Referred to Committee
Feb. 8, 2012
March 14, 2011(Key vote)
Title: Non-Partisan Redistricting Commission
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a resolution that submits a constitutional amendment to the voters to create a non-partisan redistricting committee.
Authorizes an apportionment commission, instead of the census, to readjust or alter the senate and assembly districts (Sec.1).
Prohibits a district from having a population that varies more than 5 percent from the average of population of all districts (Sec. 1).
Prohibits drawing a district for the purposes of favoring a political party, incumbent legislator or other person or group (Sec. 1).
Prohibits districts being drawn for the purpose of diluting the voting strength of any language or racial minority group (Sec. 1).
Specifies that in each year ending in zero and at any other time of court ordered apportionment, an apportionment commission shall be established to prepare a reapportionment plan for the state legislature and shall consist of 5 members of which (Sec. 1):
1 is the temporary president of the senate;
1 is the speaker of the assembly;
1 is the minority leader of the senate;
1 is the minority leader of the assembly; and
1 is selected by the other 4 members and voted in by at least three members.
Specifies that any registered voter may file a petition with the court challenging a plan of the commission within the forty-five days of the adoption plan (Sec. 1).