Redistricting; role of Supreme Court of Virginia. (SB204)

Introduced By

Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth) with support from co-patrons Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon), and Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Redistricting; role of Supreme Court of Virginia. Directs the Supreme Court of Virginia to enact rules and procedures for implementing the constitutional requirement that the Court establish congressional or state legislative districts in the event districts fail to be enacted. The rules and procedures enacted by the Court are required to allow public participation in the Court's redistricting deliberations, to provide for the Division of Legislative Services to provide staff support and technical assistance to the Court, and to ensure districts established by the Court adhere to constitutional and statutory criteria. The bill directs the Court to appoint a special master to assist in the establishment of districts and authorizes the Court to adjust the date of the primary election and various related deadlines as may be necessary to allow for the establishment of districts. The bill has a contingent effective date of November 15, 2020, provided that the voters approve the amendments to Article II of the Constitution of Virginia, amending Section 6 and adding Section 6-A, at the November 2020 general election. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/30/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
12/30/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101143D
12/30/2019Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/08/2020Moved from Courts of Justice to Judiciary due to a change of the committee name
01/13/2020Rereferred from Judiciary (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/13/2020Rereferred to Privileges and Elections
02/04/2020Passed by indefinitely in Privileges and Elections (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)