A new legislative district map could change in Nebraska as the 2018 legislative session begins in January 2019.
According to the nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau, the new map is a “significant departure from the original map” which was approved by the state legislature in the spring of 2021.
The new map has six districts.
The top two are the districts where Republican Rep. Greg Ballentine won reelection in 2018 and Democrat Mark Rader will be running again in 2020.
In total, the top two districts are all GOP-held districts.
The map is the first of what would likely be several redistricting maps the legislature would consider during the 2018 session.
It is the latest step in a long process of redistricting which has involved both parties looking at the future of the state’s redistricting process and its effect on the political map.
Ballentine, who represents the Nebraska’s 4th Congressional District, is one of the most vulnerable House incumbents in the upcoming elections.
The district includes Omaha and Fairfield counties, which are both represented by Republican state lawmakers.
Ballenter has not indicated how he will proceed if elected, though the 2018 redistricting plan calls for a $1.9 billion bond issue and would include an increase in property taxes.
If approved, the proposal would require voters to approve the increase.
BallENTine is expected to challenge Rader in 2020, though no date has been set.