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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

September 23, 2014 Virginia State Crime Commission Meeting


Today was the Virginia State Crime Commissions first meeting of 2014. 

Senator Tommy Norment is the Chair for 2014 and Delegate Rob Bell is the Vice-Chair. 

There are 6 new members to the 13 member Commission for 2014. 

Every member received my business card, a Dissemination of Information Law rack-card and a Legal Do’s and Don’ts brochure. The 3rd brochure Building a Better Registry is still being printed and will ship in a few days.

The VSCC presentations from today’s meeting are posted on-line 15 minutes before the meeting begins, click links below. 

Agenda:
I.        Introduction of New Members and Staff
II.     Discussion of Work Plan, Staff Work Load and Work Product of Staff

The Child Pornography presentation was on Reproduction of Child Pornography and there were 3 points/issues discussed. 

#1- §18.2-374.1:1 currently says “knowingly possesses” in section A. but not in C.  

Question: Should it be added to C.?  
 

My answer: YES
Commissions Members answer: Yes 

Next Step: VSCC members will vote on it at the December meeting and one of the Delegates and/or Senators on the Commission will need to sponsor a bill at the January 2015 Virginia General Assembly session proposing the change. 

#2- §18.2-374.1:1  currently has “lascivious intent” in section C.  for “displays”, but NOT for reproduces, sells, gives away, distributes or transmits. 

Options:
a) Should lascivious intent be added for those actions currently without it?
OR
b) Should it be removed completely? 

My answer: Add it to all the other actions
Commissions Members answer: Completely remove it 

Next Step: VSCC members will vote on it at the December meeting and one of the Delegates and/or Senators on the Commission will need to sponsor a bill at the January 2015 Virginia General Assembly session proposing the change. 

#3- §18.2-381 currently has a discrepancy/contradiction in the statute where the second or subsequent offense is a misdemeanor and for all other statutes it’s a felony. When new laws were previously passed and moved from§18.1 to §18.2 the section was not revised to match. 

Question: 

Should §18.2-381 be re-written to match §18.2 for a felony for a second or subsequent offense? 

My answer: It makes sense; it was obviously the intent for a second or subsequent offense to have a higher penalty than a first time offense
Commissions Members answer: Yes 

Next Step: VSCC members will vote on it at the December meeting and one of the Delegates and/or Senators on the Commission will need to sponsor a bill at the January 2015 Virginia General Assembly session proposing the change. 

That’s what happened today in Richmond!

Mary