Unsolicited bulk electronic messages; changes scope of State's spam law. (HB2973)

Introduced By

Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville) with support from 7 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Clay Athey (R-Front Royal), Del. Jeff Frederick (R-Woodbridge), Del. Tom Gear (R-Hampton), Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk), Del. Jackson Miller (R-Manassas), Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond), Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Unsolicited Bulk Electronic Messages; cell phone spam; penalty. Changes the scope of Virginia's spam law from electronic mail to electronic messages by defining electronic message as any text, image, or other communication transmitted to a computer. The bill also adds wireless communications devices to the type of devices defined as computers. The bill reduces the number of messages necessary for a person to meet the requirements of this section to 2,500 attempted recipients in any 24-hour period, 25,000 attempted recipients in any 30-day time period, or 250,000 attempted recipients in any one-year time period. Additionally a new provision would make sending unsolicited bulk electronic messages a Class 6 felony if a single recipient of an electronic message or multiple electronic messages incurs damages in excess of $250 during any one year time period. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 073253232
01/10/2007Referred to Committee on Science and Technology
01/12/2007Impact statement from VCSC (HB2973)
01/22/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB2973)
01/29/2007Tabled in Science and Technology (17-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)