Constitutional amendment; Virginia Redistricting Commission (first reference). (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; criteria. 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 Virginia Independent Redistricting Commission is required to be convened for the purpose of proposing districts for the United States House of Representatives and for the Senate and House of Delegates. The Commission shall consist of twelve commissioners, four to be appointed by the Governor, four to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates, and four to be appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules. Equal representation shall be given to the two major political parties. Congressional district plans must receive an affirmative vote of eight of the twelve commissioners in order to be submitted to the General Assembly for a vote. Senate district plans must receive an affirmative vote of three of the four commissioners appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules in order to be submitted to the Senate for a vote. House of Delegates district plans must receive an affirmative vote of three of the four commissioners appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates in order to be submitted to the House of Delegates for a vote. Plans may not be amended by the General Assembly or the respective body and are not subject to amendment, approval, or veto by the Governor. If a plan is rejected by the General Assembly or the respective body, the Commission is required to submit a new plan for consideration and if that plan is rejected, the districts shall be established by the Supreme Court of Virginia. Congressional and legislative districts are to be established in accordance with certain criteria set out in the amendment. 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

01/01/2019: 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
01/28/2019House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/28/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
02/01/2019House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/01/2019Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2019Committee substitute printed 19105844D-H1
02/04/2019Floor substitute printed 19106417D-H2 (Sickles)
02/04/2019Taken up
02/04/2019Substitute by Delegate Sickles ruled out of order 19106417D-H2
02/04/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19105844D-H1
02/04/2019Engrossed by House - committee substitute HJ615H1
02/04/2019Agreed to by House (51-Y 48-N)
02/04/2019VOTE: ADOPTION (51-Y 48-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2019Reading waived
02/05/2019Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/12/2019Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (11-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/12/2019Committee substitute printed 19106768D-S1
02/14/2019Read second time
02/15/2019Passed by for the day
02/18/2019Read third time
02/18/2019Reading of substitute waived
02/18/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19106768D-S1
02/18/2019Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HJ615S1
02/18/2019Agreed to by Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2019Placed on Calendar
02/19/2019Senate substitute rejected by House 19106768D-S1 (47-Y 52-N)
02/19/2019VOTE: REJECTED (47-Y 52-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2019Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2019Senate requested conference committee
02/21/2019House acceded to request
02/21/2019Conferees appointed by House
02/21/2019Delegates: Cole, Rush, Leftwich, Krizek
02/21/2019Conferees appointed by Senate
02/21/2019Senators: Barker, Vogel, Cosgrove
02/23/2019C Amended by conference committee
02/23/2019Conference substitute printed 19107738D-H3
02/23/2019Pending question ordered
02/23/2019Conference report agreed to by House (83-Y 15-N)
02/23/2019VOTE: ADOPTION (83-Y 15-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2019Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2019Enrolled
03/07/2019Bill text as passed House and Senate (HJ615ER)
03/07/2019Signed by Speaker
03/09/2019Signed by President

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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