Candidates for office; party nomination methods. (SB507)

Introduced By

Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach) with support from 21 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton), Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Glenn Davis (R-Virginia Beach), Del. James Edmunds (R-South Boston), Del. Gordon Helsel (R-Poquoson), Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge), Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon), Del. Chris Stolle (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Scott Taylor (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach), Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria), Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake), Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach), Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington), Sen. Tom Garrett (R-Lynchburg), Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond), Sen. Phil Puckett (D-Tazewell), Sen. Toddy Puller (D-Mount Vernon), Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville), Sen. Walter Stosch (R-Glen Allen), Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Party nomination methods. Provides that no political party shall determine its candidates for statewide or General Assembly district office by a method that has the practical effect of excluding participation by active duty personnel and military reservists or by individuals unable to attend meetings because of military service-related injuries, regardless of duty station or location. Read the Bill »


01/21/2014: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/08/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100541D
01/08/2014Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/10/2014Assigned to P&E sub: Campaigns and Elections
01/15/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB507)
01/21/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB507)
01/21/2014Committee amendment agreed to
01/21/2014Passed by indefinitely in Privileges and Elections (13-Y 1-N)
01/23/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB507)


Cameron Jones writes:

This bill is a clear violation of the Constitutional rights of free speech and freedom of assembly. NO Government, at any level, has the right to tell us as a political party how we may or may not nominate our candidates!

VOTE NO ON HB 194!!!

ACLU-VA Voting Rights, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia is monitoring this legislation.