South Carolina Representative Introduces 2 Bills to House


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A South Carolina representative says the power of redistricting should be in the hands of voters instead of politicians.

Orangeburg Democratic Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter said Tuesday she will introduce two bills to the House. One bill would create a 14-member Citizens Redistricting Commission where voters decide state and congressional district lines. The other bill would add a constitutional amendment to the November 2020 ballot where voters can decide who has the redistricting power.

South Carolina district lines are drawn by the state legislature. Critics of the current process say it is unbalanced and does not represent democracy.

Another version of the bill is currently in the House judiciary committee.

Republican Rep. Bruce Bannister of Spartanburg didn't comment specifically on either bill, but said he knows of the movement to get away from the old method of redistricting.

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