Sex Offender Registry; notification of laws. (SB420)

Introduced By

Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Sex Offender Registry; notification of laws.  Requires the Attorney General to annually compile laws containing requirements and prohibitions relevant to persons who must register as sex offenders and requires the State Police to publish the list on its website.  The State Police must annually distribute the list to persons required to register as sex offenders, unless the person is under the control of the Department of Corrections or Community Supervision, in which case the Department of Corrections must distribute the list. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12
01/11/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12101081D
01/11/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/23/2012Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (7-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2012Reconsidered by Courts of Justice
02/06/2012Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2012Committee substitute printed 12104903D-S1
02/07/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB420S1)
02/08/2012Read second time
02/08/2012Reading of substitute waived
02/08/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12104903D-S1
02/08/2012Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB420S1
02/09/2012Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2012Placed on Calendar
02/13/2012Read first time
02/13/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/16/2012Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
02/29/2012Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely
03/10/2012Left in Courts of Justice


Rickey Moore writes:

It's a great bill! Thanks to Sen. Marsden for his effort!

Mary writes:

Rarely is a bill introduced which goes so far to prevent crime from occurring as opposed to simply stating what will be done upon violation of said law.

While the RSOL of Virginia believes a great number of the restrictions and regulations placed upon those on the registry to be of limited or no value, we must ensure they are adhered to.

The state need not inform citizens that killing another person is against the law that is obvious.

But just last July Virginia past a law that any Violent registered offender (that’s 83% of the citizens on our registry) can not attend a high school graduation being held off of school property. Previously the law was school functions on school property, last year you expanded than to include a convention center or arena. Any offender who now attends their child or grandchild’s graduation at the Norfolk Scope or the Richmond Convention Center this coming spring will be committing a Class 6 Felony, but they won’t even know it.

There is no allowance for good intention or harmless behavior; it is simply an arbitrary restriction or rule based on an abstract idea.

Every year our Legislators change the limits where an offender can and cannot be who they can and cannot be with and even where they can work. This is done to NO other group of citizens AND that is why this bill neededto pass. These laws are rarely intuitive.

This Bill has come before the General Assembly in three prior years.

We have given the VSP 3 years and every opportunity to create a handout that citizens can understand, to offer it to the offenders during home visits and at every registration and to keep the list current after new laws take effect on July 1st. For 3 years the Virginia State Police Legislative Liaison has claimed to the patron and to the RSOL of VA that the VSP would take care of this request administratively, legislation was not needed.

Sadly, the VSP has fallen short on every occasion and have not kept their word. They have proven time and time again they can not handle this administratively and legislation is needed.

The real importance of this Bill is that it ensures that those who break the law will have done it knowingly and can therefore be held fully accountable.

This bill precludes any significant cost to the State in that if administrated properly it would be part of the re-registration process. In the end this Bill would save the State money by preventing a person from inadvertently breaking the law. No violation means…… no expense for the prosecution and subsequent incarceration as the violation will not have occurred.

If the Legislature deems it to be of importance to public safety to create a law providing penalty for a violation there of, it is of equal importance that the state makes these laws known to all.

We will try again for the fifth year in 2013.