SB 881 Computer Crimes Act; electronic mail.
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Summary as passed: (all summaries)
Unsolicited bulk electronic mail (e-mail); personal jurisdiction; Virginia Computer Crimes Act. Amends Virginia's long-arm statute to establish that “use” of a computer or “computer network” located in the Commonwealth shall constitute an act in the Commonwealth. 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) sell, give, distribute, or possess software whose principal purpose is to facilitate unsolicited bulk e-mail; (iii) provides that e-mail service providers shall not be liable for actions they take to prevent unsolicited bulk e-mail; (iv) provides civil relief to an injured person, other than an e-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 e-mail service provider which merely transmits the e-mail message; (v) provides civil relief to an injured e-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 help ensure the establishment of personal jurisdiction in Virginia's courts. The purpose of the bill is to curb a practice known as "spamming," the sending of unsolicited e-mail to unsuspecting recipients. SB 881 is identical to HBs 1668 and 1714.

Full text:
01/13/99  Senate: Presented & ordered printed 992048818  pdf
02/03/99  Senate: Committee substitute printed 999594818-S1  pdf
02/19/99  House: Committee substitute printed 992915718-H1  pdf
03/04/99  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB881ER)  pdf
04/12/99  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0886)  pdf

Amendments:
Senate amendments rejected

Status:
01/13/99  Senate: Presented & ordered printed 992048818
01/13/99  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/27/99  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice w/amds. (15-Y 0-N)
01/27/99  Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/03/99  Senate: Committee substitute printed 999594818-S1
02/03/99  Senate: Reported from Finance with substitute (17-Y 0-N)
02/04/99  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/04/99  Senate: VOTE: CONST. RDG. DISPENSED R (39-Y 0-N)
02/05/99  Senate: Read second time
02/05/99  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
02/05/99  Senate: Committee amendments rejected
02/05/99  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/05/99  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 999594818-S1
02/05/99  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - comm. sub. 999594818-S1
02/05/99  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/05/99  Senate: VOTE: CONST. RDG. DISPENSED R (39-Y 0-N)
02/05/99  Senate: Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/05/99  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE R (39-Y 0-N)
02/05/99  Senate: Rec. of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/05/99  Senate: VOTE: RECONSIDER R (40-Y 0-N)
02/05/99  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/05/99  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE R (40-Y 0-N)
02/05/99  Senate: Communicated to House
02/10/99  House: Placed on Calendar
02/10/99  House: Read first time
02/10/99  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/10/99  House: Assigned to C. J. sub-committee: 1
02/19/99  House: Committee substitute printed 992915718-H1
02/19/99  House: Reported from C. J. with substitute (24-Y 0-N)
02/19/99  House: Referred to Committee on Science and Technology
02/19/99  House: Reported from S. T. w/sub. (22-Y 0-N)
02/22/99  House: Read second time
02/23/99  House: Read third time
02/23/99  House: Committee substitute agreed to 992915718-H1
02/23/99  House: Engrossed by House - com. sub. 992915718-H1
02/23/99  House: Passed House with substitute (Block Vote) (98-Y 0-N)
02/23/99  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)
02/25/99  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/25/99  Senate: House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/25/99  Senate: VOTE: CONCUR HOUSE SUBSTITUTE (40-Y 0-N)
03/04/99  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB881ER)
03/12/99  Senate: Enrolled
03/12/99  House: Signed by Speaker
03/15/99  Senate: Signed by President
03/29/99  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 886 (effective 7/1/99)
04/12/99  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0886)