Friday, May 23, 2014

Virginia State Crime Commission: 2014 Studies, Meeting Dates and Agendas


May 23, 2014 2:55pm Email

Immediate Release - Governor McAuliffe Announces Administration Appointments including to the State Crime Commission: 
·        The Honorable Michael R. Doucette of Lynchburg, Commonwealth’s Attorney, City of  Lynchburg
·        Lori Hanky Haas of Henrico,  Virginia State Director, The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
·        The Honorable Brian K. Roberts of  Lawrenceville , Sheriff, Brunswick County
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The Virginia State Crime Commission is a criminal justice agency established in the legislative branch of government in accordance with section 30-156 et seq. of the Code of Virginia. 

The purpose of the Commission is to study, report and make recommendations on all areas of public safety and protection. In so doing, the Commission shall endeavor to ascertain the causes of crime and recommend ways to reduce and prevent it, explore and recommend methods of rehabilitation of convicted criminals, study compensation of persons in law enforcement and related fields and study other related matters including the apprehension, trial and punishment of criminal offenders. 

The Commission is directed to make such recommendations as it deems appropriate with respect to the foregoing matters, and shall coordinate the proposals and recommendations of all commissions and agencies as to legislation affecting crimes, crime control and criminal procedure. The Commission cooperates with the executive branch of state government, the Attorney General's Office and the judiciary who are, in turn, encouraged to cooperate with the Commission. The Commission also cooperates with governments and governmental agencies of other states and the United States. 

The Commission consists of 13 members that include nine legislative members, three non-legislative citizen members, and one state official as follows: six members of the House of Delegates to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates in accordance with the principles of proportional representation contained in the Rules of the House of Delegates; three members of the Senate to be appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules; three non-legislative citizen members to be appointed by the Governor; and the Attorney General or his designee. Non-legislative citizen members must be citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The term of each appointee is for two years, except that the Attorney General and legislative members shall serve terms coincident with their terms of office. The Commission elects a chairman and vice-chairman annually, who shall be members of the General Assembly. 

The members of the VSCC do change periodically and for 2014 new members include Delegate Richard L. Anderson , Delegate Jennifer L. McClellan and a different representative from Attorney General Mark Herring’s office.

Back in 2013 the VSCC had plans/schedule to study 6 issues; they held 3 Full Commission Meetings and 2 Work Group Meetings which I posted about:
The full list of 2013 studies and the dates for the 3 Full Commission meetings were known and scheduled by May 2013 and then Work Groups Meetings were announced 2- 4 weeks prior. 

But this year (2014) there is little known about the VSCC studies or when or how many Full Commission Meetings will be held as we begin Memorial Day weekend. There is no list of planned studies and there is no schedule posted for the Full Commission meetings. All we know as of today is a Work Group Meeting is scheduled for June 11, 2014 for HB885 and as with 2013’s Work Group a list of the 2014 invited participants is not posted. 

I sent an email to the VSCC asking about the meeting schedule and later that day a mass email to those who’ve signed up for notices received this:
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Funding Study Work Group for HB885

The first meeting of the work group will be held on Wednesday, June 11th from 10:00 a.m. - Noon in Senate Room 3 of the Capitol, Richmond, VA.  Currently, we anticipate holding three meetings of this work group, with the second meeting in late July/early August and a final meeting early September.  

These meetings are open to the public.  A full membership list will be available on our website once all members have been confirmed.  

So………I will be keeping an eye out for the full list of VSCC 2014 studies/agendas as well as the meeting dates and times, when they are known I will post them. Any meetings that cover sexual issues or registries, as usual I will attend. 

Happy Memorial Day everyone! 

Mary Devoy