Indiana Democrats Hope to Delay Redistricting Plan

by Gabe Bullard on April 12, 2011

Democrats in the Indiana House say they want action on a Republican-led redistricting plan delayed so they can continue studying the proposal.

GOP lawmakers, who control the legislature, released their proposal for new districts for the state’s congressional and legislative districts this week and scheduled a committee hearing on the plan for Wednesday. The districts will be redrawn to reflect the 2010 Census.

Democratic Representative John Bartlett says the process lacks transparency, and possible legal problems with minority communities are being researched.

Further, Democrats say at least four of the 100 proposed House districts were drawn with two or more incumbents living in them.

Republican caucus chairwoman Kathy Richardson says Wednesday’s public hearing will go on, but a decision on whether the committee will vote on the plan hasn’t been made yet.

(Additional information from the Associated Press)

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