Hearings on state’s redistricting begin
Gulf Coast, Delta may lose seats in Miss. Legislature

Fast-growing and relatively affluent suburbs could gain representation in the Legislature, while economically struggling areas with shrinking populations could lose some seats.

That’s how things are shaping up as state lawmakers prepare for redistricting in 2011.

Officials in the fastest-growing county in the state, DeSoto, say they anticipate picking up at least one additional seat in the 122-member House and one more in the 52-member Senate. DeSoto now has all or part of six House districts and two entire Senate districts.

“One person, one vote – for that to work, we need more representation,” Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson said in a phone interview Monday.

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