Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Previously “Tabled” (Dead) But Yet it’s on Tomorrow’s Sub-Committee Docket……HB628-Delegate Rob Bell’s RSO Employer/College Information Being Publicly Posted Needs to be Opposed


HB628  was to be heard by the House Criminal-Sub Committee on February 1st, it wasn’t. 

Then it was heard on February 3rd and it was supposedly “tabled” to have its text “rolled” into HB177 (the Frankenstein Bill) at a future date.

Well it appears HB628 is alive and is moving forward on its own; it is on tomorrow afternoons docket. 

Click on the February 1st link above to contact every House Courts of Justice Committee member and ask them to vote “NO” on HB628. 

Thank you! 

Mary Devoy

Monday, February 8, 2016

HB305 and HB1190 are Directed Towards Our Registered Sex Offenders, But They Actually Sweep Up Their Loved-Ones AND THAT….. is Unconstitutional


Update:

HB305-Simon was rolled into HB1190-Greason during yesterdays Sub-Committee hearing. Then HB1190 was amended to be identical to SB666-Black. 

Delegate Simon mentioned his classmate Rob Buswell and his advocacy for last Years Robby’s Rule to the Sub-Committee members and as with SB666 claimed Mr. Buswell’s abuser had the license plate to use a a “grooming tool” 

Delegate Greason reminded the Committee members of all his past work on children’s issues. 

It passed unanimously our of the Sub-Committee and I did not bother speaking against it. 

I’ve decided I’m done opposing it. Let Governor McAuliffe sign it into law. 

I will just wait until the VA-DMV advises me I can not renew my license plate registration for Kid's First in 2017 because a co-owner of my vehicle is an RSO and then I’ll challenge this law in court. 

Mary Devoy
 

Original Post:

I just emailed the below message to every House Transportation Committee member.

If anyone would like to send a message please do, their email addresses are posted here: http://goo.gl/TOVd9J 

Mary 

 

Dear House Transportation Committee Members, 

Good morning. 

I have been monitoring the Transportation Subcommittee #2 Agendas for 4 weeks now. 

Late last night I checked today’s agenda, knowing it would be the last meeting before Cross-Over Day and the two Bills I was looking for were not listed. Then this morning around 8AM I received an email notification that additional Bills had been added to today’s agenda. 

Including:
  • HB 305 – Simon License plates, special; prohibits DMV from issuing certain plates to registered sex offenders
  • HB 1190 –Greason License plates, special; issuance of certain to sex offenders

I was planning on being in House Courts of Justice Criminal Sub-Committee this afternoon and with this extremely short notice of your Sub-Committee hearing I have no option but to email you my opposition to these two Bills. 

Where did HB05 and HB1190 come from? 

Rob Buswell (of last years “Robby’s Rule”) asked for this proposal because his abuser currently has the Virginia Family and Children's Trust Fund- Kid's First license plate. 

We can understand Rob Buswell's anger but this Bill have nothing to do with public safety. As with Robby's Rule, Mr. Buswell is using Virginia Legislators as his personal foot-soldiers against his abuser in his continuing unhealthy obsession to destroy, manage and control him.  

Virginia Legislators should never propose laws that are based on a personal vendetta and that's exactly what these Bills are.  
 

The Long Arm of Sex Offender Laws: America’s Broken Sex Offender Policy Goes Global, By Christopher Moraff - “State sex offender registries have become so broad in their application that they’re practically useless”


The long arm of sex offender laws, February 8, 2016
America’s broken sex offender policy goes global
by Christopher Moraff

Ex-offenders convicted of sex crimes in the United States are accustomed to facing numerous and often-burdensome restrictions. There are laws governing where they are allowed to live, what kind of job they can hold and, in some cases, if they are even allowed to own a computer, long after they have ostensibly paid their debt to society.

Now, a bill that passed Congress last week and is now awaiting a signature from President Barack Obama risks gambling away the civil rights of thousands of law-abiding Americans each year by subjecting them to heightened scrutiny not just at home but abroad. The legislation (H.R. 515) was sponsored by Rep. Christopher Smith (R-N.J.) and bears the laborious title: “The International Megan’s Law to Prevent Child Exploitation and Other Sexual Crimes Through Advanced Notification of Traveling Sex Offenders.” 

The bill’s supporters say it is designed to prevent the practice of “sex tourism.” In practice, it amends federal law to require registered sex offenders to provide information about any intended travel outside the United States — including travel dates and itinerary — and provides for that information to be shared with the governments of any countries they plan to visit. Failure to comply with the notification requirement would be punishable by fines and up to 10 years in prison.  

Most incredibly, an amendment added to the bill in December by Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) requires that qualifying ex-offenders have a “visual designation affixed to a conspicuous location” on their passports. Any travel documents that were issued prior to the law’s passage would be subject to revocation by the Department of State.
 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

These 3 Virginia Bills Need a "Specific Effective Date" Added or They Could Violate Ex Post Facto and Due Process

Update: 

1- HB177-Albo now includes the text from HB604-Bell and HB672-Peace and a start date of July 1, 2016. 

It turns out HB177 (Albo’s portion) is to make Bestiality a Registrable offense in Virginia based on this Fairfax VA detectives opinion http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/01/20/bestiality-bill.html 

During last evenings Sub-Committee hearing Delegate Gilbert asked the VCSC contact to search the last 15-20 years of Virginia Bestially convictions to see if there is a correlation with future people sex crimes or not. Delegate Gilbert said if there isn’t a direct correlation then they won’t precede with that portion of HB177 but the bill is on tomorrow’s Full Committee docket. So I have little faith that any substantial data will be provided and that the Full Committee will just leave it in the Bill no matter what. By mandating public registration for abusing an animal we just are further diluting the Virginia Sex Offender Registry by just making it a name-and-shame roll call .  

2- HB1317-Cline was amended it is no longer elevating § 18.2-67.4:2 Sexual Abuse of a 13 or 14 year old, a Misdemeanor to a Felony. Now it addresses § 18.2-67.3 Aggravated Sexual Battery of a 13 or 14 year old by removing the need to prove force, threat or intimidation, this is already a Class 6 Felony and does not need a start date.
 

Original Post:

I just emailed the below message to every House Courts of Justice Committee member. 

If anyone would like to send the same or a similar message please feel free, all their email addresses are posted here: http://goo.gl/TOVd9J.
 
Mary
 


Dear Virginia House Courts of Justice Committee Members, 

Tomorrow three Bills will be heard in Courts Criminal-Sub Committee that all need a start date of July 1, 2016 added to them, they are:
HB 1317 Cline: Sexual abuse of certain children; penalty  Companion Bill- SB86 Garrett a start date was added in Senate Committee
HB 177 –   Albo: Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry Act; crimes against nature, penalty
HB 604Rob Bell: Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry; receiving money from earnings of a prostitute 

If a start or “specific effective date” of this July is NOT added then the Virginia State Police (VSP) will apply them retroactively. 

For HB 1317 the retroactive application will be applied to those who are currently (and possibly formerly) listed on the VSP Sex Offender Registry. Anyone previously convicted under this statute through this coming June is/will be a Non-Violent Sex Offender but if HB1317 passes as-is after July they’ll be retroactively re-classified/elevated to Violent, without cause AND without due process.  

This “re-classification policy” was confirmed in a meeting I had back on September 23, 2015 with VSP Lt. Col. Kemmler (now retired), Captain Turner, Lieutenant Powers and Deputy Secretary of Public Safety Chapman. The VSP has previously done this both in 2006 and 2008 when similar changes were made by the Virginia Legislature to sex crime statutes. 
 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Action Item: Virginia House Court of Justice Criminal-Sub Committee Members Planning a “Frankenstein” Bill that the Public Would Know Nothing About Until it’s Already Been Approved By Criminal-Sub


02/05/16 Update: 

I have been forwarded an email that someone received from House Legislative Services today regarding HB628. 

It says:
Del. Bell misspoke.  HB 628 is not being combined with any other bill.  It will be back on the docket some time next week.

So HB628 is coming back to life after being “tabled” Wednesday night by Delegate Rob Bell.
 
Since it was “tabled” most Virginians would stop tracking it believing it was done for 2016. 

It seems the “games” continue with House Courts of Justice Criminal-Sub Committee. 

It could be on Next Monday or next Wednesday’s docket which ever one it’s on I’ll be there ready to oppose it, again! 

Thank you all for sending those email’s to the Speaker of the House and for those of you who contacted Legislative Services on your own about this Bill, thank you! At least it’s not being “slipped” into a different bill that wouldn’t have been public information until after it made its way through Sub-Committee.  

Mary
 

Original Post:

It appears the Virginia House Courts of Justice Criminal-Sub’s shenanigans continue in 2016. 

On Monday I waited for HB628 to be heard in Criminal Sub-Committee from 11:30AM to 6:20PM. 

I always sit in the front row they all knew which bill I was there to oppose but at 6:20PM with 3 Bills left on the docket (including HB628) Delegate Bell asked the Committee members do we finish these or call it a night and they all said call it a night and the meeting ended. 

So I returned yesterday and waited for HB628 to be heard in Criminal Sub-Committee which finally began at 4:55PM after Courts Full Committee finished again sitting in the front row the whole time so all the members know I’m there for this one Bill. We get to the last 2 Bills on yesterdays docket (the last 3 were Delegate Bell’s) at about 8PM 

and Delegate Bell said:
We're in the home stretch
Mr. Chair (Delegate Cline), my House Bill 628, I need to sorta…its ummmm… I’m gonna table it but everyone needs to under stand why…-he takes a long sigh- so Delegate Albo is going to remove a Bill (HB177) from the ice-box… which is… what’s your Registry Bill Dave? What number? -Delegate Albo doesn’t know
Mr. Chairman, the Uber-Chair has decided all the Sex Registry Bills will be considered under his Bill, is that fair Delegate Albo?
So, for ice-box issues.
There’s one from Delegate Peace (HB672), this one from me… the issues here in will be decide to be in that Bill or not, is that fair? 

Delegate Albo then speaks:
The reason is if we send 4 Registry Bills up to Appropriations and they charged us $200,000, if we send one they charge us $50,000… so putting them all in one, a four for one deal. 
 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Virginia Senator Dick Black’s SB666 has Been Removed from the Uncontested Calendar and Will Have it’s Third Reading on the Floor of the Virginia Senate TODAY!


Update: 

I’m sorry to report that SB666 passed the Virginia Senate 40-0 on February 2nd. Anyone who watched the discussion on the floor knows that the patron used fear-mongering in his sales pitch and two Senators that did ask questions, were either given false responses (I sent an email to that Senator immediately telling him the truth) or they didn’t ask the right questions because they didn’t want to perceived as being soft on “Sexual Predators trolling for new victims 

At the moment I don’t plan on opposing this Bill when it makes it to the House OR either House versions in the House, in-person. The House will pass all of these, the Virginia Senate was the only chance to stop this proposal. 

If it looks like Governor McAuliffe plans on signing any of these into law (and I’m sure he will)  I will be buying a Kid’s First plate for my own vehicle which has an RSO co-owner and when the VA-DMV tells me I must surrender my license plate because of a co-owners conviction I will challenge this new law in court.
 
I've had enough of punitive measures against RSO’s trickling down to their loved ones under the guise ‘to protect the children” by throwing all liberties for everyone, out the window! 

Mary Devoy
 

Original Post:

On January 28th I posted asking all of you to contact all 40 Virginia Senators to ask them to remove SB666 from the Uncontested Block Vote so it that it then could be discussed on the floor of the Senate to be voted down. 

Well, step one is a success! While waiting in House Room C yesterday I was checking Bills on LIS and I saw that SB666 was in the Regular Block for it’s Second Reading yesterday NOT in the Uncontested Block. 

Today SB666’s Third Reading happens and if any Senator wants to speak in favor or opposition about it this is their opportunity and this is the day either SB666 is voted down OR it moves onto the House. 

If you have not yet contacted our Virginia Senators telling them why they should vote against SB666 today please click on the January 28 link above and do so this morning. 

You can watch the Senate floor live at 12-noon here http://virginia-senate.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3 to see which Senators speak in favor and which Senators (if any) speak against SB666. 

There is no way to watch the VA Senate floor later, it’s live or nothing thanks to Virginia’s lack of transparency. 

Mary Devoy

Federal Bill HR515 (AKA- International Megan’s Law) Passed the US Congress on February 1, 2016 and now Heads to the President to be Signed Into Law


Readers should remember the December 18, 2015 Action Item I posted to contact every Virginia Congress member with a list of their assistants email addresses and office phone numbers and suggestions on what to say in regards to the US Senate amendment that was added to HR515. 

Well, yesterday on February 1, 2016 the US Congress accepted the Corker amendment and passed the bill (see articles below) by voice vote, it now heads to the President to be signed into law and it will be. 

The most viewed page of this blog is the Traveling as a Registered Sex Offender page with more than 13,575 views as of today. Why because RSO’s who are traveling for school, work, family and fun are always concerned that they will arrive at their destination and be turned away without any notice. Not only humiliating, but a complete waste of thousands of dollars not to mention missing what ever appointments or functions that were planned including family or friends who are ill or have died.

The United States doesn’t want its RSO’s in their communities and yet they don’t want RSO’s to travel abroad either. Unwanted, controlled, restricted, suppressed, denied and now trapped.

Now the only option against HR515 is a court challenge and an advocate is already working on that. 

He sent out an alert a few days ago looking for plaintiffs I have just been too busy with the Virginia General Assembly to post it until now, here it is. 
 

Monday, February 1, 2016

2015 Total Cost for the Virginia State Police Registry and Managing 1/3 of Our RSO’s was $8.4 Million

How much does the Virginia State Police (VSP) spend on the Virginia Sex Offender Registry, all the Re-registrations, 2 Home Visits, Employment Verifications and Certified Letters each year? 

Well today I received the latest numbers, see below. 
 

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Action Item: HB628 Patroned by Virginia Delegate Rob Bell (FYI- there are 3 Delegate Bell’s) is on Monday’s Docket for House Courts of Justice Criminal Sub-Committee


Update: 

As it comes with the territory, I waited 2.5 hours for the Criminal Sub-Committee to begin and then sat through 3 hours and 40 minutes of Bills for the Chairman to then ask the members at 6:20PM “do we do these last 3 Bill or do we call it an evening” and they all responded “call it” and so I paid $30 for parking, sat in the room for more than 6 hours and HB628 wasn’t heard. I'm used to it!

Knowing the faces in the room, I believe I was the ONLY person who was there waiting to oppose HB628, again. 

This run-around by the House Criminal Sub-Committee is typical, it‘s just a bummer that I gave up my wedding anniversary for what turns out to have been no reason at all. It’s not the first time and I know it won’t be the last time. 

I’ll be back in the Criminal Sub-Committee on Wednesday hoping that HB 628 will be heard (if it’s placed on the docket), but who knows it may get pushed off to Friday but no matter what I’ll be there ready to oppose it because someone has to. 

If you haven’t sent you email's again HB628 yet, please do! 

Thanks!

Mary Devoy
 

Original Post:

The first Action Item against HB628 was on January 19, 2016 now this Bill has been placed on the afternoon docket for Monday February 1st. 

If you have not already taken action on HB628 please do so today! 

This weekend is a working weekend for the Virginia General Assembly who has taken a filed-trip to Williamsburg, VA. They will be reading their emails! 

What does HB628 do? 

Well part one is already done, publicly posting the Employer Information of RSO’s on the Virginia State Police (VSP) Registry. Which leads me to believe this Bill came at the request of the Virginia State Police to intentionally counter SB11, which has passed the Senate Courts of Justice Committee with an amendment AND the Full Senate.  

The VSP Registry ALREADY lists the Employer information online so why include it in HB628 as if it’s a new proposal? 

Because when the VSP added the Employer information online back in 2006 or 2007 they did so without ANY Legislative oversight and that's a serious problem!  

This Bill is an attempt to "fix" that SIGNIFICANT overreach that flew under the radar years ago and so Institutes of Higher Education have been included in this Bill so the argument "we already do this" won't kill it in the first Sub-Committee hearing. 

This Bill is a CYA for the VSP. 

Part two of the bill states to publically post the enrollment information to any college or university of an RSO onto the Virginia State Police Registry. As far as I know this would be a new addition AND it would result in most RSO’s who are enrolled in an institute of higher education to have their admission revoked. 

There are 4 important factors affecting recidivism for Former-Offenders released back into our communities. They are…..Education, Housing, Employment and Family support. 
 
This Bill targets two of those!

Facts:
  • Virginia is one of ONLY 6 States that posts ALL Employer information of Registrants on online.
  • 29 States do not post ANY employer information publicly; five of those States are Federal Adam Walsh Act AWA/SORNA compliant
  • 10 States post just the address; eight of those are SORNA compliant
  • 5 States post the city, county and/or zip code; three of those are SORNA compliant 

A few years back both Texas and Kansas removed ALL employer information from public view, the Texas advocacy group actually used Virginia’s 2010 failed bill as their foundation. 

Any Virginia RSO who is enrolled in a college has registered that information with the Virginia State Police, the VSP has confirmed it’s correct and the school knows that student is an RSO. But if it’s put online the school will now be pressured by parents, students and neighbors to get rid of the RSO student.
 

Virginia RSO Galen Baughman Gives TEDx Talk on Virginia SVP Civil Commitment Process and Being an RSO

TEDxCUNY - Galen Baughman: Are We All Sex Offenders?
November 20, 2015
Galen Baughman
Soros Justice Fellow
Human Rights Defense Center
11 Dupont Circle, NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 681-8121


Lenore Skenazy: Who is a sex offender? December 17, 2015

Are we all sex offenders? November 26, 2015

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Last 8 Days at the 2016 Virginia General Assembly Session

Back on Thursday January 21st my husband and I spent 2.5 hours at the Virginia General Assembly building. 

On Tuesday January 26th   we spent 3.5 hours there. 

On Wednesday January 27th we spent 13 hours there. 

And today Thursday January 28th we spent 2.5 hours at the Virginia General Assembly building. 

In those 4 days we scheduled and met with 17 Delegates (or their Legislative Assistant) and 3 Senators (or their Legislative Assistant) that’s 14.28% of the Virginia Legislature. 

On Wednesday January 27th there were two simultaneous Senate Committee meetings where one Bill needed to be amended and one bill need to be opposed. 

I’ve posted about the Bill(s) that needed to be opposed here and it’s gotten even worse so there is an action item. 

I’ve posted about the Bill that needed to be amended here and it was amended but it could be undone at any point before it heads to the House so I am continuing to monitor it. 

Mary Devoy

Action Item Against Virginia Senator Dick Blacks SB666 Passed the Senate Transportation Committee Yesterday and is Even Worse Now!

Deny those RSO's Everything!

Yesterday  SB666 passed the Senate Transportation Committee 12-0 even though a few members weren’t in the hearing when the discussion was held on the bill.  

Not only did the Bill pass but it was expanded to include numerous specialty license plates (too many to even provide a complete list of during the Committee) AND to give the DMV discretion to analyze and reject any combination of letters and numbers for an RSO’s vehicle that the DMV believes could have anything to do with children. 

As of today SB666 is on the “uncontested list” (no one voted against it) and it will arrive to the Senate Chamber in a Block Vote where NO discussion or debate will be held and SB666 deserves serious discussion. 

SB666 needs to be removed from the block vote and to do that I need you to contact Senators asking them to debate the merits of this Bill on the floor of the Senate.  

Please Email every Virginia Senator (see below list) TODAY! 

First ask them to remove it from the Block Vote so it can be discussed. 

Second tell them why this Bill should NOT be passed, to vote "Nay"!
 

SB86 Patroned by Virginia Senator Tom Garrett was Amended During Yesterdays Senate Courts of Justice Committee Hearing with a Start Date


Yesterday after a 7+ hour Committee hearing, it was still going on when we left right before 9PM SB86 was FINALLY amended with a start date of July 1, 2016 only because I remained in the room if I had gone home this date was not going to be added by the patron. 

So this is very good news for anyone who was previously convicted of this statute when it was a misdemeanor, if it actually does become a felony this coming July. 

There is a House version of this Bill to0 (HB1317-Delegate Ben Cline) an identical bill in each chamber is called “Companion Bills”. 

Since the Senate inserted the date into SB86, the only way the Senate will accept the House Bill when it reaches the Senate after Cross-Over Day is for it to be conformed identically to how SB86 was at the time of the final Senate vote. This means I probably won’t bother fighting with the House Courts of Justice Criminal Sub Committee members who would just refuse to add a start date, it will get added in the Senate down the line. 

BUT….I will keep an eye on SB86 to make sure the date isn’t removed prior to the final vote in the Senate, which is always a possibility. 

Thank you all for sending those email’s and making those phone calls. 

The Senate Courts of Justice knew when I stood to insist on a start date that I hadn’t been the only one making this request, they had been hearing from all of you prior to yesterday. 

Mary

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

SB11 Passed the Virginia Senate 22 to 17 Yesterday!


I watched the discussion (and grandstanding) on the Senate chamber floor yesterday for SB11. 

It passed the chamber, but not by much.
YEAS--Alexander, Barker, Dance, Deeds, DeSteph, Ebbin, Edwards, Favola, Hanger, Howell, Lewis, Locke, Lucas, Marsden, McEachin, McPike, Miller, Norment, Petersen, Saslaw, Surovell, Wexton--22
NAYS--Carrico, Chafin, Chase, Cosgrove, Dunnavant, Garrett, McDougle, Newman, Obenshain, Reeves, Ruff, Stanley, Stuart, Sturtevant, Suetterlein, Vogel, Wagner--17
RULE 36--0
NOT VOTING--Black--1  

Bill Proposes Changes to VA Sex Offender Registry, January 25, 2016

Virginia Senate Approves Eliminating Employer Names from Sex Offender Registry, January 25, 2016

Now it moves on the House Courts of Justice Criminal Sub-Committee where it has a 99.9% chance of failing. After Cross-Over Day I will post an action item for everyone to contact House members about it but right now it’s too early so hold off. 

Thank you all for sending those emails and making those phone calls.

Mary Devoy

Monday, January 25, 2016

Wash Post’s In Theory: Americans are Bargaining Away their Innocence By Tim Lynch of The Cato Institute


In Theory- Opinion
Americans are bargaining away their innocence, January 20, 2016
By Tim Lynch

Each week, In Theory takes on a big idea in the news and explores it from a range of perspectives. This week we’re talking about the right to a fair trial. Need a primer? Catch up here.
 

The presumption of innocence helps to combat prejudice and prejudging in the U.S. criminal justice system. But because plea bargains have supplanted trials in our criminal justice system, that presumption does not apply to most cases in the United States. 

Prejudice against the accused is quite common. Consider your own experience: If you see that a police car has pulled a driver over to the side of a highway, what do you make of the situation? Most people probably think to themselves, “Hmm, that driver was probably caught speeding.” Similarly, if you heard that one of your neighbors had been arrested, you would likely say to yourself, “I wonder what crime he committed.” It is a common reaction to presume that the authorities had a good reason to detain or arrest someone. 

                [Other perspectives: The presumption of innocence exists in theory, not reality] 

To protect the innocent, however, the law demands that incriminating evidence be presented in court. The Constitution says every person accused of a crime has the right to an impartial jury trial. If the jury is persuaded that a person is guilty, then that person can lose his liberty and be punished. That is a sensible procedure for a just system, and it is why Americans have taken pride in our Bill of Rights. 

Unfortunately, the system that is described by our school teachers and that Americans see on television and in the movies is now defunct. Jury trials are now rare events in the United States. In fact, about 95 percent of the cases moving through the system will not go to trial. The overwhelming majority of cases will be resolved by plea bargains.
 

Restoring Integrity to the Virginia Sex Offender Registry Blog Reaches 140,000 Page Views


Back on August 5th 2015 I posted that this blog had reached 100,000 page views a feat that took 766 days to achieve for an average of 130 views per day. 

Well I’m thrilled to point out to readers today that we’ve reached 140,000 page views, that’s an additional 40,000 hits in just 173 days which works out to be an average of 231 views per day that’s a 77.69% increase in daily views in the last 5.75 months.

I truly appreciate everyone’s interest and involvement in this platform. 

Thank you all for following my advocacy, for taking action against hateful legislation and for staying current on the latest research and reading materials. 

Way too often I wonder…..Why am I still doing this…..does anyone care……is anyone taking action when I ask them to…….and the counter for the page views is my gauge that ya’ll do care. 

For those of you who have stepped out of the shadows in the last year making your voice heard to Virginia and Federal Legislators I am extremely grateful for your courage, strength and involvement. Without your emails and phone calls to lawmakers I most likely would have given up on this venture a few years back. But because I hear directly from Legislators (usually in private) that they are listening not only to me, but to you….. even if they don’t say so in public, that gives me motivation to keep plowing forward, because one day they may finally find their courage to speak out too. 

Now onto 200,000 page views! 

Mary Davye Devoy

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Action Item: Senator Garrett’s SB86 is Scheduled to be Heard by the Virginia Senate Courts of Justice Committee Monday January 25th at 8AM!

RTD Photo by Bob Brown
Update: 

As of 12-noon Sunday the 24th, all Virginia House and Senate morning (7am to 11am) meetings scheduled for Monday January 25th have been cancelled. 

The next pre-set (scheduled) Senate Courts of Justice meeting is in the afternoon of Wednesday January 27th BUT because of last Fridays snow-day and now all Monday morning meetings having been cancelled multiple Committees need to make up lost time and non-typical meeting dates and times could be a way to make up lost time. 

I will be keeping a watchful eye on all schedules and agendas. 
 
Mary 
 
Original Post:

Remember the January 19, 2016 Action Item about a Start Date needing to be Added to Senator Tom Garrett’s SB86. Otherwise it will be applied Retroactively by the Virginia State Police because they will take current Non-Violent RSO’s and retroactively Re-Classify them to Violent making them VSP Registry “Lifers” while denying them Due Process? 

Well SB86 is schedule to be heard by the Senate Courts of Justice Committee on Monday January 25th at 8AM.