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Constitutional amendment; establishing Redistricting Commission (first reference). (SJ45)

Introduced By

Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) with support from co-patron Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Constitutional amendment (first resolution); Virginia Redistricting Commission. Establishes the Virginia Redistricting Commission to redraw Congressional and General Assembly district boundaries after each decennial census. Appointments to the 13-member Commission are to be made in the census year as follows: two each by the President pro tempore of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Delegates, minority leader in each house, and the state chairman of each of the two political parties receiving the most votes in the prior gubernatorial election. The 12 partisan members then select the thirteenth member by a majority vote; or, if they cannot agree on a selection, they certify the two names receiving the most votes to the Supreme Court, which will name the thirteenth member. The Commission is directed to certify district plans for the General Assembly within one month of receipt of the new census data or by March 1 of the year following the census, whichever is later, and for the House of Representatives within three months of receipt or by June 1 of the year following the census, whichever is later. The standards to govern redistricting plans include the current Constitution's standards on population equality, compactness, and contiguity and additional standards to minimize splits of localities and to prohibit consideration of incumbency and political data. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

  • 01/10/2006 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/06 064358724
  • 01/10/2006 Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
  • 01/17/2006 Continued to 2007 in Privileges and Elections (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

Comments

Jerry Saleeby writes:

It is long overdue that Virginia remove the partisanship from the redistricting process. In the end, the General Assembly and the House of Representatives should represent the people and not the two political parties.