Aug 20, 2011- Redistricting Redo: Day 3

By: Michael Hyland
By: Michael Hyland

The House has passed its amended plan to redraw the state's electoral map.

The redistricting redo is nearing its end, as the House of Delegates passed a revamped electoral map Saturday afternoon.

Republicans tried (once again) to push for 100 single-member districts. That proposal was (once again) shot down.

The plan will go over to the Senate, which will reconvene Sunday, and will in all likelihood approve the plan with no further amendments. The House will meet right after that and put an end to the second special session.

The Associated Press gives a quick roundup of major headlines out of today's House debate:

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia's House of Delegates has approved a new redistricting plan.

The state Senate will vote Sunday on the bill after Saturday's 55-38 House passage.

Lawmakers are replacing a House plan approved earlier but vetoed because of technical errors.

As before, this bill features 47 single-member districts. Another 40 seats are in two- and three-member districts. It also includes one five-seat district and two each with four members.

Numerous minor changes approved Saturday include ensuring a Summers or Monroe county delegate in a two-seat district with a Raleigh County majority.

A Republican bid for 100 single-seat districts fell short, 41-55. A dozen other amendments also failed.

Saturday's passage followed three hours of debate. Some plan critics are vowing file legal challenges.

Lawmakers also passed $15 million for road paving.



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