Administrative subpoenas; electronic communication services. (HB1946)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Administrative subpoenas; electronic communication services; sealing of subpoena. Amends section that gives attorneys for the Commonwealth the authority to issue administrative subpoenas to obtain records and other information from electronic communication service and remote computing service providers if relevant to a legitimate law-enforcement investigation of certain pornography, abduction, and prostitution crimes to state that such subpoena shall be sealed if the attorney for the Commonwealth makes written certification that the disclosure of the existence of the subpoena will have an adverse result. The bill defines "adverse result." Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102301D
01/13/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/20/2015Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/26/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (10-Y 0-N)
01/28/2015Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2015Committee substitute printed 15104255D-H1
01/30/2015Read first time
02/02/2015Read second time
02/02/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104255D-H1
02/02/2015Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1946H1
02/03/2015Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/03/2015VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2015Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/23/2015Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (10-Y 0-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
02/24/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2015Passed by for the day
02/24/2015Reconsideration of Passed by for the day agreed to (37-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2015Read third time
02/25/2015Reading of amendment waived
02/25/2015Committee amendment agreed to
02/25/2015Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/25/2015Passed Senate with amendment (35-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2015Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2015Passed Senate with amendment (36-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2015Placed on Calendar
02/26/2015Senate amendment agreed to by House (98-Y 1-N)
02/26/2015VOTE: ADOPTION (98-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2015Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1946ER)
03/06/2015Signed by Speaker
03/07/2015Signed by President
03/10/2015Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/10/15
03/10/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/23/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 544 (effective 7/1/15)
03/23/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0544)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 14 minutes.