Kill switches for digital devices; definitions, civil penalty. (HB1281)

Introduced By

Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake) with support from 6 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Mamye BaCote (D-Newport News), Del. Daun Hester (D-Norfolk), Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton), Sen. Kenneth Alexander (D-Norfolk), Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg), Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Kill switches for digital devices. Requires any new cellular phone, tablet device, or other mobile communications device manufactured on or after July 1, 2015, that is sold in the Commonwealth to either be equipped at the time of sale with a preloaded kill switch or be capable of having a kill switch downloaded to the device by an authorized user at no cost. The bill defines a kill switch as a technological solution or functionality provided by the manufacturer or operating system provider that, once initiated and successfully communicated to the digital device, renders the essential features of the digital device inoperable to an unauthorized user when the digital device is not in the possession of an authorized user. A person selling a digital device in violation of this measure is subject to injunctions and civil penalties. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


08/27/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100283D
08/27/2014Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/27/2015Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #2
01/29/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1281)
01/29/2015Subcommittee recommends striking from docket
02/03/2015Stricken from docket by Commerce and Labor