W.V. House Panel Taking Up Redistricting Plan

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia's redistricting process continues with a House committee endorsing a draft plan for delegate districts.

The plan would increase the number of single-seat districts from 36 to 47. It would leave the House's 53 remaining seats in multi-member districts.

The committee rejected nine proposed changes to the plan Tuesday. Those included minor exchanges of voting precincts between districts sharing the same county.

The committee advanced the bill on a non-unanimous vote. Opponents are filing a minority report, an alternative plan for the House to consider.

The Senate is advancing a plan for its own districts. It would keep 42 counties intact within districts, but split the remaining 13.

The 2010 Census requires states to revisit legislative and congressional districts to ensure equal representation. The special legislative session began Monday.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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