Indiana lawmakers plan redistricting session later this year

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Indiana Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray, right, R-Martinsville, speaks with Senate Minority Leader Greg Taylor, D-Indianapolis, during a Senate session on Thursday, April 1, 2021. Supporters of boosting Indiana’s cigarette tax expressed frustration Friday after Bray said Senate Republicans would not include the tax increase in their state budget plan being released next week. (AP Photo/Tom Davies)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers have approved a plan for returning to the Statehouse later this year in order to approve new election districts.

The House and Senate both voted this past week in favor of a bill extending the current legal deadline for adjourning this year’s legislative session from April 29 until Nov. 15. Legislative leaders say the step is needed because of delays in receiving data from last year’s census in order to determine new congressional and General Assembly districts.

The bill now goes to Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb for consideration.

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