Yesterday I pointed out some of the flaws in S1614A/A5279A (Valesky/Gianaris) including the fact that the 1 percent population standard would be impossible to reconcile with voting rights and other criteria.
Little did I know that the Senate was working on two alternatives to Valesky’s bill, both of which were introduced yesterday by Senator Martin Malave Dilan (D-Brooklyn).
The difference between the two bills is how they handle the thorny problem of picking a redistricing commission. The problem is that the NYS Constitution currently places the job with the Legislature. Thus any non-constitutional change must essentially be controlled by the Legislature and then approved once their work is done by the Legislature in order to satisfy the requirement that new lines be drawn for the 2012 elections.
To obtain copies of the bills search for S7881 and S7882 on the Senate website. To obtain the press release issued yesterday by Senator Dilan’s office, contact Graham Parker at 518.455.2177 or email@example.com.