A proposal to redraw Tennessee’s judicial districts for the first time since 1984 has failed this session.
The House voted 66-28 on Friday to defeat the measure sponsored by Republican Representative Jon Lundberg of Bristol. The companion bill was approved 27-4 earlier this month.
The plan from Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville would affect 22 counties in 8 districts. The number of judicial districts would have been reduced from 31 to 29.
Most of the House members against the measure say they felt as if they were being dictated to by the Senate, particularly Ramsey.
Coffee County District Attorney Mickey Layne stated that he felt that the defeat of the proposal is a “victory for Coffee County residents,” because Ramsey’s plan would have lumped the county into a district with Cannon, Van Buren and Warren Counties.
Layne stated that State Representative Judd Matheny worked long hours to defeat the proposal and to protect the Coffee County judicial district. He noted that State Senator Janice Bowling also worked against the proposal.