Surprised to see their lack of planning

Article posted on February 21, 2018

The Pro Tem and Speaker, today, filed for an emergency stay in the redistricting matter with the U.S. Supreme Court.  They are asking for the map drawn by the State Supreme Court to not be implemented until a decision can be reached on a challenge to be filed with the federal court.  I haven’t been told how long a decision on this filing is expected to take, but I imagine it would be within a couple of days.  The argument is that the court is violating the U.S. and State Constitutions by drawing a map themselves and gave no realistic time period for the legislature to draw a new map, and that new criteria was added to the map drawing process that goes beyond the constitutional requirements.  Obviously, everyone will be watching to see what happens next.  Coincidently, the Dept. of State appeared before the Appropriations Committee today and told us they were moving ahead with the election process based on the new map.  They were tough to pin down about what would happen with any delay and didn’t appear to have a plan B.  We were all surprised to see their lack of planning for a contingency in the middle of this issue that has gotten national press.

-John

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