Protected information; newspersons engaged in journalism, definitions. (HB113)

Introduced By

Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas Park) with support from co-patrons Del. Chris Hurst (D-Blacksburg), and Del. Lee Ware (R-Powhatan)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Protected information; newspersons engaged in journalism. Provides that no newsperson engaged in journalism shall be compelled by the Commonwealth or a locality in any criminal proceeding to testify about, disclose, or produce protected information, as defined in the bill, except when the court finds that (i) the protected information is necessary to the proof of an issue material to an administrative or criminal proceeding; (ii) the protected information is not obtainable from any alternative source; (iii) the Commonwealth or locality exhausted all reasonable methods for obtaining the protected information from all relevant alternative sources, if applicable; and (iv) there is an overriding public interest in the disclosure of the protected information, including preventing harm to or death of a person. The bill further provides that any information obtained in violation of the provisions of the bill shall be inadmissible for any purpose in an administrative or criminal proceeding. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/13/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100888D
12/13/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/30/2020Assigned Courts sub: Civil
01/31/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (5-Y 2-N)
02/05/2020Committee substitute printed 20107678D-H1
02/05/2020Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Read first time
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107678D-H1
02/07/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB113H1
02/10/2020Read third time and passed House (60-Y 39-N)
02/10/2020VOTE: Passage (60-Y 39-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/19/2020Reported from Judiciary with substitute (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020Committee substitute printed 20108717D-S1
02/21/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (32-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Read third time
02/24/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/24/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108717D-S1
02/24/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB113S1
02/24/2020Passed Senate with substitute (31-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Placed on Calendar
02/26/2020Senate substitute agreed to by House 20108717D-S1 (61-Y 35-N)
02/26/2020VOTE: Adoption (61-Y 35-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB113ER)
03/02/2020Signed by Speaker
03/03/2020Signed by President
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/06/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 650 (effective 7/1/20)
04/06/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0650)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 30 seconds.