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Monday, January 13, 2014

SB384: Patroned by Senator Bryce Reeves – Limits Contact with Minors for RSO’s at Virginia Libraries

 
Update January 14, 2013: 


I have heard from the requestor of this proposal and I now know why the proposal has been made. I have also confirmed that the goal is NOT banishment of RSO’s from Virginia Libraries as the Senators staffer stated last week on the phone. 

Now I just need to consider any unintended consequences that this bill could create. 

Stay tuned! 

Mary
 

Original Post:

SB384 

Provides that any adult who is convicted of an offense prohibiting proximity to children, when the offense occurred on or after July 1, 2014, shall as part of his sentence be forever prohibited from knowingly and intentionally having any contact whatsoever with children that are not in his custody on the premises of any place that he knows or has reason to know is a public library. A violation is a Class 6 felony. 

Last week I contacted the patron’s office to get some questions answered about this bill. Like, did something occur to inspire it, is there really a need? After 2 phone calls, an email and a 3rd call someone finally would answer my questions. Well the answer I was given on what inspired this bill was unrelated / roundabout you wouldn’t even believe it. The reason I was given has nothing to do with what the bill actually does. 

Then I was told that the overall goal of SB384 is to completely banish Registered Sex Offenders (RSO’s) from Virginia libraries, I then advised the staffer that the text in the bill does NOT banish RSO’s but instead prohibits contact within the library and minors who are not in their custody, so I then asked the staffer if she had even read the bill before the phone call. She then advise me of where this request came from and I left a message for that person last Friday afternoon and today, waiting to discuss the need and the goal of SB384. 

I even stopped by the patron’s G.A. office today asking to speak to someone about the bill and even though there were staffers in the office I was told (after they heard it was me at the reception desk) that no one was available to speak with me. 

Because I’m on stand-by for basic information about this request I’m not making this post an action item yet. 

BUT I feel I need to let everyone know about this bill today as I have not posted about it previously. 

Just in case SB384 gets scheduled on the committee docket in the very near future. 

Now before anyone jumps to conclusions about the comment the staffer made on the phone that the bill intends to banish RSO’s from Virginias Libraries (just in case the staffer slipped and shared too much with me), don’t worry! 

In January 2012 the 10th Circuit Court ruled that New Mexico’s ban on RSO’s in Libraries was unconstitutional and overturned it. I did let the staffer on the 3rd phone call know this. 
 

I will continue to monitor this bill and to contact the person who requested it, once I have more information that I can share I will. 

If you want to go ahead and Email or call  your State Delegate and Senator about SB384 you should. 

It’s better to be ahead of the game than behind it. 

Virginia Delegates                                                     Virginia Senators
Phone List                                                                           Phone List
E-mail List                                                                          E-mail List 

SB384 is headed to the House Courts of Justice Committee, if you feel industrious contact all the Committee members, here they are:
 
Party
Email
Richmond, VA. During Session
Chairman               Thomas “Tommy” Norment                          *Also on VSCC  
*Also on VCSC
R
804-698-7503
John Edwards
D
804-698-7521
Thomas Garrett Jr.
R
804-698-7522
Janet Howell                       *Also on VSCC
D
804-698-7532
L. Louise Lucas
D
804-698-7518
Ryan McDougle
R
804-698-7504
A. Donald McEachin
D
804-698-7509
Henry Marsh
D
804-698-7516
Mark Obenshain
R
804-698-7526
Toddy Puller
D
804-698-7536
Bryce Reeves              *Also on VSCC
R
804-698-7517
Richard Saslaw
D
804-698-7535
William Stanley
R
804-698-7520
Richard Stuart
R
804-698-7528
Jill Holtzman Vogel
R
804-698-7527

Thank you! 

Mary Devoy