Handheld personal communications devices; mandatory minimum fine when convicted of reckless driving. (HB1907)

Introduced By

Del. Rich Anderson (R-Woodbridge) with support from co-patrons Del. Ben Cline (R-Amherst), Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville), Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon), and Del. Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Driving while texting; primary offense; increased penalties. Provides that driving while texting is a traffic infraction punishable, for a first offense, by a fine of $250 and, for a second or subsequent offense, by a fine of $500. The current penalties are $20 for a first offense and $50 for a second or subsequent offense. The bill also changes the offense from a secondary offense (one that can only be charged when the offender is stopped for another, separate offense) to a primary offense. Amends § 46.2-1078.1, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

DateAction
01/08/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103495D
01/08/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/2013Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
01/28/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (9-Y 0-N)
01/29/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1907)
02/01/2013Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2013Committee substitute printed 13104350D-H1
02/01/2013Incorporates HB1883
02/01/2013Incorporates HB1360
02/01/2013Incorporates HB1495
02/01/2013Incorporates HB1848
02/01/2013Incorporates HB1357
02/01/2013Incorporates HB1540
02/02/2013Read first time
02/04/2013Read second time
02/04/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13104350D-H1
02/04/2013Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1907H1
02/05/2013Read third time and passed House (92-Y 4-N 2-A)
02/05/2013VOTE: PASSAGE (92-Y 4-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
02/06/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2013Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/13/2013Rereferred from Transportation (9-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2013Rereferred to Courts of Justice
02/15/2013Reported from Courts of Justice (8-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2013Read third time
02/19/2013Passed Senate (28-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2013Enrolled
02/22/2013Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1907ER)
02/23/2013Signed by Speaker
02/23/2013Signed by President
02/27/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1907ER)
03/25/2013Governor's recommendation received by House
04/02/2013Placed on Calendar
04/03/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 752 (effective 7/1/13)
04/03/2013House concurred in Governor's recommendation #'s 1, 2 and 3 (80-Y 14-N 2-A)
04/03/2013VOTE: ADOPTION (80-Y 14-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013House concurred in Governor's recommendation #4 (86-Y 8-N 2-A)
04/03/2013VOTE: ADOPTION (86-Y 8-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (36-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/03/2013Reenrolled
04/03/2013Reenrolled bill text (HB1907ER2)
04/03/2013Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/03/2013Signed by President as reenrolled
04/03/2013Enacted, Chapter 752 (effective 7/1/13)
04/03/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0752)

Video

This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 4 clips in all, totaling 16 minutes.