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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

IMMEDIATE Action Item: Oppose HB628 Patroned by Delegate Rob Bell….It Will be Heard in House Courts of Justice Criminal Sub-Committee Wednesday January 20th


Update: 

Around 4:30 PM on 01/19/16 the House Courts of Justice Criminal Sub-Committee Agenda for 01/20/16 was edited and HB628 was removed. 

I went ahead and attended today’s hearing anyways because two years ago in this same Sub-Committee at the beginning of a meeting it was vocally announced a specific bill on that days agenda would NOT be heard that day after all, so I left for home. Then later during that meeting Chairman Bell (of the Criminal Sub-Committee) decided to place it back on the agenda so I missed the one chance to speak against that bill that year. After that I lost all faith in the House Criminal Sub-Committee agendas and any announcements made to the room. If a bill I’m tracking is on one version of their agenda, I’m showing up. I might be wasting my time and parking money but better safe than sorry. 

I was promised by Legislative Services Mr. Cotter during a 5 minute break after all the "Drone" Bills were heard at today’s meeting that HB628 would NOT be heard today, so I headed back home. 

The next Criminal Sub-Committee meeting will be Friday afternoon, I expect at least one House “Sex Offender” bill to be on the agenda but we’ll have to wait and see. 
 
I hope to post about a few Bills tomorrow after I've meet with some Legislators that I have scheduled appointment with....... so stay tuned!

Mary


Original Post:


What does HB628 do? 

Well part one is already done, publicly posting the Employer Information of RSO’s on the Virginia State Police Registry. Which leads me to believe this Bill came at the request of the Virginia State Police to counter SB11, that passed the Senate Courts of Justice just yesterday with an amendment.  

The VSP Registry ALREADY lists the Employer information online so why include it in HB628 as if it’s a new proposal? 

Because when the VSP added the Employer information online back in 2006 or 2007 they did so without ANY Legislative oversight and that's a serious problem!  

This Bill is an attempt to "fix" that SIGNIFICANT overreach that flew under the radar years ago and so Institutes of Higher Education have been included in this Bill so the argument "we already do this" won't kill it in the first Sub-Committee hearing. 

This Bill is a CYA for the VSP. 
 

Part two of the bill states to publically post the enrollment information to any college or university of an RSO onto the Virginia State Police Registry. As far as I know this would be a new addition AND it would result in most RSO’s who are enrolled in an institute of higher education today, to have their admission revoked. 

Any Virginia RSO who is enrolled in a college has registered that information with the Virginia State Police, the VSP has confirmed it’s correct and the school knows that student is an RSO. But if it’s put online the school will now be pressured by parents, students and neighbors to get rid of the RSO student. 

Without a college degree a former-offender can not achieve more than a service job which then means they will never be able to secure safe and consistent housing and if their employment and housing options are always hanging in the balance then they are more likely to lose the support of family. Without employment, housing and family support the chances a former-offender will recidivate are extraordinarily high. This bill ensures those listed on the VSP Registry will fail. 

Other States are studying the efficacy of their Sex Offender Registries and laws, they are removing unproductive and harsh barriers but here in Virginia our Lawmakers willfully ignore all the studies and statistics and they become more resolute on the issue by piling on harsher restrictions and regulations. 

TODAY please Email or call your Virginia Delegate AND Senator and ask them to vote “No” on HB628 as it is based on zero facts and hinders a successful reentry back into society for Virginia’s former-offenders. 

If you are feeling extremely industrious please also email or call EVERY member of the House Full Courts of Justice Committee (list below) TODAY or Wednesday morning before the Criminal-Sub Committee meets.

2016 - House Courts of Justice Committee
 
 
Party
Email
Richmond, VA. During Session
Chairman-
David Albo*
R
804-698-1042
Les Adams*
 R
 804-698-1016
Robert Bell*                                      *Also on VSCC
R
804-698-1058
Jeffrey Campbell
 R
804-698-1006
Benjamin Cline**
*Also on VCSC
R
804-698-1024
Christopher Collins*
R
804-698-1029
C. Todd Gilbert**           
*Also on VSCC
R
804-698-1015
Gregory Habeeb
R
804-698-1008
Charniele Herring*
*Also on VSCC
D
804-698-1046
Patrick Hope*
D
804-698-1047
Terry Kilgore
R
804-698-1001
Paul Krizek
D
804-698-1044
James "Jay" Leftwich
R
804-698-1078
G. Manoli Loupassi
*Also on VSCC
R
804-698-1068
Jennifer McClellan
*Also on VSCC
D
804-698-1071
T. Monty Mason*
D
804-698-1093
Jackson Miller*
R
804-698-1050
J. Randall Minchew
R
804-698-1010
Jason Miyares
R
804-698-1082
Richard Morris**
R
804-698-1064
David Toscano
D
804-698-1057
Vivian Watts*
D
804-698-1039
*  -On Criminal Sub-Committee
*  -On Both House Committees that hear majority of RSO Bills

Thank you. 

Mary Devoy