Congressional and state legislative districts; standards and criteria for drawing districts. (SB59)

Introduced By

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston) with support from co-patron Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)

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. Use of political data or election results is prohibited unless necessary to determine if racial or ethnic minorities are able to elect candidates of their choice. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
12/17/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102113D
12/17/2015Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/19/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB59)
01/26/2016Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (12-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2016Committee substitute printed 16104804D-S1
01/26/2016Incorporates SB495
01/27/2016Incorporates SB495
01/27/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB59S1)
01/28/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2016Read second time
01/29/2016Reading of substitute waived
01/29/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16104804D-S1
01/29/2016Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB59S1
02/01/2016Read third time and passed Senate (36-Y 3-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 2 minutes.

Transcript

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

CHAIR. I THINK BY VIRTUE OF THAT POSITION WE AT LEAST AS MUCH AS EVERYONE ELSE KNOW HOW FER VENTLY MANY VIRGINIANS FEEL ABOUT THE NEED FOR A MORE IMPARKS SYSTEM FOR COMING UP -- IMPARTIAL SYSTEM FOR COMING UP WITH REDISTRICTING. IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE WE WILL BE ABLE TO GET A COMMISSION THROUGH THE HOUSE. HOWEVER, WHAT WE HAVE DONE IN THIS BILL AND IT DID PASS THE SENATE LAST YEAR IS PUT THE CRITERIA THAT NEED TO BE USED IN THE REDISTRICTING IN THE CODE OF VIRGINIA FOR WHOEVER IS IN CHARGE AT THE NEXT REDISTRICTING TO HAVE THE GUIDELINES AND CRITERIA TO FOLLOW. SENATOR VOGEL THERE WERE QUESTIONS THAT WERE BEING ASKED AND I THOUGHT JUST FOR A POINT OF CLARIFICATION SPEAKING TO THE BILL. IF YOU WERE IN THE SENATE LAST YEAR, YOU VOTED FOR THIS BILL. IT WAS REPORTED OUT OF THE SENATE 40-0. AND WHAT THE BILL DOES IS JUST TO FOLLOW UP ON WHAT THE SENATOR FROM FAIRFAX SAID IS IT SIMPLY CODIFIES IN CODE WHAT IT IS THAT THE CASE LAW CURRENTLY SAYS ABOUT DISTRICTS THAT ARE COMPACT AND CONTINUOUS AND KEEP COMMUNITIES OF COMMON INTEREST TOGETHER WHICH IS EFFECTIVELY WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO WITH GOOD GOVERNMENT AND REDISTRICTING THAT ACTUALLY REFLECTS WHAT IT IS THAT OUR CONSTITUENTS ARE ASKING US TO DO WHEN WE PUT THE DISTRICTS TOGETHER. WITH THAT I THOUGHT I WOULD HELP CLARIFY WHAT SOME COLLEAGUES ARE ASKING WHICH IS WHAT IS THIS AND WHY IS IT HERE. IF YOU WERE IN THE SENATE BEFORE YOU VOTED FOR IT AND IF YOU LIKED IT THEN YOU WILL LIKE IT NOW.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THE REQUEST HE IS SHALL SENATE BILL 59 PASS. ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WILLA YE, THOSE ARE THE SENATORS READY TO VOTE? OPPOSED NO. HAVE ALL THE SENATORS VOTED? DO ANY SENATORS DESIRE TO CH ANGE THEIR VOTE? THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.

[Unknown]: ACE 36, NOS 3 AYES 36, NOS 3.

Comments

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