One Last Push Planned For Independent Redistricting Commission

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska lawmakers who want to minimize partisanship when they redraw the state’s political boundaries after this year’s census will make one final push to change the process before it begins anew next year.

Several proposals to create an independent commission to draw legislative, congressional and other districts have stalled, including one vetoed by Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts. Supporters are afraid the idea is a lost cause, but they’re not giving up yet.

Barring any changes, the redistricting process that’s set to begin in the 2021 legislative session will follow the same rules that led to a bitter struggle between Republicans and Democrats during the last redistricting in 2011.