With all the budget challenges facing the state, are lawmakers really going to reopen the redistricting can of worms? Incoming Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, said that she is interested in redrawing legislative districts, which the Legislature failed to agree on last session. Their work had to be completed by a panel of federal judges. But lawmakers and others were elected last month based on the new districts, and there doesn’t seem to be a compelling reason to revisit the maps (other than Manhattan’s desire not to be represented by U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler). If lawmakers do reconsider redistricting, it should be to create a nonpartisan, independent commission to draw the districts next time.
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