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Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 5:03am

Tensions Mount At Capitol

Updated: 3 years ago.
Public redistricting hearings will be held at the state Capitol in Atlanta Tuesday. (GPB file photo)

In only the second day of the state's legislative redistricting process, tensions erupted in the Georgia Senate Tuesday as Democrats accused their Republican colleagues of shutting them out and not allowing them to present alternate maps to a plan that could see a vote as soon as this week.

The Senate approved rules expediting the special session on Monday over the objection of Democrats, who cautioned the process is being rushed.

Minority Leader Steve Henson said Tuesday that Democrats attempted to submit their plan but were told they were too late under the committee rules. Senate redistricting Chairman Mitch Seabaugh said Democrats failed to follow the rules, but that they still have other options for presenting their map before a final vote.

Seabaugh maintains the process has been fair and transparent.

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