Montana redistricting commission's first meeting set
HELENA, Montana: Montana's redistricting commission will hold its first meeting on July 12 at 2 p.m. in room 137 of the Capitol. The five member commission will discuss how to redraw the state's legislative maps based on 2010 census data.
The Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission was appointed in April 2009. The first four members were selected by Senate and House leaders. The four commissioners were unable to agree upon a fifth member, who was then appointed by the Court. The five members of the Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission are:
- Jim Regnier (appointed by Montana Supreme Court)
- Linda Vaughey (appointed by Senate Majority Leader)
- Joe Lamson (appointed by House Majority Leader)
- Pat Smith (appointed by Senate Minority Leader)
- Joe Bennion (appointed by House Minority Leader)
After the commission comes to agreement, their plan is sent to the 2013 legislature for approval. The approved plan is not implemented until 2014, so the Montana redistricting process does not take effect until 4 years into the decade -- a longer process than most states.
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