Virginia budget could be delayed because of redistricting language

The Virginia Senate and House have reached a compromise on the state budget, but a dispute over language addressing a potential redistricting constitutional amendment could delay the bill until after the November elections.

Virginia voters will decide the fate of an amendment that would establish a bipartisan redistricting commission via a referendum on the November ballot. Some lawmakers sought to include funding and enabling language for the amendment in the budget, which would be contingent on the amendment being approved by voters.

House Democrats, whose leadership has been opposed to the amendment, refused to include the language in the compromise deal.

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