Nebraska Bill Would Create Redistricting Commission

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A state lawmaker wants to create a bipartisan commission for Nebraska's once-a-decade redistricting process, which he says will minimize political gerrymandering.

Lincoln Sen. Bill Avery will present his proposal Tuesday to the Legislature's Executive Board.

The bill would require lawmakers to cast straight up-or-down votes on the commission's proposed political boundaries. Lawmakers could reject the proposed districts as many as four times, after which the boundaries would go to the Nebraska Supreme Court. The court would decide among the four.

Lawmakers approved new political districts last year, after intense debate and criticism from Democrats that the legislative and congressional boundaries favored Republicans.

Avery is a Democrat in the officially nonpartisan Legislature, which has a Republican majority.

The commission would include one Republican and one Democrat
from each congressional district.

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