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Redistricting reform, civil rights restoration among 20-plus constitutional amendments killed by General Assembly subcommittee

January 31, 2017

The Virginian-Pilot
By Jordon Pascale

More than 20 weighty ideas for state constitutional amendments were killed in one swift vote Monday morning by a Republican-led House of Delegates subcommittee, much to the chagrin of Democrats on the dais. The amendments – touching on redistricting reform, restoring voting rights to felons, and term limit changes for the governor and General Assembly members – were rejected en masse on a 4-3 block vote. Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, asked for each bill to get a recorded roll call vote. But Del. Randy Minchew of Leesburg, the Republican chairman of the House Privileges and Elections subcommittee, denied it.