Ricketts vetoes redistricting bill

Posted at 5:15 PM, Apr 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-18 18:15:20-04
Governor Pete Ricketts has vetoed a bill that would change the way legislative and Congressional districts are re-drawn,
Under the bill, redistricting done every ten years would be taken away from the the Unicameral and given to an unelected group of commissioners. In vetoing the bill, Ricketts says "under our state law, the people's elected representatives in our non-partisan legislature are responsible for handling redistricting.  While redistricting can be a tough process, handing this authority over to an unconstitutional, unelected, and unaccountable bureaucratic board, which will be appointed based on political party affiliation, is outside the spirit and tradition of our non-partisan Unicameral Legislature." Ricketts added that the bill "unnecessarily grows government by creating an unelected and unaccountable board and opens up our redistricting process to political cronyism."