Sex offenders in emergency shelters; notification registration. (SB49)

Introduced By

Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake) with support from co-patron Sen. Lionell Spruill (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. This bill provides that 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. This bill incorporates SB 24. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


11/27/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18100660D
11/27/2017Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
11/28/2017Impact statement from VCSC (SB49)
01/18/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB49)
01/22/2018Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (12-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2018Committee substitute printed 18105732D-S1
01/22/2018Incorporates SB24 (Spruill)
01/23/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2018Read second time
01/24/2018Reading of substitute waived
01/24/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18105732D-S1
01/24/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB49S1
01/25/2018Passed by for the day
01/26/2018Read third time and passed Senate (32-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB49S1)
01/31/2018Placed on Calendar
01/31/2018Read first time
01/31/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/15/2018Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
02/19/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/23/2018Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2018Committee substitute printed 18107288D-H1
02/27/2018Read second time
02/27/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB49H1)
02/28/2018Read third time
02/28/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18107288D-H1
02/28/2018Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB49H1
02/28/2018Passed House with substitute (92-Y 7-N)
02/28/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (92-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2018House substitute rejected by Senate (1-Y 36-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2018House insisted on substitute
03/05/2018House requested conference committee
03/06/2018Senate acceded to request (38-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2018Conferees appointed by Senate
03/06/2018Senators: Cosgrove, Spruill, Obenshain
03/07/2018Conferees appointed by House
03/07/2018Delegates: Bell, Robert B., Leftwich, Herring
03/10/2018No further action taken
03/10/2018Failed to pass in Senate


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 5 minutes.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB24.


Will Allen writes:

Just like the SEX Offender Registries (SORs) themselves, we know that this is not REALLY for public safety, protecting children, or any of those other lies. It is for harassment, plain and simple. If that were not the case, this would include people who have been convicted of shooting other people with guns. Or any of hundreds and hundreds of other crimes.

But nope!! A crime is only dangerous if it involves SEX.

Because it has been proven that this is all just a fact-less, brainless witch hunt, there are no moral Americans who can support it. NEVER support the criminal regimes that have SORs and NEVER support their law enforcement criminals. Keep them as broke and dysfunctional as possible.

This is just another example of yet another criminal politician attempting to commit a crime.

BTW, only lying d bags call people "SEX offender". See how everyone can call everyone names?!

Derek Logue of OnceFallen writes:

There shouldn't be any need to register or announce your past to some idiot working at the shelter desk. If anyone is a danger to folks at a shelter, it is a trigger-happy Trump voter. Register them.

Timothy Moore writes:

How many sex crimes occur in shelters. Haven't heard of any myself. Most occur in private places, and more than 9 out of ten new sex crimes are committed by someone not on the registry. Seems to make more sense to focus funding training staff to recognize problem situations, facilitate communication and build facilities where everyone is comfortable and safe when entering a shelter. Anyone can make brainless laws identifying boogiemen to give a fake sense of security and pretend something is being done, when there is nothing but heresay backing it up, but is that responsible governing?

Maestro writes:

Derek of Once Fallen:

I see you’re a Trump hating liberal. If you want to see VIOLENT people, I suggest you go to YouTube and search “Antifa” or “SJW protests”, those are all your liberal left buddies being as violent and unruly as anyone can possibly be.

As for this sex offender nonsense, it seems we’ve reached a point where we believe sex is violence regardless of how it happens (consenting under age teens, sex in public places, caught masurbating in a restroom) these are all VIOLENT acts. So the GHETTO, RATCHET, TRUMP HATING THUG from the inner city GANGS can shoot the gas station attendant for the money in the cash register and after he serves his 25 yrs in prison as punishment, he’s no longer a danger and doesn’t need to be ‘watched’ or give out his personal criminal history to a homeless shelter.
But that VIOLENT sex offender who had a romantic rendezvous with a post-pubescent teenager (similar to Elvis Presley and Priscilla) must inform the world of his business. Lovely.

Mary D. Devoy writes:

So far, the comments here are WHY Registered Sex Offenders, Registries don’t protect the public OR they are attacking and name-calling other commenters. This is why I have waited 3 weeks to post anything here.

The WHY Sex Offenders or Registries don’t work stance…I agree with and the facts support it.

BUT, these arguments are not going to be listened to by the Virginia Legislators for opposing a Bill/Legislation. They just aren’t, I know because I tried using that argument for my first few years of advocacy and 2018 will be my 10th VA GA.

So, let’s look at these 2 identical Bills (SB24 and SB49), determine what the main problems with them are and if there is a reasonable fix or if there just isn’t.
If anyone is actually interested in the serious issues with these 2 Bills you can read more here,