H.R. 5512: Divisional Realignment Act of 2012

H.R. 5512

Divisional Realignment Act of 2012

May 29, 2012 (112th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Sarah Makin

Floor Situation

On Wednesday, May 30, 2012, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 5512, Divisional Realignment Act of 2012, under a suspension of the rules requiring a two-thirds majority for approval.  The bill was originally introduced on May 7, 2012, by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Bill Summary

H.R. 5521 would realign certain boundaries within two judicial districts for the U.S. District Court in Missouri and Mississippi (the Eastern District of Missouri and the Northern District of Mississippi). For the intended purposes of increasing administrative efficiency, enhancing equitable workload distributions, and lowering commuting times for jurors and attorneys in the affected districts, the bill would modify the boundaries of these court jurisdictions. The bill would transfer Iron and Saint Genevieve Counties, Mo., from the eastern subdivision to the southeastern subdivision of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. In addition, the bill would divide the U.S. District Court's Northern District of Mississippi into three subdivisions, the Aberdeen, Oxford, and Greenville divisions.


CBO did not have a cost estimate at press time.  However, per the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, there is no cost.