State Sen. Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay, said Thursday he's working on a redistricting bill that would take redrawing political boundaries out of the hands of lawmakers and give it to the nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau.
Redistricting was credited with giving Republicans a huge majority in the state Assembly -- 60 seats to 39 for the Democrats -- even though Democratic Assembly candidates got 53 percent of the votes cast statewide.
Hansen said his proposal would lead to more fair and competitive elections as opposed to the "gerrymandered" districts that he said helped Republicans retake control of both the state Senate and Assembly.
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Under the proposal, LRB would be prohibited from drawing the maps to favor any political party or incumbent and from using the home addresses of incumbent legislators or members of Congress in determining boundaries.
Hansen aide Jay Wadd said the senator has not yet tried to sign up GOP co-sponsors. But last time he introduced such a bill, in 2003, Republican Sen. Sheila Harsdorf was a co-sponsor, Wadd said.