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Between the Lines: First New State Maps Are Winning Approval

The plan, which is supported by Democrats who control the state Senate, would shrink the black population in Scott’s district to less than 50 percent, making it a “minority influenced” district. The plan calls for making the new 4th district a majority-minority district instead.

“I’m for it. That’s what I called for 20 years ago,” Scott told Roll Call.  

The entire state Senate will take up the bill later this month, before the map heads to conference with other chamber, according to the Washington Post. The Virginia state House, which is controlled by Republicans, has passed a different map which they created in consultation with the Congressional delegation.

Iowa: Closer to Passage

Iowa lawmakers are inching closer to passing their new Congressional map and sending it to Gov. Terry Branstad (R).

A state Senate committee unanimously approved the map Wednesday, according to local reports, and will send it to the chamber’s floor for a full debate shortly. The state House is expected to debate the map on the floor today.

Provided the map passes both chambers, Branstad will have the opportunity to veto it or sign the bill into law — but the governor has not indicated whether he would.

Iowa will lose a House seat this cycle, and the map currently under consideration would pit two sets of incumbents against each other in new districts: Republican Rep. Steve King versus Rep. Tom Latham, and Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack versus Rep. Bruce Braley.

Under Iowa’s unique redistricting process, a nonpartisan commission submits a map to the state Legislature for either approval or rejection. If lawmakers, or the governor or state lawmakers reject this map, the commission will submit a second and even a third map if necessary.

Kyle Trygstad contributed to this report.

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