Bill to align redistricting timelines passed by House

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The House voted 122-2 Monday to modify redistricting times for soil and water conservation districts.

Sponsored by Rep. JoAnn Ward (DFL-Woodbury), HF141, now moves to the Senate where it’s sponsored by Sen. Katie Sieben (DFL-Newport).

The bill would align the redistricting schedule of county soil and water conservation supervisor districts to mirror the current schedule of local government election districts, which is within 80 days of the time the Legislature has been redistricted, or at least 15 weeks before the state primary election in years ending in two or whichever comes first.

The current soil and water conservation redistricting schedule requires resolutions establishing supervisor districts to be filed at least 30 days before the first date a candidate may file for office of supervisor.

Washington County is the only county with soil and water conversation districts that elect supervisors by district. Redistricting takes place every 10 years.