Constitutional amendment; establishing Redistricting Commission (first reference). (SJ281)

Introduced By

Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) with support from co-patron Del. Shannon Valentine (D-Lynchburg)


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 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 13th 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 13th 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 of the census data 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 »


Bill Has Failed


11/20/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 095506220
11/20/2008Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/06/2009Left in Privileges and Elections


This bill mentions Richmond.


Donald writes:

I'm very pleased to see this proposed amendment. The detailed procedure demonstrates Sen. Deeds' careful thought (if it was him that drafted the bill) about fairness and insulation from momentary political majorities. No doubt the proposal will face alterations, but I support it and intend to follow its progress.