New Districts for Georgia Lawmakers - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

03/16/04

New Districts for Georgia Lawmakers

The old districts. The old districts.
The new districts. The new districts.

Some Georgia state lawmakers could be out of a job, thanks to a court-ordered district map. This has pulled the carpet out from underneath many lawmakers' feet. This is the first time anything like this has ever happened, and lawmakers are trying to get over the shock of this sudden decision.

Since legislators couldn't make the deadline for redrawing their districts, the federal courts did it for them. Now some of the most influential politicians in the state could be facing off for their political lives.

In our region, Sen. Eric Johnson (R - Savannah), who leads the Senate, currently has a meandering coastal district next to the Third District of veteran Hinesville Democrat, Sen. Rene Kemp.

The current Fourth District is held by Sen. Jack Hill (R - Reidsville), who chairs the Appropriations Committee. Westward is the current 20th District of Democratic Sen. Hugh Gillis of Soperton, who's a 54-year veteran of the General Assembly.

But under the new plan, Johnson and Kemp are thrown together in a district with a decided majority of voters who've been represented in the past by Sen. Johnson. Likewise, Senators Gillis and Hill are tossed into one district, made up mostly of counties in Hill's current district.

Unlike plans drawn by the legislators, these plans do not have to be approved by the US Department of Justice, so this is pretty much a done deal. And it doesn't leave legislators much time to make decisions about their political futures, because they have qualify by the last week of April.

 Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

  • NewsNewsMore>>

  • GOP Candidate Katie Arrington to face additional surgery after deadly crash

    GOP Candidate Katie Arrington to face additional surgery after deadly crash

    Saturday, June 23 2018 10:01 PM EDT2018-06-24 02:01:47 GMT
    The crash killed one and injured two others Friday night at approximately 9 p.m. in Adams Run. (Source: Live 5)The crash killed one and injured two others Friday night at approximately 9 p.m. in Adams Run. (Source: Live 5)

    Republican Congressional Candidate Katie Arrington is out of surgery and recovering after a Friday night car accident.

    More >>

    Republican Congressional Candidate Katie Arrington is out of surgery and recovering after a Friday night car accident.

    More >>
  • Summer Bonanza aims to create educational space for children

    Summer Bonanza aims to create educational space for children

    Saturday, June 23 2018 6:29 PM EDT2018-06-23 22:29:01 GMT
    (Source: WTOC)(Source: WTOC)
    (Source: WTOC)(Source: WTOC)

    Summer Bonanza was held at the Memorial Medical Center Auditorium on Saturday.  The event aimed to give children a place to go in the summer where they could learn, gain role models, and have fun. "Kids in the community have some place to come and have fun for a Saturday during the summer and we work with them in their education, give them a lot of information to help them during the summer," said Angela Dorsey, director. Copyright 2018 WTOC. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    Summer Bonanza was held at the Memorial Medical Center Auditorium on Saturday.  The event aimed to give children a place to go in the summer where they could learn, gain role models, and have fun. "Kids in the community have some place to come and have fun for a Saturday during the summer and we work with them in their education, give them a lot of information to help them during the summer," said Angela Dorsey, director. Copyright 2018 WTOC. All rights reserved.

    More >>
  • Two arrested in connection to Burton burglaries

    Two arrested in connection to Burton burglaries

    Saturday, June 23 2018 6:18 PM EDT2018-06-23 22:18:53 GMT
    (Source: WTOC)(Source: WTOC)
    (Source: WTOC)(Source: WTOC)

    The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office has made two arrests connected to several burglaries and vehicle break-ins in Burton. The break-ins occurred mostly on Mroz, Laurel Bay, and Rugrack roads. Deputies were able to gather forensic evidence from each of the scenes. Two suspects have been arrested in connection to a burglary at the Reach Out and Touch Ministries, a home break-in on Rugrack Road, and two vehicle break-ins on Mroz and Laurel Bay roads.

    More >>

    The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office has made two arrests connected to several burglaries and vehicle break-ins in Burton. The break-ins occurred mostly on Mroz, Laurel Bay, and Rugrack roads. Deputies were able to gather forensic evidence from each of the scenes. Two suspects have been arrested in connection to a burglary at the Reach Out and Touch Ministries, a home break-in on Rugrack Road, and two vehicle break-ins on Mroz and Laurel Bay roads.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly