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Redistricting conference committee kicks off and Senators take a closer look at House plan to increase the legislature

Wyoming redistricting map
Bob Beck
Wyoming Public Media
Wyoming redistricting map

A Wyoming House and Senate conference committee have started trying to iron out the differences in the legislative redistricting bill. Both sides have completely different maps, but on Tuesday, Senators indicated they want to take a closer look at the House plan. The House version increases the Senate by one to 31 members and the House by two to 62 members.

The Senate version redraws districts keeping legislative numbers the same. Sheridan Sen. Dave Kinskey said he wants to take a fresh look at the House plan and see if they can get support.

You know when we take it back to the body. Sen. Lander, Cooper and I…if we’re gonna stand up for 62-31,we don’t want to have somebody come and say, ‘Oh by the way..’ Whatever the oh by the way is… we want to know about it now,“ said Kinskey. “So we’re trying to work our floor a little bit so we can flesh that out.”

House members on the committee say their plan makes it easier to get to federal population requirements where lawmakers basically represent the same number of people in each legislative district. The conference committee plans to meet again Wednesday morning.

Bob Beck retired from Wyoming Public Media after serving as News Director of Wyoming Public Radio for 34 years. During his time as News Director WPR has won over 100 national, regional and state news awards.
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