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Friday, December 23, 2016

Action Item – Oppose Virginia HB1485 Patroned by Delegate Dickie Bell and Requested by a Virginia State Police Investigator


HB1485:             Sex offenses prohibiting proximity to children and working on school property; penalty.

Patroned/Sponsored By-                 Virginia Delegate Richard P. Bell

A Misleading Bill Title as it does MUCH more than restrict working on school property! 

Read Full Text or Track Bill Status on Virginia General Assembly Website:

Track Bill Status, Cast Your Vote or Read/Leave Public Comment on Richmond Sunlight Website: https://www.richmondsunlight.com/bill/2017/hb1485/ 

HB1485 adds “shall include any offense under the law of any other jurisdiction that is substantially similar” to §§ 18.2-370.2 , §§ 18.2-370.3 AND §§ 18.2-370.4  

So any out-of-state OR military conviction from 2000 through today would be retroactively swept up not just in the Virginia prohibition/felony for “working on school property” BUT also for our “loitering” AND “residency restriction” laws. These people are already listed on the Virginia State Police Registry and they are abiding by all of the legal restrictions, regulations and mandates that Registered Sex Offenders convicted in Virginia must abide by, WHY would we now demand that their choice of a residence today is a felony and make them homeless or that any future residence they are considering be limited under the threat of a felony? 

If a conviction date of July 1, 2017 is NOT added to the 3 parts of HB1485 we’d need to know
  1. How many current VSP RSO's w/ out-of-state or military convictions would be retroactively included under §§ 18.2-370.2 ?
  2. How many current VSP RSO's w/ out-of-state or military convictions would be retroactively included under the new §§ 18.2-370.3 ?
  3. How many current VSP RSO's w/ out-of-state or military convictions would be retroactively included under the new §§ 18.2-370.4 ? 
Per the FOIA request image at the top of this post, the Virginia State Police have no idea how many current RSO’s that would be. REALLY? By the way, I did ask the patron Delegate Dickie Bell how many people would now be obligated to abide by the three different sections if HB1485 became law on July 1st as written, he didn’t know either. But yet he’s proposing a new felony for them, retroactively! Oh, and the idea for this Bill came from a Virginia State Police Investigator, yep! 
 

Two 2017 Virginia General Assembly Pages to Keep an Eye On When the 30-Day Session Begins on January 11, 2017


In less than 3 weeks the 2017 Virginia General Assembly Session begins in Richmond. 

In anticipation of the 2017 Virginia General Assembly Session I have created two new pages (on the right side of the screen) in the Directory. 


The 2017 Bill/Legislation page will be updated weekly for now and then as the session begins I will update it daily, possibly multiple times a day. 

If you missed my earlier post on Getting Ready for the 2017 Virginia Session including the options available for Tracking Bills go here 

All Action Items, Alerts or Hearing Notices for the 2017 G.A. session will not be added to the GA Bill/Legislation page but instead they will be a “post” here on the Home page.   

Thank you for you support and please, please take action on all future Action Alerts ‘for’ and ‘against’ legislation.  

Mary Devoy