Free Lance-Star reporter Chelyen Davis covers Virginia government.
Warner, Kaine criticize Va GOP redistricting proposal
Virginia’s two U.S. Senators, both former governors, have put out a written statement today denouncing the state Senate Republicans’ move yesterday to pass a new Senate redistricting plan.
“On a day when Americans celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday and inaugurated Barack Obama as President, Virginia Senate Republicans took advantage of the absence of civil rights leader Sen. Henry Marsh to push through a hyper-partisan change to Virginia’s already gerrymandered legislative district map. This is not the way we should be conducting the people’s business in Virginia. We are encouraged by Governor McDonnell’s statements today expressing disapproval of the tactics that were used. We urge legislative leaders and other elected officials to do the right thing to correct this disappointing and disruptive partisan action.”
The new Senate Republican district plan was amended onto a bill from Del. Mark Cole, R-Spotsylvania, which made technical changes to House districts. Cole declined to comment on the Senate proposal today, saying he hasn’t read the amendment yet.
Because the Senate plan is an amendment to an already-passed House bill, it will go back directly to the full House, not to a committee. However, it isn’t on today’s House calendar and the House may not deal with it until later.