Senate approves divisions in election

The Senate has approved legislation supported by U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) that will realign the federal judicial boundaries for the Northern District of Mississippi, condensing the existing four divisions into three.

Early Saturday morning, the Senate by unanimous consent approved the Divisional Realignment Act of 2012 (HR.5512), a measure to redraw federal judicial divisions in the Northern District of Mississippi and the Eastern District of Missouri. The legislation can now be referred to the President for his consideration.

“Realigning these divisions is designed to improve the overall operation of the federal judiciary in Mississippi. It should equalize caseload levels, aid jurors and attorneys, and increase the efficient use of our court facilities. These changes are supported by the judicial and legal community, and I’m glad that this measure will be sent to the White House,” Cochran said.

Madison County Journal