Internet capabilities; prohibited sale of products, obscene content blocking capability. (HB1592)

Introduced By

Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun) with support from co-patron Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg)

Progress

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

Description

Prohibited sale of products with Internet capabilities; obscene content blocking capability. Prohibits the distribution or sale of any product that makes content accessible on the Internet unless such product possesses an operating digital content blocking capability that renders obscene content inaccessible. Alternatively, the bill provides that such person may distribute or sell such products without the digital content blocking capability if he pays a fee of $20 for each product sold or distributed. The bill provides that the purchaser or recipient of such product may have the digital content blocking capability disabled upon making a written request, presenting proof of his majority, acknowledging the potential danger of disabling the capability, and paying a digital access fee of $20. The bill requires the person who distributed or sold the product to remit such fees to the State Treasurer for deposit into the newly created Virginia Prevention of Human Trafficking Victim Fund, which will be administered by the Department of Criminal Justice Services and used for the purposes of supporting victim services and the prosecution of human trafficking cases. The bill also provides that any violation of the provisions of the bill is a prohibited practice under the provisions of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act (§ 59.1-196 et seq.). Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/19/2018Committee
01/19/2018Presented and ordered printed 18105149D
01/19/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/23/2018Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #2
02/08/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB1592)
02/15/2018Left in Courts of Justice

Comments

Mary D. Devoy writes:

Wow.
Pay the state of VA $20 so you can watch porn.
http://www.13newsnow.com/news/local/virginia-proposes-porn-watching-fee-to-prevent-human-trafficking/512710163

Waldo Jaquith writes:

There is zero chance that these two patrons ever spoke to a single human who works in this industry before they decided to introduce this bill. I feel for the attorney in legislative services who drew this up, who surely attempted to push back on this gently and was rebuffed.

This is one of the dumbest bills that I have ever seen introduced to the Virginia General Assembly in 13 years of looking at every bill that is filed. Absolutely nothing about it is plausible. There's not even a fictional universe in which this makes sense. I am embarrassed for these two guys, because they lack the good sense to be embarrassed for themselves.

Mary D. Devoy writes:

"Chris Seveier a former JAG who helped write HB 1592"
http://www.nbc12.com/story/37387668/bill-aims-to-fight-human-trafficking-in-va-new-shelter-opens-for-victims

"The bill also does not explain how the funds will be used to battle human trafficking".
https://www.chron.com/national/article/Virginia-proposes-charging-20-to-watch-porn-12536077.php

Brandon Crum writes:

First chance they get we see an attempt at tax in disguise instead of actual practical lawmaking. How about these guys run it by the citizens with a survey to see if we actually want something? All these laws nowadays are decided by the lawmakers alone. Give us some credit once in a while.