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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

2014 Virginia General Assembly Session: Get Ready, Get Set, Go!


January 7th 2014 Election Winner:

New Delegate 11th District - Samuel Rasoul  (D)

Original Post:
As most readers know over the last 2 months I have been preparing for the 2014 Virginia General Assembly session to begin on January 8, 2014. 

Already there have been many posts, early action-items and pages created in it’s anticipation. 

This will be my 6th session as a volunteer advocate. 

Today (the day before session convenes) I made my bi-annual trip (a session after a November election) to the G.A. building to “pop-in” to the offices of the newly elected Delegates and hopefully get to meet them and if not, then speak to their Legislative Assistant for a few minutes, leave a brochure and a card and let them know I’ll be scheduling an appointment for a meeting in the next few weeks. 

I also stopped by some veteran Delegate and Senator offices to discuss any bills that have already posted that they are patroning that I have questions or concerns about but many of them were not yet in Richmond. My main goal of today’s trip was to leave brochures across the 6 floors of Representatives offices and to meet the new Delegates as I will be in the building too many times to guess over the next 5-8 weeks. 

There are 14 newly elected Delegates this year, they are:
 
Michael Futrell           (D)                               Marcus Simon          (D)        
A. Benton Chafin Jr. (R)                                H.F. Buddy Fowler  (R)     
Jeffrey Campbell       (R)                                Les Adams                 (R)        
J.A. Jay Leftwich       (R)                                Terry Austin              (R)               
Bill DeSteph Jr.         (R)                                Mark Berg                  (R)               
Glenn Davis Jr.          (R)                                Dave LaRock             (R)             
Scott Taylor                (R)                                T. Monty Mason       (D)

Of these 14:
  • 4 were not in their offices this morning, they were either arriving in Richmond later in the afternoon or tomorrow.
  • I sat down for more than 10 minutes with 4 of the Delegates,
  • I spoke while standing for 4-5 minutes with 1 of them
  • 1 new Delegate I stopped in the hallway (with his coat on to go outside ) was disappointed he would miss my pop-in so I advised him I’d schedule an appointment in the near future and he agreed.
  • I spoke for 3-4 minutes to 2 Legislative Assistants
  • I spoke for 2 minutes to 2 other Legislative Assistants 
Every single one of them immediately recognized my name from the many email’s I have sent them since they became candidates in August and elected Representatives in November which meant they know about this platform and blog. 

To be an effective advocate the policymakers must know your name, your platform and your face. If they’ve never met you one-on-one they then they will be disconnected from anything you say. Email and phone calls are good but personal contact is the best. If they only see you once and never again at committee hearings or in the hallway coming or going from appointments they don’t consider you relevant advocate and hope you’re just a flash in the pan.  

Many of the veteran representatives have told me previously, we thought you’d give up, we can’t believe you’re still here. 

Persistence is important in this platform, I don’t expect miracles, big changes or immediate results and I hope you all understand that holding back the tide of new and harsher laws is the most important goal I have and in the last 5 sessions we’ve had many successes in that area. 

Virginia General Assembly, you can track bills on-line, you can check daily schedules for House and Senate sub-committee (the only time citizens can speak “for” or “against” a bill) and full-committee hearings you can also watch House and Senate floor debates on the bills that have passed through committee and on to the 3 votes it takes to move to the second chamber.

Get ready, get set and go…….at noon tomorrow the 2014 session begins. 

Stay tuned! 

Mary Davye Devoy  


Citizens Guide to the Virginia General Assembly, January 8, 2014

Virginia Public Access Project: Guide to the Virginia General Assembly, January 7, 2014


Here is the 2014 Handout:

 

2014 Virginia Proposed Legislation: On Topic But No Plans to Oppose

 
The 2014 Virginia General Assembly begins in Richmond tomorrow, January 8, 2014. 

If proposed legislation (a bill) has no unintended consequences, family collateral damage, doesn’t limit housing, employment, movement or education, doesn’t violate basic human or civil rights or is specifically directed at those who do in fact pose a threat (and not the majority of RSO’s) then I will not be opposing the bill. This includes those who work with children. If the laws that created RSO’s are reformed, reduced and reclassified then the umbrella of who is an RSO wouldn’t be as broad as it is today and the prohibition of RSO’s from working as child care providers would be reasonable. The current issue is too many people who are non-threats have been captured under the RSO umbrella and in turn are prohibited from working with children. 

I understand some readers think I should oppose every single bill that has any remote connection to RSO’s, well that just is not going to happen! I am not for abolishment of the registry; I am for reform of the registry based on sound research and successful programs. Anyone can speak publically against a bill and if you feel strongly enough about a particular bill you can take a stand and let your voice be heard in Richmond too. 

This post is the current list of bills that I do not oppose; I will NOT be making a “page” of these bills on the right side of the screen. 

Bill Cut-Off is January 17th so bills will be posting until January 18th  or 19th 

I will continue to add to this post (dated January 7, 2014) with new bills (to the top) that I see no issues with but some of you may have heartburn about them and may want to contact your one State Delegate and one State Senator. 

Every bill I’m watching can be viewed under my public profile on Richmond Sunlight. 

Mary


Last Updated On:  January 26, 2014 at 11:00am(EST) 

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HB196:            Clerks offices; recordation, possession of child pornography, wills, etc 

Sponsor/ Patron:                         Benjamin L. Cline 

Brief Explanation / Bill Summary as Introduced:
Provides that the secretary of an organized fire-fighting company may designate duties to another individual to include filing documentation with the circuit court. The bill also removes the requirement in the Uniform Federal Lien Registration Act that a filing officer endorse on the notice of a federal lien the title and address of the official or entity certifying the lien.

The bill also provides that clerks may possess evidence of child pornography in the course of their duties provided such possession is for a bona fide medical, scientific, governmental, law-enforcement, or judicial purpose. The bill also provides that clerks shall receive evidence at the time of admission and shall maintain control until the evidence is transferred on appeal, or destroyed or returned in accordance with law.

The bill also provides that the recorded orders of each day's circuit court proceedings shall be deemed to satisfy the requirements for official records when the judge's signature is shown in the order, the judge's signature is shown in the order book, or an order is recorded in the order book on the last day of each term showing the signature of each judge presiding during the term.

The bill also provides that upon motion of a legatee, devisee, or distributee of an estate, or any person who has a pecuniary interest in an estate, the clerk may require that the decedent's personal representative furnish security and raises from $5,000 to $15,000 the threshold value of the assets of an estate below which a personal representative is not required to provide notices to certain heirs and beneficiaries. 

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HB451:            Elections; elected and certain appointed officers, removal from office  

Sponsor/ Patron:         Robert B. Bell        

Brief Explanation / Bill Summary as Introduced:
Adds sexual battery, attempted sexual battery, consensual intercourse with a child 15 years of age or older, indecent exposure, and peeping to the list of offenses for which a circuit court, upon petition, may remove from office an elected officer or officer appointed to fill an elective office. 

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Bill adding grounds to unseat elected officials clears first hurdle, January 20, 2014
 

 
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SB639 :            Department of Social Services; plan for national background checks for child care providers 

Sponsor/ Patron:                         Emmett W. Hanger, Jr.    

Brief Explanation / Bill Summary as Introduced:

Directs the Department of Social Services to convene a work group to develop a plan for implementation of national fingerprint-based background checks for child care providers. 
 

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HB1252 :        Child welfare agencies; criminal history background checks 
Sponsor/ Patron:                                         Christopher K. Peace 
 
Brief Explanation / Bill Summary as Introduced:
Any Licensed Assisted Living Facilities or Adult Day Care Centers background check any employee or volunteer 
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HB1251 :         Sex offenders; reregistration; name change 
Sponsor/ Patron:                                         David I. Ramadan 
Brief Explanation / Bill Summary as Introduced:
Provides that a person required to register with the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry must reregister in person with the local law-enforcement agency within three days following a change of the person's name and that a person who is incarcerated or civilly committed must notify the Registry within three days following a name change. Currently, there is no time specified for when such person has to reregister. The bill also requires that the information contained in the Registry must include any former name of a person required to register if he has lawfully changed his name during the period for which he is required to register.  
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HB1240:         Guardian ad litem; mandatory reporting of child abuse or neglect 
Sponsor/ Patron:                         Patrick A. Hope    
 
Brief Explanation / Bill Summary as Introduced:
Any guardian ad litem appointed by a court to represent a child, except when prohibited by the attorney-client privilege.
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HB1206:         Central registry of records; time records must be kept 
Sponsor/ Patron:                                         C. Todd Gilbert 
Brief Explanation / Bill Summary as Introduced:
Extends from one year to three years the required period for which the Department of Social Services must maintain records of reports and investigations of unfounded complaints of child sexual abuse before purging. 
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HB1205:         Student teachers; fingerprinting, criminal history records check, and child abuse and neglect data 
Sponsor/ Patron:                                         Joseph R. Yost 
Brief Explanation / Bill Summary as Introduced:
Permits education preparation program faculty to require student teachers at public institutions of higher education, as a condition of participation in a classroom teaching, internship, clinical, or field experience in a public elementary or secondary school, to submit to fingerprinting and a criminal history records check. The bill permits education preparation program faculty to require student teachers to provide the necessary personal information to conduct a search of the registry of founded complaints of child abuse and neglect in the Commonwealth and to obtain such information from other states if the individual has lived in another state in the past five years. The bill further requires the Board of Education to develop guidelines for each education preparation program director to use to decide whether to deny student teachers placement in a public elementary or secondary school on the basis of the findings of the criminal history records check and registry search. 
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HB1204:         Investigation of alleged child abuse and neglect; agreements with school divisions 
Sponsor/ Patron:                                         Joseph R. Yost 
 
Brief Explanation / Bill Summary as Introduced:
Requires local departments of social services and local school divisions to include, in written interagency agreements for the investigation of certain complaints of child abuse or neglect, provisions governing investigation of complaints of sexual abuse of a child in which coordination between the local department of social services and local school division is necessary to facilitate the investigation. In addition, the bill requires local school divisions to report annually to the Board of Education, and local departments of social services to report annually to the Board of Social Services, regarding the status of such interagency agreements for the investigation of complaints of child abuse and neglect against school personnel and reports of sexual abuse of children that require coordination between local departments and local school divisions to facilitate investigation of such complaints and reports.  
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HB408 :       Elections; elected and certain appointed officers; removal from office 
Sponsor/ Patron:                                         Richard L. Anderson 

Brief Explanation / Bill Summary as Introduced:
Adds sexual battery, attempted sexual battery, consensual intercourse with a child 15 years of age or older, indecent exposure, and peeping to the list of offenses for which a circuit court, upon petition, may remove from office an elected officer or officer appointed to fill an elective office. 

Read Full Text or Track Bill Status on Virginia General Assembly Website:

Track Bill Status, Cast Your Vote or Read/Leave Public Comment on Richmond Sunlight Website:

Bill adding grounds to unseat elected officials clears first hurdle, January 20, 2014

 
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HB767 :           Seizure and forfeiture of property used in connection with the commission of larcenies
 
Sponsor/ Patron:                                         David L. Bulova 
 
Brief Explanation / Bill Summary as Introduced:
Provides that property used in connection with certain crimes associated with human trafficking is subject to forfeiture to the Commonwealth. The bill also removes certain duplicative offenses from an asset forfeiture statute pertaining only to automobiles. 

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HB334 :           Local multidisciplinary child sexual abuse response teams 

Sponsor/ Patron:                                         Robert B. Bell 

Brief Explanation / Bill Summary as Introduced:
Requires every attorney for the Commonwealth to establish a multidisciplinary child sexual abuse response team to conduct regular reviews of cases involving child sexual abuse in the jurisdiction. The bill has a delayed effective date. 

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SB255 :            Sexual crimes against minors; extend statute of limitations (for misdemeanors) 

Sponsor/ Patron:                                         R. Creigh Deeds 

Brief Explanation / Bill Summary as Introduced:
Extends the statute of limitations to one year after the victim reaches 18 years of age for the misdemeanor violations of the following crimes: carnal knowledge of consenting victim age 13 or 14 with minor less than three years older, carnal knowledge by employee of bail bond company, sexual battery, infected sexual battery failure to disclose, sexual abuse of a child age 13 or 14, attempted sexual battery, fornication, aiding prostitution or illicit sexual intercourse, adultery or fornication with person forbidden to marry, indecent liberties by children, tongue penetration of mouth of child under age 13, and consensual sexual intercourse with a child 15 or older. Under existing law, there is a one-year statute of limitations on most misdemeanors.