02/01/2016 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 Reverend Dr. Ralph R. Herbert, Senior Pastor, Great Bridge Presbyterian Church, Chesapeake

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 Price

Journals for Friday, January 29, 2016, and Saturday, January 30, 2016, approved by the Speaker

Senate communication received
Senate bills passed: SBs 12, 67, 182, 206, 207, 230, 293, 325, 352, 377, 388, 389, 408, 445, 453, 637, 670
House bill passed: HB 402

Committee reports
From Education: HBs 279S, 357, 450 (referred), 487, 515S, 516, 557, 942, 1036 (referred), 1062
From Finance: HBs 22, 23As, 80, 95, 138, 148A, 182, 328S, 398S, 590S, 596, 683 (referred), 742, 951, 972 (referred), 1017A, 1147S, 1152, 1170, 1194, 1224A, 1331
From Science and Technology: HB 929 (referred)

HJR 229 (Expressing appreciation for the hospitality extended by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation) offered by Delegate Cox and agreed to

Motion by Delegate Stolle to adjourn in honor and memory of Ernestine K. Middleton agreed to

HJR 89 taken up and agreed to


CALENDAR

HOUSE BILLS READ THIRD TIME
UNCONTESTED CALENDAR
HB 87S - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 136A - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 137 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 196S - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 238 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 261 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 263 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 315S - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 321 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 322S - Moved to Regular Calendar
HB 335 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 353 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 369 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 387 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 438S - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 453 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 472S - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 529 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 534A - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 654A - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 706 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 707S - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 778 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 813 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 844 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 867 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 894 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 955 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 1127 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)

HOUSE BILLS READ THIRD TIME
REGULAR CALENDAR
HB 825A - Passed by for the day
HB 143 - Passed (Y-97 N-0)
HB 145 - Passed (Y-66 N-32)
HB 210 - Passed (Y-87 N-11)
HB 220A - Passed (Y-78 N-20)
HB 226S - Passed (Y-84 N-11)
HB 571 - Passed (Y-76 N-21)
HB 753 - Passed (Y-76 N-22)
HB 755 - Passed (Y-90 N-7)
HB 746 - Passed (Y-95 N-3)
HB 327 - Passed (Y-97 N-0)
HB 1066 - Passed (Y-98 N-0)
HB 322S - Passed (Y-94 N-4)

HOUSE BILLS READ SECOND TIME
UNCONTESTED CALENDAR
HB 252S - Passed by for the day
HB 25S - Committee Substitute agreed to, Engrossed
HB 116A - Committee Amendment agreed to, Engrossed
HB 172A - Committee Amendments agreed to, Engrossed
HB 227S - Committee Substitute agreed to, Engrossed
HB 230A - Committee Amendments agreed to, Engrossed
HB 231S - Committee Substitute agreed to, Engrossed
HB 232S - Committee Substitute agreed to, Engrossed
HB 274 - Engrossed
HB 319S - Committee Substitute agreed to, Engrossed
HB 325 - Engrossed
HB 343A - Committee Amendments agreed to, Engrossed
HB 354S - Referred to Committee on Appropriations
HB 374A - Committee Amendments agreed to, Engrossed
HB 388 - Engrossed
HB 434A - Committee Amendments agreed to, Engrossed
HB 437 - Engrossed
HB 496 - Engrossed
HB 497 - Engrossed
HB 537 - Engrossed
HB 574A - Committee Amendment agreed to, Engrossed
HB 577A - Committee Amendment agreed to, Engrossed
HB 589S - Committee Substitute agreed to, Engrossed, Moved to Regular Calendar
HB 637 - Engrossed
HB 641A - Committee Amendment agreed to, Engrossed
HB 642A - Committee Amendments agreed to, Engrossed
HB 676S - Committee Substitute agreed to, Engrossed
HB 740S - Committee Substitute agreed to, Engrossed
HB 771 - Engrossed
HB 802 - Engrossed
HB 807A - Committee Amendments agreed to, Engrossed
HB 829A - Committee Amendment agreed to, Engrossed
HB 906 - Engrossed
HB 1032 - Engrossed
HB 1058S - Committee Substitute agreed to, Engrossed
HB 1077 - Engrossed
HB 1117S - Committee Substitute agreed to, Engrossed
HB 1128S - Committee Substitute agreed to, Engrossed
HB 1266 - Engrossed

HOUSE BILLS READ SECOND TIME
REGULAR CALENDAR
HB 518S - Passed by until Thursday, February 4, 2016
HB 918A - Committee Amendment agreed to, Engrossed
HB 791A - Committee Amendment agreed to, Engrossed
HB 900A - Committee Amendments agreed to, Engrossed

RESOLUTIONS
UNCONTESTED CALENDAR
HJR 177 - Passed by for the day
HJR 181 - Agreed to Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HJR 197 - Passed by for the day
HJR 206 - Agreed to Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)

HOUSE BILLS READ FIRST TIME
UNCONTESTED CALENDAR
HB 14
HB 24
HB 51
HB 65
HB 88
HB 104
HB 105
HB 106
HB 144S
HB 147S
HB 205
HB 206S
HB 233
HB 323S
HB 456A
HB 470
HB 567S
HB 649
HB 685S
HB 790
HB 810
HB 928
HB 1011
HB 1051
HB 1052
HB 1145
HB 1175
HB 1214
HB 1281
HB 1330

HOUSE BILLS READ FIRST TIME
REGULAR CALENDAR
HB 3
HB 4
HB 90S
HB 158A
HB 198A
HB 254
HB 332S
HB 382S
HB 481S
HB 766A
HB 770S
HB 812S
HB 865

Communication from the Governor (introduction of legislation pursuant to HJR 37) - HB 1391

Bill presented, ordered printed, and referred pursuant to House Rule 37

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

Motion by Delegate Cox to adjourn agreed to

House adjourned at 2:05 p.m. to meet Tuesday, February 2, 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.

[Unknown]
>>. >>> The House will come to order. Members please take your seats. 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
Members will ride and be led in prayer by the Reverend Dr. Ralph r herbert, Chesapeake and remain standing for the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the united states of america by by gentleman from Colonial Heights, Mr. Cox.
Kirk Cox
Let us pray. Dear gracious God, we want to thank you for this beautiful weather and all who have gathered here. As we approach the throne of grace in all confidence you hear our earnest prayers. We're going to pray for the decisions that will be acted upon, that they May be for you, for your glory and your kingdom. That everything accomplished here, lord, it will not be for ourselves but for the commonwealth in Virginia and those whom these people have been called to serve. We ask your divine blessing of grace upon every person who engages in this process. That your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. We thank you for the honor to serve you and serve our country. Make us mindful of godly wisdom and give us each of the delegates, discernment to assist them in their decisions. Lord, we recall the words of the former chaplain of the u.S. Senate who spoke prophetically 20 years ago, we've been technological giants but swir twal dwarfs. We're knowledgeable in the ways of the world but have become ignorant in the ways of God. Lord, help us, dear lord. Help us to put away our pride, our hunger, our power and to participate in the ways of God. Strengthen us, help us rely on the holy spirit to guide us so we might reason together as one and glorify you. If by serving you in our country would be the first wish of our hearts. In the precious and holy name of jesus christ, amen. Allegiance ] [ reciting pledge of. >> Members will answer roll call by indicating their presence on the electronic voting board.
Bill Howell
Clerk will close the roll.
Kirk Cox
Mr. Speaker a quorum is present.
[Unknown]
I've examined approved the journals for January 29th and 30s. Does the clerk have any announcements or communications?
[Unknown]
Not at this time, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Chesapeake, Mr. Leftwich.
Jay Leftwich
It is my pleasure to introduce my church's leader, Dr. Ralph herbert and his wife, our associate pastor, Reverend anita herbert. Pastor ralph has all of the degrees and educational requirements that would allow him to be a pastor of our church but to introduce you to him, I want to tell you about his style, every sermon has a question. I call it a challenge. It calls us, our parishioners to engage in thought about their faith, and their discipleship and the way they connect their lives. And in that vain, he enjoys movies, one of his favorite quotes is get busy living or get busy dying. That is his philosophy of our church in trying to help others to those in the way of the community. I would tell you one of my favorite themes for a year in our church was a million touches and this is his idea, I believe. And one year, it is our goal to touch a million lives, whether through delivery of meals, preparing meals through stop hunger now, through young life, you name it. And with his leadership we were able to accomplish that goal. Mr. Speaker, I ask the speaker give Reverend herbert, both Reverend herberts a warm House welcome.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Colonial Heights, Mr. Cox.
Kirk Cox
Clerk will report a resolution.
[Unknown]
House joint resolution number 229, expressing appreciation for the hospitality extended by the colonial Williamsburg foundation. Where as, on January 30, 2016, the general assembly met in the reconstructed capitol at Williamsburg for the 26 commemorative session as a guest of the colonial will Williamsburg foundation and also, offered special interpretive instructional plans hosted an elegant reception and diner including a special presentation with Patrick Henry and James Madison, provided morning religious services and sitting in proper this body express it's appreciation of the gracious hospitality extended by the colonial Williamsburg foundation, now therefore be it resolved that the general assembly expresses it's appreciation for many courtesies extended to this body and its guest upon the occasion of holding an asemly of the general assembly and be further resolved that the clerk of the House of delegates prepare a copy of this presentation for the chairman of the board of trustees as a token of the deep appreciation of Virginia .
Kirk Cox
Gentleman from Colonial Heights. It up well, it's not a thank you
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, the clerk summed for the clerk's staff who spent time on this. We're down there on Friday night doing walk throughs so they May us feel very, very welcome. Thank you for what you do. [ applause ].
[Unknown]
With that, Mr. Speaker, I move adoption of the resolution.
Bill Howell
Shall the resolution be agreed to? Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Resolution is agreed to. Gentleman from Arlington, Mr. Hope.
Patrick Hope
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I rise for an introduction and a point of personal privilege.
Bill Howell
Gentleman May proceed.
Patrick Hope
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Visiting in the gallery, looks like they're just coming in is the 2016 class of leadership, Arlington. As you know, the leaderships are across the commonwealth. I was a student there, class of 2010, the best there has ever been, but 2016 class is getting a chance to take a look at how state government functions. Just give them a warm House welcome.
[Unknown]
Pleased to have the members from leadership Arlington with us today, hope you enjoy your time in the capitol.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House in response to the August killings of al yi son parker and adam Ward, at Smith mountain lake, I put together a petition on change.Org for mandatory background checks at all gun shows. When the first 24 hours, 20,000 people signed my petition. By the end of the week, 30,000 people signed that petition. I have them right here, Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House. Most of the people that signed are from the commonwealth of Virginia. I'm very pleased that when I start thinking about talking today about background checks, I went back to that time that I did stand in front of the Arlington court House steps with a number of colleagues here to talk about background checks and importance of it. I found my notes on top of my dresser. Right there in front of me. And I didn't expect to see them in the front. Every day, someone dies of gun violence, yet, politicians do nothing. We're standing here today to do something about it. And Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, I 'm pleased to report that late last week's agreement, bipartisan agreement includes codifying voluntary background checks at all gun shows. They're not mandatory, which I would have liked to have seen. They're not universal, which I would have preferred but ladies and gentlemen, this is progress. Senate bill 715 says that the state police shall be at every this will be codified in the law gun show. If we pass it. There will be a presence there. Last year, out of 77 gun shows, this is doing something. State police were only present at 42. Just over half. And if we pass this law they'll be at every gun show. During this time, 278 buyers were prohibited from purchasing a gun because of an issue in the background check. 90 arrests were made. 90 people were arrested that should not be purchasing a gun. And also, I 'll note that according to 715, Senate bill 715 is that either the buyer, or the seller, May ask for a background check and one will be in addition, Mr. Speaker, the conducted. Promotor will have to display at the gun show you can get a background check at the gun show. So the public will be made aware that they have that right. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, I 've said for a long time that no responsible gun owner is afraid of a background check. Let me modify that. And say that no no responsible seller wants a felon to get their hands on a gun. Polls show 90% of all virginians support background checks. So this is voluntary, I think it will be just something you do every time because the buyer and seller will demand it. It's very easy to do and takes 2 to 3 minutes. It's very quick. And I will tell you, Mr. Speaker, probably a week ago, if you told me we'd be talking about voluntary background checks boy have thought that that would be unimaginable. Today, we're making progress. And are doing something about it. We represent 80,000 people. We all represent about 80,000 people. And sometimes we deliver but we all want to come down here and work together to solve problems to make our lives better and make virginians safer, we're solving problems, Mr. Speaker. Compromise is not a dirty word. It's something we should do in this chamber much more often. Mr. Speaker, we're going to solve a problem, I look forward to the day that we can vote to make voluntary background checks the law of the land, thank you Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Rockingham, Mr. Wilt.
Tony Wilt
Mr. Speaker, I rise for the purposes of an introduction and a point of personal mrif ledge.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Tony Wilt
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House boy like to welcome members of the jmu government association led by their legislative action xee day, matt mueller. They're talking about higher education related issues. I see them in the gallery. I ask you join me in giving them a warm House welcome.
[Unknown]
Delighted to have the students from James Madison with us today, hope you learn something from your time in the capitol.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Rockingham .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I would like to take a moment to talk about the recent compromise on reciprocity, background checks and domestic violence. Last month, when the attorney general Herring announced Virginia would not be recognizing concealed carry permits why 25 states we were obviously concerned about the announcement. The action infringes upon the rights of law abiding citizens. It became a priority to restore the concealed carry agreements. After discussions, very glad to see we reached agreements to restore and expand concealed carry reciprocity, require state police to be available for a voluntary background checks at gun shows and order individuals from current domestic violence protective orders from possessing a firearm. I'd like to extend gratitude to chairman lingmafelter and Delegate Gilbert. Now, we look at going forward, what that looks like. Delegate webbert will look to expand and restore reciprocity, importantly, Virginia will require Virginia to expand reciprocity agreements. The attorney general has 60 days from when the bill becomes law to enact the reciprocity agreements. This legislation will prevent individuals who have had a Virginia permit revoke from having an out of state permit recognized in Virginia. On the issue of voluntary background checks at gun shows, chairman lingmafelter will carry legislation to require the Virginia state police to be available every gun show to administer voluntary background checks for private sales. Will give people assurance that comes from conducting a background check when engaging in private transactions. This is a good compromise that strikes the right balance. Mr. Speaker, on the issue of firearms and domestic violence, the governor will send down legislation prohibiting individuals subject to permanent protective orders for domestic violence offense from possessing a firearm. This legislation is limited to permanent protective orders after a full hearing with the opportunity for representation by counsel ensuring due process for all parties involved. Purchasing or transporting a firearm while any protective order is illegal in Virginia. This legislation adds possession for permanent protection orders related to domestic violence which is illegal under federal law. This sends a clear signal about our willingness to protect victims of domestic violence. Lastly, Mr. Speaker, this agreement is not about which side won or lost. This agreement works for everyone involved, republican and democrat. Bipartisanship requires give and take from both sides. Mr. Speaker, at the end of the day, the citizens of Virginia won. Our constituents expect us to stand up for their rights. I'm glad to see we did both here, this agreement demonstrates the Virginia way still exists and we set apart our political rhetoric, we can do the right thing. I want to thank governor mcauliffe, secretary Moran, Senator Reeves, delegates Gilbert and lingmafelter for their hard work in making this happen. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Loudoun, Mr. Greason.
Tag Greason
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I rise for a motion.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Tag Greason
Mr. Speaker, I move that on Page 21 of the printed calendar, could House bill 354 be referred to the committee on appropriations. It is one of my bills for those of you scrambling around.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Loudoun, Mr. Grease onmoves House bill 354 be referred to the committee on appropriations. Those in favor say aye, opposed, no. The motion agreed to.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Prince William, Mr. Lingmafelter.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I rise for announcement.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, this afternoon we were going to have militia, public safety meeting at 1:00. We're trying to move the compromise package together and are waiting on one bill to come down which we don't expect much of a delay on. Once those bills are in the right posture we'll move forward. I'll ask militia, police, and public safety for meeting after we adjourn tomorrow. So we still have a few administrative things to tie up, but otherwise, we intend to move forward in a judicious and regular order to bring you those items of legislation to the floors. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Richmond city, miss Carr .
Betsy Carr
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for an announcement.
Bill Howell
Gentlewoman has the floor.
Betsy Carr
Mr. Speaker, the, here on my desk I 'm circulating I have a co-patron sheet for a resolution honoring the late honorable frank Hall who was a former member of this body. And I would invite members of the House to sign on to this resolution. Thank you so much.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Henrico, Mr. Bagby.
Lamont Bagby
Mr. Speaker, I rise for the purpose of an introduction.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Lamont Bagby
Mr. Speaker, I want to direct your eyes to the gallery. We have the halle springs football team if they would stand. They're the 2015 vhsl 5-a champions, defeating a talented team from Loudoun, stone bridge high school by 27-7 on December 12th. At Scott stadium in Charlottesville. They're led by their, as you can imagine, state coach of the year, coach Johnson. This is a very disciplined team and a very passionate team and a team of leaders on and off the field. I want to make a couple points about this team, they have 40 individuals on the team that, 40 out of 65 have earned a right to say they're on the honor roll. And also, Mr. Speaker, 17 out of 24, so they have 24 young people. There are college bound on this team. So 24 of the seniors and 17 of that 24 are first generation college students. So, Mr. Speaker, as they've done, I ask the House, members of the staff and those come to join us today to give them a warm House welcome. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Honored to have the state champions with us today and honored to have your coach, he's done a miraculous, marvelous job working with a bunch of young men, thank you for being with us today. Gentleman from Virginia beach.
[Unknown]
I move House joint resolution 177 be passed by for the day.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, in the gallery are two fine young people from north staff ford high school. These two young people will be following me around and helping me during the week. They're from my district but on particular note on these two young people, I 've watched them grow up from a very, very young age and they're both exceptionally fine students but they're just outstanding young people, I hope the House will join me in giving them a warm round of applause.
[Unknown]
Pleased stof the students with us today. Thank you for coming.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Chesterfield, miss Robinson .
Roxann Robinson
Mr. Speaker, I rise for a point of personal privilege.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Roxann Robinson
In 2013 the general assembly designated February 1st as wear red to promote womens' heart disease. 80% of the cardiac events can be prevented. 90% of women have one or more risk factors yet only five believe heart disease is the greatest health threat. Women are less likely to call 911 for themselves when they're experiencing heart attack symptoms. The american heart association started go red for women movement to encourage women to live healthier lives and educate them on the risk factors of heart disease. Go red for women encourages women to take charge of their health by scheduling a well woman visit to learn about health status and risk. So thank you for joining me today in wearing red to promote womens heart disease awareness.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for two introductions.
Bill Howell
Gentlewoman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, today we are joined by the working men and women of the Virginia aflcio. You know it's not every day that we are intimately reminded of the concerns of working people. These are the members of local unions from mine workers to coal, in the coal fields, federal employees in northern Virginia, communication workers right here in Richmond and also, steel workers in Newport News ship yard. A lot of times we talk about Virginia being the best place to do business. I would like to add Virginia has some of the best workers so on behalf of the working men and women of Virginia I ask you give them a warm welcome. And please stand, p you are.
[Unknown]
Pleased to have members here with us today, visiting. I have one more introduction,
[Unknown]
Thank you. Mr. Speaker. Also joining us I see them there. Students from Hampton university they have made it into the gallery. I am going to ask they stand. There are a lot of them there but we have, feast your eyes on her, miss Hampton university, brittany palmer. We also have Mr. Pirate, gregory budd. Also, student government association president, justin along with everyone he'lls we're pleased to have the students with us today. Hope you enjoy your time.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Campbell, Mr. Fariss.
Matt Fariss
Yes, sir, Mr. Speaker. I rise for a introduction.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Matt Fariss
Mr. Speaker, let me tell you about the kids from my district. In the gallery today we have a group of students from cornerstone christian academy and their teacher. Cornerstone is a christian and classical school started in 2007. In July, the family, career and community leaders chapter won first place in the nation for leadership, service, and action. There have been students to win first place in public speaking and state 4 h competitions. I hope the House will give my friends and neighbors a warm welcome.
Bill Howell
Good to see visitors. Hope you enjoy your time at the capitol. Gentlewoman from bed forked miss Byron .
Kathy Byron
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for a request.
Bill Howell
Gentlewoman May state it.
Kathy Byron
I like to request the journal reflect the gentleman from Prince William is absent due to pressing personal business.
Bill Howell
Journal will so reflect.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, sir. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House in the gallery tonight, today, are representation from the Virginia fire chiefs association. A group who represents folks at the common wealth cannot do without. I ask you to give them a warm House welcome.
Bill Howell
Pleased to have you with us today. Thank you for taking time to go around and talk to different members this morning. I know they appreciated it. Gentleman from Alexandria, Mr. Levine.
Mark Levine
Mr. Speaker, I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Mark Levine
Today here are the members of the arc of Virginia. The arc of Virginia does tremendous work to protect people with intellectual disabilities. I don't know if they're here, they're here, terrific. I ask everyone in the House to give them a warm welcome. Thank you.
Bill Howell
We're honored to have you with us and appreciate so much what arc of Virginia does for all of the people of our commonwealth. The gentleman from Suffolk, Mr. Norris.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I rise for a motion.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, on Page 12 of the presented calendar May House bill 825 go bye for the day?
[Unknown]
House bill 825?
[Unknown]
Yes, sir.
Bill Howell
Without objection, bye for the day. Gentleman from Virginia beach, Mr. Davis.
Glenn Davis
Mr. Speaker, I rise for a point of personal privilege.
Bill Howell
Gentleman May proceed. Mr. Speaker I 'm proud to share
Glenn Davis
Thank you. The first story of Black history month. Some May remember the darkest period in our nation's history are I believe it provides a time to celebrate accomplishments of those that facing significant adversity and against all odds went on to change the face of our nation. Men and women that embody the spirit of what it means to be an american. Mr. Speaker, one of these men was hiram rose revels, born September 27, 1827, as a free man in north carolina. But this was during the time when free really doesn't mean free. In an era when educating Black children was illegal in north carolina, revels attended a school taught by a free Black woman. In 1845, he was an ordained minister in the african methodist episcopal church, he served throughout the mid west, at times meeting with opposition and being imprisoned for preaching the gospel to other blacks. As a chaplain in the united states army revels helped recruit and organize two Black union regiments in maryland and missouri and took part of the battle in mississippi. In 1865 he left ame church and joined the methodist episcopal church where he founded schools for Black children. In 1869, he was elected to represent Adams county in the mississippi state Senate. In January, 1870 revels asked to present the opening prayer of the same legislature. The congressman john lynch wrote of the events that prayer was one of the most impressive and eloquent prayers ever delivered in a mississippi Senate chamber, impressed those that heard it that he was not only a man of great natural ability but a man of superior attainments. In 1870 he was elected to finish the term of one of the state's two seats in the united states Senate. Which had been left vacant since the civil war. Just nine years after yeferson Davis held one of those seats as a mississippi Senator. However, when revels arrived in Washington, d.C., he faced opposition to be seated in the Senate. There were two days of debate with packed Senate galleries witnessing this historic event. The opposition based on the 1857 dred Scott vision which ruled people of african ancestry could not and would not be citizens. Thus, revels could not satisfy the requirement of the Senate of nine years prior citizenship. Revels supporters argued the civil war and reconstruction amendments overturned dred Scott and it would be un-constitutional to bar revels on the basis of precivil war constitution citizenship roles so he became the first african american to be seated in the united states Senate and first african american to certain in the united states congress, during his swearing in ceremony, February 25, 1870, charles sumner, a massachusetts snof marked the occasion with these words, all men are created equal, now, a great act attests this. We make the declaration a reality. It was only half established by independents. The greatest duty remained behind. We complete the work. Revels advocated for compromise and monthederation, and vigorously supported racial equality, and favored universal amnesty for fallen confed ritz, requiring only their sworn loyalty and successfully championed the cause of Black workers barred from their color from working in the Washington navy yard. He resigned two months before his term expired to receive the appointment of alcorn state university where he twoent taught philosophy. He went on to serve there until 1882. He died in 1901 in a church conference in mississippi and in 2002, he was listed as one of the 100 greatest african americans. Mr. Speaker, some May review him as a role model for african americans because of his skin color, however, his inspiration far exceeds his race. He is a role model for those of us in the republican party that he helped shape and importantly, he is a role model for all americans facing significant adversity and looking for inspiration. For those reasons, Mr. Speaker, I appreciate this body allowing me to share the life of hiram revels with you today.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Sullivan.
Rip Sullivan
Tos, Mr. Speaker, I rise for a point of personal privilege.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Rip Sullivan
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, we saw something last Friday we had in the seen in a long, long while. An agreement on several important gun related issues. I'm sure all of you, like me heard from a lot of your I heard praise and I heard criticism. In my discussions with folks over the weekend I drew on my experience from my real job as a lawyer whit comes to settling cases. There is an old saying among litigators. Constituents. A good settlement is when both sides are equally unhappy. When both sides can declare victory. That surely is the case here, compromise, which unfortunately some have come to consider a dirty word requires give and take. While the fact that we had to negotiate to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and allow voluntary checks on gun shows, shows how far we have to go. We cannot rail against gridlock and hyper partisanship and complain when two sides come together to find, if not common ground, at least a common interest in advancing policies that each has been pushing but unable to mish. As I sat in that press conference Friday afternoon, Mr. Speaker, watching the governor and you, Delegate Gilbert, Delegate Murphy and others I was filled with hope. Hope that perhaps this is just the beginning. Let's do it again. On guns. We have a lot more to do to make our communities safer. Let's do it again on a host of other issues which divided an vexed us. I hope, and I bet all of your constituents have hope, that the rest of this session, Mr. Speaker, might yield further opportunities to bridge our differences. The governor reminded us his door is always open. This time, the nra knocked on that door. I hope others will knock on his door, too. He has shown he'll have that conversation. I hope when we knock on your door, you'll answer. Virginians will be safer as a result of the agreement, let's do it again and find ways to make virginians safer, healthier, better educated, prosperous, more involved in and treated fairly by the electoral process and better served by and more confident in their government and it's instut -- institutions. I know we can do it. We just did.
Bill Howell
Gentlewoman from Fairfax, miss Kory .
Kaye Kory
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for a request and an introduction.
[Unknown]
Gentle woman has the floor.
Kaye Kory
Thank you, my request is that on Page 16 hb 252 go bye for the day.
[Unknown]
Without objection, House bill 252 bye for the day. Thank you. I would like take a moment to thank all members of the body who came by this morning for our grand opening of the first annual art show, special art from special artists and especially I 'd like to thank members of the arc Virginia who helped bring some of the artists here to meet with us. Finally, Mr. Speaker, as a part of the introduction, I would like to ask everybody to read the front Page of the Richmond times dispatch which reminds us that 10,000 disableds virginians are waiting for services. Would you all, still in the gallery from arc and art show rise so we can give you a warm House welcome.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Hugo.
Tim Hugo
I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Tim Hugo
Mr. Speaker, around the capital are 14 men and women who represent 50,000 parents and 200,000 children, advocating with every child, one voice I hope the House will give a warm House welcome to the Fairfax County council ptas.
[Unknown]
Delighted to have the visitors from the Fairfax pta with us today. Hope you enjoy your time here.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from culpepper, Mr .
[Unknown]
I request House bill 322 on Page four be moved to regular calendar.
Bill Howell
Without objection House bill 322 regular calendar.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Charlottesville, Mr. Toscano.
David Toscano
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
David Toscano
Joining us are members of the Virginia educational association. 50,000 strong, they advocate on behalf of teacher issues and I hope you'll open your door when they come to see you to talk about the budget and everything important to them and I hope we can give them a warm welcome.
Bill Howell
We thank the members of the Virginia educational association for all that you do for our commonwealth. Gentleman from Virginia beach, Mr. Stolle.
Chris Stolle
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for a request and a motion.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Chris Stolle
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I request hj 89 taken out of order.
[Unknown]
What Page is that? It's not? Okay.
[Unknown]
Clerk will report a resolution.
[Unknown]
House joint resolution 89 celebrating the life of earnesteen day middleton.
[Unknown]
Like me, and my siblings, Delegate Knight and his siblings were raised by a woman who had a passion for live, giving back to the community. Earnesteen middleton worked as a librarian for Virginia beach public school systems and raising a family. She was a committed community volunteer, serving as chair of the Virginia beach arts and humanities president of civic league, chairman of the Virginia symphony league. She shared her passion to read and learn by passing it on to thousands of children through her service as chair of the library board. Is he was an accomplished public servant that gave willingly to further the common good. She was also dedicated to her church and served as an elder of bayside presbyterian church. You knew when she was in the congregation. She dressed to the nines with a beautiful hat that matched her outfit. She was the widow of former House of delegates member bev middleton. She would light up whether she spoke about bev, even after his passing. She was a woman of courage and spunk, once running for the House of delegates and like my mom was a proud matriarch of a large family, always proud of the accomplishments of her children. Her most prized possessions were the lives of her nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Mr. Speaker, I move adoption of hj 89 and ask when the House adjourn today, we adjourn in the honor and memory of earnesteen day middleton.
[Unknown]
When the House adjourn today, in the honor and memory of miss earnesteen middleton. As many in favor will please rise.
[Unknown]
Resolution is agreed to. That motion is agreed to. Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. That resolution is agreed to.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Arlington, Mr. Lopez.
Alfonso Lopez
Mr. Speaker, I rise for a motion request and an announcement.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Alfonso Lopez
Mr. Speaker, on Page 34 of the calendar I move that hjr 197 be passed bye for the day.
[Unknown]
Page 34?
[Unknown]
Yes, sir.
[Unknown]
What was the number?
Bill Howell
Hjr 197. Without objection, bye for the day.
[Unknown]
The request, I would like the journal reflect my seat mate Delegate Price is away on pressing personal business.
[Unknown]
My announcement, boy like to remind the our meeting of the environmental energy caucus will be this afternoon and I invite my colleague Delegate Kilgore, thanks a lot.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from pennsylvania, Mr. Adams.
Les Adams
Mr. Speaker, I rise for a point of personal privilege.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Les Adams
House will come to order.
[Unknown]
At the corner of 14th and cary streets here there stands a monument to Virginia statute for religious freedom. Many of you know, this limestone wall on which the enacting clause is inscribed is a feature of the first freedom center dedicated last year here in Richmond at a ceremony attended by the governor. It's location is where the assembly enacted jefferson's famous statue. Today, 230 years since its passing it remains relevant. Already this session, points of personal privilege have been invoked in praise of this jeffersonin achievement. Both the minority leader, Delegate Toscano and gentleman from Prince William lingmafelter commended Virginia 's statute. I believe we're right to do so and all right to do so particularly in this time when there is much confusion surrounding the right to we understand why these matters conscience. Can be complicated. As the governor mentioned most of the world does not enjoy this liberty. It was not reached easiry in this country. But there can be little doubt that we have fared much better in recognizing it as a natural right. Indeed, it is an unalienable right as jefferson boldly wrote, all mighty God has created the mind free that attempts to punish religious expression result in habits of hypocrisy and meanness. And to condemn a man for propigations he does not believe is sinful. And truth will prevail and she is the proper antigonist to error. The reasoning influenced our matters across the nation and why our country became a beacon and hope for the world. But today, there is reason for concern as these basic principles have been challenged by our federal government and agencies in other states. We have witnessed attempts to punish businesses for refusing to comply with mandate that's violate company policies rooted in the religious conviction of its owners. State agencies have targeted individuals who hold to a view of marriage that is contrary to that defined and imposed by a majority on the united states supreme court, a view, by the way has been unrecognized until this generation. And it has been suggested that when it comes to the free expression of religion, constitution protections are limited to what people believe, but not to how they actually live. As virginians we know differently. For certain, these matters are not always easy to resolve and there will be differences among us in terms of the opinion as to the correct legal application, but from time to time it is important that civil government state with clarity the fundamental principles around which we all consent and for virginians we know to look to history as a guide. I have introduced legislation to make clear Virginia statute for religious freedom is in practice a policy of the commonwealth of Virginia. Different members of the body will no doubt have different affirm this policy etched in the marble of this House that no one should, quote, suffer on account of his religious opinions or beliefs, but all men should be free to pro fess and maintain motivations but we should all their opinions and should no way affect their civil capacities. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Gentlewoman from Richmond city, miss McClellan .
Jennifer McClellan
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I rise for a point of personal
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I privilege. Would like to thank the gentleman from Virginia beach in giving the first of our african american history on this first day of african american history month. I wanted to talk just a little bit about the importance of Black history month or african american history month and how it is still relevant to what we do here every day. Last, a couple years ago I had the pleasure of attending a forum called north of broad south of broad. Broad street was the historical dividing line between Black neighborhoods and white neighborhoods here in the city of Richmond. We heard from secretary of education holden, explaining her experiences when she and her sister integrated Richmond city schools which is a well known story and well known picture. We heard from another woman who told a story of carol irene swan and gloria mead, the first african american to integrate. Very few people heard the story of what happened after they entered the building. Miss swan told how once the cameras were gone, the terror began. She says before she integrated, her family started to receive calls, she'd never heard a curse word until picking up the phone and heard strangers cursing at her for daring to integrate a first time she'd been to a Bowling alley and told you have to go to the end of the counter to get your shoes. The department of education had bought Bowling shoes in every size for those two girls so the owner of the Bowling alley could ensure his customers his shoes weren't touched by Black feet. She talked about every day, the little slights and cuts, verbal they'd experienced. Then, she said as soon as she could, she left Virginia. Sitting in the audience was a white member of the Richmond school board. Who came up to me afterwards and said I have never heard these stories. That school board member was in the middle of what is one of the most contentious school board issues, school rezoning. Consolidating schools and redrawing lines. Which brought out heated discussion, particularly along the lines of race. That school board member understood why that issue was so passionate for many people. You all heard me tell the story of my great grandfather who, when he went to register to vote was not only given a literacy test but when he got all of the answers right was told we need to find more questions because this fill in the blank got them all right. That is why, members of the Black caucus are passionate about any bill we perceive could limit the right to vote. The reason these stories are important is because we live in an age where a majority of virginians and a majority of, or pretty close to the members of the Hall, this body and the one down the Hall grew up in an integrated society or came of age after jim crow. And as a result, because we didn't live it, we don't understand how deeply felt the resentments still fester in many of our communities on both until we see them flare up sides. Through news stories, or political fights. The reason Black history month is so important, and I encourage you to study Black history all year, is because it helps us to understand a public policy today could have a disproportionate impact on certain communities. It is important for us in the quiet moments to learn that history so when those issues come to the floor, we can debate them and have a rational conversation, not one soaked in emotion and pain of festering wounds. As a result, not only do I encourage to you listen to each of the stories you're going to hear this month, but I encourage you to visit two museums, one will open, and one will reopen this year. Here nlt city of Richmond the Black history museum and cultural center will be moving to its new home at the armory on Lee street. This fall, national museum of african museum and culture will open on the national mall. I encourage you to visit that museum but importantly, wefr one of us have places of importance to african americans in our I invite you to visit them and I districts. Invite to you speak to some of your constituents who lived through jim crow, who lived through the school integration fight. And who lived through the civil rights movement. Listen to their stories and think about how you would have felt in their shoes and remember that when we have a bill that causes someone to have very passionate views one way or another. It's because you can't fully understand where you're going until you understand where you've been. And until we understand the history and stories and the lives of all virginians, we will never fully represent them all, thank you.
Jennifer McClellan
Gentleman from Fairfax ,
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I rise for a Mr. Plum. Point of personal privilege.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Several member as dressed the landmark decision reached last week on gun, ending gun violence. I joined those who applaud the fact we're making progress. I do, however, want to, I think correct a record if I May in talking about how this came about. Waits suggested at the press conference last Friday that this was the first major decision to end gun violence in 23 years. I would suggest that that occur not this pasweek but about a month ago. And our attorney general decided to end the practice in Virginia of recognizing concealed carry permits in 25 states that have standards less than Virginia. That decision sent violations north of Fairfax. The decision made, my gosh, something needs to be done. To his credit, our attorney general brought the parties to the table. When we talk about, and I know we're not seeking credit for anyone, no one is going to claim credit for this. When we talk about parties involved in bringing this moment, we have to add to the list attorney general mark Herring for what he did in terms of bringing it to our attention and doing what many said we should be doing. We should be enforcing the laws that are on the books and that is what he stepped forward to do. But we need to give credit to men and women who makeup the end gun violence movement across the commonwealth. The 14th of every month, when school students were slayed in their classrooms, on that 14 of the month, a number of others, as few as 50, and several hundred gathered together at nra headquarters to say enough is enough. We gather to say, we will not forget. And so it is the case, Mr. Speaker, that while we celebrate here today, what is termed as being a small net improvement, we'll make a commitment to respond to the citizens bringing this need to our attention and we work together to go forward on more meaningful legislation. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Lemunyon.
Jim LeMunyon
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I rise for the purpose of a request.
[Unknown]
I request on Page 31, House bill 518 go bye until Thursday, February 4th.
Jim LeMunyon
Without objection. Bye until Thursday .
[Unknown]
Yes, sir. Until Thursday .
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Shenandoah, Mr. Gilbert.
Todd Gilbert
Mr. Speaker, I rise for a request.
[Unknown]
You May state it.
Todd Gilbert
Mr. Speaker, I request that House bill 589 on Page 25 of the printed calendar be moved to regular calendar after engrossment.
Bill Howell
Without objection, House bill 59 to regular calendar after engrossment.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Augusta, Mr. Landis.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I rise for the purpose of an introduction.
Bill Howell
Gentleman May proceed.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House we have a group of students from James Madison university led by a former colleague of many in this House and my predecessor, former Delegate pete geeson. I ask them to stand and be recognized by the House this morning.
Bill Howell
Delighted to have the students from James Madison and particularly pleased to see our former colleague, Delegate geeson, thank you for coming. Are there further motions or resolutions? Well, we have plenty of time. The clerk will call the roll.
[Unknown]
Calendar for Monday, February 1, 2016, House bills on third reading uncontested calendar. 29 bills on the block. 87, 136, 137, 238, 261, 263, House bills 315, 321, 322 moved to regular calendar, 335, 353, 369, 387, 438, 453, 472, 529, 534. 707, 778, 813, 844, Page 10, 867, 955, and House bill 1127.
Bill Howell
Shall the bills pass? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 98, no, 0. Bills are passed.
[Unknown]
Continuing with the calendar, House bills on third reading regular calendar. House bill 825 has been taken bye for the day. House bill 143 a bill to he amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia relating to alcohol beverage control sold at government stores.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill pass? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 98, no, 0. The bill is passed.
[Unknown]
House bill relating to public work contract prohibited terms.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill pass? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 66, no, 32. The bill is passed.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 13, House bill 210, a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia related to housing. Removal of obsolete pro visions, citation correction.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill pass? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 87, no, 11. The bill is passed.
[Unknown]
House bill 220 a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia relating to the Virginia freedom of information act, public access to resumes and other information related to gubernatorial appointees.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill pass? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 78, no, 20. The bill is passed.
[Unknown]
House bill 226 a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia related to alcoholic beverage control, mixed beverage licenses. Performing arts facility.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill pass? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 84, no, 11. The bill is passed.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 14 of the printed calendar, House bill 571, a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia relating to the opening day of the school year.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill pass? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 76, no, 21. The bill is passed.
[Unknown]
House bill 753 a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia relating to the opening day of the school year.
[Unknown]
Shall the bill pass?
Bill Howell
Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 76, no, 22.
[Unknown]
The bill is passed.
[Unknown]
House bill 753, a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia related to alcoholic beverage control, annual mixed beverage license. House bill 755. Bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia relating to alcoholic annual arts license s.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill pass? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 90, no, seven. Bill is passed.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 50 in the printed calendar, House bill 746 a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia relating to Virginia residential property disclosure act, zoning and permitted uses of adjacent parcels.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill pass? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 95, no, three.
[Unknown]
The bill is passed.
Bill Howell
House bill 327 a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia relating to. Shall the bill pass? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 97, no, 0.
[Unknown]
And House bill 1066 a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia relating to cedar hill cemetery gravesite.
[Unknown]
Shall the bill pass?
Bill Howell
Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 98, no, 0. Bill is passed. And Mr. Speaker returning to Page four of the printed calendar, House bill 322 moved to regular calendar. A bill to amend code of Virginia relating to alcoholic beverage control, summary suspension of license in emergency circumstances.
[Unknown]
Shall the bill pass?
Bill Howell
Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 96, no, four. The bill is passed.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, continuing with today's calendar, Page 16 of the printed version, House bills on second reading uncontested calendar. There are 39 bills in this block. At this time. 252 taken buy for the day. House bill 25 a bill to amend accordingly. The code of Virginia relating to tampering with firefighting equipment with a substitute.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I move adoption of the committee substitute.
Bill Howell
Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Substitute agrowed to, gentleman from Salem .
[Unknown]
House bill 25 makes it a crime to tamper with certain fire equipment. I move we enfwros the bill and pass it to third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 116 a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia relating to reappointment of jury commissioners with an amendment.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Virginia beach, Mr. Knight.
Barry Knight
Mr. Speaker, I move the committee amendment.
Bill Howell
Questions on adoption of the economy amendment. Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Committee amendment is agreed to. Gentleman from Virginia beach.
Barry Knight
Mr. Speaker, House bill 116 allows for reappointment of jury commissioners if they want to go back, law now says if they serve, they cannot be reappointed for three years. Mr. Speaker, I move the House engross the bill and pass to third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 172 to amend and enact two section of the code of Virginia relating to habitual owe yenders, restoration of driving privileges.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Mr. Albo.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I move the committee amendment.
[Unknown]
Those in favor say aye. Oppose, no.
[Unknown]
Speaker, members of the House, probably about 20 years ago, a bill by then Delegate brian Moran created a commission if you had three duis you lose your license forever. That was repealed when making the third offense a felony. There are a bunch of people got certificated as habitual offenders and petitioned to the court and they have to do asap and it is supposed to be a recommendation. This bill says that it is a recommendation and she can thek still use their own judgment.
[Unknown]
House bill 227, a bill to amend the code of Virginia relating to hearsay exceptions by testimony of children and
Bill Howell
Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Substitute agreed to. Gentleman from Fairfax .
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, members of the House, you might have heard of the term hearsay. It is something that someone else said. That is not add missible in court. You can't say I heard joe said x. There are exceptions when you're allowed to have that testimony. It adds in just a situation where you have an incapacitated adult, but just children under ages of 13 in a sexual abuse case.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 18 of the printed calendar, House bill 230, a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia relating to judicial creation of trust.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Loudoun, Mr. Minchew.
Randy Minchew
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I move committee line amendments.
[Unknown]
Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. The amendments are agreed to.
Randy Minchew
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. This bill is remember mended to us by the Virginia bar association on elder law and special needs and allows a circuit court to serve as a special needs beneficiary. I add this bill is needed because a few judges in question whether or not they have the power to create these trusts without specific language in the code and this bill addresses that short coming.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
[Unknown]
House bill 231 a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia relating to he liktive share of surviving spouse.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Chesapeake, Mr. Leftwich.
Jay Leftwich
I move committee substitute.
Bill Howell
Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Substitute agreed to. Gentleman from Chesapeake .
Jay Leftwich
Mr. Speaker, House bill 231 amends the elective share of the estate for surviving spouse, defining what is included. I ask that bill be enfwrosed and passed to third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill --
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker?
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Powhatan yield for a question?
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
I see it has six pages of itallicized words and the explanation was brief.
[Unknown]
I was hoping my pastor in his prayer would add no one ask me questions. Briefly, boy say that under the current statute, a surviving spouse gets a certain percentage to look against the will as their share of the augmented estimate. This makes that share more related to the length of the marriage and divorce, for example, when the parties separate in the marriage, there is equitable distribution. Taking into consideration all of the factors of the marriage, contributions to the marriage, and so this is designed to more acquired through the marriage. For example, someone married eight days would receive one half of 3%. A 18 year marriage, all of what is included. Once getting past that concept, you find that to be a good policy of the commonwealth, most equitay describe what was of the verbage you see in the following six pages just clearly defines what is included in the augmented estate and how the items will be valued, Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
I thank the gentleman.
[Unknown]
House bill 232, a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia relating to authenticity and reasonableness of medical bills reporting to the courts of justice with a substitute.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Chesapeake, Mr. Leftwich.
Jay Leftwich
Mr. Speaker, I move the
Bill Howell
The committee substitute committee substitute. Agreed to. Gentleman from Chesapeake .
Jay Leftwich
Mr. Speaker, House bill 232 allows a plaintiff agent to authenticate testimony regarding medical bills.
[Unknown]
House bill 274 a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia relating to the Hampton roads transportation fund, reporting to the committee on appropriations.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Newport News, Mr. Yancey.
David Yancey
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Speaker, members of the House, this clarifiries existing language and ensures the money to the Hampton roads fund are distributed in an expedited manner.
[Unknown]
House bill 319 a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia relating to a volunteer health care provider. With a substitute.
David Yancey
Gentleman from Roanoke city, Mr. Rasoul.
Sam Rasoul
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I move adoption of the committee substitute. Agreed to.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, this allows health professionals to obtain continuing education credits by volunteering in free clinics and health departments. I move we engross the bill and pass it to third reading.
Sam Rasoul
House bill 325 to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia all relating to the practice of veterinary medicine.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Caroline, Mr. Orrock.
Bobby Orrock
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, under current Virginia law a licensed veterinarian May come into Virginia and practice medicine without holding a Virginia license, this would ensure only Virginia licensed veterinarians or coming in under the authority of a licensed veterinarian will practice veterinary medicine in the commonwealth.
[Unknown]
House bill 343 related to nursing homes, reimbursement of unexpended patient funds.
Bobby Orrock
Gentlewoman from James city county, miss Pogge .
Brenda Pogge
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I move committee amendments. Amendment is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, hb 343 brings Virginia code into agreement with administrative code and Virginia smallest yates act by requiring reimbursement of unexpected funds within a 30 day period. I move the bill engrossed and passed to third reading.
Brenda Pogge
House bill 374, a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia related to license plates for emergency vehicles. With amendments.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Newport News, Mr. Yancey.
David Yancey
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I move committee amendments.
Bill Howell
Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Amendments are agreed to. Gentleman from Newport News .
David Yancey
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, members of the House, House bill 374 allows commercial services to obtain the same license plates as those for volunteer ems vehicles. I move the House engross the bill and pass it to third reading.
[Unknown]
Continuing with the calendar, Page 22 of the printed version, a bill to amend of code of Virginia relating to creation of uninsured motor vehicle fee payment plan.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Salem, Mr. Habeeb.
Greg Habeeb
It creates a payment plan for uninsured motorist fees and fines.
[Unknown]
House bill 434 a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia relating to license waiver of prohibition for conviction with amendments.
Greg Habeeb
Gentleman from Virginia beach, Mr. Villanueva.
Ron Villanueva
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I move to accept the committee amendments.
Bill Howell
Questions on adoption of the committee amendments. Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Gentleman from from Virginia beach.
Ron Villanueva
Thank you, mrgs. House bill 434 sets criteria with regard to the grant or denial for a grant of a permit.
[Unknown]
House bill 437 a bill to amend and reenact two section of the code of Virginia relating to security for appeal.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Richmond city, Mr. Loupassi.
Manoli Loupassi
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It is on appeal and I ask the bill be engrossed and passed to third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 496, a bill to amendment and reenact section of the code of Virginia relating to proof of payment for clerk's office.
Manoli Loupassi
Gentleman from Smith, Mr. Campbell.
Jeff Campbell
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, House bill 496 is a bill to change the methodology and issuance of payment on the service of the same. It's a bill that hoped this will better ensure timely services. I hope it be the pleasure of the House to engross the House and pass it to third reading.
[Unknown]
Thank you. House bill 437 relating to uniform child custody and jurisdiction act, exclusive, continuing jurisdiction.
Jeff Campbell
Gentleman from Smith, Mr. Campbell. Ladies and gentlemen of the
Jeff Campbell
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, House, House bill 497 represents a change in law to allow for continuing exclusion over child custody matters if only one parent continues to reside in Virginia. This is a change from the current state of the law requiring both parents here. I hope it be the pleasure of the House to engross the bill and pass it to third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 537 a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia related to local fees and fines.
Jeff Campbell
Gentleman from Loudoun, Mr. Minchew.
Randy Minchew
I thank the gentleman. This passes fines by which local ordinances make their way back to cities and towns and adds enhanced transparency. And, Mr. Speaker, I move this bill be engrossed and passed to third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 574 relating to dietitians and nutritionists with an amendment.
Randy Minchew
Gentlewoman from Chesterfield, miss Robinson .
Roxann Robinson
Mr. Speaker, I move committee amendments.
[Unknown]
Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Agreed to.
Roxann Robinson
House bill 574 does three things, first, it creates a definition in the code for nutritional economics and allows dietitians to clarify they do not have to work for the government and third thing it does is that any dietitian receive testing information will maintain that information according to federal and state laws. I move House bill 574 be engrossed and passed to third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 577 a bill to amendment and reenact section of the code of Virginia related to interplayeder earnest money
[Unknown]
Miss Robinson .
[Unknown]
I move committee amendments. Those in favor say aye. Amendments are agreed to. Opposed, no.
[Unknown]
House bill 577 allows a judge to discretion to set funds to the Virginia housing trust fund. Deposits. If needed will show up in court. I ask this bill be passed and moved on to its third reading.
[Unknown]
Gotcha.
[Unknown]
House bill 589, bill to amendment and reenact section of the code of Virginia relating to the filing of petitions by designated nonattorney department of social services employee was a substitute.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from from Smith, Mr. Campbell.
Jeff Campbell
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, House bill 589 awill yous for the certain designated employees by directors and department of social services to file petitions and motions and perform that function. Without being subject to the unauthorized practice of law pro visions in code of Virginia .
[Unknown]
Questions on adoption of the committee substitutes. Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Substitute agreed to.
Jeff Campbell
House bill 589 moved to regular calendar for tomorrow after engrossment. House bill 637 a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia related to medical malpractice actions, limitations hearing.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Salem, Mr. Habeeb.
Greg Habeeb
House bill 637 is related to statute of limitations for nonmalignant swanomas.
[Unknown]
House bill 641 related to jurisdiction of general district court, arbitration with an amendment.
Greg Habeeb
Gentleman from Chesapeake, Mr. Leftwich.
Jay Leftwich
Mr. Speaker, I move committee amendments.
[Unknown]
Those in favor say aye.
Jay Leftwich
Mr. Speaker, under current law a circuit court May order parties in arbitration if there is an agreement to do so. This bill allows the courts of general district jurisdiction to do so as well. I ask the body engross the bill and pass it to third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 642 a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia related to mission of oral testimony or affidavits in a divorce proceeding with amendments.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Chesapeake .
[Unknown]
I move the committee amendments.
Bill Howell
Questions on adoption of committee amendments. Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Amendments agreed to. Gentleman from Chesapeake .
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, House bill 642 clarifies in divorce proceedings not simply the moving party can submit evidence by affidavit but either party May submit by affidavit. I ask the body engross the bill and pass to third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 676 a bill to require the commissioner of the department of aging and rehabilitative services to convene a work group to study financial exploitation of adults in the commonwealth with a substitute.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Hanover, Mr. Peace.
Chris Peace
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I move committee substitute.
[Unknown]
Those in favor say aye. Opposed. No.
Chris Peace
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, House bill 767 does what the clerk said in terms of directing the commissioner to investigate the growing financial exploitation of adults in the commonwealth based on a utah work and effort demonstrated by $52 million involved in the financial exploitation of adults that state. We want to develop a plan to solve it. I move the bill engrossed and passed to third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 740 a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia and repeal one other relating to federal rehabilitation act and older americans act. With a substitute.
Bill Howell
Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Substitute agreed to. Gentleman from Giles .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, this bill makes technical changes to meet the opportunities act of 2014. The changes are to the vocational rehabilitation and independent living sections and support work force development efforts. Thank you. I hope it be the pleasure of the body to engross the bill and move to it third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 771 to amend and reenact several section of the code of Virginia relating to
[Unknown]
Ladies and gentlemen this, is a bill born of the efforts of the crime commission, and does the following things in the area of asset forfeiture. It prohibits the use of waivers asset forfeiture. By law enforcement until a formal information has been filed. What that means is that no longer, say during the execution of a search warrant will police officer be able to have a suspect waiver his rights to his property until the formal process is filed in court. At that time, the defendant or suspect could waive their rights to their property. It would require dcjs to roirt on an annual basis regarding all drug, and nondrug-related forfeitures so we can keep track and keep the public informed of what is going on in the area. Number three, it would allow the commonwealth attorneys ability to file seizure note ficks electrically. They have to feel currently by paper. And Mr. Speaker, a technical statutory change, there are ways to charge somebody with a crime. One is an indictment, one is an information. And in one section of the code, in this area we left out the word warrant, another way to charge people in this adds warrant to the list. I move that the body engross the bill and pass it to third reading. Thank you.
[Unknown]
House bill 802 a bill to amend and reenact several section of the code of Virginia to veterinary technician reporting of animal cruelty.
[Unknown]
Mr. James.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Speaker, members of the House, House bill 802 is a agency bill currently immunity for reporting animal cruelty apparently covers only veterinarians. This bill extends privilege to technicians and equine technicians. And techs May work for Virginia tech as well as a corporation. This bill clarifies they must still practice under the immediate supervision of a veterinarian licensed in Virginia. I hope it be the pleasure of the House to engross this bill and pass it to third reading.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 28, House bill 807 a bill to amend the code of Virginia relating to jamestown, yorktown foundation. Planning coordination and implementation recording to the committee on rules with amendments.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Colonial Heights, Mr. Cox.
Kirk Cox
Mr. Speaker, I move adoption of the committee amendments.
Bill Howell
Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Amendments are agreed to. Gentleman from Colonial Heights .
Kirk Cox
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, House bill 807 deals with america's fourth anniversary, that is coming up. We have four signature events we're going to be celebrating. The first representative legislative assembly, and first official thanksgiving and we're trying to help facilitate with planning so this does several things to help us with the nongeneral funds, helps as far as getting agencies to plan so we did this in 2007. Hopefully, this will make the process smoother. With all that, I hope it be the pleasure of the House to engross the bill.
[Unknown]
House bill 829 a bill to reenact section of the code of Virginia related to providers of
[Unknown]
Those in favor say aye, opposed, no. Amendment is agreed.
[Unknown]
House bill 829 arecommendation of the governor's task force on prescription drug and heroin abuse and would authorize the board to require doctors who meet certain criteria for covered substitutes. Prescribing to obtain continuing education. I move House bill 829 be engrossed and moved to third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 906 a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia relating to communications between ministers of religion and persons they counsel or advise.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Loudoun .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It is a product of the Virginia bar association congrens that meets annually and produces suggested improvements and under current law, ability owe invoke so called privilege lie was the religious minister. This could extend that ability to the individual who consult was the religious minister. I add that this bill applies only in a civil law context and now within its perview to talk about this context. I add this bill be engrossed and passed to third reading. Thank you.
[Unknown]
House bill 1032, a bill to amend and reenact sections of the code of Virginia relating to vehicle registration.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Sickles.
Mark Sickles
Thank you. This is a technical bill that makes sure that it hope it be the will of the bod yes to engross the bill and pass it to third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 1058 relating to practice of veterinary medicine.
Mark Sickles
Gentleman from Montgomery, Mr. Rush.
Nick Rush
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I move the committee substitute.
Bill Howell
Questions on adoption of the committee substitute. Substitute agreed to. Gentleman from Montgomery .
Nick Rush
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Members House bill allows regulation to license commonwealth employees who practice and teach veterinary medicine.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 30 of today's printed calendar, House bill 1077 a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia relating to drug control act. Reported from the committee on health, welfare and institutions.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from hefrjburg, Mr. Garrett.
Scott Garrett
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It codifies 12 dangerous chemicals added to the list of schedule one drugs by the board of pharmacy. I move the bill engrossed and passed to third reading, sir. I do thank the speaker.
[Unknown]
House bill 1117 a bill relating to immunity of persons the public hearing, defamation, attorneys sees, an costs.
Scott Garrett
Gentleman from Richmond city, Mr. Loupassi.
Manoli Loupassi
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I move committee substitute.
Bill Howell
Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Substitute agreed to. Gentleman from Richmond city.
Manoli Loupassi
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. This bill adds attorneys fees to an existing antistatute on our books. I move the bill engrossed and passed to third reading.
[Unknown]
Husband bill 1128 a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia relating to spouse's liability for medical care, exemption for principal residents.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Salem, Mr. Habeeb.
Greg Habeeb
Mr. Speaker, members of the body, precludes a medical care lien until the time of transfer or refinance. I move we engross the bill and pass to third reading.
[Unknown]
And House bill 1266 a bill to move and eastbound yacht guardianship, and termination notice to department of medical assistance services reporting to the committee of health, welfare and institutions.
Greg Habeeb
Mr. Speaker, it appoints appointment of certain guardians.
[Unknown]
Those in favor say aye.
[Unknown]
Opposed, no. The bills are engrossed and passed to third reading.
[Unknown]
Continuing with the calendar. Page 31 of the printed version, House bills on second reading regular calendar. 518 taken bye until Thursday, February 4th, accordingly, next up, House bill 918 a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia relating to limited liability companies record keeping reporting to committee on congress and labor with an amendment.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker I move the committee amendment.
[Unknown]
Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Amendment is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, House bill 918 allows members of an llc to print hard copies of their documents or have them available by electronic means at any time.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker?
[Unknown]
Mr. Toscano.
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield.
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
We know that monty makes it happen. We want to make sure he makes it happen in the right way. My question is we know a corporation is a person under the law. Is it true that a limited liability company is also a person under the law?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I tell the gentleman that this bill is yet another glowing example of making it happen. As far as the business structure that allows passed through taxation of a partnership of a sole proprietorship, I do not believe it would be a person under the law, sir.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, will the gentleman yield for a yes?
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
Yes, sir.
[Unknown]
I know very little about taxation but know about corporations and fund raising contributions. Corporations can make unfetterred contributions to political campaigns. If a limited liability company is a person under the law is it true that your bill would allow limited liabilities companies to give you as much money as they can possibly give you?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I learned not to play a lawyer. I won't on the House floor to play an accountant. I remember mend he gives name, address and occupation.
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
It's nice to have you refer me to your cpa, but you know they're in the here and not in the back of the House. And everybody wants to know the answer. So, why don't you tell us?
[Unknown]
I -- Mr. Speaker, I am certain everyone is hanging on the edge of their seat for this. What I would suggest in the parlance, the juice is clearly
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Worth a squeeze.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker?
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Sullivan.
Rip Sullivan
Will the gentleman yield, Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
Yes, sir, Mr. Speaker I yield.
Rip Sullivan
Would the gentleman tell us on behalf of the ag committee how will this bill help us with our problem with feral hogs?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker? I say to the gentleman you can make copies of your fer ral hogs or provide them as electric record and look at them at any time.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill be engrossed and passed to third read something those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Bill is engrossed and passed to its third reading.
[Unknown]
Continuing with the calendar. Page 32 of the printed version, House bill 791 a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia related to act for religious freedom. Reporting to committee on general law was an amendment.
[Unknown]
Mr. Adams.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I move committee amendment.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, it remitts Virginia 's statue for religious freedom. In addition, the bill makes clear that the rights that are there are unalienable and it is the policy of the commonwealth of Virginia .
[Unknown]
Shall the -- I rise to speak to the bill.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker?
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, you and I and about half of this body the day before yesterday met in the colonial capitol of Williamsburg to celebrate the commemorative session as our fore fathers had done before. And in that chamber we heard the Wise words of the president of william and mary who told us in effect, that with age we presume quality. I dare say the statute for religious freedom, which is 230 years old this year is one of the greatest documents, one of the greatest laws to come out of this body in it's 400 years. At that time, men, women, were killing each other on the basis for religion. Today, Mr. Speaker, men and women are killing each other on the basis of religion. Yet, in the united states we have never had a religious war. I dare say the great words of thomas jefferson are one of the reasons. Those great words that became part of the first amendment to the united states constitution, protecting religious freedom. Mr. Speaker, these great words end in the statute of religious freedom by thomas jefferson saying we're free to declare and do declare rights are of the natural rights of man kind and if any act shshl be hereafter passed to repeal the present such act will be an infringement of natural right. 70 years later in 1849, still, more than 170 years ago, the general assembly adopted section 57-2, which states that general assembly does now, again, declare the rights in the set act are of the natural rights of man kind, Mr. Speaker, you'll note the general assembly used the same language of Mr. Jefferson's words, are of the natural rights of man kind. Mr. Speaker, hb 791 would change jefferson's immortal language to natural and unalienable rights and it says ta general assembly don't know now, again, declare and saying it does hereby declare, again. I have no doubt of the goodwill of the gentleman and had he said that this is the policy of the commonwealth of Virginia I would whole heartedly support this bill. But I would suggest to you, respectfully, Mr. Speaker the words of thomas jefferson do not need amending and changing. I suggest the flag sitting by you, there are some that don't understand what it means. We can modify the flag and say thus always to tyrants and every child would understand there is a man on his back with his crown on the floor. We can take the coins, and say you know that is old language. It needs updating say we stick together. Mr. Speaker, we can change abraham lincoln's gettysburg address? It says four score, so no one has to do the math. Why not go back to shakespeare. When hamlet says to be or not to be, a lot of people don't understand. We should modify hamlet and change it to the wortdz of the clash, "should I stay or should I go"? Mr. Speaker, thomas jefferson could not be here today, perhaps due to his age, 272 years would have difficulty entering this chamber. As one of of the very first acts passed in Richmond, I dare say Mr. Thomas jefferson's language is good enough for me. That is the language he chose to use and should remain undisturbed and I daresay while I strongly support reaffirming this statute, that we not modify thomas jefferson's language.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker?
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Prince William, Mr. Marshal.
Bob Marshall
Will the gentleman yield for a question?
[Unknown]
I yield.
Bob Marshall
Gentleman yields.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, the author of the declaration of independence surely must be acknowledged by the gentleman to be the individual who was a president, and governor, and member of this body, thomas jefferson. Now, this is what he said in his declaration, which was edited. We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, and that they're endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. Now, the gentleman, Mr. Adams has taken that identical word which jefferson used which the gentleman finds some objection to in this context. On the one hand saying we should keep jeperson's words but not keep jefferson's words. So since he used unalienable in the declaration of independence, what is wrong with the gentleman adding, and I acknowledge, a approach this with some degree of trep yidation because of the age of the document and esteem in which it has been held but it is a word jefferson used in his own declaration.
[Unknown]
He used the word natural in a statute of religious freedom. So by your nal sis we should mollify the declaration of independence.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
May I respond?
[Unknown]
Point of order.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
I ask the chair to remind the gentleman he should address the chair and not other members?
[Unknown]
Just did.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
[Unknown]
May I respond? Mr. Speaker?
[Unknown]
Yes.
[Unknown]
I would say just as thomas jefferson used the word natural but didn't use it in those words the declaration of independence. If the gentleman is correct we should modify the declaration of independence so it says we're endowed by our creator with certain natural and unalienable rights. I suggest thomas jefferson used natural in one document and unalienable in another and I would not presume to change the author of the statute of liberty's words I would let them lie and reaffirm them, but I do want to leave the language unmolested as it has been for 230 years.
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield for another question?
[Unknown]
I would, sir.
[Unknown]
Gentleman yields.
[Unknown]
Facing the scowl, I ask the gentleman another question. Mr. Jefferson had his declaration of independence, a document not here before this body, and when he talked about changing the claim of natural law, I don't know if he was talking about changing the language by the claim that a right of conscious was not part of nature. He said that would be the undoing. But he does talk about the laws of nature and nature's God in the declaration. So with respect to this statute, which we have on the wall behind me, which is not being changed in so far as there is no claim that conscious is no longer a natural right, other than the age of it, which I acknowledge what is wrong with using that term?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, May I respond?
[Unknown]
Briefly.
[Unknown]
I'll be brief. Sir, Mr. Speaker, I have no problem with reaffirming or using the word unalienable in some other context, adding a statute. I just don't want to do damage to a statute that sat around for a long time, for me, it shows respect to the people who wrote the statute and people who wrote the reaffirmation that we let their words lie as a reminder of the history of this great institution and if we do so, we do it in yet another section that is the way I would do it, sir.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
[Unknown]
Mr. Marshal.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I have a motion. I move the pending question.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Danville moves the pending question.
Bill Howell
Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Any questions called for? Shall the bill be engrossed and passed to third reading? Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Bill is engrossed and passed to third reading.
[Unknown]
Continuing with the calendar, House bill 900. A bill to amendment and reenact various section of the code of Virginia relating to practice of associate positions. With an amendment.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Virginia beach, Mr. Stolle.
Chris Stolle
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I move committee amendments.
Bill Howell
Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Gentleman from Virginia beach.
Chris Stolle
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. House bill 900 authorized the board to issue a two-year license to practice as an associate physician and must have graduated from a u.S. Medical school and completed accepts 1 and 2 at a u.S. Medical licensing examination and practice under the agreement with a physician licensed by the board of medicine. I move hb 900 be engrossed and passed to third reading.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill be engrossed and passed to its third reading? Those in favor say aye. Opposed, nochlt the bill is engrossed and passed to third reading.
[Unknown]
Continuing with the calendar, Page 33, resolutions uncontested calendar. House joint resolution 177 taken bye for the day. House joint resolution 181, designating the western railway class j 611 as official steam locomotive of Virginia. Reporting to committee on rules.
[Unknown]
Mr. Head? Thank you, Mr. Speaker. In 1950 east end shops of the Norfolk railroad produced the most powerful and advanced passenger rail that has been produced and was produced. Last year it was restored and put back on the tracks. It is a monument and testament to the fine work and models the railroad heritage of Virginia. And she burns coal. This resolution would make her the official steam lobingo motive of Virginia and I hope it's the will of the bod yes to adopt the resolution.
[Unknown]
Shall the resolution be adopted?
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 34 of the printed calendar, 197 taken bye for the day. Accordingly. House joint resolution 206 designating January 31st in 2016 and each succeeding year as seal awareness day.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It I move the resolution be adopted.
[Unknown]
Shall the resolutions be adopted?
[Unknown]
I have pictures if you want to see.
Bill Howell
Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 98, no, 0. Resolutions are adopted.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, that completes the calendar.
[Unknown]
Does the clerk have any announcements or communications?
[Unknown]
I have a communication, Mr. Speaker. Addressed to the House of delegates purse unite to revisions of article 5, constitution of Virginia and House joint resolution 37 I request the consideration of a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia relating to protective orders possession of firearms, the speaker, excuse me, Delegate Murphy will be carrying the bill, it will be designated House bill 1391 and has been referred to committee on militia, police, and public safety. Meetings, the chairman militia and public safety will not be meeting today. First meeting in House appropriations a half hour after adjournment. In gab.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker? Today's announcements for
[Unknown]
We will begin promptly at 2:15.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
[Unknown]
Courts of justice committee will not be meeting. The full committee, however, in place of that criminal law subcommittee will be meeting a half hour after adjournment in House room c. And courts civil law meeting a half hour after adjournment in House room d. Later this afternoon at 3:00, appropriations higher education subcommittee meeting in the ninth floor appropriations room. And the by yes science caucus will meet in the fifth floor west conference room. Appropriations transportation subcommittee will meet at 4:00 up in the ninth floor appropriations room. Militia, police and public safety subcommittee meeting at 4:00 in 8 west over in the gab. At 4:00, fire and ems caucus meeting in the sixth floor speaker's conference room. Agriculture testing, agriculture subcommittee meets at 4:30 today in the 7th floor west conference room. Also, transportation subcommittee number two will be meeting in the fifth floor east conference room. This is a change in time for transportation subcommittee two. And the Virginia environment and renewable energy caucus meets at 4:30. And also, the appropriations committee general government and capitol outlay subcommittee will be meeting today at 5:00 up in the ninth floor appropriations room. This is a change in day and time for sub. Hwi subcommittee number one meeting has been cancelled today. The last meeting will be northern Virginia delegation meeting at 5:00. Looking ahead to tomorrow, Tuesday February 2nd, bright and early, sun rise caucus meets at 6:30 a.M. In the gab. And education committee subcommittee will meet at 7:00 a.M. And education reform meets at 7:00 at the change in time. Privileges and elections committee, meets at 7:30 a.M. In the ninth floor appropriations room. This is a change in location. The conservative caucus meets at 7:30 a.M., 8th floor west conference room. Then, health, welfare and institutions 8:30 in House room d, first floor. The transportation committee meeting tomorrow morning is cancelled. However, transportation subcommittee number three, they will meet in House room c. This is an additional meeting for transportation.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker?
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Salem, Mr. Habeeb.
Greg Habeeb
Quick announcement. If -- if your bill atolling bill and heard last week in the rushed subcommittee three meeting it's going to be heard again in the morning. We May, or May not be taking action. But that is not a mistake. We're hearing your bills again, tomorrow morning. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
Immediately upon adjournment of the full health welfare and institutions committee tomorrow, hwi subcommittee one will meet in House room d. Appropriations elementary and secondary education subcommittee will pete at 10:00 tomorrow morning. Democratic caucus meets at 11:30 a.M. Tomorrow in House room two. Republican caucus meets at 11:30 a.M. In House room one here in the capitol. Mr. Speaker, that completes announcements I have at this time.
Greg Habeeb
Gentleman from Colonial Heights, Mr. Cox.
Kirk Cox
Mr. Speaker, I move the House adjourn to reconvene tomorrow at 12:00 noon.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Colonial Heights moves the House adjourns today to reconvene tomorrow at 12 noon. Motion agreed to. Gentleman from Colonial Heights .
Kirk Cox
I move the House do now adjourn.
[Unknown]
Gentleman from Colonial Heights moves the House will now adjourn. Those in favor say aye, opposed, no. The motion is agreed to. The House stands adjourned until tomorrow at 12:00 noon. Tomorrow at 12:00 noon.