Miss. House redistricting killed by Senate panel

By NEMS Daily Journal

JACKSON – The Senate Elections Committee on Tuesday replaced the Senate redistricting plan offered by the Joint Legislative Redistricting Committee with one supported by Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant.

The Republican-led Senate Elections Committee met Tuesday and killed a map approved last week by the Democratic-controlled House. The map would redraw the 122 House districts to account for population changes over the past decade.

The Bryant plan preserves three majority white districts in the Hattiesburg area. The Joint Committee plan creates a black majority district in the Hattiesburg area.

The Elections Committee also tabled the House plan. Tuesday’s action by the Election Committee, if it holds Wednesday when the full Senate votes, could be leading to a lengthy court battle over legislative redistricting and the possibility legislators will run two years in a row.

Democratic Rep. Ed Blackmon says Bryant is using the “nuclear option” in redistricting.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.