Iowa lawmakers return to the State Capitol Thursday to consider the second map for new Congressional and state legislative districts.
On a party-line vote earlier this month, Iowa Senate Republicans voted down the first nonpartisan redistricting plan submitted by the Legislative Services Agency (LSA). The second map was released last week.
State Representative Todd Prichard (D) of Charles City says he and fellow House Democratic lawmakers plan to vote yes for the second map, because they know it will be drawn according to the same fair, nonpartisan standards as the first.
Like the first map, legislators can only vote yes or no on the second map. If defeated, the LSA has another 35 days to draw up a third map, which lawmakers could consider edits to.
Floyd and Chickasaw counties currently are part of the easternmost section of U.S House District 4. The new map would move both counties into the new U.S. House District 2 covering much of northeast Iowa.
The latest LSA proposal would put most of Floyd County into Iowa House District 58, along with all of Chickasaw County and most of Bremer County. The northwest section of Floyd County would be part of House District 60, along with all of Mitchell and Worth counties and the northwestern part of Cerro Gordo county.
Most of Floyd County would remain part of Iowa Senate District 29 along with all of Chickasaw, Butler and Bremer counties. The northwestern corner of Floyd county would be in a new Iowa Senate District 30 along with all of Cerro Gordo, Mitchell and Worth counties.