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VOL. 127 | NO. 9 | Friday, January 13, 2012

Tenn. House Approves GOP Redistricting Plan

ERIK SCHELZIG | Associated Press

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NASHVILLE (AP) – The state House has approved a plan to redraw the chamber's 99 districts, overriding Democrats' objections that it placed five African-American incumbents into three seats.

The chamber voted 67-25, largely along partisan lines, to approve the Republican plan on Thursday.

The version that passed undid proposals to draw to two white Nashville Democrats, Reps. Mike Stewart and Sherry Jones, into the same district. It also stepped back from plans to put Democratic Rep. Eddie Bass of Prospect in a district with Republican Rep. Vance Dennis of Savannah.

Dennis would now share a district with fellow Republican Joey Hensley of Hohenwald, who may instead run for the state Senate.

The House also approved new congressional maps by a 68-25 vote.

The Senate is scheduled to take up its plans on Friday.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 51 334 9,936
MORTGAGES 41 330 10,946
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 12 1,301
BUILDING PERMITS 348 1,216 22,173
BANKRUPTCIES 43 348 6,311
BUSINESS LICENSES 30 142 4,081
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 19 127 3,019
MARRIAGE LICENSES 20 105 2,126