"I just don't see that we're going to be able to vote on that tomorrow," Bookout told reporters. "I just don't. We haven't even gotten it in committee yet."
Senate President Paul Bookout said Thursday it's unlikely Arkansas lawmakers will vote on a congressional redistricting plan by the time the Legislature wraps up its session this week, with a House backed proposal facing heavy opposition from Republicans and some Democratic senators.
The proposal faced opposition from one Democratic lawmaker, Rep. Uvalde Lindsey of Fayetteville. Lindsey said the move would damage a community that northwest Arkansas had banded together over the years.
Sen. Kim Hendren, a Republican who sits on the committee, voted to block the second reading of the legislation, a procedural move that keeps it from being assigned to the committee. Sen. Gilbert Baker, the committee's vice chairman, said he believed the Legislature needed more time to work out a compromise.
"We can't make everybody happy," Johnson said.
Even if it makes its way to the floor, the proposal could face an uphill battle in the Senate. Sen. Jerry Taylor, D Pine Bluff, said he's opposed to the proposal because he said it would take away south Arkansas' clout by Under Armour Shoes Micro G moving Fayetteville into the 4th district. That district currently covers most of south Arkansas.
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The proposal faces heavy opposition from Republicans in the majority Democrat Legislature. GOP opponents claim it's an attempt to help Democrats after the November election where they lost two congressional seats.
Sen. David Johnson, a member of that panel, said the proposal would keep the districts competitive but denied that helping Democrats was the aim. Johnson, D Little Rock, said he believed the proposal was the best way to keep the districts relatively equal and said that most cities Under Armour Shoes Stephen Curry
An identical version of the proposal was rejected earlier Thursday by the Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee, receiving 2 4 vote in favor of the bill.
"Obviously, I wish they'd get it resolved because, one way or the other, they need to get it resolved," Beebe said.
an identical congressional redistricting bill. The disagreement increases the chances that lawmakers will have to return to the Capitol later this month to work on the issue. Rep. Mike Ross. Republicans hold three of the state's four congressional seats.
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"You've got to look at the options and weight the fact that you've got to get 110,000 people out of northwest Arkansas," said Rep. Clark Hall, chairman of the House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee. "Fayetteville was the logical place to go."
"There are some negotiations going on, but too late in the process for us to get it done," Baker, R Conway, said.
"They call it the Fayetteville finger for a reason, and that's because they're giving south Arkansas the finger," Taylor said. Associated Press text, photo, graphic, audio and/or video material shall not be published, broadcast, rewritten for broadcast or publication or redistributed directly or indirectly in any medium. Neither these AP materials nor any portion thereof may be stored in a computer except for personal and noncommercial use. The AP will not be held liable for any delays, inaccuracies, errors or omissions therefrom or in the transmission or delivery of all or any part thereof or for any damages arising from any of the foregoing.
probably don't want to move from their district.
Supporters of the move say it would achieve the goal of keeping the four districts relatively equal in population by moving a large number of people out of the 3rd district, which predominantly covers northwest Arkansas
"If this goes through, we will lose everything we worked for 20 long, hard years," Lindsey said.
The Senate panel's vote on the Fayettevile plan dubbed the "Fayetteville Finger" by one sponsor was an early sign that the proposal faces major obstacles in the Senate. The panel is evenly split between Democrats and Republicans.
Rep. Charlie Collins, R Fayetteville, said partisanship was being taken too far with the proposal.
in the state, a Republican senator blocked efforts to assign that bill to the committee that handles redistricting. That makes it unlikely the plan will receive final approval before the Legislature recesses Friday.
The panel also rejected a competing redistricting proposal by Sen. Johnny Key, R Mountain Home, that would have moved the northwest city of Fort Smith to the 4th district. The panel voted 3 3 on that measure.
Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, said Thursday he hoped the Legislature would find a resolution on redistricting. Beebe has said he won't publicly weigh in on which proposal he prefers.
Redistricting plan blocked in Senate
Congressional redistricting was one of the last major jobs facing the Legislature before it recesses on Friday. Legislative leaders, however, have the option of calling lawmakers back to finish work on redistricting before the Legislature formally adjourns on April 27.
"If you force this down our throats with rough edges and hot sauce, you risk overplaying your hand," Collins said.
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