Friday, January 02, 2009
End Partisan Drawing Of Legislative Maps
A Star editorial gives thumbs up to legislative action on Sen. Mike Delph's proposed legislation to establish a nonpartisan commission to draw legislative boundaries rather than the legislature. "The goals are to foster more competitive elections, give challengers from both major parties a realistic chance at defeating incumbents and encourage more public participation in the political process," the editorial notes. Currently, twelve states have given authority to independent commissions to protect against the tried and true incumbent protection plan known as gerrymandering. Delph's proposal is contained in SB 198.