Representative Duran and Representative Neville, co-prime resolution sponsors, presented SCR 18-004 and SCR 18-005. Each state is granted representatives in the U.S. Congress based on the state's share of the total U.S. population. Every ten years following the U.S. census, the state's congressional districts must be redrawn so that each district has equal population. Currently in Colorado, the General Assembly is responsible for dividing the state into seven congressional districts. SCR 18-004 refers a measure to the voters to amend the Colorado constitution to establish the Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission and requires the commission to create a congressional redistricting plan, thus removing this responsibility from the General Assembly.
Under current law, the Colorado Reapportionment Commission must create and approve a legislative district plan for the Colorado House of Representatives and Colorado State Senate. SCR 18-005 refers a measure to the voters to amend the Colorado Constitution to replace the current Reapportionment Commission with the Independent Legislative Redistricting Commission.