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Redistricting, police oversight up for debate in La Crosse County

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A La Crosse County committee assigned to draw new county board districts for the next decade will meet for the first time this week. 

The redistricting committee has an organizational session on Tuesday. 

Committee members include current county supervisors, and some citizens not in elected office.  The original 12-person membership was increased to 13 after county Republicans argued that their party wasn’t represented on the committee. 

County leaders believe that the committee’s job will not be done in time for new district lines to be in place for the next county board election in April.  

Another county meeting this week sends the idea of starting a police oversight board in La Crosse County back to the county criminal justice council this week. 

Last Thursday, the county board referred the concept back to committee after criticism from Sheriff Jeff Wolf and others. 

The criminal justice group meets on Wednesday, and it’s being asked to reconsider the idea of a study aimed at possibly appointing an oversight panel to review local law enforcement activity. 

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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