The Republican-led Senate has killed a Democrat measure for an appointed non-partisan commission to draw a new map for North Dakota’s legislative districts. The Senate defeated the bill 36-10, along party lines on Monday. The measure was sponsored by Democratic legislative leaders. North Dakota now has 47 legislative districts, each of which is represented by a senator and two House members.
Legislative redistricting is normally done after each federal census, which happens every 10 years. The last one was done in 2011 by a Republican-controlled committee of lawmakers over five months.
Redistricting plans are intended to ensure that each member of the Legislature represents about the same number of people.