Changes to Indiana’s redistricting system likely won’t take place until at least 2017 under a new proposal from House legislative leaders, which would create a redistricting study committee. The committee would be charged with studying redistricting for the next two years, with a report due in December 2016. Under the bill, the committee would consider several issues, including state and federal redistricting laws, the cost of a reform effort and redistricting systems in other states.
House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, who co-authored the bill with Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, says he’d rather have studied the issue a year or two ago, something House leaders proposed but that didn’t get past the Senate.
Bosma says that, halfway through the decade, timing is getting tighter; he notes there are constitutional issues involved with redistricting reform – the Indiana Constitution requires the legislature to approve redistricting every ten years.