September 19, 2021

Iowa panel schedules 3 September redistricting map hearings

DES MOINES (AP) — A state commission has scheduled three virtual public hearings in September pertaining to Iowa’s proposed new electoral maps.

The five-member Iowa Temporary Redistricting Advisory Commission voted Monday to hold the hearings on Sept. 20, 21 and 22. Details on how people can log in will be posted on a later date on the Legislature’s website.

The commission decided to meet on Sept. 23 to discuss the report it is required by law to present to the Legislature summarizing the public comments made at the hearings, online and in writing.

The first redistricting maps will be delivered on Sept. 16, beginning the process for redrawing political boundaries for legislative and congressional districts, said Ed Cook, legal counsel for the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency, which is responsible for providing redistricting maps.

State law gives the commission up to 14 days after maps are drawn to hold public hearings to gather public comment and prepare a report for the Legislature.

Three days after they receive the report, lawmakers may meet in a special session to vote on the maps. Lawmakers may approve or reject two sets of maps without amendment. If a third set of maps is necessary, they can amend them like any other legislation before approving them.

In 2000, the Legislature rejected the first set of maps but approved the second. In 2010, lawmakers approved the first set.

Sarah Scull

SARAH SCULL

Sarah Scull is a San Diego transplant living in Creston, Iowa. Sarah joined the Creston News Advertiser editorial staff as a reporter in in 2012 and was promoted to managing editor in November 2018. After two years in that role, she has since become associate editor to spend her time doing what she loves – writing and photography.