Gov. Laura Kelly signed Friday new district strains for the Kansas Senate, Kansas House and Kansas State Board of Education, although courtroom overview continues to be required.
There is potential for a authorized problem to the board of education maps, officers stated earlier this week, with the brand new strains drawing outrage from members of the panel once they had been authorised final month.
The transfer comes as a set of GOP-authored Congressional maps are being challenged in state courtroom.
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The state Senate and House maps had been mildly contested within the Legislature, notably within the Senate the place the map will create a fourth, Democrat-leaning district in Topeka and Lawrence.
The strains might want to bear overview by the Kansas Supreme Court and Attorney General Derek Schmidt stated in a press release he would “promptly” search their approval.
“The new legislative district boundaries seem to fulfill all authorized necessities beforehand established by state constitutional, statutory or widespread regulation,” Schmidt stated in a press release.
State Board of Education Chair Jim Porter, board member Janet Waugh and education commissioner Randy Watson had met with Kelly earlier this week to lift issues over a number of education-related payments that Kelly is both contemplating, together with the state board’s redistricting map.
After the assembly Porter stated it appears doubtless that Kelly is not going to veto the redistricted state education board map, because it’s tied to different redistricting maps.
But he stated he understands an outdoor group is ready to legally problem the maps within the Kansas Supreme Court earlier than they turn out to be regulation.
“In her message (if she passes the maps), we requested if she would point out that she disapproves of our map, and that might give us some standing,” Porter stated.
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Senate President Ty Masterson, R-Andover, stated the brand new board of education strains had been partially designed to interrupt up an entity he referred to as “monolithic,” saying it was his hope the brand new strains would possibly encourage a extra conservative slate of candidates to run for workplace.
“There’s some cause we’d like some some shake up and a few change on that board,” Masterson informed reporters final month.
But the brand new strains drew criticism from board members, together with cries of gerrymandering. The maps draw 4 incumbent members collectively and break up the Kansas City space, with Wyandotte County divided into three districts.
One of these districts additionally contains one Topeka-area district, Shawnee Heights USD 450, whereas the opposite Topeka faculties are consolidated right into a separate board of education district.
Andrew Bahl is a senior statehouse reporter for the Topeka Capital-Journal. He could be reached at email@example.com or by telephone at 443-979-6100.