Sex offender registry; penalties when registrants do not disclose all real property owned in State. (HB1579)

Introduced By

Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Sex offender registry; penalties.  Requires registrants to disclose all real property owned in the Commonwealth, including property that they own jointly or through a corporation or partnership. Access to the real property information must be available on the State Police maintained website. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/05/2011Impact statement from (HB1579)
01/05/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11101622D
01/05/2011Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/05/2011Impact statement from VCSC (HB1579)
01/17/2011Impact statement from DPB (HB1579)
01/24/2011Assigned MPPS sub: #3
01/28/2011Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 0-N)
01/28/2011Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/28/2011Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2011Committee substitute printed 11104814D-H1
01/28/2011Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/28/2011Impact statement from DPB (HB1579)
01/28/2011Impact statement from VCSC (HB1579H1)
01/31/2011Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
02/02/2011Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/03/2011Impact statement from DPB (HB1579H1)
02/08/2011Left in Appropriations


stephen writes:

I think it's funny to see a black person pushing for jim crow laws. Also if a sex offender owns a share of stock in exxon, does that mean they have to report all the gas station locations.

L.L. writes:

Is this really a problem? Do those convicted of embezzlement or fraud have to do this publicly?

Mary writes:

The RSOL of Virginia has contacted Delegate Dance’s office about HB1579 to inquire what inspired the bill. We were told that Dinwiddie County Administration requested the bill. We’ve also learned what inspired the bill and that the current statute for registration of residential address already takes care of their concern, so this bill is not really needed. We’ve asked Delegate Dance to consider an amendment to this bill to fix what might be considered a small loophole in the existing statute to achieve the intent of the bill but as currently worded the RSOL of Virginia will Oppose HB1579 because it is extremely overreaching, it has unintended consequences and it will cost the State a lot of money.

Walt Sabol Jr. writes:

This bill is EX POST FACTO (RETROACTIVE) which is prohibitive in the Constitution of virginia and the US CONSTITUTION in section 9 of both.It is nobodies busisnes where i live or what i own.

Bob writes:

The proposed legislation is astonishingly against everything America stands for. Brave Men and Women in our Armed Forces put their lives on the line and give their lives for freedom.

Then I read this proposed legislation and it pongs of hate to locate and publish every fully or partially owned registered sex offender corporation or partnership. This proposed legislation protects no one, but viciously targets to destroy the livelihoods of people who are required to register as a sex offender in Virginia.

Furthermore, this law will intentionally and without regard for any of the founding laws of our state, or nation, devastate livelihood(s) of anyone who co-owns property with someone.

Innocent co-owners who are not required to register are hugely impacted and it is clear the legislators are sending a signal to anyone co-owning property…with a sex offender.

This Bill serves absolutely no value, will cost the tax payers precious funds, for the reason to further devastate/hate anyone required to register as a sex offender.

This legislation is simply wrong. I can’t believe this was even introduced as a Bill.

Legislators should focus on the serious nature of our economy, instead of introducing reckless hatred in a Bill.

Rickey Moore writes:

As a registered sex-offender I find this purely punitive and it serves no ones interest towards public safety. I agree with Stephen, this is another Jim Crow style piece of legislation, that this state is becoming famous (infamous)for. Why any business would locate here is beyond me.

It further punishes those of us who admitted our crime, did the time and grind, and who are now offense free for years. No, I see this as part of a "police state" mentality, that I find alarming.

I was taught in the SOAR program, in NC, that the Good Parent, while assuming a position of Power and Authority, also acknowledged the equal amount of Responsibility, that is attendant. The Bad Parent only assumes and enforces their Power and Authority. So, where is the Good Parent here? Am I to be compensated when something is taken away? Will the Legislature start writing us checks to compensate us our financial losses? Do I get a tax break, free medical, farm/business loans or food stamps because of a State imposed disability? A really good attorney or newspaper could make political hay with this. A really good attorney or newspaper would. Ric

David writes:

Since I am in a Limited Parternership with my family I need to register 1. My parents house 2. My Sisters house 3. My younger brothers house 4. My youngest Brothers house 5. The families Beach condo. If the beach condo is in MD, does that mean I need to register in that state also? Does this include their vehicles? Does this mean the idiot who proposed this wants to place them and their homes on a SO Web Page? What havbe they done wrong?

David writes:

I would also like to add to my previous comment that the parternership with my family expires upon the death of both of my parents. So while I am making arragements for their funeral and mourning I have 3 days to take time from that to 1st make an appointment with the State Police and at there convenience go through the unregistering phase.

L.L. writes:

David, I hope you're planning to testify and write relevant legislators. This is what they need to hear.

David writes:

L.L., That has been done.
This bill would probably embarass my family with there properties listed on the SO web page and I only am there a couple of times a year to visit.