House Redistricting Committee Holds Hearings in Each Congressional District in September

September 7, 2021

Updated Sept. 17, 2021

City officials and residents of each district are invited to testify before the House Redistricting Committee to share input on the redistricting process.

The redistricting process for the next decade has begun, and the House and Senate Redistricting Committees are now holding public hearings and will begin considering both policies governing how districts should be drawn and redistricting map proposals.

Committees gather public comments

The House Redistricting Committee is holding virtual meetings in each congressional district. Each meeting will have a presentation from the State Demographer’s Office on population trends and shift analysis and an overview of redistricting timelines before taking public testimony from residents of the district for 75 minutes.

City officials who would like to testify before the House Redistricting Committee should email nancy.conley@house.mn by 4 p.m. the day before the hearing is scheduled to be on the agenda. Testimony will be limited to 3-5 minutes per speaker, and those with additional comments may submit those as written comments by the same deadline to supplement oral testimony. The meetings can also be viewed on the House Live Webcast and Mobile Streaming site.

Schedule for House Redistricting Committee Virtual Community Listening Sessions

  • Sept. 13: 3-5 p.m., Congressional District 3
  • Sept. 13: 7-9 p.m., Congressional District 6
  • Sept. 15: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Congressional District 1
  • Sept. 15: 11:30-1:30 p.m., Congressional District 2
  • Sept. 20: 2-4 p.m., Congressional District 7 (time change)
  • Sept. 20: 7-9 p.m., Congressional District 8

The meetings for Congressional District 4 and 5 were held on Aug. 25.

View the archive of recorded listening sessions in congressional districts 1-6

City officials who were unable to attend the hearings, or those in other congressional districts who are unable to attend the upcoming hearings, can submit written testimony to the committee until Sept. 30 by emailing nancy.conley@house.mn.

The Senate Redistricting Committee convened in Bemidji on Aug. 9 to receive public comments and will reconvene on Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. at Lakeville City Hall. The agenda is to be announced.

View a recording of the Aug. 9 Senate Redistricting Committee public comment session in Bemidji (select the recording under “Related Videos;” comment session starts at 35:32)

Preserving political subdivisions in redistricting

Current legislative proposals in the House (HF 1884, HF 2520, HF 2594) contain provisions regarding the preservation of political subdivisions. These provisions generally state that districts must minimize the division of counties, cities, and towns and that they shall not be divided more than necessary to meet constitutional requirements. Each bill also contains varying language preserving communities of interest, where possible and in compliance with redistricting principles, such as racial, ethnic, geographic, social, or cultural communities.

Access the House Research Department’s comparison of the current proposals in the House (pdf)

City responsibilities for redistricting

City governments must reestablish all precincts after state redistricting, and cities with wards must redistrict ward boundaries within 60 days after the state Legislature has completed congressional and legislative redistricting.

Learn more about city responsibilities, ward requirements, precincts, and polling places on the Office of the Secretary of State website

Timeline for completion of redistricting

It is the intention of the Legislature to complete congressional and legislative redistricting no later than Feb. 22, 2022, which is 25 weeks before the state primary on Aug. 9, 2022. League staff will continue to follow the House and Senate hearings and monitor the redistricting process.

For more background information about this topic, read a previous article

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