Tag Archives: plans

14 Judicial Redistricting Plans Submitted at Ramsey’s Invitation

News release from Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey’s office:
(March 8, 2013, NASHVILLE) Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) today praised both the general public as well as specific stakeholder groups for their participation in the open judicial redistricting process announced last month at a press conference at the State Capitol.
“The response we have gotten to our public call for judicial district maps is extremely encouraging,” said Lt. Governor Ramsey. “I would especially like to commend the Public Defenders Association as well as the Tennessee Bar Association for coming to the table and sharing their ideas.”
Fourteen statewide judicial redistricting proposals were submitted in accordance with the guidelines posted online. Those who asked for extensions past the original March 1 deadline were given until March 8 to submit their map.
“While I’m disappointed that the leadership of the Trial Judges Association and the District Attorney’s General Association refused to consider any changes to the 1984 map, I’m very pleased that many individual members of those groups contacted us to offer their ideas and help,” said Lt. Governor Ramsey. “Their individual input was helpful and appreciated.”
Tennessee currently has thirty-one judicial districts which determine the areas judges, district attorneys and public defenders serve. The last judicial redistricting occurred in 1984 — nearly thirty years ago.
“We came into this process with open minds and a desire to work with interested parties. The submitted maps have given us a lot of good ideas,” said Lt. Governor Ramsey. “I look forward to working with members of the House and Senate to create a map that takes into account both regional integrity and population growth to ensure Tennesseans receive the best possible service from their judges, district attorneys and public defenders.”
To be considered, submitted plans were required to use 2010 federal census data and redistrict the entire state. Regional integrity, geographic boundaries and ease of inter-county travel also had to be considered.
All maps submitted in accordance with the guideline and instructions on how to submit a judicial district plan are now available online at http://www.capitol.tn.gov/senate/judredist/judredist.html.

ECD Has Plans, Shuffles Staff

News release from Department of Economic and Community Development:
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty today announced the release of nine regional strategic plans outlining how ECD’s field staff will lead new economic development efforts in their regions, support existing networks of local organizations and serve as an effective conduit between the department and regional stakeholders. The plans can be viewed at http://tn.gov/ecd/.

Continue reading

Rasmey Invites Submission of Senate Redistricting Plans

News release from lieutenant governor’s office:
(September 16, 2011, NASHVILLE) – Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey today made clear his commitment to an efficient and open Senate redistricting process by placing an unprecedented amount of information and data online for use by the general public. Participation in the redistricting process will now be open to any Tennessee citizen with access to a computer.
“In years past, redistricting was done with only a select few possessing the keys to access the data necessary to draw a map,” said Lt. Governor Ramsey. “Today’s technology allows anyone to get on a computer and fully participate in the process. Armed with the data we are posting online and the appropriate software, individual citizens can draw their own maps and submit them for consideration. It is truly an exciting time to be involved in this process.”
Online today is a memo from Lt. Governor Ramsey announcing guidelines for citizens to submit their own plan. The guidelines themselves, along with the names and numbers of the regional redistricting coordinators, have also been posted.
Current population data and maps with a graphic representation of current districts are also available and are divided by Grand Division.
The full list of guidelines are posted online at http://www.capitol.tn.gov/senate/redist/redistricting.html.
All plans must be submitted to the Office of Legal Services no later than November 1, 2011.

Note: Previous post of similar release from House Speaker Beth Harwell on House redistricting is HERE.