Handheld personal communications devices; holding devices while driving a motor vehicle. (HB874)

Introduced By

Del. Jeff Bourne (D-Richmond) with support from co-patrons Del. Alex Askew (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Rodney Willett (D-Henrico), and Sen. Lamont Bagby (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Holding handheld personal communications devices while driving a motor vehicle. Prohibits any person from holding a handheld personal communications device while driving a motor vehicle. Current law prohibits (i) the reading of any email or text message and manually entering letters or text in such a device as a means of communicating and (ii) holding a personal communications device while driving in a work zone. The bill expands the exemptions to include handheld personal communications devices that are being held and used (a) as an amateur radio or a citizens band radio or (b) for official Department of Transportation or traffic incident management services. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2021. This bill incorporates HB 377, HB 387, HB 512, and HB 1672 and is identical to SB 160. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101920D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/14/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB874)
01/15/2020Assigned Transportation sub: Motor Vehicles
01/27/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
01/30/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/30/2020Reported from Transportation with substitute (19-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2020Committee substitute printed 20106899D-H1
01/30/2020Incorporates HB512 (Bulova)
01/30/2020Incorporates HB387 (Edmunds)
01/30/2020Incorporates HB1672 (Ware)
01/30/2020Incorporates HB377 (Willett)
02/03/2020Read first time
02/04/2020Read second time
02/04/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106899D-H1
02/04/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB874H1
02/05/2020Read third time and passed House (72-Y 24-N)
02/05/2020VOTE: Passage (72-Y 24-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2020Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/13/2020Reported from Transportation with substitute (11-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2020Committee substitute printed 20108193D-S1
02/17/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB874S1)
02/17/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2020Read third time
02/18/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/18/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108193D-S1
02/18/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB874S1
02/18/2020Passed Senate with substitute (30-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2020Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (37-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/18/2020Passed Senate with substitute (29-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2020Placed on Calendar
02/20/2020Senate substitute agreed to by House 20108193D-S1 (71-Y 26-N)
02/20/2020VOTE: Adoption (71-Y 26-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB874ER)
02/25/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB874ER)
02/25/2020Signed by Speaker
02/26/2020Signed by President
03/03/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 6, 2020
03/03/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 3, 2020
03/03/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 10, 2020
03/10/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 250 (effective 1/1/21)
03/10/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0250)


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 1 minute.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB136, SB160, HB377 and HB512.