(Delaney) For months the Legislature has been struggling over reapportionment, the redrawing of new district lines to make House and Senate districts conform to changes in population, as the constitution requires.
The Legislature does this every ten years after the U.S. census provides the numbers to work from. This year, though, the task is made more difficult because the House and Senate are under rival leaderships. There are now indications that the two chambers might even fail to come up with a mutually acceptable plan.
(Delaney) “Former Deputy Secretary of State Paul Gillies is an expert on the kind of challenge the Legislature faces. Mr. Gillies, what happens if the Legislature doesn’t get reapportionment done this year?”