The person who represents you in the state legislature and in Congress may be changing next year – even without an election.
That’s because proposed redistricting plans have been released for the Iowa House and Senate, as well as in Congress. State Representative Lee Hein of Monticello says the non-partisan Iowa Legislative Services Agency released what’s called redistricting “Plan 1” last Thursday.
Hein currently represents District 96, which includes all of Delaware County and the northwest side of Jones County. But he says with the new proposed maps, Delaware County would no longer be part of his district – the county would actually be split in two.
Hein’s new proposed district would now include all of Jones County and extend south into the western half of Cedar County. He says it’s a major change for Delaware, Dubuque and Jones counties.
The Iowa Legislature will be reconvening for a special legislative session on October 5th to discuss the proposed redistricting maps.
Hein says he’s hoping the legislature can approve a redistricting map before December 1st. If they don’t reach an agreement by then, the Iowa Supreme Court will make a decision for them.