redistribution committee begins work on defining new political boundaries | Regional government
Briese is a Republican and Morfeld and Lathrop are both Democrats.
While Monday’s exchange centered on rural interests versus urban interests, it translates in Nebraska into Republican versus Democrat representation.
The extraordinary legislative session in mid-September will address the redistribution
Late census figures delayed by the pandemic forced the legislature to a swift delay as committee chair Senator Lou Ann Linehan of Elkhorn said the committee was ready to meet.
It will hold public hearings in Omaha, Lincoln and Grand Island once it makes its decisions.
“I’m sure there are a lot of cards already,” Linehan said in response to a question after the committee session. “All kinds of cards.”
Census figures suggest the Omaha-Lincoln-Sarpy County metropolitan complex may be entitled to two more senators, but rural senators hope to keep that number at one thanks to an allowed gap in population.
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Lancaster County itself would be entitled to an additional Senator for an equal number of population.
While the committee encouraged the participation of racial minority groups in the redistribution process, Senator Justin Wayne of Omaha, who is black, reminded his colleagues that “Redistribution is not the reason North Omaha is Thus”.