House OKs redistricting plan despite Democrats’ concerns over Jefferson County
MONTGOMERY — After almost 16 hours of bill reading and filibustering over two legislative days, House Republicans pushed through their redistricting plan against the wishes of Democrats who said the plan doesn’t fix gerrymandering problems.
The plan passed 70-30 after Democrats had the 530-page bill read at length by a robotic reading machine.
The GOP plan would change or shift about 70 House legislative districts to comply with a January Federal court decision that ruled 9 House districts unconstitutional. Democrats were amenable to a majority of the changes, but there was intense disagreement over the dividing of Jefferson County and the makeup of its county delegation.
Democrats say the House plan keeps the Jefferson County delegation under Republican control when in fact the county should have equal representation or a Democratic majority based on its voting preferences. There’s currently a 10-8 Republican to Democrat split in the county delegation, when the county often votes with Democratic majorities.