HB 1498

Background and procedural information
HB 1498. This bill would establish a non-partisan redistricting commission of 5 members for Indiana’s congressional and assembly districts.

Under the proposed legislation, are single-member districts a requirement or otherwise implied?
Implied. The bill requires a specific number of districts for house and senate, and requires the districts reflect equal population with no more than 1% deviation from ideal population.

Does the proposed legislation provide for Voting Rights Act compliance (e.g. can the commission use voter history information)?
Maybe. The bill requires considering the effect of plans on language and racial minority groups, but it criminalizes the use of political data in creating or evaluating plans.

Under the proposed legislation, how is the commission formed?
Commission members will be appointed by the speaker of the house, minority leader of the house, president pro tem of the senate, minority leader of the senate, and the chief justice of the state supreme court. Each of the appointing authorities shall appoint one individual to be a commission member. A member must be a resident of Indiana and may not have been a member of the general assembly, congress, a candidate for either, an appointed official, campaign manager, or lobbyist.

Under the proposed legislation, are competitive districts favored?

Under the proposed legislation, can members of the public submit plans?
Yes. The agency is required to publish and evaluate maps and suggestions submitted by the public.

Does the proposed legislation allow for mid-decade redistricting?

October 23rd 2005
Who Should Redistrict?

The New York Times Magazine explains the dilemmas many states, including California, face as they attempt to create competitive and fair congressional districts. Dean Murphy cites FairVote's statistics.

October 15th 2005
Wamp fresh leadership for sagging Republicans
The Tennessean

According to FairVote's Ryan O'Donnell, the Republican party should seize the opportunity to embrace electoral reforms, and take the lead on ending gerrymandering.

October 5th 2005
Mapping the way to a better system
Boston Herald

Why Massachusetts should turn a critical eye towards gerrymandering. This article mentions Fairvote.

October 2nd 2005
Several states may change redistricting process
L.A. Times

Discussion of redistricting practices in California, Massachusetts and Florida. Mentions Tanner's bill.

September 25th 2005
Local GOP breaks with governor to oppose redistricting
Auburn Journal

An article about the debate over a proposal that would give a panel of judges the responsibility of redistricting

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