California Democrats unveil redistricting reform bill after Supreme Court partisan gerrymandering ruling
A group of California Democrats unveiled legislation Friday to place new requirements on how congressional districts are redrawn a day after the Supreme Court ruled that courts can’t resolve partisan gerrymandering claims.
The bill, led by House Rules Committee Chairwoman Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenHouse passes sweeping Democrat-backed election security bill This week: Congress set for clash on Trump’s border request Hillicon Valley: House panel advances election security bill | GOP senator targets YouTube with bill on child exploitation | Hicks told Congress Trump camp felt ‘relief’ after release of Clinton docs | Commerce blacklists five Chinese tech groups MORE (D-Calif.) along with Reps. Alan LowenthalAlan Stuart LowenthalHouse committee forwards bills to bar offshore drilling across US Trump administration signals support for uranium mining that could touch Grand Canyon Overnight Energy: Inslee says DNC won’t hold climate debate | Democrats fear Trump opening door to mining in Grand Canyon | Interior pick gets surprising support from greens | Ocasio-Cortez says effective climate plan needs T MORE (D-Calif.) and Julia BrownleyJulia Andrews BrownleyBooker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Overnight Energy: Ocasio-Cortez rolls out Green New Deal measure | Pelosi taps members for climate panel | AOC left out | Court reviews order for EPA to ban pesticide Ocasio-Cortez: ‘I truly do not’ believe Pelosi snubbed me on climate change panel MORE (D-Calif.), would require that states adopt independent redistricting commissions to draw new district maps after each decennial census.
The proposal comes one day after the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision along ideological lines, found that partisan gerrymandering claims are a political issue that courts can’t weigh in on.
“If the U.S. Supreme Court won’t fight to protect Americans’ votes, then Congress will,” Lofgren said in a statement Friday.
“Our democracy cannot function properly unless every person’s vote counts equally, and voters choose their elected officials, not the other way around. My bill would fix our broken redistricting process to ensure all voices are heard and politicians are held accountable.”
The majority of California Democrats in the House also back the bill, according to a press release.
The bill would require that states create 15-member commissions to draw congressional districts, rather than leaving the responsibility to state legislatures.
Each commission would be evenly divided among three political affiliations — the state’s majority party, minority party and an unaffiliated or minor party.
And the bill calls for a three-judge court to create and implement a plan if states fail to create the commissions or to adopt a commission’s map.
The legislation echoes provisions included in House Democrat’s anti-corruption legislative package H.R. 1, which passed the House earlier this year. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate rejects attempt to curb Trump’s Iran war powers Sanders: My views on working with GOP ‘a little bit different’ from Biden’s Supreme Court to hear cases on Trump efforts to end DACA MORE (R-Ky.) has said that he won’t bring it up for a vote on the Senate floor.