While the top news story of the day may be Sen. John McCain’s ‘No’ vote ending the GOP’s effort to repeal Obamacare, don’t miss our story over on the main Policy Watch site about Thursday’s court hearing on redrawing the state House and Senate districts, which were unconstitutionally and racially gerrymandered.
Courts and law reporter Melissa Boughton details how the U.S. district judges hearing the case scolded legislative leaders for their lack of action in drawing new maps. Here’s a short excerpt from Boughton’s story:
[ U.S. District Judge Catherine] Eagles agreed: “You don’t seem serious, so what’s our assurance that you’re serious?”
Strach respectfully disagreed and said lawmakers had already appointed members to each redistricting committee, submitted a timeline to the court and met to discuss strategy and goals.
“Somebody who takes it seriously has a plan to do it right,” he said. “That’s what we’re doing.”
He argued that any shorter of a timeline wouldn’t allow for proper comment from lawmakers involved and the public.
Eagles wasn’t buying his argument.
“But you’ve created those problems by not doing this over the last year,” she said. “That’s the legislature’s fault.”
This weekend on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon we sit down with state Rep. Grier Martin to discuss what should happen next with the legislative maps. Click below for a preview of our radio interview:
Look for much more discussion about correcting the gerrymandered maps when the General Assembly reconvenes next week in spacial session.
In the meantime, read Melissa Boughton’s full story here.