SJ 417 Constitutional amendment (first resolution); eff. dates of redistrict.
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Summary as passed: (all summaries)
Constitutional amendment (first resolution); effective dates of decennial redistricting measures; vacancies. Continues the requirement that decennial reapportionment or redistricting measures shall be enacted in the first year after the decennial census (2011, etc.). The proposed amendment spells out that the new lines will be implemented for the first November general election held just prior to the expiration of the term being served in the year of the redistricting. The new language, in effect, continues the existing practice and understanding that there will be regular November elections from new districts in 2011 for the House of Delegates and Senate, in 2012 for the United States House of Representatives, in 2021 for the House of Delegates, in 2022 for the House of Representatives, in 2023 for the Senate, and so forth. The proposed amendment further provides explicitly that the members in office when a decennial reapportionment law is enacted shall complete their terms of office and continue to represent the districts from which they were elected for the duration of those terms of office.

Another new provision specifies that any vacancy occurring during such terms will be filled from the preexisting district, i.e., the same district that elected the member whose vacancy is being filled.

The proposed amendment continues the present provision that reapportionment laws take effect "immediately" without being subject to the usual requirement for a four-fifths vote in each house of the General Assembly to approve an emergency measure. This exception to the emergency vote requirement remains necessary. There is usually only a short time available to draw new lines after the release of census redistricting data early in the year following the census, and before the nomination and election timetable begins for that year's November election.

Full text:
01/16/03  Senate: Presented & ordered printed 034464253  pdf
02/18/03  House: Floor substitute printed 039844852-H1 (Moran)  pdf
02/18/03  House: Floor substitute printed 035140824-H2 (Marshall, R.G.)  pdf
03/03/03  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SJ417ER)  pdf
03/31/03  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0957)  pdf

Amendments:
House amendments
House amendments engrossed

Status:
01/16/03  Senate: Presented & ordered printed 034464253
01/16/03  Senate: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/20/03  Senate: Assigned to P. & E. sub-committee: 2
01/21/03  Senate: Reported from Privileges and Elections (15-Y 0-N)
01/23/03  Senate: Read first time
01/24/03  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
01/27/03  Senate: Read third time and agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)
01/27/03  Senate: VOTE: AGREE TO (38-Y 0-N)
01/27/03  Senate: Communicated to House
01/30/03  House: Placed on Calendar
01/30/03  House: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/14/03  House: Reported from P. & E. w/amendment (21-Y 0-N)
02/18/03  House: Taken up
02/18/03  House: Committee amendment agreed to
02/18/03  House: Floor substitute printed 039844852-H1 (Moran)
02/18/03  House: Floor substitute by Del. Moran ruled not germane
02/18/03  House: Floor substitute printed 035140824-H2 (Marshall, R.G.)
02/18/03  House: Floor substitute by Del. Marshall, R.G. ruled not germane
02/18/03  House: Engrossed by House as amended
02/18/03  House: Agreed to by House with amendment (87-Y 10-N)
02/18/03  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (87-Y 10-N)
02/20/03  Senate: House amendment agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/20/03  Senate: VOTE: CONCUR HOUSE AMENDMENT (39-Y 0-N)
03/03/03  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SJ417ER)
03/05/03  Senate: Enrolled
03/05/03  House: Signed by Speaker
03/06/03  Senate: Signed by President
03/24/03  House: Assigned Chapter 957 (effective 7/1/02)
03/31/03  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0957)