Critics say Indiana redistricting bill doesn't do enough

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Critics say an Indiana bill that would change the state's redistricting rules doesn't do enough to end gerrymandering.

Posted: Mar 2, 2019 10:47 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Critics say an Indiana bill that would change the state's redistricting rules doesn't do enough to end gerrymandering.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Republican state Sen. Greg Walker's bill would allow lawmakers to continue drawing the state's legislative and congressional district maps for the foreseeable future.

The proposal would require lawmakers to create geographically compact districts, avoid dividing places and provide reasons behind any deviations. Lawmakers would also be banned from considering where incumbents live.

The measure recently passed the Indiana Senate.

Government transparency advocates have been pushing to have an independent committee take over the redistricting process so the political party in power doesn't gain an unfair advantage.

Redistricting occurs every 10 years in conjunction with the U.S. census.

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