HJ 698 Constitutional amendments; establishes Redistricting Commission to redraw boundaries (first ref.).
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Summary as introduced:
Constitutional amendments (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 census year from a pool of 25 nominees selected by the Supreme Court. Appointments are made from the pool as follows: one each by the Speaker of the House of Delegates, the President pro tempore of the Senate, and the minority leader in each house. The four members appointed then select the fifth member and Commission chair by a majority vote; or, if they cannot agree, the Supreme Court shall name the fifth member. The standards to govern redistricting plans include population equality, compactness, contiguity, communities of interest, political fairness and the disregard of incumbency. The amendments also provide for 40 senators and 100 delegates rather than the present ranges of 33 to 40 senators and 90 to 100 delegates.

Full text:
01/12/05  House: Prefiled & ordered printed; offered 01/12/05 056789212  pdf

Status:
01/12/05  House: Prefiled & ordered printed; offered 01/12/05 056789212
01/12/05  House: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/21/05  House: Passed by indefinitely in P. & E. (13-Y 7-N)