Virginia Telephone Privacy Protection Act; telephone solicitation calls. (SB812)

Introduced By

Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond) with support from co-patrons Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon), and Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Midlothian)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Telephone Privacy Protection Act. Provides that for the purposes of the Virginia Telephone Privacy Act (the Act), "telephone solicitation call" includes any text message sent to any wireless telephone with a Virginia area code, or to a wireless telephone registered to any natural person who is a resident of the Commonwealth, for the purpose of offering or advertising any property, goods, or services for sale, lease, license, or investment, including offering or advertising an extension of credit or for the purpose of fraudulent activity. The bill prohibits a telephone solicitor from engaging in any conduct that results in the display of false or misleading caller identification information on the called party's telephone. The bill increases the amount of damages and the amount of the civil penalty for violations of the Act from $500 for each such violation to $500 for a first violation, $1,000 for a second violation, and $5,000 for each subsequent violation and increases to $5,000 the maximum civil penalty the court may impose for a willful first or second violation. This bill is identical to HB 1244. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103838D
01/08/2020Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/31/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB812)
02/09/2020Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2020Incorporates SB201 (Lucas)
02/09/2020Committee substitute printed 20108055D-S1
02/09/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/10/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB812S1)
02/11/2020Read second time
02/11/2020Passed by temporarily
02/11/2020Committee substitute rejected 20108055D-S1
02/11/2020Committee amendment rejected
02/11/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/11/2020Floor substitute printed 20108172D-S2 (Lucas)
02/11/2020Substitute by Senator Lucas agreed to 20108172D-S2
02/11/2020Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB812S2
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2020Placed on Calendar
02/14/2020Read first time
02/14/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
02/17/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB812S2)
02/18/2020Referred from Labor and Commerce
02/18/2020Referred to Committee on Communications, Technology and Innovation
02/24/2020Reported from Communications, Technology and Innovation (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Read second time
02/27/2020Read third time
02/27/2020Passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/27/2020VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB812ER)
03/04/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB812ER)
03/05/2020Signed by President
03/05/2020Signed by Speaker
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
04/02/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 607 (effective 7/1/20)
04/02/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0607)