State legislators are calling the redistricting process "very fluid" as House and Senate members consider proposed maps from each chamber.

Last Thursday state Senators rejected a plan penned by Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, but approved an alternative map drawn by redistricting chairman Terry Burton, a Republican of Forest, and his committee.

That plan has been sent to the House for approval, but after a Republican-led Senate committee rejected a House redistricting plan previously approved by the Democratic-controlled House, some question what House leaders may do.

Some expect the House to approve the Senate plan but possibly attach their old House plan as an amendment in a second attempt to get Senate approval, a maneuver Republican leaders say they're watching for.

Sen. Walter Michel, a Republican who represents part of Madison County, on Monday afternoon said the whole thing could pan out a number of different ways and could happen as early as today or as late as later this month.

He did stress they are on a tight deadline with most hoping to be finished before the end of the week in order for potential qualifiers for House and Senate races later this year to know where district lines fall.

"The ball is definitely in the House's court," Michel said. "Say it's finalized March 20, then it takes 60 days to gain approval. Qualifying deadline is June 1, that gives candidates only 10 days to know if they're in the district."

Mississippi's redistricting maps must be approved by the U.S. Justice Department, which checks to ensure that the plans don't dilute minorities' voting strength.