Senate Minority Leader Proposes Redistricting Prior to 2020 Censes - Articles

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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Feb 6, 2019
Senate Minority Leader Jeff Yarbro, D-Nashville, is proposing a bipartisan congressional redistricting process ahead of the 2020 census, The Nashville Post reports. His plan would establish a five-member redistricting commission tasked with developing a new congressional map following each census, which would include four voting members appointed by the Republican and Democratic leaders in the House and Senate. Each action by the body, including the appointment of a nonvoting chair, would require three votes. No one who ran for or held public office, or worked for a political party, in the previous four years would be allowed to serve on the commission, and no one who had been a lobbyist in the previous two years would be allowed. Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, the Republican Senate speaker, pushed back on the proposal, saying the commission was not necessary.