With S.C. House approving also, plan now goes to governor, Justice Department
The General Assembly approved new congressional districts Tuesday, drawing a new 7th Congressional District in the Pee Dee with Horry County serving as its anchor.
The plan still needs approval from Gov. Nikki Haley. Because of South Carolina's history of racial discrimination, changes to political lines must be approved by the U.S. Justice Department.
At issue is who represents South Carolina in Washington. Because of the state's population growth during the past decade, it qualifies for an additional, 7th district in Congress.
The Senate approved the plan late Tuesday afternoon by a 24-16 vote.