I am not only shaking my head at this one but I am irate about this bill (see below).
I’ve already asked the patron to call me about this proposal as I want to know what the genesis for it is and I also want to hear why the patron thinks it is needed.
It’s already a time consuming and expensive process for a parent or guardian who is an RSO to request permission to drop-off and pick-up their children from daycare or school or to attend their band concert, basketball game or graduation. Every time their children move to a new school or district they have to reapply and they could be denied.
With HB1366 Delegate Campbell wants the RSO parent to pay for a newspaper/internet advertisement (for 2 weeks) about their personal court hearing and invites the public into the hearing to object to the parent’s request. Someone they don’t even know can have a say in a court proceeding because they are a publicly Registered Sex Offender…… they are already openly hated…… of course strangers are going to show up in droves to object and then the judge has been pressured by complete strangers to deny the parents request.
This proposal does one thing; it creates a public spectacle of each and every petitioner’s rights as allowed by law.
This bill would allow for a state sponsored “angry mob” the petitioner will be harangued by every person who saw the post in the newspaper, had no where to be that day and who hates “Sex Offenders”. The more people who show up to demand the judge stop the request, the more likely the judge will cave to pressure no matter what the facts of the parent’s rehabilitation and parenting needs are. They could be a single parent!