Aug 19, 20110- Redistricting Redo: Day 2

By: Michael Hyland
By: Michael Hyland

The House will meet for Day 2 of the special session this afternoon. Meanwhile, the Senate is going home for a little while.

It's day two of the redistricting redo session at the West Virginia Capitol.

While I was there yesterday, delegates were running in and out of meetings with House leaders, aiming to make more substantial changes beyond fixing the technical errors that brought them back to Charleston.

Apparently, there's movement to address complaints about the redrawing of the boundaries in Putnam County. The county's leaders have threatened a lawsuit over the bill that passed earlier this month.

Delegates are also looking at Mason County. Under the bill that passed, Mason would comprise the majority of a district, but not all of it. Mason County leaders expected they would be guaranteed a delegate.

I'm also told that issues in the Eastern Panhandle and in the southern part of the state around Raleigh County will also be addressed.

Amendments are supposed to be filed today ahead of a full House meeting at 5 p.m.

Meanwhile, Acting Senate President Jeff Kessler announced he's sending senators home until Sunday in an effort to cut costs.

We reported on the cost of the session last night.

In a news release, Kessler says, "I don’t feel it is fiscally responsible to have the Senate in session with nothing to do,” says Kessler. “I adjourned the Senate until Sunday at which time we can take action and approve the new House redistricting plan.”

The session was expected to cost more than $140,000, assuming it wraps up Sunday.

Senators are expected to approve the House's final plan Sunday at 6 p.m.

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