REDISTRICTING IS FINALLY UPON US
The Indiana House Committee on Elections and Apportionment held hearings this past week (September 15 and September 16) on the Congressional and IN House district maps they released on September 14 here. They meet next week (September 20) to vote and send the proposed maps to the full House which will vote on September 23 to approve HB 1581, the redistricting bill.
The Senate Elections Committee will release the proposed IN Senate district map on September 21, hold a hearing on September 27, and vote on September 28. (See http://iga.in.gov/redistricting/) The full Senate will vote on October 1—and we will have maps that will shape our lives and our communities for the next decade.
When we draw the maps, we essentially choose what hospitals, schools and resources are funded in our neighborhood and deliver what our schools and families need for a decade to come. Funds for schools, hospitals, and other essential services will be allocated by the representatives we elect. So...new district lines should give each of our votes equal weight, each of our voices equal stature, and each of our communities equal resources.