Minority language accessibility; voting and election materials. (HB1210)

Introduced By

Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield) with support from co-patrons Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), and Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria)

Progress

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

Description

Minority language accessibility; voting and election materials. Requires the State Board of Elections to prescribe, and a covered locality to provide, voting and election materials in languages other than English. A county, city, or town is designated by the State Board as a covered locality if the State Board determines, in consultation with the Director of the Census, based on the 2010 American Community Survey census data and subsequent American Community Survey data in five-year increments, or comparable census data, that (i) either (a) more than five percent of the citizens of voting age of such county, city, or town are members of a single language minority and are unable to speak or understand English adequately enough to participate in the electoral process; (b) more than 10,000 of the citizens of voting age of such county, city, or town are members of a single language minority and are unable to speak or understand English adequately enough to participate in the electoral process; or (c) in the case of a county, city, or town containing all or any part of an Indian reservation, more than five percent of the American Indian citizens of voting age within the Indian reservation are members of a single language minority and are unable to speak or understand English adequately enough to participate in the electoral process and (ii) the illiteracy rate of the citizens of the language minority as a group is higher than the national illiteracy rate. The bill also allows the State Board to make available voting and election materials in any additional languages other than those required as it deems necessary and appropriate. The State Board may accept voting and election materials translated by volunteers but shall verify the accuracy of such translations prior to making the translated materials available to a county, city, or town, or any voter. The bill has a delayed effective date of September 1, 2021. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

DateAction
01/07/2020Committee
01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103702D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/13/2020Assigned P & E sub: Gubernatorial Appointments
01/21/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1210)
01/29/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/29/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (4-Y 2-N)
01/31/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendments (15-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Read first time
02/05/2020Read second time
02/05/2020Committee amendments agreed to
02/05/2020Engrossed by House as amended HB1210E
02/05/2020Printed as engrossed 20103702D-E
02/06/2020Read third time and passed House (64-Y 34-N)
02/06/2020VOTE: Passage (64-Y 34-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/12/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1210E)
02/25/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendments (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Read third time
02/28/2020Reading of amendments waived
02/28/2020Committee amendments agreed to
02/28/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/28/2020Passed Senate with amendments (23-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Placed on Calendar
03/02/2020Senate amendments agreed to by House (60-Y 38-N)
03/02/2020VOTE: Adoption (60-Y 38-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Enrolled
03/05/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1210ER)
03/06/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1210ER)
03/06/2020Signed by Speaker
03/06/2020Signed by President
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/06/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 719 (effective 7/1/20)
04/06/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 719 (effective 9/1/21)
04/06/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0719)

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 2 minutes.

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