Proposed Solution on Redistricting
The Committee’s proposed amendment mandates a permanent districting commission whose members would be appointed to ten-year terms, beginning one year prior to the decennial census. A permanent staff with technical expertise is also mandated. Each of the four legislative leaders would appoint two commission members, who may not be sitting legislators or judges. Six commissioners, including at least one from each appointing authority, would then have to agree on a chairperson as the ninth member. Their choice would also require the assent of the Governor. The authority of the Legislature and the Governor would end with the appointment of the commission.