Handheld personal communications devices; prohibition on holding while driving. (SB1341)

Introduced By

Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland) with support from co-patrons Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon), and Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)


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 »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19104282D
01/08/2019Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/17/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1341)
01/23/2019Rereferred from Transportation (11-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2019Rereferred to Courts of Justice
01/30/2019Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2019Committee substitute printed 19106056D-S1
02/01/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1341S1)
02/04/2019Read second time
02/04/2019Reading of substitute waived
02/04/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19106056D-S1
02/04/2019Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1341S1
02/04/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2019Passed by for the day
02/05/2019Read third time and passed Senate (34-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2019Placed on Calendar
02/08/2019Read first time
02/08/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/2019Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
02/11/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 1-N)
02/18/2019Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (13-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2019Read second time
02/20/2019Read third time
02/20/2019Committee amendment agreed to
02/20/2019Engrossed by House as amended
02/20/2019Passed House with amendment (70-Y 29-N)
02/20/2019VOTE: PASSAGE (70-Y 29-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019Delegates: Collins, Bell, R.B., Bourne
02/21/2019House amendment rejected by Senate (4-Y 36-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019House insisted on amendment
02/21/2019House requested conference committee
02/21/2019Senate acceded to request (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019Conferees appointed by Senate
02/21/2019Senators: Stuart, Chafin, Obenshain
02/21/2019Conferees appointed by House
02/21/2019Delegates: Collins, Bell, Robert B., Bourne
02/23/2019VOTE: ADOPTION (40-Y 52-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2019Conference report agreed to by Senate (36-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2019Reconsideration of conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2019Conference report agreed to by Senate (37-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2019C Amended by conference committee
02/23/2019Conference substitute printed 19107730D-S2
02/23/2019Conference report rejected by House (40-Y 52-N)
02/23/2019VOTE: REJECTED (40-Y 52-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 Senate

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1811.