The goal is to stop lawmakers from drawing their own legislative district maps, which is a conflict of interest…and leads to less competition, says Republican Senator Roy Ashburn. He’s co-author of a constitutional amendment to create a 5-person commission to draw the lines instead:
“If you want an independent commission and you want to minimize the power of incumbent politicians, this is the vehicle to get it done.”
Democratic Senator Gloria Romero disagrees. During a committee hearing for the bill she told the authors she took it personally:
“Are you trying to get rid of me? Because some folks have said that the purpose of this is to have less “ideological folks.”
Critics say the measure is a waste of time. The authors say they’re willing to make amendments – and they’ll likely get the chance, since the bill was voted out of committee and moves on to the full Senate.