License plate reader database; Department of State Police to maintain database. (SB452)

Introduced By

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


License plate reader database; penalty. Requires the Department of State Police to maintain a license plate reader database under the control of the Virginia Fusion Intelligence Center. Data can be accessed for grand jury proceedings and by law-enforcement agencies conducting criminal investigations. Unauthorized access to or dissemination of license plate reader data is a Class 4 misdemeanor. Read the Bill »


01/07/2014: Awaiting a Vote in the Judiciary Committee


01/07/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14103092D
01/07/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/2014Stricken at the request of Patron in Courts of Justice (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


ACLU-VA Privacy Rights, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia strongly opposes the mandate that the State Police create and maintain a license plate reader data base at the state's Fusion Center that can be accessed by any law enforcement agency during any "criminal investigation" without a warrant or even reasonable suspicion that individuals whose information will be accessed are or have been involved in any criminal activity. The ACLU of Virginia is pleased that the patron of this bill chose to ask that it be stricken ending consideration of it.