SCR18-005 - Legislative Redistricting

Passed/Signed into Law
Submitting to the registered electors of the state of Colorado an amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning a change to the manner in which state senate and state house of representatives districts are drawn, and, in connection therewith, reforming the existing legislative reapportionment commission by expanding the commission to twelve members and authorizing the appointment of members who possess specified qualifications; prohibiting any one political party's control of the commission by requiring

The concurrent resolution amends the state constitution to create the independent legislative redistricting commission (commission) to divide the state into state senate and state representative legislative districts. Specifically, the concurrent resolution:


  • Specifies that the commission is appointed after each federal decennial census of the United States;
  • Specifies that the commission consists of 12 members, 4 of whom must be registered with the state's largest political party, 4 of whom must be registered with the state's second largest political party, and 4 of whom must not be registered with any political party;
  • Establishes the qualifications to serve on the commission and the method by which commissioners are appointed;
  • Authorizes the commission to adopt rules and specifies how the commission is staffed, how the commission is funded, how the commission is organized, and sets forth the ethical obligations of the commissioners;
  • Requires the commission to provide the opportunity for public involvement, including multiple hearings, the ability to propose maps, and to testify at commission hearings, and requires hearings to comply with state statutes regarding open meetings;
  • Mandates that paid lobbying of the commission be disclosed to the secretary of state by the lobbyist within 72 hours of when the lobbying occurred or when the payment for lobbying occurred, whichever is earlier;
  • Establishes prioritized factors for the commission to use in drawing districts, including federal requirements, the preservation of communities of interest and political subdivisions, and maximizing the number of competitive districts;
  • Prohibits the commission from approving a map if it has been drawn for the purpose of protecting one or more members of or candidates for state legislative office or a political party, and codifies current federal law and related existing federal requirements prohibiting maps drawn for the purpose of or that results in the denial or abridgement of a person's right to vote or electoral influence on account of a person's race, ethnic origin, or membership in a protected language group;
  • Requires at least 8 of the 12 commissioners, including at least 2 of the commissioners who are not registered with any political party, to approve a redistricting map and specifies the date by which a final map must be approved;
  • Specifies that nonpartisan staff will draft a preliminary redistricting map and up to 3 additional maps, and, in the event of deadlock by the commission, creates a process by which nonpartisan staff submit a final map to the Supreme Court for review based on specified criteria; and
  • Allows for judicial review of a commission approved or nonpartisan staff submitted redistricting map, and limits Supreme Court review to whether the commission or the staff committed an abuse of discretion.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this concurrent resolution as introduced in the second house.)


Latest update: May 16, 2018
05/16/2018 - Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/16/2018 - Signed by the President of the Senate
05/07/2018 - Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
05/07/2018 - House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/04/2018 - House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
05/04/2018 - House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
05/03/2018 - House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Appropriations
04/30/2018 - Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
04/30/2018 - Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
04/27/2018 - Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
04/27/2018 - Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/26/2018 - Senate Committee on Legislative Council Refer Unamended to Appropriations
04/23/2018 - Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Legislative Council
04/18/2018 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs