Indiana lawmakers planning on return for redistricting votes

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Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston

Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston, R-Fishers, talks during a news conference in the House chamber on Thursday, April 1, 2021. The House voted Monday, April 5, 2021, to give the Legislature more authority to intervene during emergencies declared by the governor. Gov. Eric Holcomb has said he will veto the bill, and Huston said he expected courts will ultimately decide whether it is allowed under the state constitution. (AP Photo/Tom Davies)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers won’t be done for the year when their regular legislative session ends later this month.

Legislative leaders are laying the groundwork for a return by all 150 lawmakers to Indianapolis months from now to approve new congressional and General Assembly districts based on data from last year’s census. That step is needed because the needed redistricting data isn’t expected to be released by the Census Bureau until August, at the earliest.

Provisions included in the state budget bill would extend the current legal deadline for adjourning this year’s legislative session from April 29 until Nov. 15.

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