Thursday, June 12, 2014

Virginia Delegate Dave Ramadan is Working on a Revised Version of Robby’s Rule for 2015

Many of you may remember a bill during the 2014 Virginia General Assembly nicknamed “Robby’s Rule”. 

Here are past posts about HB195 for anyone who doesn’t remember:
·         February 4, 2014
·         January 13, 2014
·         January 4, 2014
·         December 27, 2013 

Well late last night a Dave Ramadan email newsletter titled Belated May Newsletter & Community News and Announcement went out to his subscribers and it included this: 

On May 1st, I met with Rob Buswell about HB195, commonly called ‘Robbie’s Rule’. This bill, which I introduced this January in Richmond, would require 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 individuals who committed offenses prior to the creation of the original registry. We must make sure that we do everything we can to protect our children against all crimes and especially sexual assaults. However, the bill was not heard due to a disagreement with the Virginia State Police on the cost of implementing this program. I will continue to work with my House colleagues and the State Police to determine the real cost of this proposed supplement and to find a way to fund this addition; and get this bill passed next year. Protecting our children is one of my highest priorities. Join the effort: 

In May on his Facebook page, Robby mentioned his May meeting with Delegate Ramadan so I was already aware there could be a new bill (with a new number) next January, and I’m prepared to oppose it. 

What I learned from last nights Ramadan newsletter is that the Virginia State Police opposed this “supplemental registry”, which is very good news. I’m concluding their opposition is one of the main points I had prepared for my public statement (it’s not just the initial high financial costs) which I never had the opportunity to give as the 2014 bill never made it to sub-committee.