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House passes redistricting plan

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi House on Friday passed its own redistricting plan.

The proposed new map reconfigures lines for the 122 House districts. It reflects population changes revealed by the 2010 Census.

Democratic Rep. Tommy Reynolds of Charleston, who's leading the redistricting effort, says the plan would reduce the number of split precincts from 449 to fewer than 200.

It also would increase the number of majority-black districts from 39 to 44.

The 52-member Senate is expected to release its redistricting plan next week.

Once the new maps are approved by both chambers, they will go to the U.S. Justice Department, which will check to ensure that the plan does not dilute minorities' voting strength.

The new legislative districts will be in effect the next 10 years.

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