Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry; notification of laws. (SB553)

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 prepare a pamphlet listing and summarizing laws containing requirements and prohibitions relevant to persons required to register as sex offenders and communicate the pamphlet to the State Police and the Department of Corrections. The bill requires the State Police to (i) publish the pamphlet on its website and (ii) annually distribute the pamphlet 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 pamphlet. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2014Presented and ordered printed 14100977D
01/08/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB553)
01/22/2014Continued to 2015 in Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB553)


Susan writes:

I am thrilled to see this legislation and hope it passes. Why wouldn't you want to make sure that all of the laws and rules past and present are not communicated and followed. If these laws are truly for public safety then make them clear. I hope they have the guts to pass this!

Waldo Jaquith writes:

This seems like an awfully good idea. I'm amazed at the number of laws passed every year that regulate sex offenders. It had never occurred to me to wonder how they keep up with the things that they're supposed to comply with, but I guess it must be confusing. This seems like a pretty simple, inexpensive way to make sure that people know the laws that they're obliged to follow.

Mary Devoy writes:

Waldo and anyone else its a great idea but it's been "killed" 4 times previously by the G.A.

RSO laws are a minefield and intent is not necessary to charge them with a new felony for the mistake.

This proposal would prevent new and unintentional crimes from occurring in the first place as opposed to most laws that punish someone after they've committed a crime. What a novel idea!

My site is the ONLY place that lists all the do's and don't for the 20,300+ RSO's 800-1,200 new Virginians added every year)in Virginia and I update it every year after new laws take effect on July 1st. But thousands of RSO's don't have Internet access, so how do they find out what they can and can't do under the law as an RSO? They can't!

Maybe the 5th try will be the charm.

Anyone who thinks this is a good idea, you can learn more about this request including its history at