January 30, 2012
A Kansas Senate committee expects to vote Wednesday on a plan for redrawing the state's four congressional districts.
The Reapportionment Committee plans to start with a proposal to
expand the 1st Congressional District of western and central Kansas
into northeast Kansas to pull in the Manhattan area.
Committee chairman Tim Owens, an Overland Park Republican, said
Monday he's willing to have the panel consider alternatives. But he
doesn't support one alternative that keeps the Manhattan area with
other eastern Kansas communities in the 2nd District but splits the
Kansas City area among two districts.
Legislators must redraw political boundaries this year to
account for shifts in the state's population over the past decade.
Officials in Manhattan prefer to stay in the 2nd District.