Nebraska considers changing redistricting process

By: AP
By: AP

Lincoln, NE (AP) - Three years after a bitter fight over Nebraska's political districts, lawmakers are considering a proposal that would make the process less partisan.
The bill would create an independent, bipartisan redistricting commission that would propose new boundaries after each U.S. census. Lawmakers would appoint one Democrat and one Republican from each of Nebraska's three congressional districts.

Modeled after a system in Iowa, the measure would give lawmakers as many as four up-or-down votes on new legislative and congressional districts, after which the Nebraska Supreme Court would decide.

Sen. Russ Karpisek says he introduced the bill to make it harder for self-interested lawmakers to draw districts that give them or their party a political edge.

Republican opponents say the bill hands an important legislative responsibility to an unelected third party.

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