Taylor ready to work on districts

Published 9:00 pm Wednesday, March 9, 2011

State Sen. Bryan Taylor says he knows how important legislative reapportionment will be for Pike County.

And with a seat on committee appointed by Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey to redraw the lines for the state’s seven legislative seats, Taylor says he will work to ensure the county is fairly represented.

“I know how important that is for Pike County and I want to continue to represent Pike County,” Taylor said. “And, at the very least, I want to make sure Pike County continues to be represented by conservatives in legislature that reflect the values of the county.”

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Ivey appointed first-term Republican Taylor, whose District 30 includes Pike County, as one of four at-large members of the 11-member committee.

“The purpose of reapportionment is to ensure fairness in elective representation in the legislative branches on the state and national levels,” Ivey said, in a press release. “We are going to diligently re-draw districts that are equal in population and homogeneously representative of the people.”

The Reapportionment Committee is tasked with redistricting of the 105 Alabama House of Representative seats, the 35 Alabama Senate seats, as well as the 10 State Board of Education seats, based upon population to ensure that each seat has a near or equal number of citizens. The 2010 Census is used as the baseline for determining population information. Taylor said the committee will be responsible for doing two things: make sure all legislative districts have the same number of voters and will decide how those districts will be redrawn.

The Senators appointed Ivey are: 1st Congressional District – Sen. Trip Pittman (R.-Daphne); 2nd Congressional District – Sen. Jimmy Holley (R-Elba); 3rd Congressional District – Sen. Gerald Dial (R-Lineville); 4th Congressional District – Sen. Clay Scofield (R-Guntersville); 5th Congressional District – Sen. Bill Holtzclaw (R-Madison); 6th Congressional District – Sen. Cam Ward (R-Alabaster); 7th Congressional District – Sen. Linda Coleman (D-Birmingham). The four at-large members include: Senator Vivian Figures (D-Mobile); Senator Arthur Orr (R-Decatur); Senator Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa); Senator Bryan Taylor (R-Prattville).

The Reapportionment Committee also is in charge of dividing the seven United States House of Representative seats within Alabama, based upon each district’s proportion of the state population. The 2010 Census is the baseline of determining how many House seats are allotted to each state. The number of each state’s U.S. House seats, combined with its two U.S. Senate seats, constitutes that state’s number of electoral votes in presidential elections.

The state of Alabama neither lost nor gained any congressional seats and will have nine electoral votes in 2012.