Speaker Planning Different Way for House to Address WV Redistricting

By: LAWRENCE MESSINA - Associated Press Writer
By: LAWRENCE MESSINA - Associated Press Writer

West Virginia House Speaker Richard Thompson plans to appoint a committee for his chamber's approach to redistricting.

But the Wayne County Democrat does not expect to follow the state Senate's lead and hold public hearings around the state.

The Senate's bipartisan task force has set a dozen meetings. One is Wednesday in Charleston. Another is Saturday in Fairmont.

Thompson questioned the cost of that approach to taxpayers. He also says delegates hold mixed views over whether to create a single district for each of the House's 100 seats.

Supporters say single-member districts provide more responsive representation and less expensive elections. But a West Virginia University professor is researching whether women candidates suffer a disadvantage in single-seat district.

The Legislature must reassess both legislative and congressional districts following the 2010 Census.

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