Congressional and state legislative districts; standards and criteria. (SB717)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Standards and criteria for congressional and state legislative districts. Provides criteria by which congressional and state legislative districts are to be drawn. Such criteria include equal population requirements, with a deviation of no more than five percent permitted for state legislative districts; compliance with laws and judicial decisions relating to racial and ethnic fairness; preservation of communities of interest, which are defined to mean a neighborhood or any geographically defined group of people living in an area who share similar social, cultural, and economic interests; and compactness and contiguity. The bill also includes provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, related to redistricting, that prohibit the drawing of districts in ways that improperly dilute minority populations' voting power. The bill prohibits maps of districts, when considered on a statewide basis, from unduly favoring or disfavoring any political party. The bill further 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. This bill is identical to HB 1255. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103882D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/04/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB717)
02/04/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Committee substitute printed 20107234D-S1
02/06/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/07/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107234D-S1
02/07/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB717S1
02/10/2020Floor substitute printed 20108082D-S2 (Suetterlein)
02/10/2020Substitute by Senator Suetterlein withdrawn 20108082D-S2
02/10/2020Passed by for the day
02/11/2020Read third time and passed Senate (20-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB717S2)
02/18/2020Placed on Calendar
02/18/2020Read first time
02/18/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/21/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/21/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (12-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Committee substitute printed 20108187D-H1
02/24/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB717H1)
02/25/2020Read second time
02/26/2020Read third time
02/26/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108187D-H1
02/26/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB717H1
02/26/2020Passed House with substitute (54-Y 46-N)
02/26/2020VOTE: Passage (54-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020House substitute agreed to by Senate (21-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Title replaced 20108187D-H1
03/05/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB717ER)
03/05/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB717ER)
03/06/2020Signed by Speaker
03/07/2020Signed 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
04/08/2020Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/22/2020Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
04/22/2020House concurred in Governor's recommendation (49-Y 44-N)
04/22/2020VOTE: (49-Y 44-N)
04/22/2020G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/22/2020Reenrolled bill text (SB717ER2)
04/22/2020Signed by President as reenrolled
04/22/2020Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/22/2020Enacted, Chapter 1265 (effective 7/1/20)
04/22/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1265)
05/01/2020VOTE: (49-Y 44-N)