TOPEKA – With the balance of power in the Senate at stake and after an acrimonious meltdown in the Republican caucus, Senate President Steve Morris held off bringing the contentious issue of redistricting to a floor vote today.
Senators came to the floor late today expecting to vote on a map called “Buffalo 30,” which creates districts friendly to moderate Republican incumbents who have been targeted for replacement by the conservative wing of their party.
But when he gaveled the Senate to order, Morris announced that he would be opening negotiations to try to develop a compromise map to bridge the chasm between the “traditional” Republicans and the more conservative elements.
He put off further discussion until 2 p.m. Wednesday at the earliest.
Following the meeting, Morris said he would probably put together a working group of three conservative Republicans, three moderate Republicans and a Democrat to try to hammer out a plan.