Recording devices in motor vehicles; access denial not to affect insurance renewability. (SB90)

Introduced By

Sen. John Watkins (R-Midlothian)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Recording devices in motor vehicles; ownership of recorded data; insurance policies; disclosure. Defines the vehicle owner as the owner of any data recorded on a recording device installed in a motor vehicle. Recorded data may only be accessed with the vehicle owner's consent, except under the following circumstances: (i) the vehicle owner contracts with a third party subscription service that requires access to the recorded data; (ii) a licensed new motor vehicle dealer or a technician or mechanic at a motor vehicle repair or servicing facility requires access to carry out normal and ordinary diagnostics, servicing, or repair duties; (iii) the recorded data is accessed by an emergency response provider in performing his duties; (iv) upon authority of a court of competent jurisdiction; or (v) the recorded data is accessed by law enforcement in the course of an investigation where there is probable cause to believe the recording device contains evidence relating to a violation of the laws of the Commonwealth or the United States and such access is otherwise constitutionally permissible. The bill prohibits insurance companies from refusing to renew a motor vehicle insurance policy solely because the motor vehicle owner refuses to provide access to recorded data from a recording device. The bill also prohibits insurance companies from several other actions affecting rates and coverage if a motor vehicle owner refuses to allow the insurer access to recorded data.All automobile manufacturers must disclose the presence of factory-installed recording devices in the owner's manual for all model year 2008 and later automobiles sold or leased in the Commonwealth. This bill is identical to HB 816. Read the Bill »


04/19/2006: enacted


01/06/2006Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/06 068794840
01/06/2006Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/19/2006Rereferred from Transportation (15-Y 0-N)
01/19/2006Rereferred to Courts of Justice
02/13/2006Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N)
02/13/2006Committee substitute printed 063052840-S1
02/14/2006Read second time
02/14/2006Reading of substitute waived
02/14/2006Committee substitute agreed to 063052840-S1
02/14/2006Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB90S1
02/14/2006Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/14/2006Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/14/2006VOTE: (40-Y 0-N)
02/14/2006Communicated to House
02/15/2006Placed on Calendar
02/15/2006Read first time
02/15/2006Referred to Committee on Science and Technology
02/20/2006Reported from Science and Technology (21-Y 0-N)
02/20/2006Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
03/06/2006Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (20-Y 1-N)
03/07/2006Committee substitute printed 062778840-H1
03/07/2006Read second time
03/08/2006Read third time
03/08/2006Committee substitute agreed to 062778840-H1
03/08/2006Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB90H1
03/08/2006Passed House with substitute (92-Y 3-N)
03/08/2006VOTE: PASSAGE (92-Y 3-N)
03/09/2006House substitute rejected by Senate (3-Y 34-N)
03/09/2006VOTE: (3-Y 34-N)
03/09/2006House insisted on substitute
03/09/2006House requested conference committee
03/09/2006Senate acceded to request (31-Y 0-N)
03/09/2006VOTE: (31-Y 0-N)
03/09/2006Conferees appointed by Senate
03/09/2006Senators: Watkins, Stolle, Williams
03/09/2006Conferees appointed by House
03/09/2006Delegates: May, Nixon, Plum
03/11/2006Conference substitute printed 060190840-S2
03/11/2006Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
03/11/2006VOTE: (39-Y 0-N)
03/11/2006Pending question ordered
03/11/2006Conference report agreed to by House (50-Y 47-N)
03/11/2006VOTE: ADOPTION (50-Y 47-N)
03/21/2006Signed by Speaker
03/21/2006Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB90ER)
03/22/2006Signed by President
04/11/2006Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/18/2006Placed on Calendar
04/19/2006Passed by temporarily
04/19/2006Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (37-Y 0-N)
04/19/2006VOTE: (37-Y 0-N)
04/19/2006House concurred in Governor's recommendation (80-Y 14-N)
04/19/2006VOTE: ADOPTION (80-Y 14-N)
04/19/2006G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/19/2006Signed by President as reenrolled
04/19/2006Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/19/2006Enacted, Chapter 889 (effective 7/1/06)
04/19/2006Reenrolled bill text (SB90ER2)
04/19/2006G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0889)