Method of nominating party candidates; incumbent selection. (SB126)

Introduced By

Sen. David Suetterlein (R-Salem) with support from co-patron Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Midlothian)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Method of nominating party candidates; incumbent selection. Removes the power of incumbent officeholders in some cases to insist on a primary as the method of nominating political party candidates and removes the power of General Assembly incumbents seeking reelection to determine the method of nomination. These provisions of law were held to be unconstitutional by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in 6th Cong. Dist. Republican Comm. v. Alcorn, 913 F.3d 393 (January 9, 2019). The bill does not affect the current power of duly constituted authorities of the political party to determine the method of nominating party candidates. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/17/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101816D
12/17/2019Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/20/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB126)
01/21/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2020Read second time and engrossed
01/27/2020Passed by for the day
01/28/2020Passed by for the day
01/29/2020Motion to recommit to committee agreed to
01/29/2020Recommitted to Privileges and Elections
02/12/2020Left in Privileges and Elections