The functions of the commission shall be as follows:
1. If, in preparation of plans as required by this chapter, the legislative service bureau is confronted with the necessity to make any decision for which no clearly applicable guideline is provided by section 42.4, the bureau may submit a written request for direction to the commission.
2. Prior to delivering any plan and the bill embodying that plan to the secretary of the senate and the chief clerk of the house of representatives in accordance with section 42.3, the legislative service bureau shall provide to persons outside the bureau staff only such information regarding the plan as may be required by policies agreed upon by the commission. This subsection does not apply to population data furnished to the legislative service bureau by the United States bureau of the census.
3. Upon each delivery by the legislative service bureau to the general assembly of a bill embodying a plan, pursuant to section 42.3, the commission shall at the earliest feasible time make available to the public the following information:
a. Copies of the bill delivered by the legislative service bureau to the general assembly.
b. Maps illustrating the plan.
c. A summary of the standards prescribed by section 42.4 for development of the plan.
d. A statement of the population of each district included in the plan, and the relative deviation of each district population from the ideal district population.
4. Upon the delivery by the legislative service bureau to the general assembly of a bill embodying an initial plan, as required by section 42.3, subsection 1, the commission shall:
a. As expeditiously as reasonably possible, schedule and conduct at least three public hearings, in different geographic regions of the state, on the plan embodied in the bill delivered by the legislative service bureau to the general assembly.
b. Following the hearings, promptly prepare and submit to the secretary of the senate and the chief clerk of the house a report summarizing information and testimony received by the commission in the course of the hearings. The commission's report shall include any comments and conclusions which its members deem appropriate on the information and testimony received at the hearings, or otherwise presented to the commission.
[C81, § 42.6]
Referred to in § 42.3, 42.5
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