CA A.B. 3069
Background and Procedural Information

On March 6, 2008 Democratic Assemblymember Fabian Nunez introduced California Assembly Bill 3069 (C.A. A.B. 3069).  This is an amendment to the California State Constitution that would result in a nine-member independent redistricting committee.  As of June 3, 2008 the proposed amendment has been re-referred to committee after it passed its third reading in the California State Assembly.   

Under the proposed legislation, are single-member districts a requirement or otherwise implied?

Single seat districts are not a requirement or otherwise implied.  

Does the proposed legislation provide for Voting Rights Act compliance (e.g. can the commission use voter history information)?

No.  The bill does not provide the restriction of voting history information.   

Under the proposed legislation, how is the commission formed?

The Governor, Senate Majority Leader, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Assembly Minority Floor Speaker, and Senate Minority Floor Leader each pick two retired or sitting judges to serve as members of a Judicial Council.  The judicial council will pick fifteen people from the largest political party in the state, the second largest political party in the state, and people who are not members of either of the largest political parties in the state.  Half of the judges on the judicial council must be retired and half must be sitting.  Also, half must be members of the largest political party in the state and half must be members of the second largest political party in the state.  The governor may strike two members from each pool.  Lots are cast to select three members from each pool for a commission of nine members.
Under the proposed legislation, are competitive districts favored?

No. The proposed amendment does not include any information on the formation of districts including favoring competitive districts.  

Under the proposed legislation, can members of the public submit plans?

Yes.  The Commission will also hold hearings in all areas of the state to receive comments and plans from the public.  The Commission will also make any computerized data or preliminary maps available to the public.   

Does the proposed legislation allow for mid-decade redistricting?

No.  The legislation allows for only the initial redistricting session per ten-year period.    
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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