HJ 173 Constitutional amendments; establishes Redistricting Commission to redraw boundaries (first ref.).
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Summary as introduced:
Constitutional amendment (first resolution); Virginia Redistricting Commission. Establishes the Virginia Redistricting Commission to redraw congressional and General Assembly district boundaries after each decennial census. Appointments to the 11-member Commission are to be made in the census year by the most recently retired living Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court. Appointments are to be made to represent each congressional district. Persons to be appointed to the Commission shall be retired justices or judges of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, or circuit courts. The Commission is directed to certify district plans for the General Assembly within one month of receipt of the new census data or by March 1 of the year following the census, whichever is later, and for the House of Representatives within three months of receipt or by June 1 of the year following the census, whichever is later. The plans shall be effective for the next general election for the Senate, House of Delegates, or House of Representatives. Members in office when a new plan is certified complete their terms and continue to represent the district as constituted when they were elected. Vacancies occurring before the next general election for the office are to be filled, if filled, from the district as constituted when the member, whose vacancy is being filled, was elected to that office. The amendment also provides for 40 senators and 100 delegates rather than the present ranges of 33 to 40 senators and 90 to 100 delegates.

Full text:
01/14/04  House: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/14/04 047119224  pdf

Status:
01/14/04  House: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/14/04 047119224
01/14/04  House: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/23/04  House: Continued to 2005 in P. & E. (21-Y 0-N)
12/10/04  House: Left in Privileges and Elections