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Telecommunications devices; prohibiting use of obscene language including electronic messages. (HB2059)

Introduced By

Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Use of profane, threatening, or indecent language over the telephone; use of cellular telephones and other wireless telecommunications devices.  Clarifies that the current statutory provision prohibiting the use of obscene, vulgar, or indecent language over the telephone applies to electronic communications, including visual or electronic messages, received or transmitted by a cellular phone or other wireless telecommunications device. This bill is a recommendation of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science. Amends § 18.2-427, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

  • 01/11/2011 Committee
  • 01/11/2011 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11100727D
  • 01/11/2011 Referred to Committee on Science and Technology
  • 01/24/2011 Impact statement from DPB (HB2059)
  • 01/26/2011 Reported from Science and Technology (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/26/2011 Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
  • 01/27/2011 Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
  • 02/02/2011 Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
  • 02/02/2011 Subcommittee recommends reporting (9-Y 0-N)
  • 02/04/2011 Reported from Courts of Justice (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/06/2011 Read first time
  • 02/07/2011 Read second time and engrossed
  • 02/08/2011 Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
  • 02/08/2011 VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/09/2011 Constitutional reading dispensed
  • 02/09/2011 Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
  • 02/11/2011 Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
  • 02/16/2011 Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/18/2011 Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/21/2011 Read third time
  • 02/21/2011 Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/25/2011 Enrolled
  • 02/25/2011 Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2059ER)
  • 02/25/2011 Impact statement from DPB (HB2059ER)
  • 02/26/2011 Signed by Speaker
  • 02/28/2011 Signed by President
  • 03/18/2011 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 246 (effective 7/1/11)
  • 03/18/2011 G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0246)

In the News

New Law Targets Cyberbullying

March 3, 2011
Think before you text – because sending malicious electronic messages with your cell phone soon could be punishable by law. Under legislation approved by Virginia’s General Assembly, it would be a Class 1 misdemeanor to use a cellular telephone or other wireless device to transmit a text message that contains “profane, threatening, or indecent language.”

New Law Targets Cyberbullying

February 23, 2011
Think before you text – because sending malicious electronic messages with your cell phone soon could be punishable by law.