On Jan. 22, Gov. Gary Locke signed Senate Bill 6296 into law. The legislation validates the Washington State Redistricting Commission's plan for new legislative and congressional district boundaries.
The Redistricting Commission, an independent, bipartisan commission appointed by the Legislature, is comprised of four voting members and a non-voting chairman. They are mandated by the Legislature to delineate the boundaries for the 49 state legislative districts and the nine congressional districts.
"I want to thank members of the commission for tackling what many believed to be an insurmountable challenge," Locke said. "I am proud of the bipartisan support in the Legislature to enact the commission's recommendations."
The Redistricting Commission adopted a legislative plan delineating new district boundaries on Dec. 16, and a congressional map on Jan. 1. The four voting commissioners unanimously adopted both plans within the state constitutional deadline of Jan. 1.
The state House of Representatives and the state Senate passed the bill in the first week of the legislative session.
A map containing the new legislative and congressional boundaries is available on-line: