Constitutional amendment; apportionment, state and local independent redistricting commissions. (HJ615)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg) with support from co-patrons Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg), and Del. Margaret Ransone (R-Kinsale)

Progress

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

Description

Constitutional amendment (first resolution); apportionment; state and local independent redistricting commissions. Requires the establishment of independent redistricting commissions by the General Assembly and the governing bodies of each county, city, or town in which members of the governing body are elected from districts. The purpose of these independent redistricting commissions is to propose electoral districts following the decennial census. The independent redistricting commission established by the General Assembly will consist of eight members, with equal representation given to the political parties, and will be responsible for submitting to the General Assembly proposed plans for congressional and legislative electoral districts. A proposed plan submitted to the General Assembly shall be introduced as a bill, subject to constitutional requirements for the enactment of laws, but will not be subject to amendment or veto by the Governor. The independent redistricting commissions established by the governing body of each county, city, and town in which members of the governing body are elected from districts will consist of four members, with equal representation given to the political parties, and will be responsible for submitting to its governing body proposed plans for local electoral districts. A proposed plan submitted to a governing body shall, if enacted, be done so in accordance with law. Read the Bill »

Status

01/12/2019: Awaiting a Vote in the Privileges and Elections Committee

History

DateAction
01/01/2019Committee
01/01/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101058D
01/01/2019Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/12/2019Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #4

Comments

Carolyn Caywood writes:

Essentially, this described the process used ten years ago to protect incumbents of both parties. And that resulted in a decade of costly lawsuits, packing and cracking and otherwise making districts un-competitive. I am very concerned that there will be an attempt to substitute this bill for the real reform bills and pretend that the will of the people has been heard and satisfied.

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