District Redraw

posted Dec 1, 2016, 4:51 AM by Ryan Quinn
One of the state Senate's top Democrats says he'll introduce legislation next session to change how Wisconsin's legislative district maps are drawn following a recent court decision against the state's current, Republican-created map. 

Assistant Minority Leader Dave Hansen said the process for drawing districts needs to be open and nonpartisan, and says he plans to reintroduce a package of reforms that stalled in 2012 without a vote. 

Hansen thinks the timing is better now, coming in the wake of a ruling last week from a panel of three federal judges that found Wisconsin's district map to be unconstitutional. 

In a 2-1 decision, the court ruled that Republicans drew the map in 2011 to give themselves a significant partisan advantage.