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SB 160

  • Virginia Senate Bill
  • 2020 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Dec 19, 2019
  • Passed Senate Jan 29, 2020
  • Passed House Feb 25, 2020
  • Governor

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

Abstract

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 SB 136 and SB 944 and is identical to HB 874.

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. This bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2021. This bill incorporates SB 136 and SB 944.

Holding handheld personal communications deviceswhile driving a motor vehicle. Prohibits any person from holdinga handheld personal communications device while driving a motor vehicle.Current law prohibits (i) the reading of any email or text messageand manually entering letters or text in such a device as a meansof communicating and (ii) holding a personal communications devicewhile driving in a work zone. The bill expands the exemptions toinclude handheld personal communications devices that are being heldand used (a) as an amateur radio or a citizens band radio or (b)for official Department of Transportation or traffic incident managementservices. This bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2021.

Bill Sponsors (25)

Scott A. Surovell

  • Democratic
  • upper
  • 36
Primary

Richard L. Saslaw

  • Democratic
  • upper
  • 35
Cosponsor

Richard H. Stuart

  • Republican
  • upper
  • 28
Cosponsor

George L. Barker

  • Democratic
  • upper
  • 39
Cosponsor

John J. Bell

  • Democratic
  • upper
  • 13
Cosponsor

Jennifer B. Boysko

  • Democratic
  • upper
  • 33
Cosponsor

John A. Cosgrove, Jr.

  • Republican
  • upper
  • 14
Cosponsor

R. Creigh Deeds

  • Democratic
  • upper
  • 25
Cosponsor

Adam P. Ebbin

  • Democratic
  • upper
  • 30
Cosponsor

John S. Edwards

  • Democratic
  • upper
  • 21
Cosponsor

Barbara A. Favola

  • Democratic
  • upper
  • 31
Cosponsor

Ghazala F. Hashmi

  • Democratic
  • upper
  • 10
Cosponsor

Janet D. Howell

  • Democratic
  • upper
  • 32
Cosponsor

Lynwood W. Lewis, Jr.

  • Democratic
  • upper
  • 6
Cosponsor

Mamie E. Locke

  • Democratic
  • upper
  • 2
Cosponsor

L. Louise Lucas

  • Democratic
  • upper
  • 18
Cosponsor

David W. Marsden

  • Democratic
  • upper
  • 37
Cosponsor

T. Montgomery "Monty" Mason

  • Democratic
  • upper
  • 1
Cosponsor

Jennifer L. McClellan

  • Democratic
  • upper
  • 9
Cosponsor

Jeremy S. McPike

  • Democratic
  • upper
  • 29
Cosponsor

Joseph D. Morrissey

  • Democratic
  • upper
  • 16
Cosponsor

J. Chapman Petersen

  • Democratic
  • upper
  • 34
Cosponsor

Lionell Spruill, Sr.

  • Democratic
  • upper
  • 5
Cosponsor

William M. Stanley, Jr.

  • Republican
  • upper
  • 20
Cosponsor

Kaye Kory

  • Democratic
  • lower
  • 38
Cosponsor

Votes


Actions


Mar 31, 2020

Office of the Governor

Approved by Governor-Chapter 543 (effective 1/1/21)

Mar 12, 2020

Office of the Governor

Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020

Senate

Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020

Mar 04, 2020

Senate

Signed by President

Mar 03, 2020

Senate

Enrolled

House

Signed by Speaker

Senate

Impact statement from DPB (SB160ER)

Feb 26, 2020

Senate

Title replaced 20108445D-H1

Senate

House substitute agreed to by Senate (32-Y 8-N)

Feb 25, 2020

House

Committee substitute agreed to 20108445D-H1

House

VOTE: Passage (69-Y 29-N)

House

Passed House with substitute (69-Y 29-N)

House

Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB160H1

House

Read third time

Feb 24, 2020

House

Read second time

Feb 21, 2020

Senate

Impact statement from DPB (SB160H1)

Feb 20, 2020

House

House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered

House

Reported from Transportation with substitute (18-Y 4-N)

House

Committee substitute printed 20108445D-H1

Feb 17, 2020

Senate

Impact statement from DPB (SB160S1)

House

Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 1-N)

Feb 11, 2020

House

Assigned Transportation sub: Motor Vehicles

Feb 03, 2020

House

Referred to Committee on Transportation

House

Read first time

House

Placed on Calendar

Jan 29, 2020

Senate

Read third time and passed Senate (33-Y 7-N)

Jan 28, 2020

Senate

Read second time

Senate

Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB160S1

Senate

Committee substitute agreed to 20106310D-S1

Senate

Reading of substitute waived

Jan 27, 2020

Senate

Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)

Jan 23, 2020

Senate

Reported from Transportation with substitute (12-Y 3-N)

Senate

Committee substitute printed 20106310D-S1

Senate

Incorporates SB944 (Saslaw)

Senate

Incorporates SB136 (Stuart)

Dec 19, 2019

Senate

Referred to Committee on Transportation

Senate

Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100741D

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB160S1 HTML
Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB160S1 HTML
Impact statement from DPB (SB160H1) HTML
Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB160ER) HTML
Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0543) HTML

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