No matter what new rules are in place, the majority makes the final decisions. So we need to be sure the majority is conservative and Republicans are the only viable hope.
Posted January 28, 2010
District 22’s representative, State Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette), supported the measure establishing guidelines “because there has been little direction in either Indiana law or the Indiana Constitution regarding redistricting.”
Senate Bill 80, which passed by a vote of 47-1, will require lawmakers to consider the following factors when drawing future districts:
- Preservation of traditional neighborhoods;
- Preservation of local communities of interests;
- Protection of minority voting rights;
- Simply-shaped, compact districts; and
- Respect for county and precinct lines.
“This committee will openly discuss what is and is not working among the other 49 states’ redistricting efforts,” Alting said. “I believe that it’s important to take time to allow Hoosiers the opportunity to share their thoughts and concerns on this issue. Then, lawmakers can make decisions that best serve their constituents.”
SB 80 and SB 136 now move to the House of Representatives for further consideration.
For additional information, background and otherwise, see Secretary of State Todd Rotika’s Web site “Rethinking Redistricting” list of online resources.
April 10th is the Dyer Waffle Breakfast starting at 7am and the Lake Co GOP will be hosting a US Congress Republican Candidate forum at 9am there. So far we have confirmation from Adam Domkowski, Pete Lindemulder, Ric Holtz, Mark Leyva, Rob Pastore, and Eric Olsen that they will be attending.
Dyer Presbyterian Church2501 Hart Street, Dyer, IN 46311-2117
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