Sex offenders in emergency shelters; notification registration. (HB187)

Introduced By

Del. Cliff Hayes (D-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Sex offenders in emergency shelters; notification registration. Provides that a registered sex offender who enters an emergency shelter designated by the Commonwealth or any political subdivision thereof and operated in response to a declared state or local emergency shall, as soon as practicable after entry, notify a member of the shelter's staff who is responsible for providing security of such person's status as a registered sex offender. The bill provides that the shelter's staff may access the publicly available information on the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry regarding such person and use such information in making reasonable accommodations to ensure the safety of all persons in the shelter; however, no person shall be denied entry solely on the basis of his status as a sex offender unless such entry is otherwise prohibited by law. The bill also requires that such person register with the local law-enforcement agency where the shelter is located within three days of entering the shelter if such person continues to reside in the shelter at that time. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/26/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18100352D
12/26/2017Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/03/2018Impact statement from VCSC (HB187)
01/18/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB187)
02/06/2018Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
02/07/2018Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB757-Leftwich)
02/15/2018Left in Courts of Justice


Mary D. Devoy writes:

This is the 3rd version of the Emergency Shelters and Registered Sex Offenders Bill for 2018, I'm thinking it won't be the last.
The Chesapeake Police Department must REALLY want this.
This Bill has the same long list of problems the other 2 Senate versions have.

Derek Logue of OnceFallen writes:

Does Virginia really want to travel down the same path as Florida and Sheriff Grady Judd? There is no justification for a law like this. We've already seen a dangerous precedent established during Irma and even before then. The blood of those who die if this bill passes will be on the hands of those who vote for it.