Constitutional amendment (first resolution); apportionment; political considerations prohibited. (HJ763)

Introduced By

Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave) with support from co-patron Del. Rich Anderson (R-Woodbridge)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Constitutional amendment (first resolution); apportionment; political considerations prohibited. Prohibits any electoral district from being drawn in order to favor or disfavor any political party, incumbent legislator, member of Congress, or other individual or entity. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/16/2017Presented and ordered printed 17103966D
01/16/2017Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/18/2017Assigned P & E sub: Constitutional
01/30/2017Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (4-Y 3-N)
02/08/2017Left in Privileges and Elections


Barbara Eye writes:

I would like to know who exactly will be responsible for drawing these districts. I favor an independent panel not composed of anyone currently serving in the Virginia House.

Neal Frankel writes:

Does anyone know why redistricting legislation such as HJ763 requires a constitutional amendment as opposed to bills that would allow for the same proposed changes. I also favor an independent panel using data driven facts. This seems like some progress but I have mixed feelings about supporting this bill.

Gregory Bruno writes:

This amendment needs a close examination of the details. As mentioned by two other commenters, an independent panel needs to handle the redistricting, or we end up with the same partisan mess that has left us with a General Assembly that does not represent the people. This amendment's insistence upon keeping the determination of the redistricting in the hands of the General Assembly exposes it as being a stealth attempt to continue with the same egregious behavior that we already have.

Rob Waters - Activate VIrginia writes:

This bill should be a no. There are no further details on it, because the way it's worded is to prevent anyone from changing the current districts in a way that takes away from the current Republican advantage. Fair districting means that "incumbent legislators" would be at risk, and it would "disfavor" the VAGOP's current advantage in the General Assembly. It's a slick, backhanded trick meant to block further redistricting (barring a federal order since it would supersede this).

A Koth writes:

"No electoral district shall be drawn for the purpose of favoring or disfavoring any political party, incumbent legislator, member of Congress, or other individual or entity." Disfavoring needs to go. Publicly elected representatives, and all the other "entities" you name, can never be "disfavored" in the election process to begin with, only the People can. And this is what gerrymandering has always been about, not "disfavoring" one "entity" over the other, but giving advantage to the party in power to maintain its power.