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Redistricting Reform Still A Challenge For Lawmakers

Indiana lawmakers attempted to pass redistricting legislation this session, but did not succeed.

Reforming Indiana’s redistricting process is not likely to change this legislative session, despite four bipartisan bills addressing the issue.

One of those bills, SB136 was written by Sen. John Ruckelshaus (R- Indianapolis). Ruckelshaus thinks more public interest and bi-partisan efforts are required in reforming the redistricting process.

“I just strongly believe in bipartisanship, and I think that when you have districts that are more competitive in that regard it just produces a better product,” he says.

On this week’s Noon Edition, a panel discussed challenges in ensuring a fair redistricting process.

“It’s not just a party issues, it’s a question of whether we can be fairly represented by people who can learn about our interests and represent us,” said Kate Cruikshank, president of the League of Women Voters of Bloomington-Monroe County. “I am assuming they are trying and I’m assuming they want to do a good job so this is working against them.”

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