Because of a huge brawl in the Senate today over the budget, the Senate Courts of Justice Committee did not meet and HB 623 which would enroll Virginia in the federal Section 287(g) Program still hasn’t been heard. There are almost fifty bills still stuck in the Senate Courts of Justice Committee which has scheduled an extra meeting for tomorrow, because otherwise Monday is the last scheduled meeting of this committee. Any bills that don’t get reported out of this committee will by default die, although usually Senate Committees are good about at least considering everything and not letting bills expire without any consideration.
Keep your calls coming, because this fight isn’t over yet. We still have an opportunity to get a Section 287(g) bill to the Senate floor, and if it gets there the odds are that it will pass, especially after Bob McDonnell demonstrated that current policies have allowed at least 173 criminal alien sex offenders to either be released from prison into our communities and put on the Virgina Sex Offender Registry, or have gone unscreened in Virginia’s prison system and would have been due to be released. You can find the phone numbers you need here.
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