The Bill Spill

Virginia SB 731 

Senate Bill 731 was introduced to the Senate in January by Senator Tara Durant. The bill proposes to make AI-generated child pornography against the law. It alters the specifications of what constitutes the production, sale, publication, and financing of child pornography and reevaluates the definition of child pornography. The bill seeks penalties for sexually explicit visuals that depict sexual conduct even if the minor in the material does not exist. The bill was recently signed by Governor Youngkin and will take effect on July 1, 2024. 

Virginia HB 1427

House Bill 1427 was introduced to the House by Delegate Michael Webert. The bill allows courts to set up a period of suspension for up to three years when related to sexual battery and abuse of a child who is 13 or 14 years old. Before this bill, the suspension would last up to the length of potential prison time. The bill was approved and signed by Governor Youngkin in April and will go into effect on July 1, 2024.