Tuesday, February 4, 2014

HB195 –Robby’s Rule Patroned by Virginia Delegate David Ramadan has Died on the Vine for the 2014 General Assembly Session

In last Fridays House Criminal Sub-Committee meeting it was publically stated by the Chairman that any bills with fiscal impact statements that required House Appropriations Committee approval before moving forward to the House floor for a full vote had to be on that days agenda. Otherwise the bill would not get financial approval in time to be voted on before Cross-Over Day (February 11, 2014). 

HB195 also known as Robby’s Rule Has a HUGE fiscal impact statement of an initial $1.69 million.

HB195 was NOT on the House Criminal Sub-Committee agenda last Friday. It was NOT on yesterday’s agenda and it is NOT on tomorrow’s agenda. 

This means HB195 will not be proceeding through the 2014 Virginia session and has as they call it  “died on the vine” with no action being taken by the House Sub-Committee. 

This is great news! 

HB195 – Supplement to the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry (Robby's Rule)-
Delegate David Ramadan
Requires the Superintendent of State Police to establish and maintain a supplement to the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry that would include the names of persons who have committed offenses that would require registration if the offense occurred today, but who are not otherwise required to register. Any attorney for the Commonwealth or law-enforcement officer may submit a request to the Department of State Police to include a person on the supplement to the Registry. Upon receipt of a request, the Department of State Police must confirm whether the person should be included on the supplement to the Registry. 

Past Postings on HB195:
The identical or a similar bill could be submitted in 2015 or 2016 and so I will retain the opposition statement that I had prepared for this 2014 version in the chance it resurfaces down the line. 

Thank you everyone who telephoned and emailed your Delegate and Senator, the patron of HB195 and the members of the House Courts of Justice Committee asking them to vote “No” on HB195 your voices were heard! HB195 didn't even make it through the first step in 2014.

Mary Devoy