House Takes Up Reapportionment

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House Republicans have come up with their first new map of Vermont legislative districts. But Democrats have expressed their dislike for the map right away. House Democratic leader John Tracy calls it “textbook gerrymandering.”

Every ten years, the Legislature must draw new maps to accommodate changes in population. Republicans hold the majority in the House. As a result, they are in charge of coming up with the new maps.

Tracy says at least six Democrats would be redistricted out of a seat if the GOP map were adopted. A House committee will review the proposed map next week. The full House probably will debate a version of it later this month.

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