Thursday, January 7, 2016

Action Item: Support Virginia Bill SB243 Which Raises the Email and Internet Registration Timeframe from 30-Minutes to One-Business Day AND It Prohibits Registration of Website Usernames and Passwords

We now have a second “good” bill for the 2016 Virginia General Assembly session! 

Some of you may consider this change insignificant, but it’s not its extremely important in making compliance possible AND stopping the VSP’s current overreach in interpreting Virginia law. 

SB243 - Sex offender registry; electronic identification information; registration requirements

Bill Text as Introduced:
Under current law a registered sex offender must reregister within 30 minutes following a change of the offender's electronic mail address information, any instant message, chat, or other Internet communication name or identity information that the person uses or intends to use, whether within or without the Commonwealth. This bill extends the time frame to the next business day after the person learns of the change. The bill also provides that consumer account information, such as usernames and passwords, do not have to be submitted to the Registry. 

You Can Read the Full Bill Text or Track it’s Bill Status on Virginia General Assembly Website: 


You Can Track the Bill Status, Cast Your Vote or Read/Leave Public Comment on Richmond Sunlight Website:

Now, there have been two previous bills to change the “30-minute Rule” to 3 Business Days and the “3-Day Rule” to 3-Business Days and both of those bills failed.
·         2011- HB1628
·         2012- HB416  

So we can not sit idly by on this bill. We must rally support for it because I’m pretty darn sure the VSP Legislative Liaisons will be opposing this years version as they did with the 2011 and 2012 versions.

Please Email or call your one Virginia Delegate AND your one Virginia Senator and ask them to voteYeson SB243!  

Share your previous experiences with attempting to comply with Virginia’s current 30-minute mandate for changes to email. With no electronic means to update registration tell you Legislator how far you have to drive to get to a VSP Barracks or local authority, if their hours of operation/availability conflict with your employment or child care schedule AND what has happened when your email information changes have occurred in the evening, on a weekend or on a holiday. Finally tell your Legislator if you’ve ever been given confusing or incomplete information when asking your VSP Trooper/Compliance Officer about what qualifies as “Internet communication/identity information” for registration. 

Thank you! 

Mary Davye Devoy