South Dakota House, Senate at odds over redistricting maps
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota House and Senate are at odds over the state’s new political boundaries, after redistricting committees for both chambers approved different legislative district maps.
Republicans, who dominate both committees, started the redistricting process by meeting as a single body. The House approved a map that promises to keep the current legislative district mostly intact, while the Senate’s proposal would likely create a shake-up in future elections.
Proponents of the House map say it’s received positive feedback at public input sessions. But senators argue that their proposal would account for the state’s population shifts over the last decade.
“Unfortunately, South Dakota’s population has changed in that time, so we do have to accept the fact that our districts are going to have to change,” said Republican Sen. Mary Duvall, who chaired the Senate committee.
Negotiations on the map proposals will continue over the coming weeks and into the legislative session, as lawmakers try to iron out several key sticking points.