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Senate Judiciary considers House district bill

By DAVID BEARD

The Dominion Post

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — A House bill to create 100 single-member House districts is on hold in Senate Judiciary as senators ponder taking the politics out of drawing the new lines.

HB 4002, a one-sentence bill, dictates that after the 2020 census, during the reapportionment and redistricting of the Legislature, the House of Delegates will be permanently composed of 100 single-member districts, according to Constitutional standards.

Sen. Stephen Baldwin, D-Greenbrier, proposed an amendment to create an independent commission to draw the new lines. Committee vice-chair Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, filling in for the chair, decided to lay the bill over so committee counsel could prepare an amendment for members to review.

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