AGENDA ITEM # 3&4
September 30, 2011
Presentation - Redistricting Commission Report
Introduction - Bill 31-11, Council Districts - Boundaries
On October 4, the Redistricting Commission will have the opportunity to present its report to Council.
The report includes a summary of redistricting law, demographic data, a proposed redistricting map, a
description of each proposed Council District's boundaries, and a minority statement.
Commissioners were invited to attend the presentation. The Council will hold a public hearing
concerning the Commission's plan on November 1,2011.
Council Districts - Boundaries
The Charter gives the Commission's plan a unique status; if the Council takes no action within 90 days
from receipt ofthe report, the Commission's districts become law.
The Commission report is what it is.
The Council cannot change the report, but it can affirmatively approve their proposed district boundaries
or amend the Commission's boundaries by a bill. Bill 31-ll is scheduled to be introduced on October 4
for either of those purposes. As introduced, it affirms the Commission's plan. The Council's November
1, 2011 public hearing will be on both the Commission redistricting plan and Bill 31-11.
The Charter requires the 5 Council Districts to be compact, contiguous, and substantially equal in
population? Staff believes that the Commission proposed redistricts meet those standards. This
conclusion should not be taken to mean that the Commission's plan is the only way to meet Charter
\04: ... If within ninety days after presentation of the Commission's plan no other law reestablishing the
boundaries of the Council districts has been enacted, then the plan, as submitted. shaIl become law.
103: Montgomery County shall be divided into five Council districts for the purpose of nominating and electing
five members of the Council. Each district shall be compact in form and be composed of adjoining territory. Populations of
the Council districts shall be substantially equal.