LINCOLN--The Nebraska Legislature's Redistricting Committee considered two opposing bills Wednesday that could increase or decrease the number of legislative districts in the state.
The first bill, introduced by Sen. Kate Sullivan of Cedar Rapids, would add a 50th senator to the Legislature.
Sullivan said that population shifts to the eastern part of the state have caused rural districts to be much larger than others, making it harder for rural senators to reach all of their constituents.
According to Sullivan, adding another district would prevent rural districts from getting even larger.
Sen. Deb Fischer of Valentine, a member of the redistricting committee, thanked Sullivan for bringing the bill forward.
"My district is the size of New Jersey," Fischer said.