Judge Dismisses Virginia Redistricting Suit

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Richmond judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the General Assembly’s authority to redraw its congressional districts a year late.

Circuit Judge Richard Taylor ruled Monday that while the state Constitution clearly directs lawmakers to redraw the boundaries in 2011 and every 10 years thereafter, nothing expressly prohibits them from doing it in 2012.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said he was pleased with the ruling.

Six plaintiffs challenged a Republican-authored reapportionment bill that was rushed through a GOP-dominated General Assembly in January. Lawmakers were unable to agree on a plan last year. Taylor said the Constitution does not address the consequences of the legislature’s failure to approve a plan on time, so the current assembly had an obligation to act.

A similar federal lawsuit was dismissed earlier this month.

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