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Last week, there was limited activity on the House floor, with committees pushing hard to complete their review of the bills that are still in play. It’s not quite crunch time, but we are getting there.
Redistricting – After receiving a second round of input and ideas from local officials concerning how some House districts were redrawn, the Government Operations Committee trotted out some redistricting revisions this past Thursday (4/6). In our area, the newest twist to the Browning (Arlington) and Miller (Shaftsbury) districts included a revamp that revised the boundary lines in those districts, but retained the one member format in each. The original plan approved a few weeks back called for a two-member district that brought in Stratton, in addition to Shafstbury, Arlington, Sunderland and Sandgate. The newest revision drops Stratton from the district, and to make the numbers work, the Shafstbury district was expanded into Arlington a bit, while the Arlington district made a more significant incursion into Rupert (a domino effect where one change necessitates another). Fortunately, the Manchester district stays as-is, in one piece, with one member. Although the chances are between slim and none of crafting a perfect redistricting plan, there was fairly broad based support for the final House product. The proposal received a second reading roll call endorsement of 123 – 9 (Wilson voting with the majority).