New district maps out at 1 p.m. TuesdayST. PAUL -- A five-judge Minnesota panel plans to release new congressional and legislative district maps at 1 p.m. Tuesday.
By: Don Davis, The Republican Eagle
ST. PAUL -- A five-judge Minnesota panel plans to release new congressional and legislative district maps at 1 p.m. Tuesday.
The courts earlier had refused to announce a release date, but on Monday said the maps will be available at www.mncourts.gov under a “special redistricting panel” link.
Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea established the judicial panel last year in case the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton did not agree on a redistricting plan. Republicans who controlled the Legislature passed a plan last year, which Dayton vetoed, and there has been no work on a new plan this year.
The courts say the Web site will include:
-- The panel’s orders regarding redistricting.
-- Statewide and Twin Cities area congressional district maps.
-- Statewide and Twin Cities area legislative district maps.
-- Select maps of metro areas around Minnesota where it is impossible to discern the legislative districts from the statewide maps.
-- Various reports compatible with Maptitude software.
Within a week, reports also will be available in the State Law Library in St. Paul and each county law library.
Redistricting is required by two U.S. Supreme Court cases and a provision in the Minnesota Constitution that require elected officials’ districts to contain the same number of people. New maps are drawn every 10 years following the national census.