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This will be the new home for Virginia's Legislative info and issues. Please DO NOT post any activism materials in this thread. There is a forum devoted strictly to activism. Let's try NOT to post a ton of new threads about the same subject. It will be much easier for everyone to keep up with and less chance of duplicate posting being removed if we keep related posts together (ie, phone, SB105 info, etc.)

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Prisoner-education bill held another year
Plan would reward inmates' effort; Senate panel calls for study

BY TYLER WHITLEY
TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER
Feb 5, 2006

Prisoner advocates told a Senate committee Friday that uneducated prisoners are more likely to be repeat offenders, crowding already expensive prisons.
But committee members said the proposal giving good conduct allowances to prisoners who pursue their education would undermine the General Assembly's action that abolished parole in 1995.

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These bills have been going through the Senate and the House with some successes and, unfortunately, some have not been reported out. You can check on the status of the bills and the committee meetings at

http://leg1.state.va.us/


2006 Legislative Agenda

HB 45 Death penalty; restricted for those 18 yrs. or older at time of offense.
Patrons: Callahan, Albo and Melvin; Senators: Howell, Norment and Stolle
Status: 12/12/05 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/06 House: Assigned to Courts of Justice sub-committee: Criminal Law

HB 157 Biased-Based Policing and Traffic Statistics Reporting Act; created, report.
Patron: Ward
Status: 12/29/05 House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
TABLED by subcommittee (unrecorded vote)

HB 176 Criminal procedure; compensation of court-appointed counsel.
Patrons: Putney and Ware, R.L.
Status: 12/30/05 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/06 House: Reported from Courts of Justice (17-Y 0-N)
01/18/06 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/27/06 House: Assigned App. sub: General Government and Technology

HB 188 Sentencing; death sentence.
Patron: Marshall, R.G.
Status: 01/02/06 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/06 House: Assigned to Courts of Justice sub-committee: Criminal Law

HB 191 Department of Corrections; functional literacy requirement.
Patron: Ward
Status: 01/03/06 House: Referred to Committee on Education
01/23/06 House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety

HB 221 Inmate telephone systems; Prisoner Reentry Fund.
Patrons: Jones, D.C., Callahan, Johnson, Orrock, Purkey, Ware, O. and Ware, R.L.
Status: 01/03/06 House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB 230 Department of Corrections; eligibility for good conduct allowance; literacy and education.
Patrons: Jones, D.C. and Ware, O.
Status: 01/03/06 House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
STRICKEN by patron in subcommittee (unrecorded)

HB 313 Court-appointed counsel; removes monetary caps on fees.
Patron: Albo
Status: 01/04/06 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/06 House: Assigned to Courts of Justice sub-committee: Criminal Law

HB 401 Child support obligations; incarcerated obligee.
Patron: Marsden
Status: 01/06/06 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/06 House: Assigned to Courts of Justice sub-committee: Civil Law

HB 475 Prisoners; residential community programs.
Patron: Shuler
Status: 01/09/06 House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety

HB 579 Income tax; deduction for individuals of incarcerated family members.
Patron: Watts
Status: 01/10/06 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/18/06 House: Assigned to Finance sub-committee: #3
TABLED by subcommittee (unrecorded vote)

HB 583 Public Assistance; eligibility for TANF benefits.
Patron: Watts
Status: 01/10/06 House: Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

HB 603 Treatment of prisoners; infectious disease.
Patron: Amundson
Status: 01/10/06 House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
HB 635 Correctional officer; definition.
Patron: Phillips
Status: 01/10/06 House: Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

HB 691 Discharge of prisoner; records required to be provided to prisoner upon release.
Patrons: Dance, Amundson, BaCote, Caputo, Howell, A.T., Marsden, McClellan, Scott, J.M., Tyler, Ward and Ware, O.
Status: 01/10/06 House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety

HB 752 Drug treatment courts.
Patron: BaCote, Dance, Miller and Toscano
Status: 01/10/06 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/06 House: Assigned to Courts of Justice sub-committee: Criminal Law

HB 795 Child support obligations; incarcerated obligee.
Patron: Shuler
Status: 01/10/06 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/06 House: Assigned to Courts of Justice sub-committee: Civil Law

HB 859 Crimes; death penalty.
Patron: Hargrove, Callahan, Ebbin, Eisenberg, Englin and Plum; Senator: Marsh
Status: 01/10/06 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/06 House: Assigned to Courts of Justice sub-committee: Criminal Law

HB 968 Membership of the Board of Correctional Education.
Patron: Ebbin and Reid
Status: 01/10/06 House: Referred to Committee on Education
01/25/06 House: Reported from Education with substitute (17-Y 0-N)
01/27/06 House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB968H1

HB 1060 Parole; basis for parole denial.
Patron: Reid and Rust
Status: 01/11/06 House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety


HB 1093 Discharge of prisoner; required records to be provided to prisoner upon release.
Patron: Scott, J.M. and Caputo
Status: 01/11/06 House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety

HB 1169 Recording of interrogations of juveniles
Patrons: Eisenberg, Brink, Caputo, Ebbin, Englin, Melvin, Toscano and Ware, O.; Senators: Edwards, Howell, Marsh, Ticer and Whipple
Status: 01/11/06 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice

HB 1203 Public defenders; compensation.
Patron: Moran
Status: 01/11/06 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice

HB 1321 Expungement of marijuana charges.
Patron: Morgan
Status: 01/11/06 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice

HB 1452 Corrections, Board of; membership and powers, report.
Patron: Ebbin, Reid, Saxman and Welch
Status: 01/18/06 House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
TABLED by subcommittee (unrecorded vote)

HB 1461 Juror; those not qualified to serve in criminal case.
Patron: Marsden
Status: 01/19/06 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice

HB 1526 Probation; placement of certain offenders within community-based agency.
Patron: Moran
Status: 01/20/06 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice

HB 1527 Criminal juror; who may not serve on jury.
Patron: Armstrong
Status: 01/20/06 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice

HB 1530 Discharge of prisoner; records required upon release.
Patrons: BaCote, Brink, Dance, McClellan and McEachin; Senators: Locke, Lucas, Marsh, Miller, Puller and Ticer
Status: 01/20/06 House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety

HB 1550 Residential community programs.
Patron: BaCote, Armstrong, Brink, Dance, Hall, McClellan, McEachin and Phillips; Senators: Locke, Lucas, Marsh, Puller and Ticer
Status: 01/20/06 House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety

HB 1565 Child support; court give notice to incarcerated person for obligation adjustment thereof.
Patron: Jones, D.C.
Status: 01/20/06 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice

HJ 29 Constitutional amendment ; restoration of civil rights for certain felons (first reference).
Patron: Jones, D.C.
Status: 01/03/06 House: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/11/06 House: Continued to 2007 in Privileges and Elections

HJ 65 Correctional facilities; Secretary of Public Safety to study use of faith-based volunteers therein.
Patron: Saxman
Status: 01/09/06 House: Referred to Committee on Rules

HJ 115 Institutional programming for sex offenders; Crime Commission to study need for additional instruc.
Patrons: Kilgore, Albo, Bell, Melvin and Moran; Senators: Howell, Norment and Stolle
Status: 01/11/06 House: Referred to Committee on Rules

HJ 136 Study; juvenile justice; report.
Patron: Moran
Status: 01/11/06 House: Referred to Committee on Rules

SB 44 Residential community programs.
Patron: Locke
Status: 12/28/05 Senate: Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/20/06 Senate: Incorporated by Rehabilitation and Social Services (SB185-Puller) (13-Y 0-N)

SB 105 Prisoners; provides for good conduct allowance therefor depending on their performance and conduct.
Patron: Marsh and Devolites Davis
Status: 01/09/06 Senate: Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services

SB 179 Virginia Human Rights Act; prohibition of discrimination in employment based on certain convictions.
Patron: Locke
Status: 01/10/06 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/18/06 Senate: Rereferred from General Laws and Technology (14-Y 0-N)
01/18/06 Senate: Rereferred to Courts of Justice

SB 184 Housing programs for ex-offenders.
Patron: Puller
Status: 01/10/06 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/18/06 Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology (14-Y 0-N)
01/24/06 Senate: VOTE: (39-Y 0-N)
01/24/06 Senate: Communicated to House
01/26/06 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws

SB 185 Residential community programs.
Patron: Puller
Status: 01/10/06 Senate: Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/20/06 Senate: Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with substitute (13-Y 0-N)
01/25/06 Senate: VOTE: (39-Y 0-N)
01/25/06 Senate: Communicated to House

SB 188 Secretary of Health and Human Resources; duties.
Patron: Puller
Status: 01/10/06 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/18/06 Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology (14-Y 0-N)
01/24/06 Senate: VOTE: (39-Y 0-N)
01/24/06 Senate: Communicated to House
01/26/06 House: Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

SB 208 Office of Children's Services Ombudsman.
Patron: Edwards
Status: 01/10/06 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/25/06 Senate: Passed by in General Laws and Technology with letter (14-Y 0-N)
01/25/06 Senate: Letter sent to the Youth Commission

SB 210 Mental health courts; pilot program.
Patron: Edwards
Status: 01/10/06 Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/23/06 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (8-Y 5-N 2-A)

SB 239 Payment of fine, costs, forfeitures, penalties or restitution.
Patrons: Ticer and Cuccinelli; Delegate: Watts
Status: 01/10/06 Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/06 Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (12-Y 0-N 1-A)
01/19/06 Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 0-N)
01/19/06 Senate: VOTE: (38-Y 0-N)
01/19/06 Senate: Communicated to House
01/20/06 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice

SB 240 Public assistance; eligibility for TANF benefits.
Patrons: Ticer; Delegates: Scott, J.M. and Watts
Status: 01/10/06 Senate: Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/13/06 Senate: Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (13-Y 2-N)
01/13/06 Senate: Rereferred to Finance

SB 249 Parole Board; eligibility guidelines.
Patrons: Ticer, Devolites Davis and Quayle; Delegates: Reid, Rust and Saxman
Status: 01/10/06 Senate: Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services

SB 362 Elimination of capital punishment for minors; penalty.
Patrons: Ticer, Norment and Stolle; Delegate: Melvin
Status: 01/11/06 Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/25/06 Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 1-N)
01/27/06 Senate: VOTE: (38-Y 0-N)

SB 367 Drug treatment courts.
Patron: Locke
Status: 01/11/06 Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/23/06 Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N)
01/23/06 Senate: Rereferred to Finance

SB 441 Board of Correctional Education.
Patron: Lambert
Status: 01/11/06 Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health

SB 500 Board of Corrections; membership; powers
Patrons: Puckett; Delegate: Reid
Status: 01/11/06 Senate: Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services

SB 501 Residential community programs.
Patron: Puckett
Status: 01/11/06 Senate: Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/20/06 Senate: Incorporated by Rehabilitation and Social Services (SB185-Puller) (13-Y 0-N)

SB 573 Compensation of court-appointed counsel.
Patron: Stolle
Status: 01/11/06 Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/06 Senate: Rereferred from Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N)
01/18/06 Senate: Rereferred to Finance

SB 611 Therapeutic incarceration; creation of incarceration program for defendants who are substance abuser
Patron: Puckett
Status: 01/11/06 Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/23/06 Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (8-Y 6-N 1-A)
01/23/06 Senate: Rereferred to Finance

SB 612 Inmate telephone systems; Prisoner Reentry Fund.
Patron: Puckett; Delegates: Albo and Saxman
Status: 01/11/06 Senate: Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/27/06 Senate: Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with amendments (14-Y 0-N)
01/27/06 Senate: Rereferred to Finance

SB 618 Child-friendly visiting rooms in state and local correctional facilities.
Patron: Miller
Status: 01/13/06 Senate: Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services

SB 649 Drug treatment courts; iliminates requirement for General Assembly approval.
Patron: Lucas
Status: 01/17/06 Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/23/06 Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (15-Y 0-N)
01/23/06 Senate: Rereferred to Finance

SB 674 Criminal records; disclosure of those expunged.
Patron: Puckett
Status: 01/19/06 Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/25/06 Senate: Stricken at the request of Patron in Courts of Justice


SJ 15 Constitutional amendment ; restoration of civil rights for certain felons.
Patron: Miller
Status: 12/20/05 Senate: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/17/06 Senate: Continued to 2007 in Privileges and Elections (14-Y 0-N)

SJ 34 Children; need to address issues relating to care thereof.
Patron: Miller
Status: 12/30/05 Senate: Referred to Committee on Rules

SJ 91 Study; Joint subcommittee to study increasing accessibility to higher education for incarcerated persons.
Patron: Newman
Status: 01/11/06 Senate: Referred to Committee on Rules

SJ 95 Study; effects of incarceration on children, families, communities, and the economy; report.
Patron: Hanger, Colgan, Devolites Davis and Quayle; Delegates: Albo, Reid and Rust
Status: 01/11/06 Senate: Referred to Committee on Rules

SJ 96 Study; Comprehensive Services for At-Risk Youth and Families; Report.
Patron: Hanger
Status: 01/11/06 Senate: Referred to Committee on Rules

SJ 106 Study; barrier crimes; report.
Patron: Devolites Davis
Status: 01/11/06 Senate: Referred to Committee on Rules

SJ 126 Study; prisoner reentry continued; Report.
Patron: Puller
Status: 01/11/06 Senate: Referred to Committee on Rules
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House Subcommittee approves legislation to reduce the cost of telephone calls for prisoners’ families.

Michael Leininger, representative of the Virginia Department of Corrections, testified today before the subcommittee that Members of the General Assembly’s money committees had instructed the Department not to reduce the commissions paid to the state on inmate telephone calls, but Delegates on the subcommittee rejected the notion that the state should continue to benefit from this “cash cow” which unduly burdens prisoners’ families.

Richmond, VA, February 6, 2006: In a unanimous decision of a Subcommittee of the House Committee on Militia, Police, and Public Safety, Delegates recommended that House Bill 221, introduce by Delegate Dwight Jones, should move forward. The bill is intended to reduce the rates paid by prisoners’ families for telephone calls from state institutions and cap the commission earned by the state at 10%, which funds will be designated for prisoner reentry services. The current commission received by the state is 40% (approximately $8 million dollars a year) paid to the state’s general fund. Many consider this as a discriminatory tax on the families who are already suffering from the mistakes of their loved-ones.



A similar bill in the Senate, SB 612, introduced by Senator Phillip Puckett, passed unanimously in the Senate Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services over a week ago and is scheduled to be heard by Senate Finance at 8:30 am, 7 February 2006.
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SJ 126 Prisoner Reentry to Society, Program for; Joint Subcommittee Studying, continued.

Study; prisoner reentry continued; Report. Continues for one year the joint subcommittee to study the Commonwealth's program for prisoner reentry to society. In conducting its study, the joint subcommittee shall continue to identify and develop strategies to address key needs and overcome barriers for offenders, prior to and upon leaving prison, to reduce the incidence of reincarceration and increase their successful social adaptation and integration into their communities. The joint subcommittee shall also monitor any budget provisions and changes in the law recommended over the past year to ensure maximum effectiveness. This bill also increases the study membership by adding the Attorney General, or his designee, to serve ex officio with nonvoting privileges.

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01/11/06 Senate: Presented and ordered printed 060481796 </cgi-bin/legp504.exe?061+ful+SJ126>
02/06/06 Senate: Committee substitute printed 064456796-S1 </cgi-bin/legp504.exe?061+ful+SJ126S1>

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01/11/06 Senate: Presented and ordered printed 060481796
01/11/06 Senate: Referred to Committee on Rules </cgi-bin/legp504.exe?061+com+S10>
02/03/06 Senate: Reported from Rules with substitute </cgi-bin/legp504.exe?061+vot+S10V0019+SJ0126>
02/06/06 Senate: Committee substitute printed 064456796-S1
02/06/06 Senate: Reading waived (40-Y 0-N)
02/06/06 Senate: VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) </cgi-bin/legp504.exe?061+vot+SV0786+SJ0126>
02/07/06 Senate: Read second time
02/07/06 Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/07/06 Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 064456796-S1
02/07/06 Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SJ126S1
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