Indiana Republicans defend speedy redistricting approval

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican leaders defended their fast-track work to approve Indiana’s new congressional and legislative election districts over the next two weeks, pushing back on critics who’ve argued the public won’t have enough time to weigh in on the once-a-decade redistricting.

The Indiana House elections committee on Wednesday opened two days of public hearings on the redistricting plan a little more than 24 hours after the new congressional and Indiana House maps were posted online.

Republican House Speaker Todd Huston said the redistricting work needed to move quickly since census delays meant state officials didn’t receive population data until Aug. 12.

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