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H.R.278: John Tanner Fairness and Independence in Redistricting Act

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about congress
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Sponsor Steve Cohen, D-Tenn.
Total Cosponsors 13 (All Democrats)
Introduced Jan. 15, 2013
Latest Major Action Feb. 28, 2013
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Bill Summary

John Tanner Fairness and Independence in Redistricting Act - Prohibits a state that has been redistricted after an apportionment from being redistricted again until after the next apportionment of Representatives, unless the state is ordered by a court to conduct such a subsequent redistricting in order to: (1) comply with the U.S. Constitution, or (2) enforce the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Requires such redistricting to be conducted through a plan developed by the independent redistricting commission established in the state, or if such plan is not enacted into law, the redistricting plan selected by the state's highest court or developed by a U.S. district court.

Prescribes requirements for: (1) establishment of a state independent redistricting commission (including provisions for holding each of its meetings in public and maintaining a public Internet site); (2) development of a redistricting plan (including soliciting and considering public comments) and its su...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Feb. 28, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution And Civil Justice.
Jan. 15, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.