Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act; license plate readers. (SB1198)

Introduced By

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) with support from co-patrons Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Sen. David Suetterlein (R-Salem), and Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act; license plate readers. Prohibits law-enforcement and regulatory agencies from using license plate readers to collect and maintain personal information on individuals without a warrant. The bill provides that license plate data may be collected if intended for prompt evaluation and potential use in investigating suspected criminal activity, civil or regulatory violations, or terrorism, or in support of the emissions inspection program of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The data may only be retained for 30 days and shall not be subject to any outside inquiries or internal usage except for the investigation of a report of a missing person, suspected criminal activity, civil or regulatory violations, or terrorism by any person. The bill also prohibits an agency from acquiring personal information collected from license plate readers from a third-party private vendor if the agency would not have been permitted to collect or retain the information on its own, unless such license plate reader technology is being utilized as part of the DMV's emissions inspection program. Read the Bill »


03/01/2021: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/11/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21100940D
01/11/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/19/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1198)
01/27/2021Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendments (8-Y 4-N 3-A) (see vote tally)
01/29/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (35-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2021Passed by for the day
02/02/2021Passed by for the day
02/03/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/03/2021Floor substitute printed 21104029D-S1 (Petersen)
02/03/2021Read second time
02/03/2021Reading of amendments waived
02/03/2021Committee amendments rejected
02/03/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/03/2021Substitute by Senator Petersen agreed to 21104029D-S1
02/03/2021Passed by temporarily
02/03/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1198S1
02/03/2021Substitute bill reprinted 21104029D-S1
02/04/2021Read third time and passed Senate (28-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1198S1)
02/07/2021Placed on Calendar
02/07/2021Read first time
02/07/2021Referred to Committee on Public Safety
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in Public Safety
02/09/2021Assigned PS sub: Public Safety
02/11/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 3-N)
02/12/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/12/2021Reported from Public Safety with substitute (18-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2021Committee substitute printed 21200129D-H1
02/16/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1198H1)
02/16/2021Read second time
02/17/2021Passed by for the day
02/18/2021Passed by for the day
02/19/2021Passed by for the day
02/22/2021Passed by for the day
02/23/2021Motion to refer to committee agreed to
02/23/2021Referred to Committee on Communications, Technology and Innovation
03/01/2021Left in Communications, Technology and Innovation