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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

SB384 –Patroned by Virginia Senator Bryce Reeves has Been “Continued Until 2015” for the 2014 General Assembly Session


This morning in the Virginia Senate Finance Committee SB384 was “Continued” until 2015.  

This means SB384 has stopped moving through the 2014 session. 

It could be revived as-is or in a new form for the 2015 Virginia General Assembly session but for 2014 we no longer need to be concerned with it. 

SB384 -Sex offenses; prohibiting proximity to children at public libraries, penalty 

Past Postings on SB384:
Thank you everyone who telephoned and emailed your Delegate and Senator, the patron of SB384, the members of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee and the members of the Senate Finance Committee asking them to vote “No” on SB384 your voices were heard! 

Mary Devoy

SB442 –Patroned by Virginia Senator Thomas Garrett has Been “Continued Until 2015” for the 2014 General Assembly Session

 
This morning in the Virginia Senate Finance Committee SB442 was “Continued” until 2015.  

This means SB442 has stopped moving through the 2014 session. 

It could be revived as-is or in a new form for the 2015 Virginia General Assembly session but for 2014 we no longer need to be concerned with it. 

SB442 Raises the penalty for sexual abuse (a defined term) of a child aged 13 or 14 from a Class 1 misdemeanor to a Class 6 felony 

Past Postings on SB442:
Thank you everyone who telephoned and emailed your Delegate and Senator, the patron of SB442, the members of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee and the members of the Senate Finance Committee asking them to vote “No” on SB442 your voices were heard! 

Mary Devoy

HB523 – Patroned by Virginia Delegate Dave Albo Mandating Public Registration of Juveniles as Sex Offenders for a Minimum of 10 Years Moves to House Appropriations Committee


HB523 – Mandated Registration of juveniles as a Sex Offender for a minimum of 10 years was heard by the House Courts of Justice Criminal Sub-Committee. 

Yesterday HB523 passed out of the House Courts of Justice Full Committee and onto the House Appropriations Committee.  

Past Postings on HB523:
 

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

Mary Calre Jalonick: 5 Things to Know About the Massive Farm Bill


7 months since the first Federal proposal and numerous versions of the Farm Bill and yet they still plan on prohibiting Registered Sex Offenders (and their spouses and children) from receiving SNAP benefits (Food Stamps). 

Mary 

5 Things to Know About the Massive Farm Bill
February 3, 2014 By Mary Calre Jalonick

Cuts to food stamps, continued subsidies to farmers and victories for animal rights advocates. The massive, five-year farm bill heading toward final passage this week has broad implications for just about every American, from the foods we eat to what we pay for them. 

Support for farmers through the subsidies included in the legislation helps determine the price of food and what is available. And money for food stamps helps the neediest Americans who might otherwise go hungry. 

The legislation could reach President Barack Obama this week. The House already has passed the bipartisan measure and the Senate was scheduled to pass the bill Tuesday after the chamber voted to move forward on the legislation Monday evening. 

Five things you should know about the farm bill:

WHERE THE MONEY GOES:
Most of the bill's almost $100 billion-a-year price tag goes to the nation's food stamp program, now known as SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. One in seven Americans, or about 47 million people, participates in the program. The legislation cuts food stamps by about $800 million, or 1 percent, by cracking down on states that seek to boost individual food stamp benefits by giving people small amounts of federal heating assistance that they don't need. Much of the rest of the money goes to farm subsidies and programs to protect environmentally sensitive lands.