ST. PAUL, Minn. - Former Vice President Walter Mondale and other seasoned politicians are asking Minnesota lawmakers to give up their power to redraw political boundaries and let retired judges do it instead.
State legislators and members of Congress will run in newly drawn districts next year.
The redistricting proposal backed by Mondale is getting little interest in the Republican-run Legislature this year, after passing the Democratic-controlled Senate last year.
House Redistricting Committee Chairwoman Sarah Anderson says the Legislature has a constitutional responsibility to do redistricting.
Mondale says the plan would remove much of the partisanship from the once-a-decade redistricting process, which has ended up in court for the past four decades.
The Democrat appeared at a Capitol news conference Tuesday with former House Speaker Steve Sviggum, a Republican; former Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe, a Democrat; and former U.S. Rep. Tim Penny of the Independence Party.