South Dakota lawmakers on a listening tour to consider re-drawing political districts

RAPID CITY, S.D. — South Dakota lawmakers are spending the first half of the week hearing from residents before they consider re-drawing political districts.

The House and Senate legislative re-districting committees are on a listening tour, which started Monday morning at the Black Hills State Campus in Box Elder. The meetings include presentations from the lawmakers and the Legislative Research Council, displaying proposed maps and followed by public comment.

Redistricting TourSenate committee member Helene Duhamel says the legislature wants to be completely transparent with the re-districting process.

“It’s a complicated math problem. In Rapid City, we’re surrounded by rural districts that have lost population,” said Duhamel. “So, we kept our conurbation areas small and we’re doing the very best we can to try to come up with a good plan that represents the whole state.”

The re-districting tour ended on Monday in Mission and will resume on Tuesday in Mobridge, Watertown, and Aberdeen while wrapping up Wednesday in Sioux Falls.

The legislature is scheduled to meet in special session on November 8 to consider a final redistricting plan, which needs Governor Kristi Noem’s approval by December 1.

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