Redrawn Statehouse district lines head to governor

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina legislators are sending redrawn district maps for Statehouse seats to Gov. Nikki Haley.

The Senate and House wrapped up work on the legislation and were sending it to Haley on Wednesday.

Redistricting is required every decade to reflect census population shifts. South Carolina’s reapportionment plan requires federal approval.

The House plan merges eight existing districts that lost population into four. That puts some of the legislators in primaries with each other in June 2012.

The Senate plan didn’t merge districts. But the American Civil Liberties Union said the plan reduces black majority population in two districts.

Meanwhile, the Senate is preparing to debate next week new district lines for the U.S. House that include a new 7th District. The House has already approved its version.

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