Following for the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate, Rep. Tim Bledsoe has heard from many Grosse Pointers regarding the split of the Pointes.
The maps are redrawn every 10 years to ensure equal representation as the population shifts, grows or otherwise changes per the U.S. Census.
Bledsoe, who represents the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods, voted against the map calling for the split but the yes votes won. The bill now awaits the signature of Gov. Rick Snyder to make it into law.
Despite U.S. Census figures showing that –a low number that would allow him to simply expand his district a bit to make up the difference– is likely to blame.
In his weekly newsletter to constituents, Bledsoe said there is likely little that can be done to reverse the decision but anyone wishing to share their concerns can send those his way and he'll pass them along. Challenging such a change legally is unlikely to succeed, according to Bledsoe.
He previously told Patch the redrawn maps had gone through the bill passage process much more quickly than normal–haste that he does not like. Normally when a bill comes out of committee, the second reading is done on the floor the same day and the third/final reading is done one day later.
In this case, the bill came out of committee and all of the readings were done on the same day. Bledsoe does not know why the maps are being rushed through the process, especially considering the deadline is November.
The split breaks the Shores, Woods and Harper Woods with a significant portion of Detroit as one district while the Farms, City of Grosse Pointe and the Park along with another significant portion of Detroit into a second district. It means that the Grosse Pointes could not longer have a voice representing the community, which Bledsoe finds concerning.
While the Pointes and Harper Woods are technically six municipalities, Bledsoe believes they operate very much as one community and that community's interests vary greatly from other nearby communities.
To contact Bledsoe, email him or call him toll-free at 888-254-5291.