Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Support Senate Bill 163! Redistricting Reform Legislation Formally Introduced in Wisconsin

Press Release
May 7, 2013

Jay Heck – 608/256-2686

Support Senate Bill 163!

Redistricting Reform Legislation Formally Introduced
with Bipartisan Co-sponsorship

The long anticipated and much needed redistricting reform legislation strongly supported by Common Cause in Wisconsin, was formally introduced in the Wisconsin Legislature yesterday.

Senate Bill 163 ought to be one of the top political reform priorities for everyone in Wisconsin -- regardless of political persuasion and ideology. It certainly is for us.

CC/WI State Governing Board Members and staff have been in the Capitol and all over the state talking about the need for bipartisan redistricting reform for 2021 and why we need to get it done now -- to anyone and everyone who will listen (and even to some that don't!)

And we are pleased that legislative reform leaders on this issue such as State Senators Dave Hansen of Green Bay, Dale Schultz of Richland Center, Tim Cullen of Janesville and State Representatives Mandy Wright of Wausau, Eric Genrich of Green Bay and others united behind one redistricting reform measure and we were happy to be part of that effort.

The Wisconsin Assembly proponents unveiled the measure at a Capitol Press conference last month in which CC/WI participated. Last week the State Senate authors launched the bill which was formally announced yesterday.

CC/WI State Director Jay Heck has had opinion-editorials detailing the need for an "Iowa Model" redistricting system for Wisconsin in The Capital Times, Wausau Daily Herald, Wisconsin State Journal, Chippewa Herald, and others in recent weeks.

Now it is time for citizens to weigh in.

Please contact both your State Senator and your State Representative and tell them to support Senate Bill 163. To find out how do do that, go here. If you are not certain about who your State Senator and/or your State Representative are/is (and that would be understandable as a result of the gerrymandering of legislative districts that occurred in 2011), go here.

And please share the replies (or lack of one) that you receive from your legislators to help us track who's with us and who's not! Thanks.


Jay Heck, Executive Director
Common Cause in Wisconsin
152 W. Johnson St., Suite 212
Madison, WI 53703


1 comment:

Jack Lohman said...

I certainly support such legislation but frankly see it going nowhere unless we all get behind one "throw the rascals out" campaign. The R's will not support this, nor will the D's when it is their turn at bat. ONLY a near-100% turnover in politicians will work.