Back in March 2013 I emailed the Virginia Legislators with a link to an article advising them of pending legislation in
that was inspired from two past bills that I lobbied for here in . Mary Sue of
Texas Voices contacted me a few years back for the verbiage used in our Virginia bill. Virginia
I am so very pleased to announce that the Texas Legislature did the right thing not just for the successful re-entry of their registered sex offenders and families but for employers across their state. Governor Perry has signed SB369-Removing the Employer Name and Address of Registered Sex Offenders from the public registry. The employment information is expected to be removed from the registry after the law takes effect September 1st. Representative Burnam and Senator Whitmire were the sponsors.
I have attempted twice to get just the employer/company name removed from the public Virginia State Police Sex Offender Registry. The address would have still been listed and the map would still have been available but by removing the name of the employer the business would have no longer been publicly punished for giving an ex-offender a job. The practice of publicly shaming employers for hiring the best candidate is counterproductive and allows for customers, clients, contractors and anonymous callers to harass and condemn an employer for hiring a registered Virginian. Most employers don’t want to be bothered with the constant headache and pressure from those who choose to hate a person based on this label.
the 2012 HB413
was quickly stopped in its tracks but the 2010
version SB635 passed the Senate 40-0 only to be “killed” in the House Courts of Justice Criminal
The Federal Adam Walsh Act/SORNA guidelines mandate the address to be listed but not the company name. Yet the SMART Office has claimed AWA/SORNA compliance for 16 states and of those 7 do not publicly list the employer address. Certification is possible without meeting the address requirement.
As of September 2013
As of September 2013 29 states will not list any employer information publicly.
Back on July 1, 2012
Shaming businesses within our state, plus ensuring 20,000+ Virginians will never find more than a temporary job benefits no one but ensures a failed re-entry back into society.
It seems based on the 2010 vote such a bill has the approval of most of the Virginia Senate; the issue at hand is the House.
I just have asked all 140 Virginia Legislators (11 who are not running for re-election this November and 89 who are) if anyone is willing to sponsor such a bill at the upcoming 2014