Two additional redistricting plans are expected to be introduced today, including a plan by Sen. Donna Boley, R-Pleasants, that tweaks the current congressional districts, moving a portion of Lewis County into the 1st, and a portion of Braxton County into the 3rd.
"It shows how easy it is to fix it," Boley said, suggesting the court struck down the congressional plan primarily because of population variances between the three districts.
"They're not talking about compactness in that opinion," she said.
Unger disagreed, saying the federal judges will not sign off on any plan that continues to have the 2nd District stretching from the Eastern Panhandle to the Ohio River.
"Just tweaking it ... and calling it a day will only end up taking us back to court," he said.
Sen. Herb Snyder, D-Jefferson, is also expected to introduce a variation of a plan he proposed last summer.
That plan would link the Eastern Panhandle with much of north-central and central West Virginia, while creating a district stretching from Kanawha County through the Northern Panhandle.
Unlike the other proposals, that plan would put McKinley in the same district as another Republican incumbent, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito.
Regardless of timelines imposed by the courts, Unger said if the Legislature is going to pass a redistricting bill, it needs to have it enacted prior to Jan. 28, the deadline for candidates to file for office.
"We do have a time constraint, but it's not impossible for us to pass something," he said.
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