Virginia: House bill amending certain CDPA definitions and enforcement provisions introduced
House Bill ('HB') 714 for a bill to amend the Consumer Data Protection Act ('CDPA') with respect to certain definitions and enforcement provisions was introduced, on 11 January 2022, to the General Assembly. In particular, the bill would, among other things, amend the definition of nonprofit organisation to include political organisations, and would define political organisation as 'a party, committee, association, fund, or other organization, whether or not incorporated, organized and operated primarily for the purpose of influencing or attempting to influence the selection, nomination, election, or appointment of any individual to any federal, state, or local public office or office in a political organization or the election of a presidential/vice-presidential elector, whether or not such individual or elector is selected, nominated, elected, or appointed'.
In addition, the bill would amend the CDPA's enforcement provision regarding cure periods by, among other things, providing that even if the Attorney General determines that a 30-day cure period is not possible, it may seek actual damages for aggrieved consumers under certain circumstances. In addition, the bill would provide that 'all civil penalties, expenses, and attorney fees collected [...] shall be paid into the state treasury and credited to the Regulatory, Consumer Advocacy, Litigation, and Enforcement Revolving Trust Fund'.
A companion bill, Senate Bill ('SB') 534, was also introduced, on 12 January 2022, with the same purpose.
UPDATE (18 February 2022)
Bill to amend CDPA definitions and enforcement provisions passes House
The bill passed, on 15 February 2022, the House of Delegates and will now be considered in the State Senate.
You can read the bill and track its progress here.