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Indiana panel to consider redistricting system options

June 29, 2015

Indiana lawmakers will review whether the state should establish an independent commission for drawing congressional districts that's similar to an Arizona system upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Indiana law currently allows for a commission made up of four legislative leaders and a lawmaker appointed by the governor to draw congressional districts if the General Assembly can't reach agreement. That panel was last used in 2001 when Republicans and Democrats split control of the Senate and House.

Lawmakers this year approved establishing a special committee to review options for handling redistricting, which will next occur in 2021. Those alternatives include having an independent commission, rather than legislators, oversee redistricting. The committee is to submit a report by Dec. 1, 2016.

The Supreme Court upheld the Arizona system Monday.

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