Sex offenders in emergency shelters; notification, registration, penalty. (HB1563)

Introduced By

Del. Jay Leftwich (R-Chesapeake) with support from co-patron Del. Joe McNamara (R-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Sex offenders in emergency shelters; notification registration penalty. 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 the shelter's staff that such person is 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 3 misdemeanor. The bill provides that the shelter's staff may request a law-enforcement officer or agency to 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 also provides that the state emergency operations plan and each political subdivision emergency operations plan shall (i) set forth the procedures for persons required to register or reregister who enter an emergency shelter to provide the required notification and (ii) provide for the accommodation in an emergency shelter of persons required to register or reregister with due regard to the health and safety of all persons in the emergency 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 »


Bill Has Failed


01/13/2020Presented and ordered printed 20105014D
01/13/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/2020Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/17/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1563)
01/22/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (6-Y 1-N)
02/05/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/05/2020Committee substitute printed 20107780D-H1
02/05/2020Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (19-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Read first time
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107780D-H1
02/07/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1563H1
02/10/2020Read third time and passed House (92-Y 4-N)
02/10/2020VOTE: Passage (92-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/12/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1563H1)
02/19/2020Committee substitute printed to LIS only 20108995D-S1
02/19/2020Failed to report (defeated) in Judiciary (6-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 2 minutes.