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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Action Item and Update on Delegate Campbell’s HB1366 “Recipe for Disaster Bill”

 
Update: 


On February 18th HB1366  passed the Virginia Senate 38-0 (2 Senators aren't in attendance due to medical issues), in an uncontested “block vote”  it now heads to Governor McAuliffe to be signed into law, amended or vetoed.
 

Original Post:
 

Last Wednesday February 11, 2015 I posted that a vote for HB1366  was postponed in the Senate Courts of Justice Committee until Monday February 16, 2015 (yesterday). 

As expected public comment was not allowed yesterday but NOT expected after the smart and enlightening discussions last Wednesday by the Committee members (click February 11th link above for specifics) they voted 13-0 to move HB1366 onto the Senate floor for a vote with this amendment:
                                1. Line 34, engrossed, after 8.01-324.
                                             strike
                                             the remainder of the line and through petition. on line 35
                                             insert
The newspaper notice shall contain a provision stating that written comments regarding the petition may be submitted to the clerk of court at least five days prior to the hearing. 

This change means that the public will not show up in person to oppose the parent’s petition but can submit written testimony for the judge to review. 

When this amendment was submitted yesterday Senator McEachin noted that the petitioner needs to be able to prepare a defense for any submitted public testimony, I don’t believe the amendment allows for that. 

While yesterday’s amendment  is better than the original bill it STILL mandates the RSO parent must pay for a newspaper advertisement for 2 weeks straight announcing their petition to the public a financial burden that is NOT imposed upon and other Virginian who is filing a court proceeding. This means the name of the Registered Offender will be in the newspaper (as no process has been laid out ahead of time, who knows perhaps their photo from their VSP posting will be too) so their child WILL suffer greatly from public backlash. 
 

HB1366 unintentionally or intentionally punishes the children of Virginia’s 21,000+ RSO’s and that should never be an acceptable outcome of legislation in the Commonwealth! 

The current petition process for RSO parents and grandparents works extremely well because it was carefully crafted years ago to both protect the pubic while allowing for the parent to be an active participant in their children’s lives.  

HB1366 has NOT been carefully crafted and it publicly shames the children of our RSO’s. 

This bill is NOT about public safety and it is NOT about the public’s right to know who is on school property. 

What this bill is REALLY about is stopping the petition process all together in Virginia because no parent is going to want to humiliate their child with a newspaper advertisement. 

Shame on the Commonwealth for allowing a bill to stop parents from participating in their children’s lives and that publically stigmatizes children for a label their parent has been mandated to bear. 

Please email all 40 Virginia Senators immediately asking them to vote ‘No” on HB1366 when it comes before them
                district39@senate.virginia.gov
                district14@senate.virginia.gov
                district29@senate.virginia.gov
                district25@senate.virginia.gov
                district21@senate.virginia.gov
                district24@senate.virginia.gov
                district17@senate.virginia.gov
                district32@senate.virginia.gov
                district19@senate.virginia.gov
                district02@senate.virginia.gov
                district18@senate.virginia.gov
                district37@senate.virginia.gov
                district16@senate.virginia.gov
                district11@senate.virginia.gov
                district04@senate.virginia.gov
                district09@senate.virginia.gov
                district08@senate.virginia.gov
                district01@senate.virginia.gov  
                district05@senate.virginia.gov
                district23@senate.virginia.gov
                district03@senate.virginia.gov
                district06@senate.virginia.gov
                district26@senate.virginia.gov
                district34@senate.virginia.gov
                district38@senate.virginia.gov
                district36@senate.virginia.gov
                district13@senate.virginia.gov
                district20@senate.virginia.gov
                district15@senate.virginia.gov
                district35@senate.virginia.gov
                district22@senate.virginia.gov
                district12@senate.virginia.gov
                district28@senate.virginia.gov
                district30@senate.virginia.gov
                district27@senate.virginia.gov
                district07@senate.virginia.gov
                district40@senate.virginia.gov
                district10@senate.virginia.gov
                district31@senate.virginia.gov
                district33@senate.virginia.gov 

Thank you!

Mary Devoy


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