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    Senate judiciary committee sets hearing on supreme court's voting rights act decision

    this is very good news in my oppinion.

    Senate Judiciary Committee Sets Hearing on Supreme Court's Voting Rights Act Decision | Main Justice

    The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing July 17 to consider a legislative response to the Supreme Courtís recent decision eliminating a key part of the Voting Rights Act.

    In Shelby County v. Holder, the court struck down Section 4 of the civil rights legislation, which specified which states, counties and municipalities with a history of racial discrimination were required to clear changes to their voting laws with the Justice Department.

    In announcing the hearing, Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) called the Voting Rights Act ďa central pillar of the civil rights laws that have helped bring Americaís ideals closer to reality for all Americans.Ē

    Witnesses at the hearing will include Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who was beaten by police while marching for civil rights in Selma, Ala., in 1965, and Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), who helped steer the the landmark legislation toward reauthorization while serving as House Judiciary Committee chairman in 2006.

    The names of other witnesses will be released in coming days. No one from the Justice Departmentís Civil Rights Division is scheduled to testify, according to Justice spokeswoman Dena Iverson.

    The invalidation of Section 4 will make it more difficult for lawyers in the Civil Rights Division to pursue potential violations of voting rights. Before the Supreme Courtís June decision, jurisdictions affected by Section 4 had the burden of proving that changes to their voting laws would not disproportionately harm one group of voters. Now the burden of proving that a jurisdictionís voting laws are discriminatory lies with the Justice Department.

    Immediately after the courtís decision, Leahy said he feared the ruling would jeopardize the rights of racial minorities. He noted that several lower courts recently have found evidence of intentional voter discrimination in jurisdictions covered by Section 4.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) also said at the time that he was disappointed by the ruling and vowed the Senate will address the courtís decision.

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    Re: Senate judiciary committee sets hearing on supreme court's voting rights act deci

    Well this is gonna be interesting.

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    Re: Senate judiciary committee sets hearing on supreme court's voting rights act deci

    Puts the GOP in a tricky spot. They voted overwhelmingly to continue the VRA in 2006, and their president signed it. The entire GOP flipping on this now would probably be bad for them. Especially among minority groups that they are looking for ways to stop alienating.

    Look, 31 measures have been blocked under the VRA since the 2006 renewal. Sad as it is, racism isn't over and the attempts to minimize the electoral influence of minorities do still happen. Just more subtly than they used to, thanks to the VRA.

    Hopefully, Congress will sit down and hammer out some new affected areas that accurately reflect what changes have occurred.

    ... we're screwed, aren't we?
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