House of Delegates Districts; technical adjustments in boundaries. (HB259)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


House of Delegates districts; technical adjustments.  Makes technical changes in House of Delegates Districts 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 42, 43, 44, 45, 47, 49, 50, 51, 52, 55, 59, 60, 64, 67, 75, 87, and 99 in order to eliminate split voting precincts and otherwise facilitate administration of legislative elections by local officials. All districts remain within one percent deviation of the ideal population.  The bill incorporates HB 295, HB 574, HB 808, and HB 838. Read the Bill »


01/21/2013: Passed the Senate


01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100459D
01/10/2012Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/12/2012Assigned P & E sub: Elections Subcommittee
02/07/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
02/10/2012Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2012Committee substitute printed 12105339D-H1
02/10/2012Incorporates HB838
02/10/2012Incorporates HB574
02/10/2012Incorporates HB808
02/10/2012Incorporates HB295
02/12/2012Read first time
02/13/2012Read second time
02/13/2012Floor substitute printed 12105410D-H2 (Cole)
02/13/2012Substitute by Delegate Cole withdrawn 12105410D-H2
02/13/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12105339D-H1
02/13/2012Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB259H1
02/14/2012Read third time and passed House (100-Y 0-N)
02/14/2012VOTE: PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
02/15/2012Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/28/2012Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2012Committee substitute printed 12105683D-S1
03/01/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2012Read third time
03/02/2012Passed by for the day
03/05/2012Read third time
03/05/2012Passed by for the day
03/06/2012Read third time
03/06/2012Passed by for the day
03/07/2012Read third time
03/07/2012Passed by for the day
03/08/2012Read third time
03/08/2012Passed by temporarily
03/08/2012Floor substitute printed 12105957D-S2 (Obenshain)
03/08/2012Motion to recommit to committee agreed to
03/08/2012Recommitted to Privileges and Elections
03/08/2012Pursuant to Senate Rule 20(g)
03/08/2012Continued to 2013 in Privileges and Elections
11/26/2012Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute 12105683D-S1 (8-Y 1-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
11/26/2012Reported from Privileges and Elections (8-Y 1-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/10/2013Read third time
01/10/2013Passed by for the day
01/11/2013Read third time
01/11/2013Passed by for the day
01/14/2013Passed by for the day
01/15/2013Passed by for the day
01/16/2013Passed by for the day
01/17/2013Passed by for the day
01/18/2013Passed by for the day
01/21/2013Read third time
01/21/2013Passed by for the day
01/21/2013Reconsideration of Passed by for the day agreed to (37-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2013Committee substitute rejected 12105683D-S1
01/21/2013Reading of substitute waived
01/21/2013Motion to recommit to committee rejected (17-Y 22-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2013Motion to reconsider vote to recommit to committee agreed to (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2013Motion to recommit to committee rejected (19-Y 20-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2013Floor substitute printed 13104262D-S3 (Watkins)
01/21/2013Substitute by Senator Watkins agreed to 13104262D-S3 (20-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2013Motion to Pass by for the day rejected (19-Y 20-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2013Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute HB259S3
01/21/2013Passed Senate with substitute (20-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2013Placed on Calendar
01/23/2013Passed by for the day
01/24/2013Passed by until Tuesday, January 29th
01/24/2013Passed by for the day
01/25/2013Passed by until Tuesday, January 29th
01/29/2013Passed by until Thursday, January 31st
01/31/2013Passed by until Wednesday, February 6th
02/06/2013Speaker ruled Senate Substitute not germane
02/08/2013Chair ruled not properly before the Senate
02/08/2013Chair ruled bill not properly before the Senate
02/23/2013No further action taken
02/23/2013Failed to pass in House


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 4 clips in all, totaling 29 minutes.


Mary Devoy writes:

Virginia Redistricting 2013: State GOP Rams Bill Through Senate In Absence Of Democratic Sen. Henry Marsh
Va. Republicans push re-drawn district map through Senate
New state Senate districts pass by a slim margin
Virginia Senate Republicans Snuck Through A Controversial Redistricting Bill While A Democrat Was At The Inauguration
State Senate GOP blindsides Democrats with redrawn Senate lines that could reduce Dems’ seats

Dominic Lahar writes:

This is deplorable. Every Republican senator who voted for this bill should be dragged on national television to explain the ethics of pushing through this partisan, segregationist legislation while an African American senator and civil rights leader, Henry Marsh, was attending President Obama's inauguration on Martin Luther King day. This speaks volumes about the character of Republicans in Virginia's senate, volumes about a the Governor who does not immediately refuse to sign it in to law. It also speaks volumes about how little Republican leaders care for minorities in the US. Pay close attention to these bigots. Vote them out of office.

Mike Nelson writes:

If this legislation passes the House of Delegates, if Chris Peace votes for this legislation, He will never get my vote again. Stand up and do the right this garbage down.

Gregg J writes:

Bottom line, if a politician needs to rely on gerrymandering to be elected...they don't deserve to be elected. This bill has corruption written all over it.