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Redistricting conflict ensnares lawmakers

April 04, 2016

BY THE EDITORIAL PAGE STAFF OF THE FREE LANCE-STAR

A proposed change in Virginia House Speaker Bill Howell’s turf points to the pressing need for the commonwealth to overhaul how it shapes lawmakers’ electoral districts. Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed the bill that would have added bits of Fredericksburg to Howell’s 28th District, saying it “sets a terrible precedent.” The legislation would have encouraged the General Assembly to redraw districts more often than the Virginia Constitution’s once-a-decade requirement for statewide redistricting, McAuliffe said.