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Who has primary responsibility for redistricting in Kansas?

 

 

 

The Legislature has initial responsibility for developing legislative, congressional, and State Board of Education districts every ten years following the decennial federal Census. Traditionally, the Legislature has utilized a House and a Senate standing committee to develop plans that are presented to the respective chambers for consideration.


All three branches of state government have a role in creation of new legislative districts. New districts are created by enactment of a statute that becomes effective unless vetoed by the Governor. As
required by the Kansas Constitution, redistricting plans for the state House and Senate must be reviewed by the State Supreme Court prior to becoming effective.


Congressional district plans also are enacted into law, but are not automatically subject to court review. However, Kansas congressional plans have been challenged in court after every redistricting in recent memory.