California Democrats unveil redistricting reform bill after Supreme Court partisan gerrymandering ruling

California Democrats unveil redistricting reform bill after Supreme Court partisan gerrymandering ruling
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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 LofgrenHillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Hillicon Valley: Democrats cancel surveillance vote over pushback to amendments | Lawmakers grill Ticketmaster, StubHub execs over online ticketing | Democrats cancel surveillance vote over pushback to amendments MORE (D-Calif.) along with Reps. Alan LowenthalAlan Stuart LowenthalNow is our chance to turn the tide on ocean plastic pollution Greenpeace says many plastics are not actually recyclable A disaster for diplomacy and the Zionist dream MORE (D-Calif.) and Julia BrownleyJulia Andrews BrownleyPelosi heading to Madrid for UN climate change convention A dozen House Democrats call on EU ambassador to resign amid Ukraine scandal Katherine Clark quietly eyes leadership ascent MORE (D-Calif.), would require that states adopt independent redistricting commissions to draw new district maps after each decennial census.

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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 McConnellOvernight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Push for national popular vote movement gets boost from conservatives To avoid November catastrophe, Democrats have to KO Sanders MORE (R-Ky.) has said that he won’t bring it up for a vote on the Senate floor.