Electronic tracking devices; placement on vehicle of person for use in opposition research. (HB2320)

Introduced By

Del. Kathy Byron (R-Lynchburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Electronic tracking devices in opposition research; penalty.  Prohibits a person from placing in or on a vehicle an electronic tracking device to track the location, movements, conduct, or activities of a person for use in opposition research. For the purposes of this bill, opposition research is defined as the gathering of information related to a persons activities to be disclosed for political purposes. A violation of this section is a Class 3 misdemeanor. Read the Bill »


01/31/2011: Merged into HB2032


01/12/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11102747D
01/12/2011Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/2011Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
01/17/2011Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB2032-May)
01/26/2011Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB2032-May)
01/31/2011Impact statement from DPB (HB2320)
01/31/2011Incorporated by Courts of Justice (HB2032-May)


Waldo Jaquith writes:

Isn't this already illegal?

Kevin Chapman writes:

This bill just opens the door to more laws on the use of GPS. What make you better than anyone else.

robert legge writes:

So apparently it is OK to surreptitiously put a GPS device on/in a car to track their whereabouts. But now they want to ban that practice but only if it is being used for political purposes.

A case went to court where Fairfax police were doing this without a warrant. I can't recall how it turned out. What's also weird is that the bill refers to "track(ing) the location, movements, conduct, or activities of a person.

I can understand how it can track the movement or location of someone, but not the conduct or activities of said person.