RICHMOND -- A last-ditch attempt to de-politicize the legislative redistricting process was shot down in a House of Delegates subcommittee today.
State Sen. Creigh Deeds’ bill, SB173, would have created a bipartisan advisory commission to prepare redistricting plans for General Assembly and congressional districts after the 2010 census and every 10 years afterward.
The measure had bipartisan support in the Democrat-controlled Senate, where it was approved 40-0. But a subcommittee of the Republican-controlled House killed it this morning, leaving little chance of any change in the current process before district lines must be redrawn next year.
“But these guys want to run without competition in their districts with 12 percent turnout” Creigh Deeds