Constitutional amendment; Virginia Redistricting Commission (second reference). (SJ18)

Introduced By

Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate

Description

Constitutional amendment (second resolution); apportionment; Virginia Redistricting Commission. Establishes the Virginia Redistricting Commission, a 16-member Commission tasked with establishing districts for the United States House of Representatives and for the Senate and the House of Delegates of the General Assembly. The Commission consists of eight legislative members and eight citizen members. The legislative members 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 members are selected 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 Commission is required to submit to the General Assembly plans of districts for the Senate and the House of Delegates of the General Assembly no later than 45 days following the receipt of census data and plans of districts for the United States House of Representatives no later than 60 days following the receipt of census data, or July 1 of that year, whichever occurs later. The measure requires certain vote thresholds for plans, depending on the type of district, in order to be submitted to the General Assembly. No amendments may be made to a plan by the General Assembly, and any plan approved by the General Assembly becomes law without the signature of the Governor. The measure requires additional plans to be submitted, or additional time to be given to submit a plan, in certain circumstances, and further provides that districts will be drawn by the Supreme Court of Virginia if such efforts fail. This resolution incorporates SJ 12 and SJ 70. Read the Bill »

Status

03/05/2020: Passed the House

History

DateAction
01/02/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101031D
01/02/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/04/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (13-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Incorporates SJ12 (Cosgrove)
02/04/2020Incorporates SJ70 (Hanger)
02/04/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/04/2020Committee substitute printed 20107759D-S1
02/06/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations (15-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Reading waived (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Read second time
02/11/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/11/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107759D-S1
02/11/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SJ18S1
02/11/2020Reading waived (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Agreed to by Senate (38-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Placed on Calendar
02/21/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
03/02/2020Reported from Privileges and Elections (13-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Floor substitute printed 20109646D-H1 (Simon)
03/05/2020Passed by for the day (95-Y 0-N)
03/05/2020VOTE: Agree To (95-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Motion to reconsider pass by for the day agreed to
03/05/2020Taken up
03/05/2020Pending question ordered
03/05/2020Substitute by Delegate Simon rejected 20109646D-H1 (47-Y 53-N)
03/05/2020VOTE: REJECTED (47-Y 53-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Pending question, not ordered
03/05/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
03/05/2020Amendments by Delegate Scott rejected (46-Y 54-N)
03/05/2020VOTE: REJECTED (46-Y 54-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Agreed to by House (54-Y 46-N)
03/05/2020VOTE: Adoption (54-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
03/18/2020Enrolled
03/18/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SJ18ER)
04/11/2020Assigned Chapter 1196 (effective 7/1/20)
04/11/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1196)

Comments

Dianne Rencsok writes:

In the name of true representative government, this bill should be passed. Opinions and priorities change, and districts should not be manipulated to prevent change being brought forward.

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