MADISON, Wis. (WXOW) – After passing the Assembly late last Thursday night, a bill to change the way Wisconsin draws its voting maps is now before the Senate.
The bill’s author, Rep. Loren Oldenburg (R-Viroqua) said he hasn’t yet heard from senate leadership on whether the bill will be taken up.
Assembly Democrats spoke against the measure last week arguing it was a Republican attempt to void a lawsuit likely headed to the now liberal-leaning Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Rep. Oldenburg said the amendments added to the bill came from concerns he heard from across the aisle. One amendment requires a simple bipartisan vote of the legislature to approve any maps created by a non-partisan committee rather than allowing passage on a party-line vote.
“That way we figured it keeps moving on,” Rep. Oldenburg said. “Otherwise, there was talk on the other side wanted three-quarters vote. That can get a little extensive, and that way the party could just–who’s ever in control or who’s ever in the minority can kind of delay it so far down the road that it would end up in the courts.”
While the Assembly vote was largely along party lines, the vote record shows one Democrat, Rep. LaKeshia Myers of Milwaukee, voted with the Republican majority in favor of the bill.
Rep. Oldenburg added, “We have reached out to some of the Democrats on the other side, my office has, to see if there are any other concerns where we can address possible amendments to this bill. I know there’s a senator on the Democratic side in the Senate that is very interested in this bill.”
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