By a 3-2 voice vote this morning, the House P&E subcommittee on Elections killed SB38, the bipartisan redistricting bill that passed the Senate last week. An attempt by Del. Jim Scott to have the bill heard by the full P&E committee was shot down on a 10-8 vote, which I understand was also unrecorded.
Too bad Ivy Main’s op-ed that appeared in today’s Virginian Pilot wasn’t taken into account by the House.
UPDATE: A little more info on this. Del. Kenny Alexander seconded the motion to have the bill heard by the full committee. The chair, Del. Mark Cole, tried to close the meeting without even taking a vote on the motion. Protests by the members of the committee resulted in them voting by a show of hands, but Cole would not allow the vote to be recorded on the board. I understand three Republicans joined with most of the Democrats present to support the motion.
A similar attempt to have the bill brought back may be made at next Friday’s meeting. While the result may very well be the same, I would hope that the committee would record the vote so that we can know who supports this bill and who doesn’t. The voters deserve that, at least.
UPDATE2: Check out the video and audio on this on Assembly Access.
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