NewsPublic Affairs / January 5, 2018

Senate Leader Wants Conversation Shift In Redistricting Debate

Sen. Greg Walker's bill would define what he calls the “criteria” of redistricting – prioritizing what map makers must consider when drawing districts.redistricting reform2018-01-05T00:00:00-05:00
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Senate Leader Wants Conversation Shift In Redistricting Debate

Outside the Senate Chamber at the Statehouse.

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Redistricting reform advocates renewed their call this week for Indiana legislators to act. But the Senate Elections Committee chair wants to have a slightly different conversation.

House and Senate lawmakers of both parties have bills this session to establish an independent redistricting commission to draw Indiana’s legislative maps – similar to bills that have been filed for years.

Senate Elections Committee Chair Greg Walker (R-Columbus) says he’s filed a different kind of redistricting bill. His would define what he calls the “criteria” of redistricting – prioritizing, he says, what map makers must consider when drawing district boundaries.

“How do we know when we have a good map and when we have a poor map if we don’t have a criteria by which to judge that?” Walker says.

Criteria in Walker’s bill include population size and keeping counties, cities, and towns intact whenever possible.

 

 

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