OKLAHOMA CITY -- Members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives have unveiled a proposed congressional redistricting map for the state of Oklahoma.
"The proposed congressional redistricting plan adheres to the basic principles outlined when we began this process," said House Speaker Kris Steele, R-Shawnee. "It does not needlessly divide communities of interest, it protects the rights of citizens, and it is carefully constructed to ensure each district has equal population."
House Bill 1527 creates the "Oklahoma Congressional Redistricting Act of 2011."
According to the 2010 Census, Oklahoma's total population is 3,751,351; therefore, each of the state's five congressional districts should have approximately 750,270 people.
The proposed map makes only minor modifications to the current congressional lines while meeting the population goals specified by federal law.
Members of Oklahoma's congressional delegation praised the plan.
"I salute the Oklahoma state House and Senate leadership for coming to a swift and sensible solution on redistricting," said U.S. Rep. John Sullivan.
"The redistricting process undertaken by the state Legislature has been fair and without controversy. The state's congressional delegation, led by Congressman Frank Lucas, and the leadership of the state Legislature have worked together throughout the entire process in a bipartisan way," said U.S. Representative Dan Boren, a Democrat.