Obscenity; modifies educational, artistic, and theatrical exemption to obscenity laws. (HB331)

Introduced By

Del. Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patrons Del. Gordon Helsel (R-Poquoson), and Del. David Ramadan (R-South Riding)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Obscenity.  Modifies the educational, artistic, and theatrical exemption to obscenity laws by providing that certain crimes (child pornography and use of communications systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children) are not subject to the exemption. Amends § 18.2-383, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


02/22/2012: Failed to Pass in Committee


  • 01/10/2012 Committee
  • 01/10/2012 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12102924D
  • 01/10/2012 Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
  • 01/11/2012 Impact statement from VCSC (HB331)
  • 01/13/2012 Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
  • 01/16/2012 Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 1-N)
  • 02/01/2012 Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
  • 02/03/2012 Reported from Courts of Justice (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/07/2012 Read first time
  • 02/07/2012 Impact statement from DPB (HB331)
  • 02/08/2012 Read second time and engrossed
  • 02/09/2012 Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
  • 02/09/2012 VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/10/2012 Constitutional reading dispensed
  • 02/10/2012 Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
  • 02/22/2012 Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 3 minutes.


This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.