VIDEO: Senator Plowman Presents GOP Reapportionment Plan (8/23/11)

Posted on September 23, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Here is Senator Debra Plowman (R-Hampden) presenting the GOP redistricting plan during the August 23 public hearing. Ultimately this plan was rejected by the committee.

 

And although it was rejected in favor of the Democrats’ less evasive map, Plowman is now willing to “use the trump card”, as she sees it, and force this plan onto Maine:

 

Republicans are putting forward their plan for redistricting, and may use the power of the majority to vote it through next week if talks fail to produce a compromise this weekend, Assistant Senate Majority Leader Debra Plowman, R-Hampden, said today.The Republican plan to change the line between the 1st and 2nd congressional districts is based on an east/west divide that puts Androscoggin, Cumberland, Oxford, York and part of Franklin County in the 1st District.

The bill contains language that allows Republicans to approve the plan with a simple majority, rather than the two-thirds vote called for by current state law.

Plowman said she hopes they don’t have to resort to the majority vote, but will if they have to.

“Not using this technique is an abdication of our duty,” she said. “Is it what we want to do? Absolutely not.”

The question still remains whether or not this will go to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

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