TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas’ most populous county has essentially the most seats on legislative committees that may draft redistricting proposals subsequent 12 months, and three Senate leaders are members of its panel.
Three of 9 members of the Republican-controlled Senate Redistricting Committee are from Johnson County, not solely the state’s most populous county but additionally one prone to acquire political clout due to inhabitants shifts. 4 of 17 members of the GOP-controlled House committee are from Johnson County.
Lawmakers redraw congressional, legislative and State Board of Schooling districts as soon as each decade. In 2012, their debates grew to become so contentious — notably between GOP conservatives and moderates — that legislators didn’t go any redistricting measures and three federal judges redrew district boundaries.
Senate President Ty Masterson has famous that his chamber’s committee has members from every of the state’s 4 congressional districts. That is additionally true of the Home committee.
Masterson, an Andover Republican, is vice chair of the Senate committee, and its chair is Senate Vice President Rick Wilborn, a McPherson Republican.