There is a growing consensus that the new Republican majorities in the House and Senate should keep their promise and create a nonpartisan commission to develop redistricting plans this year. The Greenville Daily Reflector editorialized about it today.
Republican Senator Phil Berger, the presumptive President Pro Tem of the Senate, recently joined his colleagues in saying that there’s not time to set up the commission this session and that he would support putting it in place for the 2021 redistricting process.
As I wrote in the Fitzsimon File last week, that’s actually not true. There may not be time this year to pass a constitutional amendment to set up the commission, but it could be created by statute early in the session.
That would fulfill the spirit, if not the letter of the Republicans’ vow, and would go a long way toward removing the partisanship from the process.
The question is will Republicans keep their promise or are they just for open, transparent government when they are in the minority?