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2017 Virginia General Assembly – Legislation / Bills


12 Years of RSO Bills and in 7 of Those Years it's been the #1 Request From Virginia Delegates and Senators

This page was last updated on February 17, 2017 @ 10:45AM 

The 2017 Virginia General Assembly Session began on Wednesday January 11, 2017 in Richmond Virginia and should adjourn on Saturday February 25th 

Back in November 2014, I posted How a Bill Becomes a Law in Virginia it outlines the process of a bill moving through the Virginia Legislature as well as the differences between a short and a long session, 2017 is a short-session. 

Cross-Over Day was Tuesday February 7, 2017, if a Bill did NOT make it entirely through the first chamber (House or Senate) by the end of February 7, then it is dead. 

When the General Assembly is in session you can track bills on-line, you can check daily meeting schedules for House and Senate Sub-Committee (the only time citizens can speak for or against a bill) and Full-Committee hearings. You can also watch House and Senate floor debates on the bills that have passed through committee and on to a vote all live. 

The majority of Bills that have to do with Sex Offender issues are sent to these 2 Committees. 

On this page you will find the Bills (Legislation) that I am monitoring, supporting or opposing (scroll down).  

Every bill I’m watching can be viewed under my public profile on the Richmond Sunlight website which includes Bills for Restoration of Rights, Child Care Providers, Employment/Criminal Convictions and Custodial Rights none of which are listed below. 

If a Bill has no unintended consequences, family collateral damage, doesn’t limit housing, employment, movement or education, doesn’t violate basic human or civil rights or isn’t specifically directed at those who do in fact pose a threat (not the majority or all RSO’s) then I will NOT oppose it.. I understand some readers think I should oppose every single bill that has any remote connection to RSO’s, well that just is not going to happen! I am not for abolishment of the registry; I am for reform of the registry based on evidence-based research and successful programs. 

Anyone can speak publically against a bill and if you feel strongly enough about a particular bill you can take a stand and let your voice be heard in Richmond too. 

All Action Items, Alerts or Hearing Notices will not be added to this page but instead they will be a “post” on the Home page 

This page will not be finalized until June 2017 when the Governor has signed or vetoed ALL of the 2017 Legislation.  

Mary D. Devoy 

Here are some articles about the 2017 VA General Assembly session that are not connected to any of the below Bills:

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2017 Virginia General Assembly Bills 
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Still Alive:

 
HB1485:        Sex offenses prohibiting proximity to children and working on school property; penalty.
Requested by the Virginia State Police, BUT it’s is NOT an “Administration’ Bill.

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

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  

Sponsor/ Patron:                         Richard P. Bell  and L. Scott Lingamfelter
Co-Sponsors/ Co-Patrons:      Israel D. O'Quinn
Companion or Similar Bill:    SB1072 Dead for 2017!               Sponsor/ Patron:   R. Creigh Deeds 

Bill Text as Introduced:
Adds to the list of sex offenses that prohibit a person convicted of such offenses from being or residing in proximity to schools and certain other property where children congregate or from working on school property any offense under the law of any other jurisdiction that is substantially similar to such sex offenses. Any violation of this prohibition is punishable as a Class 6 felony. 

Fiscal Impact Statement (Cost to Implement and/or DOC Prison Bed/Space):
The obligatory $50,000

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News Articles about This Bill:
None Yet

Action Items or Posts for This Bill:
Bill History:

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SB1210:           Unlawful creation of image of another; creates civil action

AKA “Revenge Porn Suit Bill” 

Sponsor/ Patron:                         Jennifer T. Wexton
 
Bill Text as Introduced:
Creates a civil cause of action against individuals who knowingly and intentionally (i) create any videographic or still image of any nonconsenting person who is nude, clad in undergarments, or in a state of undress or (ii) capture an image of a person's intimate parts or undergarments when those captured parts or undergarments would not otherwise be visible to the general public. The bill provides that compensatory and punitive damages may be awarded. 

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News Articles about This Bill:
·         General Assembly bill would allow "revenge porn" victims to sue perpetrators in civil court, January 30, 2017  http://pilotonline.com/news/government/virginia/general-assembly-bill-would-allow-revenge-porn-victims-to-sue/article_0f1dfef7-82b9-56c9-9cf3-2557775ad1b1.html 

Bill History:
·         01/10/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102759D
·         02/01/17  Senate: Passed by for the day
·         02/02/17  Senate: Read second time
·         02/02/17  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
·         02/02/17  Senate: Committee amendments agreed to
·         02/02/17  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1210E
·         02/02/17  Senate: Printed as engrossed 17102759D-E
·         02/08/17  House: Placed on Calendar
·         02/08/17  House: Read first time
 

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Passed Both Chambers and on its Way to Governor McAuliffe:


HB1559:         Special identification cards; fee for issuance of duplicate or reissuance, expiration of cards.

This Bill originally had NOTHING to do w/ RSO’s but then was amended in the House. 

The bill NOW sets the validity period to a maximum of five years )instead of 8 years) for a special identification card issued to a person required to register with the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry AND they can NOT renew online or through the mail. 

Sponsor/ Patron:                         Paul E. Krizek 

Bill Text as Introduced: Increases from $5 per renewal to $2 per year, with a $10 minimum fee, the fee for an original, duplicate, reissue, or renewal special identification card and increases the maximum validity period from seven to eight years. The bill changes expiration dates from the last day of the month of birth of the applicant to the applicant' s birthday at the end of the period of years for which a special identification card has been issued.  

Fiscal Impact Statement (Cost to Implement and/or DOC Prison Bed/Space):

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News Articles about This Bill:
None Yet 

Action Items or Posts for This Bill:
Bill History:
·         12/29/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102607D
·         01/19/17  House: Committee substitute printed 17104283D-H1
·         01/20/17  House: Read first time
·         01/23/17  House: Passed by for the day
·         01/24/17  House: Read second time
·         01/24/17  House: Committee substitute agreed to 17104283D-H1
·         01/24/17  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1559H1
·         01/25/17  House: Read third time and passed House (96-Y 3-N)
·         01/26/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
·         02/13/17  Senate: Read third time
·         02/15/17  House: Enrolled
·         02/15/17  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1559ER)
  • This Bill needs to be amended! See February 15, 2017 Action Item and contact Governor McAuliffe.
 

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HB2257:        High school family life education curricula; effective and evidence-based programs on consent.

Sponsor/ Patron:                         Eileen Filler-Corn
Co-Sponsors/ Co-Patrons:      Kaye Kory 

Bill Text as Introduced:
Requires any high school family life education curriculum offered by a local school division to incorporate age-appropriate elements of effective and evidence-based programs on consent. 

Fiscal Impact Statement (Cost to Implement and/or DOC Prison Bed/Space):

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Bill History:
·         01/11/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100874D
·         01/25/17  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
·         HB2257 is Dead for 2017!
·         01/31/17  House: Read first time
·         02/01/17  House: Passed by for the day
·         02/02/17  House: Passed by for the day
·         02/03/17  House: Read second time
·         02/03/17  House: Committee amendment agreed to
·         02/03/17  House: Engrossed by House as amended HB2257E
·         02/03/17  House: Printed as engrossed 17100874D-E
·         02/06/17  House: Read third time and passed House (83-Y 11-N)
·         02/07/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
·         02/09/17  Senate: Committee substitute printed 17105326D-S1
·         02/13/17  Senate: Read third time
·         02/13/17  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
·         02/13/17  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 17105326D-S1
·         02/13/17  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB2257S1
·         02/15/17  House: Placed on Calendar
·         02/15/17  House: Senate substitute agreed to by House 17105326D-S1 (92-Y 4-N)
·         02/17/17  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2257ER) 

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HB1580:        Possession of child pornography by employees of the Department of Social Services

Sponsor/ Patron:                         Jeffrey L. Campbell
Co-Sponsors/ Co-Patrons:      Les R. Adams (chief co-patron)
         
Bill Text as Introduced:
Provides that an employee of the Department of Social Services or a local department of social services may, in the course of conducting his professional duties, lawfully possess child pornography for a bona fide purpose. 

Fiscal Impact Statement (Cost to Implement and/or DOC Prison Bed/Space):

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Bill History:
·         01/02/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101992D
·         01/02/17  House: Committee Referral Pending
·         01/24/17  House: Read first time
·         01/25/17  House: Read second time
·         01/25/17  House: Committee amendment agreed to
·         01/25/17  House: Engrossed by House as amended HB1580E
·         01/25/17  House: Printed as engrossed 17101992D-E
·         01/26/17  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
·         01/27/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
·         02/08/17  Senate: Read third time
·         02/10/17  House: Enrolled
·         02/10/17  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1580ER)
·         02/10/17  House: Signed by Speaker
·         02/13/17  Senate: Signed by President
·         02/13/17  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/13/17
·         02/13/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 20, 2017
 

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Dead for 2017:

 
HB2459:        Wireless telecommunications devices, certain; prohibition on sale to minors.
 
AKA “Kid’s Can’t Sext if They Don’t Have a Cell phone w/ a Camera” 

Sponsor/ Patron:                         Robert G. Marshall 

Bill Text as Introduced:
Provides that any retail establishment that sells a cellular telephone or other wireless telecommunications device that is capable of capturing a photographic or other visual image to a person it knows or has reason to know is a minor is subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $100 for a first violation, a civil penalty not to exceed $200 for a second violation, and a civil penalty not to exceed $500 for a third or subsequent violation. 

Fiscal Impact Statement (Cost to Implement and/or DOC Prison Bed/Space):

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News Articles about This Bill:
·         Proposed bill would ban stores from selling cell phones with cameras to minors, January 26, 2017 http://wset.com/news/local/proposed-bill-would-ban-stores-from-selling-cell-phones-with-cameras-to-minors
·         Lawmaker wants to ban cell phone camera sales to kids, January 25, 2017 http://wtvr.com/2017/01/25/teen-cell-phone-ban/
·         Proposed bill would prohibit selling cell phones to minors, January 20, 2017 http://wric.com/2017/01/20/proposed-bill-would-prohibit-selling-cell-phones-to-minors/ 

Bill History:
·         01/20/17  House: Presented and ordered printed 17103994D
·         02/03/17  House: Tabled in Courts of Justice by voice vote
  • HB2459 is Dead for 2017!
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HB2452:        Discovery in criminal cases; duty to provide.

Sponsor/ Patron:                         Rick L. Morris 

Bill Text as Introduced:
Provides that the attorney for the Commonwealth, upon written notice by an accused to the court and to the attorney for the Commonwealth, must permit the accused to inspect, copy, or photograph (i) any relevant written or recorded statements or confessions made by the accused and the substance of any oral statements or confessions made by the accused to any law-enforcement officer; (ii) any relevant written reports of autopsies, ballistic tests, fingerprint analyses, handwriting analyses, blood, urine, and breath tests, other scientific reports, and written reports of a physical or mental examination of the accused or the alleged victim; (iii) designated books, papers, documents, tangible objects, buildings, or places, or copies or portions thereof, that are within the possession, custody, or control of the Commonwealth; and (iv) any relevant police reports. The bill provides that the attorney for the Commonwealth may withhold or redact certain information from such disclosures made and that the accused may file a motion to compel disclosure of any information withheld or redacted. The bill also provides that if the accused files a written notice that the accused must permit the Commonwealth to inspect, copy, or photograph any (a) books, papers, documents, photographs, motion pictures, mechanical or electronic recordings, tangible objects, or copies or portions thereof which are within the possession, custody, or control of the accused and which the accused intends to introduce in evidence at the trial and (b) photograph results or reports of physical or mental examinations or of tests, measurements, or experiments made in connection with the case, or copies thereof, within the possession and control of the accused which the accused intends to introduce in evidence at the trial or which were prepared by a witness whom the accused intends to call at the trial, when the results or reports relate to his testimony. The accused's duty to provide discovery shall be in addition to any duty to provide reciprocal discovery pursuant to Rule 3A:11 of the Rules of Supreme Court of Virginia. 

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News Articles about This Bill:
·         Morris, awaiting trial, seeks change to court rules, January 27, 2017 http://www.dailypress.com/news/politics/dp-nws-morris-discovery-rules-20170127-story.html 

Action Items or Posts for This Bill:
Bill History:
·         01/20/17  House: Presented and ordered printed 17103964D
·         02/01/17  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
·         HB2452 is Dead for 2017! 

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SB1563:          Discovery in criminal cases; duty to provide. 

Sponsor/ Patron:                         William M. Stanley, Jr. 

Bill Text as Introduced:
Requires the attorney for the Commonwealth, upon written notice by an accused to the court and to the attorney for the Commonwealth, to permit the accused to inspect, copy, or photograph (i) any relevant written or recorded statements or confessions made by the accused and the substance of any oral statements or confessions made by the accused to any law-enforcement officer; (ii) any relevant written reports of autopsies; ballistic tests; fingerprint analyses; handwriting analyses; blood, urine, and breath tests; other scientific reports; and written reports of a physical or mental examination of the accused or the alleged victim; (iii) any books, papers, documents, tangible objects, buildings, or places, or copies or portions thereof, that are within the possession, custody, or control of the Commonwealth; (iv) any relevant police reports; and (v) all relevant reports prepared by an expert witness whom the Commonwealth intends to call at the trial during its case in chief, if the reports relate to his expected testimony. The bill provides that the attorney for the Commonwealth may withhold or redact certain information from such disclosures made and that the accused may file a motion to compel disclosure of any information withheld or redacted. The bill also provides that if the accused files a written notice the accused must permit the Commonwealth to inspect, copy, or photograph any (a) written reports of autopsy examinations; ballistic tests; fingerprint, blood, urine, and breath analyses; and other scientific tests that are within the possession, custody, or control of the accused and that the accused intends to introduce in evidence at the trial or sentencing and (b) results or reports of physical or mental examinations or tests, measurements, or experiments made in connection with the case, or copies thereof, within the possession and control of the accused that the accused intends to introduce in evidence at the trial or that were prepared by a witness whom the accused intends to call at the trial, if the results or reports relate to his expected testimony. The accused's duty to provide discovery shall be in addition to any duty to provide reciprocal discovery pursuant to Rule 3A:11 of the Rules of Supreme Court of Virginia. 

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News Articles about This Bill:
·         House kills criminal justice reforms, February 16, 2017
http://www.dailypress.com/news/politics/dp-nws-crime-justice-reform-bills-20170215-story.html

Bill History:
·         01/20/17  Senate: Presented and ordered printed 17103296D
·         02/01/17  Senate: Committee substitute printed 17104773D-S1
·         02/06/17  Senate: Read second time
·         02/06/17  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
·         02/06/17  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 17104773D-S1
·         02/06/17  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1563S1
·         02/09/17  House: Placed on Calendar
·         02/09/17  House: Read first time
·         02/15/17  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
  • SB1563 is Dead for 2017!

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SB1560:          Possession of child pornography where the accused has produced the child pornography; penalties 

Sponsor/ Patron:                         Thomas K. Norment, Jr. 

Bill Text as Introduced:
Provides that any person who knowingly possesses child pornography that he has produced shall be punished by not less than five years nor more than 20 years in a state correctional facility, two years of which shall be a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment. The bill also provides that any person who knowingly (i) reproduces by any means, sells, gives away, distributes, electronically transmits, displays, purchases, or possesses with intent to sell, give away, distribute, transmit, or display child pornography that he has produced or (ii) commands, entreats, or otherwise attempts to persuade another person to send, submit, transfer, or provide to him any child pornography in order to gain entry into a group, association, or assembly of persons engaged in trading or sharing child pornography that he has produced shall be punished by not less than five years nor more than 20 years in a state correctional facility, five years of which shall be a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment. A second or subsequent offense involving the reproduction or attempts to persuade another person to send child pornography that was produced by the offender shall be punished by not less than 10 years nor more than 20 years in a state correctional facility, 10 years of which shall be a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment. The bill provides that any violation involving child pornography that the accused has produced constitutes a separate and distinct offense from other production of child pornography offenses. 

Fiscal Impact Statement (Cost to Implement and/or DOC Prison Bed/Space):

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News Articles about This Bill:
·        Senate kills Norment child pornography bill after questions over effect, accusation over motive, February 4, 2017 http://www.dailypress.com/news/politics/dp-nws-norment-child-pornography-20170203-story.html
·       Why On Earth Would Virginia Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment (R) Want to Reduce Penalties for Child Friggin’ Pornography??? January 31, 2017  http://bluevirginia.us/2017/01/earth-virginia-senate-majority-leader-tommy-norment-r-want-reduce-penalties-child-friggin-pornography
·        Senate majority leader under fire for bill that reduces punishment for child porn production, anuary 26, 2017  http://wric.com/2017/01/26/senate-majority-leader-under-fire-for-bill-that-reduces-punishment-for-child-porn-production/ 

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HB2039:        Child pornography; discretionary sentencing guideline midpoints for possession.

Requested by Camille Cooper of PROTECT

Sponsor/ Patron:                         Jackson H. Miller
Companion or Similar Bill:   SB1278 Dead for 2017!           Sponsor/ Patron:     Ryan T. McDougle 

Bill Text as Introduced:
Raises the midpoint of the recommended sentencing range for possession of child pornography by (i) 100 percent in cases in which the defendant has no previous conviction of a violent felony offense; (ii) 200 percent in cases in which the defendant has previously been convicted of a violent felony offense punishable by a maximum punishment of less than 40 years; and (iii) 400 percent in cases in which the defendant has previously been convicted of a violent felony offense punishable by a maximum punishment of 40 years or more. The bill also requires a court that imposes a sentence that is less than the midpoint of the sentencing guidelines to review all child pornography possessed by the defendant. 

Fiscal Impact Statement (Cost to Implement and/or DOC Prison Bed/Space):

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News Articles about This Bill:
·         Lawmakers say Virginia judges being too lenient on people possessing child porn, January 17, 2017 http://wric.com/2017/01/17/lawmakers-say-virginia-judges-being-too-lenient-on-people-possessing-child-porn/ 

Action Items or Posts for This Bill:
Bill History:
·         01/10/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103133D
·         02/07/17  House: Left in Courts of Justice
·         HB2038 is Dead for 2017! 

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SB1278:          Discretionary sentencing guideline midpoints; possession of child pornography

Requested by Camille Cooper of PROTECT

Sponsor/ Patron:                         Ryan T. McDougle      
Companion or Similar Bill:    HB2039 Dead for 2017!        Sponsor/ Patron:    Jackson H. Miller 

Bill Text as Introduced:
Raises the midpoint of the recommended sentencing range for possession of child pornography by (i) 100 percent in cases in which the defendant has no previous conviction of a violent felony offense; (ii) 200 percent in cases in which the defendant has previously been convicted of a violent felony offense punishable by a maximum punishment of less than 40 years; and (iii) 400 percent in cases in which the defendant has previously been convicted of a violent felony offense punishable by a maximum punishment of 40 years or more. The bill also requires a court that imposes a sentence that is less than the midpoint of the sentencing guidelines to review all child pornography possessed by the defendant. 

Fiscal Impact Statement (Cost to Implement and/or DOC Prison Bed/Space):
http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?171+oth+SB1278F160+PDF - $989,660 

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/sb1278/ 

News Articles about This Bill:
·         Lawmakers say Virginia judges being too lenient on people possessing child porn, January 17, 2017 http://wric.com/2017/01/17/lawmakers-say-virginia-judges-being-too-lenient-on-people-possessing-child-porn/ 

Action Items or Posts for This Bill:
Bill History:
·         01/10/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101927D
·         Posted in LIS on 01/12/17
·         01/16 Substitute- http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?171+ful+SB1278S1 removes the second part but still costs almost $1 Mil
·         01/16/17  Senate: Committee substitute printed 17104308D-S1
·         SB1278 is Dead for 2017!

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HB2065:        Sexual battery; surprise; penalty. 

Sponsor/ Patron:                         Michael P. Mullin (by request)    

Bill Text as Introduced:
Provides that sexual battery, which is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor, may be accomplished by surprise.

Fiscal Impact Statement (Cost to Implement and/or DOC Prison Bed/Space):
The obligatory $50,000 

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Action Items or Posts for This Bill:
Bill History:
·         01/10/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102630D
·         02/07/17  House: Left in Courts of Justice
·         SB2065 is Dead for 2017! 

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SB1072:          Sex offenses prohibiting proximity to children; penalty. 

Requested by the Virginia State Police, BUT it’s is NOT an “Administration” Bill.

A Misleading Bill Title as it includes Residency Restrictions! 

SB1072 adds " includes any similar offense 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  to §§ 18.2-370.2 , §§ 18.2-370.3 AND §§ 18.2-370.4  

Sponsor/ Patron:                         R. Creigh Deeds
Companion or Similar Bill:    HB1485 Still Alive!       Sponsor/ Patron:      Richard P. Bell 

Bill Text as Introduced:
Includes in the list of certain sex offenses that prohibit a person from being within 100 feet or residing within 500 feet of a school or certain other property frequented by children or from working on school property any offense similar to such sex offenses under the laws of any foreign country or political subdivision thereof, any federally recognized Native American tribe or band, or the United States or any political subdivision thereof. 

Fiscal Impact Statement (Cost to Implement and/or DOC Prison Bed/Space):
The obligatory $50,000 

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Action Items or Posts for This Bill:
Bill History:
·         01/06/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101791D
·         Posted in LIS on 01/09/17
·         01/16/16 Heard by Senate Courts of Justice Committee, passed by for the day to work on amendments. Would be placed on 01/18 agenda.
·         01/18/17  Senate: Committee substitute printed 17104415D-S1
·         01/18 substitute- http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?171+ful+SB1072S1 it grandfathers anyone who is already livng at a residency that would become illegal on July 1, 2017. Without this grandfather-clause an unknown number of Virginians could be evicted and become homeless when this law takes effect. -Mary
·         SB1072 is Dead for 2017! 

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SB1066:          Petition for writ of actual innocence 

Sponsor/ Patron:                         R. Creigh Deeds
Co-Sponsors/ Co-Patrons:      Jennifer L. McClellan and J. Chapman Petersen
Companion or Similar Bill:    HB2085 Dead for 2017!        Sponsor/ Patron:    Charniele L. Herring 

Bill Text as Introduced:
Provides that a person may petition for a writ of actual innocence based on biological evidence regardless of the type of plea he entered at trial. Under current law, a person may petition for a writ based on biological evidence if he (i) entered a plea of not guilty, (ii) is convicted of murder, or (iii) is convicted of a felony for which the maximum punishment is imprisonment for life. The bill also provides that the Supreme Court of Virginia shall grant the writ upon finding that the petitioner has proven the allegations supporting the writ by a preponderance of the evidence. Currently, the Court must make such a finding based on clear and convincing evidence.

Fiscal Impact Statement (Cost to Implement and/or DOC Prison Bed/Space):

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Bill History:
·         01/06/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103488D
·         Posted in LIS on 01/09/17
·         02/01/17  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
·         02/06/17  House: Placed on Calendar
·         02/06/17  House: Read first time
·         02/15/17  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
·         SB1066 is Dead for 2017!

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HB1557:         Temporary injunction of contract for services; rape, forcible sodomy, or object sexual penetration.

AKA-Kesha’s Law, as in the singer who was in a legal battle with Dr. Luke. Yep! - Mary 

Sponsor/ Patron:                         Paul E. Krizek               

Bill Text as Introduced:
Requires a court, in an action for a temporary injunction of a contract for services, to consider a conviction or finding of rape, forcible sodomy, or object sexual penetration, committed by one party to a contract against the other, in assessing whether to grant the injunction. 

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Bill History:
·         12/29/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100527D
·         12/29/16  House: Committee Referral Pending
·         If this is going to become a law then crimes like stalking, assault, battery, etc should be included. –Mary
·         01/25/17  House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket by voice vote
·         HB1557 is Dead for 2017!

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SB828:            Family life education; certain curricula and standards of learning.
 
AKA: “Erin’s Law

Sponsor/ Patron:                         Jennifer T. Wexton
Co-Sponsors/ Co-Patrons:      Barbara A. Favola, Janet D. Howell, Kaye Kory, Sam Rasoul, Marcus B. Simon,

Bill Text as Introduced:
Requires the Board of Education to include in its standards of learning for family life education standards for age-appropriate instruction in the prevention, recognition, and awareness of child abduction, child abuse, child sexual exploitation, and child sexual abuse. The bill also requires such standards to be taught in grades K through 12. 

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·       ‘We Support the Girls’ Event Pushes for Erin’s Law Passage, February 16, 2017
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Virginia’s 2 Budget Bills:
        As Introduced on December 15, 2016:
                Item 422
                Sex Offender Registry Program (30207)                                 FY2017- $2,835,604    FY2018-$2,835,699

                Item 423
                Sex Offender Registry Program Enforcement (31011)        FY2017- $6,532,000    FY2018-$6,532,000

        As Introduced on December 15, 2016:
                Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security  
                Item 422
                Sex Offender Registry Program (30207)                                  FY2017- $2,835,604    FY2018-$2,835,699
                Item 423
                Sex Offender Registry Program Enforcement (31011)        FY2017- $6,532,000    FY2018-$6,532,000 

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