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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Action Item for HB628 - Patroned by Delegate Rob Bell AND on Its Way to the Governor


I last posted about HB628 on February 22nd. 

I originally missed the February 24th Virginia Senate live floor debate online for HB628 (I later received a DVD of it from a Virginia Legislator and have since watched it, as Virginia doesn’t make the videos available online after the fact). But that day I DID read the votes later on and I was a bit surprised  by what I saw so I made sure to watch the next day (February 25th) Senate floor debate which would be the last for HB628. 

On February 25th Senator Obenshain specifically told the body that HB628 did not conflict with SB11 (which failed in the House Courts of Justice Criminal-Sub on the 23rd) because neither was stating the name of the employer/company JUST the address. 

Since 2006 OR 2007 the Virginia Sate Police has posted both the Employer/Company name AND the full address of our Registered Sex Offenders. During Monday February 23rd’s Senate Courts of Justice Committee hearing Delegate Bell told the Committee that the Virginia State Police added the address years ago under the authority of the Code and the reason that part is included in HB628 was to give the VSP the ability to list it under the authority of the Legislature, a CYA of sorts. 

So here comes my point since HB628 now heads to the Governor of Virginia to be signed into law, amended or vetoed. 

HB628 says Employer address; it does NOT say Employer Name. Then Senator Obenshain reiterated on the floor of the Senate that it’s just the Employer address, not the name.
 

Remember both the name and the address are listed online TODAY, but now HB628 specifically spells out what the VSP is supposed to be posting online in the future when it comes to Employer and College information. 

So if HB628 is signed into law doesn’t that mean the Employer/Company name must be removed from the VSP Registry when the college address gets added after July 1, 2016? 

I believe it does. 

TODAY please Email or call  your one Virginia Delegate and one Senator, point out to them that HB628 is reiterating the Employer address which is already posted online BUT it fails to mention the Employer/Company name so if HB628 does become law this July then the Employer/Company name MUST be removed when the college information is posted. 

Thank you! 

Mary Devoy
 

HB628 recent votes per LIS:
YEAS--Alexander, Black, Carrico, Chafin, Chase, Cosgrove, Dunnavant, Garrett, Hanger, McDougle, Newman, Norment, Obenshain, Reeves, Ruff, Stanley, Stuart, Sturtevant, Suetterlein, Vogel, Wagner--21.
NAYS--Barker, Dance, Deeds, DeSteph, Ebbin, Edwards, Favola, Howell, Lewis, Locke, Lucas, Marsden, McEachin, McPike, Miller, Petersen, Saslaw, Surovell, Wexton--19.
RULE 36--0.
NOT VOTING--0.
YEAS--Alexander, Barker, Dance, Deeds, Ebbin, Edwards, Favola, Howell, Lewis, Locke, Lucas, Marsden, McEachin, McPike, Miller, Petersen, Saslaw, Stanley, Surovell, Wexton--20.
NAYS--Black, Carrico, Chafin, Chase, Cosgrove, DeSteph, Dunnavant, Garrett, Hanger, McDougle, Newman, Norment, Obenshain, Reeves, Ruff, Stuart, Sturtevant, Suetterlein, Vogel, Wagner--20.
RULE 36--0.
NOT VOTING--0.
YEAS--Alexander, Barker, Dance, Deeds, Ebbin, Edwards, Favola, Howell, Lewis, Locke, Lucas, Marsden, McEachin, McPike, Miller, Petersen, Saslaw, Surovell, Wexton--19.  
NAYS--Black, Carrico, Chafin, Chase, Cosgrove, DeSteph, Dunnavant, Garrett, Hanger, McDougle, Newman, Norment, Obenshain, Reeves, Ruff, Stanley, Stuart, Sturtevant, Suetterlein, Vogel, Wagner--21.
RULE 36--0.
NOT VOTING--0.

Now it heads to the Governor to be signed into law, amended or vetoed