HB1485: Sex offenses prohibiting proximity to children and working on school property; penalty.
Delegate Richard P. Bell Virginia
A Misleading Bill Title as it does MUCH more than restrict working on school property!
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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
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? Virginia
If a conviction date of July 1, 2017 is NOT added to the 3 parts of HB1485 we’d need to know
- How many current VSP RSO's w/ out-of-state or military convictions would be retroactively included under §§ 18.2-370.2 ?
- How many current VSP RSO's w/ out-of-state or military convictions would be retroactively included under the new §§ 18.2-370.3 ?
- 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!