The legislators will have to figure out who will divvy up the state's voting districts: the General Assembly or the courts.
Governor Bob McDonnell rejected the plan the Assembly sent earlier this month, saying the proposal -- which was endorsed by the Democratically controlled Senate -- produced rambling, serpentine configurations and sliced up too many communities.
At first, Senate Majority Leader Richard Saslaw said the Senate would not "change one period or one comma" of the plan. Later, after reportedly speaking with the governor, Saslaw adjusted the tone saying, "There are some things the governor recommended we can do, and there are some things we can't," according to the AP.
One senior policy adviser to McDonnell has suggested Saslaw's compromise is a good first step to avoid a legislative stonewall which could put the courts in charge of the process.