The Republican redistricting plan just passed the Republican-controlled State Senate, 35-24, with the four Independent Democrats throwing their support behind the bill.
The bill’s sponsor, John Bonacic, said before the vote that he wasn’t “playing the blame game” but wanted to note “you guys [Democrats] had opportunities” to pass similar legislaiton when they controlled the chamber in 2008 and 2009 — but didn’t.
(The reason for that is, in hindsight, not so clear. This unfortunate remark from their then-leader, Malcolm Smith, didn’t help.)
Later during the vote, Diane Savino, one of the Independent Democrats, said she was supporting the bill because it may be the only chance she gets to see redistricting reform actually enacted. She said her Democratic colleagues “supported it when we were in charge and couldn’t get it out of committee.”
Bonacic’s bill is, to say the least, not without it’s critics.