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House panel revives GOP-backed redistricting bill

Thursday - 1/12/2012, 5:15am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. - A Virginia House of Delegates committee has revived a congressional redistricting plan that died last year in the Senate.

The Privileges and Elections Committee voted 16-2 Wednesday to send the Republican-backed measure to the House floor.

The bill's sponsor, Del. Rob Bell of Albemarle County, said the bill is identical to one passed by the House last year. But the measure was rejected by the Senate, which was then controlled by Democrats, leaving Virginia without a new congressional map based on the 2010 census.

The political landscape is different this year in the Senate, which is now evenly divided along party lines with Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling casting the tie-breaking vote on most issues.

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