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While senators are hearing concerns from their constituents over mask mandates and education-related topics, the Senate GOP leader said he expects this week’s special session will be confined to consideration of the proposed redistricting maps only and likely be completed in a day.
Political considerations — such as whether current lawmakers would have to square off against each other in the next election — should not influence state lawmakers’ votes on proposed new political boundaries in Iowa, Iowa House Speaker Pat Grassley said Friday.
By James Q. Lynch and Rod Boshart, Des Moines Bureau
State Government Sep. 16, 2021 4:34 pm
The day the redistricting plan is releases is “kind of like a kid with Christmas. You don't know what you're going to get,” House Speaker Pat Grassley said.
No current members of the U.S. House are thrown into a district with another incumbent. However, Ashley Hinson and Marianette Miller-Meeks would be in unfamiliar territory. Their would-be Democratic challengers — state Sen. Liz Mathis of Hiawatha and state Rep. Christina Bohannan of Iowa City — both would be in the new 1st District. Under the current map, Mathis is in the 1st and Bohannan in the 2nd.
Redistricting occurs once every 10 years after the national census has been completed to draw new congressional and legislative districts based on population changes. Using criteria established in the U.S. and Iowa constitutions and state law, the goal is to make the districts as close to equal as possible.
The Legislative Services Agency plans to release its first redistricting map by Sept. 16. An advisory panel has two weeks to gather public input before recommending a plan to the Legislature, which must wait three days before taking an up-or-down vote on it.