The Legislature is in a special session to deal with redistricting because there will be legislative elections this fall. Lawmakers already passed new state legislative lines but are huddling in a conference committee to negotiate the final details of a new Congressional map. With split chambers — the GOP controls the House and Democrats narrowly control the Senate — there are competing plans that must be smoothed out before McDonnell can consider them for final approval.
"The level of cooperation seems to be a lot better," he said, noting that the legislative lines passed with bipartisan majorities. "I'm hopeful the same thing will happen with the Congressional map."
McDonnell stressed he wants to see a map that reduces the number of districts that split precincts.
"I just want them to do things legally," he said.
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Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.