- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A bill to overhaul Nebraska’s process for drawing legislative and congressional districts is headed to Gov. Pete Ricketts.

Lawmakers gave the measure final approval on Wednesday with a 29-15 vote despite a filibuster led by some conservative senators.

The measure would create an independent redistricting commission to draw the state’s political boundaries, which lawmakers and the governor would have to approve. It was introduced by Republican Sen. John Murante of Gretna and Democratic Sen. Heath Mello of Omaha.

Ricketts has not publicly said whether he supports it.

Nebraska’s current system requires a legislative committee to propose new maps once every decade, after the census.

The process was criticized as overly partisan during the last redistricting in 2011.


The bill is LB580

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