Lawmaker Introduces Bill For Independent District Lines

A northwestern Indiana lawmaker wants an independent commission to re-draw political-district boundaries instead of politicians.

Republican State Senator Mike Bohacek of Michiana Shores says public input would aid a nine-member commission creating legislative and congressional district maps in 2021 after the next census count.

Bohacek says he wants a group “that is truly nonpartisan” but has input from the public and the established political parties to decide on the districts.

Bohacek’s legislation would authorize the Republican and Democratic legislative leaders to choose four members. University presidents would solicit applications and choose a Republican, a Democrat, and two nonpartisan members. A ninth would be selected from remaining applications.