SD Redistricting Committees to do their tour of the state promoting the maps next week

PIERRE, S.D.(WNAX)- The South Dakota House and Senate committees working on redistricting have decided to go their own ways with different map proposals.

Senate Committee vice chair Jim Bolin of Canton says it’s something to watch.

Bolin says most of the disagreements center on districts in and around Sioux Falls.

The committees will be on the road starting next week for public input sessions. Bolin says that may help the committees past their jam.

Committee member, Representative Ryan Cwach of Yankton, says dividing up the area around Sioux Falls is the major problem.

Cwach says the divide seems to be over numbers in a district rather than where the lines should be drawn.

Cwach says the focus should be on cohesive districts rather than the perfect number.

Meetings are scheduled for the following dates, times, and locations:

Monday, October 11, 2021
• 8:00 a.m. (MT), Black Hills State University – Rapid City, Room 112, 4300 Cheyenne Boulevard, Box Elder
• 4:00 p.m. (CT), Rosebud Casino, Entertainment Center, 30421 U.S. Hwy 83, Valentine, Nebraska

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
• 8:00 a.m. (CT), Wrangler Inn, Conference Room, 820 West Grand Crossing, Mobridge
• 1:00 p.m. (CT), Aberdeen Recreation and Cultural Center, 225 3rd Avenue SE, Aberdeen
• 6:00 p.m. (CT), Lake Area Technical College, LATC Student Center, 1201 Arrow Avenue NE, Watertown

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
• 2:00 p.m. (CT), USD Community College, Room FADM 186, 4801 North Career Avenue, Sioux Falls
• 6:00 p.m. (CT), USD Community College, Room FADM 186, 4801 North Career Avenue, Sioux Falls

A special session of the legislature is scheduled for November 8th to approve a new legislative district map.