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Alabama lawmakers open debate on new legislative and regional lines of Congress


FILE – In this file photo from Dec. 14, 2010, members of the Alabama House of Representatives examine ethics legislation at the Statehouse in Montgomery, Alabama. The House and Senate will enter regular session on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. Lawmakers meet 30 days in 105 calendar days. (AP Photo / Dave Martin)

MONTGOMERY, Ala (WIAT) – Alabama lawmakers got back to work on Friday to debate the state’s new legislative and congressional lines.

A House committee adopted the proposed party lines for representatives from the state and congressional districts of Alabama.

The race to draw new lines has started with delayed census results needed to begin the process. In doing so, a handful of state legislative districts and the 7e The congressional district has not been the subject of a racial polarization study.

“If the requirements are to do a polarized study on race, we have to do it, instead of saying race is not an issue if we haven’t done the study that proves race is not. not a problem, ”said Rep. Kelvin Lawrence, D. -Hayneville.

But according to Republican Rep. Chris Pringle of Mobile, who co-chaired the redistribution committee, there just wasn’t enough time to do those studies before the special session. He said they were over now and should be ready for lawmakers on Monday.

“You remember until 5 pm last Friday we were still in a meeting with the members. We’re still meeting members right now, trying to adjust and polish them as best we can, ”said Pringle.

Pringle has also championed how some districts, even for some Republicans, have been redesigned due to demographic and demographic changes over the past 10 years.

“Because I’m going to be the one to sit in court and defend it.” When you are in court and you have to tell the truth, I will do what I can to comply with the law, ”he said.

Bills are now heading to the plenary chamber for debate and possible vote on Monday.

In addition to legislative districts and the House Congress, lawmakers must also approve new lines for the state senate and state school board.


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