Madison, WI – Today, Senate Democrats voted for legislator-drawn maps they introduced on short notice without public input. The People’s Maps Commission’s (“PMC”) proposed maps would have gone unconsidered but for an amendment from Senate Majority Leader LeMahieu (R-Oostburg). In response, Sen. Stroebel (R-Saukville) issued the following statement:
“I have heard countless cries from Democrats and their supporters that, notwithstanding the Wisconsin Constitution’s contrary language, legislators should not be drawing maps. Only an independent commission can draw so-called ‘impartial’ or ‘fair’ maps. What happened?
“The fact that Senate Democrats didn’t propose the PMC maps and proposed their own, legislator-drawn maps should speak volumes. Drawing district maps is a constitutionally obligated, core legislative function. I’m glad we have a bipartisan consensus on this in actions if not in words.”
“When questioned why I, as a committee chairmen, was not pushing for ‘fair maps’ drawn by regular citizens, I gave an honest answer. I hope both the media and activists will now ask Senate Democrats about their support, because their actions cast doubt on the rhetoric we’ve heard all year.”
Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) represents the 20th Senate District, which is comprised of portions of Ozaukee, Washington, Fond du Lac, Sheboygan and Calumet counties.