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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A Reminder: Lee-Jackson Day Which is ONLY Observed in Virginia is One of the Two 4-Day VSP Holiday Stretches That Makes Compliance of Virginia Law and the Re-registration Turn-Around Times for Virginia’s RSO’s Much More Difficult, is This Week! Don’t Make a Mistake You Could Face a Class 6 Felony!


Dear Readers, 

Back on July 9, 2015 I posted about the Virginia State Police (VSP) website, VSP Barracks hours of operation, VSP S.O. Helpline hours of operation and VSP observed holidays. 

The VSP website does not post VSP Barracks hours of operation or observed holidays. The VSP Barracks doors or main desk do not post hours of operation or observed holidays. The VSP website also does not post the phone number 804-674-2825 OR the hours of operation for the VSP Sex Offender Help Desk (Hotline). Despite my multiple requests directly to the VSP to add this crucial information to their website and locations. 

Leaving Virginia’s RSO’s to “guess” correctly or incorrectly under the threat of a felony. 

In Virginia because there is NO electronic system our RSO’s MUST register ANY change of information in-person (if they move or become homeless, if they change their name, if they lose or start a  job part-time or full-time, if they enroll or un-enroll in school part-time or full-time, if they add or delete a phone number or if they buy or sell a vehicle) within 3 days (not 3 business days) or within 30 minutes (if they add or delete an email address, an instant messenger identifier or a chat identifier) per Virginia law. 

There are 2 reoccurring 4-Day stretches where Registered Sex Offenders in Virginia are unable to comply with Virginia law they are:
 
1. Lee-Jackson Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day    (Friday Preceding the 3rd Monday in January and the 3rd Monday in January)
 
2.Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday (4th Thursday and Friday in November) 
 
#1 is this Friday and next Monday! 

Ahhhhh Virginia. 

Lee–Jackson Day is a holiday celebrated in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the U.S., for the birthdays of Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson.[1] The original holiday, created in 1889, celebrated Lee's birthday. Jackson's name was added to the holiday in 1904. 

In 1983, the holiday was merged with the new Federal holiday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, as Lee-Jackson-King Day in Virginia. This merger was reversed in 2000. 

Lee–Jackson Day is currently observed on the Friday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which is the third Monday in January. Typical events include a wreath-laying ceremony with military honors, a Civil War themed parade, symposia, and a gala ball.[2] State offices are closed for both holidays.[3] 
 

2016 Virginia General Assembly 60-Day Session Begins in Richmond, Virginia


Today at 12noon the 2016 Virginia General Assembly 60-Day session convenes. 

Yesterday I was at the G.A. building meeting a few of the 18 newly-elected Virginia Legislators and I’ll be returning later this week. 

I was not the only advocate getting a jump start....... one of the Virginia State Police G.A Legislative Liaisons was also visiting offices yesterday. A bill just posted on the 11th that I believe the VSP asked for to counter one of our “good” bills, that’s OK. 

As of the typing of this post I am watching more 45 Bills you can see them on my public profile at Richmond Sunlight. Of those 45 Bills approximately 20 of them are “Sex Offender” bills. More than 4 of the “Sex Offender” Bills add additional convictions to the requirement to register as a public Sex Offender in Virginia and only one has a start sate which means all the others would be applied retroactively if not amended. And the one with a start date could be amended to remove the date. So the Virginians who would be directly affected by these proposals don’t even know that their lives could be destroyed if these Bills become law because today they aren't an RSO. Then there are the Bills with new restrictions for current and future Sex Offenders including a retroactive increase from Non-Violent to Violent making them "lifers" with no opportunity to petition for removal.