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SB326: Redistricting standards

Authors: Sen. Greg Walker (R)Sen. Randy Head (R)Sen. John Ruckelshaus (R),  Sen. Ron Alting (R), Sen. Vaneta Becker (R), Sen. Mike Bohacek (R)Sen. Jean Breaux (D)

Sponsors: Rep. Milo Smith (R)Rep. Kathy Richardson (R)Rep. Chris Judy (R), Rep. B. Patrick Bauer (D)

Status: Died in the House Elections & Apportionment Committee.

Votes & Actions:

  • 1/22/18: the Senate Elections Committee passed SB326 by a vote of 8-0.
  • 1/29/18: the Senate voted down two amendments aimed at making the bill stronger.  The first, introduced by Sen. Lanane, would have created a redistricting commission, and was voted down by a vote of 9-40.  The second, introduced by Sen. Breaux, was intended to create oversight to ensure that any newly drawn districts comply with the law, and was voted down by a vote of 10-39.
  • 2/05/18: the Senate passed SB326 by a vote of 42-6.

Position: CAC supports this bill

Description: SB326 is a good start toward redistricting reform in Indiana.  It creates a set of standards that redistricting proposals would have to meet, including important criteria like compactness and keeping communities of interest - like towns and neighborhoods - in the same district whenever possible.  

SB326 is a step in the right direction, but it doesn't go far enough. Redistricting reform means addressing both WHO draws the districts and HOW they are drawn.  SB326 addresses the HOW, but it needs to be strengthened to create an independent, bi-partisan redistricting commission in order to address WHO is drawing the district maps and put an end to political gerrymandering in Indiana.

For a deeper discussion on redistricting reform, please visit our Redistricting campaign page. 

 

SB159: Redistricting commission

Authors:  Sen. John Ruckelshaus (R)Sen. Mike Bohacek (R)Sen. John Ford (R)Sen. Vaneta Becker (R)Sen. Ron Alting (R)Sen. David Niezgodski (D)

Status: Died in the Senate Elections Committee.

Votes & Actions: none taken

Position: CAC supports this bill

Description: A large coalition of organizations have come together to form the Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting, All IN for Democracy. SB159 is the proposal that this coalition has put forth.  It merges the best features from redistricting laws across the country, and we thank Senators Ruckelshaus, Bohacek, and Ford for their leadership on this important issue.  For a deeper discussion of redistricting reform, please visit our Redistricting campaign page.

 

HB1081: Redistricting Commission

Author: Rep. Justin Moed (D)

Status: Died in the House Elections & Apportionment Committee.

Votes & Actions: none taken

Position: CAC supports this bill

Description: Establishes a redistricting commission to create, hold hearings on, take public comment about, and recommend plans to redraw general assembly districts and congressional districts. Requires the legislative services agency to provide staff and administrative services to the commission. Establishes standards to govern the commission and the agency in the creation of redistricting plans. Provides that the general assembly shall meet and enact redistricting plans before October 1 of a redistricting year.

 

SB77: Redistricting

Author: Sen. Tim Lanane (D)

Status: Died in the Senate Elections Committee.

Votes & Actions: none taken 

Position: CAC supports this bill

Description: Establishes a redistricting commission to create, hold hearings on, take public comment about, and recommend plans to redraw general assembly districts and congressional districts. Requires the legislative services agency to provide staff and administrative services to the commission. Establishes standards to govern the commission and the agency in the creation of redistricting plans. Provides that the general assembly must meet and enact redistricting plans before October 1 of a redistricting year.

 

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Updated on 5/11/18

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