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Ruling by House speaker deals blow to Senate redistricting

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Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 1:40 pm | Updated: 12:51 am, Mon Feb 17, 2014.

Speaker of the House William J. Howell, R-Stafford, has ruled that the surprise Senate amendments to redistricting changes are not germane, throwing the future of the proposed Senate boundary moves in doubt.

Senate Republicans pushed through the amendments on a 20-19 party-line vote on a day when Democrats were down one member because Sen. Henry L. Marsh III, D-Richmond, attended inauguration ceremonies for President Barack Obama in Washington on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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