Committee passes redistricting plan

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 14, 2011 7:20 AM

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The Iowa Senate State Government Committee unanimously passed the state’s redistricting plan Wednesday, said Sen. Jack Kibbie, D-Emmetsburg.

The plan will be debated in the House and the Senate today, Kibbie said, noting it will likely pass both. Kibbie predicted the new plan will be approved — with very few dissenting votes — by both houses by tonight.

“Most people feel, let’s take the first plan and live with it,” Kibbie said.

The proposal would place Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, and Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, in the same district and would also pair Republicans Steve King and Tom Latham in western Iowa. Cedar Rapids and Iowa City would no longer be a part of the same district.

— by Sam Lane

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