Constitutional amendment; criteria for electoral districts (first reference). (HJ5)

Introduced By

Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington) with support from co-patron Del. Wendy Gooditis (D-Clarke)


Passed Committee
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Passed Senate


Constitutional amendment (first resolution); apportionment; criteria for electoral districts. Provides the criteria for electoral districts drawn by the General Assembly. The amendment directs that electoral districts are (i) to be composed of contiguous and compact territory, (ii) to be drawn utilizing existing political boundaries, and (iii) to be as nearly equal in population as is practicable but with variations in the size of districts permitted in order to comply with other reapportionment criteria. The amendment prohibits electoral districts being drawn for the purpose of favoring or disfavoring any political party, incumbent legislator or member of Congress, or other individual or entity. The amendment authorizes the General Assembly to provide additional standards, definitions, or guidance in order to facilitate the objective interpretation and application of such criteria. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


11/28/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101191D
11/28/2017Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/13/2018Left in Privileges and Elections