November 27, 2014

Hansen pushing redistricting changes

A nonpartisan group would redraw the state’s political boundaries every ten years, under a plan from a Green Bay state lawmaker. Democratic Sen. Dave Hansen is pushing a bill that would give that responsibility to the Legislative Reference Bureau. 

The Senate Democrat cites the use of a non-partisan agency handling redistricting in Iowa which results in “competitive districts” in that state.

Right now, the Legislature handles the task, and Hansen says it isn’t working properly. When the lines were redrawn last year, Republicans controlled the Senate and Assembly, and they drew maps that give the GOP a better chance of holding their majorities. 

Hansen says he hopes the bill gets a fair chance, even though his party is in the minority. He says no Republicans have signed onto his proposal yet.

Mike Kemmeter-WHBY