HB 570 Megan's law; community notification.
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Megan's law; community notification. Adds to the offenses for which registration is required: marital sexual assault; aggravated sexual battery where the victim is 13 or 14 years old, serious bodily or mental injury results or a dangerous weapon is used or threatened to be used; and breaking and entering a dwelling if done with intent to commit rape. Attempts to commit the Registry offenses involving minors or to commit sexually violent offenses will also require registration. The bill adds a reference to the statute which specifically governs attempted rape, forcible sodomy or object penetration to the list of sexually violent offenses and adds attempt to commit aggravated sexual battery to the list of offenses for which registration is required. Attempts were apparently inadvertently not included in these two categories last year, although they were included in the other Registry offenses.

Jurisdiction over the offense of failing to register is specifically granted to the State Police, and venue for a prosecution is specified to be in the county or city where the offender last registered or reregistered or, if he failed to register, where the last offense took place.

The bill allows persons convicted of two offenses for which registration is required to be treated as sexually violent offenders, subject to the more stringent reregistration requirements.

The State Police are required to develop an Internet-accessible site for public access to Registry information on violent sexual offenders. For other offenders subject to registration, individual-specific requests can be made of the State Police, either directly or through local law enforcement. The Department may charge a fee to cover the costs of maintaining the Registry and developing and maintaining the Internet site. Additionally, the Department is to establish an electronic notification system which would allow certain entities providing care services to children to receive notice whenever a sex offender who lives in the zip code area in which the entity is located, or in a contiguous zip code area, registers with the State Police.

Dissemination of Registry information with the intent to intimidate or harass is made punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. This bill is identical to SB 369. This bill is recommended by the Virginia State Crime Commission.

Full text:
01/21/98  House: Presented & ordered printed 980837825  pdf
02/17/98  House: Committee substitute printed 988771202-H1  pdf
03/10/98  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB570ER)  pdf
04/29/98  House: Reenrolled bill text (HB570ER)  pdf
05/14/98  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0834)  pdf

Senate amendments
Senate amendments engrossed
Governor's recommendation

01/21/98  House: Presented & ordered printed 980837825
01/21/98  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/26/98  House: Assigned to C. J. sub-committee: 1
02/16/98  House: Reported from C. J. with substitute (24-Y 0-N)
02/16/98  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/17/98  House: Reported from Appropriations with sub. (30-Y 0-N)
02/17/98  House: Committee substitute printed 988771202-H1
02/17/98  House: Read first time
02/17/98  House: Constitutional readings dispensed
02/17/98  House: Committee substitute agreed to 988771202-H1
02/17/98  House: Engrossed by House - com. sub. 988771202-H1
02/17/98  House: Passed House (Block Vote) (98-Y 0-N)
02/17/98  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)
02/17/98  House: Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/17/98  House: Passed House (Block Vote) (99-Y 0-N)
02/17/98  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
02/17/98  House: Communicated to Senate
02/19/98  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/19/98  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/25/98  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice w/amd. (11-Y 0-N)
02/26/98  Senate: Const. reading disp., passed by for the day (39-Y 0-N)
02/26/98  Senate: VOTE: CONST. RDG. DISPENSED R (39-Y 0-N)
02/27/98  Senate: Read third time
02/27/98  Senate: Reading of amendment waived
02/27/98  Senate: Committee amendment agreed to
02/27/98  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/27/98  Senate: Passed Senate with amendment (39-Y 0-N)
02/27/98  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE R (39-Y 0-N)
03/02/98  House: Placed on Calendar
03/03/98  House: Senate amendment agreed to by House (99-Y 0-N)
03/03/98  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (99-Y 0-N)
03/10/98  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB570ER)
03/10/98  House: Enrolled
03/10/98  House: Signed by Speaker
03/10/98  Senate: Signed by President
04/16/98  House: Governor's recommendation received by House
04/22/98  House: Placed on Calendar
04/22/98  House: House concurred in Gov's recom. (Block Vote) (100-Y 0-N)
04/22/98  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE-ADOPTION (100-Y 0-N)
04/22/98  Senate: Senate concurred in Gov's recommendation (39-Y 0-N)
04/22/98  Senate: VOTE: (39-Y 0-N)
04/22/98  Governor: Governor's recommendation adopted
04/22/98  House: Reenrolled
04/22/98  House: Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/22/98  Senate: Signed by President as reenrolled
04/22/98  House: Enacted, Chapter 834 (effective 1/1/99)
04/29/98  House: Reenrolled bill text (HB570ER)
05/14/98  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0834)