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2015 Major Legislative Accomplishments

Conner's Law - Child support for disabled child over the age of 18 (SB 923)

  • Provides that a court may order child support for children over the age of 18 who are severely or permanently mentally or physically disabled prior to turning 18

 

Breastfeeding in Public  (SB 1427)

  • Allows mothers to breastfeed their babies in public places in Virginia

Protecting Our Children

  • Sexually violent predator offenses; retention of court case files. (SB 914)

    • Requires that the circuit court case files on crimes for which a person can be committed as a sexually violent predator be retained for 50 years or until the sentence term ends, whichever comes later.

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  • Indecent liberties; venue. (SB 915)

    • Closes a loophole that made it difficult to determine where to prosecute certain cases involving sex offenses against children.

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  • Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry

    • Clarifies the physical verification of information provided by offenders subject to the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry. (SB 918)

    • Requires the Superintendent of State Police to establish and maintain a Supplement to the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry that would include the names of persons who have committed offenses that would require registration if the offense occurred today, but who are not otherwise required to register due to the date of conviction (“Robby’s Rule”). (SB 934)

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  • Administrative Subpoenas for Certain Identifying Information. (SB  919)

    • Authorizes the Attorney General to issue administrative subpoenas to obtain identifying information from internet service providers if relevant to a law-enforcement investigation of certain child pornography, abduction, and prostitution crimes. The bill also made it clear that content of communications could not be disclosed and limited the use of such subpoenas to cases involving child victims, where the disclosure of the existence of the subpoena will likely endanger the life or physical safety of an individual; lead to flight from prosecution, the destruction of or tampering with evidence, or the intimidation of potential witnesses, or otherwise seriously jeopardize an investigation.

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Education

  • Creates Biliteracy Seal for high school diplomas for students who demonstrate fluency in English and another world language (SB 916)