All Together Now: Panel Charts Redistricting Course

Michael Levine/Civil Beat

The clock is ticking, and all the players have arrived.

With new chair Victoria Marks leading her first meeting since being appointed by the Hawaii Supreme Court last week, Hawaii's Reapportionment Commission on Wednesday afternoon started to lay out the roadmap it will follow as it redraws federal and state legislative districts for the first time in a decade. The commission has 100 days from the day Marks was appointed to publish a draft reapportionment plan for public comment.

One of the full commission's first acts was delegating power to a subcommittee that will do the lion's share of the heavy lifting. The technical committee will meet more frequently than the full body and will deal with the nuanced aspects of determining district boundaries.

It is composed of one representative of each of the four appointing authorities — Lorrie Lee Stone, who was appointed by Senate President Shan Tsutsui; Calvert Chipchase, appointed by Senate Minority Leader Sam Slom; Clarice Hashimoto, appointed by House Speaker Calvin Say; and Dylan Nonaka, appointed by House Minority Leader Gene Ward. In the event that one is unable to make a meeting, a substitute, presumably the other appointee from the same source, will attend in his or her stead.

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