Bipartisan Redistricting Commission; created. (SB926)

Introduced By

Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) with support from co-patron Del. Albert Pollard (D-Lively)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Bipartisan Redistricting Commission created. Establishes a seven-member temporary commission to prepare redistricting plans in 2011 and each tenth year thereafter for the House of Delegates, state Senate, and congressional districts. Appointments to the Commission shall be made one each by the four majority and minority party leaders of the House and Senate and by the state chairmen of the two major political parties. Those six appointees shall appoint the seventh member and chairman for the Commission. If they cannot agree, they shall submit the names of the two persons receiving the most votes to the Supreme Court for the Court to select the chairman. The Commission will prepare plans and submit them as bills to the General Assembly. The General Assembly shall then proceed to act on the bills in the usual manner. The bill provides for Commission comments on plans as they change in the legislative process. It also spells out the standards and process to be followed by the Commission in preparing plans, including limitations on the use of political data and opportunities for public comment on the plans. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/05/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09
01/05/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 098018220
01/05/2009Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/08/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB926)
01/27/2009Reported from Privileges and Elections (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2009Read second time and engrossed
02/02/2009Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2009Placed on Calendar
02/13/2009Read first time
02/13/2009Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/16/2009Assigned P & E sub: Elections
02/17/2009Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely
02/28/2009Left in Privileges and Elections

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1685.


VirginiaInterfaithCenter writes:

This committee will meet Monday morning at 7am in 5 West of the GAB. You may be thinking that a sub-committee at 7am on a federal holiday, one day before the inauguration, is a really bad time to meet if you want public input.Enough said.

Alison Hymes writes:

Why does the Virginia General Assembly work on Martin Luther King's Birthday in the first place? It is so disrespectful in my humble opinion.

VirginiaInterfaithCenter writes:

Delegate Shannon Valentine does a GREAT job of laying out her bill for bi-partisan redistricting.