MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Governor Bentley has signed House Bill 484, a bill that involves the state's Congressional redistricting lines.
The law must now be approved by the U.S. Justice Department before it can go into effect.
The state has 7 districts, which will not be added to or taken away from. However, the lines are reshaping the districts. The Montgomery area is now split into three districts (Districts 2, 3 and 7) and the Shoals area of north Alabama is also being split.
"Because of the Legislature's work in getting the redistricting bill passed, taxpayer money is saved by not having to call an expensive special session to tackle the issue of reapportionment," said Mr. Bentley.
Legislators held public hearings for Alabamians in May.
The hearings offered Alabamians the chance to voice their opinions of how the Legislature should redraw district lines to reflect population changes from 2010 Census data.
The number of Alabama's congressional districts is based upon the state's proportion of the national population, counted every ten years.