HB 1078
Background and Procedural Information

On January 8, 2008 Indiana Republican Representative Jerry Torr introduced Indiana House Bill 1078.  As of June 5, 2008 it is before the Committee Rules and Legislative Procedures.    

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

No.  Single-member districts are neither required nor implied.  

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

The commission cannot use data relating to party registration, voting history, or election returns.  Use or solicitation of this data is a Class D felony.

Under the proposed legislation, how is the commission formed?

The Speaker of the House, House Minority Leader, President Pro Tem of the Senate and Senate Minority Leader each choose one person to serve as a commissioner.  These four commissioners will then appoint one person to serve as the final commissioner requiring yea-votes from three of the members.  If the four initial commissioners cannot agree on a fifth member by March 1, then the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court will appoint the fifth commissioner.  The fifth commissioner may not be an elected or appointed official, candidate for the legislature, or the holder of any state office.  To take any official action three yea-votes are required.
Under the proposed legislation, are competitive districts favored?

No.  Although eight factors are listed for the commissioners to use when making redistricting decisions, competitive districts is not one of the eight factors.  

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

Yes.  Members of the public may submit maps, plans, and other comments to the commission.  

Does the proposed legislation allow for mid-decade redistricting?

No.  The Commission may only redistrict in years that end in one.  
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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