INDIANAPOLIS -During a Wednesday morning press conference, Senate Democrats unveiled the first district proposals of the 2011 redistricting process. Under their "Good Government Plan," the Democrats released their first draft of proposed statewide maps for State Senate and U.S. Congressional districts, adhering to public calls for compact, simplified districts.
State Senator Tim Lanane (D-Anderson), the Ranking Democrat on the Senate Elections Committee and the caucus lead on redistricting, said the Good Government Plan adheres to three primary principles: compactness, communities of interest and competitiveness. Lanane said proposed maps are based on a regional approach with an emphasis on logical boundaries and keeping neighborhoods, towns and other communities together.
For example, Senate District 35 currently includes portions of Marion, Morgan and Johnson counties. The district proposed under the Democrats' Good Government map is wholly within Wayne Township in Marion County.
"We really worked to make more sense of districts like those in Marion County, basing districts on townships and neighborhoods," said Lanane. "We want to move the process away from partisan control and give voters a real choice in their representation."
Senate Democrat Leader Vi Simpson (D-Ellettsville) said the caucus is committed to protecting the public's interest by proposing easy-to-understand districts and giving the members of the public an opportunity to respond and provide input to the proposals.
"Waiting until the last minute to push new district maps through the legislature does a great disservice to the public," Sen. Simpson added. "We want to put forth our ideas, make the proposals accessible to everyone, and give the public an opportunity to respond and provide the local input that is so critical to this process."
Senate Democrats will make the Good Government map data files available for download on their redistricting website at www.SenateDemocrats.IN.gov/redistricting. More information on the Senate Democrats' Good Government Plan, including the proposed maps, and an opportunity for constituents to engage and provide feedback is available on the site.
Constituent input is also being sought at www.facebook.com/INRedistricting and a public discussion is encouraged on Twitter using #INMaps hash tag.
NOTE: PDFs of current and proposed maps are available at the following links:
Good Government State Senate (proposed): http://www.in.gov/legislative/senate_democrats/files/redistricting/maps/Sen.Districts.pdf
Good Government Senate - Marion Co. Focus (proposed): http://www.in.gov/legislative/senate_democrats/files/redistricting/maps/MarionCty.pdf
Good Government Comparisons: http://www.in.gov/legislative/senate_democrats/files/redistricting/maps/Comparison.pdf
Current State Senate: http://www.in.gov/legislative/senate_democrats/files/redistricting/maps/CurrentSENATE.pdf
Good Government U.S. Congressional (proposed): http://www.in.gov/legislative/senate_democrats/files/redistricting/maps/Cong.Districts.pdf
Current U.S. Congressional: http://www.in.gov/legislative/senate_democrats/files/redistricting/maps/CurrentCONG.pdf
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