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Senate to vote on House redistricting bill Sunday

By Staff | Aug 21, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – It’s taken two special sessions, but West Virginia lawmakers hope they’ll soon finish the once-a-decade redrawing of legislative and congressional districts.

The Senate is meeting late Sunday to vote on a corrected redistricting plan for the House of Delegates. The House passed the bill 55-38 Saturday.

The plan is much like the one approved during a five-day special session earlier this month. Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed that bill because it overlapped delegate districts in two counties. But he’s signed that session’s state Senate and congressional redistricting plans.

The pending House plan fixes the overlap errors. Delegates also approved a series of minor changes to nearly half of its 67 districts.

Supporters of individual districts for all 100 House seats expect to challenge this House plan in court.