Gov. Mike Beebe on Thursday signed into law identical House and Senate bills that redraw boundaries for the state’s four congressional districts.The redistricting plan, Act 1242 of 2011, splits Crawford, Jefferson, Newton, Searcy and Sebastian counties. It also splits the city of Alma in western Arkansas between the 3rd and 4th Districts.
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Arkansas lawmakers have recessed this year's legislative session after casting ceremonial votes on a congressional redistricting plan that was previously approved. The House approved a Senate amendment to the plan on a 61-19 vote Wednesday.
The Arkansas House of Representatives has left two precincts unattached to their newly drawn congressional districts, a mistake that is keeping the state legislature in session for an extra day.
The Legislature gave final approval to a proposal to redraw the state's congressional districts. The measure passed on a 24-9 vote in the Senate on Tuesday, after lawmakers scrambled to fix an error that would have left about 175 voters stranded in a district where they didn't belong.