01/26/2016 House Proceedings

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Minutes

Called to order at 12 m. by William J. Howell, Speaker

Mace placed on Speaker's table by Sergeant at Arms

Prayer offered by The Honorable Jame P. "Jimmie" Massie, III, the Gentleman from Henrico

Delegate Cox led the House in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America

Attendance roll call - Quorum present

Leaves of Absence granted: Delegates Anderson and Miyares

Journal for Monday, January 25, 2016, approved by the Speaker

Senate communication received
Senate bills passed: SBs 11, 38, 179, 192, 209, 229, 305, 335, 337, 351, 374

Committee reports
From Health, Welfare and Institutions: HBs 252S, 465, 559As, 562As, 629As, 648, 652, 656 (referred), 674, 764As (referred), 816, 825A, 1026
From Transportation: HBs 168 (referred), 181, 184, 190, 719, 724S, 725A, 727A, 731S

Delegate Robinson granted unanimous consent to introduce a bill [HB 1389]

HR 86 taken up and agreed to

HJR 210 (Election of a Supreme Court of Virginia Justice) offered by Delegate Loupassi and agreed to (Y-98 N-0)

Bills and resolutions presented, ordered printed, and referred pursuant to House Rule 37

Resolutions presented and laid on Speaker's table pursuant to House Rule 39(a)

CALENDAR

HOUSE BILLS READ THIRD TIME
UNCONTESTED CALENDAR
HB 114A - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 123 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 124 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 125 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 208 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 440 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 476 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 514S - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 691 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 699S - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 734 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)

HOUSE BILLS READ THIRD TIME
REGULAR CALENDAR
HB 20 - Passed (Y-94 N-4)
HB 115 - Passed (Y-96 N-0)

HOUSE BILLS READ SECOND TIME
UNCONTESTED CALENDAR
HB 16A - Committee Amendments agreed to, Engrossed
HB 34 - Engrossed
HB 41 - Engrossed
HB 202S - Committee Substitute agreed to, Engrossed
HB 213 - Engrossed
HB 239 - Engrossed
HB 245 - Engrossed
HB 307 - Engrossed
HB 310S - Committee Substitute agreed to, Engrossed
HB 311 - Engrossed
HB 312S - Committee Substitute agreed to, Engrossed
HB 314S - Committee Substitute agreed to, Engrossed
HB 324S - Committee Substitute agreed to, Engrossed
HB 329 - Engrossed
HB 393 - Engrossed
HB 435 - Engrossed
HB 477 - Engrossed
HB 498A - Committee Amendment agreed to, Engrossed
HB 504 - Engrossed
HB 507S - Committee Substitute agreed to, Engrossed
HB 527A - Delegate Hodges floor amendment agreed to, Engrossed
HB 528 - Engrossed
HB 564A - Committee Amendments agreed to, Engrossed
HB 566 - Engrossed
HB 568 - Moved to Regular Calendar
HB 580S - Committee Substitute agreed to, Engrossed
HB 583 - Engrossed
HB 646 - Engrossed, Moved to Regular Calendar
HB 657A - Committee Amendment agreed to, Engrossed
HB 747 - Engrossed
HB 1063 - Engrossed

HOUSE BILLS READ SECOND TIME
REGULAR CALENDAR
HB 2 - Engrossed
HB 18 - Engrossed
HB 131 - Engrossed
HB 259 - Engrossed
HB 52S - Committee Substitute agreed to, Engrossed
HB 313A - Committee Amendments agreed to, Engrossed
HB 1220A - Committee Amendment agreed to, Engrossed
HB 568 - Engrossed

RESOLUTIONS
UNCONTESTED CALENDAR
HJR 31 - Agreed to Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HJR 87A - Committee Amendments agreed to, Agreed to Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HJR 88 - Agreed to Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HJR 169 - Agreed to Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HR 75S - Moved to Regular Calendar

RESOLUTIONS
REGULAR CALENDAR
HJR 163 - Agreed to (Y-98 N-0)
HR 73 - Agreed to (Y-98 N-0)
HR 75SA - Committee Substitute agreed to, Delegate Toscano floor amendment agreed to, Agreed to (Y-95 N-2)

Motion by Delegate Cox to adjourn agreed to

House adjourned at 2:11 p.m. to meet Wednesday, January 27 , 2016, at 12 m.

Transcript

What follows is a transcript of this day’s session that was created as closed-captioning text, written in real time during the session. We have made an effort to automatically clean up the text, but it is far from perfect.

Bill Howell
[gavel] the House will come to order. Members, please take your seats.
[Unknown]
Sergeant at arms. >>
Bill Howell
The House is now in session, all persons not entitled to privileges on the floor please retire to the gallery.
Bill Howell
The members will rise and be led in prayer by the honorable James p.Jennick Massie, iii, the gentleman from Henrico and remaining standing for the pledge of allegiance for the united states of america.
Bill Howell
It will be read by the gentleman from Colonial Heights, Mr. Cox.
Kirk Cox
Let's bow our heads in prayer. Lord, my House colleagues have so many distracting thoughts on their minds, there are legislative and financial bills, their families, day jobs, their political futures, their strained relationships, their broken relationships, and snow removal. Lord, given our cluttered and distracted minds, please, please just give me their undivided attention for the next 30 seconds. Lord, we love you. With all our hearts. With all our minds. And with all our souls. You are the eternal, infinite, onm -- omniscent, and sinless God the holy father, hold the holy ghost. Lord in stark contrast, we are finite, limited knowledge, sinful human beings. Given that, lord, we imfloor you, we bg you in all circumstance toss please, give us the wisdom to discern what is the right thing to do for our constituents, the citizens of Virginia. And then, lord, please give us the strength and the humility to do it. All this I pray, in the fame of your son, -- name of your son, jesus christ, amen.
[Unknown]
Amen.
Kirk Cox
[applause]
[Unknown]
[pledge of allegiance] >>
[Unknown]
The members answer the roll call by indicating their presence on the electronic voting board.
Bill Howell
The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, a quorum is present.
[Unknown]
Pursuant to House rule three, I 've examined and approved the journal of the House of delegates for January 25, 2016. Motions and resolutions under rule 39 are now in order. Does the clerk have any announcements or communications?
[Unknown]
Not at this time, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
The gentlewoman from Fairfax, Ms. Boysko.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I rise for a point of personal privilege.
Bill Howell
The gentlewoman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House of delegates, our governor, terry mcauliffe, was the first governor to declare a state of emergency, activating all state resources on January 21. Following the declaration, state agencies immediately identified and positioned resources to speed response and recovery efforts. Multiple state agencies engaged in response efforts, including vdot, Virginia department of health, Virginia state police, Virginia national guard, and Virginia defense force, and the Virginia department of emergency management. I want to thank the governor for his leadership and all the state employees and first responders involved in the response to the storm. Thank you.
[Unknown]
[applause]
Bill Howell
The gentlewoman from Westmoreland, Ms. Hanson.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, I 'd like to introduce representatives from drive smart Virginia, if you'd rise please. They are here along with family members that have lost loved ones. They are here advocating on behalf of distracted driving awareness. Drive smart Virginia is a nonprofit organization, charged with raising awareness and changing behavior in order to improve the safety of the roadways of the commonwealth. They have endeavored to improve the lives of all virginians, through public information and education initiatives. Mr. Speaker, I would ask the body to welcome the representatives from drive smart Virginia to the capitol today.
[Unknown]
[applause] >>
[Unknown]
Welcome, the members from drive smart, hope you enjoy your time at the capitol and thank you very much for all you do on behalf of all virginians.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Augusta, Mr. Landes.
Steve Landes
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I rise for the point of personal privilege.
Bill Howell
The gentleman May proceed.
Steve Landes
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, as you all know, this House of delegates has really taken as part of our responsibility very seriously the issues surrounding public education and in particular, k-12. Earlier today, a number of my colleagues and mishad a press conference related to the initiatives we are bringing forward this regs related to k-12 and we hope to work with our colleagues on the other side of the aisle as we move these issues forward. All of us believe that Virginia students deserve the best possible public education opportunity across the commonwealth. Our goal within the past and also looking forward to make sure they are successful, no matter where they live, no matter what their zip code would be. As I mentioned, the House has really taken this as a real key responsibility and priority the last few years. And as secretary holton and I both like to say, whether you are a member of this side of the aisle, or a member of that side of the aisle, everybody supports good public education, and we want that for all virginians. First, let me talk a little about the history of what we have accomplished together. In the last budget cycle, we have invested an additional $861 million for k-12. And that was with everybody's help. We have also provided our teachers with a 1.5% pay increase, the second pay increase in three years. And all of us know that the rubber really meets the road in our classrooms with our teachers and students. Now, we've also had a lot of tough choices, and those of us on the appropriations committee can tell you that a lot of times, they are not easy to make, but at the same time, with those tough choices, related to public education and funding, we have also worked to reform our educational system. I'm proud of this House and the efforts that we have made to put more money into the classroom, and I think that's the most important thing we need to remember. When you look at funding, classroom funding has actually gone up. And a jl opt c report that we received late last year showed that to be true. As a result, related to our reforms, our students are scoring higher on their pre-college entrance exams. Virginia teachers are paid more than the national average, on average. And education week ranks Virginia 's education system fourth best in the nation. And we should all be proud of that. Currently, Virginia is spending more in k-12 education than we spent under the last budget adopted, under governor kaine, when we were going into the recession, and we've been able to do that without raising taxes. And on this side of the aisle, that's very important. Now, let me talk about our agenda for this year, because that's what we are going to be dealing with. This year's agenda, we are outlining that we talked about today in a press conference and I 'm talking about on the floor today, will basically follow on what we did last year related to teacher pay, reforming our standards of learning, and basically, putting our parents and teachers back in charge of education. Now, we want to make smart target investments into our educational system. I know chairman Jones and all of us on the appropriations committee are working hard to do that. This year, the House of delegates will continue to invest in public education, and enact additional reforms, and make our public education system more efficient, promote greater choice and flexibility for our parents, and encourage access in early childhood education through private partnerships. Now, school choice is an issue we debate on this floor and in the education committee, but let's talk about the issues that you are going to hear and see this year. First is charter schools. And, we are can and will have a debate related to charter schools. But charter schools provide a great option for our families to make decisions for their children's education that they believe is important. New York has 197 charter schools, and Washington, d.C. Has 115. Virginia has nine. Delegate Bell is going it to be proposing a constitutional amendment that will finally set up a framework and allow us the general assembly to come back and put in place a framework that encourages the creation and development of public charter schools. Delegate LaRock is carrying legislation that will create the education savings account, a new initiative that is up and running in other states. We also are going to look at how the funds for this esa can be used for tuition, tutoring, private courses, instructional supplies for home schooling, and online learning, and more. Now, let me talk a little about early education. There is, I think, a broad agreement that early education is important for students' success. Now, to do that, we've got to find a delivery system that will meet that goal. Our challenge is going to be how to find the most cost-effective way to deliver a value on behalf of our citizens related to early childhood education. Let me be clear: universal pre-k would be very costly for our state and could lead to increased class sizes and limit our ability to invest in public education in the future. And I don't support universal pre-k. But what we do need to focus on is increasing early childhood access, education access, break down the barriers between our public and private providers, and incentivize ways to get more children access to pre-k or early childhood education. Now, we will have several measures to be looking at this issue and bringing forward solutions related to early childhood education and that public-private partnerships I mentioned. Delegate Greason will be creating a pilot program to test a mixed delivery early childhood education mod model and we will be providing I hope Mr. Chairman a budget in the funding for the projects. Delegate Greason also has a piece of legislation establishing a stakeholder committee to explore how to break down barriers that limit the use of private providers. For those of us on the pre-k joint subcommittee, we found that there are a lot of challenges in getting our public and private sector entity toss work together to serve more children. So we are going to look at that. Delegate Massie will look at expanding the eligibility of his successful education improvement scholarship tax credit that will include early childhood providers that can serve more children and more parts of the commonwealth. Now, let me real quickly, Mr. Speaker, before I conclude, talk about some of the innovation reforms that we have. No one has been more committed to education reform over the last several years than this House. And I congratulate each member on their work related to that. We have passed dozens of bills to cut red tape for local school leaders and teachers, we have enacted reforms to ensure that money is spent in the classroom, and not lost in the educational bureaucracy. And we have led efforts to reform our standards of learning, which we should all be proud. We are continuing our multi-year effort to make major innovations in public education in the commonwealth, and will have legislation from Delegate LaRock prohibiting common core from being implemented and -- in Virginia, and that's on the calendar today. We have a parental notification law that I 'm carrying, Mr. Speaker, that you are familiar with, to make sure students are not prematurely exposed to sexually explicit materials, and more importantly, the parents are involved in that process. Majority leader Delegate Cox has, and I believe this is on the calendar today, too, legislation strengthening Virginia 's guaranteed assistance program. Delegate Greason will have legislation that makes sure higher education is represented on our sol innovation and reform committee, which is very important. And last but not least, Delegate Rush is going to have legislation allowing colleges and universities to offer flat fee degrees, which is a great higher education reform. So Mr. Speaker, in relation to the House, first let me thank you all for your attention, and I congratulate each member on the work we've done and the work we can do this session to improve our public education, both k-12 and higher education this year. We want to work across the aisle, we want to work with the administration as we move these efforts forward. And we look forward to, I think, an even more successful public education and higher education session than we've ever seen before. So thank you all very much for your kind attention.
[Unknown]
[applause] >>
Bill Howell
The gentlewoman from Chesterfield, Ms. Robinson.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I rise for a
[Unknown]
The gentlelady has the request. Floor.
[Unknown]
I would like to ask the members of the House for unanimous consent to introduce a bill after the filing deadline.
[Unknown]
Could you tell them what the bill is about?
Bill Howell
It's a foya bill, and it has to do with -- the gentlewoman from Chesterfield requests unanimous consent --
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker?
[Unknown]
-- a bill that would basically gut our freedom of information law.
[Unknown]
[laughter]
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker?
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Charlottesville, Mr. Toscano.
David Toscano
Whether the gentlewoman yield for a question?
[Unknown]
The gentleman yields.
David Toscano
The gentlewoman yields.
[Unknown]
Can I ask the gentlewoman, is this a totally new bill or has this bill been seen in the general assembly this year in some other form?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I would respond to this is a new bill.
[Unknown]
Brand new?
[Unknown]
Yes.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
The gentlewoman from chessorfield, Ms. Robinson, asks for unanimous consent to introduce a bill after the deadline for a bill introduction. As many as favor that motion will vote aye.
[Unknown]
-- or say aye.
[Unknown]
Aye.
[Unknown]
Those opposed, no.
[Unknown]
The motion is agreed to.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Franklin, Mr. Poindexter.
Charles Poindexter
Thank you Mr. Speaker, I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Charles Poindexter
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Members of the body, the gentleman from Bedford, Delegate Byron and myself today have special visitors visiting the capitol in the general assembly building, the leadership of the Smith mountain lake chamber partnerships are with us today, and I would ask them to stand, please. We have with us the executive director, vicky gasht ner, chairman of the board 2016 Lee willard and woody hogueel, the government affairs committee chair and special projects manager bob macara, we are delighted to have them with us today. I remind the body of a few days ago, when this body passed resolution number 36, commending Smith mount lake for its 50th anniversary, and our guests are here on the left. For those of you not familiar with Smith mountain lake, it is a tremendous asset to our area, Franklin County, Bedford, pennsylvania counties. For example, Franklin County, about 60 percent of the revenue comes in from the Smith mountain lake area, it's a regional access -- asset into Roanoke, Lynchburg, Martinsville, all around, and indeed a commonwealth asset and a resource, as I know most of you have been at Smith mountain lake before. I live about 550 -- it's 550 miles of linear shoreline, private individuals to do basically what they choose to do within some reason, two -- 22,000 acres of water surface on the lake, espn fishing tours. Any water sports you want, you can find them. We have 50,000 visitors coming into Smith mountain lake each year. Wonderful businesses, water-oriented businesses, excellent medical care and water care, water quality provided not just for the locals but previous funding here by this body. We have probably 100 volunteer groups in the lake area of Smith mountain lake, all sorts of nonprofits, and we also have government-related quasi groups such as Smith mountain lake association, 5-county lake administration set up by the government to address lake issues, but the real voice of Smith mountain lake is the chamber of commerce, chiefly through its executive director, who is committed for life, and her work ethic and heart and soul to promoting, protecting and making the best thing that we can make of Smith mountain lake. And coming up this year, I would like to, on their behalf, invite you to any one of a multitude of events that's going to occur throughout the year celebrating the 50th anniversary of Smith mountain lake. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, I would like you to give a very warm welcome to the leadership, very successful, the Smith mountain lake chamber partnership.
[Unknown]
[applause]
[Unknown]
Delighted to have the members from the partnership visiting with us today, and thank you for all that you do for the commonwealth.
Bill Howell
The gentlewoman from Alexandria, Ms. Herring.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. Speaker, I rise for a point of personal privilege.
Bill Howell
The gentlewoman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Members of the chamber, I thank the gentleman from Augusta for his words regarding education. Just like your set of -- just like we are called to work on a new van economy we are pleased you are rezoning our call for education. Members on this side of the aisle have worked tirelessly over the years to help build our public schools and make them stronger. Members on this side of the aisle also have initiatives that they have put forward. We have led on pre-k education, and we don't want to close the door to opportunities for any of so we look forward to working Virginia 's children. With you to help improve our education, especially our public education system, and a good start is the $1 billion renew funding proposed by our governor for k-12 education. It was said by the gentleman from Augusta that rubber meets the road in the classroom and we totally agree and we look forward to working with you. Thank you.
Bill Howell
The gentlewoman from Hampton, Ms. Ward.
Leo Wardrup
Thank you Mr. Speaker. I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
The gentlewoman has the floor.
Leo Wardrup
Thank you. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, we are joined today by faculty and staff members of thomas Nelson community college, along with their president, Mr. John devers. Thomas Nelson community college is the fourth largest community college in Virginia, the college has served more than 16,000 members. Thomas Nelson community college's work force development program enrolled more than 12,000 individuals, delivered more than 400 targeted skills and work force courses, all through their work force training continuing education, and placed more than 5000 people in high quality, advanced manufacturing jobs in 70 companies across the Hampton roads area, and 2015, thomas Nelson launched an advanced integrated manufacturing program, designed to train multi-skilled technicians and technologists, that will keep the region in the commonwealth strongly competitive. Meeting immediate needs for its advanced manufacturing work force. If the faculty and staff, our guests, from thomas Nelson will please rise, I ask the House to warmly welcome them.
[Unknown]
[applause] >>
[Unknown]
Pleased to have the representatives from thomas Nelson with us today.
Bill Howell
The gentlewoman from Bedford, Ms. Byron.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. Speaker. I rise for a request.
Bill Howell
The gentlewoman has the floor.
[Unknown]
I'd like to request that the journal reflect that my seat mate, the Delegate from Prince William, is absent due to pressing personal business.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
Bill Howell
The gentlewoman from Lunenburg, Ms. Wright.
Tommy Wright
Mr. Speaker, I rise for a request.
Bill Howell
The gentleman May state it.
Tommy Wright
Mr. Speaker, I request that the jump reflect that the gentleman from Virginia beach is away on pressing personal business.
[Unknown]
The journal will reflect.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Williamsburg, Mr. Mason.
Monty Mason
I rise for point of personal privilege.
[Unknown]
The gentleman has the
Monty Mason
This morning, governor floor. Mcauliffe and city of Newport News announced a print back will invest $27.5 million to expand its operation in oakland industrial park in the city. Virginia successfully competed against the state of missouri for the project, landing it that will create 50 new jobs. Founded in 1956, headquartered in atlanta, georgia, print pack is a privately held manufacturer of flexible and specialty ridged packaging, employing 4000 associates worldwide. The company operates 25 manufacturing facilities in the united states, mexico and china. Mr. Speaker, when thanking the governor and the Virginia economic development partnership and leaders of Newport News, jim stevenson, said print back pioneered the rigid cager business in 1984 and we've been growing here ever since. After considering other locations for our expansion, we decided to expand in Virginia, largely because of our well established, capable work force providesas solid base of expertise to build upon. Additionally, strong relationships with and support from our local government made expansion in Virginia a solid decision. Mr. Speaker, economic development professionals, some of whom are with us from thomas Nelson today, are enthusiastically supportive as we go around the country and the nation to draw and attract businesses to Virginia. But they also remind us of the critical importance of supporting those successful businesses here in the commonwealth, and helping them grow. The Virginia economic development partnership worked with the city to land this deal in Virginia. The governor approved $150,000 grant from the commonwealth opportunity fund and $200,000 performance based grant from the Virginia investment partnership program. And it's an incentive available to existing Virginia companies. The companies is also eligible to receive state benefits from Virginia enterprise zone program administered by the housing development community group, funding to support employee training activities canle be provided through the Virginia jobs investment program. So Mr. Speaker, many statewide efforts combined with the great effort in collaboration with local government gives us the opportunity to continue to support and to welcome print pack to continue expand, grow in Newport News. Thank you Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from haaswell, Mr. Morefield.
Will Morefield
I rise for a point of personal privilege.
Bill Howell
The gentleman May proceed.
Will Morefield
Mr. Speaker, members of the House, I 've been serving as a member of this body for the past seven years, and I can say without question that this assembly is made up of men and women on both sides of the aisle who care deeply for the keep they represent -- for the people they represent. Many of you make every effort to not only address, but provide solutions to the many challenges we are confronted with. As you all know, the economy in southwest Virginia has suffered tremendous loss, especially condition the coal fields. With thousands of jobs already lost and a declining population, we must make every effort to support diverse tieing the economy -- diversifying the economy and protect whatever little activity remains in the coal fields. A few weeks ago, I was standing in line of a grocery store, waiting to pay for my groceries, and directly in front of me was a young lady with two beautiful little girls. The cashier rang her items up, she pulled other credit card out to pay for her groceries. She swiped her credit card, her credit card was declined. She swiped the credit card again, and it was declined. She put oweo she got another credit card out of her purse, she swiped the card, and it was declined as well. She looked at me, and then she looked at the cashier, and she started to cry. She literally broke down into tears. She told the cashier that she was going to call her husband. She picked her phone out of her purse, she tried calling her husband, but she couldn't reach him. She told the cashier that she had to go. Several people in the line offered to pay for her groceries, but she refused and said that she could not possibly accept. As the lady was walking out, she told me that her husband was a coal miner who was recently laid off and was desperately seeking employment. He was a welder and worked as an electrician before he worked in the coal industry, a very skilled individual. But due to so many jobs being dependent upon coal and natural gas, he has been unable to find work, even with the skills that he has acquired. He and his wife do not want to resort to welfare. They want to work. And what I experienced this woman is going through is something that is happening more and more every day. Now, I will be one of the first to admit that our region has done a terrible job over the past several years diversifying the economy, but that doesn't mean that we can't work together to make a significant difference. As far as coal is concerned, we are all -- we all understand the term nonrenewable, what that means, and we all want to be good stewards of the environment, but we cannot sacrifice our livelihoods to replace one industry with another over night. Yes, we need to seek out alternative forms of energy, because fossil fuels will not last forever, but instead, we should focus on research and development for use, years to come, because mandating such technologies, and environmental polices now, is greatly impacting our lives with the middle class and the poor footing the bill through higher utility costs and food costs. As elected representatives, we are pulled in several directions. Often to the extreme right or to the extreme left. And this has certainly become more of an issue today than in the past. As a millennial, I feel that I have more in common with our founding fathers than most would think. And that's because we truly understand the meaning of compromise. Most of us are not so much concerned with party politics as we are with reaching a reasonable compromise to provide a better life for all of society. Not compromising one's values, but obtaining a reasonable solution to the problems we are confronted with every day. I stand before you today, and I respectfully ask this body and all of those in adopting policy that affects not only southwest Virginia, but for the future of the commonwealth and the future of this great nation, to please remember that compromise is not bad. It's what we were elected to do. Thank you Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
[applause] >>
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Charlottesville, Mr. Toscano.
David Toscano
Thank you Mr. Speaker, I rise for several motions.
Bill Howell
The gentleman May proceed.
David Toscano
Thank you Mr. Speaker. First on Page 14 of the calendar, could hb568 be moved to the regular calendar
Bill Howell
Without objection, House bill 568, to the regular calendar.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. Speaker, second motion, on Page 21 of the calendar, could hj75, that's my resolution, be moved to the regular calendar for purposes of a technical typographical correction?
Bill Howell
Without objection, House joint resolution 75 to the regular calendar.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. Speaker, and the final motion, hb86, which I spoke with you about yesterday, and we have spoken to the clerk about, has been on the calendar now for I think a week, and it got lost in the shuffle. It's a commending resolution involving -- I 'm sorry. It's House resolution 86, hr86. It's been lost in the shuffle because of the snowstorm and involves a commending resolution for a local baptist minister in my community involving his anniversary with the church, and I would request that that be brought up out of order so we can pass it and get it to him in time for the anniversary.
[Unknown]
The clerk will record a resolution.
[Unknown]
House resolution number 86, commending the Dr. Lehman d. Bates ii.
[Unknown]
I propose that the resolution be passed.
[Unknown]
As many as favor that motion will say aye.
[Unknown]
Those opposed, no.
[Unknown]
The resolution is agreed
Bill Howell
The gentleman from to. Chesapeake, Mr. Leftwich.
Jay Leftwich
Mr. Speaker, I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Jay Leftwich
Ladies and gentlemen of the House, today I 'd like to introduce to you two pillars of my community, in the gallery this afternoon, ray scoter, our commissioner of revenue, been commissioner of revenue for as long as I can remember, is a walking inside low pedia of political stats and information, and always helpful, always there to give a helping hand. The other is councilman richard west, who actually taught in the high school I graduated from, and he serves on the city council now. I ask the House give them a warm welcome.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
[Unknown]
[applause]
[Unknown]
The clerk when record a resolution.
[Unknown]
House joint resolution number 210, election of the supreme court of Virginia justice and the resolution has been distributed.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Richmond city, Mr. Loupassi.
Manoli Loupassi
Thank you Mr. Speaker, I move the adoption of the resolution.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Charlottesville, Mr. Toscano.
David Toscano
Mr. Speaker, will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
David Toscano
The gentleman yields.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
The gentleman yields. The gentleman did come and talk to me, so that's not really the issue. I don't really have an issue with this resolution. But since people are on pins and needles about this justice, who's going to be appointed justice of the supreme court, could you please just tell the body this has nothing to do with anything but to keep the process going, and could you please explain to this body what's going to happen next?
[Unknown]
It's not on my script.
[Unknown]
[laughter]
[Unknown]
Yes, sir. Yes.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I would tell the gentleman that we have to do this in order to keep the process moving to get a justice that we can vote on, so that's what we are doing.
[Unknown]
Short followup question for the gentleman?
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
I ask the gentleman, is it
[Unknown]
The gentleman yields. The process so far as you understand it, we would probably be interviewing candidates for this position tomorrow in courts? Is that your understanding? And there play be several interviews -- there May be several interviews that go on?
[Unknown]
I'd answer the gentleman that's correct.
[Unknown]
Shall the resolution be
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Agreed to?
Bill Howell
The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 98, nos, zero.
Bill Howell
Ayes 98, nos, zero, the resolution is agreed to, the gentleman from Richmond city, Mr. Loupassi, will advise the Senate of the resolution.
Manoli Loupassi
Are there further motions or resolutions under rule 39? If not the clerk will call the calendar.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Richmond city, the clerk had a good idea. Why don't you wait until we vote on the bloc so we don't have to do them all over again? And then you can go.
Manoli Loupassi
The clerk will call the calendar.
[Unknown]
The calendar for the Virginia House of delegates, January 26, 2016, Page one of the calendar, House bills on third reading, House bills third reading uncontested calendar, House bill 114, Page two, House bills, 123, 124, 125, Page three, House bill 208, 440, 476, Page four of the printed calendar, House bill 514, House bill 691, House bill 699, and House bill 734.
[Unknown]
Shall the bills pass?
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Charlottesville .
Bill Howell
The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 98, nos, zero.
[Unknown]
Ayes 98, nos, zero, the bill is passed. >>
[Unknown]
-- the bills are passed.
[Unknown]
Continuing with today's calendar, House bills on third reading, regular calendar, House bills on third reading, regular calendar, 20, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia related to the excise tax on peanuts.
[Unknown]
Shall the bill pass?
Bill Howell
The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 94, nos four.
[Unknown]
Ayes 94, nos four, the bill is passed. >>
[Unknown]
House bill 115, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia related to diversion of commodity fund unexpended balances.
[Unknown]
Shall the bill pass? >>
Bill Howell
The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 96, nos, zero.
[Unknown]
Ayes 96, nos, zero, the bill is passed. >>
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, continuing with the calendar, printed calendar Page six, House bills on second reading, uncontested calendar, second reading, uncontested calendar, House bill 16, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to health insurance, payment for services by dentists and oral surgeons, report from the committee on commerce and labor with amendments.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Powhatan, Mr. Ware.
Lee Ware
Mr. Speaker, I move the amendment.
Bill Howell
Question is on adoption of the committee amendment, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no. The amendment is agreed to, the gentleman from Powhatan .
Lee Ware
Thank you Mr. Speaker. With the adoption of those amendments, this bill is a continuation of one that we passed in here in 2010 and essentially what we said at the time is dental insurance companies cannot be -- dental office cannot be compelled by insurance companies to charge rates for noncovered services at a rate that is not part of their contract. What was happening, at the time, is that you had insurance companies putting contracts in front of dentists that set fees that dentists could charge only for covered procedures. They were for procedures that were not covered by their policy. Since that time, there have been examples of dental plans covering only a small percentage of specific procedures, effectively skirting this law, and then claiming that it's covered. The good news is that the practice is not being widely implemented yet, but it's appropriate to close the loophole before it goes any further. This also follows action we took last year regarding vision care. I ask that the House pass the bill, move it on to its third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 34, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to appointments for safety inspections. Report from the committee on transportation.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Henrico Mr. Farrell.
Peter Farrell
Thank you Mr. Speaker, House bill 34 -- I didn't realize, auto rye pair shops only very limited circumstances were allowed to offer appointments to get a state inspection. I don't think the government really needs to be telling a business owner how to run their appointment book, so this really just provides an option for the business owner to take appointments if he wishes. That's all the bill does. I grope it be engross the bill and pass it to its third reading -- engrossed and passed to its third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 41, a bill to des gate portions of vas route 72, 619 u.S. Root 58 alternate in the counties of Scott and Wise in the city of Norton the thomas jefferson scenicby way loop, report from the committee on transportation.
Peter Farrell
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, House bill 41 designates parts of roads as the thomas jefferson scenicby way loop, located in the jefferson national forest, hope it be the pleasure of the House to engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
[Unknown]
House bill 202, a bill to amend and reenact several sections of the code of Virginia relating to anatomical gift, human remains, detection dog training, report from the committee on welfare and institutions with a substitute.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Virginia beach Mr. Knight.
Barry Knight
I move the substitute.
[Unknown]
Question is on adoption of the committee substitute, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no.
Barry Knight
The substitute is agreed to, the gentleman from Virginia beach.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, House bill 202 directs the Virginia department of health to convene a work group of key stakeholders to explore the mechanisms for use in human remains donated as anatomical gifts for purposes of training dogs to find human remains during search and rescue operations. Mr. Speaker, I move the House engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 213, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to exceptions to motor vehicle inspection requirement, report from the committee on transportation.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Lemunyon.
Jim LeMunyon
Thank you Mr. Speaker, Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, House bill 213 pertains to situations in which a motorist has an expired inspection sticker. Current law provides, for example, the opportunity to drive your car from your House to the inspection station and not get a ticket. The current law doesn't speak to the issue of once your car is parked at the inspection station waiting to get inspected or repaired, and we actually had an enterprising police officer in Fairfax County that went to three stations in chantilly and handed out tickets to parked cars waiting to get inspected. So this bill will make sure that that doesn't happen again. I hope it be the pleasure of the body to engross the bill and pass it on to its third reading.
[Unknown]
Continuing with the calendar, House bill 239, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia related to division of fees among physicians, report from the committee on health, welfare and institutions.
Jim LeMunyon
The gentleman from Henrico, Mr. O'bannon.
John O'Bannon
Thank you Mr. Speaker. This bill is a work product of the health law section, prohibition for fee splitting of f.S. Virginia had it on its books since '56. This just updates the language and supported by the society. I hope we engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 245, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to keeper of the rolls of the commonwealth, in legislation, report from authority to correct errors the committee on rules.
John O'Bannon
The gentleman from Colonial Heights, Mr. Cox.
Kirk Cox
Thank you Mr. Speaker, hb 245 authorizes the keeper of the roll, our check, to correct typographical errors and resolutions. Currently they can only do it for bills which expands greatly their authority. Hope it be the pleasure of the House to engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 307, a bill to amend and reenact several sections of the code of Virginia relating to insurance notices. Report from the committee on commerce and labor. >>
Kirk Cox
The gentlewoman from Bedford Ms. Byron,.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, House bill 307 comes at the request of the state corporation commission, bureau of insurance, the bill amends various sections of the code regarding notices received by applicants and policy holders and property insurance polices, clarifying outdated or not specific terminology that is either eliminated or revised and goes into effect after January 1, 2017. I hope it be the pleasure of the House to engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
Page nine of the printed calendar, House bill 310, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to mobile dental clinics, exemption from registration requirements, report from the committee on health, welfare and institutions with a substitute.
[Unknown]
From gentleman Caroline, Mr. Orrock.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I move adoption of the committee substitute.
Bill Howell
Question is on adoption of the committee substitute, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no, the substitute is agreed to, the gentleman from Caroline .
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, House bill 310 simply takes away the registration requirement for a mobile dental clinic, in those circumstances where they are going into nursing homes and other assisted living facilities where the patients are not ambulatory, whether they are operating as part of a free clinic network or other clarity provisions whereby the facilities are going into remote, underserved areas and providing critical dental services. Hope it be the pleasure of the body to pass the bill. -- to engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 311, a bill to require the secretary of health and human resources to undertake efforts to establish collaborative agreements with other states to allow emergency medical services providers to provide emergency medical services across state lines. Emergency.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Caroline .
[Unknown]
Mr. Orrock.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, if you represent an area of the state that borders within one of -- on one of our neighbor states, you have the circumstance where Virginia ems providers May be called into those neighbor states to provide emergency assistance and likewise, ems providers from the border states May be called to the commonwealth to assist. Right now, it's very questionable, given that we don't give reciprocity automatically in ems licensure as to whether those individuals are covered by the protections of a good samaritan law and other legal protections that exist while providers -- our providers in our own state, this would require the secretary of health and human resources to work with his counterpart in our neighboring states to ensure that there will be a collaborative agreement so that an individual in bloomfield, Virginia, responding into the west Virginia area will be provided the same protections and likewise, a west Virginia provider coming on to our side of the line won't fear any prosecution under Virginia law for doing what they are trained to do. Hope it be the pleasure of the body to engross the bill and pass it to its third reading. >>
[Unknown]
House bill 312, a bill to require the department of health to work with stakeholders to increase sharing of electronic health records, emergency, report from the committee on health, welfare and institutions with a substitute.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Caroline, Mr. Orrock.
Bobby Orrock
Mr. Speaker, I move the adoption of the committee substitute.
Bill Howell
Question on adoption of the committee substitute, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, the substitute is agreed to, no. The gentleman from Caroline .
Bobby Orrock
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, as we've entered the new technology era of electronic records exchange, there exists a problem between many medical care providers in so much that your x-ray and other diagnostic test procedures held by one medical facility May not be able to share it with another facility in a nearby jurisdiction or elsewhere in the state. The premise behind electronic record exchange was that all of your medical records should be available wherever you May need medical care. Largely, this is a problem between vendors having systems that won't communicate with other systems, but there are other more complex issues than that, this will simply have the secretary of health and human resources convene a group of stakeholders to try and find a means whereby our citizens can get the records wherever they need them, whenever they need them. Currently the practice sometimes means the patient, having had a diagnostic procedure in another facility a couple of weeks previously, they go in under emergency circumstances, the new facility -- the new facility can't access those old records, they order a new scan, insurance then denies it because just had 12 weeks ago and the patient is stuck with the bill. Hope it be the pleasure of the body to engross the bill and fas to its third reading.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Prince William, Mr. Marshall.
Bob Marshall
Will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
Bob Marshall
I yield.
[Unknown]
The gentleman yields.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, would the gentleman inform the members what efforts will be taken to -- it deal with kes of security of the health records that might be shifted from one provider to another?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I would respond to the gentleman that all of those questions in my mind are covered by federal hipa requirements that stipulate it can't be shared with an unauthorized provider. The circumstance that exists, is I 'm aware of a specific case in my area where an individual had been a patient at one hospital in the area, and in an emergency transport case, transported to a different hospital, that hospital in diagnosing the problems wanted to see the baseline from two weeks previous when a cat scan had been done but because the two diagnostic vendor systems couldn't communicate with each other the radiologist in the second facility couldn't see the cat scans that had been done two weeks this does not expand in any previously. Way the scope of who would be entitled to see these records.
[Unknown]
Further question Mr. Speaker?
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
The gentleman yields.
[Unknown]
Let me rephrase this. My concern is not just for that situation, but for the security of the records from hackers, somebody who would never be intended to have received this. That going to be discussed to provide security, because if you get a person's genetic information out, this May compromise their ability to get insurance in the future.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I would only respond to the gentleman that that's not a part of what is embodied in this study, and the issues to be resolved, because that's a system endemic to all electronic communication medium, and wouldn't be effected in any way, shape or form that I can see, that the hacker can get into the records through one facility, they can do it through another and access any of this. I think that's part of the larger system and not a part of this resolution, or this bill.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 10 of the calendar, House bill 314, a bill to amend and reenact two sections of code of Virginia relating to administration of drugs by certain employees.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Caroline, Mr. Orrock.
Bobby Orrock
I move for adoption of the committee substitute.
Bill Howell
Question on adoption of the committee substitute, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no, the substitute is agreed to, the gentleman from Caroline .
Bobby Orrock
In the House, a couple of years back, we passed legislation that allowed within our public school system the school nurse and other school personnel properly trained to administrator certain drugs and emergency circumstances -- in emergency circumstances such as insulin, epinephrine, things of that nature. All House bill 314 does is extend those same protections and provisions to our private school community so that those students can take advantage of the same level of medical training personnel within those school divisions to administrator those drugs and emergency -- in emergency cases. Hope it be the pleasure of the body to engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 324, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to insurance rates, decreases, report from the committee on commerce and labor with a substitute.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Scott, Mr. Kilgore. >>
Terry Kilgore
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, I move we adopt the committee substitute.
Bill Howell
The question is on adoption of the committee substitute, as many as favor those opposed, no. That motion will say aye,
Terry Kilgore
The substitute is agreed to, the gentleman from Scott .
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, House bill 324 codifies a long standing industry practice that the bureau of insurance discontinued due to its recent interpretation, and what this bill allows is transitional renewal rates or transitional rates. It means if it goes up, the bureau of insurance can work that in over payments, over time, or if it goes down, it could transition or work that way. For many years the bureau of insurance permitted these transitional rates for both rate increases and rate decreases, and there was a recent interpretation, and that's why the bill was brought. I hope it -- that you would support House bill 324, and I would ask that it be engrossed and passed to the third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 329, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to flashing amber lights on public transit buses, report from the committee on transportation.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Virginia beach, Mr. Villanueva. Gentlemen of the House, House
Ron Villanueva
Mr. Speaker, ladies and bill 329 adds to the list publicly owned or operated transit buses, to the list of vehicles that could use amber lights. This list currently includes towing vehicles, trash collection vehicles, and emergency snow removal vehicles. I hope it be the pleasure to engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
Ron Villanueva
Turning to Page 11 of the printed calendar, House bill 393, a bill to amend and of Virginia -- a bill to reenact a section of the code amend and reenact several sections of the code of Virginia relating to insurance agencies, designated licensed producers, report from the committee on commerce and labor.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Powhatan, Mr. Ware.
Lee Ware
Thank you Mr. Speaker. House bill 393 is an update to the code requested by the state corporation commission in the case of designated licensed producers that insurance agencies employ, it sets deadlines for filling vacancies in this role, and reporting those who are filled, newly selected producers, reporting those to the state corporation I would ask the House to commission. Engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
Lee Ware
House bill 435, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to licensure of adult day care centers, programs of all-inclusive care for the elderly programs exempt, report from the committee on House welfare and institutions.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Virginia beach Mr. Foley.
[Unknown]
This is a highly regulated by the federal and state agencies, House bill 435 removes the redundant requirement for adult day dare licensure, I move the bill be engrossed and passed to the third reading.
[Unknown]
Thank you. >>
[Unknown]
House bill 477, a bill to authorize issue an of boards for certain veterans care center projects, report from the committee on appropriations.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Colonial Heights Mr. Cox.
Kirk Cox
Thank you Mr. Speaker, hb 477 provides $29.3 million in Virginia public building authority bonds for a veterans care center. Let me remind everybody where we're at with that. Currently we have two, one in Salem, one at bar if the across from mcguires in Richmond, we've been on the waiting list for one in Hampton roads and 2011 time frame for northern Virginia. Last year, in working with admiral harvey we came up with a solution hopefully, a state-only 120 bed facility. We had enough money last year, $166 million, to build one in plan one. What this would allow us to do would be to build the second one so hope 234re in the next 3-5 years, we would have two more veterans care centers up and running. With that I hope it be the pleasure of the House to engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 498, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to tpa-certified optometrists, prescription of certain schedule ii controlled substances, report from the committee on health, an amendment. Welfare and institutions with
Kirk Cox
Gentleman from Middlesex, Mr. Hodges.
Keith Hodges
Move adoption of the committee amendment.
[Unknown]
The question is an adoption of the committee amendment, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no.
Keith Hodges
The committee amendment is agreed to, the gentleman from Middlesex .
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, House bill 498 provides a tpa certified optometrist, trord to prescribe controlled substance May continue their current practice of prescribing schedule ii controlled substances, consistent with hydrocodone, in combination with acetaminophen. Hope it be the pleasure of the body to engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 504, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to renewal of certification as a nurse aide. Report from the committee on health, welfare and institutions.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Lynchburg Mr. Garrett.
Scott Garrett
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, House bill 504 is basically a clean-up bill. When fees for all professions under the board of nursing were increased in 2011, it was decided that it would be easier for certified nursing aides to pay a smaller fee each year, rather than a larger fee by annually. The board of nursing changed the regulations to an annual renewal. This bill simply makes the same change in the code. Hope it the pleasure of the House to engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
Scott Garrett
House bill 507, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to exceptions to motor vehicle inspection requirement, report from the committee on transportation with a substitute.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Virginia beach Mr. Villanueva.
Ron Villanueva
Mr. Speaker, I move the substitute.
Bill Howell
The question is on adoption of the committee substitute, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no.
Ron Villanueva
The substitute is agreed to, the gentleman from
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Virginia beach. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, House bill 507 removes burdensome regulations for auto dealers purchasing motor vehicles from auctions to take their vehicles directly to an official safety inspection station, rather than having to truck it to their place of business and truck it back to the inspection station. I hope it's the pleasure of the House to engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 527, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to registration of non-resident medical equipment suppliers, report prosecute the committee on health, welfare and there's a technical floor institutions, and Mr. Speaker amendment.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Middlesex, Mr. Hodges.
Keith Hodges
Move adoption of the technical amendment Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
The question is on adoption of the technical floor amendment, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no.
Keith Hodges
The technical floor amendment is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. Speaker. House bill 527 creates a new regionsing -- licensing category for non-resident medical equipment suppliers and formalizes the board's existing process issuing permits for non-resident medical equipment suppliers and hold out of state medical equipment supplier facilities to a similar licensure oversight as in state medical equipment supplier facilities. I hope it be the pleasure of the body to engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 528, a bill to amend and reenact several sections of the code of Virginia, repeal others, all relates to manufacture and distribution of prescription drugs in the commonwealth, report from the committee on health, welfare and institutions.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Middlesex Mr. Hodges.
Keith Hodges
Thank you Mr. Speaker. House bill 528 conforms Virginia law to the federal drug quality and security act. The bill requires wholesaler distributors and pharmacies to comply with federal trade requirements, creates a new licensing category for in state third party logistics providers, and non-resident manufacturers. It also clarifies the use of bulk drug substances in compounding. I hope it be the pleasure of the body to engross the bill and pass it to its third reading. >>
[Unknown]
House bill 5464, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to optometrists, continuing education requirements, report from the committee on health, welfare and institutions, with amendments.
Keith Hodges
The gentlewoman from chessorfield, Ms. Robinson.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I move adoption of the committee amendments.
[Unknown]
Question on adoption of the committee amendments, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no.
Bill Howell
That motion is agreed to, the gentleman fromo gentlewoman from Chesterfield .
[Unknown]
House bill 564 increases the continuing education requirements for optometrists from 16 to 20 hours, it will also allow optometrist toss carry up to 10 hours to the next year once they have exceeded 20 hours of ce. I ask the bill be engrossed and passed to the third reading. >>
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 14, House bill 566, a bill to amend and reenact several sections of the code of Virginia relating to licensed onsite soil evaluators, terminology, report from the committee on health, welfare and institutions.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Virginia beach Mr. Knight.
Barry Knight
Mr. Speaker, House bill 566 changes the term "authorized" to" licensed" in reference to evaporator -- evaluators, not an industry term. I hope the -- I hope the House will engross the bill and pass it to its third reading. >>
[Unknown]
House bill 568 has been moved to the regular calendar
Barry Knight
House bill 580, a bill to amend and reenact several Virginia relating to nurses, sections of the code of definitions, report from the committee on health, welfare and institutions with a substitute.
Bill Howell
Gentlewoman from Chesterfield Ms. Robinson.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I move the adoption of the substitute.
Bill Howell
Question on adoption of the committee substitute, as will say aye, those opposed, many as favor that motion no. The substitute is agreed to, the gentlewoman from Chesterfield .
[Unknown]
This bill will help delineate which advance practice registered nurses are defined as nurse track pigs -- prac firsters under the board of nurseing in Madison. It clarifies a practice agreement is not required for registered nurse anesthy cysts that practice under the practice of a -- that practice under the supervehicles of a physician. I ask that it be engrossed and passed to the third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 583, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to certification of peer providers, report from the committee on health, welfare and institutions.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Giles ,
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. Speaker, Mr. Yost. House bill 583 authorizes the commissioner of the department of behavioral, health and services to identify individuals as peer providers in regulations identified by the board. I hope it be the pleasure of the body to engrossed and -- to engross the bill and passed to the third reading pass it to its third reading. >>
[Unknown]
Continuing can theical -- continuing with the calendar, House bill 646, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to department behavioral health and developmental services related to substance abuse, report on the state plan for substance abuse providers, report from the committee on health, welfare and institutions.
Bill Howell
Gentlewoman from petersberg, Ms. Aird.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, this House bill legislation, 646, eliminates the requirement for the department of behavioral health and developmental services to file a bi-annual report on substance abuse-related activities, the bi-annual report is a did you applica tiff report because the appropriations act already requires the department to provide an annual report on its activities. Mr. Speaker, I would ask the House engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker?
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Caroline, Mr. Orrock.
Bobby Orrock
Will the gentlelady yield for purposes of a question?
[Unknown]
Will the gentlelady yield?
Bobby Orrock
I yield.
[Unknown]
The gentlewoman yield.
[Unknown]
I apologize to the gentlelady by not raiseing this question before it came before the full committee, however, given that this is only duplicative because the budget act requires on reporting on these provisions and others and given that the budget act only exists for a two-year time frame, would the gentlelady not suggest that we May be doing some harm by not putting this in the codes section where it will stand in perpetuity absent an action such as we are proposing to undertake this afternoon through this legislation measure? Take it out of the code. The language that all the citizens can see and have the assurance that our department is going to report on what they are doing based on what we have given them the responsibility to oversee. Would the gentlelady comment on that please?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I will respond to the kind gentleman by saying no, we would not be doing harm by removing this duplicative report, thank you.
[Unknown]
Will the gentlelady yield for additional?
[Unknown]
Will the gentlelady yield?
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
The gentlelady yields.
[Unknown]
What makes her think I 'm kind?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I can take that back if he would like!
[Unknown]
[laughter]
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Richmond city.
[Unknown]
Will the gentlewoman yield for a question.
[Unknown]
Will the gentlewoman yield?
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
Is she aware how long this report has been did you applica tiff in the appropriations act and the code?
Bill Howell
Mr. Speaker, I would respond by saying that this measure, this bill, is a cost saving measure and I believe the gentlewoman from Richmond would agree that any measure that is saving the taxpayers dollars should be supported. Thank you Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
[applause]
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, would the gentlewoman yield for another
[Unknown]
I yield. Question?
[Unknown]
The gentlewoman yields.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I would ask the gentlewoman, did she take a look at all of the other reports that are required to the general assembly in both the code and in the appropriations that no one ever reads?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I will respond in saying that I plan to do so.
[Unknown]
[laughter]
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, will the gentlewoman yield for another question?
[Unknown]
Will the gentlewoman yield?
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
The gentlewoman yields.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I would ask the gentlewoman if she would be ready to commit today, that she will continue the cost savings measures by reviewinging every report sent to the general assembly in compliewsing legislation that are did you applica tiff or never read by anyone in the general assembly.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I would respond by saying that I would make that pledge if the gentlewoman would join me in that.
[Unknown]
[applause]
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I ask that this go to the regular calendar so that I can think about it.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
Bill Howell
Without objection to the regular calendar.
[Unknown]
[applause]
[Unknown]
House bill 657, a bill to of the code of Virginia amend and reenact a section relating to prescription monitoring program, disclosure of information, report from the committee on health, welfare and institutions with an amendment.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Henrico Mr. O'bannon.
John O'Bannon
Thank you Mr. Speaker, I guess the lesson we just learned is you'd better quit when you're behind!
[Unknown]
I request that the House adopt the amendment offered by the committee.
John O'Bannon
Question is on adoption of the committee amendment, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no, committee amendment is agreed to, the gentleman from Henrico .
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. Speaker, as the calendar reflect, doug Herring had a similar piece to this. This is the piece we're trying to get at, the fact that we now lose more Virginia citizens from drug deaths, from overdoses, than we do from car wreck, so we serve on a commission, I think Delegate Hodges was on it, what this basically does is directs the health profession folks to people to get together and pharmacists and medical use the prescription monitoring program to identify people at risk. I hope we will engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 747, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to ownership of service facilities, report from the committee on transportation.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Loudoun, Mr. Gleason.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, House bill 747, if I could bring your attention to the code, as most of you know, it's unlawful for any motor vehicle manufacturer, factory branch, distributor, distributor branch, to own, operate or control any motor vehicle warranty or service facility. That is current code. Certain circumstances, when you are having a manufacturer of a very complex vehicle like a fuel truck or a school bus or school bus parts, those manufacturing steps are actually discreet and independent steps and sometimes require warranty and servicing from different entities. This bill is designed to specifically carve out the manufacturers of engines for trucks having gross weights of more than 7500 pounds. It's a very narrowly drawn exception to the current code, and I would ask that the bill be engrossed and passed to the third reading.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
[Unknown]
And Mr. Speaker, House bill 1063, a bill to authorize the issuance of bonds in an amount up to 14,387,000, plus financing costs, pursuant to article x, section nine of the constitution of Virginia, for paying costs of acquiring, constructing, and equipping revenue producing capital projects at institutions of higher education of the commonwealth. Emergency, report from the committee on appropriations.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Suffolk, Mr. Jones.
Chris Jones
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, I would say the clerk did an excellent job in explaining what this bill does. It is for three projects on the campuses of Virginia state, we do these bills every year, they are funded by the revenues generated by these projects. I ask that we engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
Shall the bills be engrossed and passed to the third reading? As many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no. The bills are engrossed and passed to the third reading.
Chris Jones
Continuing with today's calendar, Page 17, House bills on second reading, regular calendar, House bills, second reading regular calendar, House bill two, a bill to require the Virginia department of environmental quality to receive approval from the general assembly for a state plan to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing stationary sources prior to submitting the state plan to the u.S. Agency for approval. Environmental protection report from the committee on commerce and labor.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Washington, Mr. O'quinn.
Israel O'Quinn
Thank you Mr. Speaker, members of the House, House bill two is a bill that, as was said by the clerk, requires general assembly approval of any state plan that's submitted under the clean power plan, it says simply the dq and state corporation commission must work together to take into account several different factors. If you are looking at the numbered version of the bill, it's lines 26-65. Multiple factors there, including reliability, stranded costs, jobs and job loss, as well as any increased costs to ratepators, regardless of whether that be consumers or whether it be businesses. And this is a really -- this is a big decision that we are acting on here. The epa, when they put out the rules, said that they understand the state legislators May weigh in on these decisions, that there is going to be a regulatory process and thus have given us the time to be able to do that, and I think that the dq is already in the middle of either receiving or asking for an extension, and there are other opportunities after that for us to be able to get this particular piece of the puzzle right. I think we all know that this particular plant is going to -- plan is going to cause utility rates to go up exponentially, as a matter of fact, that's, in fact, part of the plan, and again, it doesn't matter if it's residential retail, manufacturing, whatever the case May be, when it's all said and done, those rates are going up, and then the way basic economics works is those costs get passed along, and into the increased cost of goods and services down the road. And, you know, I think that in the not-too-distant future, we all get phone calls about a lot of different issues, we're going to be getting a lot of phone calls about this particular issue, and so each and every one of us, all 100, will get an opportunity to point to something that we did or did not do that affects that situation and hits every single business and individual ratepator and their pocketbook. As you heard before, you've heard today, you've heard many other times in the past, that our region has been particularly hard hit with a lot of devastating economic effects. And so I think that taking the factors that you see on lines 26-65 into account really is the least that we can do so that we can honestly look people in the eye who are being hit the hardest by this and tell them we've done our dead level best to try to protect them in these rough economic times. Mr. Speaker, I move we engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker? Speak to the bill at the appropriate time?
Israel O'Quinn
The gentleman from Arlington, Mr. Lopez.
Alfonso Lopez
Thank you Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
Speaking to the bill, according to noaa and nasa, 20 156s the hottest -- 2015 was the hottest year in history, the average temperature was 1.26 degrees over the 20th century average, breaking the annual global record by the largest margin in the entire scientific record. Temperature spikes like this lead to extreme and more intense weather events, droughts, wildfires, and rising sea levels. Hampton roads, home to the most vital military assets is rated second only to new orleans as the most vulnerable area as sea level rise in the nation, Norfolk, which has seen sea level rise significantly over the last 80 years regularly has parts of the city blocked off due to flooding and insurance companies are starting to refuse to insure properties within 2 miles of the coastline. According to a 2013 report from the Virginia institute of marine science, seas are expected to rise another 1.5 feet within the next 20-50 years. We know that inaction is a the world's leading nonstarter. Scientists from nasa, national academy of sciences, royal academy of science, have said inaction on climate on climate change will ensure worsening events, threaten food supplies and increase public health risks. We know that the Delegate from tazwell is correct. We know that we need to compromise always or try to strive for compromise, and we also know that we need to be taken care of -- taking care of communities in the coal field. But we also know that special interests will make dooms day claims about killing jobs and hurting the economy. They've made those claims every time america sets clear rules and sets better standards for our air, our water, and our children's health, and every time, they've been wrong. In 1990, when congress took steps to strops -- the claim was the electricity bills would rise, the lights would go out and the country would suffer but we passed the clean air act and they said new pollution standards would hurt the auto industry. They were wrong then and are wrong now. Whether it's the economic runner putions of sea level rise on the coastline, health consequences of breathing polluted air or threat of more extreme weather conditions, climate change is having an impact on our day-to-day lives. Thankfully, epa's clean power plan creates an opportunity for Virginia to reduce its carbon pollution, mitigate the consequences of climate change, and grow our economy through investments in clean energy and energy efficiency. Combined with the historic, u.S. China, an agreement on china change in paris, the epa's clean power plan is a step forward. With the development of House of stake holders, the cpp provides us with the flexibility and autonomy we need to develop a true Virginia plan that promotes job creation, helps build economic opportunity. With the right polices in place, Virginia has the potential to create thousands of jobs and tens of millions in economic development, jobs that currently go to north carolina, which has more than 30 times as much solar as we do, to west Virginia, whose wind energy has far outpaced us and maryland, whose energy efficiencies industry is in a nutshell, the cpp thriving. Provides a new standard to reduce carbon pollution from power plants, the largest contributor to u.S. Emissions and key component of america's efforts to address claimat change. Each state has a unique power generation portfolio and the cpp has set different emission goals for each. Virginia has one of the more moderate mass or rate-based state targets and are well positioned to meet or even exceed our goal. And it's important to note, the no current coal-fired plants will be closed as a consequence of the new epa regs, the cpp also gives us an opportunity to raise hundreds of millions of dollars by optioning off carbon emission permits. This money could in turn be used for things like helping towns deal with increased coastal flooding, developing clean energy, and investing in economically distressed coal communities. A strong state plan can reduce pollution while spurring renewed energy development, increasing -- increasing energy efficiency and reducing energy bills, creating revenue streels through carbon trading and create new good paying jobs. A strong plan would reduce the state's carbon pollution, helping reduce the threats of recurrent flooding for Virginia 's coastal communities and extreme weather damage for other parts of the state. The rule provides two primary options for us, a state-specific compliance plan developed by Virginia, or if we don't submit a plan, a generic federal implementation plan, imposed on us by the epa. Thedq is fas -- facilitating a robust and comprehensive stakeholder group to develop a Virginia -specific state implementation plan, little deq is already considering local economic concerns, utility rates and grid reliability as it develops the Virginia plan. However, we run a significant risk of forcing the epa to implement its own federal plan on us if we delay finalizing our Virginia -specific plan. The initial deadline as my friend from Washington stated is September for the draft plan. Hb2 would put a road block and require a majority in both chambers to approve any Virginia -specific compliance plan prior to deq submitting its epa. Why is this delay wrong? One, the bill's analysis and reporting requirements are redundant and duplicative of actions already being taken by deq and sec as laid out in Senator 's wag ner's bill, sb1439 from last year. Two, the bill sets a pretty dangerous precedent where the general assembly would be acting as a regulatory body rather than a proper role as a law making body. Finally, most importantly, this bill would delay deq's ability to formulate a compliance plan that works for Virginia, and increases the risk that the epa would impose its own federal compliance plan on us. Hb2 infringes upon the governor's authority to develop a state plan with agencies that are experts, and protecting health and the environment, one that fits the unique needs of Virginia and one that works best for our economy and our communities. Listen, the protection and preservation of Virginia 's environment is included in Virginia 's constitution, and this should not be a partisan issue. But if we have a chance to create more jobs and increase development, lower monthly power bills, improve public health, especially for kids in vulnerable populations, and create a cleaner and healthier environment for future generations, why shouldn't we act immediately? The Virginia general assembly should be working with the governor to develop the best plan possible for Virginia 's environment, economy and energy future. Not fighting him and putting up unnecessary counterproductive barriers to come appliance. Thank you Mr. Speaker.
Alfonso Lopez
[applause]
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Salem, Mr. Habeeb.
Greg Habeeb
Mr. Speaker, speaking to the bill?
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Greg Habeeb
Out the -- at the outset, let me be clear, you can believe everything you heard from the gentleman from Arlington as it relates to the environment, climate change and everything else, and you should still support this bill. Let's talk about what this bill really is. This bill is not about preventing implementation of the clean power plan. This is not about just trying to override the epa. It's not about being antiobama. It's not about any of those things. The question is who should set the energy policy for the commonwealth of Virginia. It's that simple. Should it be the dc bureaucrats who passed the clean power plan, implemented by Richmond bureaucrats, working in the executive branch, or should the legislative branch oversee Virginia 's energy policy. None of the rest of it matters. You can be -- you can believe in common change, not believe in common change, love obama, not love obama, it doesn't matter, the question is should this body continue to be the policy making body in Virginia or ab by -- abdicate that to the governor, and if you believe we are incapable to do our policy of the job in Virginia, let the governor do your job for you, but if you want to do the job you are elected to do, stand up, fight for the body who control theo who can pull this back into the body where it should remain, vote for the bill and let's come up with a Virginia plan drafted by Virginia legislators, elected by Virginia citizens, to come here and do our job. Thank you Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
[applause]
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Sullivan.
Rip Sullivan
Speaking to the bill Mr. Speaker?
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Rip Sullivan
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, I 'm always a little puzzled when I hear comments, calling a clean power plant a job killer. That's not only wrong on the facts but -- but precisely the wrong attitude to take. While I don't usually agree with jeb bush, I was struck recently when he suggested in a speech that we ought to embrace the energy revolution. I agree with this sentiment, Mr. Speaker, because the clean power plan is a great opportunity for Virginia and our country, which we ought to embrace. It will be a jobs creator. Helping to diversify, and, yes, energize our new Virginia economy. I have stats for you, ladies and gentlemen. Advanced energy economy institute and advanced energy coalition found that Virginia could create 6800 jobs every year between now and 2030 by reducing its electricity imports and investing in clean energy sources instead. That would be a total of 122,400 jobs over that 18 year period, or 27 times the amount of all-coal jobs in Virginia we have today. It's also about half of all the jobs in the manufacturing sector in Virginia, according to the bureau of labor statistics. The gentleman from taz well's story this morning was moving, even heartbreaking. No doubt some, maybe even a lot, of these new jobs will be in taz well or nearby areas, that could help rebuild the economies in that part of our state. Virginia's 2014 energy plan noted the robust energy efficiency polices in Virginia could increase the gross state domestic product by $286 million, and increase employment by 38,000 jobs by 2030. That's eight times as many jobs as we have in Virginia in coal right now. This isn't fanciful, ladies and gentlemen. It's been done. It was announced last week that north carolina, our neighbor and a state which is focused intensely on making itself a clean energy state added 3051 jobs in its clean energy sector in just the last year, and clean energy sector there in north carolina now employs more than 26,000 people in full-time jobs. Meanwhile, here in Virginia, in 2013, we had 4521 coal miners, according to the energy information administration, and only a slowly growing 2800 people employed in the wind and solar industries here in Virginia. We need to move toward that tipping point, where jobs in the clean energy industry will power Virginia 's economy. It is going to happen, ladies and gentlemen. Let's embrace it and encourage it. Last July, ladies and gentlemen, some of the world's biggest and most influential companies, job creators, wrote governor mcauliffe telling them they support the clean energy plan and want more renewable energy available here in Virginia. They noted that a 2014 study by cirrus investments in the wildlife fund revealed that 60 percent of the fortune # hundred companies have set their own clean energy targets and they have saved more than $1 billion a year in the process. Amazon, google, microsoft, and mars, Virginia 's largest privately held company, are committed to clean energy and are beginning to demand availability of renewable energy before committing to even do business in a state. Ladies and gentlemen, our constituents know this and they support this. In a recent national survey by north star opinion research, echelon insights and public opinion strategy, 84 percent of respondents supported taking action to accelerate the development and use of clean energy in the united states. Get these numbers: 72 percent of self-identificationfied republicans and 68 percent of self-identificationfied conservative republicans agreed. This is a bipartisan consensus. Why? Because americans understand that clean energy is good for our economy, good for our health, good for our climate, even good for our national security. Now, here in Virginia, ladies and gentlemen, we are understandably and justifiably proud and protective of our low electricity rates. But Virginia 's residential electric bills are among the 10 highest in the nation. The clean power plan focused on energy efficiency can change that. Using energy efficiency as a compliance option under the clean power plan and by ramping up energy efficiency savings to 2 percent per year, starting in 2020, that could net Virginia residents $264 a year on their annual household energy bills by 2030. That's a recent study by snaps, georgia tech and the nicolas institute found a 7.5% reduction in energy consumption by 2020 would lead to $1.8 billion in electricity savings for virginians in that year with the average household savings, $325 on its average bill. An advanced energy economy has done a new analysis that shows that under the clean power plan energy efficiency can also help lower rates. The study finds that efficiency improvements are sufficient for nearly all of Virginia 's clean power plan compliance, and under the scenario, the clean power plan compliance actually saves money, with rates in 2030 reduced, compared to business as usual. It concludes that 91 percent of needed clean lower plan reductions can be met through energy efficiency alone. Ladies and gentlemen, we are in the midst of an energy revolution. Virginia, the state which led the american revolution, should now be leading the energy revolution. There will be descrptions the way we have done things in the past, but that's hardly unusual. One doesn't see many ladies and gentlemen. Blacksmiths these days, the industrial revolution created new opportunities for those folks. In my real world job as an attorney, I used to represent the folks who ran the pay phone business. You have to look long and hard these days for a pay phone. Those folks are doing different things now. Little more than a decade ago, video stores built fortunes and were huge employers. They are gone. And in just five years ago, no one in this chamber had ever heard of uber, which hadn't even started its operations yet. Just five years ago. Things change faster than they ever have, and Virginia ought to be leading the way, not resisting that change. Creating road blocks for the clean power plan which hb2 does and creating road blocks to the enormous and important opportunities the clean power plan creates is the wrong direction. I urge a no vote on hb2. Thank you Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
[applause]
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Hugo.
Tim Hugo
Mr. Speaker, I rise to speak to the motion.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Tim Hugo
Mr. Speaker, we have heard from the eloquent speech from the gentleman from taz well, about how this is devastating, this proposal is going to devastate southwest Virginia, and what it's done to the coal miners and coal families and the whole economy in southwest Virginia. But this is beyond southwest Virginia. This bill is going to help all of virginians. If you look, and we heard the gentleman say that one of the things we should be proud of are the low electric rates we have in Virginia. That's why if you're in northern Virginia, that's why we have all the farms, business, Hampton road, the shipyard relies on electricity, so many things that are important. These are not our numbers. Commission said the plan as a state corporation currently implemented, when implemented, will cause rates to go up 40 percent. 40 percent. Now, I believe you had a minority leader at one point who got in a fight over the rates down in southwest Virginia, and everybody called him on it. My friends from northern Virginia, when we had the snow calls today, wait until the rates go up 40 percent on your constituents. Because they are not going to call deq, they're not going to call the administration, they're going to call us and say why are my rates up 40 percent, and the problem is, it's not just jobs. When we had the administration before the committee the other day, I asked them point blank, I said tell me what your plan is, not just to help business. To help the poor. Because what are we going to do, all of us represent somebody that's lower income, the poor, what are we going to do about those folks, what do we say to the families, you know, my rates are up, electricity is up 40 percent, I 've got to heat the House or buy the kids shoes? I've got to heat the House or I make the car payment? That's what you are going to force people to do. That's what this bill is trying to save us from doing. They are trying to save us from that call. And the administration, when I asked them, I said tell me your plan, what is the plan that you have when the rates go up on the family that can't afford it, when the rates go up on the most vulnerable among us, and the answer was -- there wasn't one. Nothing. Crickets. They said well, we'll think about that when we get to that time.
[Unknown]
Well, the time to think about it is now, because the plan that you are trying to kill will help us not have 40 percent increase in rates. This bill, I appreciate all the comments from southwest Virginia, it is -- I ask all of my friends, think about what it's going to do to businesses in your area when your businesses have a 40 percent spike in rates, what it's going to do to the families in your area when they've got to decide between shoes and rent and the car payment, and so this bill is good for southwest Virginia, it's good for Hampton roads, it's good for northern Virginia, it's good for the valley, it's good for everyone, and ladies and gentlemen, the gentleman has brought a bill that's the most good for the vulnerable among us. Pass this bill, and I hope that it goes on and passes the Senate. Thank you Mr. Chairman.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Scott, Mr. Kilgore.
Terry Kilgore
-- gentleman from Scott pending question. Mr. Kil nowhere moves the as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no. The pending question is on. Shall the bill be engrossed and passed to the third reading.
Terry Kilgore
As many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no.
Terry Kilgore
That was on a pending question, wasn't it? The pending question is called for. Shall the bill be engrossed and passed to the third reading, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no.
Terry Kilgore
The bill is engrossed and passed to the third reading.
[Unknown]
Continuing with the calendar, House bills on second reading, regular calendar, House bill 18, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to the status of a fran -- franchisee and its employees, as employees of the franchisor. Report from the committee on
Bill Howell
The gentleman from both commerce and labor. Court, Mr. Head.
Chris Head
Thank you Mr. Speaker, Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, House bill 18 seeks to maintain the independent nature of franchisees by simply stating the employees of an individual franchise cannot be considered co-employees of the franchisor. This bill is similar to legislation that was passed in tennessee, texas, louisiana, and michigan, and also, legislation that is pending in georgia, north carolina, south carolina, florida, indiana, ohio, wyoming and colorado. It also has the strong support of the Virginia chamber of verse, many local chambers of commerce throughout the commonwealth, and also the national federation of independent businesses. I hope it be the will of the body to engross the bill and pass it to its third reading. >>
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Sickles.
Mark Sickles
Thank you Mr. Speaker, I rise to speak to the bill.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Mark Sickles
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Hb18 states that neither a franchisee nor a franchisee's employees shall be deemed an employee of the franchisor for any purpose. This provision amends Virginia code section 41-2, which governs the state's osha plan as administered by the department of labor and industry, which is something we don't have to do, ladies and gentlemen. It's something we have chosen to do, instead of letting the federal government operate and oversee our safety and health programs. The bill seeks to carve out in the state's safety and health enforcement any company that calls itself a franchisor, no matter what the exacts are regarding that particular purported franchise agreement. Mr. Speaker, this is inconsistent with virtually all judicial precedence which require a case by case fact-based assessment of whether a franchisor is responsible for the working conditions of the franchisee. This is a matter of discovery in a court case. Lots of case law. All franchise relationships are different. Therefore, courts and agencies evaluate the actual nature of the franchise relationship to assess the level of operational control by the franchisor. Factors include the power of the franchisor to hire and fire, to supervise and control work schedules and conditions of employment, to determine the rate and method of pay, and to manage employment records. If a franchisor calls all the shots in terms of hiring and firing, safety and working conditions, why should we be prevented from holding that franchisor responsible as the employer? If this amendment passes, companies can simply call themselves franchisees to evade health and safety liability. A company could fully control all operational aspects of another entity and yet, bear no responsibility. If a so-called franchisor directs its so called franchisee to create hazardous working conditions, shouldn't taliban held responsible for deaths or injuries? Currently, Virginia has the right to control our own state osha plan. Under federal law, our state's plan must be, quote, at least as effective as the federal program that's found in 29 u.S. Code 667. Federal osha does not have a blanket immunization from all franchise safety and health enforcement, rather conduct as fact-based inquiry into whether a franchisor contracts the day-to-day operations of its franchisees. If we adopt a blanket immunity for all so called franchises our state plan will not be, quote, as effective as the federal plan, and we might risk jeopardizing our right to have a state plan and health safety, worker safety, in our state, through our own bureau of labor and industry. Mr. Speaker, Virginia should not declare that no franchisors ever are joint employers of the franchisors' employees as the bill does. This would require fraudulent misclassifications, could increase workplace hazards, violations of employment lawyers and could jeopardize the state's control over our osha program, as I said. Lastly, this amendment has the potential of encouraging employers to skirt the law by taking advantage of a new loophole. All franchise relationships are different, therefore, we should continue to allow our courts and agencies to actually evaluate the facts in every case and to assess the operational control by their franchisor and their responsibilities to their employees and franchisees. That's why I would urge the body to vote no on this bill. Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Virginia beach, Mr. Davis.
Glenn Davis
Thank you Mr. Speaker, I rise to speak to the bill?
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Glenn Davis
Thank you. Mr. Speaker, this is a really important bill, and I say that having been a franchisor with 143 territories across the u.S. In all 50 states, and the reason why it's so important is franchisees, we are entrepreneurs from the start. That person that wants to be that business owner but they want a proven business model to go out there with, and they want the flexibility to be able to create the business as they see fit for themselves, as well as for their customers and employees. The more liability you put on the franchisor, the less flexibility they have. I can tell you from personal experience, the more we fell fliebl what my franchisees did in colorado, the less flex flexibility I had and the more I was looking over their shoulder. This bill truly segregates that whole employee base that in many cases isn't even in the same state or city as the franchisor from those franchisees, and allows the franchisees to opt independent -- to operate independently, have that flexibility and what's even better, maybe the franchisees can branch out and start their own branch with their own business model and hire more employees. If we go down this slippery slope of putting liability on top of the franchisor, it will lead to unemployment liability, health care insurance liability, legal liability which I 'm sure some of the other attorneys here can speak about and really not -- it not just kills jobs but starts to kill entrepreneurs and for that reason I hope we support this measure. Thank you Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from both court, Mr. Head.
Chris Head
Thank you Mr. Speaker, speaking to the bill.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Chris Head
And in response to the gentleman from Fairfax, one of the things to clarify, when you are dealing with franchising, you can call yourself a franchise, but just because someone says I have a franchise, or they are a franchise, that doesn't necessarily mean that is what they are. This bill specifically identifies that franchisee and franchisor have the same meaning as are described and outlined in the federal code of regulations. That's a very specific window. A franchisor has specific limitations on what it can and cannot do. Franchising requires the issuance of a disclosure document, a uniform document that gives all of the things that are the regulations that a franchisor can control which can operate the operational procedures of the business, the method of doing things, a business plan, if you will, but it doesn't give any franchisor the opportunity to step in and hire, fire and control the individual employees of a small franchise unit that is an independent business. The whole point of fran chiegz is so that those franchisees, as my colleagues just mentioned, have the independence to operate as entrepreneurs. In Virginia, we have thousands of franchises that operate under those proper parameters. We have tens of thousands of employees. It is critically important to the operation of those franchises that the franchisee be able to maintain their independence. So just to clarify, this is not for anyone who wants to call themselves a franchise. It would be impossible for someone to turn around and declare themselves a franchise. Without meeting those federal requirements. So, therefore, it makes no sense to oppose it on those grounds, and I would urge the engrossment and passing on of this bill.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker?
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Sickles.
Mark Sickles
Woot gentleman from both to the -- Botetourt yield for a question?
[Unknown]
I yield.
Mark Sickles
The gentleman yields.
Bill Howell
Is the gentleman from Botetourt say whether you is a franchisee or franchisor a discovery of fact in any litigation?
[Unknown]
I would tell thea I 'm not an attorney so I am not qualified to answer that question with absolute certainty, but my understanding would be that in a point of discovery, determining whether they are or are not a franchisee or a franchisor would have to be discovered, and at that point, the applicationibility of this particular piece of legislation would be -- that's when that would apply.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker? Further question?
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
The gentleman yields .
[Unknown]
I appreciate the gentleman's answer to that, which begs the question of why we need this bill. I don't know why we need this bill if this is still going to be -- when we are saying here, we are making this neither a franchisee nor declare tiff statement, franchisee's employ shall be deemed an employee of the franchisor for any purpose. I don't know why we need that if this is still a subject of point in litigation.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I would say to the gentleman that clarification is often times what we need in code. This, again, clarifies that franchisees are independent from franchisors and their employees are not part of the employment of the franchisor.
Bill Howell
The question is shall the bill be engrossed and passed to the third reading.
[Unknown]
As many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no.
[Unknown]
The bill is engrossed and passed to the third reading.
[Unknown]
Continuing with the calendar, House bill 131, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of participation in public Virginia related to school interscholastic programs by students who receive home instruction. Report from the committee on education.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill be engrossed and passed to the third reading.
Bill Howell
-- you've heard it 82 times. Gentleman from Albemarle, Mr. Bell.
Rob Bell
This is the annual pipa bill, a bill that would allow a locality to let home schoolers participate in sports and other competitive activities at the local high school. Now, just to emphasize, some of the questions that have come up year after year, this would apply to the 6000 home schoolers of high school age, those in middle school and grade school already have this power because the localities can already do this. It only would apply to the students of the right age, live in the right schools. So you can't pick a school, you can't go across town. It would be the school you could walk into and actually play if you just wanted to enroll at the local high school. It only applies to those kids that are testing and passing and have done it for two years, so there's no chance a student could fail, immediately determine themselves a home schooler and come back on to the team. It's entirely a local option. Each county would be allowed to say home schoolers in my county can or cannot participate. So Madison County, if they said we want home schoolers, we need them for the team and Greene County said we don't want ours, Greene County would have none, Madison would have it. It sunsets after five years, so if this is a bad idea, in five years it will go away and I will tell you no state that has taken this step, and a majority have, have ever reversed themselves. The parade of horror bills we hear about has never turned out to be the case and I predict five years from now we would pass it without objection but it does sunset after five years. Last, this is only a chance it does not ensure that home to try out. Schoolers have a place on the team. They would be allowed to go to the school, approach the coach and get a chance to try but there's no way they would automatically get a spot. Mr. Speaker, this has passed the House for the last several years, I hope it be it the pleasure of the body to a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia -- to engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Fairfax .
Rob Bell
Mr. Speaker, members of the House, I will be brief. This is something we heard before.
[Unknown]
Thea has the floor.
[Unknown]
I will brief he will speak public education is a right, a constitutional right in Virginia, but participation in sports and other extra crick collar activities is a privilege. If families want their children to participate in scholastic sports they need to play by the same rules as everybody else and that includes academic eligibility, student athlete who is play against other teams ought to know the opponents are playing by the same rules as they are, so folks in Madison County playing in Greene County, players in Madison ought to have the same eligibility requirements as those in green. The fact that it's described as a local option doesn't assure that everybody is going to play by the same here's what's happening. Rules. What's happening is we've got the Virginia high school athletic league around since 1913, regulates over 200,000 public school students in their participation and have 13 individual eligibility requirements. That's worked great and works great every year. You don't need this bill if your school system wants to allow public schoolers to play. They can allow home schoolers to play in the sports league in green out and they need to go find other leagues that think that's okay and if they find a bunch of other leagues in other counties that want to play by those rules they can form their own league. What this bill says is you May not participate, Fairfax, Loudoun, Arlington County, in the Virginia high school athletic league unless they change their polices to allow home schooled kids because we don't like the polices that the league has set up. So there is nothing that prohibits a locality from allowing home school kids to play if they want to. They just can't join the Virginia high school athletic league because the league says you've got to go to school, you've got to be enrolled in five classes, be passing in five classes and have to do that year after year. Mr. Speaker, members of the House, I would encourage you to vote no, and not pass this bill on to its third reading.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill be engrossed and passed to the third reading? As many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no.
[Unknown]
The bill is engrossed and passed to the third reading.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 18 of the printed calendar, House bill 259, a bill to prohibit the board of education from replacing the standards of learning with common core state standards without prior statutory approval, report from the committee on education.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Loudoun, Mr. Larock.
Dave LaRock
Mr. Speaker, members of the body, this bill requires that this body be part of a crucial education decision. I'm very pleased to say it received bipartisan support coming out of the full education committee and what it actually seeks to do and I 'm reading from the calendar is prohibit the board of education from replacing the standards of learning with common core state standards without prior statutory approval. Mr. Speaker, I move that the bill be engrossed and passed to the third reading.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill be engrossed and passed to the third reading, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no. The bill is engrossed and passed to the third reading.
Dave LaRock
House bill 52, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to the structured settlement protection act, report prosecute the committee on commerce and labor with a substitute.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Scott
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I move that Mr. Kilgore. We adopt the committee substitute.
Bill Howell
The question is on adoption of the committee substitute, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no. The substitute is agreed to. The gentleman from Scott .
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, House bill 52 reforms structure settlements for the way we do them in Virginia, and this House bill 52 alliance Virginia law with certain provisions of the model, the statute that was recently adopted by the national conference of insurance legislators, and what it does is basically allows structured settlements, which are payments which are made out over time, to be sold in certain instances. Those instances would now require in-court personal appearance by the person wishing to sell. It would be at the -- in the circuit court where that individual resides, and which would eliminate foreign shopping, prior transfers, must be summarized for that particular court, and also requires a clear disclosure to the seller of the annual interest rate of the transaction. I hope that the body will engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill be engrossed and passed to the third reading? As many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no.
[Unknown]
The bill is engrossed and passed to the third reading. >>
[Unknown]
House bill 313, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to administration of immunizations, report from the committee on health, welfare and institutions with amendments.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Caroline Mr. Larock.
Dave LaRock
I move adoption of the committee amendment.
Bill Howell
Question on adoption of the committee amendment, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no. The amendment is agreed to, the are gentleman from Caroline .
Dave LaRock
Mr. Speaker, members of the House, House bill 313 simply codifies those individuals currently allowed under law to give immunizations to our children and the change it makes it allows them to sign the form stating they received said immunization. Right now that form can only be signed by a physician, and all of the our allied medical professionals can give the immunization, they just can't sign the form. This allows them to sign the form and that becomes part of the legal record going forward for school verification prior to enrollment. Hope it be the pleasure of the body to engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill be engrossed and passed to the third reading? As many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no.
[Unknown]
The big is engrossed and passed to the third reading.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 19 of the printed calendar, House bill 1220, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to electric utility rate making, recovery of costs of facilities, report from the committee on commerce and labor with an amendment.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Newport News, Mr. Yancey.
David Yancey
Thank you Mr. Speaker, Mr. Speaker, I move adoption of the committee amendment.
Bill Howell
The question is on adoption of the committee amendment, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no. The amendment is agreed to. The gentleman from Newport News .
David Yancey
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, members of the House, House bill 1220 is a technical correction bill for the legislation passed last year. What the bill before you does is to put the code back in the same posture it was last year with regard to power plant projects, the need for the emergency clause, so that the provision of this act can apply to the Greensville County natural gas power station. Mr. Speaker, I move engrossment of the bill and pass it to its third reading.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill be engrossed and passed to the third reading, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no.
[Unknown]
The bill is engrossed and passed to the third reading.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, returning to Page 14 of the printed calendar, House bill 568, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to the Virginia guaranteed assistance program grants, report from the committee on appropriations.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Colonial Heights, Mr. Cox.
Kirk Cox
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Hb568 deals with financial aid. This year if you look at the governor's budget, he has $48.2 million in financial this will result in a total aid. Package of about $190 million annually in financial aid. One of the things we've been trying to work on up in appropriations is if we're going to do financial aid to that degree, we need to reform the process somewhat. So one of the things we have really pushed is retention, and making sure all students graduate in four years. This bill does two fairly simple things: it basically says your award for financial aid should progress as you go from freshman, sophomore, junior and senior, and we reward someone for moving up. If you've of on a high school scholarship committee, you are awarded in the freshman year. This would be helpful there. It also would try to keep students on time in taking a full course load. Currently the threshold is around 24 hours a year. You have to basically at least take 12 hours to remain in good standing. This would basically be 30 hours a year to make sure you are progressing. Please remember, you only have four years that you can get financial aid under the old bill. So under the old bill, what happened, a lot of times, you would use up your financial aid essentially in your freshman year and there was none left in the senior year. That's what the bill does. This is my third attempt. It passed in 2014, 99-nothing, 2015, 96-nothing. I'm hoping for more success this year. I hope it be the pleasure of the House to engross the bill reading. And pass it to its third
Bill Howell
Shall the bill be engrossed and passed to the third reading? As many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no.
Kirk Cox
The bill is engrossed and passed to the third reading.
[Unknown]
Continuing with the calg dar, resolutions, uncontested calendar, resolutions uncontested, House joint resolution 31, designating the second week in June, in 2016, and in each succeeding year, as Chesapeake bay awareness week in Virginia, report from the committee on rules.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Prince William, Mr. Lingamfelter.
Scott Lingamfelter
Thank you Mr. Speaker, Mr. Speaker, this does exactly what the clerk said that did, ando that it did and other states, including maryland and pennsylvania, are also introducing a resolution that would pick the same week to recognize Chesapeake bay. I move that we pass the resolution.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
Scott Lingamfelter
House joint resolution 87, designating April in 2016 and each succeeding year as advance care planning month in Virginia, report from the committee on rules with amendments.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Middlesex, Mr. Hodges.
Keith Hodges
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, advanced care planning is a process of understanding what treatment is available when one is at the end of life and the importance of doubting one's wishes for care they want or do not want should they not be able to communicate or to speak due to serious injury or illness. The House joint resolution 87 designates April in 2016 and each succeeding year as advance care planning month in Virginia. I hope it be the pleasure of the body to pass the resolution.
Bill Howell
The question is on adoption of the committee that motion will say aye, amendments, as many as favor those opposed, no. The amendments are agreed to.
Keith Hodges
House joint resolution 88, designating June 30, in 2016, and in each succeeding year, as drinking water and waste water professionals appreciation day in Virginia, report from the committee on rules.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Prince William, Mr. Lingamfelter.
Scott Lingamfelter
Mr. Speaker, again the clerk is correct, this is exactly what this resolution does, I move we pass the resolution. >>
[Unknown]
House joint resolution 169, designating May through October in 2016 and in each succeeding year as Virginia barbecue season.
Scott Lingamfelter
Report from the committee on rules.
Bill Howell
Mr. Speaker? The gentleman from Colonial Heights, Mr. Cox.
Kirk Cox
Would you like for come to -- me to come up there so you can explain that bill?
[Unknown]
This is pretty serious stuff!
Kirk Cox
I had to get my number one guy to do this. The gentleman from Spotsylvania, Mr. Cole.
Mark Cole
You'd better respect me now!
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, I tell you what, barbecue is so critical to Virginia that it doesn't just warrant a day or a week or a month. It needs a season! And I would move that we we adopt the resolution.
Mark Cole
Gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Sickles.
Mark Sickles
Thank you Mr. Speaker, speaking to the bill?
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Mark Sickles
I just want to say that every season is barbecue season for me! But I wonder if it's time, if we have time to co-sponsor this legislation before -- or do I need to pass by for the day so I can get my name on it?
Bill Howell
Without objection -- it's going to the Senate, so you got all kinds of time.
[Unknown]
The clerk will continue with the calendar.
[Unknown]
Okay. >>
[Unknown]
House resolution 75 has been moved to the regular calendar.
[Unknown]
Shall the resolutions be adopted? >>
Bill Howell
The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 98, nos, zero.
[Unknown]
Ayes 98, nos, zero, the resolutions are agreed to.
[Unknown]
Continuing with the calendar, House resolutions regular calendar, House joint resolution 163, confirming various appointments by the speaker of the House of delegates, report from the committee on rules.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Spotsylvania, Mr. Cole.
Mark Cole
Thank you Mr. Speaker. This just confirms appointment by the speaker of the House of delegates and I move its adoption. >>
[Unknown]
Shall the resolution be adopted?
Mark Cole
The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 98, nos, zero.
[Unknown]
Ayes 98, nos, zero, the resolutions are adopted.
[Unknown]
House resolution 73, confirming various nominations by the speaker of the House of delegates, report from the committee on rules.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Spotsylvania Mr. Cole.
Mark Cole
Thank you Mr. Speaker. In this resolution, it confirms nominations by the speaker and I move its adoption.
[Unknown]
Shall the resolutions be adopted.
Mark Cole
The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 98, nos, zero.
[Unknown]
Ayes 98, nos, zero, the resolution is adopted.
[Unknown]
And Mr. Speaker, House resolution 75, commending the Virginia statute for religious freedom, report from the committee on rules, with a substitute, and Mr. Speaker, there is a floor amendment as well.
[Unknown]
Floor amendment with a substitute?
[Unknown]
Yes.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, move the committee substitute.
Bill Howell
The question is on adoption of the committee substitute, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no. The substitute is agreed to. The gentleman from Spotsylvania, Mr. Cole.
Mark Cole
If the clerk will report
[Unknown]
Floor amendment to the this amendment. Committee substitute offered by Delegate Toscano, on line 38, after "to" strike the word "waiver", waiver and insert waver.
Mark Cole
I thought barbecue was fun!
[Unknown]
Trying to pull something over on us!
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Charlottesville .
[Unknown]
Yes, Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, this is one little I, and it means so much. Because it is not really a typographical error. It really changes the nature of the bill. So for those of you who are not aware, all you grammarians in the room, waiver with an I is a legal term, coming from the old french word which means the relinquishing of a right. Waver, what we have in this resolution, is to hold firm. What we are talking about the statute, religious freedom and protecting religious liberty, we want to hold firm and we don't want any french words in our resolution.
[Unknown]
[laughter]
[Unknown]
So I hope you can support the amendment.
[Unknown]
Question is on adoption of the floor amendment. As many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no. The floor amendment is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, speaking to the resolution, the resolution to some extent speaks to itself. It celebrates religious liberty, our statute on religious freedom, and it states that we in the united states welcome all faiths and would like it to protect under the equal protection clause, under the establishment clause, the u.S. Constitution, the people -- the ability of the people to worship as they please in this country. I hope that you can support the resolution.
[Unknown]
Shall the resolution be adopted?
Bill Howell
The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 95, nos two.
[Unknown]
Ayes 95, nos two, the resolution is adopted.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, that completes the calendar.
[Unknown]
Does the clerk have any announcements or communications?
[Unknown]
Announce comment -- announcements for this afternoon and tomorrow morning, committee meetings, the committee on commerce and labor will meet immediately upon adjournment in House room two of the general assembly building, commerce and labor will meet immediately upon adjournment. That is a change. Similarly, the committee on general laws will meet 15 minutes after adjournment of the House. That's a change. They will be meeting in House room c, general laws. Commerce and labor subcommittee number one will meet immediately upon adjournment of the full committee, and the general laws subcommittee number one will meet immediately upon adjournment of the full committee in House room c, commerce and labor, House room d, at 4:00, the appropriations health and human resources subcommittee will meet at 4:00, in the ninth floor appropriations room, also at 4:00, the education committee's higher education subcommittee will meet in the fifth flue floor east conference room, then general laws subcommittee number three will meet two hours after adjournment of the full committee or presumably upon immediately following subcommittee number one meeting. Finally last meeting for this afternoon, health, welfare and institutions subcommittee number two, which will be meeting at 5:00 up in the eighth floor west conference room. Looking ahead to tomorrow, Wednesday, January 27, Brunswick stew day, the county -- counties, cities and towns subcommittee number one will be meeting at 7:30 a.M. In the eighth floor west conference room, 7:30 a.M. Over in eight west. There is a new meeting of the privileges and elections, elections subcommittee, this is a rescheduled day and time. They will be meeting at 7:30 a.M., up in the ninth floor appropriations room. The military and veterans caucus will be meeting at 8:00 in the four west conference room in the gab. Also at that time, 8:00, the women's health care caucus will be meeting in the third floor east Senate conference room. At 8:30, agriculture, natural resource, they will be meeting in House room c, and at the same time, House education committee will be meeting in House room d. Mr. Speaker, the appropriations general government and capital outlay subcommittee will be meeting at 10:00 tomorrow, ninth floor appropriations room. The education committee's elementary and secondary education subcommittee will meet immediately upon adjournment of the full committee. Finally, Mr. Speaker, the democratic caucus will meet at 11:30 in House room two, republican caucus will meet in House room one at 11:30 tomorrow here in the capitol. Those are the announcements I have at this time.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Hugo.
Tim Hugo
Mr. Speaker, it's one 1:00 tomorrow.
[Unknown]
11:00.
Tim Hugo
Also republican caucus will meet in House room one at 11:00, I apologize.
[Unknown]
Cloan cloan.
Bill Howell
-- the gentleman from Colonial Heights Mr. Cox.
Kirk Cox
Mr. Speaker, I I move when the House adjourn it adjourn to reconvene tomorrow at 12:00 noon.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Colonial Heights Mr. Cox moves when the House adjourn it reconvene tomorrow at 12:00 noon, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no, that is agreed to, the gentleman from Colonial Heights Mr. Cox.
Kirk Cox
Mr. Speaker, I move the House do now adjourn.
[Unknown]
The gentleman from Colonial Heights Mr. Cox moves the House do now adjourn, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no. That motion is agreed to, the House stands adjourned until 12:00 noon tomorrow. 12:00 noon tomorrow.