Handheld personal communications devices; use while driving, etc. (SB1768)

Introduced By

Sen. Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Use of handheld personal communications devices; highway work zones; penalty. Prohibits any person from holding a handheld personal communications device in his hand while driving a motor vehicle in a highway work zone, with certain exceptions. The bill provides that a violation is punishable by a mandatory fine of $250. Current law prohibits only the reading of an email or text message on the device and manually entering letters or text in the device as a means of communicating, with the same exceptions. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/18/2019Presented and ordered printed 19104680D
01/18/2019Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/23/2019Rereferred from Transportation (11-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2019Rereferred to Courts of Justice
01/24/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1768)
01/30/2019Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (11-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2019Committee substitute printed 19106291D-S1
02/01/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1768S1)
02/04/2019Read second time
02/04/2019Reading of substitute waived
02/04/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19106291D-S1
02/04/2019Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1768S1
02/04/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2019Passed Senate (31-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2019Placed on Calendar
02/06/2019Read first time
02/06/2019Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/06/2019Assigned Transportation sub: Subcommittee #1
02/07/2019Referred from Transportation
02/07/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/2019Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
02/13/2019House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/13/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 0-N)
02/15/2019Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (17-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2019Committee substitute printed 19106921D-H1
02/19/2019Read second time
02/20/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1768H1)
02/20/2019Read third time
02/20/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19106921D-H1
02/20/2019Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1768H1
02/20/2019Passed House with substitute (82-Y 16-N 1-A)
02/20/2019VOTE: PASSAGE (82-Y 16-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019Delegates: Collins, Bell, R.B., Bourne
02/21/2019Passed by temporarily
02/21/2019House substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 40-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019House insisted on substitute
02/21/2019House requested conference committee
02/21/2019Senate acceded to request (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019Conferees appointed by Senate
02/21/2019Senators: Stuart, Chafin, Obenshain
02/21/2019Conferees appointed by House
02/21/2019Delegates: Collins, Bell, Robert B., Bourne
02/23/2019C Amended by conference committee
02/23/2019Conference report agreed to by Senate (35-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2019Conference report agreed to by House (77-Y 20-N)
02/23/2019VOTE: ADOPTION (77-Y 20-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2019Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1768ER)
03/07/2019Signed by Speaker
03/09/2019Signed by President
03/11/2019Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 11, 2019
03/11/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019
03/12/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1768ER)
03/26/2019Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/03/2019Reconsideration of Governor's recommendation agreed to (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2019Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (34-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2019Speaker ruled Governor's recommendation s not germane
04/03/2019Communicated to Governor
04/03/2019Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (33-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, May 3, 2019
04/29/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 849 (effective 7/1/19)
04/29/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0849)