Redistricting question served up to state legislators, talk turns again to local issue

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State legislators representing the Monroe County area appeared at an update hosted on Saturday by the League of Women Voters and the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce.  From left: Rep. Matt Pierce, Rep. Peggy Mayfield, Sen. Mark Stoops, and Rep. Jeff Ellington. (Dave Askins/Square Beacon)

On Saturday, the League of Women Voters and the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce hosted the second in a series of three events tied to the General Assembly’s session calendar, which concludes in mid-March this year.

Like the first such event, held in late January, the idea of re-districting at the local level got some airtime. Continue reading “Redistricting question served up to state legislators, talk turns again to local issue”

Bloomington council president on local redistricting reform: “The commission has to be in place by 2021. It’s not far off.”

With its six city council districts, Bloomington is not unique among Indiana cities. But by year’s end it could be the only Indiana city that has a local commission established to handle the redrawing of council district boundaries.

This year’s city council president, Steve Volan, told The Square Beacon this week that one of his goals for 2020 is to establish an independent redistricting commission. It’s an idea he’s been working on for a couple of years, he said.

Under state statute, the city’s redistricting will be done in 2022, the second year after the decennial census. Continue reading “Bloomington council president on local redistricting reform: “The commission has to be in place by 2021. It’s not far off.””