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TN Senate passes judicial redistricting bill

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NASHVILLE, TN (WRCB) -- The Tennessee Senate approved Senate Bill 780 which outlines a new judicial map for the state.

The bill passed 27 to four. The judicial map, which has not been redrawn since 1984, will reflect the changes that Tennessee has seen.

"While the 1984 map made great strides by consolidating public defenders, district attorneys and judges into unified districts, it is clear that the particular politics of the time influenced the map resulting in untenable inefficiencies," Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey explained. "This map corrects those mistakes and brings our judicial districts into the 21st century."

The bill affects 22 counties and the number of judicial districts has been reduced from 31 to 29.

Factors such as regional integrity, geographic boundaries and ease of inter-county travel were also heavily considered.

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