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Governor signs bill that changes Augusta Senate districts

Monday, April 16, 2012 5:30 PM
Last updated Tuesday, April 17, 2012 2:10 AM
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ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal’s office announced Monday that the governor has signed into law a bill that will tilt the balance of power in the Augusta Senate delegation.

Senate Bill 430 swaps a small number of voters along the Savannah River in south Augusta from the district represented by Sen. Jesse Stone to the one held by Sen. Bill Jackson. Both men are Republicans.

By adding Jackson to the delegation, it shifts from one Republican and one Democrat to two GOP senators and one Democrat, Sen. Hardie Davis.

Davis had opposed the change, saying he had not been consulted before the Senate Reapportionment Committee approved the bill. He also argues it is unfair to Augusta’s voters who are mostly Democrats.

While the power switched to the GOP in the Senate side of the delegation, the House delegation remains overwhelmingly Democratic. That means neither party has enough power to pass local legislation without the other.

In the legislative session that ended last month, Democrats favored one design of the election districts for the Augusta Commission and local school board while Republicans favored another. Their disagreement resulted in one map passing the House and one passing the Senate but neither passing both and becoming law. The standoff prompted the commission to ask a court to draw a map.

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TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 04/16/12 - 09:13 pm
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So? What else is new? Nobody

So? What else is new? Nobody agrees with anybody in this area!!!

Bouganvillea
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Bouganvillea 04/16/12 - 11:31 pm
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This is an utterly stupid
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This is an utterly stupid idea and the motivations behind it are blatantly obvious

irishfarmer
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irishfarmer 04/17/12 - 12:45 am
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Finally more republican

Finally more republican leadership for Augusta. Small step for us but still a good thing. Now if we can un-elect some of the current democrats elected in Augusta things would definently get better. Bill Jackson will be a great voice for us in Atlanta. Just wish we could elect him some help in Atlanta.

Bouganvillea
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Bouganvillea 04/17/12 - 02:48 pm
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This.. like the earlier
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This.. like the earlier elections dates and the commission/school board district maps will be thrown out by the DOJ

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