Aug 12, 2011- Special Session Redo Scheduled

By: Michael Hyland
By: Michael Hyland

Lawmakers are coming back to Charleston Thursday to try putting the new House map together again.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Friday he will call lawmakers back to Charleston Thursday, August 18 to redraw the House of Delegates' electoral map.

Lawmakers left Charleston last Friday, but it was later discovered there are several technical flaws with the map that was passed. There don't appear to be any issues with the Senate or Congressional maps.

By the way, each day of a special session costs about $30,000.

In Kanawha County, for example, there are some people who were drawn into two delegate districts.

On the last night of the special session, staff members hauled out a 250-page amendement that broke up Kanawha's 30th seven-member district, the largest district in the state.

Republicans decried the redistricting process and tried to end the special session early to allow time to take the proposed maps to the public to allow for more input and analysis. Democratic House leaders said there had been ample time for the public to talk with legislators to make their thoughts known.

Republicans will also likely try again to create 100 single-delegate districts. So, it's really anyone's guess how long this special session redo will last.

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