Friday, October 9, 2009

Correction on Council Quorum Rules Affecting Redistricting of the Council

In an earlier post, I mentioned that the Democrats would simply walk out and deny a quorum if the Republicans on the Indianapolis City-County Council decide to redraw council districts for the 2011 elections using old census data. It was pointed out to me that the Council's quorum rules only require 15 people be present, a simple majority.

Most legislative bodies, like the Indiana General Assembly require 2/3 of the people be present for a quorum. Thus whenever a majority decides a maneuver like early redistricting in the Indiana General Assembly, the minority party simply walks out.

Apparently denying a quorum would not be an option for the Democrats on the Council. There are 15 Republicans on the Council who, if they stick together, can constitute a quorum and redraw the districts in 2010 for the 2011 election using old census data. Of course, they will have to redraw the districts again after the 2011 election when the new census data is received.

Now the reason for the $290,000 for redistricting in the 2010 budget is clearly apparent.

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