Housekeeping: Summary for the week ending March 11
Legislative attention in the House of Representatives returned to general lawmaking this week as we entered the final four weeks of the 2011 session.
After passage of the House redistricting plan last week, we were back considering general bills that originated in the Senate with a deadline of Wednesday for first floor action. Also on the agenda during the session’s 10th week were bills that had been considered in each chamber, had seen some changes made and then returned to the chamber of origin for concurrence. If we did not concur with the changes made by the Senate, we “invited conference” with the Senate. However, if we did concur with their changes, we sent those bills on to the governor.
The House passed its own redistricting plan 66-56 late last week. DeSoto County was awarded two new districts due to its spiraling growth. We then sent the plan to the Senate, where the Senate Elections Committee early this week voted down the House bill. The Senate was expected to begin consideration of several plans for its own redistricting later in the week.