Virginia Bill SB11 which proposed removing the Employer/Company Name and Address from the Virginia State Police Sex Offender Registry was amended to just remove the Employer/Company name (leaving the address) and then passed 9 to 5.
One young man came (with his wife) to the hearing specifically to speak in support of the proposal and he did a very fine job, thank you for coming! But that was it; one RSO stood up to share what having Employers information posted online really means. I hoped a few of you would show up, not a land-slide but more than 1.
As I stated in an earlier post I did NOT plan on speaking in favor of the Bill, hoping that might help it pass.
But for the second time in today’s hearing a misleading question/statement was made by Chairman/Senator Mark Obenshain about Federal compliance for RSO's that the patron did not reply to and it needed to be rebutted so my approaching the Legislative Services/Legal Counsel desk without saying a word to the Committee and handing them a stack of 50-State/SORNA comparison so if the Chairman REALLY wanted to know the answer counsel could share the chart with the Chairman and then I returned to my seat.
This sent Senator Obenshain over the edge he chastised me and for a brief moment I thought he would have me forcibly removed from the room. It was unreal!
I have reviewed my audio recording of the meeting more than 10 times and I am going to recap portions of the discussion here.