In response to the announcement on Friday that the Obama Justice Department has awarded preclearance to Alabama's legislative redistricting plan that was submitted for review, Speaker Mike Hubbard released the following statement:
"I'm pleased, but not particularly surprised, that the Obama Justice Department has awarded its seal of approval to the legislative redistricting plan. This is proof positive that the districts were created fairly and drawn without a political agenda.
The only political agenda that exists in this process is among those who would continue to fight this plan even after a Democrat-dominated Justice Department has determined it to be fair and equitable to all Alabamians.
We made it clear from the outset that we were committed to seeking public input from across the state and utilizing the federal census data in a manner that resulted in fairly drawn legislative districts that fully fell within the parameters of the law. And that's exactly what happened.
I congratulate the Reapportionment Committee, House Chairman Jim McClendon and Senate Chairman Gerald Dial on a job well done.
I look forward to the day when Alabama may once again run its own affairs and determine its own destiny without having to seek permission from Washington, D.C. to follow the course we have charted."