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March 14, 2013

Turner frustrated with efforts to redistrict


Somerset —

  53rd District, represented by David Meade of Stanford. Meade, who succeeded Danny Ford, currently represents what is now designated the 80th District.
  83rd District, represented by Jeff Hoover of Jamestown.
 85th District, represented by Tommy Turner of Pulaski County.
  Turner is the only state representative who lives in Pulaski County. The 38 precincts in the 85th District is more than half of the county’s 59 precincts. He has represented the 85th District for the past 17 years.
 A “gentlemen’s agreement” between the Senate and House says the Senate will approve the House’s legislative plan and the House will approve the Senate’s plan. However, Turner expressed doubt the Senate will approve the House plan, especially before the current session ends.
  Previously realigned House and Senate districts were declared invalid and a court ordered existing districts to remain in place until new plans are approved.
The General Assembly is in recess now and is scheduled to return March 25 and March 26 in what is referred to as a “ veto session.’
  “We can suspend the rules and pass legislation on those two days if both bodies agree,” said Turner.

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