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Pickering talks about proposed redistricting

By By Fredie Carmichael/The Meridian Star
July 6, 2001
Any redistricting plan that would tie Meridian and Lauderdale County to the Gulf Coast region would be a mistake, according to U.S. Rep. Chip Pickering.
The state Legislature is reworking the Congressional districts. Mississippi lost a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives following the 2000 census, dropping its number of congressmen to four.
The Legislative committees working on re-districting have floated several plans, including one that would put Lauderdale County and other parts of East Mississippi in a Fourth Congressional District with the Coast.
Pickering, who was in Meridian Thursday for a press conference, believes the best way to maximize the state's representation in Washington D.C. is to avoid putting regions into a district with competing needs.
Rep. Greg Snowden of Meridian agreed, pointing out that East Mississippi simply doesn't have anything in common with the Coast.
Even though proposed plans are our there, Snowden said he doesn't see the Legislature's Joint Committee on Congressional Redistricting agreeing to place Meridian in the same district as the Coast.
Once the redistricting committee endorses a plan, it will be up to the Legislature to pass it. Snowden said that he looks for a special session to be called sometime in August to decide the matter.
Fredie Carmichael is a staff writer for The Meridian Star., call him at 693-1551, ext. 3228 or E-mail him at fcarmichael@themeridianstar.com.