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Hatfield's redistricting bill dies again

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Indiana House Republicans have again voted down a measure from an Evansville State Representative that would create a non-partisan redistricting commission. 

Democratic State Rep. Ryan Hatfield says in a news release that his measure would have given an independent, nonpartisan commission the power to draw districts for the Indiana General Assembly and the state’s congressional delegation.

But Hatfield says House Republicans voted down his attempt to add the measure to Senate Bill 417.

Current law allows the party in power to draw the lines, leading to gerrymandering – which creates oddly shaped districts that favor the party in power.

Republicans hold the edge over Democrats 70-30 in the Indiana House and 41-9 in the Indiana Senate.

The lines will be drawn again in 2020.