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Iowa Supreme Court says it’s ready to handle redistricting

FILE - This March 19, 2020, file photo, shows an envelope containing a 2020 census letter...
FILE - This March 19, 2020, file photo, shows an envelope containing a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident. The U.S. Census Bureau has denied any attempts to systemically falsify information during the 2020 head count used to determine the allocation of congressional seats and federal spending. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)(Matt Rourke | AP)
Published: Apr. 8, 2021 at 9:19 PM CDT
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court issued a rare statement saying the court plans to take care of legislative redistricting if the Legislature isn’t able to handle the task due to the delayed release of information by the U.S. Census.

Iowa lawmakers have been uncertain what to do after the Census acknowledged it would miss a March 31 deadline to release once-a-decade population figures used to redraw legislative boundaries.

Because of delays blamed on the coronavirus pandemic, the federal agency instead will release the data in late summer or fall. That means the Iowa Legislature will likely be unable to meet a state constitutional requirement that reapportionment be approved by Sept. 15.

The court said Thursday it would meet its “constitutional responsibility.”

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