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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Virginia State Crime Commissions Draft Agenda for November 14, 2013 Meeting is Now Available

 

The first of three meetings for 2013 was held back on Tuesday, September 3, 2013. I previously posted the two statements that I made during that meeting.

The next (second) meeting is scheduled for 11:00AM on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at the General Assembly Building in Senate Room A.

Public comment will be heard after each topic.

As of September 24th this is the Draft Agenda:



I. CALL TO ORDER/APPROVAL OF SEPTEMBER 3, 2013, MINUTES
Senator Thomas K. Norment Jr., Chair 

II. ILLEGAL CIGARETTE TRAFFICKING
G. Stewart Petoe, Director of Legal Affairs, Virginia State Crime Commission

The Crime Commission was requested to continue its review of illegal cigarette trafficking from last year’s study mandate, SJR 21. 

III. CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE (HJR 595)
Christina Arrington, Ph.D., Sr. Methodologist, Virginia State Crime Commission
G. Stewart Petoe, Director of Legal Affairs, Virginia State Crime Commission

The Crime Commission was mandated to review laws, policies, regulations and training practices governing reporting, investigation, and tracking of complaints of suspected child sexual abuse cases.

Note: 
Originally HJ 595 directed the Crime Commission to study one issue but as with many bills and resolutions during the yearly General Assembly session it was merged with another study and has 2 different parts.

Part 1 – to study the laws and policies governing the investigation of alleged child sexual abuse in the Commonwealth; this was the reason for the summer Work Group. 

Part 2 – to study feasibility of creating a criminal penalty for sexual conduct between secondary school teachers and adult (18 year old) students. 


IV. CONSENSUAL SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN HIGH SCHOOL EMPLOYEES AND ADULT STUDENTS (HJR 595)
G. Stewart Petoe, Director of Legal Affairs, Virginia State Crime Commission

The Crime Commission was mandated to review how often sexual relationships occur secondary school employees and adult students, and the creation of possible criminal penalties for this behavior. 

V. ADJOURNMENT 

Next Meeting: Monday, December 2nd at 10:00 a.m., Senate Room A, GAB.
  
The meetings can run from 2 to 5 hours the group does not break for lunch and the agenda could change before the meeting is held so check the VSCC page for revised and future agendas. Any PowerPoint Presentations will be loaded onto the VSCC website after the meeting is held but there are no public meeting minutes or videos of the meetings on-line.  

Anyone who is interested in any of the issues being studied and discussed should make every effort to attend the VSCC meeting in Richmond on November 14th  and if you want to speak this is your ONLY chance to do so. 

The Commission Members will publicly vote on all the 2013 issues at the final meeting on Monday December 2, 2013. 

Mary Devoy