👎🏻👎🏻 S.2226 AKA the Redistricting Reform Act of 2019 👎🏻👎🏻
I’m in opposition and don’t recommend the passage of the Democratic Senate Bill .S.2226 AKA the Redistricting Reform Act of 2019 which would require states to establish independent, bipartisan redistricting commissions (referred to as Independent Redistricting Commissions, or IRCs) to draw fair statewide district maps after each decennial census. It would also set parameters for the creation of such commissions; establish eligibility requirements to prevent conflicts of interest to ensure members of the commissions aren’t lobbyists, political donors, or party operatives; and require commissions to operate transparently and reflect their states’ respective diverse populations.
Redistricting is a fundamental duty of state legislators. Taking this responsibility away from the legislature, and giving it to unelected officials, makes the process unaccountable to voters. Additionally, given the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that federal courts aren’t able to intervene in political gerrymandering disputes, the provisions of this bill relating to challenging redistricting plans in federal court don’t make sense.
SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻IRC’s👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻. 9.14.19