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2020 Redistricting Bill Watch List

 

CAC is committed to reforming the redistricting process in an effort to ensure fair and transparent elections and a functioning democracy where voters choose their politicians, not the other way around. We thought we had a real shot to get redistricting standards passed this session, but sadly, despite all the phone calls and emails they received from Hoosiers across Indiana, Sen. Walker (Chair of the Senate Elections Committee) refused to hear any of the redistricting reform bills in his committee, and Rep. Wesco (Chair of the House Elections Committee) ignored similar bills in his committee. You can learn more about this issue on our Redistricting Reform Campaign Page.

 

Good Bills:

 

SB293: Redistricting 

Authors: Sen. John Ruckelshaus (R), Sen. Mike Bohacek (R), Sen. J.D. Ford (D), Sen. Mark Stoops (D), Sen. Vaneta Becker (R)

Status: Died in the Senate Elections Committee

Position: CAC supports this bill

Description:

SB293 is the bill with the best chance of passing this session. Establishes procedures for redistricting Indiana's congressional and legislative districts. Requires the Legislative Services Agency (LSA) to do the following to prepare for redistricting: (1) Acquire hardware, software, and supplies. (2) Establish an Internet based redistricting portal to assist the public in drawing maps, providing input on the redistricting process, and allowing the upload of their own maps. (3) Arrange with state educational institutions for creation of at least one site in each Indiana congressional district to enable the public to do the same tasks as through the portal. Requires the State House and State Senate committees assigned to redistricting to hold joint hearings in each congressional district to take public input on redistricting and in defining communities of interest. Establishes standards to govern redistricting of Indiana's congressional and legislative districts. 

 

HB1024: Redistricting Commission

Authors: Rep. Jerry Torr (R)

Status: Died in the House Elections and Apportionment Committee

Position: CAC supports this bill

Description:

HB1024 & SB138 (below) establishe a redistricting commission (commission) to create, hold hearings on, take public comment about, and recommend plans to redraw general assembly districts and congressional districts. These bills require the Legislative Services Agency (LSA) to provide staff and administrative services to the commission. They establish standards to govern the commission and the LSA in the creation of redistricting plans. They provide that the Indiana General Assembly (IGA) must meet and enact redistricting plans before October 1 of a redistricting year. They authorize the IGA to convene in a session to act on redistricting bills at times other than the times the IGA is currently authorized to meet. And they repeal the current law establishing a redistricting commission for congressional redistricting.

 

SB87: Redistricting Standards

Authors: Sen. Greg Taylor (D), Sen. Mark Stoops (D)

Status: Died in the Senate Elections Committee

Position: CAC supports this bill

Description:

Establishes redistricting standards for congressional and state legislative districts. Provides that the initial proposed plans for congressional and state legislative districts must comply with the redistricting standards. Allows the general assembly, during the process by which the initial proposed plans become effective by being enacted as a law, to consider and adopt modifications to the initial proposed plans that deviate from the redistricting standards as long as the reason or reasons for each deviation are publicly explained and documented. Provides that as much as feasibly possible no district may be created so as to unduly favor any person or political party. Provides that the general assembly shall: (1) take all steps necessary to ensure that the procedures are in place to provide the public with redistricting data and computer software for drawing maps; and (2) create a process for the public to submit maps to the general assembly for consideration.

 

SB105: Redistricting Commission

Authors: Sen. John Ruckelshaus (R), Sen. Mike Bohacek (R), Sen. Ron Alting (R), Sen. J.D. Ford (D), Sen. Mark Stoops (D), Sen. Vaneta Becker (R)

Status: Died in the Senate Elections Committee

Position: CAC supports this bill

Description:

Establishes a redistricting commission (commission) to create, hold hearings on, take public comment about, and recommend plans to redraw general assembly districts and congressional districts. Provides for appointment of four commission members by the legislative leadership. Establishes the redistricting commission nominating committee (committee) to receive applications from and evaluate applicants to fill the five remaining positions on the commission. Provides for selection of those five commission members from pools of applicants selected by the committee. Requires the Legislative Services Agency (LSA) to provide staff and administrative services to the commission. Establishes standards to govern the commission and the LSA in the creation of redistricting plans. Provides that the Indiana General Assembly (IGA) must meet and enact redistricting plans before October 1 of a redistricting year. Authorizes the IGA to convene in a session to act on redistricting bills at times other than the times the IGA is currently authorized to meet. Repeals the current law establishing a redistricting commission for congressional redistricting.

 

SB138: Redistricting Commission

Authors: Sen. Tim Lanane (D)

Status: Died in the Senate Elections Committee

Position: CAC supports this bill

Description:

SB138 & HB1024 (above) establish a redistricting commission (commission) to create, hold hearings on, take public comment about, and recommend plans to redraw general assembly districts and congressional districts. These bills require the Legislative Services Agency (LSA) to provide staff and administrative services to the commission. They establish standards to govern the commission and the LSA in the creation of redistricting plans. They provide that the Indiana General Assembly (IGA) must meet and enact redistricting plans before October 1 of a redistricting year. They authorize the IGA to convene in a session to act on redistricting bills at times other than the times the IGA is currently authorized to meet. And they repeal the current law establishing a redistricting commission for congressional redistricting.

 

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Updated: 1/25/20

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