Handheld personal communications devices; prohibition on holding while driving. (HB1811)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Collins (R-Winchester) with support from 8 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk), Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria), Del. Mike Mullin (D-Newport News), Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Bob Thomas (R-Stafford), Del. Michael Webert (R-Marshall)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


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. Read the Bill »


02/24/2019: failed house


12/29/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101202D
12/29/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/11/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1811)
01/14/2019Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/23/2019House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/23/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 1-N)
02/01/2019House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/01/2019Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2019Committee substitute printed 19106270D-H1
02/03/2019Read first time
02/04/2019Read second time
02/04/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19106270D-H1
02/04/2019Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1811H1
02/05/2019Read third time and passed House (69-Y 27-N)
02/05/2019VOTE: PASSAGE (69-Y 27-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1811H1)
02/06/2019Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/13/2019Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2019Read third time
02/18/2019Reading of amendment waived
02/18/2019Committee amendment agreed to
02/18/2019Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/18/2019Passed Senate with amendment (36-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2019Placed on Calendar
02/19/2019Senate amendment rejected by House (1-Y 95-N)
02/19/2019VOTE: REJECTED (1-Y 95-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2019Senate insisted on amendment (38-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/20/2019Senate requested conference committee
02/21/2019Delegates: Collins, Bell, R.B., Bourne
02/21/2019House acceded to request
02/21/2019Conferees appointed by House
02/21/2019Delegates: Collins, Bell, Robert B., Bourne
02/21/2019Conferees appointed by Senate
02/21/2019Senators: Stuart, Obenshain, Chafin
02/23/2019VOTE: ADOPTION (45-Y 50-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2019C Amended by conference committee
02/23/2019Conference substitute printed 19107720D-H2
02/23/2019Conference report agreed to by Senate (37-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2019Pending question ordered
02/23/2019Conference report rejected by House (45-Y 50-N)
02/23/2019VOTE: REJECTED (45-Y 50-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2019House requested second conference committee
02/23/2019Second conferees appointed by House
02/23/2019Delegates: Collins, Bell, Robert B., Bourne
02/24/2019No further action taken
02/24/2019Failed to pass in House

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB1341.