Minority leaders gathered in the State Capitol to blast 11th-hour legislative proposals (SJR 2288/ HJR 7231) that would undermine citizen backed efforts to prohibit lawmakers from drawing districts for their own political gain or political purposes.

Republican leaders argue that the measures will protect minority voter representation, yet HJR 7231’s minority protections are optional. The Fair Districts amendments are mandatory. The measures at issue appeared during the last week of session. Republican leaders had been looking for months to find fault in the FairDistricts amendments and to foster the impression that the amendments were unworkable

We concluded by emphasizing that leadership in both houses needed to show statesmanship by backing off this fatally flawed proposal.