County Commissioners: Rep. LaRoque's Bill Unnecessary

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

Greene county commissioners say their elected state representative overstepped his bounds when he proposed district lines.

Commissioners say they did not formally ask Representative Stephen LaRoque to introduce a bill in the general assembly, requiring district lines to be drawn. Currently, there are no district lines with five commissioners serving in at-large seats.

LaRoque's bill would not only require district lines, but for the commissioners to live in the ones they represent. It's a decision Greene County Chairman Jerry Jones spoke about in a prepared statement.

"It didn't provide any provisions for the matter to be decided by the voters and citizens of Greene county. LaRoque's bill ordered the county to be divided into districts and thanks to our Senator Louis Pate, he prevailed to stand with the people," said Greene County Commissioners Chairman Jerry Jones.

Voters will be able to vote on the referendum in the 2012 election.

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