State lawmakers have started the process of redrawing Nebraska’s congressional and legislative districts. Data from the 2010 Census will be used to update the various political boundaries.
Senator Tyson Larson, of O’Neill, says they will have several options to consider. “There’s nine members on the redistricting committee and they’ll draw three maps,” Larson says.
“They’re talking to all of us and giving us what they think will happen and asking us if we’re willing to give up part of this county or move. It’s already very, very contentious.”
Larson says all state senators are keeping careful tabs on the process.
“All of us that aren’t on the committee are keeping a very close watch on it with open eyes,” Larson says. He adds, all of the constituents he’s talked with are concerned about the process. Larson says, “I’m guaranteed four years by the constitution but that doesn’t mean my district will look exactly the same as the district that elected me. I’m fighting as hard as I can to keep my district intact.”
Larson says he already knows the lines of his district will have to move.
He says he’s about 6,000 people short of what it will take to have a full district under the new plan, so he anticipates picking up all or part of some counties, but the question remains, which ones? “That’s what we’re all waiting for with much apprehension,” he says.
Larson’s District 40 extends from Holt County in north-central Nebraska, to Cedar County in northeast Nebraska.
Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton