For Immediate Release: February 23, 2016
Contact: Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director
Utah House Democratic Caucus
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Democrats Proposes Redistricting Commission to Guide Legislature
Salt Lake City - House Democratic Whip Rebecca Chavez-Houck proposed H.B. 313 - Redistricting Provisions that creates a commission to guide the Utah Legislature through the next round of redistricting. The commission would be composed of appointments by legislative leaders, but not include legislators themselves. A ruling by the United States Supreme Court in 2015 opened up redistricting to include redistricting by referendum, veto, independent commission and others included in the lawmaking process.
Representative Chavez-Houck said, “We are looking ahead to find the best path forward for Utah. States across the nation are having their redistricting efforts overturned by the courts every year. We need to be extremely sure that we are providing fair and equitable boundaries to guarantee fair and equitable elections. Potential for conflict of interest, partisan involvement, or closed-door meetings cannot and should not corrupt this process. By starting now and offering this kind of transparency, the legislature can avoid that entirely.”