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Final Redistricting Bills Killed In House

On several 5-2 party line votes this morning (2/14), the House of Delegates Privileges and Elections Subcommittee on Elections killed the last remaining bills for the year that would change the way Virginia draws it’s district lines.

Republican Delegate Chris Jones of Suffolk in key committees have said changes to the system are inappropriate until after pending litigation has been resolved. “We have the authority currently under law if the court does adversely rule that we come back and we redraw the map as per the instructions of the court,” said Jones.

Bill To Ban Gerrymandering Divides State Republicans

The last surviving redistricting bills will be heard in the House Privileges and Elections subcommittee on elections early Tuesday (2/14) and the question of weather to ban political gerrymandering has Virginia Republicans divided.

Some GOP Republican Senators are pushing legislation that would prohibit lawmakers removing their political opponents through redistricting and strengthen requirements that districts be compact, contiguous and keep localities and precincts whole.

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