(Indianapolis, Ind.) - New legislative maps have been proposed by the Indiana Senate and mixed reaction is pouring in depending on which political party you ask.
The maps drastically change many boundaries for political areas around Indiana, sometimes keeping a GOP promise to provide more compact, identifiable districts - other times not.
House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) said they did not use political data in determining where to set the boundaries for state legislative districts, but added they may favor Republicans.
"I am very pleased with the maps. By every relevant statistical measure we succeeded. In respect to the new House districts we have made great improvements. These districts are more compact, more nearly equal in population and met our goal of drawing common sense districts. These maps make a great deal of sense in terms of good and effective representation than the House maps adopted ten years ago," said Bosma.
The congressional district maps also appear to not take into account the home addresses of incumbent office holders.
Eight of the new state House districts do not include an incumbent. There are three districts which include two Republican incumbents, two with two Democrats, and four districts the pit a sitting Republican against a sitting Democrat.
Southeast Indiana is currently covered by the 9th Congressional District. The new maps will move the 9th to cover south central Indiana from southern Marion County where Indianapolis is located to Louisville.
All of Dearborn, Ohio, Ripley, Switzerland, and Franklin counties will become part of the Sixth Congressional District. Right now, Dearborn County is split between the two districts with Ohio, Ripley, and Switzerland all completely in the Ninth and Franklin County entirely in the sixth.
Indiana’s 100 House districts look different, too. Southeast Indiana remains largely split between districts 68, 67, and 55, but where that split occurs has changed.
No longer would District 68 include all of Ohio County and parts of Switzerland County. They move to District 67.
District 55 would encompass northern Ripley County, western Franklin County, as well as parts of Decatur, Rush, and Fayette counties.
Fifty Senate districts also experience changes. District 43 currently includes all of Dearborn, Ripley, and Ohio counties, but would tighten to put Ohio Count in District 45 and northern Ripley County into District 43.
Public comment on the redistricting proposal will be this week in Indianapolis.
Pundits say not to expect many changes from the proposals, however. The maps were largely thought up by Republicans and with the party holding majorities in the House, Senate and governor’s office.
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