2012 plans for Alabama legislative districts precleared by U.S. - ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports

2012 plans for Alabama legislative districts precleared by U.S. Department of Justice

Posted: Updated:

Attorney General Luther Strange announced that the U.S. Department of Justice has precleared the 2012 redistricting plans for the Alabama House of Representatives and the Alabama Senate.

"We are pleased that the Department of Justice has agreed with our position and approved these redistricting plans," said Attorney General Strange. "I am proud of my team in the Attorney General's Constitutional Defense Division for handling this matter so quickly and for achieving a good result." He also commended former Assistant Attorneys General Jack Park and Charles Campbell, who provided their expertise and leadership in guiding this through the preclearance process.

Strange's Office submitted redistricting plans for review to the U.S. Attorney General and to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia pursuant to Section 5 of the federal Voting Rights Act. Section 5 requires such review of any change in voting practices in certain states, including Alabama.

The Alabama Attorney General's Office received a letter dated October 5 from the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, stating that the U.S. Attorney General does not object to Act No. 2012-602 and Act No. 2012-603, the legislation that set the new House of Representatives and Senate districts.

With the news from Washington, the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia becomes irrelevant, and the redistricting plans for the State House of Representatives and Senate can now be put into effect.



  • Central Alabama NewsMore>>

  • Shelby wants plan to fix Central Alabama VA

    Shelby wants plan to fix Central Alabama VA

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:19 PM EDT2014-07-30 01:19:22 GMT
    U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today sent a letter with U.S. Representative Martha Roby to VA Secretary Robert McDonald, who was confirmed by the Senate Tuesday. The letter requests that Secretary McDonald provide a plan within 60 days that identifies the problems at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System, what can be done to correct them, and a timeline for implementation. It also requests that Secretary McDonald visit the facility in Montgomery with Senator Shelby and Represe...More >>
    U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today sent a letter with U.S. Representative Martha Roby to VA Secretary Robert McDonald, who was confirmed by the Senate Tuesday. The letter requests that Secretary McDonald provide a plan within 60 days that identifies the problems at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System, what can be done to correct them, and a timeline for implementation. It also requests that Secretary McDonald visit the facility in Montgomery with Senator Shelby and Represe...More >>
  • Athens man pleads not guilty in Craigslist kitten killings

    Athens man pleads not guilty in Craigslist kitten killings

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:14:53 GMT
    Ronald Fraser Golden, 49, of Athens pleaded not guilty to 22 cruelty charges during a brief hearing in Limestone County, where authorities say he killed the animals in a part of his home he called "the cat room."

    More >>
    Ronald Fraser Golden, 49, of Athens pleaded not guilty to 22 cruelty charges during a brief hearing in Limestone County, where authorities say he killed the animals in a part of his home he called "the cat room."

    More >>
  • Girl who was struck by plane that crashed on Florida beach dies

    Girl who was struck by plane that crashed on Florida beach dies

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:34 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:34:21 GMT
    A 9-year-old girl who was struck by a plane that crash-landed on a beach while she vacationed with her family has died from her injuries, law enforcement officials in Florida said Tuesday.More >>
    A 9-year-old girl who was struck by a plane that crash-landed on a beach while she vacationed with her family has died from her injuries, law enforcement officials in Florida said Tuesday.
    More >>
Most Popular
Stories
Videos
loading...