The Georgia General Assembly convened Aug. 15 for the first day of the special session for redistricting and reapportionment.

Both the Senate and the House of Representatives met briefly without discussing the preliminary maps released to the public Aug. 12.  Committees will meet Aug. 16 to begin the process of approving the proposed districts.

The Senate Reapportionment and Redistricting Committee will meet at 11 a.m. and the House committee will meet at 2 p.m.

For the past several weeks, the committees have been redrawing the state’s legislative districts to reflect changes in population recorded by the 2010 U.S. Census.

Like any other piece of legislation, the maps will be heard in committee before being presented on the floor of each chamber. Once the House approves its new districts, the map will go before the Senate for approval. Likewise, the House will vote on a final district map after it is passed by the Senate.

Legislators expect the special session to last two to three weeks.

The House map released Aug. 12 could result in north DeKalb Rep. Elena Parent and Rep. Elly Dobbs of Buckhead facing other sitting legislators in the next election. Dobbs and Parent, both Democrats, would see their districts consolidated with the districts of other incumbent Democrats if the maps are approved.

The map released by the Senate shows District 6, now represented by Sen. Doug Stoner of Smyrna, a Democrat, would take in portions of Sandy Springs and Buckhead.

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