The Arkansas Legislature is meeting this week to redraw the lines for the state’s four Congressional districts. These new boundaries will remain in place for ten years — so we need to make sure the lines are fair and that communities get the representation they deserve. No party of Arkansas should be marginalized or cast aside. Your voice matters!
More than a dozen redistricting proposals have been filed from both sides of the aisle, including six proposals by Arkansas Democrats.
Proposals From Democratic Lawmakers
HB1961 // State Rep. David Whitaker // Fayetteville // Moves Madison County to the 3rd Congressional District along with parts of Crawford and Sebastian counties so they aren’t split, and moving Van Buren County to the First Congressional District.
HB1962 // State Rep. Reginald Murdock // Marianna // Changes Arkansas’ Second Congressional District so that it encompasses southeast Arkansas along with Pulaski County. The legislation would place Van Buren, White, Faulkner and Lonoke counties in the 1st Congressional District along with a northeastern swath of the state and move Madison, Franklin and Baxter counties into the 3rd Congressional District, along with parts of Crawford and Newton counties.
HB1965 // State Rep. Vivian Flowers // Pine Bluff // Proposes splitting Pulaski County to put a southeastern swath containing Little Rock with a redrawn 2nd Congressional District covering much of the Arkansas Delta region and the northwestern portion in the 4th Congressional District.
SB724 // State Rep. Greg Leding // Fayetteville // Redraws the state’s four congressional districts by creating a U-shaped 4th Congressional District for the southern part of the state and having the 1st Congressional District encompass a northern swath of the state. The bill splits a total of 14 counties and creates a new 2nd Congressional District made entirely of partial counties.
SB727 // State Sen. Clarke Tucker // Little Rock // Redraws the 2nd Congressional District so that it includes Pulaski County as well as a swath of southeast Arkansas.
SB728 // State Sen. Joyce Elliott // D-Little Rock // Places Pulaski County in a redrawn 2nd Congressional District that includes southeast Arkansas and adding Madison and Franklin counties to the 3rtd Congressional District.
Lawmakers on the State Agencies Committee will be the first to vote on recommended maps. Contact your lawmaker and let them know you want fair districts and won’t tolerate partisan games.
This session is expected to be brief. Lawmakers may also take up other matters related to the state’s COVID response and reviewing previous related legislation. The Legislature is expected to enter into an additional session in October to discuss other issues, including potential tax cut proposals.