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Reentry
FAILED XXX
HB 2633 Parole; basis for denial thereof.
John S. Reid | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
Parole; basis for parole denial. Provides that once a person is eligible for parole, the nature of the offense shall not be used in determining that person's suitability for parole, and no person shall be denied parole based solely on the nature of the offense after being eligible for parole for five years.
Status:
02/06/07 House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety

FAILED XXX
HB 3174 Parole Guidelines Review Panel; established, report.
Mamye E. BaCote | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
Comprehensive Parole Reduction Act. Requires the Parole Board to adopt an analytical scale to assess risk and establishes a Parole Guidelines Review Panel. The bill also provides that, with some exceptions, once a person is considered eligible for parole the Parole Board shall not use the nature of the offense in determining that person's eligibility or suitability for release on parole and no person shall be denied parole based solely on the nature of the offense after the fifth year of becoming eligible.
Status:
02/06/07 House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety

XXX OPPOSE
SB 873 Private attorneys and collection agencies; may have access to defendant's social security number.
Ryan T. McDougle | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
Criminal procedure; collection of unpaid fines and costs. Authorizes private attorneys and collection agencies, pursuant to an agreement with the attorney for the Commonwealth, access to a defendant's social security number to assist in the collection effort of unpaid fines, costs, forfeitures, and penalties.
Status:
01/15/07 Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (12-Y 0-N)
01/18/07 Senate: VOTE: (39-Y 0-N)
02/02/07 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/06/07 House: Assigned Courts sub: Civil Law

XXX OPPOSE
FAILED ***
HB 3051 Private attorney or collection agency; may collect fines, etc., and have access to DMV records.
Paula J. Miller | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
Debt collection by attorneys for the Commonwealth. Allows a private attorney or collection agency under contract to an attorney for the Commonwealth for the collection of fines, costs, forfeitures, penalties, and restitution to have access to Department of Motor Vehicles records for the purpose of locating individuals owing money to the Commonwealth.
Status:
02/06/07 House: Left in Courts of Justice

SB 949 Incarceration and Reentry, Commission on; created, report.
Frederick M. Quayle | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Commission on Incarceration and Reentry. Establishes the Virginia Commission on Incarceration and Reentry to study and make recommendations for dealing with the impact of incarceration and prisoner reentry on society and related policies of the Commonwealth.
Status:
02/02/07 Senate: Reported from Rules with substitute (16-Y 0-N)
02/06/07 Senate: VOTE: (40-Y 0-N)
02/07/07 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/08/07 House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/16/07 House: Referred from Militia, Police and Public Safety (19-Y 2-N)
02/16/07 House: Referred to Committee on Rules

HJ 652 Prisoner Reentry to Society, Joint Subcommittee Studying Program for; continued.
John J. Welch, III | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
Study; Continuing the Joint Subcommittee to Study the Commonwealth's Program for Prisoner Reentry to Society for the purpose of receiving the recommendations and report of the Virginia Prisoner Reentry Policy Academy. Continues the Joint Subcommittee to Study the Commonwealth's Program for Prisoner Reentry to Society for the purpose of receiving the recommendations and report of the Virginia Prisoner Reentry Policy Academy. In conducting its study, the joint subcommittee shall (i) process its proposals for discussion to offer appropriate recommendations therefrom; (ii) monitor the work of the Virginia Prisoner Reentry Policy Academy and its pilot programs; (iii) receive the report and recommendations of the Academy regarding the results of the pilot programs; and (iv) synthesize the joint subcommittee's proposals and the Academy's recommendations and recommend such feasible and appropriate alternatives that may reasonably facilitate the successful reintegration of prisoners in their communities. The joint subcommittee is limited to two meetings during the 2007 Interim. The joint subcommittee must submit its executive summary and report to the Governor and the 2008 Session of the General Assembly.
This resolution is a recommendation of the Joint Subcommittee to Study the Commonwealth's Program for Prisoner Reentry to Society.
Status:
01/31/07 House: Reported from Rules (15-Y 0-N)
02/02/07 House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (91-Y 0-N)
02/05/07 Senate: Referred to Committee on Rules

PASSED ***
SJ 327 Prisoner Reentry to Society, Joint Subcommittee Studying Program for; continued.
Linda T. Puller | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
Study; Continuing the Joint Subcommittee to Study the Commonwealth's Program for Prisoner Reentry to Society for the purpose of receiving the recommendations and report of the Virginia Prisoner Reentry Policy Academy. Continues the Joint Subcommittee to Study the Commonwealth's Program for Prisoner Reentry to Society for the purpose of receiving the recommendations and report of the Virginia Prisoner Reentry Policy Academy. In conducting its study, the joint subcommittee shall (i) process its proposals for discussion to offer appropriate recommendations therefrom; (ii) monitor the work of the Virginia Prisoner Reentry Policy Academy and its pilot programs; (iii) receive the report and recommendations of the Academy regarding the results of the pilot programs; and (iv) synthesize the joint subcommittee's proposals and the Academy's recommendations and recommend such feasible and appropriate alternatives that may reasonably facilitate the successful reintegration of prisoners in their communities. The joint subcommittee is limited to two meetings during the 2007 Interim. The joint subcommittee must submit its executive summary and report to the Governor and the 2008 Session of the General Assembly.
This resolution is a recommendation of the Joint Subcommittee to Study the Commonwealth's Program for Prisoner Reentry to Society.
Status:
02/06/07 Senate: VOTE: (38-Y 0-N)
02/14/07 House: Reported from Rules (15-Y 0-N)
02/16/07 House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (96-Y 0-N)________________________________________
Education & Rehabilitation
PASSED ***
HB 2041 Incarcerated persons; Department of Correctional Education to develop programs for online courses.
Phillip A. Hamilton | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
Department of Correctional Education; online learning. Empowers the Department to develop programs for access to online higher education courses by incarcerated persons.
Status:
01/15/07 House: Reported from Education with amendment (18-Y 2-N)
01/18/07 House: VOTE: PASSAGE (94-Y 2-N)
02/01/07 Senate: Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N)
02/05/07 Senate: VOTE: (39-Y 0-N)

PASSED ***
SB 953 Incarcerated persons; develop accessibility to higher education using video conferencing technology.
Frederick M. Quayle | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
Postsecondary education for incarcerated individuals. Requires the Director of the Department of Corrections to maintain a system, in conjunction with the Department of Correctional Education, for developing postsecondary education for incarcerated individuals via the Internet or videoconferencing technology.
Status:
01/19/07 Senate: Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with amendment (14-Y 0-N)
01/24/07 Senate: VOTE: (40-Y 0-N)
02/05/07 House: Referred to Committee on Education)
02/14/07 House: VOTE: PASSAGE (91-Y 3-N)

FAILED XXX
HJ 594 Online public institution of higher education; Council of Higher Education to study feasibility of.
David E. Poisson | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
Study; State Council of Higher Education for Virginia; report. Requesting the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to study the feasibility of establishing an online public institution of higher education.
Status:
02/06/07 House: Left in Rules

INCORPORATED XXX
SJ 363 Incarcerated persons; joint sub. to study accessibility of education programs & higher educ. oppor.
Frederick M. Quayle | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
Study; increasing the accessibility of education programs and higher education opportunities to incarcerated persons; report. Establishes a joint subcommittee to study increasing the accessibility of education programs and higher education opportunities to incarcerated persons. In conducting its study, the joint subcommittee shall (i) evaluate the existing education program for prisoners in Virginia, including the advantages and benefits of the program for prisoners, their families, and the community, and its effect on recidivism; (ii) identify program needs, including ways to accommodate more inmates, and recommend solutions; (iii) review prisoner education programs in other states; (iv) consider financial aid alternatives to assist inmates in accessing college, and ways to fund college education programs for prisoners in the Commonwealth; (v) examine the relationship between poor educational opportunities, delinquency, unidentified learning disabilities, and crime; (vi) determine the number of inmates with learning disabilities, and the average reading level of inmates in state and local adult and juvenile correctional institutions; and (vii) consider such other related matters as the joint subcommittee may deem necessary and appropriate to satisfy the objectives of this study.
The joint subcommittee shall submit its executive summary to the 2008 and 2009 Sessions of the General Assembly, and submit its final report to the 2009 Session of the General Assembly.
Status:
02/02/07 Senate: Incorporated by Rules (SJ327-Puller)

PASSED ***
HB 2625 Prisoners; create system for identifying prisoners with learning disabilities.
John S. Reid | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
Prisoners; identification of learning disabilities. Provides that the Director of the Department of Corrections, in cooperation with the Department of Correctional Education, shall create a system for identifying prisoners with learning disabilities.
Status:
01/26/07 House: Referred from Militia, Police and Public Safety (21-Y 0-N)
01/31/07 House: Reported from Education with substitute (21-Y 0-N))
02/03/07 House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)
02/05/07 Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/12/07 Senate: VOTE: (40-Y 0-N)

PASSED ***
HB 2627 Correctional Education, Department of; literacy program.
John S. Reid | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
Department of Correctional Education; literacy program. Raises the standard of the functional literacy program from the eighth grade level to the twelfth grade or GED level. The bill also requires the program to include a strategic plan for encouraging enrollment in college or an accredited vocational training program or other accredited continuing education program.
Status:
01/22/07 House: Reported from Education (20-Y 1-N)
01/25/07 House: VOTE: PASSAGE (97-Y 1-N)
02/01/07 Senate: Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N)
02/05/07 Senate: VOTE: (39-Y 0-N)

PASSED ***
HB 3191 Incarcerated persons; access to online GED courses thereby.
Jennifer L. McClellan | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
GED courses. Access to online by incarcerated persons.
Status:
01/29/07 House: Reported from Education with amendment (19-Y 2-N)
02/01/07 House: VOTE: PASSAGE (95-Y 3-N)
02/08/07 Senate: Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N)
02/12/07 Senate: VOTE: (40-Y 0-N)

PASSED ***
HB 2628 Correctional Education, Board of; composition of membership.
John S. Reid | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
Board of Correctional Education; composition. Requires the Governor to endeavor to select qualified appointees for the Board of Correctional Education. Modifies the ex officio membership of the Board by removing the chairman of the Virginia Parole Board and adding the assistant superintendent for Special Education and Student Services in the Department of Education and the Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System. Also, the bill allows ex officio members to designate someone to serve in their place.
A second enactment clause ensures that notwithstanding the provisions of the bill, members appointed prior to July 1, 2007 will serve until the expiration of their terms.
Status:
01/22/07 House: Reported from Education (21-Y 0-N)
01/25/07 House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)
02/01/07 Senate: Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N)
02/05/07 Senate: VOTE: (39-Y 0-N)

DEFEATED XXX
SB 834 Rehabilitative programs; rate at which sentence credits may be earned.
Jeannemarie D. Davis | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
Earned sentence credits for rehabilitative programs. Allows five additional sentence credits for each 30 days of participation in a rehabilitative program (e.g., earning a high school diploma or an equivalent degree, college credit, or a certification through vocational training) or in an interventional rehabilitation program (e.g., mental health treatment, sex offender treatment, and other interventional rehabilitation programs).

Status:
01/26/07 Senate: Incorporated by Rehabilitation and Social Services (SB1287-Marsh) (14-Y 0-N)
02/02/07 Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Rehabilitation and Social Services (7-Y 7-N)

INCORPORATED XXX
SB 1287 Good conduct allowances and mandatory functional literacy requirement; created.
Henry L. Marsh III | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
Good conduct allowances; mandatory functional literacy requirement. Provides for good conduct allowance for prisoners, depending on their performance and conduct, in which escalating credits toward good conduct allowance are available in four class levels. The highest level available is 30 percent credit for those prisoners who have demonstrated exemplary behavior and who have earned or are making progress toward earning their general educational development (GED) certificate. Creates a mandatory functional literacy program for all mentally capable inmates that offers testing at a ninth-grade level. The bill also provides, for certain prisoners, credits for reading and passing examinations on books approved by the Department of Correctional Education.
Status:
01/10/07 Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/18/07 Senate: Rereferred from Education and Health (14-Y 0-N)
01/18/07 Senate: Rereferred to Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/02/07 Senate: Incorporated by Rehabilitation and Social Services (SB834-Devolites Davis) (15-Y 0-N)

DEFEATED XXX
SB 1079 Therapeutic Incarceration Program; creates sentencing alternative for certain defendants.
Phillip P. Puckett | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
Therapeutic Incarceration Program. Creates a sentencing alternative, Therapeutic Incarceration Program, for a defendant who otherwise would be sentenced to three years or longer for a felony conviction and who the court determines requires treatment for drug or alcohol substance abuse. The Program allows the court to sentence the defendant to an intensive therapeutic community-style substance abuse treatment program of a duration of 18 months or longer and a transitional therapeutic community-style substance abuse reentry program of six months and, after successful completion, to suspend the remaining balance of the imposed sentence.
Status:
01/09/07 Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/07 Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (7-Y 8-N)

PASSED BY XXX
SJ 348 K-12 education, public; Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study cost thereof.
Yvonne B. Miller | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
Study; costs of education versus incarceration; report. Directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study the cost of a K-12 education compared to the cost of incarceration over 5, 10, 15, and 20 years.
Status:
01/08/07 Senate: Referred to Committee on Rules
02/05/07 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Rules
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Children & Families
FAILED XXX
HB 2745 Child-friendly visiting rooms; state and local correctional facilities required to provide.
David L. Englin | all patrons

________________________________________Summary as introduced:
Child-friendly visiting rooms in state and local correctional facilities. Requires each state correctional facility to provide child-friendly visiting rooms that include activities for young children, and regulations that do not penalize inmates with sanctions, such as the termination of a visit, for normal child behavior.
Status:
01/10/07 House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/06/07 House: Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety

SB 754 Correctional facilities, state; to provide child-friendly visiting rooms.
Yvonne B. Miller | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
Child-friendly visiting rooms in state correctional facilities. Requires each state correctional facility to provide child-friendly visiting rooms that include activities for young children, adequate facilities with areas for nursing, and regulations that do not penalize inmates with sanctions, such as the termination of a visit, due to normal child behavior.
Status:
01/26/07 Senate: Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with amendment (14-Y 0-N)
01/31/07 Senate: VOTE: (40-Y 0-N)
02/03/07 House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety

FAILED XXX
HB 2612 TANF; eligibility for food stamps if convicted of drug-related felonies.
Vivian E. Watts | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
Public Assistance; eligibility for TANF benefits. Provides that a person shall not be ineligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits solely as the result of a felony drug possession conviction.
Status:
02/01/07 House: Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (21-Y 1-N)
02/06/07 House: Left in Appropriations

SB 835 TANF; eligibility for food stamps if convicted of drug-related felonies.
Jeannemarie D. Davis | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
Eligibility for TANF and food stamps; drug-related felonies. Provides exemption to receive TANF benefits for persons who have been convicted of a felony drug offense pursuant to § 18.2-250 and comply with criminal court orders and treatment programs, as permitted by federal law.
Status:
01/19/07 Senate: Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with substitute (15-Y 0-N)
01/30/07 Senate: Reported from Finance with amendment (15-Y 0-N)
02/01/07 Senate: VOTE: (39-Y 0-N)
02/13/07 House: Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (17-Y 3-N)
02/15/07 House: Assigned App. sub: Health and Human Resources (Hamilton)

INCORPORATED XXX
SB 934 TANF; eligibility for food stamps if convicted of drug-related felonies.
Patricia S. Ticer | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
Eligibility for TANF and food stamps; drug-related felonies. Provides exemption to receive TANF benefits for persons who have been convicted of a felony drug offense pursuant to § 18.2-250 and comply with criminal court orders and treatment programs, as permitted by federal law.
Status:
01/19/07 Senate: Incorporated by Rehabilitation and Social Services (SB835-Devolites Davis) (15-Y 0-N)

FAILED XXX
HB 3163 Child support; court shall recalculate obligation of an obligor who is incarcerated.
Mamye E. BaCote | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
Child support; incarcerated obligor. Provides that a court shall recalculate the child support obligation of an obligor who is incarcerated during the support period, the recalculation being retroactive to the date of incarceration. This bill also provides that prisoners and minor obligors are exempt from various fees and costs that may be collected by the Department of Social Services in enforcing support obligations. This bill further provides that reductions in the child support arrearages owed by prisoners and minor obligors should be granted for timely payments of support. Preference for placement in work programs will be given to otherwise qualified prisoners who have child support obligations.
Status:
02/06/07 House: Left in Courts of Justice
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FAILED XXX
SB 937 Child support; court shall recalculate obligation of an obligor who is incarcerated.
Patricia S. Ticer | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
Child support; incarcerated obligor. Provides that a court shall recalculate the child support obligation of an obligor who is incarcerated during the support period, the recalculation being retroactive to the date of incarceration. This bill also provides that prisoners and minor obligors are exempt from various fees and costs that may be collected by the Department of Social Services in enforcing support obligations. This bill further provides that reductions in the child support arrearages owed by prisoners and minor obligors should be granted for timely payments of support.
Status:
02/06/07 Senate: Left in Courts of Justice

FAILED XXX
HB 1632 Inmate telecommunications systems; State Corporation Commission to regulate charges therefor.
Harvey B. Morgan | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
State Corporation Commission regulation; charges for inmate telecommunications systems. Authorizes the State Corporation Commission to determine that the rates for debit or prepaid telephone systems at state correctional facilities are at the lowest available rates for the service in accordance with filed schedules. The measure also establishes a 10% cap on the amount of any commissions, lease payments or other fees that a provider of inmate telecommunications services may pay to the Commonwealth or any agency or political subdivision under its contract. Any amounts paid in excess of this cap are to be deposited in a newly established Prisoner Telephone Rate Fund and used to reduce the surcharges or rates paid for calls.
Status:
02/01/07 House: Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendments (13-Y 1-N)
02/06/07 House: Left in Appropriations

DEFEATED XXX
SB 1080 Prisoner Reentry Fund; created.
Phillip P. Puckett | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
Telephone systems within state correctional facilities. Creates a nonreverting Prisoner Reentry Fund consisting of payments received as commission payments for telephone systems established within correctional facilities. The fund is to be used for independent pre-release and post-release transition services programs and administered through the Department of Criminal Justice Services. The bill also caps commission payments to the Commonwealth at 10% of the amount paid by the individuals who use the service.
Status:
01/19/07 Senate: Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with amendment (15-Y 0-N)
01/31/07 Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Finance (14-Y 0-N)

________________________________________Juvenile Justice
FAILED XXX
HB 1693 Interrogations of juveniles; statements thereby to be electronically recorded.
Albert C. Eisenberg | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
Recording of interrogations of juveniles. Requires that statements made by a juvenile criminal defendant accused of committing a violent juvenile felony are to be electronically recorded and that failure to record such statements shall be a factor to be considered by the court re admissibility.
Status:
01/11/07 House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/06/07 House: Left in Courts of Justice

XXX OPPOSE
HB 1898 Juvenile records; allows law-enforcement agency access thereto when investigating certain offense.
David B. Albo | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
Juveniles; records. Allows law-enforcement agency access to the child and to social, medical, psychiatric and psychological reports and records of a child who is (i) before the court, (ii) under supervision, or (iii) receiving services from a court service unit or who is committed to the Department in order to investigate an offense that would be a felony if committed by an adult and is unrelated to the matters upon which the child is being detained.
Status:
02/02/07 House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (17-Y 2-N)
02/06/07 House: VOTE: PASSAGE (90-Y 8-N)
02/07/07 Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice

FAILED XXX
HB 2047 Juveniles; duty of person taking child into custody.
Michele B. McQuigg | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
Juveniles; duty of person taking child into custody. Requires that whenever a child who is under 14 years of age is taken into custody regarding the commission or alleged commission of certain acts, the person taking the child into custody shall advise the child whether the child is at liberty to terminate the interrogation and leave. If the child is not at liberty to leave, the person taking the child into custody shall advise the child that he has the right to counsel and to have present his parent, guardian, legal custodian, or other person standing in loco parentis.
Status:
01/16/07 House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/06/07 House: Left in Courts of Justice

XXX OPPOSE
FAILED ***
SB 1178 Confidentiality records; law-enforcement agency not required to obtain court order to inspect.
Kenneth W. Stolle | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
Department of Juvenile Justice records; confidentiality. Deletes the requirement that a law-enforcement agency, attorney for the Commonwealth, school administration, or probation office having a legitimate interest in the case, the juvenile, or the work of the court obtain a court order to inspect social, medical, psychiatric, and psychological reports and records of children who are or have been before the court, under supervision, receiving services from a court service unit, or committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Status:
01/10/07 Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/06/07 Senate: Left in Courts of Justice

________________________________________Health
SB 836 Prisoner; requires physical examination for ability to work.
Jeannemarie D. Davis | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
Department of Corrections; physical examination of prisoner; ability to work. Requires the Department to examine each prisoner within 30 days prior to any work assignment in food services, medical services, or cosmetological services, or any change in work assignment. The bill also allows the Department to limit a prisoner's duty and housing assignments only if his disease could be transmitted despite the use of certain controls, personal protective equipment, or precautionary measures.
Status:
02/02/07 Senate: Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (15-Y 0-N))
02/06/07 Senate: VOTE: (40-Y 0-N)
02/07/07 House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/16/07 House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with amendment (21-Y 0-N)

Prisons
XXX OPPOSE
HB 1712 Public Building Authority; authorized to issue bonds for prison construction.
Vincent F. Callahan, Jr. | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Public Building Authority; prison construction. Authorizes the Virginia Public Building Authority to issue bonds in an amount not to exceed $99 million for the construction of a medium security prison in the Mt. Rogers Planning District.
Status:
01/31/07 House: Reported from Appropriations with substitute (24-Y 0-N)
02/05/07 House: VOTE: PASSAGE (97-Y 1-N)
02/06/07 Senate: Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/12/07 Senate: Reported from Transportation (11-Y 0-N)
02/12/07 Senate: Rereferred to Finance

XXX OPPOSE
FAILED ***
SB 914 Public Building Authority; authorized to issue bonds for prison construction.
William C. Wampler, Jr. | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Public Building Authority; prison construction. Authorizes the Virginia Public Building Authority to issue bonds in an amount not to exceed $99 million for the construction of a medium security prison in the Mt. Rogers Planning District.
Status:
01/08/07 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance
02/07/07 Senate: Left in Finance
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Death Penalty
FAILED XXX
HB 1960 Death penalty; abolishes from all Class 1 felonies committed on or after July 1, 2007.
Frank D. Hargrove, Sr. | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
Crimes; death penalty. Abolishes the death penalty for all Class 1 felonies committed on or after July 1, 2007.
Status:
01/05/07 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/11/07 House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/06/07 House: Left in Courts of Justice

XXX OPPOSE
SB 1295 Freedom of Information Act; exemption for persons designated to carry out execution.
Thomas K. Norment, Jr. | all patrons

Summary as introduced:
Transfer of prisoner to facility housing death chamber; confidentiality of execution records. Provides that the identities of persons designated to carry out an execution are confidential, exempt from the Freedom of Information Act, and not subject to discovery or introduction as evidence in any proceeding. The bill also removes the specific time constraints on when a prisoner condemned to die must be transferred to the correctional center wherein the death chamber is housed and when, prior to execution, the prisoner must elect to execution by a method other than lethal injection.
Status:
01/19/07 Senate: Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with amendments (15-Y 0-N)
01/24/07 Senate: VOTE: (40-Y 0-N)
02/05/07 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/06/07 House: Assigned GL sub: #2 FOIA/Procurement (Marshall, D.)
02/15/07 House: Reported from General Laws with amendments (22-Y 0-N)

Sex Offender
XXX OPPOSE
HB 2671 Sexually violent predators; civil commitment.
H. Morgan Griffith | all patrons

Summary as passed House: (all summaries)
Sexually violent predators; civil commitment. Adds the following as sexually violent offenses: capital murder in the commission of, or subsequent to a rape or attempted rape, sodomy or forcible sodomy or object sexual penetration, capital murder in the commission of an abduction committed with intent to defile the victim, and first and second degree murder when the killing was in the commission of, or attempt to commit rape, forcible sodomy, or object sexual penetration. Under current law, prisoners convicted of certain offenses (statutory rape, sodomy or object sexual penetration with child under age 13, and aggravated sexual battery with child under age 13 who suffered physical bodily injury) are referred with a score of four, and the remainder are referred with a five. The bill removes the requirement of physical bodily injury in connection with an aggravated sexual battery for the score to qualify as a four. The bill also provides that certain provisions regarding the identification, review, and preparation for filing a petition for commitment are procedural and not substantive or jurisdictional, and that absent gross negligence or willful misconduct, failure to comply is not a basis upon which a court can deny civil commitment or conditional release. Allows the CRC 120 instead of 90 days after receiving the name of an individual eligible to be evaluated for civil commitment to complete its assessment and submit its recommendation to the Attorney General and revises the CRC's criteria for assessment. The bill grants access to a variety of records to the Department of Mental Health, the CRC, and the Department of Corrections and provides that the existence of prior convictions or charges may be shown with affidavits or documentary evidence. Conditional release provisions are modified and it is expressly stated that medications that lower testosterone may not be used as a primary reason for determining that alternatives less restrictive than full commitment are appropriate.
Status:
02/02/07 House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (18-Y 0-N)
02/06/07 House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
02/07/07 Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice

XXX OPPOSE
XXX PASSED
HB 2776 Sex offender treatment offices; prohibited in certain residential areas.
Clifford L. Athey, Jr. | all patrons

Summary as passed House:
Sex offender counseling offices adjacent to residential areas. Prohibits counseling offices and similar facilities that provide services to convicted sex offenders from operating within residential areas.
Status:
01/19/07 House: Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety with amendment (21-Y 0-N)
01/24/07 House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N)
02/07/07 Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 1-N)
02/12/07 Senate: VOTE: (39-Y 0-N)
02/15/07 House: VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 0-N)
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