Electronic identity credentials; JCOTS to study and determine possible liability concerns therewith. (SJ15)

Introduced By

Sen. John Watkins (R-Midlothian)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Study; JCOTS to study electronic security credentials; report.  Directs the Joint Commission on Technology and Science to study electronic identity credentials and any possible liability concerns therewith. In conducting its study, the Joint Commission on Technology and Science shall (i) coordinate with stakeholders in both the public and private realm to identify opportunities, challenges, and strategies for the issuance of electronic security credentials; (ii) identify potential uses of electronic security credentials in transactions involving the Commonwealth; (iii) identify the role the Commonwealth should play in the issuance of identification documentation used by private electronic security credentialing services; (iv) identify policies and craft legislation that would facilitate the use and issuance of electronic security credentials; (v) identify and address through policies and legislation any liability considerations that may arise through the issuance of electronic security credentials by private entities; and (vi) consider such other related issues as the joint commission deems appropriate. JCOTS must report its final findings and recommendations to the 2013 Session of the General Assembly. Read the Bill »


02/24/2012: Passed the House


01/04/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100755D
01/04/2012Referred to Committee on Rules
02/10/2012Reported from Rules
02/13/2012Reading waived (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2012Read second time and engrossed
02/14/2012Reading waived (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2012Agreed to by Senate by voice vote
02/17/2012Placed on Calendar
02/17/2012Read first time
02/17/2012Referred to Committee on Science and Technology
02/22/2012Reported from Science and Technology (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2012Taken up
02/24/2012Agreed to by House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/24/2012VOTE: BLOCK VOTE ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/14/2012Bill text as passed Senate and House (SJ15ER)


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 45 seconds.