Action Item: HB1485 on Virginia House Floor Calendar Today (February 6) for Second Reading, Uncontested Calendar – Ask for Floor Amendment!
February 7, 2017 HB1485was listed in the House Floor Calendar under “Regular Calendar, Third Reading”, no
longer as “Uncontested” on page 68.
half of the “Regular Calendar, Third
Reading” Bills were discussed a bit by members then the second half were
simply voted on, that’s what happened to HB1485 yesterday. No discussion, no
debate, just a forward vote.
of yesterday House session is now available online as an archive, before this
year watching a floor video after it occurred was not an option http://virginia-house.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3. Advancing through the video isn’t as easy as it should be but I found
HB1485 at 1:18:30
of the video for anyone who is interested.
yesterday for HB1485 to pass out of the Virginia House was 95-1.
House held a floor session on Saturday February 4th (because tomorrows Cross-Over Day) even though I
looked for a Floor calendar that very morning and could not find but now it’s
posted online http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?171+cal+CAL
, a bit late for citizens who are following Bills.
Virginia Delegate doesn’t ask for it to be removed from the Uncontested
Calendar and a floor amendment (grand-father clause) to be added then it will
be sent to the Virginia Senate late this week as-is, which means some current
RSO’s homes would become
felonies this July if the Senate fails to amend it in the next 2 weeks.
Let's NOT wait for the VA Senate to take action, ask the House to fix this Bill TODAY!
you have previously taken action on this proposal, thank you so much and I hope
you will do again so today. Those of you who haven’t because this Bill doesn’t affect
you our your loved one needs to seriously consider that if THIS retroactive
application becomes law on July 1st 2017 then Virginia Legislators
are going to feel empowered to broaden this law again and again. And when those
proposals are made in 2018 or 2019 your old conviction or your loved-ones old
conviction COULD be included and that future Bill could make your home a felony
will you care then? The point is, you should care now.
ask readers/followers/supporters to contact their one Delegate or perhaps a
specific Committee of Delegates but today I’m asking you to send this message to EVERY Virginia Delegate (list of their email’s is below).
Subject Line: Today’s Second Reading of HB1485
My name is _________ and I am
contacting you because HB1485is on today’s Uncontested
Second Reading Calendar and it needs a floor amendment.
As currently drafted HB1485-Dickie Bell/ Scott Lingamfelter/ Israel O’Quinn the
State Police will retroactively apply the residency portion to citizens who are
currently listed on the VSP Sex Offender Registry and are abiding by all their
legal obligations. If HB1485 is allowed to pass through the Virginia House
without the below being added to 18.2-370.3.Sex
offenses prohibiting residing in proximity to children then some
citizen’s current homes will become felonies on July 1, 2017 and they will
The prohibitions in this statute predicated upon an offense similar to those Virginia offenses under the laws of
any foreign country or any political subdivision thereof, any Native American
tribe or band that is recognized by federal law, or the United States
or any political subdivision thereof shall only apply to residences
established on or after July 1, 2017.
The Virginia House can not agree with the State Polices
proposal to not only charge currently complaint Registered Offenders with an
arbitrary felony but to also make them homeless, this does not make our
communities safer but in fact makes them less safe. A homeless, jobless “Sex
Offender” is more likely to commit a new offense (creating new victims) than a
Sex Offender who is stable with a roof over their head and the support of their
I am asking you to please remove HB1485 from today’s
Uncontested Calendar and to prose a floor amendment that will grandfather-in
all current residences.
Thank you very much for your time and consideration on
email program may not allow you to send one email to 99 (1 vacancy) addresses
you might have to break it up into 3 or 4 groups.