redistricting

Senate GOP Wants New Redistricting Study Committee

Feb 8, 2018

Indiana Senate Republicans approved a resolution this week to study redistricting issues. That comes less than two years after a special two-year study commission that already explored the topic.

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.

Rally attendee Greg Bowes shows off House District 99, which he says is his favorite illustration of gerrymandering in the state. (Photo by Drew Daudelin)

A bill that changes how the state draws its districts was quickly killed at the Statehouse this year. A few dozen people rallied at the Statehouse Monday to call again for redistricting reform. 

Redistricting Reform Likely Dead This Session

Feb 20, 2017


 

An effort to reform Indiana’s redistricting process is likely dead this session.

Despite overwhelming support from those who attended a House Elections Committee hearing, committee chair Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) wouldn’t take a vote on the redistricting reform bill.

Courtesy Crawfordsville Mayor's Office

As often happens on the last day of a legislative session, schedules change and rules are suspended, but the show must go on and deadlines must be met. Such is the case with this week’s Ask The Mayor, featuring Crawfordsville’s Todd Barton pinch-hitting during the second Thursday of the month for Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski. 

We probe Mayor Barton’s thoughts on a push by the League of Women Voters to establish a non-partisan commission to draw Indiana’s legislative boundaries.

City of West Lafayette

One of the traits of many mayors that is spoken of frequently but embodied less often is leadership. It’s a subject we spend some time on with West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis on this edition of Ask The Mayor. In what may be his last term in office, does he get in front of issues or just try to make operations run smoothly for his last four years?

Also on this week’s show, the League of Women Voters wants the Lafayette and West Lafayette city council presidents to lobby for a non-partisan redistricting commission.

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Indiana and the city of South Bend are wading into a redistricting case set for oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.

The justices will decide whether states can draw legislative districts based on the number of registered voters, rather than the total population. Two Texans are suing their state government, arguing the principle of "one man, one vote" is diluted by counting people who can't vote.

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The U.S. Supreme Court Monday upheld the constitutionality of an independent redistricting commission in Arizona, a system that keeps the redrawing of legislative maps out of the legislature’s hands.

That decision could have a major impact on Indiana as lawmakers prepare to examine ways to take some of the politics out of electoral redistricting.

Indiana legislative leaders – both Republican and Democrat – who’ve long supported redistricting reform overcame a major hurdle this year by gaining support for a redistricting study committee. 

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Just as Indiana begins a long-debated study of redistricting reform, the U.S. Supreme Court may throw a wrench into the process.

The high court will decide this month whether Arizona‘s redistricting commission is unconstitutional.

The case affects only congressional districts, but Common Cause Indiana‘s Julia Vaughn says a ruling striking down commissions would likely torpedo the chance of a creating a similar panel to draw Indiana’s state legislative districts.

ISTEP, Smoking And More To Be Studied By Legislature

May 29, 2015
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ISTEP testing, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, and redistricting are among more than 40 topics assigned to legislative study committees this summer. Legislators will review some topics they started to address in this year‘s session, including needle exchange programs, and some they deliberately put off for more study, like replacing ISTEP with a shorter test. House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says the ISTEP review will be of particular interest.

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