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Date published: 1/22/2013
He said that, in order to address the issues, "we need Republicans and Democrats to work together for the good of Virginia, and we cannot allow divisive partisan issues such as this to make it more difficult for us to address these issues."
Locally, Watkins' bill would make several changes to Senate districts. The 28th district, now held by Sen. Richard Stuart, would regain all of the Northern Neck, while shedding parts of Prince William County. Some of the Prince William and Fauquier territory would be moved into the 17th district, now held by Sen. Bryce Reeves.
The 17th would cover all of Culpeper and Orange counties, while Spotsylvania would be split only between the 17th and the 4th, now held by Sen. Ryan McDougle. All of Louisa County would be in the 22nd district.
McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin said McDonnell was "very surprised to learn that a redistricting bill would be voted on by the Senate today. He has not seen this legislation."
Martin said McDonnell would review the bill "in great detail" if it reaches his desk.
"The governor's priorities this session are transportation, education and the budget," Martin added. "Not redistricting."