Candidate petitions; reduces number of signatures required for statewide candidates. (SB1236)

Introduced By

Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)

Progress

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

Description

Candidate petitions; number of signatures required for statewide candidates. Reduces the number of signatures that an independent candidate or a candidate for nomination by primary is required to gather on the candidate petition when seeking to qualify as a candidate for the United States Senate, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, or Attorney General from 10,000 signatures, including at least 400 from each congressional district, to 5,000 signatures, including at least 200 from each congressional district. Amends § 24.2-506, § 24.2-521, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/10/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100999D
01/10/2017Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/13/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB1236)
01/17/2017Reported from Privileges and Elections (5-Y 4-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/19/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2017Passed by for the day
01/23/2017Read second time and engrossed
01/24/2017Read third time and passed Senate (19-Y 19-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/24/2017Chair votes Yes
01/24/2017Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (34-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2017Defeated by Senate (18-Y 21-N) (see vote tally)

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.

SUPERVISORS TO REQUIRE THE GENTLEMAN TO KEEP HIS RIDING LAWN MOWER IN HIS SHED. SENATOR FROM WILLIAMSBURG. MR. PRESIDENT, I DON'T THINK THAT REQUIRES A VALID INSPECTION STICKER OR LICENSE PLATE, SO I THINK HIS LAWN MOWER IS GOING TO BE JUST FINE. THANK YOU SENATOR. WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD? -- WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD FOR TWO MORE QUESTIONS? HE YIELDS. I KNOW THE COUNTY, ARLINGTON, CITY OF ALEX ALEXANDA AND FAIRFAX. I WAS WONDERING IF HE IS FROM FAIRFAX OR JAMES CITY COUNTY. I HAVE NOTED DEFERENCE TO NORTHERN VIRGINIA IN SEVERAL IN THIS BODY SO WE ARE TRYING TO COME ALONG AND BE ONE OF THE 23 OTHERS. THE SENATOR FROM EASTERN FAIRFAX COUNTY. I WOULD JUST ASK FOR YIELD FOR ONE MORE QUESTION. HE YIELDS SENATOR. MR. PRESIDENT, THE LAST THING, LOOKING AT LINE 43 OF THE BILL HERE, IT TALKS ABOUT HOW IF A COUNTY HAS TO LEVY A CHARGE AGAINST SOMEBODY FOR REMOVING THEIR INOPERABLE VEHICLE AND THEY WON'T REMOVE IT, THAT COST MAY BE COLLECTED BY THE LOCALITY AS TAXES ARE COLLECTED AND I WAS WONDERING WHETHER THIS WAS A TROJAN TAX INCREASE ON THE GOOD TAXPAYERS OF JAMES CITY COUNTY. I TELL THE LEARNED COUNSEL THAT'S CURRENT LAW. I THANK THE SENATOR. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THANK YOU SENATOR. THE QUESTION IS, SHALL SENATE BILL 1135 PASS? ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES AYE, THOSE OPPOSED NO. ARE THE SENATORS READY TO VOTE? HAVE ALL THE SENATORS VOTED? TO CHANGE THEIR VOTE? DO ANY OF THE SENATORS DESIRE THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.

[Unknown]: AYES 33, NOS SIX. AYES 33, NOS SIX, THE BILL PASSES. [APPLAUSE] REGULAR CALENDAR SENATE BILLS ON THIRD READING, SENATE BILL 1126, A BILL RELATING TO CONSUMER FINANCE COMPANY'S INTERNET LOANS. SORRY, IT FADED OFF THE PAGE. THE SENATOR FROM EASTERN FAIRFAX COUNTY, SENATOR SUROVELL.

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon): THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT, I BILL THE -- I MOVE THE BILL

Comments

ACLU-VA Voting Rights, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia supports legislation that allows for greater participation in elections.

Right Way Forward Virginia writes:

Virginia's ballot access rules, which are among the strictest in the country, limit opportunities for new voices in elections and political debates. We support this legislation.