Independent candidates; clarification of definition of 'time of filing for the office.' (SB153)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Elections; form of ballot; order of independent candidates. Defines "time of filing for the office" for purposes of determining the order on the ballot of independent candidates as the time at which the candidate has filed his petition signature pages with a number of signatures at least equal to the number required by law for the office for which he is seeking election. For offices for which no petition is required, the "time of filing for the office" is defined as the time at which the candidate has filed his completed statement of qualification. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/28/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18102930D
12/28/2017Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/22/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB153)
01/23/2018Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendments (12-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2018Read second time
01/26/2018Reading of amendments waived
01/26/2018Committee amendments agreed to
01/26/2018Engrossed by Senate as amended SB153E
01/26/2018Printed as engrossed 18102930D-E
01/29/2018Passed by temporarily
01/29/2018Passed by for the day
01/30/2018Engrossment reconsidered by Senate (38-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2018Passed by for the day
01/31/2018Read second time
01/31/2018Committee amendments reconsidered (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2018Committee amendments rejected
01/31/2018Amendments #1,#2,#3 by Senator Surovell withdrawn
01/31/2018Reading of amendments waived
01/31/2018Amendments #4, #5 by Senator Surovell agreed to
01/31/2018Reengrossed by Senate as amended SB153E2
01/31/2018Printed as reengrossed 18102930D-E2
02/01/2018Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2018Placed on Calendar
02/05/2018Read first time
02/05/2018Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/06/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB153E2)
02/08/2018Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #2
02/22/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (4-Y 2-N)
03/02/2018Failed to report (defeated) in Privileges and Elections (6-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2018Reconsidered by Privileges and Elections
03/05/2018Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendment (10-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2018Read second time
03/08/2018Read third time
03/08/2018Committee amendment agreed to
03/08/2018Engrossed by House as amended
03/08/2018Passed House with amendment (86-Y 10-N 1-A)
03/08/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (86-Y 10-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/08/2018House amendment agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2018Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB153ER)
03/10/2018Signed by Speaker
03/12/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB153ER)
03/12/2018Signed by President
03/20/2018Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 20, 2018
03/20/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
03/29/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 537 (effective 7/1/18)
03/29/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0537)


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.