by Max Brantley
The Senate this morning passed the amended version of the House congressional redistricting plan 23-11. If I have things straight it goes to the House for concurrence in the amendment and this carnival is done. UPDATE: The House concurred. Both houses have adjourned until April 27 when, barring discovery of new problems, the legislature will officially conclude this year's regular session.
BTW: The redistricting is OK by Mike Ross. Tim Griffin, too. The Republican Party threw many of its members who voted for it under the bus, saying the plan could have been better.
MIKE ROSS NEWS RELEASE
WASHINGTON — U.S. Congressman Mike Ross of Prescott issued the following statement today after Arkansas General Assembly passed legislation that establishes new congressional districts in Arkansas. Ross currently represents Arkansas’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Statement by U.S. Congressman Mike Ross:
“I am proud to represent all 29 counties that currently make up Arkansas’s Fourth Congressional District. While I’m disappointed the final plan passed by the state legislature calls for the Fourth District to lose Chicot, Desha and Lincoln counties and a small portion of Jefferson County, I recognize our Constitution and the census require congressional districts to change once every ten years. I also welcome each of the new communities in Franklin, Johnson, Madison and Yell counties and in parts of Crawford, Newton and Sebastian counties. I have said all along that I will continue to work hard to represent the Fourth District to the best of my ability — regardless of its boundaries.
“Arkansas’s congressional delegation has a long-standing tradition of working together to move our great state forward, regardless of party affiliation or congressional district boundaries. I will continue to work with our entire congressional delegation to give Arkansas a powerful voice in Washington and to fight for the Arkansas values we all share.
TIM GRIFFIN STATEMENT
“I would prefer not to lose any constituents, but I understand that the law requires the 2nd District to shrink. I am honored by the opportunity to serve and am pleased that the District changed very little overall.”
Republican Party of Arkansas Executive Director Chase Dugger released the following statement in response to the Legislature giving the final nod to a congressional redistricting plan:
“The approved map is more reasonable than the State Democratic Party’s partisan ‘Fayetteville Finger’ proposal. However, we wish the Legislature could have agreed on a map that better respected our communities of interest and kept our districts more compact. Now that a compromise is final, our efforts are solely focused on gaining the majority vote in Arkansas’ four new congressional districts.”