VA HB1811 | 2019 | Regular Session


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill
Status: Failed on February 24 2019 - 100% progression
Action: 2019-02-24 - Failed to pass in House
Text: Latest bill text (Conference Sub) [HTML]


Use of handheld personal communications devices while driving. Prohibits any person from holding a handheld personal communications device while driving a motor vehicle. Current law prohibits only the reading of any email or text message and manually entering letters or text in such a device as a means of communicating. The bill expands the exemptions to include handheld personal communications devices that are being held and used (i) as an amateur radio or a citizens band radio or (ii) for official Department of Transportation or traffic incident management services.

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Handheld personal communications devices; prohibition on holding while driving.


Roll Calls

2019-02-23 - Senate - Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (37-Y 3-N) (Y: 37 N: 3 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2019-02-23 - House - House: VOTE: ADOPTION (45-Y 50-N) (Y: 45 N: 50 NV: 5 Abs: 0) [FAIL]
2019-02-20 - Senate - Senate: Senate insisted on amendment (38-Y 0-N 1-A) (Y: 38 N: 0 NV: 1 Abs: 1) [PASS]
2019-02-19 - House - House: VOTE: REJECTED (1-Y 95-N) (Y: 1 N: 95 NV: 3 Abs: 0) [FAIL]
2019-02-18 - Senate - Senate: Passed Senate with amendment (36-Y 4-N) (Y: 36 N: 4 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2019-02-15 - Senate - Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (Y: 37 N: 0 NV: 3 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2019-02-13 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (Y: 15 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2019-02-05 - House - House: VOTE: PASSAGE (69-Y 27-N) (Y: 69 N: 27 NV: 3 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2019-02-01 - House - House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 3-N) (Y: 14 N: 3 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2019-01-23 - House - House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 1-N) (Y: 7 N: 1 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2019-02-24HouseFailed to pass in House
2019-02-24HouseNo further action taken
2019-02-23HouseDelegates: Collins, Bell, Robert B., Bourne
2019-02-23HouseSecond conferees appointed by House
2019-02-23HouseHouse requested second conference committee
2019-02-23HouseVOTE: REJECTED (45-Y 50-N)
2019-02-23HouseConference report rejected by House (45-Y 50-N)
2019-02-23HousePending question ordered
2019-02-23SenateConference report agreed to by Senate (37-Y 3-N)
2019-02-23HouseConference substitute printed 19107720D-H2
2019-02-23 Conference: Amended by conference committee
2019-02-21SenateSenators: Stuart, Obenshain, Chafin
2019-02-21SenateConferees appointed by Senate
2019-02-21HouseDelegates: Collins, Bell, Robert B., Bourne
2019-02-21HouseConferees appointed by House
2019-02-21HouseHouse acceded to request
2019-02-20SenateSenate requested conference committee
2019-02-20SenateSenate insisted on amendment (38-Y 0-N 1-A)
2019-02-19HouseVOTE: REJECTED (1-Y 95-N)
2019-02-19HouseSenate amendment rejected by House (1-Y 95-N)
2019-02-19HousePlaced on Calendar
2019-02-18SenatePassed Senate with amendment (36-Y 4-N)
2019-02-18SenateEngrossed by Senate as amended
2019-02-18SenateCommittee amendment agreed to
2019-02-18SenateReading of amendment waived
2019-02-18SenateRead third time
2019-02-15SenateConstitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N)
2019-02-13SenateReported from Courts of Justice with amendment (15-Y 0-N)
2019-02-06SenateReferred to Committee for Courts of Justice
2019-02-06SenateConstitutional reading dispensed
2019-02-05HouseVOTE: PASSAGE (69-Y 27-N)
2019-02-05HouseRead third time and passed House (69-Y 27-N)
2019-02-04HouseEngrossed by House - committee substitute HB1811H1
2019-02-04HouseCommittee substitute agreed to 19106270D-H1
2019-02-04HouseRead second time
2019-02-03HouseRead first time
2019-02-01HouseCommittee substitute printed 19106270D-H1
2019-02-01HouseReported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 3-N)
2019-01-23HouseSubcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 1-N)
2019-01-14HouseAssigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
2018-12-29HouseReferred to Committee for Courts of Justice
2018-12-29HousePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101202D

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4621078.1(n/a)See Bill Text

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