Freshmen legislators push new legislation to correct flawed partisan redistricting process
Freshmen Democratic legislators from the State Assembly today announced new legislation that would remove the redistricting authority from politicians and assigns it to a non-partisan body.
MADISON – Freshmen Democratic legislators from the State Assembly today announced new legislation that would remove the redistricting authority from politicians and assigns it to a non-partisan body.
“We need to remove partisan politics from the redistricting process and this bill is a common sense fix to a problem that has plagued our state for decades,” said Rep. Mandy Wright (D-Wausau). “The residents of Wisconsin should choose their elected representatives – not the other way around.”
Currently, state law mandates that members of the majority political party in the Assembly and Senate must re-draw district borders every 10 years. This bill re-assigns that authority to the non-partisan Legislative Reference Bureau and a to-be-created Redistricting Advisory Commission.
All 14 freshmen Democratic representatives have co-authored this bill, which has also garnered much support from other representatives and senators and voters across the state.
“Wisconsin cannot afford the almost $2 million we faced in the last redistricting debacle,” said Rep. Dianne Hesselbein (D-Middleton). “We are seven years away from the next remapping effort. Now’s the time to make the change before leadership becomes too entrenched to make a move.”
This bill is modeled after the redistricting process that has been in place in Iowa for more than 30 years.
“Time and again it’s proven to be an effective way to draw competitive districts, eliminate gerrymandering and ensure that all voters have an equal say in determining the makeup of their representation,” said Rep. Eric Genrich (D-Green Bay) of the Iowa process. “The time has come to set aside petty, short-term partisan interests and put the people of Wisconsin first. The time has come to enact, non-partisan redistricting reform legislation.”
Rep. Mandy Wright, 608.266.0654
Rep. Dianne Hesselbein, 608.266.5340
Rep. Eric Genrich, 608.266.0616
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