HB 1668 Misleading and unsolicited commercial electronic mail.
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Summary as passed: (all summaries)
Virginia Computer Crimes Act; electronic mail. Amends Virginia’s long-arm statute to provide that using a computer or computer network located in Virginia constitutes an act in Virginia. The bill also (i) expands the definitions of “computer services” and “without authority” and provides a new definition for “electronic mail service provider” in the Virginia Computer Crimes Act; (ii) makes it the crime of computer trespass to (a) falsify or forge e-mail message transmission information in connection with unsolicited bulk e-mail and (b) knowingly sell, give, distribute, or possess software whose principal purpose is to facilitate unsolicited bulk e-mail; (iii) provides that electronic mail service providers shall not be liable for actions they take to prevent unsolicited bulk email; (iv) provides civil relief to an injured person, other than an electronic mail service provider, for actual damages or the lesser of $10 for each unsolicited bulk e-mail message or $25,000 per day and states that the injured person shall not have a cause of action against an electronic mail service provider which merely transmits the e-mail message; (v) provides civil relief to an injured electronic mail service provider for actual damages or the greater of $10 for each unsolicited bulk e-mail message or $25,000 per day; and (vi) cross-references the Virginia long-arm statute in the Virginia Computer Crimes Act to ensure the establishment of personal jurisdiction in Virginia’s courts. The purpose of the bill is curb a practice known as “spamming,” the sending of unsolicited electronic mail to unsuspecting recipients. The bill is a recommendation of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science. This bill is identical to HB 1714 and SB 881.

Full text:
01/13/99  House: Presented & ordered printed 993159860  pdf
01/29/99  House: Committee substitute printed 992910860-H1  pdf
03/03/99  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1668ER)  pdf
04/12/99  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0904)  pdf

Amendments:
Senate amendments
Senate amendments engrossed

Status:
01/13/99  House: Presented & ordered printed 993159860
01/13/99  House: Referred to Committee on Science and Technology
01/29/99  House: Committee substitute printed 992910860-H1
01/29/99  House: Reported from S. T. w/sub. (19-Y 0-N)
02/01/99  House: Read first time
02/03/99  House: Read second time
02/03/99  House: Committee substitute agreed to 992910860-H1
02/03/99  House: Engrossed by House - com. sub. 992910860-H1
02/04/99  House: Read third time and passed House (Block Vote)(100-Y 0-N)
02/04/99  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N)
02/04/99  House: Communicated to Senate
02/05/99  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/99  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/17/99  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice w/amds. (15-Y 0-N)
02/18/99  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/18/99  Senate: VOTE: CONST. RDG. DISPENSED R (40-Y 0-N)
02/19/99  Senate: Read third time
02/19/99  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
02/19/99  Senate: Committee amendments agreed to
02/19/99  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/19/99  Senate: Passed Senate with amendments (38-Y 0-N)
02/19/99  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE R (38-Y 0-N)
02/19/99  Senate: Rec. of Sen. passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/19/99  Senate: VOTE: RECONSIDER R (40-Y 0-N)
02/19/99  Senate: Passed Senate with amendments (39-Y 0-N)
02/19/99  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE R (39-Y 0-N)
02/22/99  House: Placed on Calendar
02/23/99  House: Senate amendments agreed to by House (90-Y 0-N)
02/23/99  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (90-Y 0-N)
03/03/99  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1668ER)
03/08/99  House: Enrolled
03/08/99  House: Signed by Speaker
03/09/99  Senate: Signed by President
03/29/99  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 904 (effective 7/1/99)
04/12/99  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0904)