|Date:||September 23, 2008|
|Location:||CSAC Conference Center|
|1020 11th Street, 2nd Floor|
In 2001, the Legislature created new electoral districts to reflect the changing population of California reflected in the 2000 U.S. Census. Much criticism of their action followed, on the grounds that the Legislature created districts with solid majorities of registered Republicans or Democrats in each; this in turn created “safe seats” for themselves. With little chance of losing a general election, in the view of critics, legislators disdained compromise and bipartisanship and the current pattern of legislative deadlock in Sacramento is the result. This report provides a detailed analysis of voting patterns and legislative behavior since 2001 to test whether redistricting has in fact reduced bipartisanship and induced gridlock, or whether other factors are at work.