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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Action Item: SB1374 is Schedule to be Heard in Senate Courts of Justice Committee on Monday February 2, 2015 at 8AM - Contact the Members and Ask Them to Vote “No”!

 
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SB1374 patroned by Senator Marsden that I posted an Action Alert about on January 20, 2015 will be heard by the Senate Courts of Justice Committee Docket February 2, 2015 8AM http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+doc+S0310202 . 

This is the only time the public can speak for or against the bill before the entire Senate votes on it (if it moves forward, out of Committee). 

If SB1374 becomes law the Virginia Department of Corrections Probation Division, the Office of the Attorney General and the Virginia State Police would have NO obligation EVER to inform those required to register as an RSO in Virginia to when OR even how often they need to register not to mention the ever changing an expanding restrictions and regulations imposed ONLY against RSO’s that carry a felony punishment.  

Today the Virginia State Police inform our Offenders of the most elementary rules and they will only answer questions when prompted by an Offender who is attempting to remain compliant. They are NOT forthcoming with a list of Do’s and Don’ts, nor do they update our Offenders when new restrictions take effect on July 1st, I’ve been asking for such a handout for years. So finally this autumn I produced one myself, Legal Do’s and Don’ts Brochure . 

In fact with this bill, Virginians who are attempting to remain compliant COULD be given false or misleading information (unintentionally OR otherwise) by a Government employee and the RSO would be liable for a felony, while the Government entity that gave the wrong information would not hold any accountability 

Compliance in Virginia is already difficult enough but this bill make it 100% a “guessing game” and a trap. 
 

I have already advised Senator Marsden of my disappointment in this bill and that I have no choice but to oppose it. He believes this bill will assist in getting a Government produced list of RSO’s rules in the future (late 2015, maybe 2016). 

The problem is the VSP has refused for 5 years to add to Virginia Code that they would develop, disseminate and revise an easily understandable, current and complete list of legal restrictions to our RSO’s.  BUT …….the VSP wants a disclaimer added to Virginia Code (per SB1374) clearing them of any liability for not properly distributing such a written list of rules (if they ever produce one) to everyone, on time or with current information. They want their cake and to eat it too! They don’t want to be held to Virginia Code when it comes to advising our RSO’s but they want to be able to charge an RSO for not knowing the rules (which they failed to give). 

The Bill is awful! The VSP should be ashamed of even requesting such a proposal into Virginia Code. 

And who would dare oppose it or the VSP? Well, I will. I’ll be in Senate Courts of Justice tomorrow to make all the points against SB1374 but I do need your help! 

First please Email or call your one Virginia Senator. 
 
Then I ask that you contact every member of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee, immediately and ask them to vote “No” on SB1374. 

2015- Senate Courts of Justice Committee  

 
Party
Email
Richmond, VA. During Session
Chairman               Thomas “Tommy” Norment                          *Also on VSCC  
R
804-698-7503
Ben Chafin
R
804-698-7538
John Edwards
D
804-698-7521
Thomas Garrett Jr.
R
804-698-7522
Janet Howell                       *Also on VSCC
D
804-698-7532
L. Louise Lucas
D
804-698-7518
Ryan McDougle
R
804-698-7504
A. Donald McEachin
D
804-698-7509
Mark Obenshain
R
804-698-7526
Toddy Puller
D
804-698-7536
Bryce Reeves              *Also on VSCC
*Also on VCSC
R
804-698-7517
Richard Saslaw
D
804-698-7535
William Stanley
R
804-698-7520
Richard Stuart
R
804-698-7528
Jill Holtzman Vogel
R
804-698-7527

 
Thank you all! 

Mary Devoy