Elections; person appointed to fill a vacancy shall exercise all powers of elected office. (HB450)

Introduced By

Del. Lee Ware (R-Powhatan)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elections; appointments to fill vacancies.  Requires that special elections to fill vacancies in local offices occurring within 120 days prior to a general election shall be held no later than 90 days after the general election. Persons appointed to serve the remainder of a term due to vacancy shall exercise all powers of the elected office. Affirms that votes cast prior to July 1, 2010, by persons duly appointed to fill a vacancy, including votes appropriating money in excess of $500, imposing taxes, or authorizing the borrowing of moneys, are validated and confirmed as the lawful vote of an elected member of the governing body. Although in conflict with a recent opinion of the Attorney General, the amendments are consistent with case law and an earlier opinion of the Attorney General. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10101664D
01/12/2010Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/14/2010Assigned P & E sub: #2 Elections
01/18/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB450)
01/19/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 0-N)
01/22/2010Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendment (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2010Read first time
01/26/2010Read second time
01/26/2010Committee amendment agreed to
01/26/2010Engrossed by House as amended HB450E
01/26/2010Printed as engrossed 10101664D-E
01/27/2010Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
01/27/2010VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2010Constitutional reading dispensed
01/28/2010Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/28/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB450E)
02/22/2010Assigned to P&E sub: Campaigns and Elections
03/02/2010Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2010Committee substitute printed 10105728D-S1
03/04/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2010Read third time
03/05/2010Reading of substitute waived
03/05/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10105728D-S1
03/05/2010Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB450S1
03/05/2010Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2010Placed on Calendar
03/09/2010Passed by for the day
03/10/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB450S1)
03/10/2010Senate substitute agreed to by House 10105728D-S1 (97-Y 0-N)
03/10/2010VOTE: --- ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/22/2010Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB450ER)
03/22/2010Signed by Speaker
03/25/2010Signed by President
04/07/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB450ER)
04/11/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 624 (effective 7/1/10)
04/11/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0624)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.