Judicial redistricting plan dead this session

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal to redraw Tennessee's judicial districts for the first time since 1984 has failed this session.

The House voted 66-28 on Friday to defeat the measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Jon Lundberg of Bristol. The companion bill was approved 27-4 earlier this month.

The plan from Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville would affect 22 counties in eight districts. The number of judicial districts have been reduced from 31 to 29.

Most of the House members against the measure say they felt as if they were being dictated to by the Senate, particularly Ramsey.

Said Republican Rep. Bill Sanderson of Kenton: "This bill came from the Senate, plain and simple. Vote no on the bill."


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