Radio frequency identification systems; suppliers of consumer products to affix to product, etc. (SB1255)

Introduced By

Sen. Henry Marsh (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Radio frequency identification systems. Requires suppliers of consumer products to which radio frequency identification (RFID) tags have been affixed or implanted to affix to the product or its packaging a conspicuous label stating that the product contains a remotely readable device with information about the product that can be read if it is brought within range of a reader device. Suppliers that use an RFID system in the normal course of business are required display a sign stating that: (i) the store uses radio frequency identification technology; (ii) a radio frequency identification tag affixed to or implanted in a product contains information about the product that can be accessed by an RFID reader both before and after its purchase; and (iii) a description of the purpose of the RFID system. RFID tags that are not components essential to the operation of a tagged consumer product's operation shall be attached in such a way as to allow their removal after the product has been purchased without damaging the product. An RFID reader or system shall only be used to store, encode, or track RFID tags attached to a consumer product that is listed in the inventory of that supplier as not purchased, except for product returns, recalls, or for warranty purposes. In addition, with certain exceptions, the measure prohibits any person from knowingly using an RFID reader remotely to access, read, obtain, memorize, or store personal information encoded on or in an individual's identification device without the permission and prior consent of the authorized user and with the intent to defraud the authorized user, the issuer of the identification device, or a supplier or to use the information in furtherance of identity theft. Violations are punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/14/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 094161264
01/14/2009Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/28/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1255)
02/02/2009Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)