Sex offender registry; electronic identification information, registration requirements. (SB243)

Introduced By

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Sex offender registry; electronic identification information; registration requirements. Under current law a registered sex offender must reregister within 30 minutes following a change of the offender's electronic mail address information, any instant message, chat, or other Internet communication name or identity information that the person uses or intends to use, whether within or without the Commonwealth. This bill extends the time frame to the next business day after the person learns of the change. The bill also provides that consumer account information, such as usernames and passwords, do not have to be submitted to the Registry. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/06/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102899D
01/06/2016Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/2016Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (6-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/18/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB243)


John Covert writes:

I strongly support this bill. As a registered sex offender, it is terribly inconvenient and unreasonable to have to get to a state barracks within 30 minutes to report a new name and password. I have no problem with providing this information but what is the problem with making this something that is doable rather than something that is nearly impossible. I can get to a barracks within 30 minutes (just barely, assuming good weather and no accidents or road repairs along the way) but for many others on the registry it is impossible or interferes with work, child rearing, schooling, etc.

Lee writes:

I have been told by VSP that they have no mechanism in place to support the law as written. However, they have also stated that they WILL prosecute if the offender is in violation. Huh? So yes, this is a good bill but could go further. Required registry updates should all have the same time frame to prevent confusion and inadvertent violations.