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Bipartisan group pushes for redistricting reform

MADISON (WQOW) -- A group made up of both Republicans and Democrats is trying to change how Wisconsin draws its political boundaries.

Republican Senator Dale Schultz and Democratic Senator Tim Cullen introduced a bill Tuesday that would require the Legislative Reference Bureau to draw boundaries instead of the Legislature.

They all argued allowing legislators to draw boundaries leads to gerrymandering, making it easier for the party in control to stay there.

"I think incumbents wouldn't have the idea that they could control their districts in the future, that they could pick their constituents rather than their constituents picking their legislator. Because they wouldn't know what their district would be," said Sen. Schultz.

Lawmakers from both parties seem to be unwilling to give up their authority to draw the lines.

Neither Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald nor Assembly Speaker Robin Vos support the bill.

They say the responsibility lies with elected officials.

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MADISON (WQOW) – A bipartisan group of current and former Wisconsin lawmakers are calling for changes in the way the Legislature draws political boundaries.

Republican state Sen. Dale Schultz and Democratic Sen. Tim Cullen will speak at a news conference on Tuesday about their push for redistricting reform.  Former Republican Rep. Dave Martin and former longtime Republican political strategist Bill Kraus will also attend the conference.

Common Cause, a government watchdog group, and others have called for changes in how Wisconsin redraws political boundaries every decade to make it less partisan.  However, those in the Legislature, both Republicans and Democrats, have been unwilling to give up the authority to draw the lines.

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