The new maps being discussed in today’s redistricting meeting apparently include a move to put Dyer County into a single district (the 77th). Formerly part of the county had been included in the 82nd District, which is currently represented by Rep. Craig Fitzhugh. Here’s more from the State Gazette:
After many years, Dyer County will again be within the same Tennessee House district as Rep. Bill Sanderson (R-Kenton) announced Tuesday the Tennessee House Ad Hoc Committee on Redistricting will place all of Dyer County into House District 77.
But this comes at a cost to Obion County, which lost population during the last decade. From the same article:
Although Sanderson gained all of Dyer County and kept all of Lake County, he did have to give up a portion of his own county as Obion County was divided between him and Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden) of District 76. South Fulton and the northeastern part of Obion County will be included in Holt’s district.
The maps won’t be final until the General Assembly votes on them starting next week. Even then, some lawsuits are potentially in the works as Democrats, who lack the votes to influence the maps, may take to the courts to challenge what they see as unfair or unconstitutional treatment by the majority Republicans.