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Friday, February 19, 2016

Don’t Forget to Ban the Registered Sex Offenders: In 2015 Virginia Legalized and Regulated Uber and Lyft and in 2016 Virginia Legislators Are Laying the Groundwork for Airbnb


Update:

After failing on Senate floor, Tommy Norment inserts Airbnb opposition into state budget, February 25, 2016

Original Post:

Yesterday I was catching up with someone on the phone and they said, “Were you in the room when the discussion of Airbnb was going on, they want to ban Sex Offenders you know”. I responded “I know, but no I’m not opposing the Bills… I have to pick my battles and that’s a losing one………..you know last year they banned RSO’s from being Uber drivers and I didn’t oppose that because it would have been futile as the national model was to ban them”. 

The person I was on the phone with had no idea that had been part of the Uber law last year (see below). 

So this year Virginia has SB416/SB751 and HB812/HB1268 that are rolling through the 2016 session and the discussion of Sexual Offenders has occurred but so far I can’t find any ban on an RSO renting out a location OR renting a location through Airbnb, that doesn’t mean it won’t get added or the local authorities won’t ban them after the 2016 GA session has adjourned.
 
Mary Devoy
 

Lawmakers consider legalizing, regulating Airbnb in Virginia /
Virginia moves to legitimize Airbnb; some call for stronger regulation, February 11, 2016

Norment can't stop Airbnb bill's passage, February 11, 2016
Sen. Bill DeSteph, R-Virginia Beach, raised another prospect.
"It allows anyone to stay anonymously anywhere they want," he said. "It allows people to stay 50 feet from a school zone who might not be allowed to be within 500 feet or a mile of a school zone."
He also raised the possibility of homeowners dispensing alcohol to their guess without an ABC license.
"So you've brought in everyone from sexual predators to drunks, the only ones you left out were terrorists," Saslaw said. "This is an overnight stay, it's not the end of the world. There is no reason in the world we need to study this."

Virginia lawmakers push to regulate AirBnB, February 18, 2016
 

2015’s SB1025/ SB1102 and HB1662/HB1981 which legalized and regulated Uber and Lyft banning RSO's.

Virginia Legislative Notebook: Uber, Lyft bill rolling, January 19, 2015

Virginia bill allowing Uber, Lyft approved, February 1, 2015

DMV says Lyft, Uber can operate in Virginia until regulations are in place, February 9, 2015
http://www.wjla.com/articles/2015/02/dmv-says-lyft-uber-can-operate-in-virginia-until-regulations-are-in-place-111291.html

New law creates standards for Uber & Lyft, February 11, 2015

Uber and Lyft are now legal in Virginia, February 28, 2015

Uber, driver sued after assault of Virginia Beach girl, June 20, 2015