Va. Senate OKs bipartisan redistricting, 2-term governor

WLNI-GENERAL-ASSEMBLYRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The state Senate has approved constitutional amendments that would establish a bipartisan redistricting process and enable the Virginia governor to seek a second term. But both measures approved Monday face long odds in the House of Delegates. The redistricting measure from Republican Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel of Fauquier County and Sen. Louise Lucas of Portsmouth would establish an independent commission to redraw General Assembly and congressional districts after each federal census. It passed on a 27-12 vote. The redistricting process is now controlled by the majority party in each chamber. The measure allowing the state’s governor to run for a second consecutive term, sponsored by Sen. Thomas Garrett of Louisa County, was approved 24-15. Virginia is the only state that does not allow the governor to seek re-election.

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