Constitutional amendment; congressional and state legislative districts. (SJ233)

Introduced By

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Constitutional amendment (first reference); congressional and state legislative districts. Provides criteria for the General Assembly to observe in drawing districts, including respect for existing political boundaries, equal population, racial and ethnic fairness, contiguity, compactness, and communities of interest. Use of political data or election results is prohibited unless necessary to determine if racial or ethnic minorities can elect candidates of their choice. Read the Bill »


01/27/2015: passed committee


01/08/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102157D
01/08/2015Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/27/2015Reported from Privileges and Elections (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2015Reading waived (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2015Read second time and engrossed
02/02/2015Passed by for the day
02/03/2015Read third time and agreed to by Senate (22-Y 15-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2015Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2015Passed by for the day
02/04/2015Passed by for the day
02/05/2015Read third time
02/05/2015Rejected by Senate (19-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2015Requires 21 affirmative votes for passage


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 42 seconds.