Fillabuster Blocks Proposal To Split Douglas County
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At the state capital, redistricting plans will carry over into this week as the proposal by the chair of the Legislature's Redistricting Committee was stopped by a filibuster.
The plan being considered was introduced by Sen. Lou Ann Linehan, which removes the northern and western portions of Douglas County from the Second Congressional District, and adds in Saunders County and eastern Sarpy County.
Opponents of the plan considered the Senators map as a power grab, to eliminate the impact of democratic support in urban Omaha. Speaker of the Legislature Mike Hilgers said political ramifications shouldn’t come into play.
It takes 33 votes to stop debate and supporters were only able to muster 29 votes.