Voter referendum; independent redistricting commission. (SB191)

Introduced By

Sen. John Miller (D-Newport News) with support from co-patron Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)

Progress

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

Description

Voter referendum; independent redistricting commission. Provides for a statewide referendum on the question of whether the General Assembly should adopt a resolution to propose an amendment to the Constitution of Virginia that would establish an independent redistricting commission to create and propose redistricting plans for House of Delegates, Senate of Virginia, and congressional districts. The results would be advisory only and are intended only to demonstrate the preference of the citizens of the Commonwealth on the manner in which electoral districts are created. The referendum would be held at the November 2016 general election. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/04/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101814D
01/04/2016Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/15/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB191)
01/26/2016Reported from Privileges and Elections (11-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2016Read second time and engrossed
02/01/2016Read third time and passed Senate (31-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2016Placed on Calendar
02/03/2016Read first time
02/03/2016Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/08/2016Assigned P & E sub: Elections
02/23/2016Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
03/08/2016Left in Privileges and Elections

Video

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 1 minute.

Transcript

This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.

SENATE BILL 191, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR A STATEWIDE ADVISORY REFERENDUM RELATING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN INDEPENDENT REDISTRICTING COMMISSION IN VIRGINIA. THE SENATOR FROM NEWPORT NEWS, SENATOR MILLER

Sen. John Miller (D-Newport News): I MOVE THE BILL PASS AND SPEAKING TO THE MEASURE

[Unknown]: THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR

Sen. John Miller (D-Newport News): THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. MEMBERS OF THE SENATE, THIS IS AN ADVISORY REFERENDUM ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT. YOU SAW THIS BILL LAST YEAR AND APPROVED IT OVERWHELMINGLY. IT JUST ASKS THE SIMPLE QUESTION WHETHER THE VOTERS BELIEVE WE SHOULD ESTABLISH AN IN DEPEN TENT RE DISTRICTING COMMISSION TO DRAW THE LINES IN VIRGINIA. IT IS ADVISORY AND NONBINDING. I THINK IT IS TOO IMTO LET THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA WEIGH IN ON THE IMPORTANT ISSUE. I MOVE THAT THE BILL PASS

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THE QUESTION IS SHALL SENATE BILL 1 -9D 1 PASS. ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WILLH OSE OPPOSED NO. ARE THE SENATORS READY TO VOTE? HAVE ALL THE SENATORS VOTED? DO ANY SENATORS DESIRE TO CH ANGE THEIR VOTE? THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.

[Unknown]: AYES 31, NOS 9 AYES 31, NOS 9.

Comments

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