HJ 202 Constitutional amendment; establishes Redistricting Comm. to redraw boundaries of Cong. & Leg. dist.
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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 five-member Commission are to be made in the year 2010 and each tenth year thereafter as follows: one each by the majority and minority party leaders of the Senate and House of Delegates from a pool of nominees provided by the Supreme Court and a fifth independent member appointed by the four partisan members from a pool of nominees provided by the Supreme Court. The Commission is directed to file district plans for the Senate and House of Delegates within 30 days of receipt of the federal census data and for congressional districts within 90 days of receipt of the federal census data. There is a 30-day public comment period. The standards to govern redistricting plans include population equality, compactness, contiguity, respect for communities of interest, use of geographic features and locality boundaries in drawing lines, and creation of competitive districts. Use of political data is limited to testing the effects of a plan. Information on incumbent and candidate residence is not to be used. The Commission is patterned after the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.

Full text:
01/14/04  House: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/14/04 047146424  pdf

Status:
01/14/04  House: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/14/04 047146424
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