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House Speaker Backs Redistricting Measure

The bill would create an independent commission in an attempt to make redistricting less partisan.

Brian Bosma

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House Speaker Brian Bosma is backing the bill despite not getting endorsements from other party members.

Speaker Brian Bosma says legislation to create an independent redistricting commission is getting his personal endorsement, even if he couldn’t convince some other leaders in his caucus to back the plan.

Indiana’s House and Senate are responsible for drawing congressional and state legislative districts every ten years…a process that becomes inherently political.

Bosma says he’s been part of drawing three different redistricting maps in his legislative career, two in the minority and one in the majority.

“And I’ve seen what political parties can do with the process and I think it’s appropriate in a nonpartisan or bipartisan independent commission,” he says.

Bosma says he’s personally pushing for legislation that would create an independent redistricting commission, with members appointed by the four legislative caucus leaders. He says he couldn’t convince every member of his caucus to make it part of the House Republican agenda, though he’s garnered support from some key lawmakers.

Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane says independent redistricting is something his caucus pushed for, unsuccessfully, in the past.

“But there was a promise that we will definitely do this ten years from now and, well, we’re into 2014 and time flies, so it’s time to get that idea back out there and move it forward,” he says.

Proposed legislation creating the commission has already passed a House committee and is now before the full chamber for amendments.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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