Ricketts Sets Date For Special Session On Redistricting

       Gov. Pete Ricketts has set the date for the special session of the Nebraska Legislature to draw new lines for legislative and congressional districts.

The once-a-decade process will get underway when the special session begins Sept. 13. 

      Redistricting is normally done during the legislature’s first regular session after the Census is taken, but there were delays – primarily caused by COVID-19 – in completing and releasing the data needed.

       Ricketts and Unicameral leaders said before the regular session ended that there would be a special session likely in early fall, but they couldn’t be more exact until the data was released last month. 

      In addition to legislative and congressional districts, senators will approve new boundaries for judicial, Public Service Commission, Board of Regents and Board of Education districts.

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