Greg Walker

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.

Sarah / https://www.flickr.com/photos/drivinginheels/

A group of Senate lawmakers aim to end straight ticket voting in Indiana, after failing to advance the issue last year. While the arguments around the bill haven’t changed, the measure’s advocates say they hope time will make a difference.

solarnu / https://www.flickr.com/photos/solarnu/

Now that a controversial bill that would have eliminated straight-ticket voting in Indiana is dead for this session, its authors are trying to find a vehicle for one of the bill’s other provisions.

After two Republican state representatives announced after last year’s filing deadline that, if elected, they would not serve, statehouse leaders began to work on a fix.