Gov. Justice calls special legislative session for redistricting

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FILE – In this March 12, 2020, file photo, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice speaks during a press conference at the State Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Justice said Wednesday, June 3, that he would welcome any president to the state besides former President Barack Obama. (F. Brian Ferguson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP, File)

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has called a special session of the Legislature next week to deal with redistricting as well as to dole out federal pandemic funding.

The special session is set to start on Monday. Lawmakers already were scheduled to be in Charleston on Sunday through Tuesday for interim committee meetings.

Population changes from the 2020 Census require states to review their congressional and legislative districts to ensure equal representation. West Virginia will lose one of its three seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Next year, the entire House of Delegates will be elected from single-member districts for the first time under a 2018 law.

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