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Friday, December 18, 2015

Action Item: 8 Years Since the 1st Version the U.S Senate has Passed an International Megan’s Law Bill…. All Passports for U.S. RSO’s Would Need to be Reissued to Be Emblazed with the Words “Sex Offender”… This New Version Heads Back to the House (Congress) for Approval


eAdvocate: International Megan's Law to Prevent Child Exploitation and Other Sexual Crimes Through Advanced Notification of Traveling Sex Offenders' December 18, 2015

The Senate passed HR 515 formerly known as "International Megan's Law" with another NEW title "International Megan's Law to Prevent Child Exploitation and Other Sexual Crimes Through Advanced Notification of Traveling Sex Offenders" and added a section about Passports.

Essentially, all current passports for folks CONVICTED of a sex offense/s MUST be reissued, with the words "SEX OFFENDER" prominently displayed on the passport. And all new passports for folks convicted of sex offenses will be issued with same wording.

The Senate also added a section for appropriating funding ($6,000,000) for each of these years (2017-2019) to implement IML.

The Senate then sent the bill with changes back to the House for them to review and pass. It is very likely this will be on the FAST TRACK because lawmakers want to go home for Christmas break.

Advocates and their families and others need to immediately contact their U.S. House Representatives and object to the entire IML bill (and concept), and any other similar bills that may arise.

The FULL bill may be found HERE and the Senate Amendments HERE (The Corker amendment [Sen Bob Corker R-TN] in the Federal Register).
 

To Virginia Readers: 

Please send an email (or make a phone call) to our Virginia Congress members (see list belowTODAY!
 

Action Item: Support Virginia Bill SB11 To Remove the Employer Information of RSO’s From the VSP Online Registry a Current (and Significant) Barrier for a Successful Re-entry Back Into Society


Update: 

Howell Bill Aims to Remove Employer Name, Address from Sex Offender Registry, December 28, 2015
 

Original Post:

At the moment we have one “good” bill for the 2016 Virginia General Assembly session! 

SB11 - To Remove the Employer Information of RSO’s From Being Posted on the VSP Registry 

You Can Read the Full Bill Text or Track it’s Bill Status on Virginia General Assembly Website: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?161+sum+SB11 

OR 

You Can Track the Bill Status, Cast Your Vote or Read/Leave Public Comment on Richmond Sunlight Website: https://www.richmondsunlight.com/bill/2016/sb11/ 

Now before everyone gets too excited you need to know……this is NOT the first time this proposal has been made.
  1. In 2010 it was SB635  which passed the Virginia Senate Committee and then the Full-Chamber 40-0 but was then “killed” by the House Militia, Police and Safety Sub-Committee of 6.
  2. Then in 2012 it was HB413  which made it onto a hearing docket for the House Courts of Justice Criminal Sub-committee where the 8 members “Laid it on the table” instead of casting an official vote, to “kill” it.
I have looked for the specific piece of legislation (bill) somewhere between 2006 and 2008 (before I was an advocate) that placed/added the employer information online in Virginia; I can NOT find it anywhere which leads me to believe the VSP did it on their own with no direction from the Virginia Legislature. I have previously asked VSP Leadership about the change that occurred and I was NOT given any answer on how it was specifically implemented. 

As of December 2015:
  • 29 States do not list any employer information publicly; five of those States are Federal Adam Walsh Act AWA/SORNA compliant
  • 10 States publicly post just the address; eight of those are AWA/SORNA compliant
  • 5 States post the city, county and/or zip code; three of those are AWA/SORNA compliant
Why does this matter? 
Because possibly being Federal AWA/SORNA compliant (one day) has been one of the previous arguments made against this proposal by both the Virginia State Police (VSP) Legislative Liaisons and by some House Courts of Justice Committee members. This claim is FALSE!