There is a Companion Bill in the House its HB2039 http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?171+sum+HB2039 Patroned by Jackson H. Miller.
It posted in LIS on January 11th and at 8:21AM on 01/16 I received an email (because the VA House added email signup back in 2016, but the VA Senate doesn’t have it) that HB2039 is a last minute addition to the House Courts of Justice Criminal Sub-Committee agenda http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/agendas/agendaItem.php?id=599&ses=171# for the early afternoon of 01/16.
Less than 5 hours from the Bill being placed on the Committee agenda and the Committee gathering to hear the Bill.
That’s not transparent, that's not Open Government!
Remember my October 31, 2016 post about the new book Refining Child Pornography Law: Crime, Language, and Social Consequences (Law, Meaning, and Violence) by Carissa Byrne Hessick?
Not only did I post about it, I emailed my recommendation to all the Virginia Legislators and like in the post I ended the email with this “Before one more Child Pornography law is proposed, tweaked or even considered in Virginia, every Legislator, the Governor and the AG should read this book”.
Well it seems my Senator Ryan T. McDougle didn’t read the book, hasn’t considered any of the research I’ve shared over the last 9 GA sessions but instead has decided to sponsor the below Bill. Why? Because Camille Cooper of PROTECT and Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Rusty McGuire (who I ran into outside Senator McDougle's office) want to reverse the Virginia Criminal Sentencing’s recent change that slightly lowered the sentencing for “Possession” of Child Pornography.