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Published on Friday, February 19, 2016

Redistricting bill fails to make cutoff, but could still move

BT SB 6129, allowing cities, towns, code cities and counties to choose to conduct district-based elections, Sen. Pam Roach (R-Auburn), failed to advance by the February 17 cutoff deadline. While bills that fail to make cutoffs are presumed “dead,” it would not be a surprise if this bill was revived in the next few weeks.

SB 6129 allows for optional municipal code cities and second class cities to establish district-based or hybrid systems for electing city or town council members, either through ordinance or city or town initiative, if initiatives are authorized. In addition, second class cities and towns that expand the number of city or town council positions from five to seven may redistrict either by ordinance or city or town initiative, if initiatives are authorized.

AWC is supportive of this legislation and will continue to monitor it over the next few weeks.

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