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Monday, August 26, 2013
Ind. Decisions - More on: Marion Sup. Ct. Court issues an Order Issuing Judicial Redistricting Plan and Order Entering Final Judgment [Updated]
A Maryland-based consultant drew the new boundaries. On April 16, the court appointed Fred Hejazi, CEO of Citygate GIS in Annapolis.[Updated at 6:45 PM] Jon Murray's story has been updated several times now, with new analysis of the impact of the redistricting. For example:
The ruling says the only factors considered in drawing the new boundaries were making them nearly equal in population, keeping them compact and ensuring that none crossed precinct lines. Welch wrote that no political considerations were used. The court didn’t review the Republican-backed plan, which the outgoing GOP-led council passed in 2011, or the new Democratic majority’s proposed maps from last year, the ruling says.
“This court’s plan was drawn with the (assistance) of a neutral master and was drawn with strict neutrality, without consideration of party affiliation or incumbency,” Welch wrote.
Still, it’s possible the court’s map could be suspended or altered by the Indiana Supreme Court.
Hejazi’s fee for the work is $6,000. The local court today ordered the council and the mayor’s office to split that cost. That sum is a fraction of the $50,000 paid to an attorney last year by the Democratic council and the $175,000 spent by the Republican council in 2011 as part of a larger $225,000 contract.
The Indianapolis Star’s review found five districts that would pit two incumbent district members against each other. And one new Southside district is home to three incumbents: Democrat Frank Mascari and Republicans Jack Sandlin and Jefferson Shreve.The Star story now also includes a link to the Marion Superior Court Redistricting Order.
Six districts would have no incumbents under the court’s plan. * * *
Another wild card affecting any map is that the council’s four at-large members — currently Democrats — will lose their seats after the 2015 election because of legislation passed this year by the General Assembly. So those members could seek district seats as well.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 26, 2013 04:10 PM
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