House of Delegates and Senate districts; General Assembly authorized to make technical adjustments. (HB158)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg) with support from co-patron Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


House of Delegates and Senate district boundaries. Authorizes the General Assembly to make technical adjustments to legislative district boundaries subsequent to the decennial redistricting solely for the purpose of causing legislative district boundaries to coincide with local voting precinct boundaries. Any adjustment shall change districts only to the extent necessary to accomplish this purpose and shall be consistent with the criteria for districts established for the preceding decennial redistricting. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/21/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101899D
12/21/2017Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/22/2018Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #2
01/25/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 2-N)
01/25/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB158)
01/26/2018Reported from Privileges and Elections (11-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2018Read first time
01/31/2018Read second time and engrossed
02/01/2018Read third time and passed House (50-Y 48-N)
02/01/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (50-Y 48-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/02/2018Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/20/2018Reported from Privileges and Elections (8-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2018Passed by for the day
02/26/2018Read third time
02/26/2018Passed Senate (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2018Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB158ER)
02/28/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB158ER)
02/28/2018Signed by Speaker
03/03/2018Signed by President
03/06/2018Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 6, 2018
03/06/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
04/09/2018G Vetoed by Governor
04/18/2018House sustained Governor's veto


David Pratt writes:

I don’t trust Repupublicans to “adjust” districts between census takings. This sort of law in other states has been used to actually protect gerrymandered district advantages, NOT rectify errors.