VA HB1592 | 2018 | Regular Session


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 5-0)
Status: Introduced on January 19 2018 - 25% progression, died in committee
Action: 2018-02-15 - Left in Courts of Justice
Pending: House Courts of Justice Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [HTML]


Prohibited sale of products with Internet capabilities; obscene content blocking capability. Prohibits the distribution or sale of any product that makes content accessible on the Internet unless such product possesses an operating digital content blocking capability that renders obscene content inaccessible. Alternatively, the bill provides that such person may distribute or sell such products without the digital content blocking capability if he pays a fee of $20 for each product sold or distributed. The bill provides that the purchaser or recipient of such product may have the digital content blocking capability disabled upon making a written request, presenting proof of his majority, acknowledging the potential danger of disabling the capability, and paying a digital access fee of $20. The bill requires the person who distributed or sold the product to remit such fees to the State Treasurer for deposit into the newly created Virginia Prevention of Human Trafficking Victim Fund, which will be administered by the Department of Criminal Justice Services and used for the purposes of supporting victim services and the prosecution of human trafficking cases. The bill also provides that any violation of the provisions of the bill is a prohibited practice under the provisions of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act (§59.1-196 et seq.).

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Internet capabilities; prohibited sale of products, obscene content blocking capability.



2018-02-15HouseLeft in Courts of Justice
2018-01-23HouseAssigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #2
2018-01-19HouseReferred to Committee for Courts of Justice
2018-01-19HousePresented and ordered printed 18105149D

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
182391.2(n/a)See Bill Text
182391.7(n/a)See Bill Text

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Bill Comments