Many state lawmakers are unhappy with the districts they ended up with in the proposed reapportionment plan.
Several in the House dissident faction, in particular, are not pleased with the new maps. In the six situations where sitting lawmakers were placed into the same House districts — meaning they would have to either run against another lawmaker or move into an open district — four involve dissidents.
The new maps have led to questions about whether the Reapportionment Commission adhered to the criteria set in the state Constitution.
2. No district shall be so drawn as to unduly favor a person or political faction.
The lawmakers who are researching the issue say they do not believe there has ever been a legal challenge testing the “political faction” criteria.
House dissidents have unsuccessfully sought to topple state House Speaker Calvin Say (D, St. Louis Heights-Wilhelmina Rise-Palolo Valley) for several years.
Dissidents, if they pursue a lawsuit, may have a difficult argument that they alone were targeted. Three House Republicans were also placed in the same districts as other lawmakers, a fairly high ratio given there are only eight Republicans in the House. Three of Say’s loyalists were paired with other lawmakers.
Here are the pairings in question, with an asterisk next to the dissidents:
Rep. Jerry Chang (D) v. Rep. Mark Nakashima (D)*
Rep. Barbara Marumoto (R) v. Rep. Mark Hashem (D)
Rep. Scott Saiki (D)* v. Rep. Della Au Belatti (D)*
Rep. K. Mark Takai (D)* v. Rep. Heather Giugni (D)
Rep. Rida Cabanilla (D) v. Rep. Kymberly Pine (R)
Rep. Jessica Wooley (D)* v. Rep. Gil Riviere (R)