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Both chambers of the S.C. General Assembly will return in early December to consider redistricting plans.  New maps are required every 10 years by the U.S. Constitution to equalize representation across the state.

The House plan, approved 21-2 with two members abstaining, has drawn fire for protecting incumbents and heavily favoring Republicans. The House returns 2 p.m. Dec. 1 to start deliberations, which are expected to continue at 10 a.m. Thursday and Dec. 6.

Meanwhile, S.C. senators will meet in a special session at 1 p.m. Dec. 6 to consider a redistricting plan that has been generally praised.

Monday, before the full Senate returns, members of the chamber’s redistricting subcommittee will consider newly proposed congressional district lines, published last week just before the Thanksgiving holiday. That committee meets Monday at 10:30 a.m. in Columbia.