What's Next on Judicial Redistricting?

With Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey’s judicial redistricting bill failing to garner support in the House of Representatives, supporters of the plan are asking if they have time to bring it back up when the legislature reconvenes in January 2014. Allan Ramsaur, executive director of the TBA, tells The Commercial Appeal that “It’s technically possible they could get something done when the legislature first convenes next year, but the qualifying date for judges running next year is Feb. 15” and “it would be disruptive to the system to redraw things that quickly and put judges and district attorneys and public defenders — all of whom are up for election next year — into play.” For his part, Ramsey indicated he was walking away from the effort, The Tennessean reports.