He said he hopes Tomblin will limit the special session agenda to redistricting, with the possible exception of agreed-to legislation, such as the bill that died at the end of the regular session to allow coal-producing counties to keep a larger percentage of coal severance tax revenues.
In 2001, the redistricting special session lasted 10 days, starting on Sept. 10 and ending Sept. 19.
However, Unger noted that a couple of days in that session were effectively lost because of the Sept. 11 al-Qaida terrorist attacks. That session's agenda also included other issues, including final passage of legislation to create the state's Family Courts system, and corrections to legislation passed earlier that year legalizing statewide Limited Video Lottery.
In 1991, it took even longer to complete the redistricting plans.
After several false starts, legislators began a special session on Sept. 30. That session ended 19 days later, with passage of bills dealing with landfill regulation, and creating a $6 million medical education fund, but with redistricting unresolved.
Legislators returned to Charleston on Dec. 6 and completed work on redistricting plans seven days later.
The key struggle that year was over eliminating one of the state's four congressional districts.
In the House, the key issue this time will be whether to reduce the number of multi-member delegate districts, while Unger said the Senate will have to deal with a shift in the state's population from the Southern counties to the Eastern Panhandle and north-central areas of the state.
Unger said that population shift likely will require the elimination of the 17th Senatorial District in Kanawha County, with part of the county going into an adjoining senatorial district.
"The question is," Unger said, "which way will part of Kanawha County go? Which county or counties will it attach to?"
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