Virginia lawmakers return to Richmond Monday to redraw the state's legislative districts, and two new plans released Tuesday night would have a major impact on how our part of Virginia is represented.
Because of population growth in other areas, western Virginia will send fewer lawmakers to Richmond after redistricting.
Republicans have the majority in the House of Delegates. Their new plan puts Democratic Delegate Ward Armstrong in the same district as Republican Don Merricks.----------------------------------------
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The Democrats who control the state Senate have filed their redistricting plan, which squeezes four Republican Senators into two districts in a legislative version of
The Senate Democrats' legislation, sponsored by Sen. Janet Howell of Fairfax, was the first to go public a few days before next week's decennial special session to redraw Virginia's legislative and congressional boundaries.
The plan offered by the House of Delegates' GOP majority wasn't on the legislative website as of 6 p.m.
While several alternative redistricting proposals will be submitted, those form the basis for debate starting Monday.
The Senate Democrats grouped Republican Sens. Frank Wagner and Jeff McWaters, both of Virginia Beach, into the one district, and shoehorned Sens. Ralph Smith of Roanoke and Lynchburg's Steve Newman into another one.