INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Senate's leader says he wants to have at least three public hearings around the state after proposed new congressional and legislative district maps are prepared.
Senate President Pro Tem David Long says he expects 2010 Census data will be available by mid-February so that work can begin on redrawing the state's nine congressional and 150 state legislative districts for the next decade.
The Fort Wayne Republican says he anticipates proposed maps will be ready in March, followed by some public hearings outside the Statehouse.
Republicans will have full sway over redistricting this year because they control both chambers of the General Assembly and the governor's office. Democrats held the redistricting upper hand 10 years ago when they controlled the House and the governor's office.