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

Introduced By

Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


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. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


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