Charter; City of Portsmouth. (HB1961)

Introduced By

Del. Matthew James (D-Portsmouth) with support from co-patrons Sen. Harry Blevins (R-Chesapeake), Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton), and Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Charter; City of Portsmouth. Changes the date for the closing of the polls in an election for the office of Mayor or City Council member from the first Tuesday in June to the second Tuesday of June of the year of election. The amendment also moves the deadline for appointing a campaign treasurer from the first to the second Tuesday of June and makes the technical change of allowing the circulation of petitions to begin on January 1, as permitted by the Code of Virginia, rather than on the first Tuesday in January. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2013Prefiled and ordered printed with emergency clause; offered 01/09/13 13102336D
01/09/2013Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/11/2013Assigned CC & T sub: #1
01/16/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (10-Y 0-N)
01/18/2013Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with amendment (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2013Read first time
01/22/2013Read second time
01/22/2013Committee amendment agreed to
01/22/2013Emergency clause deleted
01/22/2013Engrossed by House as amended HB1961E
01/22/2013Printed as engrossed 13102336D-E
01/23/2013Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
01/23/2013VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
01/24/2013Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/12/2013Reported from Local Government (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2013Read third time
02/15/2013Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2013Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1961ER)
02/21/2013Signed by Speaker
02/21/2013Signed by President
03/16/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 432 (effective 7/1/13)
03/16/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0432)


This bill mentions Portsmouth.


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 1 minute.