By Tim Kowols
The Wisconsin Legislature will have until November 1 to redraw its electoral district maps after a federal judicial panel declared the old boundaries unconstitutional. This is the second time since November that federal judges ruled the old maps to unfairly benefit Republicans in the state. While the judicial panel will allow Gov. Scott Walker and state lawmakers to create new district boundaries themselves, Jay Heck from Common Cause Wisconsin says this is an opportunity for the legislature to do it fairly.
State Senator Dave Hansen of Green Bay says his Senate Bill 13 could take the process a different direction by removing politicians out of the picture almost entirely, similar to what is already being done in Iowa.
The state has already appealed the decision, meaning the case will likely head to the United States Supreme Court for their opinion.