Former Utah Republican Congressman Endorses Redistricting Reform

Jim Hansen, a former Speaker of the Utah house and Republican Congressman endorsed the idea of changing the method of drawing districts in the state of Utah, according to an article in the Salt Lake Tribune. Hansen came out in support of a citizen initiative being advocated for by Fair Boundaries, a volunteer group. Fair Boundaries is hoping to collect 95,000 signatures so that it can get its redistricting reform initiative on the ballot in 2010. The initiative would put the responsibility for redistricting in the hands of an independent commission. Jim Hansen had this to say about the current method of redistricting:

“They feel the Constitution gives them that [redistricting] right, and it does,” Hansen said. “But they’re not that objective about it and don’t do a good job.”

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