Governor Riley on Redistricting Controversy

During the last legislative session a group of mostly Republican senators were unhappy with rule changes imposed by the Democratic senators.

The minority group made their discontent known by preventing votes on virtually every bill that came up during most of the session.

Now, some Republicans say they're ready for another "slow down" if Democrats bring up the issue of re-drawing legislative and congressional districts.

WSFA 12 News sat down with Governor Riley to get his thoughts.

Some Democrats in the legislature wanted to re-draw the current congressional district boundaries.

It's something that normally happens after new ten year census data is released.

Republicans swore to bring the session to a halt if the subject were brought up.

Democratic House Speaker Seth Hammett says re-destricting won't be considered this session which pleased the Republican governor.

"I think it says a lot about the Speaker of the House when he came out and said 'we're not even going to let allow it to be brought up this time'. That's the kind of leadership we've needed," Governor Riley explains.

Riley says controversial issues shouldn't block consideration of other important legislation.

"What we need to be doing today is following the Speaker's lead in coming out and saying 'Alright, there are a miriad of things that we will never agree on.' Lets take them off the table, but on the things we can agree on we need to come together and sit down and say, 'Let's agree to pass these the early part of the session...' "

Republicans believe the Democrats are targeting Congressman Jo Bonner's district one seat and Mike Rogers in district 3.

Republicans also believe Democrats plan to try and unseat key GOP lawmakers.

Democrats deny all of those claims.