Reitz fears new map likely to pass Senate

By The Mercury

Manhattan’s representative in the Kansas Senate predicted Saturday that the Senate would probably approve a map Wednesday relocating Riley and Pottawatomie Counties into the First Congressional District.

State Sen. Roger Reitz made the forecast during a party gathering featuring Gov. Sam Brownback Saturday morning. He framed it as an appeal to Brownback to oppose the map, but although Brownback expressed sympathy with the area’s opposition to being shifted from the Second District, he did not take a position one way or the other on the Senate map.

“It’s been a disappointment to me, but it doesn’t surprise me because the committee that’s been dealing with that has a lot of interest in other areas of the state,” Reitz said. The senator told the breakfast audience that both Brownback and House Speaker Mike O’Neal oppose relocating Riley County into the First District, although Brownback sidestepped that characterization of his view.”

The House, which is considered more friendly to Riley County’s position, is expected to take up the Congressional map when that map passes the Senate.

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