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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.
 

[US Supreme Court] Justices Weigh Whether Sex Offenders Should be Tracked Worldwide, By Lydia Wheeler


Justices weigh whether sex offenders should be tracked worldwide, March 1, 2016
By Lydia Wheeler

Members of the Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared skeptical of the federal government’s argument that a registered sex offender should be required to notify authorities when moving to another country.   

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was known as the court’s swing vote before the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last month, noted that the defendant in the case moved to a country not covered under the Sex Offender Registration and Notifications Act (SORNA). The law requires sex offenders to inform “at least one jurisdiction involved” of any change of address. 

“The Philippines is not a jurisdiction under SORNA," Kennedy said. 

The case, Nichols v. United States, focuses on Lester Nichols, a convicted sex offender who moved from Kansas to the Philippines in November 2012, eight months after he was released from prison. A month later, he was arrested and deported back to the U.S. for failing to update his sex offender registry.  

Curtis Gannon, assistant to the solicitor general at the Department of Justice, argued on behalf of the government that Nichols was required to notify Kansas of his change of address within three business days of his move because Kansas was “an involved jurisdiction.” 

Several of the justices, including Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer and Chief Justice John Roberts, grappled Tuesday with the language in the statute that defines an involved jurisdiction. 

Roberts said the statute is an “awful lot to ask a layperson to parse” in order to avoid the maximum 10-year sentence for violating SORNA. 
 

Lenore Skenazy: The Media is Making Parents Hysterical


The Media is Making Parents Hysterical, February 29, 2016
By Lenore Skenazy

If you watched the Oscars on Sunday night, you learned that there are two very scary things in the world. (Three if you count Heidi Klum’s dress.)  
1. Grizzly bears.
2. Men. 

As a viewer, you could be forgiven for coming to the conclusion that most men are out to abduct and rape anyone they can get their hands on, especially kids.  

It’s not just that the Best Picture award went to a movie about predatory priests. It’s not just that Vice President Joe Biden took to the stage to talk about campus rape. (Off-campus rape is actually more prevalent.) 

It’s not just that there was a song about rape. And a group of young rape survivors on stage with their stories written on their wrists — eerily reminiscent of Holocaust tattoos.  

It’s not simply that Brie Larson won for Best Actress in a movie about rape, “Room,” which also involves a kid. 

And it wasn’t even the endless ads for ABC’s new drama about an abducted child. Naturally, it’s called “The Family,” as if it represents something universal and generic — yet another kid snatched by a predator.  
 

Will Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe Sign SB666 into Law Before Tonight’s Midnight Deadline? I Don’t See Why He Wouldn’t So I’m Ready to Challenge it in Court With My New License Plate!


Update:

Per LIS 10:30AM  March 2, 2016:

  • 03/01/16  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 143 (effective 7/1/16)
Approved by Governor Terry McAuliffe, this becomes law on July 1st. 

Original Post:

As of 10:30AM March 1, 2016 

·         Passed the Virginia Senate on February 2, 2016
·         Passed the Virginia House on February 22, 2016
·         Sent to the Governor on February 23, 2016 to be signed into law, amended or vetoed with an Action Deadline of March 1, 2016 midnight

·         HB305 rolled into HB1190 on February 8, 2016
·         Passed the Virginia House on February 16, 2016
·         Passed the Virginia Senate on February 29, 2016
·         Needs to be sent to the Governor to be signed into law, amended or vetoed