Way back in October 2008 I founded RSOL (Reform Sex Offender Laws) of Virginia.
10-25-14: The RSOL-VA Website is no more, I decided not to renew (pay for) another year of web-hosting I'm sorry!-Mary
For the last 4.5 years (5 General Assembly sessions, 2009-2013) I have read the books, studies and reports written by experts in this field, kept track of what other states are saying and legislating plus the Federal laws new and old, constitutional challenges across the country on SORNA/AWA, residency restrictions and mandated lifetime registration.
|Mary Davye Devoy|
|Senator Bill Stanley|
I had hoped that during this years G.A session a new advocate would have stepped forward for this platform but none did. I was still the only voice in the room opposing poorly thought out and hate-driven bills in the Virginia House and the Senate.
I’ve also waited 7 months to see if anyone created an informative, action filled website where advocacy is more important than the solicitation of donations but there is also a void for this need.
Someone needs to be fully engaged in the legislative process to make a difference otherwise every year we all face more extreme restrictions and regulations and the possibility of being retroactively re-classified into a higher level or having the minimum time of the registry increased, again. I feel there needs to be a reliable and up-to-date place for Virginians to check for action items, issues and news.
I have the knowledge, I've already made the contacts and I am willing to be a public figure for this platform. So it looks like I'm in this position for the long-haul, it seems it's the role I was meant to hold because I'm willing to do it not just for my family but for everyone's.
So in preparation for the next Virginia General Assembly session in January 2014 I have started this blog as a place for folks to stay current and know what could be looming as a possible new law and how they can take action to oppose it.
Websites and Search Engine Optimization are very expensive but this blog is free. That means I am not taking on any additional costs (like I did with RSOL-VA) and I will not be asking anyone for donations.
I hope you will continue to check back and each time you do that you find something new and become a follower.