Sex offenders in emergency shelters; notification, penalty. (SB55)

Introduced By

Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Sex offenders in emergency shelters; notification; 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 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 3 misdemeanor. 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, but emergency shelter staff may deny entry of a person on such registry who has been convicted of a sexually violent offense for a period of time necessary to ensure the safety of other individuals admitted to the emergency shelter. Read the Bill »


11/19/2019: Awaiting a Vote in the Judiciary Committee


11/19/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
11/19/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100468D
11/19/2019Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/08/2020Moved from Courts of Justice to Judiciary due to a change of the committee name
01/13/2020Stricken at the request of Patron in Judiciary (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)