Why Even Bring Up This Resolution?
It looks like the decision on the Senate’s side to Resolution 692 will be a temporary thorn in the side of Senate Republicans who don’t want anything to do with the House redistricting plan; a plan that chamber has already killed.
The intent of the resolution, which you can read here, was to allow Phil Bryant and Billy McCoy to call their chambers’ back into business until April 11, if they had reason to. The House leadership got a hold of the resolution and are using it as a life-line to resurrect their previously rejected map. The House is debating this as we type, and it will likely pass the chamber when it comes to a vote.
Looking back, this resolution shouldn’t have ever come up. The Senate leadership should have been looking ahead to any tricks McCoy and company may have up their sleeve so another potentially difficult showdown would be avoided.
There is now talk that the Senate could adjourn without taking up the resolution if it does indeed come back with the House plan. That would be the easiest path forward. Of course, Republicans will need the votes for Sine Die.
As for the House map, there are some changes in the Starkville area. So nothing of significance or anything that would give the GOP reason to vote for it.