Unlawful dissemination or sale of images of another; person is guilty of Class 1 misdemeanor. (HB326)

Introduced By

Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville) with support from co-patron Del. Matt Fariss (R-Rustburg)

Progress

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

Description

Unlawful dissemination or sale of images of another. Provides that a person is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor if he, with the intent to coerce, harass, or intimidate the depicted person, maliciously disseminates or sells any videotape, photograph, film, or other videographic or still image or reproduction thereof that depicts another person who is totally nude, in a state of undress, or engaged in sexual conduct where such person knows or has reason to know that he is not licensed or authorized to do so. If the depicted person is under the age of 18, the penalty is a Class 6 felony. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

DateAction
01/02/2014Committee
01/02/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101850D
01/02/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/03/2014Impact statement from VCSC (HB326)
01/28/2014Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/28/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB326)
02/03/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (11-Y 0-N)
02/07/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2014Committee substitute printed 14104683D-H1
02/07/2014Incorporates HB49
02/08/2014Read first time
02/10/2014Incorporates HB49
02/10/2014Read second time
02/10/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104683D-H1
02/10/2014Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB326H1
02/11/2014Read third time and passed House (97-Y 2-N)
02/11/2014VOTE: PASSAGE (97-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB326H1)
02/12/2014Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/24/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 1-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/24/2014Committee substitute printed 14105117D-S1
02/25/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/26/2014Read third time
02/26/2014Reading of substitute waived
02/26/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14105117D-S1
02/26/2014Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB326S1
02/26/2014Passed Senate with substitute (37-Y 1-N)
02/27/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB326S1)
02/28/2014Senate substitute agreed to by House 14105117D-S1 (97-Y 1-N)
02/28/2014VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2014Enrolled
03/05/2014Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB326ER)
03/05/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB326ER)
03/05/2014Signed by Speaker
03/08/2014Signed by President
03/31/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 399 (effective 7/1/14)
03/31/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0399)

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 6 minutes.

Comments

Mary Devoy writes:

This year the proposal is a misdemeanor.
How long before they prose to increase it to a felony and make it a lifelong registrable (Virginia Sex Offender Registry) offense?
While I do not oppose this bill I have great concerns with it. Including it's expansion and over-inclusion by the VA Legislature over time. History has shown when it comes to sexual misdemeanors in VA they don't remain that for very long.

Editorial: States can address revenge porn with carefully crafted laws, January 20, 2014
http://www.nhregister.com/opinion/20140120/editorial-states-can-address-revenge-porn-with-carefully-crafted-laws
Proposed bill would criminalize 'revenge porn', January 14, 2014
http://hamptonroads.com/2014/01/proposed-bill-would-criminalize-revenge-porn
House votes to ban ‘revenge porn’, February 12, 2014
Violations could bring up to a year in jail, $2,500 fine
http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/state-regional/virginia-politics/general-assembly/house-votes-to-ban-revenge-porn/article_0799ec29-d84b-5aec-ad05-3fb899659963.html
States Look to Ban 'Revenge Porn', December 4, 2013
http://www.christianpost.com/news/states-look-to-ban-revenge-porn-110060/
The Women Who Want to Make Revenge Porn Illegal September 2013
Betrayed and bullied by bitter exes, they're fighting for a national ban on revenge porn.
http://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/advice/revenge-porn-shutting-it-down