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Two U.S. House reps plan to introduce redistricting legislation
Two Representatives in Congress have introduced legislation that would impact redistricting at the state-level. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) and Jim Cooper (D-TN) each plan to put a bill on the floor of the House. Shuler's bill would require each state to put redistricting in the hands of a five-member commission, in much the same structure as Arizona. Cooper's bill would require each state to create a website to solicit input on the redistricting process. Maps would be required to be posted 10 days before a vote on their adoption, according to Cooper's bill.
Cooper's bill -- co-sponsored by 19 other Democrats -- is called the Redistricting Transparency Act. "Democrats and Republicans have been in cahoots about this for decades. The political map-drawers know how to split neighborhoods, houses, and even, in theory, double beds. This abuse of the one-person, one-vote principle enables politicians to draw districts so bizarre that you need a GPS device to locate them," Cooper said.
- Ballot Access News, "Congressional bills on redistricting process," January 26, 2011
- Knoxnews.com, "Two Dems seek transparency, less partisanship in redistricting," January 24, 2011
- The Hill, "Centrist Dems seek transparency in state redistricting efforts," January 26, 2011
- Nashville Scene, "Cooper's Gerrymandering Bill Far Too Sensible To Pass In House," January 26, 2011
- Knoxville News, "Redistricting transparency would benefit all," January 27, 2011