislative district’s population and must be approved by two-thirds of the members of both the House and Senate. The Governor may not veto the redistricting plan. There is no final vote of approval on the redistricting plan, and it takes effect after the 30-day period elapses. If the commission fails to meet the submission deadline, the state Supreme Court must prepare a plan by April 30, 2012.


    The Governor can't veto whatever is finally decided by the Commission (and tweaked by the lege).

    grok the "edku" -- edscan's "revelation", 21 January 2009

    by N in Seattle on Fri Nov 05, 2010 at 03:50:18 PM PDT

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