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Friday, January 22, 2016

Action Item: 3 Bills Against Virginia Registered Sex Offenders to Revoke Existing License Plates and to Prohibit Ever Owning the Virginia Vanity License Plates to Support the Virginia Family and Children’s Fund


Update:

Look at all the co-patrons that have already signed onto this proposal and it hasn’t even been heard in Sub-Committee yet! -Mary 

Onto HB305-Simon:
 

Original Post:

By the end of next-Monday all Bills for the 2016 Virginia General Assembly session should be posted online as today is the deadline for Legislators to submit their Bills. 

You may remember I first posted about this type of Legislation back on December 30, 2015. 

As of today we have:
A set of Companion Bills to ban just the Kid's First Style License Plate
1. In the House of Delegates Delegate Marcus Simon with HB305
2. In the Senate Senator Dick Black with SB666 

A House Bill to ban ALL 4 Styles of Virginia Family and Children Fund Plates
3. Delegate Tag Greason with HB1190

  1. HB305 has been referred to the House Transportation Committee but will first go to Sub-Committee #2 which meets on Mondays at 4PM.
  2. As of the writing of this post HB1190 has been referred to the House Transportation Committee but not to a Sub-Committee.
  3. SB666 has been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee which meets on Wednesdays ½ hour after adjournment.
I spoke to one patron on the phone 2 weeks ago about his Bill and he confirmed that Rob Buswell (of last years “Robby’s Rule”) asked for this Bill because his abuser currently has this license plate. 

I understand Rob Buswell's anger but these Bills have nothing to do with public safety. As with Robby's Rule, Mr. Buswell is using Virginia Legislators as his personal foot-soldiers against his abuser in his continuing unhealthy obsession to destroy, manage and control him.  

Virginia Legislators should never propose laws that are based on a personal vendetta and that's exactly what these 3 Bills are.  

I’d actually go as far to say it seems like Mr. Buswell is stalking his abuser to use whatever he can as a reason to propose a new law against him. Mr. Buswell obviously has not healed; forgiven or been able to move on with a happy or productive life since his abuser was convicted, was added to the regular VSP Registry and then added to the Supplemental VSP Registry. Nothing it seems will ever be enough of a punishment or restriction for the man who abused Mr. Buswell and so I have to fight against vengeful legislation directed at one individual but would be applied to tens of thousands. Some may say this makes me anti-victim or even pro-offender but in reality I’m trying to make sure Virginia laws are based on facts, statistics and proven process as opposed to the current cycle of eternal government-sponsored punishment based on hate and vengeance being applied decades after a court has handed down a sentence.  

I am NOT Anti-Victim and I am NOT Pro-Offender and every Virginia Legislator knows that and anyone who makes such a claim is making a false statement.

So as an advocate who arms themselves with facts, I filed a FOIA with the Virginia DMV a while ago and now I know exactly how many of these license plates are in circulation, how many are owned by RSO’s and of those how many are co-owned (by a spouse, a parent or a teenage child) and I will use this data in my opposition statement against  all three of these Bills when they are heard by their respective Sub-Committee or Committee. 
 

These 3 Bills are not administrative but they are punitive. They do not just affect the RSO but those who reside at their address and drive. These 3 Bills are a ban on their Free Speech to support an organization that has a Vanity License Plate for an additional cost to those who want to support their organization. 

A Delegate in a one-on-one meeting just yesterday said to me “let those Bills go, pick your battles” and I responded to the Delegate then what vanity-license plate will be prohibited next year or what group will be targeted next year?

Being listed on the VSP Registry MUST remain an administrative act once it becomes punitive then the entire system is Unconstitutional.

           "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere"- Martin Luther King, Jr. 


It starts with the Registered Sex Offenders, but where does it end?

I have actually considered a trip to the DMV this month to go buy one of these vanity plates (even though I really don't want it on my vehicle) that way if it DOES becomes law on July 1st and the DMV tells me I can not have this license plate on MY vehicle because an RSO is a co-owner I’d fight it. But at the moment I’m going to just oppose these proposals at the Virginia Legislature and then we’ll see what next steps need to be taken. 

By next Monday afternoon please Email or call your Virginia Delegate and ask them to vote “No” on both HB305 and HB1190, remember there is a slight difference between them. 

Then please Email or call your Virginia Senator and ask them to vote “No” on SB666. 

If you are feeling extremely industrious please email each Full Committee member too. 

2016- House Transportation Committee

 
Party
Email
Richmond, VA. During Session
Chairman-                   Ron Villanueva         
R
804-698-1021
Richard Andersen
R
804-698-1051
Terry Austin
R
804-698-1019
Lamont Bagby
D
804-698-1074
Betsy Carr*
D
804-698-1069
Glenn Davis
R
804-698-1084
L. Mark Dudenhefer*
R
804-698-1002
Eileen Filler-Corn
D
804-698-1041
T. Scott Garrett
R
804-698-1023
Gregory Habeeb
R
804-698-1008
Tim Hugo*
R
804-698-1040
James LeMunyon
R
804-698-1067
Dave LaRock*
R
804-698-1033
J. Randall Minchew
R
804-698-1010
Delores McQuinn*
D
804-698-1070
Todd Pillon
R
804-698-1004
Kenneth Plum
D
804-698-1036
Scott Taylor*
R
804-698-1085
David Toscano
D
804-698-1057
Jeion Ward
D
804-698-1092
David Yancey*
R
804-698-1094
* -On Sub-Committee #2

2016- Senate Transportation Committee
 
Party
Email
Richmond, VA. During Session
Chairman-                   Charles Carrico     
R
804-698-7540
Kenneth Alexander
D
804-698-7505
Amanda Chase
R
804-698-7511
John Cosgrove
R
804-698-7514
Creigh Deeds
D
804-698-7525
Bill DeSteph
R
804-698-7508
John Edwards
D
804-698-7521
Barbara Favola
D
804-698-7531
Thomas Garrett Jr.
R
804-698-7522
David Marsden
D
804-698-7537
Stephen Newman
R
804-698-7523
David Suetterlein
R
804-698-7519
Jennifer Wexton
D
804-698-7533

Thank you! 

Mary Devoy