Alabama House, Senate Debate New Districts

Montgomery, AL – The Republican majority in the Alabama House and Senate blocked efforts by Democrats to get new legislative districts that could favor them in the 2014 elections.

The House voted along party lines against House districts proposed by Mobile Democratic Rep. James Buskey. The Senate did the same thing Monday to block Senate districts offered by Greensboro Democratic Sen. Bobby Singleton.

Republican leaders predict they will have the votes to pass House and Senate plans favored by the GOP later Monday.

Democrats say the Republican plans pack black voters into minority districts and make it harder for white Democrats to get elected. Republicans say the districts designed by Democrats have too much variation in population between the districts and don't abide by the ``one person, one vote'' rule.

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