Some VA Democrats Preparing for Redistricting Fight

By: BOB LEWIS - AP Political Writer
By: BOB LEWIS - AP Political Writer

Some legislative Democrats say Republicans who hope they would acquiesce next month to a congressional remapping plan are going to be disappointed. The plan has the backing of all 11 Virginia congressmen.

The House and Senate return to Richmond June 9 to take up politically and racially charged congressional redistricting legislation.

The House prefers its bill by Republican Del. Bill Janis of Henrico that would basically lock the GOP into the 8-3 majority in Virginia's U.S. House delegation with only one majority black district.

Sen. Donald McEachin says the Senate's Democratic majority won't abandon Hampton Sen. Mamie Locke's plan that adds a Democratic-leaning "minority-influence" district.

Both parties say it appears the conflicting bills will be put into a conference committee in hopes of reaching a compromise.

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