Editor’s Note: I’ve received many calls regarding the Tennessee redistricting maps. The votes will be held Monday January 24 this coming Monday evening. The public is welcome to join us here at the Tennessee State Capitol. The Tennessee House Session meeting will start at 5pm.
(NASHVILLE)-The Tennessee Senate approved congressional and state Senate redistricting maps Thursday but delayed a vote on a state House map until next week.
According to Johnson City Press, states are required to draw new legislative district maps every 10 years based on U.S. census data. The Tennessee House is scheduled to address the state House (House Bill 1035), Senate (House Bill 1037) and congressional (House Bill 1034) maps Monday.
Much of the Senate Democratic objection to the maps remained the three-way split of Nashville in the congressional map. Currently one Democratic U.S. representative (Jim Cooper, 5th Congressional) represents Nashville.
“If we had actually gone through the process that was transparent where we really discussed all of these maps over the course of weeks and months and actually worked together to form a map, I think that we would end up here with a better product,” Sen. Jeff Yarbro, D-Nashville, said.
“Was the goal in drawing this map to eliminate the prospects for a Democratic congressman to continue representing Middle Tennessee?” Yarbro asked. “And to improve the prospects of a Republican representing the entirety of the state outside of Shelby County?”
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“No,” Sen. Jack Johnson, R-Franklin, answered.
Johnson said the goal of the redistricting process was to create new maps that fulfilled constitutional requirements.
“You can’t let perfection be the enemy of good,” Johnson said.