Unlawful dissemination or sale of images of another; penalty. (HB926)

Introduced By

Del. Irene Shin (D-Herndon) with support from co-patrons Del. Elizabeth Bennett-Parker (D-Alexandria), Del. Katrina Callsen (D-Charlottesville), Del. Nadarius Clark (D-Portsmouth), Del. Laura Jane Cohen (D-Burke), and Del. Amy Laufer (D-Albemarle)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Unlawful dissemination or sale of images of another; penalty. Expands the current categories of images that are unlawful to disseminate or sell to include any videographic or still image that depicts another person whose genitals, pubic area, buttocks, or female breast are not exposed but such videographic or still image is obscene, as defined in the bill. The bill adds to the statute of limitations for the misdemeanor offense of unlawful creation of the image of another to provide that a prosecution shall be commenced within five years of the commission of the offense or within one year of the date the victim discovers the offense or, by the exercise of due diligence, reasonably should have discovered the offense, whichever is later. The bill creates the same statute of limitations for the offense of unlawful dissemination or sale of the image of another. Current law starts the statute of limitations for the offense of unlawful creation of the image of another upon the commission of the offense. Read the Bill »


According to the fiscal impact statement, there is not enough information available to reliably estimate the increase in jail population and the associated costs as a result of this legislation. However, the statement mentions that anyone convicted of a Class 1 misdemeanor, which this legislation addresses, is subject to a sentence of up to 12 months in jail and a fine of not more than $2,500. The Commonwealth currently pays localities $5.00 a day for each misdemeanant held in jail, and it also funds a large portion of the jails' operating costs, such as correctional officers. The state's share of these costs on a per prisoner, per day basis varies from locality to locality, but according to the Compensation Board's most recent Jail Cost Report, the estimated total state support for local jails averaged $45.76 per inmate, per day in FY 2022. Therefore, the legislation has potential fiscal implications and may increase costs to the state, but the exact cost is uncertain without further information.

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Bill Has Passed


01/09/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104917D
01/09/2024Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/11/2024Impact statement from VCSC (HB926)
01/30/2024Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/31/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/31/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/02/2024Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (18-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2024Committee substitute printed 24105454D-H1
02/05/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB926)
02/06/2024Read first time
02/07/2024Read second time
02/07/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24105454D-H1
02/07/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB926H1
02/08/2024Read third time and passed House (68-Y 28-N)
02/08/2024VOTE: Passage (68-Y 28-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/2024Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/13/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB926H1)
02/28/2024Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/28/2024Committee substitute printed 24108611D-S1
02/28/2024Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (9-Y 2-N 4-A) (see vote tally)
03/01/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2024Read third time
03/04/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB926S1)
03/04/2024Passed by for the day
03/05/2024Read third time
03/05/2024Reading of substitute waived
03/05/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24108611D-S1
03/05/2024Reading of amendment waived
03/05/2024Amendment by Senator Surovell agreed to
03/05/2024Passed by for the day
03/06/2024Read third time
03/06/2024Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment HB926S1
03/06/2024Passed Senate with substitute with amendment (22-Y 18-N)
03/07/2024Senate substitute with amendment agreed to by House 24108611D-S1 (69-Y 30-N)
03/07/2024VOTE: Adoption (69-Y 30-N)
03/25/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB926ER)
03/25/2024Signed by President
03/26/2024Signed by Speaker
03/27/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 27, 2024
03/27/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/08/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB926ER)
04/08/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 697 (effective 7/1/24)


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