0N-3-5 Legislative reapportionment.
The Legislature shall apportion its membership by
dividing the state into as many single-member, legislative districts as there are state senators.
House districts shall be established wholly within senatorial districts and shall be either
single-member or dual-member districts as the Legislature shall determine. Legislative districts
shall consist of compact, contiguous territory and shall have population as nearly equal as is
practicable, based on the last preceding federal census. An apportionment shall be made by the
Legislature in 1983 and in 1991, and every ten years after 1991. Such apportionment shall be
accomplished by December first of the year in which the apportionment is required. If any
Legislature whose duty it is to make an apportionment shall fail to make the same as herein
provided, it shall be the duty of the Supreme Court within ninety days to make such
History: Amendment proposed by SL 1935, ch 136, approved Nov., 1936; amendment proposed
by SL 1937, ch 154, rejected Nov., 1938; amendment proposed by SL 1947, ch 250, approved
Nov., 1948; amendment proposed by SL 1949, ch 237, rejected Nov., 1950; amendment
proposed by SL 1959, ch 315, rejected Nov. 8, 1960; amendment proposed by SL 1974, ch 1,
rejected Nov. 5, 1974; amendment proposed by SL 1975, ch 2, as amended by SL 1976, ch 1,
rejected Nov. 2, 1976; amendment proposed by SL 1982, ch 1, approved Nov. 2, 1982;
amendment proposed by SL 2002, ch 1, § 2; rejected Nov. 5, 2002.