|State redistricting reform needed|
The reasons we need to reform Wisconsin’s redistricting process are many, yet the solution is simple: we must remove the power of redistricting from the hands of politicians.As numerous media outlets have said recently, by shifting redistricting authority to the nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau, state taxpayers would save millions paid out to law firms arguing for and against the highly partisan maps created by the political majority in power after each decade’s census population count. Last year’s redistricting price tag is $1.9 million taxpayer dollars — and counting. Redistricting authority is simply too delicious a power to be given to politicians.
For that reason and with the intent of returning to voters the constitutional right of picking their legislators — instead of the other way around — we have authored the redistricting reform bill, Assembly Bill 185. We’ve heard from many constituents of all different backgrounds and political affiliations from around the state that they want and demand this reform and it’s past time they get it. This bill would create more competitive districts and put an end to the lawsuits.
If the Republicans will not grant a public hearing on the redistricting reform bill, we would gladly debate any of them on the issue at an editorial board meeting, a town hall meeting or other public venue where residents can ask legislators directly why they do or do not support this bill.
Rep. Mandy Wright
|Tuesday, September 03, 2013 2:53 PM|