published Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Tennessee House hoping to take up redistricting map this afternoon

NASHVILLE — House leaders hope to take up a Republican-drawn redistricting map this afternoon as Democrats continue to press for minor changes.

“They [Republicans] are not giving on anything involving Republican districts,” House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner of Nashville said.

He acknowledged that Democrats at this point are seeking several changes “that only affect” the districts of Democrats.

House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, told reporters that Democrats “know where I stand,” but declined to elaborate much on what that means with regard to any changes.

Republicans in the House were hoping to take up redistricting plans for state House, state Senate and congressional districts this morning. But minority Democrats still have enough votes to block suspension of House rules to bring the bill up early.

House rules require any legislation passed by committee to “lay over” for 48 hours before coming to the House floor unless a two-thirds majority of members vote to suspend the rule.

Senators will take up the redistricting plans on Friday.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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