House panel kills redistricting, felon voting reforms in early-morning block vote

January 31, 2017

Richmond Times-Dispatch
By Graham Moomaw

Efforts to take politics out of Virginia’s electoral redistricting process and to reform how felons regain the right to vote died a swift and silent death Monday as a House of Delegates subcommittee killed 25 proposed constitutional amendments with just a few votes. It passed three amendments that would give the General Assembly power to overrule regulatory actions by the governor, let military spouses keep a property tax exemption even if they move to a new house, and create a budgetary lock box to better safeguard state transportation funds.