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.  
June 18th 2006
Where politicians dare to tread
San Francisco Chronicle

The San Francisco Chronicle editorial board endorses the British Columbia Citizens Assembly approach to electoral reform, specifically noting the potential for proportional representation in California.

March 21st 2006
Real redistricting reform is proportional representation
San Francisco Examiner

Rob Dickinson of Californians for Electoral Reform writes a commentary on how recent proposals to make the redistricting process fairer miss the mark. For real progress in how we elect our representatives, we need to turn to proportional voting.

March 1st 2006
Tanner redistricting bill gains Senate sponsor
The Hill

Senator Tim Johnson introduced a companion bill to Rep. John Tanner's federal redistricting reform legislation. The identical bills, supported by FairVote, would set up state commissions to handle redistricting only once a decade.

December 20th 2005
Overhaul of state electoral system sought

Following on the heels of the defeat of redistricting reform in California, Republican and Democratic legislators plan on introducing legislation to create a citizens assembly for election reform and discuss proportional voting for the state.

December 11th 2005
A Dramatic Idea for Election Reform
New York Times

A Times reader highlights the fundamental weakness of any single-member district-based system: gerrymandering is unavoidable.

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