A fourth charter change, regarding Burlington ward redistricting, must be voted on this session, and could be treated as a separate bill.
The House, with a few changes, readopted the map it had previously approved before the Senate proposed major adjustments that were ultimately rejected in conference committee.
Rep. Ron Hubert is floating a proposal (a.k.a. Option 7) that would divide up Chittenden County into two, three-member districts.
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Up to this point, the product of this relatively nonpartisan process could have been a model of redistricting for the country.
The changes ensure the likelihood that the bill, H.789, will require further action by the House and a conference committee to iron out differences, which could delay resolution.
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“I wanted a bipartisan vote,” Sweaney said. “I wanted to prove it could be done.”
Burlington representatives want a 10th seat in the House of Representatives.
After several months of back and forth over single-member district seats for House members, the map the board approved on Thursday looks more like the one currently in use.
The Apportionment Board has no power. In the words the office of Secretary of State, “the Apportionment Board drafts the initial apportionment plan. In other words, the Board recommends to the Legislature. The Legislature has the power. It reapportions itself.
The proposed change makes Orleans a single-seat district and pits two long serving members against each other — Sen. Vince Illuzzi and Sen. Bobby Starr.
The Senate map largely follows county lines with a few exceptions, and it reconfigures the unwieldy, six-member Chittenden County Senate district into four new two-member voting districts.
The minority parties on the Apportionment Board have proposed single-member voting districts for the Senate.
“The primary problem of the single-member plan is that it will cause more problems than it solves,” Davis said.