No special session for redistricting, Barbour says

Gov. Haley Barbour is not planning to call a special session on remapping legislative districts, despite requests from two House and Senate leaders.

House Elections Committee Chairman Tommy Reynolds, D-Water Valley, said calling a special session would allow the Legislature to do its constitutional duty of redistricting rather than letting the courts do it.

Legislative redistricting ended up in court this year because the House and Senate could not agree on a plan to redraw districts to match population shifts found by the 2010 census.

Clarion Ledger
5/19/11