Special legislative session begins Aug. 15 to draw new district lines

by Jon Gillooly jgillooly@mdjonline.com The Marietta Daily Journal June 05, 2011 12:00 AM |…

Georgia (Jun 6, 2011)

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by Jon Gillooly
June 05, 2011 12:00 AM | 1198 views 
MARIETTA — State lawmakers will convene Aug. 15 to draw new lines for Georgia’s U.S. congressional districts and all the state General Assembly districts. They plan for the work to take a month: two weeks for the congressional seats and two more for the General Assembly seats. …

Reapportionment Committees in both the state Senate and state House ultimately must define the districts in words in a piece of legislation. Then, the committees must approve the bills before they can be voted on by the full General Assembly chambers, just like any other bill, Rogers said. …

Dr. Kerwin Swint, a political science professor at Kennesaw State University, said there is pressure to draw the new congressional district for the Hall-Forsyth County area in north Georgia.

“It’s had significant growth, and the new seat would almost have to go somewhere in the northern metro-Atlanta suburbs, because that’s where the growth is,” Swint said.  …



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