UPDATE: Lawmakers to hold meeting on redistricting reform

UPDATED Tuesday, February 4, 2014 --- 5:22 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A pair of retiring state senators has scheduled a public meeting to discuss changing the process by which the Legislature redraws political boundaries every 10 years.

Republican Sen. Dale Schultz and Democratic Sen. Tim Cullen organized the meeting for Monday in the state Capitol.

Democrats have been calling for changing the way redistricting is done after Republicans in 2011 drew the lines in a way that generally favors their party. Some are calling for something closer to Iowa's model in which the drawing of political lines is done by a nonpartisan agency.

Invited speakers include two University of Wisconsin-Madison professors and redistricting experts, the legal counsel for the Iowa agency that does redistricting and the chairman of Common Cause Wisconsin.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


Posted Tuesday, September 10, 2013 --- 11:33 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A bipartisan group of current and former Wisconsin lawmakers are trying to drum up support for a bill that would revamp how the state draws political boundaries.

Republican state Sen. Dale Schultz and Democratic Sen. Tim Cullen held a news conference Tuesday to promote a bill that would require the Legislative Reference Bureau to draw the boundaries rather than the Legislature. Former Republican Rep. Dave Martin and former longtime Republican political strategist Bill Kraus joined them. They all argued allowing legislators to draw boundaries leads to gerrymandering.

The bill looks doomed. Lawmakers from both parties have been unwilling to give up their authority to draw the lines. Neither Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald nor Assembly Speaker Robin Vos support the proposal. They say the responsibility lies with elected officials.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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