By Mike Cason
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has signed into law the redistricting bills passed by the Legislature.
Ivey signed the bills creating new maps for congressional districts, the state House of Representatives, the state Senate, and the state Board of Education.
Lawmakers passed the bills Wednesday during a special session called by Ivey for reapportionment, which is required after every census to keep districts approximately equal in population.
Ivey issued a statement about the plans, passed by the Republican majority in the Legislature over opposition from Democrats.
“I, once again, applaud the men and women of the Alabama Legislature for working together to get the job done,” Ivey said. “Every 10 years following the census, the Alabama House and Senate are constitutionally required to handle redistricting so that people of Alabama keep our strong voice in Washington and in all levels of government. In 2020, Alabama proved the naysayers wrong with our successful census count, we maintained all seven of our congressional seats, preserved important federal funding, and with this productive special session, I trust that Alabamians will continue to have their voices heard.”
Lawmakers are continuing the special session today and are considering legislation to provide exemptions to President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
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