VA SB274 | 2020 | Regular Session


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)
Status: Introduced on January 3 2020 - 25% progression, died in committee
Action: 2020-02-10 - Continued to 2021 in Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N)
Pending: Senate Commerce and Labor Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Prefiled) [HTML]


Motion picture theaters; required open-captioned showings. Requires any motion picture theater that has four or more separate auditoriums to provide two scheduled showings of a motion picture that engages open captions for a particular showing of an open-captioned-available motion picture each week in any auditorium showing any open-captioned-available motion picture. The measure requires one showing in each auditorium to be during peak weekend motion picture attendance hours, and at least half of the other open-captioned showings to be during peak weekday motion picture attendance hours. If any auditorium is showing more than one motion picture during a week, the theater may select the motion picture to offer as open-captioned showings, but shall show a different motion picture on the weekend than it shows during the week. The measure prohibits a theater from providing more than one open-captioned showing at overlapping times unless the theater has more auditoriums than available showtimes. Persons suffering loss or injury resulting from a violation may bring an action to recover damages and reasonable attorney fees or injunctive relief.

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Motion picture theaters; required open-captioned showings.


Roll Calls

2020-02-10 - Senate - Senate: Continued to 2021 in Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N) (Y: 15 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-01-09 - Senate - Senate: Rereferred from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (Y: 15 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2020-02-10SenateContinued to 2021 in Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N)
2020-01-09SenateRereferred to Commerce and Labor
2020-01-09SenateRereferred from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N)
2020-01-03SenateReferred to Committee on Education and Health
2020-01-03SenatePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101030D

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
591261.1(n/a)See Bill Text
591261.2(n/a)See Bill Text
591261.3(n/a)See Bill Text

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