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October 18, 2019
Redistricting Comments by Rep. Chris Danou
Updated On: Aug 04, 2011


from Rep. Chris Danou  (excerpts)
In my view two major problems exist with Senate Bill 150 which was just signed into law.  The first issue is that Wisconsin’s proud tradition of local control is being usurped as the state is modifying the order of redistricting among units of government. In any redistricting process, newly drawn state legislative districts must conform to the local ward boundaries. In the past, the procedure has been for the local units of government to release their lines first...

Senate Bill 150 gives the state and not the local units of government first priority in drawing the lines. No one is really sure why the Republican Majority decided to change the normal procedure. Perhaps the Republicans want to get their version of the new district boundaries passed before the Senate recall elections? Whatever the reason, the actions are a slap at local control.

The other issue arising from Senate Bill 150 is a concern reg arding the separation of powers.  The bill directs the Wisconsin Supreme Court to appoint a panel to hear challenges... . Earlier this year, lawyers for Senate Republicans argued before the State Supreme Court that there should be a separation of power when is comes to the business of the Legislature. However, the recently passed legislation instructs the Wisconsin Supreme Court on where to send a case related to redistricting and how the Court should conduct its internal business. This is not an example of “separation of powers” that Wisconsin voters expect.

... there are other concerns which have been raised during redistricting. The Majority Republicans used public dollars to pay for attorneys to draft the redistricting maps and did not include input from members of both parties or from local units of government... . This while they continue to point out that the “state is broke.”

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