Nevada lawmakers plan ten-year redistribution

The Legislature on the last day of the 81st session, Monday, May 31, 2021, in Carson City.
Photo: David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Nevada lawmakers tasked with planning the state’s redistribution and redistribution process met for the first time on Thursday and devised a plan to solicit public input and use mapping tools to redraw political maps of the state. ‘State.

The committee, which includes four Democrats and two Republicans, plans to hold educational meetings statewide in October, in major cities, small towns and tribal areas. Next, lawmakers are expected to meet in November for a special legislative session to redesign congressional and legislative districts.

The Nevada legislature meets every two years, and for the past several decades has tried to redraw its maps in scheduled sessions. Due to the pandemic, the US Census Bureau did not send the data that states use to redraw the maps until September, five months after lawmakers were adjourned in Carson City.

Nevada’s redistribution process will be governed by the Democrats, who maintain the government and majority in the Senate and State Assembly. Nevada has added 404,000 new residents over the past decade, with urban areas – particularly the Las Vegas metro – overtaking rural areas in terms of population growth. How lawmakers are redrawing the maps could influence Nevada’s two swing congressional districts and influence the makeup of the state house for the next decade.

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