United States Senate; filling vacancies. (HB427)

Introduced By

Del. Danny Marshall (R-Danville) with support from co-patron Del. James Edmunds (R-South Boston)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Filling vacancies in the United States Senate. Removes the language limiting the date at which a special election can be held to fill a vacancy occurring in the representation of the Commonwealth in the United States Senate. Currently, when such a vacancy occurs, the date for the special election to fill the vacancy is either the next November general election or the second next November general election. Current law also gives the Governor the authority to make a temporary appointment to fill such a vacancy; the bill removes that authority. The bill allows the Governor to immediately issue a writ to call an election upon receipt of written notification by a Senator or Senator-elect of his resignation, rather than wait for the vacancy to actually occur, and makes the Senator's or Senator-elect's resignation irrevocable after the date stated by him for his resignation or after the forty-fifth day before the date set for the special election. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/06/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18100383D
01/06/2018Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/22/2018Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #3
01/24/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB427)
01/24/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 3-N)
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
02/27/2018Passed by indefinitely in Privileges and Elections (10-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)