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By: Magnolia Tribune - August 23, 2010

Citizens, lawmakers call for fairness in redistricting

The “Magical Mystery Map Tour” made stops in Starkville and Columbus Saturday, drawing citizens and legislators alike.

That’s the title State Sen. Terry Burton, R-Newton, used to describe the Standing Joint Legislative Committee On Redistricting and Reapportionment. Burton chairs the panel along with Rep. Tommy Reyolds, D-Charleston. Ten representatives and 10 senators were selected by Speaker of the House William McCoy and Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, respectively, to travel the state and hear concerns from citizens over reapportioning representative, senate and federal congressional districts following the 2010 Census.

The conversation in Starkville, where approximately 75 people turned out at the Colvard Student Union on the Mississippi State University campus, focused on consolidating the number of representative districts within the city limits from four to as few as possible and eliminating split districts altogether.

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