Leaders Say Both Parties Agree on Legislature’s Plan
Oklahoma’s redistricting process will begin in early 2020 and closely mirror previous redistricting efforts, The Black Chronicle has learned. State House Speaker Charles McCall announced he will appoint members to a bipartisan House Redistricting Committee with subcommittees focused on different regions of the state to oversee the redistricting process. Each legislative chamber has its own redistricting committee to redraw district maps. Gov. Kevin Stitt would have to approve the final redistricting plan. Oklahoma Senate leaders are still discussing what the redistricting process will look like in the upper chamber, according to State Sen. George Young Sr. (Dem., Oklahoma City)A spokesman for State Senate Pro Tem Greg Treat said he is committed to a thorough and robust redistricting process. Boundaries for legislative and congressional districts are redrawn every decade following completion of the census. Members of the House Redistricting Committee will hold town hall meetings across the state to get citizen input on the redistricting process. The committee also will solicit public input via emails sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The committee also will seek out input from the governor’s office, the Oklahoma Supreme Court and state, county and local officials, Speaker McCall said in a news release. “The Legislative Redistricting Committee will be bipartisan and reflect the rural, urban and suburban makeup of the House of Representatives,” Speaker McCall said.