Nebraska is a step closer to revamping how legislative and congressional boundaries are drawn.
State Senators voted 30-5 to advance a bill creating an independent redistricting commission to draw the maps, which lawmakers and the governor would have to approve. The current process requires a legislative committee to propose new boundaries once every decade after the census. Once the maps are drawn, they are sent to lawmakers and eventually the governor for approval.
The system was criticized as being overly partisan when districts were re-drawn in 2011.