Reed Puts Support Behind Redistricting Reform
“I’ve heard a lot of comments from a lot of folks across the state with frustrations with our current redistricting process, and you know to be honest, I agree,” Reed told reporters according to State House Sound Bites.
Reed’s comments put him opposite some members of his own party, including House State Government Committee Chair Daryl Metcalfe who has worked to stop any bill that would take power away from the legislature in redistricting.
Reed said he will begin circulating a bill in the near future, and has been in discussions with other lawmakers about a proposal.
“I think maybe we should look at it more like how we look at a jury selection process, where everybody gets put into the pool…you have less of a chance of folks gaming that system, and more of a chance of a truly independent commission,” Reed said.
Reed also discussed possibly giving guidance about how districts should look.
Any bill Reed would propose would have to go through Metcalfe’s committee, but Metcalfe hasn’t closed to door on working with Reed on a possible bill.
“The majority leader and I have worked on a number of issues together. So if the majority leader introduces legislation and it’s referred to my committee–as it should be if it’s dealing with redistricting reform–I’d certainly be willing to take a look at it and work with the majority leader on his idea,” Metcalfe told State House Sound Bites.