Child pornography and obscenity offenses; penalties. (SB1056)

Introduced By

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Child pornography; obscenity; penalties. Adds a mens rea of "knowingly" for the offenses of reproducing child pornography and for soliciting child pornography to gain entry to a group and removes the requirement of lascivious intent for these offenses. The bill also amends a penalty section that applies to the obscenity article to correctly reflect the existing penalties. This bill is a recommendation of the Virginia State Crime Commission. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102643D
01/13/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/2015Impact statement from VCSC (SB1056)
01/19/2015Reported from Courts of Justice (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/19/2015Rereferred to Finance
02/03/2015Reported from Finance with amendment (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2015Read second time
02/05/2015Reading of amendment waived
02/05/2015Committee amendment agreed to
02/05/2015Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1056E
02/05/2015Printed as engrossed 15102643D-E
02/05/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2015Passed Senate (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2015Impact statement from VCSC (SB1056E)
02/09/2015Placed on Calendar
02/09/2015Read first time
02/09/2015Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/09/2015Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
02/18/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1056E)
02/19/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s)
02/19/2015Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/19/2015Reported from Appropriations with amendment (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/20/2015Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/23/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting (11-Y 0-N)
02/23/2015Reported from Courts of Justice (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2015Read second time
02/25/2015Read third time
02/25/2015Committee amendment agreed to
02/25/2015Engrossed by House as amended
02/25/2015Passed House with amendment (97-Y 0-N)
02/25/2015VOTE: PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2015House amendment agreed to by Senate (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2015Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1056ER)
03/06/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1056ER)
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
03/11/2015Impact statement from VCSC (SB1056ER)
03/23/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 428 (effective 7/1/15)
03/23/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0428)


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 2 minutes.