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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Action Alert: HB1366 “Recipe for Disaster Bill” for Parents Petitioning the School District to Take Their Children to and From School Will be Heard by the Senate Committee Tomorrow Afternoon. This is the Last Time Members of the Public Can Publicly Oppose This Bill!

 
Wow! The very first day after “cross-over” that any House bill could be heard by the Senate Committee, HB1366  is being heard. 

Tomorrow Wednesday February 11, 2015 Senate Committee on Courts of Justice,  Time and Place: 1/2 hour after adjournment Senate Room B http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+doc+S0310211 

HB1366 Sex offenders; prohibiting entry onto school or other property, hearing Patroned by Delegate Jeff Campbell
·         February 3, 2015
·         January 29, 2015
·         January 20, 2015
·         January 17, 2015
·         January 1, 2015
·         December 4, 2014 

Everyone needs to contact the 40 Virginia Senators (see list below) immediately asking them to have the Courts of Justice Committee members NOT allow HB1366 out of Committee tomorrow. 

I will be in attendance tomorrow for one-last-ditch-effort but I REALLY need everyone of you to email the Virginia Senators today! Anyone who can come to Richmond and is willing to oppose this bill to the members of the Senate Committee, please come! 
 

Virginia State Police Sergeant M.C. Davis Agrees that Virginia Should Switch to a Three Tiered Risk Based Classification System "Let's Bring Some Positive Change to a Registry that is Necessary and Serves a Purpose"

 
I agree 100% with CJ. Ritchie’s goal (see article below) to get Virginia to change to a 3 Tiered Risk Based classification system AND that HB1366 is a hateful bill that needs to be stopped. 

But either he has painted himself or WSLS has as an advocate fighting to reform the Virginia Registry. 

He did not come to the Virginia House Courts of Justice Criminal Subcommittee in Richmond to argue why HB1366 should not pass out of Committee. 
·         February 3, 2015
·         January 29, 2015
·         January 20, 2015
·         January 17, 2015
·         January 1, 2015
·         December 4, 2014

Not one Virginia lawmaker has mentioned him or his advocacy when I’ve met with any of them and I have seen no literature from him at the GA building. 

Also if he is telling his story in an attempt to get reform of the Virginia registry, his story is not really a sympathetic one, most Legislators would say a 22 year old teacher and a 16 year old student is the kind of predatory behavior the registry exists for, his story is not going to help get the Virginia registry reformed. Yes the age gap isn't big but he was in a supervisory position! 

Some of you readers might disagree with me for saying this or even be angry, but it is 100% true.
 
If the situation that put someone on the registry isn’t sympathetic, DON’T repeat it to those in authority if you are asking for reasonable reform because all they are going to focus on is the abuse and crime that was committed! If a lawmaker asks, you tell them but don’t volunteer it unless it really is a true injustice and there are plenty of those examples out there.