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

Description

Constitutional amendment (first resolution); apportionment; Virginia Redistricting Commission. Establishes the Virginia Redistricting Commission, a 16-member Commission tasked with establishing districts for the United States House of Representatives and for the Senate and the House of Delegates of the General Assembly. The Commission consists of eight legislative members and eight citizen members. The legislative members consist of four members of the Senate of Virginia and four members of the House of Delegates, with equal representation given to the political parties having the highest and next highest number of members in their respective houses. The citizen members are selected by a selection committee consisting of five retired judges of the circuit courts of Virginia, from lists submitted to the selection committee by the Speaker of the House of Delegates, the leader in the House of Delegates of the political party having the next highest number of members in the House of Delegates, the President pro tempore of the Senate of Virginia, and the leader in the Senate of the political party having the next highest number of members in the Senate. The Commission is required to submit to the General Assembly plans of districts for the Senate and the House of Delegates of the General Assembly no later than 45 days following the receipt of census data and plans of districts for the United States House of Representatives no later than 60 days following the receipt of census data, or July 1 of that year, whichever occurs later. The measure requires certain vote thresholds for plans, depending on the type of district, in order to be submitted to the General Assembly. No amendments may be made to a plan by the General Assembly or the Governor. The measure requires additional plans to be submitted, or additional time to be given to submit a plan, in certain circumstances, and further provides that districts will be drawn by the Supreme Court of Virginia if such efforts fail. Read the Bill »

Status

03/09/2019: Passed the General Assembly

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
03/26/2019Assigned Chapter 821 (effective 7/1/18)
03/26/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0821)
03/26/2019Assigned Chapter 821 (effective 7/1/19)

Video

This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 1 minute.

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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