Redistricting; certain population data to be used. (HB1465)

Introduced By

Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke) with support from co-patrons Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield), and Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Population data to be used in redistricting. Establishes a procedure for allocating persons in state and federal correctional facilities to their last known legal residential addresses for purposes of state legislative and local redistricting. Under current law, such persons are allocated to the location of the facility as reported in the decennial census. The bill directs the Department of Corrections, beginning January 1, 2016, to maintain a record for each person in its custody that will provide the necessary information and to request federal agencies operating facilities in which persons convicted of criminal offenses are incarcerated to provide such information. The bill requires such information to be delivered to the Division of Legislative Services by May 1 of the year in which the decennial census is taken. No later than 30 days from the date that the Census Bureau releases P.L. 94-171 redistricting data for Virginia, the Division is directed to prepare and publish revised population data that allocates to the extent possible the correctional population to the appropriate census geographical unit (i.e., census block) containing the incarcerated person's residential address. Correctional facility population for whom no address is known, or for whom no record is provided, shall not be allocated to the census geographical unit containing the facility. Rather, all such population shall be allocated to a state unit not linked to a specific geographical location and shall not be used in determining the ideal population of legislative and local districts. The bill prohibits the use of revised population data in the distribution of any federal or state aid. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/30/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101305D
12/30/2014Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/19/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1465)
02/10/2015Left in Privileges and Elections