Constitutional amendment; General Assembly to delay reconvened session (voter referendum). (HB1021)

Introduced By

Del. David Englin (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patrons Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax Station), Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria), and Sen. Don McEachin (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Constitutional amendment (voter referendum); legislative sessions.  Provides for a referendum at the November 6, 2012, election to approve or reject an amendment authorizing the General Assembly to delay the reconvened session for a period of up to one week. The Constitution now provides that the reconvened session will be held on the sixth Wednesday after adjournment of a regular or special session. The proposed amendment would allow the General Assembly to postpone the reconvened session for a brief period; for example, to avoid convening on a religious holiday. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


  • 01/11/2012 Committee
  • 01/11/2012 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12101327D
  • 01/11/2012 Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
  • 01/17/2012 Assigned P & E sub: Constitutional Amendments Subcommittee
  • 01/30/2012 Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 0-N)
  • 02/03/2012 Reported from Privileges and Elections (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/06/2012 Read first time
  • 02/07/2012 Read second time and engrossed
  • 02/08/2012 Read third time and passed House (98-Y 0-N)
  • 02/08/2012 VOTE: PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/09/2012 Constitutional reading dispensed
  • 02/09/2012 Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
  • 02/17/2012 Impact statement from DPB (HB1021)
  • 02/28/2012 Reported from Privileges and Elections (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 03/01/2012 Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 03/02/2012 Read third time
  • 03/02/2012 Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 03/08/2012 Enrolled
  • 03/08/2012 Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1021ER)
  • 03/08/2012 Signed by Speaker
  • 03/09/2012 Signed by President
  • 03/12/2012 Impact statement from DPB (HB1021ER)
  • 04/04/2012 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 533 (effective 1/1/13 - see bill)
  • 04/04/2012 G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0533)


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.