Virginia Redistricting Commission; created. (SB189)

Introduced By

Sen. John Miller (D-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Redistricting Commission created.  Establishes a five-member commission to prepare redistricting plans 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. Those four appointees shall appoint the fifth member and chair of the Commission. If they cannot agree by a majority of at least three members, they shall submit the names of the two persons receiving the most votes to the Supreme Court of Virginia 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. The bill 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 »


01/17/2012: Merged into SB446


01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12
01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12101646D
01/10/2012Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/17/2012Incorporated by Privileges and Elections (SB446-Vogel) (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)


Laura Dely writes:

What a concept: Bi-Partisan districting!
I fully support and urge passage of this bill.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

Now is the time for this bill. There is no telling which party will be in control in 2021, and I hope that each party would hope that bi-partisan redistricting at that far-off point is better than running the risk that they'll be in the minority then.