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Redistricting reform bill passes Senate

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Legislation that would create standards to draw state and federal legislative district boundaries across Indiana passed the Senate by a 42-6 vote Monday. Senate Bill 326 allows the General Assembly to modify congressional and state district plans if they fail to comply with the standards in the bill—as long […]

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Senators kill amendments to redistricting bill

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Senators shot down two amendments to a bill that would have clarified who has oversight in the state’s redistricting processes. Senate Bill 326, authored by Sen. Greg Walker, R-Columbus, updates procedures and standards for drawing Indiana’s congressional and state legislative districts. Sen. Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, said SB 326 only […]

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DCS evaluation, redistricting reform dominate legislature

By Shelby Mullis and Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said he will name a special legislative council Thursday—the second day of the legislative session—to undertake a review of the Indiana Department of Child Services. Gov. Eric Holcomb’s administration called for a review of the agency last month after former DCS […]

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Workforce development, opioid crisis among lawmakers’ top priorities

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Without one overarching goal for the 2018 legislative session, which starts Wednesday, key Republican and Democratic lawmakers are setting their own agendas. Gov. Eric Holcomb and the four Republican and Democratic leaders of the Indiana Senate and House of Representatives discussed their goals for the 2018 session of the […]

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Senate Republicans file redistricting reform bill

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Two state Senate Republicans are introducing legislation to create a commission of lawmakers and the public to draw legislative district boundaries following the 2020 census. John Ruckelshaus, of Indianapolis, and Mike Bohacek, of Michiana Shores, said Monday that they are responding to strong demand from their constituents to create […]

Commentary: The dark science that’s ruining this country

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Commentary: The dark science that’s ruining this country

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Once upon a time, gerrymandering was a dark art. Ambitious and unscrupulous politicians looked for ways to draw legislative maps that gave their party an edge. Democrat or Republican, their goal was less to see elections reflect the will of the people than it was to gain and maintain […]

Commentary: Redistricting bill deserves a vote

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Commentary: Redistricting bill deserves a vote

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com When you look at the divide between Republicans and Democrats in Indiana General Assembly you would be right to assume our state is red. Not just any old red, but bright red, and about as red as you can get. Republicans hold the edge over Democrats 70-30 in the House. In […]

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Q&A: Meet Rep. Carey Hamilton, looking to focus on communities

By Christian Sullivan TheStatehouseFile.com  This story is a part of a question and answer series with newly elected members of the Indiana General Assembly.  INDIANAPOLIS – Newly-elected Rep. Carey Hamilton, D-Indianapolis, wants to invest her time in giving back to communities. Hamilton won her election despite getting a late start in the campaign process. She […]

Commentary: Why reapportionment matters

Commentary: Why reapportionment matters

  By John Guy TheStatehouseFile.com In 1965, it was called “reapportionment” and some members of the Indiana Senate Democrat Caucus were not shy to express their self-interest. I was there. As a legislative intern, I was assigned to the reapportionment committee of the Indiana Senate chaired by David Rogers of Bloomington. My job was to […]

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Redistricting committee takes a look at Iowa’s process

By Ashley Steeb and Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An emissary from Iowa’s renowned non-partisan approach to legislative redistricting spoke to an Indiana General Assembly study committee Thursday. Ed Cook, the senior legal counsel for Iowa Legislative Services Agency, addressed the Special Interim Study Committee on Redistricting at the Statehouse. Cook said Iowa’s current redistricting […]

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