Sex offenders in emergency shelters; notification registration. (HB757)

Introduced By

Del. Jay Leftwich (R-Chesapeake) with support from co-patron 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 any person who fails to notify the shelter's staff of his status as a registered sex offender is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. 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 to ensure the safety of all persons in the shelter. The bill requires that the Department of State Police provide to any registered sex offender at the time of his initial registration a summary of his obligation to inform the staff of an emergency shelter of his status as a registered sex offender. Read the Bill »


03/01/2018: Passed the Senate


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18102541D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/2018Impact statement from VCSC (HB757)
01/18/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB757)
02/06/2018Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
02/07/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/09/2018Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (17-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2018Committee substitute printed 18107012D-H1
02/09/2018Incorporates HB187 (Hayes)
02/10/2018Read first time
02/12/2018Read second time
02/12/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18107012D-H1
02/12/2018Amendment by Delegate Simon rejected
02/12/2018Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB757H1
02/13/2018Read third time and passed House (96-Y 4-N)
02/13/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (96-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB757H1)
02/14/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/26/2018Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2018Committee substitute printed 18107644D-S1
02/27/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB757S1)
02/27/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2018Passed by for the day
03/01/2018Read third time
03/01/2018Reading of substitute waived
03/01/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18107644D-S1
03/01/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB757S1
03/01/2018Passed Senate with substitute (37-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2018Placed on Calendar
03/05/2018Senate substitute rejected by House 18107644D-S1 (13-Y 86-N)
03/05/2018VOTE: REJECTED (13-Y 86-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2018Senate insisted on substitute (35-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2018Senate requested conference committee
03/07/2018House acceded to request
03/07/2018Conferees appointed by House
03/07/2018Delegates: Leftwich, Bell, Robert B., Herring
03/08/2018Conferees appointed by Senate
03/08/2018Senators: Cosgrove, Spruill, Obenshain
03/10/2018Failed to pass in House
03/10/2018No further action taken
03/10/2018Failed to pass


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.


Mary D. Devoy writes:

This is the 4th version of the Emergency Shelters and Registered Sex Offenders Bill for 2018, what the heck!

If Virginia wants to have the shelter staff ask those entering a shelter if they are an RSO, fine but this Bill is not only absurd but dangerous.


The Patrons are telling citizens who have evacuated to a shelter in a disaster because they have no where else to go, to drive to a local law enforcement location within 3 days of arriving at the shelter after advising the shelter of their status. They may not have transportation, the roads may be dangerous (wind, rain, flooding, etc) and the local law enforcement location is either busy with a disaster or perhaps their even closed because of damage.

Then what? You want to make it a felony if the RSO doesn't meet that 3 day window are they supposed to keep driving (if they have gas, if the roads are accessible)to the next local police station?

These Bills are risking lives of not just the RSO, but their children that could be with them or the first responders who may have to go after them in the disaster.

There is a long list of serious problems with this Bill and the other 3 versions that can be read here.

Josh James writes:

What data is driving the need for this? It seems entirely punitive to the SOR and their family. It is not within the goal of public safety during times of crisis to force certain individuals to jump through hoops. . This violates equal protection of the law regarding shelter usage and purpose. This is no different than Plessy vs Ferguson. Please review constitutionality before approving.