US judges to hear Miss. remap arguments Tuesday

JACKSON — Three federal judges will hear arguments Tuesday in Mississippi redistricting lawsuit.

The judges said late last month they’re inclined to order the temporary use of state House and Senate maps that were discussed during the recent legislative session.

The judges said if they issue that order, it would be only for the 2011 election. After that, legislators would have to draw maps to be used the rest of this decade.

On Tuesday, the judges will hear arguments from all sides about why they should or should not do what they’re considering.

The 122 Mississippi House districts and 52 Senate districts are updated after every census to reflect population changes.

Redistricting moved to federal court after the lawmakers failed to agree on plans before ending their session in early April.

The Associated Press

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