Virginia Redistricting Advisory Commission; established. (HB1256)

Introduced By

Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News) with support from co-patron Del. Joe Lindsey (D-Norfolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Redistricting; Virginia Redistricting Advisory Commission; standards and criteria. Establishes the Virginia Redistricting Advisory Commission (the Commission), a statutory legislative commission tasked with proposing districts for the United States House of Representatives and for the Senate and the House of Delegates of the General Assembly that adhere to certain constitutional and statutory criteria and that will be submitted for consideration and adoption by the General Assembly. The Commission will consist of eight legislative commissioners and eight citizen commissioners. The legislative commissioners 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 commissioners are chosen 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 bill contains eligibility requirements for the citizen commissioners, including restrictions on holding or having held partisan national or state public office. As part of the application process for service on the Commission, the Division of Legislative Services acts as a repository for applications submitted by interested persons and is tasked with screening out applicants who are ineligible or submit incomplete applications. The applications of the citizen candidates selected by political leadership and submitted for consideration to the selection committee are public records. The bill also directs the Division of Legislative Services to provide staff support to the Commission in the redistricting of congressional and state legislative districts. The Commission is required to submit to the General Assembly plans of districts within certain time periods, and the bill sets out criteria by which the districts are to be drawn, including equal population, racial and ethnic fairness, communities of interest, contiguity, and compactness. The bill prohibits a map of districts from unduly favoring or disfavoring any political party when considered on a statewide basis. The bill provides for the preparation and use of adjusted population data for redistricting and reapportionment purposes to reflect the reallocation of persons incarcerated in federal, state, and local correctional facilities. Persons incarcerated in such a facility whose address at the time of incarceration was in the Commonwealth are to be counted at that address and persons incarcerated in such a facility whose address at the time of incarceration was outside of the Commonwealth or cannot be determined are to be counted at the facility. Provisions to ensure public participation in the redistricting process are included, including requirements that meetings are video recorded and transcribed and the archived videos and transcripts be made available on the Commission's website. The bill also requires a series of public hearings to be conducted prior receipt of Census data and at least public hearings to be held prior to voting to submit any plan to the General Assembly. The General Assembly may reject initial plans developed by the Commission and provide information to the Commission regarding the reasons for rejecting such plans. The General Assembly is limited in its ability to amend plans until multiple plans have been submitted and rejected. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2020Prefiled and ordered printed with emergency clause; offered 01/08/20 20104115D
01/08/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/21/2020Assigned P & E sub: Constitutional Amendments
01/30/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1256)
02/05/2020Assigned P & E sub: Redistricting
02/06/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/06/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
02/07/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (12-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Committee substitute printed 20107764D-H1
02/09/2020Read first time
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107764D-H1
02/10/2020Emergency clause deleted
02/10/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1256H1
02/11/2020Read third time and passed House (54-Y 45-N)
02/11/2020VOTE: Passage (54-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/19/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1256H1)
02/25/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendment (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
03/02/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Committee substitute printed 20109414D-S1
03/04/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Floor substitute printed 20109602D-S2 (Barker)
03/05/2020Read third time
03/05/2020Committee amendment rejected
03/05/2020Committee substitute rejected 20109414D-S1
03/05/2020Reading of substitute waived
03/05/2020Passed by temporarily
03/05/2020Substitute by Senator Barker agreed to 20109602D-S2
03/05/2020Reading of amendment waived
03/05/2020Amendment #1 by Senator Morrissey agreed to
03/05/2020Amendment #2 by Senator Morrissey agreed to
03/05/2020Amendment by Senator Bell agreed to
03/05/2020Defeated by Senate (17-Y 23-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Reconsideration of defeated action agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Passed by for the day
03/12/2020No further action taken
03/12/2020Failed to pass in House