Colorado's two independent redistricting commissions have two words for state lawmakers: Hands off.
Data and Investigative Reporter
For the first time in a year, the Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins areas are no longer experiencing drought or abnormal dryness. But the improved conditions come with a big caveat: Much of western Colorado remains in severe and exceptional drought, part of a regional pattern affecting the southwest.
Colorado’s independent congressional redistricting commission voted Monday to begin drawing draft congressional maps that rely on survey data and estimates, due to a months-long delay in the U.S. Census Bureau’s normal decennial census data.
Colorado’s independent redistricting commissions have hired attorneys days before a crucial legal deadline in a fast-moving state supreme court case that could alter the once-in-a-decade political map drawing process.
Colorado lawmakers have asked the state supreme court to evaluate a legislative proposal to change how the first independent redistricting commission will redraw the state’s political maps for the next decade.
A panel of state lawmakers on Monday tweaked then sent for consideration by the full House chamber, a bill that would adjust how the state’s new voter-approved redistricting works this year, in response to census data delays caused by the global pandemic.
A panel of lawmakers gave unanimous approval to a bill that aims to fix the state redistricting commissions’ census data delay problems, by deeming survey data appropriate to use for the preliminary maps, instead of waiting for the U.S. Census Bureau’s official decennial census data.
Colorado’s inaugural Congressional Redistricting Commission chairman Danny Moore has been voted out of his leadership position, days after his…