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Mississippi House Approves Redistricting Map

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 26 Apr 2012 06:13pm | comments
Representatives look at a redistricting map during debate.

After nearly five hours of debate, the Mississippi House of Representatives approves a version of new lines for its 122 voting districts. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports.

House Speaker Phillip Gunn tries to calm a heated moment between redistricting chairman Bill Denny of Jackson and Tom Miles of Forest.

The long debate is the first debate on the redistricting map.

The map is intended to balance population shifts revealed by the most recent census.

Democrats, like Cecil Brown of Jackson, accused the chairman of drawing a map to intentionally decrease democratic seats because it pairs sets of incumbents.

"How many pairs are Republican versus Republican if everybody runs again?" Brown asked.

"We don't have any pairs of Republicans against.." Denny replied.

"I am sorry what?" Brown asked.

"We have none," Denny said.

In the end the house voted 70-49 to approve the plan and sent it to the senate.

It is still not clear when the senate will reveal the map to change its 52 districts.

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Representatives look at a redistricting map during debate.


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