Legislative panel to discuss redistricting

An interim legislative committee plans to take up the issue of redistricting Tuesday at the Statehouse.

Secretary of State Todd Rokita recently pitched a plan that would make it illegal to consider political data when redrawing congressional and legislative district maps. Some lawmakers and consumer groups also want changes in redistricting to make it more fair.

Indiana lawmakers are currently required by the state constitution to vote on new legislative maps following the U.S. Census every 10 years.

That’s expected to make the 2010 legislative campaigns more intense—especially in the narrowly divided House—because the parties in power will wield the mapmaking pens in 2011 following the 2010 Census.

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