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Iowa Senate panel approves new redistricting map

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

An Iowa Senate panel has approved a proposed map of new legislative and congressional districts.

A subcommittee of the Senate State Government Committee unanimously approved the new maps Tuesday, and the full panel will likely follow suit later in the week.

Some say the vote is another sign that the new map is gaining momentum and will likely win legislative approval.

Senate President Jack Kibbie voted for the new maps, though he noted the new district in which he landed was overwhelmingly Republican. Kibbie said nonpartisan legislative staffers followed the dictates of Iowa law and drew new districts with nearly equal populations.

Republican Sen. Randy Feenstra also supported the plan, but he worried that all four congressional districts converge near Des Moines. He thinks that could give Des Moines too much clout.

Iowa will be dropping from five representatives in the US House down to just four, since the latest census numbers show the distribution of people has changed in the state.

A few times in the past, including 1981 and 2001, the first plan submitted by the Legislative Services Agency, was not adopted. The General Assembly is required to adopt a new Congressional boundary plan by September 1, and Governor Branstad must sign it by September 15.

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