Commercial vehicles; person required to register with Sex Offender & Crimes Against Minors Registry. (HB1733)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Commercial vehicles; persons required to register with the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry. Prohibits persons for whom registration with the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry is required from (1) driving school buses and passenger-carrying commercial vehicles and (2) being issued commercial driver's licenses and instruction permits to drive school buses and passenger-carrying commercial vehicles. Read the Bill »


01/31/2011: Merged into HB2026


01/10/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11102893D
01/10/2011Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/18/2011Referred from Transportation
01/18/2011Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/20/2011Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
01/21/2011Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB2026-May)
01/31/2011Incorporated by Courts of Justice (HB2026-May)


Bob writes:

The proposed legislation makes GOOD SENSE regarding sex offenders not obtaining a commercial driving permit for a school bus. However, there already exists a law preventing sex offender’s employment within the school system.

If the Virginia School System does not follow the proper protocol/law and hires a sex offender, then write a Bill where the school employee, principal, and the superintendent serve 25 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

I’m certain such a Bill focusing on School Administrators responsibility would get you a response from school officials “how draconian and unreasonable”. Yet, nearly every piece of sex offender legislation I have read is ill thought, useless, a gross misuse of my tax dollars. The Bills seem seeded with political re-election intent and lack any legitimate understanding of short and long term consequences associated with implementing.

How can some of the most intelligent people serving Virginia legislation not have access or seek out 20-30 years of sex offender studies and data? The sex offender population has the lowest recidivism rates of any criminal group in the nation. If Virginia is truly trying to protect society, then why did legislators change all sex offenses to violent offenses and then place everyone on the website?

Where is the legislation that mandates individual risk analysis for each individual’s offense? By including everyone on the registry where all are classified as violent, the large numbers mask the very few who are truly a danger. If people are NOT a risk to society, take these sex offenders off the website and leave the ones on who truly are. In doing so will save a substantial amount of fiscal resources and better protect society from the few who are truly dangerous.

In this proposed Bill, it makes absolutely NO SENSE to deny someone with a sex offense the ability to obtain passenger-carrying commercial vehicles. As currently written, this proposed legislation protects absolutely no one and duplicates existing school employment legislation.

The Bill specifically targets to deny the very livelihoods of drivers (“taxpayers”) simply because they are legislated to register as a sex offender in Virginia.

The proposed Bill will deny the livelihood(s) of anyone who is trying to gain legitimate employment, pay taxes, and pay rent to have an address to register! The proposed legislation will cost tax payers precious funds, for no other reason but to deny another sector of employment for anyone required to register as a sex offender.

This legislation offers absolutely no value to protect society; it’s wrong, and fiscally expensive. I request “and passenger-carrying commercial vehicles” be removed from the second and fourth lines of the proposed Bill.
Virginia legislation has created a sub-human class of people for which Virginia has a long history of doing.

I am struggling/troubled as to specifically why this Bill was even introduced and after reading the lengthy burden of registration requirements, I can’t grasp any good value in this Bill and it duplicates existing legislation already in place.

stephen writes:

Where the drunk drivers complaining about sex offenders taking their jobs?

Mary writes:

This was rolled into HB2026 which was amended to only prohibit licenses to drive school buses, which is completely acceptable.