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Senate, House likely to propose differing congressional maps

Will the two chambers of the Virginia General Assembly clash over new congressional districts?

It’s been assumed that the Democratic-led Senate and the Republican-held House of Delegates would find common ground in a new congressional districts map that essentially was proposed by the state’s 11 sitting representatives.

The plan would shore up the three seats now held by Democrats and the eight held by Republicans and essentially maintain the status quo for the state in Congress for the next decade. Del. Bill Janis (R-Glen Allen) submitted such a plan Thursday.

Will the forthcoming Senate plan mirror the House’s, ensuring quick agreement next week?

“I doubt it,” Sen. Janet Howell (D-Fairfax) said Thursday. She chairs the senate’s Privileges and Elections committee, which deals with redistricting.

It’s still early in the process, though, allowing plenty of time still for legislative compromise--and partisan meltdown.

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