INDIANAPOLIS–Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) released the following statement in response to the decision handed down by the United States Supreme Court in the case of Arizona Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.

“The Supreme Court’s decision today affirms that independent redistricting commissions are constitutionally permitted to draw legislative maps and take politics out of the redistricting process.

“The end goal of the redistricting process should not be to benefit one party or the other. Rather, the goal of redistricting should be to create more competitive democratic elections and restore the confidence of Hoosiers and the integrity of the electoral process.

“It is my hope that the Special Interim Study Committee on Redistricting takes a hard look at this process, how we can improve it, and make this a reality before 2020. Not only is this possible, it’s what Hoosier voters deserve.

“Other states have implemented state redistricting provisions in their constitution or by state law to make their processes more balanced. Indiana unfortunately lags other states in this regard.

“Our current maps have resulted in two extremely conservative super-majorities, neither of which seem to reflect the reality of the Hoosier electorate.

“Besides the most basic federal rules, Indiana has no additional provisions that aim to preserve communities of interest, respect political boundaries, create competitive districts, or keep districts compact.

“These are all topics the Special Interim Study Committee on Redistricting should evaluate over the summer. Hoosiers deserve to have the best system in place to ensure that the voters are choosing their politicians instead of politicians choosing their voters.”