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Senate GOP Leaders Say Redistricting Map Could Change After Public Input

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Indiana Senate GOP leaders say they are prepared to make changes to their proposed Senate redistricting map after they get public input next week.

Indications last week were the Senate would try to avoid alterations, in order to get the redistricting bill to the governor sooner.

But Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville) said the plan for House lawmakers to put the legislative language of the Senate map into the redistricting bill was never about preventing changes.

“Changes that become appropriate, that come to light as appropriate based on the testimony – either the debate in the House or the testimony in the committee hearings here or at any point in time – we’ll be happy to make those if they’re appropriate to be made,” Bray said.

READ MORE: Republicans Unveil Proposed Indiana Senate Redistricting Map

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Senate Democratic Leader Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis) called the GOP’s process “closed off and restrictive.” He said the only Senate committee hearing on the map is Monday, at 9 a.m. – when Hoosiers are at work or in class.

Senate Democrats are holding three public input hearings, all in the evening, the next few days.

  • Thursday, Sept. 23, 6 p.m. CST, in Gary;
  • Friday, Sept. 24, 5:30 p.m. EST, in South Bend
  • Monday, Sept. 27, 6 p.m. EST, in Bloomington

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.
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