Thursday, January 1, 2015

Action Item for Virginia Bill HB1353 AKA "Robby’s Rule" Patroned by Delegate David Ramadan: Legislation that’s Utterly Counterproductive, it Will Cost Almost $2 Million.....OH AND it's Unconstitutional!

The 2015 version of Virginia Delegate David Ramadan’s proposed bill HB1353 Robby’s Rule is identical to the 2014 version HB195.  

Summary of Robby’s Rule:
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. 

Action Item for Virginia Bill HB1366 Patroned by Delegate Jeff Campbell : RSO Parents Who Are Petitioning the Court to Drop-Off & Pick-up Their Own Children From Daycare /School Must Post Their Petition in the Local Newspaper for 2 Weeks So That Readers Can Show Up to Court and Testify Against the Petition

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Additionally, Campbell filed a bill in response to a recent situation in St. Paul, Virginia, in which a man who was a registered sex offender made application to the local school system to come on school property. The delegate said the man had children in the school system and the decision was made by that school system’s superintendent and school principal to allow the man on school property.
“A lot of residents in that area were very upset they had a registered sex offender on school property without their notice,” Campbell said. “House Bill 1366 that we filed would provide in the future that any person who is a registered sex offender, to be on school property they must first publish their intent in the local newspaper and have a public hearing to let people make objections before the local school system makes that decision. We think that is fair. It allows parents to have input before any decision is made and it better protects the children in the community.”

Original Post:
HB1366 titled Sex offenses prohibiting entry onto school or other property; hearing is patroned by Delegate Jeffrey L. Campbell 

Summary of HB1366:
Provides that a sex offender who is prohibited from entering upon school or child day center property who petitions the circuit court for permission to enter such property must cause notice of the time and place of the hearing on his petition to be published once a week for two successive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation. The bill provides that the court may permit any person who attends the hearing to testify regarding the petition. The bill also requires that for a public school the petitioner must provide notice of his petition to the chairman of the school board in addition to the superintendent of public instruction. 

Any Virginia RSO that is a parent or guardian with minor children must petition the school board to be granted approval to drop-off and pick-up their own children from school or daycare. An approved petition also allows the RSO parent, grandparent or guardian to be allowed to attend their child’s recitals, competitions, athletic games and ceremonies. Without a granted court-petition the RSO would be in violation of state law by being on the property of the school or daycare facility, a Class 6 Felony. 

If an RSO moves to a different school-district, city or county within the Commonwealth they must submit a petition in the new locale, they could be granted or denied past approval is not a guarantee for future approval. 

Each time the parent must hire an attorney and they could miss work depending on the scheduled court date and depending on the school-district and the judge it could all be for naught. 

Per HB1366 Virginia Delegate Campbell wants our RSO parents, grandparents and guardians of school age children to pay for a newspaper/internet advertisement for 2 weeks announcing their personal court hearing for everyone to know about. 

Per HB1366 Virginia Delegate Campbell is inviting the public into this private hearing and permitting them to be an official “witness” in the proceedings of a complete stranger so they can object to the RSO parent’s request. To be allowed to legally object against someone they know nothing about but 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.

On a Personal Note: Mom has Left this Earth to Join Dad in Heaven

Well readers I have never gotten personal on this blog, I believe in staying on topic……but today I am going to stray off the typical path and get a little personal.  

The last 6 weeks have been a rollercoaster of downs, ups and then downs again.  

My mother has left us and joined my father who had been waiting for her in heaven for a little over 7 years.  

I’ve searched my archives for photos of mom and dad together and they are sparse. We never had a tripod or a camera with a timer so that everyone would be included in every photo, in our house someone had to be on the backside of the camera as the photographer to capture the moment in time and it was usually mom or dad.