A Republican-authored congressional redistricting bill that has divided black legislative Democrats has won final House passage.
Friday's vote took just seconds. The bill heads now to a Senate newly under GOP rule.
The bill provides for only one majority-black U.S. House district out of 11 despite a Virginia population that's one-fifth black. It won final passage on a vote of 74-21 with five delegates not voting. Nine Democrats joined Republicans in supporting the bill.
Most Democrats prefer an alternative with one majority African-American district and a second "minority-influence" district with a strong black voting-age population.
House passage drew scorn from Legislative Black Caucus chairwoman Sen. Mamie Locke, who issued a memo evoking comparisons to slavery. And Sen. Louise Lucas likened it to "putting black folks on a plantation."