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Redistricting Commission Debates Panel's Possible Membership Rules

Brandon Smith

Indiana’s redistricting study committee discussed Monday some of the finer details of what redistricting reform would look like.

The study committee’s discussion – and much of the public testimony – focused on the formation, size and makeup of an independent redistricting commission, similar to those in other states.

The Coalition for Redistricting Reform, a private group of reform advocates, brought the committee a detailed plan for creating a nine-member commission. 

“We believe that three members should be affiliated with the Republican, three should be affiliated with the Democrat Party and three shouldn’t be either of those two,” says Julia Vaughn, one of the commission's leaders.

Study committee member discussion considered questions like - who should appoint people to the commission. 

“One thing we might think about is whether or not we would give appointments to the commission to a number of university presidents,” says Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel), who chairs the committee.

Torr says he wants the committee to finalize a report and possibly approve recommended legislation at the group’s final meeting next month.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.
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