Telephones or digital pagers; second violation is a Class 2 misdemeanor. (HB39)

Introduced By

Del. Bob Tata (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Causing telephone to ring with intent to annoy.  Raises offense from a Class 3 to a Class 2 misdemeanor for causing a telephone or digital pagerto ring with intent to annoy. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/14/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100267D
12/14/2011Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/2012Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/16/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB39)
01/23/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting (9-Y 0-N)
01/30/2012Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (17-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2012Committee substitute printed 12104599D-H1
02/01/2012Read first time
02/02/2012Read second time
02/02/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12104599D-H1
02/02/2012Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB39H1
02/03/2012Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/03/2012VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/07/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB39H1)
02/13/2012Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2012Read third time
02/15/2012Reading of amendment waived
02/15/2012Committee amendment agreed to
02/15/2012Passed by for the day
02/16/2012Read third time
02/16/2012Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/16/2012Passed Senate with amendment (24-Y 15-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2012Placed on Calendar
02/20/2012Senate amendment agreed to by House (97-Y 0-N)
02/20/2012VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2012Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB39ER)
02/22/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB39ER)
02/22/2012Signed by Speaker
02/22/2012Signed by President
03/07/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 133 (effective 7/1/12)
03/07/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0133)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 6 minutes.


stephen writes:

This is truly a stupid bill.

Rickey Moore writes:

I'm not understanding the need for this. Who decides what is "annoying"? Montana has the right idea. Their Legistlature only convenes for six weeks, every two years. Stuff like this just never happens. They don't have a sales tax, either, as there is little chance for money to be spent on bills like this. I'm just not understanding the need.

Richard Lee writes:

You are kidding... Right?

Rickey Moore writes:

About what? Strange bills or keeping Government so small that trivial notions don't have time to get off the ground to become major ones? Who's going to pay for the Police to respond to a Citizen's complaint that the kid next door has Prince or Fifty Cent on his cell phone ring tone and not Fred Astaire? Who's opinion decides what is annoying and what is acceptible?

If someone's cell ring tone is a sting of obscenities, then whatever local statutes against profanity are would already be in force. The proposed statute says "annoy" and not "offend". So, it's too broad a brush to paint with and will serve only the lawyers, at best, when they are paid defend their client who had a Partidge Family ring tone, ...which ~I~ would find annoying and most likely press charges over, if I were allowed. :) Ric

Angel writes:

Anyone who doesn't support this bill has never been harrassed in this way. I am receiving calls at 1 a.m., 3:30 a.m., and all day long from a person that I have no idea who they are or why they are doing this to me. I don't want to have to change my cell phone number bc it's on file at so many places that I need to be able to reach me (my insurance, kids schools, doctor's offices, on-line ordering, etc.) that I would never be able to update everyone without knowing that there is some office, some where that I didn't think of that needs to contact me. Would you want to change your cell number bc of the stupid, random acts of another person? They are the one harrassing me - this bill gives innocent citizens the means to punish and hold accountable someone who is doing something wrong. If you think this bill is frivolous, wait til it happens to you. It's very frustrating to be powerless.