Attempt to revive redistricting fails in Senate

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate has rejected an effort to take another vote on the chamber’s redistricting map.

Democratic Sen. Hob Bryan tried a parliamentary maneuver Wednesday to bring the issue back up, but couldn’t get the votes. Some lawmakers say the move was an attempt to revive the redistricting process. Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant says it wasn’t necessary because the Senate map is still alive.

The House and Senate are at a stalemate. Democratic House Speaker Billy McCoy says he won’t negotiate because the Senate rejected his chamber’s map. The Mississippi NAACP has filed a lawsuit seeking court intervention.

Rep. Ed Blackmon, a Democrat who’s also an attorney, says he’s ready to attack the Senate plan in court because he says it’s not fair to the black community.

The Associated Press