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01/07/2020        

Profane, threatening, or indecent language; use over public airways or by other methods.

Provides that using obscene, vulgar, profane, lewd, lascivious, or indecent language, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass any person, over any telephone or citizens band radio is no longer a crime punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor.

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01/07/2020 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101995D Open

            

2020 SESSION

    20101995D
    HOUSE BILL NO. 1072
    Offered January 8, 2020
    Prefiled January 7, 2020
    A BILL to amend and reenact � 18.2-427 of the Code of Virginia, relating to use of profane, threatening, or indecent language over public airways or by other methods.
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    Patrons-- Adams, D.M., Webert and Levine
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    Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
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    Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

    1. That � 18.2-427 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

    18.2-427. Use of threatening language or suggestion of obscene nature over public airways or by other methods; penalty.

    Any person who uses obscene, vulgar, profane, lewd, lascivious, or indecent language, or makes any suggestion or proposal of an obscene nature, or threatens any illegal or immoral act with the intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass any person, over any telephone or citizens band radio, in this the Commonwealth, is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

    "Over any telephone" includes, for purposes of this section, any electronically transmitted communication producing a visual or electronic message that is received or transmitted by cellular telephone or other wireless telecommunications device.

    Picture Name From Date Type
    Dawn M. Adams D-Richmond Sponsor
    Michael J. Webert R-Richmond Cosponsor
    Mark H. Levine D-Richmond Cosponsor
    Date Branch Action
    01/07/2020 House House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101995D
    01/07/2020 House House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
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