VA HB1439 | 2020 | Regular Session


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 3-0)
Status: Failed on March 12 2020 - 100% progression
Action: 2020-03-12 - Failed to pass in House
Text: Latest bill text (Conference Sub) [HTML]


Transportation safety. Adopts several initiatives related to transportation and safety, including (i) making it illegal to possess an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle; (ii) requiring all passengers in a vehicle to wear safety belts and making failure to wear a safety belt a primary offense; (iii) prohibiting the use of handheld personal communication devices; (iv) establishing a speed monitoring program in highway safety corridors that uses a vehicle sensor to take a picture of a vehicle traveling more than 10 miles over the speed limit, subjecting the driver to a monetary fine; and (v) allowing localities to lower the speed limit below 25 miles per hour in business and residential districts. The bill directs the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles to establish an advisory committee to oversee education and training materials and implementation and enforcement of policies such as the bill's safety belt and handheld personal communications device provisions. The bill decreases the frequency of vehicle inspections from every 12 months to every 24 months. The bill contains numerous technical amendments.

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Transportation safety; adopting several initiatives.


Roll Calls

2020-03-07 - Senate - Senate: Conference report rejected by Senate (11-Y 29-N) (Y: 10 N: 29 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [FAIL]
2020-03-07 - House - House: VOTE: Adoption (54-Y 42-N) (Y: 54 N: 41 NV: 4 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-26 - Senate - Senate: Senate insisted on amendments (40-Y 0-N) (Y: 39 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-26 - House - House: VOTE: Adoption (0-Y 92-N) (Y: 0 N: 91 NV: 8 Abs: 0) [FAIL]
2020-02-26 - Senate - Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (23-Y 17-N) (Y: 22 N: 17 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-26 - Senate - Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (Y: 37 N: 0 NV: 2 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-25 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations (14-Y 1-N) (Y: 14 N: 1 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-20 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Transportation with substitute (10-Y 5-N) (Y: 10 N: 5 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-11 - House - House: VOTE: Passage (52-Y 48-N) (Y: 52 N: 47 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-07 - House - House: Reported from Appropriations with substitute (12-Y 9-N) (Y: 12 N: 9 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-07 - House - House: Reported from Appropriations with substitute (12-Y 9-N) (Y: 12 N: 9 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-07 - House - House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 2-N) (Y: 5 N: 2 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-01-30 - House - House: Reported from Transportation with substitute (12-Y 10-N) (Y: 12 N: 9 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-01-27 - House - House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 2-N) (Y: 5 N: 2 NV: 4 Abs: 0) [FAIL]


2020-03-12HouseFailed to pass in House
2020-03-12HouseNo further action taken
2020-03-07SenateConference report rejected by Senate (11-Y 29-N)
2020-03-07HouseVOTE: Adoption (54-Y 42-N)
2020-03-07HouseConference report agreed to by House (54-Y 42-N)
2020-03-05HouseConference substitute printed 20109492D-H3
2020-03-05 Conference: Amended by conference committee
2020-02-27SenateSenators: Lucas, Marsden, Suetterlein
2020-02-27SenateConferees appointed by Senate
2020-02-27HouseDelegates: McQuinn, Jones, Knight
2020-02-27HouseConferees appointed by House
2020-02-27HouseHouse acceded to request
2020-02-26SenateSenate requested conference committee
2020-02-26SenateSenate insisted on amendments (40-Y 0-N)
2020-02-26HouseVOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 92-N)
2020-02-26HouseSenate substitute rejected by House 20108821D-S1 (0-Y 92-N)
2020-02-26SenatePassed Senate with substitute (23-Y 17-N)
2020-02-26SenateEngrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1439S1
2020-02-26SenateCommittee substitute agreed to 20108821D-S1
2020-02-26SenateReading of substitute waived
2020-02-26SenateRead third time
2020-02-26SenateConstitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
2020-02-25SenateReported from Finance and Appropriations (14-Y 1-N)
2020-02-20SenateCommittee substitute printed 20108821D-S1
2020-02-20SenateRereferred to Finance and Appropriations
2020-02-20SenateReported from Transportation with substitute (10-Y 5-N)
2020-02-12SenateReferred to Committee on Transportation
2020-02-12SenateConstitutional reading dispensed
2020-02-11HouseVOTE: Passage (52-Y 48-N)
2020-02-11HouseRead third time and passed House (52-Y 48-N)
2020-02-10HouseEngrossed by House - committee substitute HB1439H2
2020-02-10HouseCommittee on Appropriations substitute agreed to 20107985D-H2
2020-02-10HouseCommittee on Transportation substitute rejected 20107173D-H1
2020-02-10HouseRead second time
2020-02-09HouseRead first time
2020-02-07HouseSubstitute bill reprinted 20107985D-H2
2020-02-07HouseCommittee substitute printed 20107985D-H2
2020-02-07HouseReported from Appropriations with substitute (12-Y 9-N)
2020-02-07HouseSubcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 2-N)
2020-01-30HouseCommittee substitute printed 20107173D-H1
2020-01-30HouseAssigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety
2020-01-30HouseReferred to Committee on Appropriations
2020-01-30HouseReported from Transportation with substitute (12-Y 10-N)
2020-01-27HouseSubcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
2020-01-27HouseSubcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 2-N)
2020-01-14HouseAssigned Transportation sub: Motor Vehicles
2020-01-08HouseReferred to Committee on Transportation
2020-01-08HousePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104140D

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
16169.48:1(n/a)See Bill Text
171275.7(n/a)See Bill Text
182323.1(n/a)See Bill Text
461882.1(n/a)See Bill Text
4621000(n/a)See Bill Text
4621005.1(n/a)See Bill Text
4621005.2(n/a)See Bill Text
4621025(n/a)See Bill Text
4621043(n/a)See Bill Text
4621048(n/a)See Bill Text
4621053(n/a)See Bill Text
4621060.1(n/a)See Bill Text
4621065(n/a)See Bill Text
4621072.1(n/a)See Bill Text
4621078.1(n/a)See Bill Text
4621092(n/a)See Bill Text
4621094(n/a)See Bill Text
4621150(n/a)See Bill Text
4621157(n/a)See Bill Text
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4621158.01(n/a)See Bill Text
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4621158.1(n/a)See Bill Text
4621159(n/a)See Bill Text
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4621161.1(n/a)See Bill Text
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4621173(n/a)See Bill Text
4621175(n/a)See Bill Text
4621175.1(n/a)See Bill Text
4621176(n/a)See Bill Text
4621190.2(n/a)See Bill Text
4621213(n/a)See Bill Text
4621300(n/a)See Bill Text
4621531(n/a)See Bill Text
4621539(n/a)See Bill Text
4621539.1(n/a)See Bill Text
4621600(n/a)See Bill Text
4622000.4(n/a)See Bill Text
462208(n/a)See Bill Text
4622099.50(n/a)See Bill Text
462325(n/a)See Bill Text
462602(n/a)See Bill Text
462602.1(n/a)See Bill Text
462694.1(n/a)See Bill Text
462730(n/a)See Bill Text
462730.1(n/a)See Bill Text
462882(n/a)See Bill Text
462947(n/a)See Bill Text

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