Public access locations to redistricting software announced

Members of the public may now access map-making software and data on public computers at three locations across the state.  Constituents will have the opportunity to review Census data, analyze past and present maps and draw and suggest new legislative maps.

Senate Democrats encourage residents to visit these locations and take part in the redistricting process:

Indiana University – South Bend
Schurz Library
1700 Mishawaka Avenue
South Bend, IN 46634
Telephone: (574) 520-4421
The computer is on the main floor of the library

Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
University Library
755 W. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Telephone: (317) 274-8278
The computer is located on the 4th floor

Indiana University, Bloomington
Herman B. Wells Library
Government Information & Kent Cooper Services (East Tower 2)
1320 E. Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
Telephone: (812) 855-0100
The computer is on the 2nd floor

Constituents may send their suggestions to:

Senator Tim Lanane
Indiana State Senate
200 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
s25@iga.in.gov

Learn more about the redistricting process at www.SenateDemocrats.IN.gov/redistricting.htm.

 

Senator Lanane Statehouse Update: Redistricting

On Thursday, Feb. 10 the U.S. Census Bureau released Indiana’s 2010 census data that will be used to realign congressional and state legislative districts, taking into account population shifts since the 2000 Census.

The Indiana General Assembly will begin work in upcoming weeks to redraw the maps, with approval expected by the April 29 legislative session deadline. Watch the video below to hear Sen. Tim Lanane, the Senate Democrat lead on the effort, discuss this vital process.

Data for Indiana show that the five most populous incorporated places and their 2010 Census counts are:

  • Indianapolis, 829,718 (4.8% growth)
  • Fort Wayne, 253,691 (23.3% growth)
  • Evansville, 117,429 (3.4% decline)
  • South Bend, 101,168 (6.1% growth)
  • Hammond, 80,830 (2.7% decline)

Learn More:

Visit the official U.S. Census Bureau website>>

Press release: Indiana’s 2010 Census Population Totals>>

Map: Indiana’s population totals (PDF)>>

Map: Indiana’s population change (PDF)>>

Knock, knock. Have you participated in the Census yet?

The 2010 Census is  underway, and more than three out of every four Hoosier households have responded to the census by mail. Indiana’s participation level sits well above the national average and ahead of the state’s participation in 2000. Census takers are now visiting the homes of the those not yet counted to ask residents the same questions that were on the mail-in form.

If 100% of U.S. households mailed back their forms, taxpayers would save $1.5 billion dollars.

Get local.
To find out the participation rate in your community, download the map of your Senate District:
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Don’t know your Senate District? Find out here >
Visit 2010.census.gov to download and view census participation by state and zip code.

Why participate?
This year’s form is one of the shortest census questionnaires in history and takes about 10 minutes to complete. Why take the 10 minutes? Read the earlier Briefing Room post: 25 reasons why the Census matters.

Beware of Census scams.
All census workers carry official government badges marked with just their name and will never ask to enter a home. Census forms DO NOT ask for Social Security numbers, bank accounts or other personal information. If you are uncertain about the identity of a census taker, please call the Census Bureau at 1-800-865-6384 to confirm they are employed by the Census Bureau.

Summer study committees announced

Throughout the summer and fall when the Indiana General Assembly is not in session, numerous interim committees and commissions are convened to conduct in-depth research and analysis on many of the complex issues facing our state. The recommendations formed over the next few months by the work of these committees, which includes public testimony, are included in proposals likely to be considered during the next legislative session. Most study committees must complete their work by November 1st.

Today, the Legislative Council approved a resolution adopting the following topics for study:

  • The Census Data Advisory Committee will study the 2011 redistricting process.
  • The newly formed Committee on Economic Development will study available economic development tools and how Indiana’s tax laws can encourage business development.
  • “Sexting” by minors and whether school corporations should adopt policies to address the issue will be studied by the Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee.
  • The production of methamphetamine and its effects on Hoosiers, the costs of enforcement, and the regulation of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine will also be studied by the Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee.
  • Suicide among young people, including the root causes and prevention methods, will be studied by the Commission on Mental Health.
  • A statewide smoking ban, which has failed in the last three sessions of the Indiana General Assembly, will be studied by the Health Finance Commission.
  • The Indiana Check Up Plan (and the Healthy Indiana Plan) and the impact of federal health care reform on the program will also be reviewed by the Health Finance Commission.
  • A report on the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is expected to be presented to the Health Finance Commission by the non-partisan state Legislative Services Agency.
  • The Health Finance Commission will also study the prevalence of brain injuries, the scope of brain injury services, and financing for those services.
  • A number of issues relating to the horse racing industry in Indiana will be studied by the Interim Study Committee on Gaming.
  • Crime victims’ ability to terminate leases under certain circumstances will be reviewed by the Commission on Courts, prompted by the death of Indiana resident Sheena Kiska.
  • The Committee on Economic Development will study the benefits of existing Community Revitalization Enhancement Districts, such as the new Delaware CRED approved by the 2010 Indiana General Assembly, as an economic development tool.

Read the full list of summer study committee topics here >

Committee meeting dates, agendas, and minutes will all be available online at www.in.gov/legislative/interim/committee.  View the interim calendar >

Update: Census participation by Hoosiers reaches 54%

If 100% of U.S. households mailed back their forms, taxpayers would save $1.5 BILLION dollars. As of March 31, Indiana’s participation rate in the US Census had reached 54%.

Track Indiana’s participation rate at 2010.census.gov

Read 25 reasons why participation in the Census is important in our earlier blog post.

Why the Census matters

Hoosiers are encouraged to complete and return their U.S. Census forms this month. The federal census is conducted every 10 years, and accurate census counts are important to our daily lives for many reasons.

Census forms are being delivered to every household in the country. Residents are asked to answer 10 short questions and mail the form back in the postage-paid envelope that has been provided.

The census is important for collecting data that will help communities in numerous ways and with only 10 questions, the 2010 census is the shortest to date.

25 Reasons the Census Matters:
1.    Decision-making at all levels of government (including where district lines are drawn)
2.    Distribution of over $400B in federal funds
3.    Rural development, land use and urban planning
4.    Forecasting population trends
5.    Creating plans for hospitals and maps for emergency services to households
6.    Delivering goods and services to local markets
7.    Planning public transportation projects
8.    Attracting new businesses to an area
9.    Designing public safety strategies
10.    Researching school projects
11.    Developing assistance programs for low-income families and directing funds to services for people living in poverty
12.    Monitoring economic trends
13.    Charting local demographic changes
14.    Understanding local and regional labor supplies
15.    Forecasting future housing needs
16.    Locating factory sites and distribution centers
17.    Designing facilities for the elderly, children and people with disabilities
18.    Geneological and historical research
19.    Establishing baseline demographics for medical research
20.    Estimating the number of people displaced by natural disasters
21.    Assessing the potenital for spread of communicable diseases
22.    Locating areas eligible for federal housing assistance and rehab loans
23.    Comparing progress between different geographic areas
24.    Scientific research
25.    Setting community goals

Census forms do NOT ask for Social Security numbers, bank accounts or other personal information. If you receive requests for this information, contact the Census Bureau immediately by calling 1-800-865-6384.

For more information on the 2010 Census, visit www.2010.census.gov and www.census.indiana.edu.