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2018 Indiana General Assembly

CAC is at the Indiana State House watching bills on energy, environment, good governance, human services, natural resources, and utilities.

Each year, Hoosiers have come to rely on Citizens Action Coalition to monitor Indiana legislation pertaining to energy, environment, and utilities. As always, we are watching closely to protect consumers, our democracy, our environment, our natural resources, and vulnerable populations during this session of the 2018 Indiana General Assembly. 

This year, redistricting reform has taken center stage in Indiana. 

Redistricting is the process of re-drawing district maps after the census to equalize the populations of congressional and legislative districts. Indiana is one of the 44 states that puts the state legislature in charge of redistricting. 

Since legislators draw the district maps, politicians gerrymander districts to choose voters they already know will vote for them and exclude those who will vote against them. 

When districts are lopsided from a partisan perspective it creates polarization, with candidates appealing to the fringes instead of the middle.  Compromise becomes a dirty word and there is no reward for consensus building.

On average from 2010 to 2014, about 42% of Indiana’s state legislative candidates ran unchallenged by the opposite party.  When politicians don't have competition at the ballot box, Hoosiers cannot be fairly represented.

Politicians should not be hand-picking their voters. Voters should be hand-picking their politicians.

The time for reform is NOW. 

The Solution? Create an independent, bipartisan process that engages the public.

The Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting (All IN for Democracy) has put forth a proposal that merges the best features from redistricting laws across the country. This proposal is SB159, sponsored by Senators Ruckelshaus, Bohacek and Ford.

To learn more about redistricting reform and SB159, please visit our redistricting campaign page here.

Below are our weekly reports regarding the goings-on at the Indiana State House:

As always, you should contact your Indiana State Senator and Representative if you have strong feelings about the legislation they are considering this session.

2018 Indiana General Assembly Report, Week 1

 

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To look up and/or e-mail your legislators, visit: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/

To mail a letter or make a phone call: 

Indiana Senate
200 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2786
(800) 382-9467
 

Indiana House of Representatives
200 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2786
(800) 382-9842

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