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Ga. lawmakers finish Legislature redistricting, turn to U.S. House

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Published: Nov. 15, 2021 at 1:00 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 16, 2021 at 2:45 PM EST
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ATLANTA - Georgia House Republicans have approved new districts that state senators drew for themselves.

The 96-70 vote Monday completes redistricting for both chambers of the Georgia General Assembly.

Lawmakers must still tackle district lines for the state’s 14 congressional seats.

Senators have proposed a plan, but the House Republican majority has yet to release a proposed map.

While the House and Senate deferred to each other on redistricting for their respective chambers, they must agree on a congressional map. The Senate plan is projected to keep 59% of the Senate’s 56 seats in GOP hands. The Senate last week passed a House map projected to keep 54% of 180 House seats in Republican hands.

Lawmakers must redraw electoral districts at least once every decade to equalize populations following the U.S. Census.

Georgia lawmakers on Nov. 3 began a special session to redraw congressional, state Senate and state House districts.

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GWINNETT COUNTY: Republicans are putting on hold plans to overhaul the county commission and school board in Georgia’s second most-populous county. The move came Tuesday after opponents said GOP plans were trampling local wishes and legislative rules. Republican Sen. Clint Dixon of Buford says he wants more input on his proposals to add five new members to the all-Democratic Gwinnett County Commission and to change county school board elections from partisan to nonpartisan. Dixon says he aims to return in the regular session in January with a proposal to make all school boards elected by party nonpartisan.

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