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In its Arizona redistricting decision, the Supreme Court hasmade explicit that redistricting initiatives are a state legislativeaction

Gaddie, Keith (2015) In its Arizona redistricting decision, the Supreme Court hasmade explicit that redistricting initiatives are a state legislativeaction. USApp– American Politics and Policy Blog (30 Jun 2015). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

This week, the Supreme Court found in favor of the state of Arizona’s use of an independent commission to conduct the redistricting process once every decade. The state’s Republican-led legislature had argued that the commission is unconstitutional. During oral arguments in March Keith Gaddie wrote that the disagreement centered on one word — the term ‘legislature.’ The Court’s conservative wing fragmented. Some broke toward a literal interpretation of the word, while others argued a lack of standing over the case. The progressives joined with Justice Kennedy to support an evolving understanding of the word ‘legislature’ based on the evolution of state lawmaking institutions since 1787. The majority finds that states have broad latitude to define their legislative processes, simultaneously making a states’ rights argument while also dramatically expanding the latitude of progressive institutions to be used for possible political reform.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2015 The Author, USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog, The London School of Economics and Political Science.; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
K Law > KF United States Federal Law
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2015 15:14
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2019 03:21
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/62678

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