Presidential primary; voter pledge prohibited. (SB686)

Introduced By

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) with support from co-patron Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas)

Progress

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

Description

Presidential primary; voter pledge prohibited; emergency. Prohibits a political party holding a presidential primary from requiring voters to sign any pledge when offering to vote in that primary. Current law allows the political party to determine the requirements for participation in its primary, including the requirement that a voter sign a pledge of his intention to support the party's candidate. The bill contains an emergency clause. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/20/2016Presented and ordered printed with emergency clause
01/20/2016Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/29/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB686)
02/02/2016Reported from Privileges and Elections (11-Y 1-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/04/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2016Read second time and engrossed
02/08/2016Read third time and passed Senate (34-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2016Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2016Passed Senate (34-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2016Placed on Calendar
02/11/2016Read first time
02/11/2016Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/11/2016Assigned P & E sub: Constitutional
02/29/2016Subcommittee 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, 2 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.

Transcript

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

AYES 28, NOS 10. AYES 28, NOS 10. THE BILL PASSES. SENATE BILL 686, A BILL RELATING TO PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY; VOTER PLEDGE PROHIBITED; EMERGENCY. THE SENATOR FROM FAIRFAX CITY, SENATOR PETERSON. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. I MOVE THE BILL PASS AND SPEAK TO THE BILL. THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE SENATE, THIS ISSUE HAS BEEN TALKED ENOUGH ABOUT I'M NOT GOING TO BEHAVER IT MORE. IF -- BELABOR IT MORE. IF YOU FEEL THAT THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHOULD ABOUT HE INVOLVED IN A VOTER PLEDGE VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL IF YOU THINK THAT IS AN ININAPROPATRIOT USE VOTE FOR THE BILL. THIS BILL WILL IN NO IN WAY PROHIBIT POLITICAL PARTIES FROM HAVING MASS MEETINGS, CONVENTION FIREHOUSE PRIMARIES OR ANYTHING ELSE THAT DOESN'T INVOLVE THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS BUT SOLELY. MR. PRESIDENT. SPEAK TO THE BILL BRIEFLY. SINCE I WAS THE ONLY ONE TO VOTE AGAINST IT IN COMMITTEE, I JUST WANT TO THE EXPLAIN THAT I THINK WE OUGHT TO BE ABOUT PROMOTING THE USE OF THE PRIMARY ALOUING MORE PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE AND LET THE PARTIES MAKE THEIR OWN RULES. I DON'T THINK WE OUGHT TO BE TELLING THE PARTIES HOW TO RUN THEIR AFFAIRS WHICH IS WHY I SHALL VOTE AGAINST IT TODAY. I WILL ANSWER THE ARGUMENT BY SAYING AGAIN THIS IS THE STATE TAXPAYER BEING ASKED TO ENFORCE A VOTER LEDGE. I DON'T SEE HOW THAT INCREASES S PARTICIPATION IN A PRIMARY. I ASK THAT WE PASS THE BILL.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THE QUESTION IS SHALL SENATE BILL 686 PASS. ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WILLS AYE, THOSE 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 34, NOS 5.

Comments

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