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Jasper Co Council gathers to hear redistricting bill

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There was standing room only in Jasper County Council chambers on Tuesday evening. They were all there to hear Democratic State Senator, Clemente Pinckney's re-districting bill.

He introduced the bill in the Senate on May 1.

Pinckney says the law requires each county to re-draw their school district every decade, but, Jasper County has not redrawn its district since 1998. 

Some residents are against his plan. They say it could cause a racial divide in the county.

"This is not about race. It is about making sure that we have a fair plan, so that everybody can have a seat at the table. I believe that is what America is all about. I believe that is what we teach our kids in school, and that is what this whole process is all about," said Clemente Pinckney, State Senator. 

Senator Pinckney hopes to get his bill passed before the current legislative session end in June. Republican State Representative, Bill Herbkersman, has already spoken out against the bill. He say's he will do what ever he has to to stop it from passing.

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