Court Redistricting Meetings Planned For October

Amid all the discussion about the state budget, another divisive issue slipped by with little notice: The state chief justice announced a judicial redistricting panel will hold meetings around the state later this year.

Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea issued an order that sets in motion what everyone expected all along: The courts likely will decide legislative and congressional district lines.

The redistricting panel will hold public meetings with local officials, representatives of community groups and others who seek input into how the lines are drawn. Meeting times and locations will be announced later, but Gildea’s order said they would be between Oct. 6 and Oct. 14.

Minnesotans may follow court action

Republican legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton could not agree on a redistricting plan, which left it up to the courts. District lines must be redrawn every 10 years to follow the U.S. Supreme Court ruling of one-person, one-vote.