May 12, 2017
The Alabama Senate and House of Representatives have approved redistricting plans for their respective chambers.
In January, a federal court ordered the Legislature to redraw the districts for three Senate seats and nine House seats before the 2018 elections. The three-judge panel said the Legislature illegally used race as a factor in drawing the districts in 2012. Reapportionment is required after every 10-year census.
The Senate plan passed May 4 by a 25-7 vote. It changes 25 of the Alabama’s 35 Senate districts. The redistricting plan, SB 403, is sponsored by Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville. It has been assigned to the House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee.
The House plan passed Thursday night, following more than 16 hours of the 539-page bill being read aloud by a computer. Opponents requested the bill be read aloud to slow passage.
The plan, sponsored by HB 571 by Rep. Randy Davis, R-Daphne, affects 60 of Alabama’s 105 House districts. It passed by a vote of 70-30. The measure will now go to a Senate committee for consideration.
Click here to view the proposed redistricting maps.