published Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Tenn. Senate GOP errors force redistricting plan to come back

An exterior view of the Tennessee State Capitol building.
An exterior view of the Tennessee State Capitol building.
Photo by The Tennessean /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

NASHVILLE — After passing their first redistricting plan in Tennessee history last week, state Republican leaders are having to recall the measure because of “technical” glitches, according to lawmakers and aides.

“I just heard there was some technical mistake on the Senate side,” House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, said. “I’m just glad it’s not on the House side.”

Adam Kleinheider, spokesman for Republican Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville did not address questions posed by the Times Free Press about the matter today.

When the bill was passing the Senate on Friday, there were questions whether Senate Republicans inadvertently left western Tennessee’s Tipton County out of Senate District 32 as a result of an amendment. The amendment makes no mention of Tipton but includes various precincts in Shelby County.

“Checking on this. Standby,” Kleinheider wrote in an email this morning.

Senate Republicans — and their House counterparts — now must recall the bill to correct Senate GOP leaders’ goof.

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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