Districting And Apportionment Commission
HELENA – The Montana Supreme Court has upheld the rejection of a lawsuit claiming Montana’s Districting and Apportionment Commission improperly assigned a Democratic senator to a new central Montana district.
HELENA — A commission’s last-minute reassignment of two state senators to new central Montana districts was a political move to allow another state senator from Conrad to run for re-election in 2014, and should be thrown out, a lawyer for citizens in one of the districts argued Friday.
In the end, the remarkable unanimity of the Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission didn’t hold. But the plan that all five members previously approved as a draft was little changed in the final map.
HELENA — Montana lawmakers expect to seek changes to a plan to redraw the state's legislative map.
HELENA – Should western Montana’s Lake County maintain its own Senate district – or should southern Lake County fall in with part of Missoula County?
The Billings City Council will vote on its response to a state legislative redistricting proposal when it meets Tuesday night.
Back in August, the Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission spent a full week hammering out a preliminary plan for redrawing state legislative districts to reflect the 2010 census.
HELENA — The panel drafting Montana’s new legislative districts for the next 10 years worked late into the evening Friday on its statewide plan, hashing out district boundaries in Billings, Helena, Butte and Bozeman — and perhaps Missoula, too, which it thought it had settled earlier this week.
HELENA — On its first significant 3-2 vote, the panel drafting new legislative districts for Montana on Tuesday chose its Republican members’ preferred plan for dividing up Missoula and Missoula County.
HELENA — Beginning Monday in a state Capitol meeting room, the five-member panel charged with redrawing Montana’s legislative districts for the next 10 years starts deciding the actual lines. No one is predicting it will be easy.
HELENA -- The panel redrawing Montana's legislative districts for the next decade had its first look Friday at proposed maps -- including one co-sponsored by panel member and Democrat Joe Lamson, architect of the current and oft-criticized district boundaries.
While candidates continue filing for 2012 primary elections, upstairs in the Secretary of State Office in Montana's Capitol, a meeting Friday in Room 102 will look ahead to the elections of 2014-2022.
Yellowstone County commissioners on Tuesday approved a recommendation for new legislative district boundaries that supporters say is a nonpartisan, common-sense approach.
HELENA — As a five-member panel prepares to redraw Montana's legislative districts, it's easy to see which areas should get more seats at the political table: Bozeman, the Flathead Valley and suburban Billings and Missoula.
HELENA — The panel redrawing Montana’s legislative districts decided Tuesday that it will begin by examining a statewide, overall map of all proposed districts — a significant change from how the 2000 panel designed the current districts.
HELENA — A top Republican legislator on Monday urged the panel redrawing Montana’s legislative districts for 2014 to take a new approach and not work from current districts that are way off the target population.
Short of calling Montana’s current political districts gerrymandered, Republicans turned out in droves Monday to appeal for fairness from the state commission charged with redrawing legislative boundaries.
Montana’s political districts are due for redrawing, and the commission in charge will hold a public hearing Monday night in Billings.