Among the many provisions of the federal For the People Act of 2021 are reforms in the congressional redistricting process, including uniform rules for drawing districts, a ban on partisan gerrymandering, stronger protections for minority communities, and a requirement that states use independent commissions to draw maps, according to a comprehensive summary of the legislation from the Brennan Center for Justice.
The legislation originated in the U.S. House of Representatives as H.R. 1 and passed the House on March 3, 2021 by a vote of 220-210. All seven Republican members of the Indiana House delegation voted against it; both Democrats voted in favor.
The Senate version of the bill, designated S. 1, is pending in the Rules and Administration Committee. Both of Indiana’s Republican senators, Todd Young and Mike Braun, oppose the legislation.