Constitutional amendment; establishing Redistricting Commission (first reference). (HJ620)

Introduced By

Del. Kris Amundson (D-Mount Vernon)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate

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 five-member Commission are to be made in the census year as follows: one each by the majority and minority leaders of each house. The four partisan members then select an independent chair by majority vote; or, if they cannot agree on a selection, they certify the names receiving votes to the Supreme Court, which will name the fifth member. The Commission is directed to certify district plans for the General Assembly within 30 days of receipt of the new census data, and for the House of Representatives within 90 days of receipt. 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. Commissioners are ineligible for any elected office in the Commonwealth for two years. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/05/2007Committee
01/05/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 078125212
01/05/2007Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections

Comments

Waldo Jaquith writes:

This bill was killed in committee. Here's the video.