Republicans in the State Senate say they're deeply disappointed. Democrats are pleased, after a ruling in the House of Delegates derailed a controversial redistricting plan.

The decision could have an impact on other major proposals, including the Governor's transportation plan.

House Speaker Bill Howell was in a difficult spot, facing pressure from members of his own party to let the Republican redistricting plan move forward, and fears that a showdown with Democrats was threatening progress on transportation and other important issues.

“I'm going to rule that Senate amendments are not germane and out of order,” Delegate Bill Howell said.

His ruling pleased Democrats, including Bath County Senator Creigh Deeds, who would have been placed in the same district as Republican Emmett Hanger.

“My hope is that the speaker's ruling will allow some healing to take place and we'll get some things done these last three weeks,” Deeds said.

The Democratic leader in the Senate, Dick Saslaw, said he believes compromise is now possible on transportation.

“It definitely helps and we're going to work with him,” Saslaw said. “There's one or two items in there. We'll probably never agree to abolishing the gas tax, but there's some things that we can get worked out, compromise on and I'm going to work with Bill.

Senate Republicans weren't available for interviews after the ruling, but in a written statement Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment said they were deeply disappointed, and remain committed to a redistricting plan they believe is in the best interests of Virginians.