Congressional and state legislative districts; criteria for General Assembly to observe in drawing. (HB553)

Introduced By

Del. Randy Minchew (R-Leesburg)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Congressional and state legislative districts. Provides criteria for the General Assembly to observe in drawing districts, including respect for political boundaries, equal population, racial and ethnic fairness, contiguity, compactness, and communities of interest. The bill provides that the failure or inability to maintain strict conformance to these criteria in the drawing of any legislative or congressional district shall not be a basis for invalidating the plan establishing such district. If any legislative or congressional district is not drawn in conformance to the criteria, the bill requires that findings of fact shall be made in writing, outlining and explaining the points of nonconformance, and adopted concurrently with the adoption of the plan establishing such district. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/10/2016Committee
01/10/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103533D
01/10/2016Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/14/2016Assigned to sub: Subcommittee Elections
01/14/2016Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee Elections
01/14/2016Assigned P & E sub:
01/19/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB553)
02/02/2016Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/16/2016Left in Privileges and Elections