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Background of the Fight to End Partisan Redistricting in Indiana
- Leading up to the 2021 legislative session, we learned that Census Data would be delayed due to COVID-19. Because of that, the Indiana legislature was unable to begin nor complete the process of drawing new maps. Instead, they delayed the official adjournment of the legislative session and announced they’d reconvene in Fall 2021 to address redistricting. Instead of passing fair maps, they passed maps that were more gerrymandered than 2011’s maps. For the 2022 legislative session, we encourage you to take action on Redistricting.
- In the 2020 legislative session, our proposal was Senate Bill 293 (SB293), sponsored by Senators John Ruckelshaus (R-Indianapolis) and Mike Bohacek (R-Michiana Shores). This bill was the last opportunity for the legislature to reform redistricting before new political maps are drawn for Congress and the state legislature in 2021.
- In 2019 Senators Greg Walker, Randy Head, Mike Bohacek and John Ruckelshaus authored Senate Bill 105. While the bill passed the Senate, the House Elections Chair, Rep. Tim Wesco, failed to give the bill a hearing.
- In 2017 and 2018, Speaker of the House Brian Bosma and Rep. Jerry Torr sponsored legislation based on this recommendation. It received a hearing in the Elections Committee but not a vote. The bill died after receiving overwhelming support in the Senate in 2018.
- In 2016, the Special Interim Committee on Redistricting, a bipartisan panel of legislators and citizens recommended the General Assembly pass a law to create a 9 member redistricting commission.