State legislators host public hearing on redistricting reform

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) Area Democratic politicians held a meeting Thursday afternoon to answer questions on legislation that would remove the authority to redistrict from politicians and assign it to a non-partisan body.

Right now state law mandates the majority political party in the Senate and Assembly must redraw district borders every ten years.

The bill would reassign redistricting to two non-partisan groups.

Former U.S Representative Dave Obey says the proposal is modeled after the redistricting process that's been in place in Iowa for more than 30 years.

“It makes it a more bipartisan approach with third party non politicians drawing those lines rather than have the politicians draw those lines,” Obey said.

Obey and State Representative Dana Wachs say the change could make it to a state wide non-binding referendum in November.

WEAU 13 News tried reaching out to Republican representatives Kathy Bernier and Warren Petryk for comment, but haven't gotten a response.

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