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Monday, January 18, 2016

SB11 Patroned by Senator Howell was Amended, then Passed 9 to 5 out of Today’s Senate Courts of Justice Committee


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. 
 

SB243 Patroned by Senator Petersen “Died” in Today’s Senate Courts of Justice Committee

Virginia Lawmakers Continue to Bury Their Heads
 in the Sand on ANY Proposal that Makes Sense or Might Help "Those" Sex Offenders

Virginia Bill SB243 which proposed raising the Email and Internet registration timeframe from the impossible 30-Minutes to One-Business Day AND to prohibit the registration of Website Usernames and Passwords was “killed” in this mornings Senate Courts of Justice hearing. 

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 sadly a misleading question/statement was made by Chairman/Senator Mark Obenshain that the patron did not address so I felt that I had to respond to it to hopefully keep the Bill alive, that did not pan-out. 

An FYI, no one else in the audience came forward to support this Bill. 

I have reviewed my audio recording of the meeting more than 10 times and I am going to recap portions of the discussion here.