NOTE: All the district numbers will be changed so there is a more sequential numbering system throughout the state. So numbers given here are related to the maps they were using today.
1. They approved a new map of South West Alaska Districts which they believe will meet Department of Justice standards of no retrogression. The map below is close, but turned out not to be the actual map they created. They got enough Native population into the Kodiak district so that it could be paired with the Dillingham.
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You can see from the video why I didn't totally catch it all. The maps they handed out weren't labeled right. The map they were looking at on the computer turns out to be the wrong map.
Here's board member PeggyAnn McConnochie presenting these new districts to the board before they approved them.
1B - they had to reapprove Kenai Borough because some of it had been taken out (Nanwalek and Port Graham seemed to be the key ones) and put into the Kodiak district that now goes from Yakutat to Kodiak.
They had an hour long executive session before lunch to talk about litigation issues before this plan was presented. Presumably there might be some questions about House districts not being exactly contiguous. This comes from the state constitution and means: "All parts of a district being connected at some point with the rest of the district." Since the Aleutian Chain is islands, they have to be connected by water, but what about that section on the mainland that includes Bethel, Chefornak and Mekoryuk? It's not clear, as I said already, if St. Paul and St. George are in D36 or D37. I think they said the color was wrong on the map. They could be the contiguous link between D37's Eastern Aleutian section and the mainland section.