INDIANAPOLIS – Civic groups continue to push a redesign of Indiana's redistricting process, though its chances are slim again this year.
A coalition supporting an independent redistricting commission greeted lawmakers at the Statehouse on Wednesday with doughnuts and important facts.
“I think we feel pretty hopeful,” Susan Frick, of Indianapolis, said. “It's time for people to begin selecting their legislators and not legislators selecting their voters.”
She is a member of Women4Change Indiana, while her husband volunteers for the ACLU of Indiana. Both are working for a bipartisan panel to draw districts without political considerations such as voting patterns and incumbent residency.
A measure has passed the House before and stalled in the Senate. But the most vocal opponent in the state Senate – Brandt Hershman – has resigned.
House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, didn't seem enthusiastic about prospects for the bill Thursday – noting not many lawmakers have been through a redistricting process and don't know how it feels to be on both sides.