Elections, special; filling vacancies in certain local offices. (HB1780)

Introduced By

Del. Clay Athey (R-Front Royal)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elections; filling vacancies in certain local offices; special elections. Provides that vacancies in a governing body or elected school board shall be filled by special election notwithstanding any other statutory or charter provision to the contrary; thus overriding charter provisions that may allow a governing body or school board to appoint a person to serve the entire remaining portion of a term. The bill preserves the current law exception for towns with a population of 3,500 or less that provides (i) there will be no special election and (ii) the appointee to fill such a vacancy will hold office for the remainder of the term. Read the Bill »


02/24/2009: Passed the Senate


01/08/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 096687420
01/08/2009Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/13/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB1780)
01/15/2009Assigned P & E sub: Elections
01/16/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB1780)
02/03/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s)
02/06/2009Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2009Committee substitute printed 095626420-H1
02/08/2009Read first time
02/09/2009Read second time
02/09/2009Committee substitute agreed to 095626420-H1
02/09/2009Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1780H1
02/10/2009Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/10/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2009Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/10/2009Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/10/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2009Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2009Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/12/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB1780H1)
02/17/2009Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2009Committee substitute printed 095640420-S1
02/19/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2009Passed by for the day
02/23/2009Passed by for the day
02/23/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB1780S1)
02/24/2009Read third time
02/24/2009Reading of substitute waived
02/24/2009Committee substitute agreed to 095640420-S1
02/24/2009Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1780S1
02/24/2009Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2009Placed on Calendar
02/26/2009VOTE: --- ADOPTION (2-Y 94-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2009Senate substitute rejected by House (2-Y 94-N)
02/26/2009VOTE: --- REJECTED (2-Y 94-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2009Senate insisted on substitute (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2009Senate requested conference committee
02/26/2009House acceded to request
02/26/2009Conferees appointed by House
02/26/2009Delegates: Athey, Cole, Dance
02/26/2009Conferees appointed by Senate
02/26/2009Senators: Barker, Puckett, Smith
02/28/2009Second conferees appointed by Senate
02/28/2009Senators: Barker, Puckett, Smith
02/28/2009Conference substitute printed 095647420-H2
02/28/2009Conference report agreed to by House (99-Y 0-N)
02/28/2009VOTE: --- ADOPTION (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2009Passed by temporarily
02/28/2009Conference report rejected by Senate (8-Y 32-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2009Senate requested second conference committee (35-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2009No further action taken
02/28/2009Failed to pass in House


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 2 minutes.