Elections, Director of; Governor shall appoint. (HB1478)

Introduced By

Del. Bill Janis (R-Glen Allen)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


State Board of Elections; Director of Elections. Increases the size of the State Board from three to five members. Provides for the position of Director of Elections to be hired by the State Board with the concurrence of at least four of its members, subject to confirmation by the General Assembly, as head of the elections agency, in place of the present position of the Secretary who is a member of the State Board appointed by the Governor. The Director shall, by his education, training, or experience, be knowledgeable of election law and administration. Removal of the Director may occur only by a vote of at least four members of the State Board. Read the Bill »


02/15/2011: Failed to Pass in Committee


12/09/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11100265D
12/09/2010Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/13/2011Assigned P & E sub: #2 Elections
01/20/2011Impact statement from DPB (HB1478)
01/25/2011Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 1-N)
01/28/2011Tabled in Privileges and Elections (11-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2011Reconsidered by Privileges and Elections
02/04/2011Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2011Committee substitute printed 11104801D-H1
02/06/2011Read first time
02/07/2011Read second time
02/07/2011Committee substitute agreed to 11104801D-H1
02/07/2011Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1478H1
02/08/2011Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/08/2011VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2011Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/2011Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/15/2011Passed by indefinitely in Privileges and Elections (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)


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.


Rick Sincere writes:

The bill has not failed. It passed the House P&E Committee on February 4 by a vote of 21Y-0N.

Rick Sincere writes:

An interview about this bill with chief patron Bill Janis now appears on Examiner.com, here: http://exm.nr/gUmDR6

Waldo Jaquith writes:

Interesting—a bill that was tabled...yet lives on! I checked, and it turns out that there are three bills for which that has happened during this session. I've updated Richmond Sunlight's code to accommodate such bills, which means that the problem should be solved permanently. Thanks for that, Rick!