Virginia Senate Courts of Justice Committee Unanimously Passes Del. Mark Keam's Bill
~Bill Allows State Treasurer to Request Criminal History Record~
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tue., Feb. 14, 2012
Contact: Julia Kim
RICHMOND, VA — Delegate Mark Keam's House Bill 1123 designed to account for proper expenditure of taxpayer funds was unanimously approved (15-0) yesterday by the Virginia Senate Courts of Justice committee.
HB 1123 now advances to the full body of the Virginia Senate for further consideration.
Virginia law currently allows for state-funded compensation to be awarded to any person who is convicted of a felony and is subsequently found to have been wrongfully incarcerated for that conviction. However, a person becomes ineligible to receive further state payments if that person is subsequently convicted of a felony or is incarcerated.
The current law does not specify a way for the State Treasurer to determine if subsequent events such as a felony conviction or incarceration have occurred. Delegate Keam's HB 1123 authorizes the State Treasurer to access criminal history databases to ascertain this information.
"This bill allows for dissemination of such information to the State Treasury upon request," said Chief Deputy State Treasurer Robert Young.
This change in the law was requested by Governor Bob McDonnell's Administration as a common-sense and efficient way to ensure that state compensation funds are provided only to eligible persons.
"I'm pleased that the Senate Courts Committee members agreed with me that this bill is necessary to ensure accountability over our public funds. I thank the State Treasurer and State Police for working with me on this important measure," said Keam.
Delegate Keam serves on the Leadership Team of the Virginia Prisoner and Juvenile Offender Re-entry Council, created by Gov. McDonnell in 2010.
Details on his bills are at http://lis.virginia.gov.
Delegate Mark Keam (www.DelegateKeam.org, @MarkKeam) represents Virginia's 35th District, located in Fairfax County. The House District includes Tysons Corner, the Town of Vienna, Dunn Loring and portions of Oakton and Fairfax. Currently serving in his second term, Delegate Keam is a member of the House Education and Finance committees.
Delegate Mark L. Keam
Virginia House of Delegates
P.O. Box 1134
Vienna, VA 22183
District Office: (703) 350-3911
Richmond Office: (804) 698-1035