Danedri Thompson
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Johnson County will likely add three new representatives to the Kansas House of Representatives next year.
A redistricting proposal, which easily passed a House committee on Monday, would separate Gardner, Edgerton and Spring Hill into three separate districts. Currently, all three communities are part of the 43rd District and are represented by Mike Kiegerl, R-Olathe.
Under the committee’s proposal, Gardner would belong to the 8th District. Spring Hill would remain a part of the 43rd District along with part of Olathe; and Edgerton would be a part of the 10th District, which includes Baldwin City.
The full house could debate the proposal, drafted to reflect population shifts in the 2010 census, as early as next week.
A Senate committee will debate its plan to redraw the Senate’s 40 districts later this week.