There has been no change to the Senate map for Northwest Indiana which combines Senator Frank Mrvan, D-Hammond and State Senator Lonnie Randolph, D-East Chicago, in a 2nd reconstituted Senate district containing all of Hammond, Whiting, East Chicago and Munster, and creates an open seat in a new 1st district encompassing all of Highland, Griffith, Dyer, Schererville, St. John and the southwestern part of Merrillville.
The new legislative limits for the nine seats in the US House and the 100 seats in the Indiana House, which were previously approved by the Republican-controlled House, were also left untouched by the Senate Elections Committee. .
At the same time, the Republican-led panel rejected Democratic proposals to establish a non-partisan redistribution commission to draw new maps in 2031 and to give Hoosiers at least 30 days to consider all future redistribution plans before let the legislature act on them.
Koch has said that no one can know right now what things will look like 10 years from now, and he is loath to tie the hands of a future General Assembly to rebalance as he sees fit the population of each legislative district of Congress and the State after the next US census.
The full Senate is expected to consider further proposed map changes on Thursday, before a vote scheduled for Friday to approve the revised redistribution plan.
But because the legislation was changed in committee, the House must also now return to the Statehouse, likely Friday, to consent to the change before the measure can advance to Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb for final enactment.