Senate Democrat leaders ignored public and media calls for redistricting reform April 14 by strong-arming legislation that keeps the process of drawing legislative boundaries in the hands of lawmakers, allowing them to protect incumbents and their political careers, according to Senator Tim Bivins.

Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment (SJRCA) 121 was passed by a bipartisan 36-22 vote (one member not voting). It states that if initial attempts to draw a legislative map fail, the Senate and the House of Representatives could develop their own district maps without having to work with the Governor.

“Once again, this is legislation that is masquerading as reform, like campaign finance. It really does not reform. It leaves the redistricting process in the hands of the politicians. The only thing they are really doing is allowing people to have input into the process, but they can still turn right around and draw their own map any way they want,” Senator Bivins said. “It’s the status quo. It’s the way it’s always been.”" />

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