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Richmond Circuit Court Denies Limits Legislative Privilege in Redistricting Case

The nonpartisan redistricting advocacy group One Virginia 2021 is challenging 11 state legislative districts held by members of both parties, saying the boundaries are not compact and contiguous as required by the state constitution.

A separate motion from House Republicans to stay the case pending the outcome of a separate challenge to Virginia’s house districts was also denied.

The trial is expected to proceed in late summer or early fall.

Non-Partisan Redistricting Bills Killed in House Subcommittee

Several bills that would have taken some of the politics out of redistricting were rolled together and killed Tuesday (2/2) in a House subcommittee.

House Privileges and Elections Chair, Republican Mark Cole of Spotsylvania says the bills were premature, as the General Assembly is not scheduled to redraw it’s districts again for 5 years.

Brian Cannon, Spokesman for the non-partisan redistricting advocacy group One Virginia 2021 says it’s easier to set the rules fairly now, when the future partisan make up of both chambers is unknown.

Northam Breaks Tie to Defeat Bill to Expand Concealed Carry Rights

Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate Monday (2/1) to defeat a bill that would have eliminated the permit requirement for concealed handguns.

Openly carrying a firearm without a permit is legal in Virginia.

The bill patroned by Republican Senator Dick Black of Loudon would have allowed gun owners to conceal carry without a permit.

Democratic Senator Chap Petersen of Fairfax says requiring people to register for concealed carry keeps them accountable.

Gun Deal Reaches Rare Compromise

Governor Terry McAuliffe, State lawmakers and advocates appear to have reached a rare compromise on one of the most divisive issues in politics, the balance of gun rights and gun violence prevention. The deal would reverse Attorney General Mark Herring’s opinion late last year, which ended concealed handgun reciprocity agreements with dozens of other states.

In exchange gun rights proponents have agreed to prohibit those who have a permanent protective order for domestic violence against them from carrying a firearm.

Showdown This Week on Governor’s Supreme Court Appointment

Republicans hoping to replace a Virginia Supreme Court Justice installed by Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe say lawmakers will vote this week on whether she should remain on the court.

Republicans have protested the Governor’s appointment of Justice Jane Marum Roush in July, saying he left them out of the process.

Republicans want Court of Appeals Judge Rossie Alston instead.


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