Lawmakers intend to remove redistricting language from Virginia budget

Virginia House and Senate leaders have agreed to remove budget language that would help enact a proposed constitutional amendment if it is approved by voters via a ballot referendum in November, choosing instead to revisit the language only if the amendment is approved next month.

Senators who were involved in talks with Gov. Ralph Northam and House leadership have assured their colleagues the language would be approved in the form of a budget amendment if the redistricting amendment is approved. The agreement came from informal talks among the governor, Senate leaders and House leaders and will be reflected in the compromise budget bill when it is presented to lawmakers.

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