Research

  • In Wisconsin, the state legislature currently draws both congressional and state legislative districts, subject to a few selfimposed constraints, and subject to federal constitutional and statutory limitations.Article IV of the Wisconsin Constitution governs redistricting; the legislature has adopted additional principles by statute, which it would also be free to amend. In the 2001 cycle, control was divided, with a Republican Governor, a Senate controlled by Democrats, and an Assembly controlled by Republicans.

    May 5, 2010
  • In Minnesota, the general assembly currently draws both congressional and state legislative districts, subject to a few self-imposed constraints, and subject to federal constitutional and statutory limitations.

    Read more about Minnesota's redistricting process and 2009 proposed legislation, SF 182.

    May 5, 2010
  • This analyzes California's current redistricting process that was modified significantly by a 2008 ballot initiative.

    April 12, 2010
  • An analysis of a proposed statute in Michigan that would give the primary state legislative redistricting authority to the Legislative Service Bureau. This legislation does not affect congressional districts.

    April 12, 2010
  • In Indiana, the state legislature has primary responsibility for drawing the lines of both state legislative districts and Congress, subject to gubernatorial veto.  For congressional districts, if the legislature cannot agree on a plan by the end of the session in the year that census data is released, a “backup commission” is convened to take over the process: the commission consists of the Senate and House majority leaders, the chairs of the Senate and House apportionment committees, and one gubernatorial appointee.

    Other Resources

    April 12, 2010

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