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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Ind. Decisions - Supreme Court will hear Marion County redistricting case at 9 am

The Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Mayor Gregory Ballard v. Maggie Lewis, et al. this morning at 9 a.m. You may watch the oral argument here.

See this earlier ILB post for links to some of the documents, plus the maps. This was an expedited Rule 56(A) transfer, so there is no COA opinion, but there is a trial court order.

Tim Evans has a story in today's Indianapolis Star. Some quotes:

The high court has scheduled an oral argument for 9 a.m. in the case that essentially pits Republican Mayor Greg Ballard against the council’s Democratic majority.

Ballard asked the Supreme Court to step in last year after a Republican-drawn map he approved Jan. 1, 2012, was rejected by a judicial panel that instead issued its own district lines in August.

The roots of the case stretch back to the 2010 census and also have ties to the 2011 council elections, which shifted majority control of the council from Republicans to Democrats.

The battle hangs on a since-changed provision of state law.

State law now says that council boundaries must be redrawn by the end of the second year after each census is conducted. But before the General Assembly changed the law in 2013, it had said that the division must be done during the second year following the census.

In 2011, the year after the census, Republicans controlled the council and redrew the maps. In 2012, the results of fall elections put Democrats in control.

But on Jan. 1, 2012, Ballard signed off on the GOP-backed plan crafted in late 2011.

The question for the high court to decide is whether Ballard’s action meets the requirement of the law at that time.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 13, 2014 08:11 AM
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