INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican-drawn maps for new Indiana legislative
election districts have gained final approval from the GOP-dominated General
The state Senate approved the plan 37-12 Wednesday despite calls from a
watchdog group that legislators allow more time for public review of the
Republicans say the new districts for 50 Senate and 100 House seats are more
compact and keep more cities and counties together. Democrats say the
proposed districts will reduce the number of closely contested races and
unfairly dilutes black and Hispanic voting strength.
Leaders of the Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission say legislators
could have allowed public hearings over the summer on the new districts. The
maps were released to the public April 11.
The plan now
goes to Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels for consideration.