Constitutional amendment; establishing Redistricting Commission (first reference). (HJ140)

Introduced By

Del. Brian Moran (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


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 five-member Commission are to be made in the year 2010 and each tenth year thereafter as follows: one each by the majority and minority party leaders of the Senate and House of Delegates from a pool of nominees provided by the Supreme Court and a fifth independent member appointed by the four partisan members from a pool of nominees provided by the Supreme Court. The Commission is directed to file district plans for the Senate and House of Delegates within 30 days of receipt of the federal census data and for congressional districts within 90 days of receipt of the federal census data. There is a 30-day public comment period. The standards to govern redistricting plans include population equality, compactness, contiguity, respect for communities of interest, use of geographic features and locality boundaries in drawing lines, and creation of competitive districts. Use of political data is limited to testing the effects of a plan. Information on incumbent and candidate residence is not to be used. The Commission is patterned after the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. Read the Bill »


01/27/2006: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/11/2006Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/06 064153424
01/11/2006Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/27/2006Continued to 2007 in Privileges and Elections