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State GOP advances legislative maps for floor vote

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Republican-led committees in Alabama's legislature have advanced new legislative and congressional districts for floor votes on Monday.

Committees approved the new district lines Friday. The House State Government Committee voted along party lines to approve new lines for the state’s seven congressional districts and 105 districts in the Alabama House of Representatives.

Democrats voted against the plans, saying the proposed congressional lines don’t reflect a state that has grown more diverse and pack their supporters into a single congressional district.

Some legal groups are arguing the state should have two congressional districts likely to elect an African-American representatives, instead of just one. Black and mixed-race residents now making up more than 25% of the state’s population.

Several Republicans also aren't happy, saying the maps sacrifice their districts for other party priorities.

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