By Braden Pelley

INDIANAPOLIS — The U.S. Supreme Court paved the way Monday for Indiana and other states to use independent commissions to draw legislative and congressional district maps.

The nation’s highest court ruled that the U.S. Constitution’s elections clause allows a state to use a commission, even if it operates outside the legislature, to establish congressional districts.

Indiana lawmakers are studying that issue this summer with the aim of creating an independent commission before the next redistricting occurs in 2021.

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