Democrats were pleased that a proposal to redraw state Senate districts died. House Minority Leader David J. Toscano, Charlottesville Democrat, (left) shakes hands with House Speaker William J. Howell, Stafford Republican, after Mr. Howell declared the redistricting bill was improper and should not be considered. (Richmond Times-Dispatch via Associated Press)

Democrats were pleased that a proposal to redraw state Senate districts died. House Minority Leader David J. Toscano, Charlottesville Democrat, (left) shakes hands with House Speaker William J. Howell, Stafford Republican, after Mr. Howell declared the redistricting bill was improper and should not be considered. (Richmond Times-Dispatch via Associated Press)