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House Majority Whip defends sluggish redistricting pace

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From recent articles it appears that there is a concern about how legislation is moving through the House of Representatives and the Senate.  
The comments I have heard criticize the pace at which the legislators are hearing bills and the priority on redistricting versus non-redistricting issues.  
Let me clarify the intent of this special session and how this process unfolds.  
First, redistricting is complicated. Not only are we considering over 20 redistricting plans with considerable discussion, legislators from areas throughout the state are meeting in smaller groups to further discuss districts within their regions.   
These in-depth conversations are essential to ensure that we incorporate input from the public and that our final decisions represent the very best apportionment of our citizens.   
Let me mention that if we do not do our job well, the consequences are very serious.  
Following the last redistricting session in 2001, challenges to redistricted districts cost the state over $3.5 million.  At a time when our resources are very scarce we cannot afford to put forth plans that are not sound.  


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