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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Action Item for Virginia Delegate Rob Bell’s Bill HB2040 It Has NO Start Date So it Will Retroactively Capture Convictions from 1-20 years Ago and Mandate an Unknown Number of Virginians Register as a Violent Sex Offender for Life, Denying Them Due Process and Violating Ex Post Facto!

 
Delegate Rob Bell’s HB2040 proposes numerous changes, including: 

  1. For the Prostitution of a minor increasing the Class 4 Felony to a Class 3 Felony for receiving money, procuring or pandering, which I do NOT oppose. 
  2. § 18.2-356. Receiving money for procuring person becomes a Registrable offense, which I am NOT going to oppose.
  3. § 18.2-357. Receiving money from earnings of male or female prostitute becomes a Registrable offense, which I am NOT going to oppose.
  4. The transporting of a person for the purposes of prostitution or unlawful sexual intercourse, which I am NOT going to oppose.
  5. The creation of two new crimes (recruitment and conspiracy) under criminal gang and racketeering for receiving money from prostitution, which I am NOT going to oppose.
  6. And the civil forfeiture of property used in the commission of these crimes.
BUT what I do oppose is the current crimes of:
§ 18.2-356. Receiving money for procuring person 
§ 18.2-357. Receiving money from earnings of male or female prostitute
are being added to the VSP Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry RETROACTIVELY. 

Anyone convicted of these two crimes 1, 5, 10, 15 or 20 years ago were already given their court-ordered sentence that the Commonwealth’s Attorney and the Judge agreed to would now be overturned by the Virginia Legislature because of a retroactive mandate to register after the fact. 
 

HB1366 the "Recipe for Disaster" Bill Pitting RSO Parents Who Are Petitioning the Court to Drop-Off & Pick-up Their Own Children From Daycare /School Against Complete Strangers Who Hate RSO's and Will Influence the Judge Will be Heard by Virginia House Courts of Justice Criminal Sub-Committee in the Afternoon of Monday January 19th! You Could Attend the Meeting if You are in Richmond.



Delegate Campbell’s is scheduled to be heard http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+sub+H080010119 by the Virginia House Courts of Justice - Criminal Sub-Committee next Monday January 19th (MLK and Lobby Day) starting ½ hour after House adjournment (anywhere from 12:30pm to 4pm). There are a few other bills on the agenda that I’m not opposing but I will be paying attention to the reason they’ve been proposed. 
I have my opposition statement against the proposal ready and I will be at the hearing raring-to-go! 

Have you emailed or called your one Virginia Delegate yet?  

For past Posts / Action Items on this bill go here:
·         January 1, 2015
·         December 4, 2014 

If you would like to contact the members of the House Full Committee about this bill here they are:
 

Supplemental Registry Bills SB1074 and SB934 (AKA Robby’s Rule) Will be Heard by Virginia Senate Courts of Justice Committee Early Monday January 19th! You Could Attend the Meeting if You are in Richmond


Both Senator Ryan McDougle's SB1074  and Senator Jennifer Wexton's SB934 are scheduled http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+doc+S0310119 to be heard by the Virginia Senate Courts of Justice Committee next Monday January 19th (MLK and Lobby Day) starting at 8am! There are a few other bills on the agenda that I’m not opposing but I will be paying attention to the reason they’ve been proposed. 

These two “Supplemental Registry” bills are a bit different but have the same end goal an on-line list of Virginians with pre-1994 sex convictions run by the Virginia State Police and accessible by the public. 

One of these bills will be “rolled” into the other by the Committee right BEFORE they discuss the specifics of the “chosen” bill. The two patrons will have worked this issue out ahead of time and I have a feeling on which one they will select to present to the Committee but I’m not going to post my guess here, I’ll wait for the announcement on Monday morning. 

I have my opposition statement against the proposal ready and I will be at the hearing raring-to-go! 

Have you emailed or called your one Virginia Senator yet?  

For past Posts / Action Items on these two bills go here:
·         January 14, 2015
·         January 7, 2015 

I would not be surprised if the “chosen” version is passed out of Committee, for a few reasons. 

But if it does I will not stop opposing it and I hope you won’t either. Many bills over the past 6 years have made it through the first chamber and onto the second one before they “died”. With this platform you can’t be faint-of-heart or a quitter, you just keep pushing ahead with the facts. 

If you would like to contact the members of the Senate Committee about these bills here they are:
 

Virginia Alliance for Progressive Values Monthly Salon Speaker for Monday January 19th 2015


Back in December 2014 the Alliance for Progressive Values asked me to be their January 19, 2015 Salon speaker.

To be honest, I had never heard of APV  until I received the invitation and so I did a bit of homework on their mission, work, goals and lobbying efforts. 

Past APV Salon (monthly) speakers have included:
I decided to take this opportunity I had been given to raise awareness on the need to reform the Virginia Sex Offender Registry, our laws and our attitudes when it comes to “Sex Offenders” to APV’s members who are not only voting citizens of Virginia but lobby the lawmakers every session. 

If anyone is in Richmond this coming Monday evening and would like to attend the gathering, visit APV’s website or Facebook page for more information. 

Mary Devoy