02/02/2016 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 Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg, Senior Rabbi, Ohef Sholom Temple, Norfolk

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

Attendance roll call - Quorum present

Leave of Absence granted: Delegate Anderson

Journal for Monday, February 1, 2016, approved by the Speaker

Senate communication received
Senate bills passed: SBs 31, 59, 89, 106, 116, 137, 160, 188, 191, 271, 308, 315, 316, 372, 381, 603, 629, 653, 674
House joint resolution agreed to: HJR 229

Committee report
From Health, Welfare and Institutions: HBs 248As (referred), 558S, 586S, 782, 1267A, 1292As (referred)

Motion by Delegate Marshall of Prince William to adjourn in honor and memory of Cantor Sholom Katz agreed to

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

CALENDAR

HOUSE BILLS READ THIRD TIME
UNCONTESTED CALENDAR
HB 25S - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 116A - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 172A - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 227S - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 230A - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 231S - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 232S - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 274 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 319S - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 325 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 343A - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 374A - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 388 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 434A - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 437 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 496 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 497 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 537 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 574A - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 577A - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 637 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 641A - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 642A - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 676S - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 740S - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 771 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 802 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 807A - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 829A - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 906 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 1032 - Moved to Regular Calendar
HB 1058S - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 1077 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 1117S - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 1128S - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 1266 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)

HOUSE BILLS READ THIRD TIME
REGULAR CALENDAR
HB 825A - Passed (Y-97 N-1)
HB 918A - Passed (Y-88 N-9)
HB 791A - Passed (Y-97 N-1)
HB 900A - Passed (Y-94 N-4)
HB 589S - Passed (Y-93 N-4)
HB 1032 - Passed (Y-89 N-8)

HOUSE BILLS READ SECOND TIME
UNCONTESTED CALENDAR
HB 252S - Passed by for the day
HB 14 - Engrossed
HB 24 - Engrossed
HB 51 - Engrossed
HB 65 - Engrossed
HB 88 - Engrossed
HB 104 - Engrossed
HB 105 - Engrossed
HB 106 - Engrossed, Moved to Regular Calendar
HB 144S - Moved to Regular Calendar
HB 147S - Committee Substitute agreed to, Engrossed
HB 205 - Engrossed
HB 206S - Committee Substitute agreed to, Engrossed
HB 233 - Engrossed
HB 323S - Committee Substitute agreed to, Engrossed
HB 456A - Committee Amendment agreed to, Engrossed
HB 470 - Engrossed
HB 567S - Committee Substitute agreed to, Engrossed
HB 649 - Engrossed
HB 685S - Committee Substitute agreed to, Engrossed
HB 790 - Engrossed
HB 810 - Engrossed
HB 928 - Passed by for the day
HB 1011 - Engrossed
HB 1051 - Engrossed
HB 1052 - Engrossed
HB 1145 - Engrossed
HB 1175 - Engrossed
HB 1214 - Engrossed
HB 1281 - Engrossed
HB 1330 - Engrossed

HOUSE BILLS READ SECOND TIME
REGULAR CALENDAR
HB 518S - Passed by until Thursday, February 4, 2016
HB 3 - Passed by until Monday, February 8, 2016
HB 4 - Engrossed
HB 90S - Committee Substitute agreed to, Engrossed
HB 158A - Committee Amendments agreed to, Engrossed
HB 198A - Committee Amendments agreed to, Engrossed
HB 254 - Engrossed
HB 332S - Committee Substitute agreed to, Engrossed
HB 382S - Passed by for the day
HB 481S - Passed by for the day
HB 766A - Committee Amendment agreed to, Engrossed
HB 770S - Passed by for the day
HB 812AS - Committee Substitute agreed to, Delegate Peace floor amendments agreed to, Passed by for the day
HB 865 - Engrossed
HB 144S - Committee Substitute agreed to, Engrossed

RESOLUTIONS
UNCONTESTED CALENDAR
HJR 177A - Delegate Miyares floor amendments agreed to, Agreed to Block Vote (Y-91 N-0)
HJR 197 - Agreed to Block Vote (Y-91 N-0)

RESOLUTIONS
REGULAR CALENDAR
HJR 1 - Passed by until Monday, February 8, 2016
HJR 2 - Agreed to (Y-65 N-34)
HJR 123 - Agreed to (Y-98 N-0)

HOUSE BILLS READ FIRST TIME
UNCONTESTED CALENDAR
HB 80
HB 95
HB 148A
HB 279S
HB 398S
HB 516
HB 1062
HB 1152
HB 1170
HB 1224A
HB 1331

HOUSE BILLS READ FIRST TIME
REGULAR CALENDAR
HB 22
HB 23A
HB 138
HB 182
HB 328S
HB 357
HB 487
HB 515S
HB 557
HB 590S
HB 596
HB 742
HB 942
HB 951
HB 1017A
HB 1147S
HB 1194

Motion by Delegate Cox to adjourn agreed to

House adjourned at 2:17 p.m. to meet Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at 12 m.

Transcript

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

Bill Howell
[gavel] the House will come to order. Members, please take your seats. Jar Senate arms.
[Unknown]
-- sergeant at arms.
Bill Howell
The House is now in session. All persons not entitled to privileges on the floor, please retire to the gallery.
Bill Howell
The members will rise in prairieo will be led in prayer -- the members will rise and be led in prayer -- she's a neighbor of my son.
[Unknown]
Yes, friend and neighbor!
Bill Howell
And it's rabbi rosslyn mndelberg, senior regard eye at the ohef sholom in Norfolk and remain standing for the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the united states of america led by the gentleman from Colonial Heights Mr. Cox.
Kirk Cox
Eternal God who blessed our leaders before us, gles this sacred congregation, our House of delegates, the men and women elected to represent and lead us, those who fulfilled the needs of our great commonwealth of Virginia. Together, we give thanks for you, our leaders, you who love and sustain our precious democracy, by upholding the rights and freedoms we cherish. You who advocate for justice, act for liberty, and defend the dignity of all our citizens. We pray that you continue to champion the values that make up our state, a refuge for our poor and hungry, a shelter for our mentally ill and drug-addicted, a sanctuary of healing for our veterans, wounded in body and spirit, and a haven of hope for our precious undereducated children. May your leadership and actions reflect compassion for all people, and May God grant you the courage of conscience, and the wisdom and moral strength, that you May be both guardians and builders of strong, healthy and secure communities of a commonwealth of which we can all be proud. May your sometimes seemingly thankless service, the endless time and talent you share, and your infinite love and commitment bring you purpose, fulfillment, and, sometimes, even unfettered joy. And May you go from strength to strength, sources of goodness, light, and wisdom for us all.
[Unknown]
Amen. Amen.
Kirk Cox
[pledge of allegiance] >>
[Unknown]
The members will answer the roll call by indicating their presence on the electronic voting board.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, a quorum is present.
[Unknown]
Pursuant to House rule three I 've. >> We heard about school choice, charter schools, about sols, and general reform. Ladies and gentlemen, some of these initiatives are bipartisan and some are not. What we heard very little about, however, was the financial support needed for the schools, for their teachers, for our students, and for our divisions which faced critical financial and educational challenges. Ladies and gentlemen, we can talk a lot about school choice and charters, but let us recognize that under some of these proposals, we are either removing money from public schools or taking away local control of how that money is spent.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, with all the discussion about reform, and some of it is very, very productive, let's not lose track of the fact that it is the budget which signals our intentions. We can talk a good game of our reform, but we need to back up our efforts with real dollars. Our governor has put $850 million in new money in his proposed budget, and as we consider various proposals he has made, I hope that you will remember the following: number one, the commonwealth now has over 1.2 million students statewide. And this number continues to grow each year. Number two, increasing numbers in our system are students from families with incomes that qualify them for free or reduced lurch, or are -- lunch or esol students or students with special challenges. These students require special interventions, and all the discussion about choice only marginally would solve their problems. Education week's quality counts, a publication, recently reported that Virginia is the fifth worst state among the states in its size of its poverty gap. That is, the gap between those who qualify for free and reduced lunch and those who don't. Number three, we have been underinvesting in k-12 education since the great recession of 2007 and '8. In actual dollars, state funding, per pupil, is actually lower than it was at the time, and if you adjust for inflation, the spending has actually decreased since that time. Last year, we increased funding a little bit, but we still have not caught up with the actual or inflation-adjusted funding from 2008 and 2009. And total funding, that is, funding from both state and local monies, has not done much better. Fourth, Mr. Speaker, we talk a lot about unfunded mandates and local combats of bills that we pass here. But our failure to provide adequate state funding for education has been affecting our local communities and our local school divisions. I earlier stated the data showed that per pupil spending in total has not actually dropped as much as state per pupil spending. Well, you might ask yourself why?
[Unknown]
Why?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, the answer is that because wealthier communities have been able to step up and fill the gap with local funds, that are not provided by the state. Their per pupil spending has not decreased as much. In my communities, that's been the case. But what about poor communities? That's where the real hit has been happening over the last eight years, and that's where we think we can make a big difference. Now, education is really important, and it really needs to be spread across all divisions. It's all about building that new Virginia economy, and the recognition that our children and grandchildren no longer compete against other virginians or even other americans, but they compete globally. And they need to have those skills necessary to do so. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen, the governor has put 850 million new dollars in this year's new budget and that money is not just to fund soqs, about half of which is for that. It also gives teachers raises at 2 percent, that will allow them to perhaps catch up to tear deficiency vis-a-vis their colleagues in other states. We now ranked 88 -- we are at 88 percent in teacher pay, compared to colleges and other states. The money is to replace about one half of those people let go in the last five or six years, and the governor's budget also includes money to help disadvantaged, challenged schools. In summary, Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, remember, our budgets make clear our intentions. So while we can talk about reform, we should not forget the investments. And this year, we have a chance to increase our investment in k-12 education, and I hope we will not miss that opportunity. Thank you Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
[applause]
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Roanoke city, Mr. Rasoul.
Sam Rasoul
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I rise for a point of personal privilege.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Sam Rasoul
Thank you Mr. Speaker. My third grade teacher, Dr. Marilyn harman, made sure every child in my Roanoke elementary school knew and appreciated Black history month. Sometimes, whether you liked it or not. The civil rights era, as she taught, was one filled with many complexities. An intriguing fact, for example, is that the national association for the advancement of colored people was led by a jew during the civil rights era. Tify kaplan, the son of lithuanian jewish immigrants led the naacp from 1966 until his death in 1975. Kaplan knew that hate crawls deep like water searching for cracks in stone, looking to divide wherever it can. Kaplan appreciated that hate, targeting people of color, could and did eventually reveal itself as antisemitism. Kaplan was not alone. Decades prior, joel stingon, a jewish american republican, became the second president of the naacp, from 1930 until his death in 1939. For over 100 years, the naacp has awarded its highest honor, the stingon medal, annually to outstanding achievements of an african-american, an accolade given to george Washington carver, clollon powell, oliver hill, the great julian bond, all earned the stingon medal. Named for a man who believed, as written in the old testament, that when God created man, he created man out of every color of dust. Mr. Kaplan, Mr. Stingon, and many other jews stood side by side with people of color to fight for what is right. We are not simply Black, nor white, nor, as I have been called, a coffee with two creams --
[Unknown]
[laughter]
[Unknown]
Today, we stand as souls united with good will, fighting the atrocities of injustice which pervade our very existence. In justice, anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. So proclaimed the great order, Martin luther king, junior. Today during Black history month, on jewish advocacy day, we pay homage to those who have sack fietion dollars for the betterment of others. We thank you for all that you've done.
[Unknown]
[applause]
[Unknown]
-- sacrificed for the betterment of others, we thank you for all that you have done.
[Unknown]
[applause]
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Newport News, Mr. Yancey.
David Yancey
Thank you Mr. Speaker. I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
David Yancey
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, members of the House, joining us in the gallery today are staff, board members of the Hampton Newport News community service board, I would encourage them to please stand. The community service board is the public entity to access behavioral health, developmental disability, and substance abuse services in the commonwealth of Virginia, and today, we have board chair Dr. Turner spencer, board members beatrice dole an, mary stewart, leroy branch, tony stoits, and staff, Mr. Chuck Hall, retired executive director, Mrs. Natalie Ward, incoming executive director, several staff and peer recovery support specialists. Mr. Speaker, members of the House, I would ask you, please, give them a warm House welcome.
[Unknown]
[applause]
[Unknown]
We are delighted to have the visitors are us -- with us and we thank you for all you do in your community.
Bill Howell
The the gentlewoman from west more land Ms. Ransone.
[Unknown]
I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
The gentlewoman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, it is my pleasure to introduce ap government students visiting the capitol from north Cumberland high school. If you are in the gallery, please stand. Maybe they haven't made it --o made their way in yet. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen, these ap government students are introduced to key political ideas, roles that characterize the culture of the united states. Although it is not required, the teacher, Mrs. Brooks, teaches state and local government, and the students are visiting the capitol today to learn firsthand how government works at the state level. Mr. Speaker, I would ask the body give a warm welcome to the students from north Cumberland high school. There they are!
[Unknown]
[applause]
[Unknown]
Delighted to have the sphriewnts north Cumberland visiting with us today and hope you enjoy your time in the capitol.
Bill Howell
The gentlewoman from Bedford, Ms. Byron.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. Speaker, I rise for a request.
Bill Howell
The gentlewoman has the floor.
Bill Howell
I request the journal reflect my seat might, the gentleman from Prince William, is absent due to pressing personal business.
Bill Howell
The journal will so reflect.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Fairfax Mr. Keam.
Mark Keam
Thank you Mr. Speaker, I rise for an introduction and related announcement please.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Mark Keam
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, for those members who' here last year you might remember you all had a chance to vote on a unanimous resolution which designated January 30 of each year as the fred t.Coramatza day, and for which I of course thank you, and the other body. The reason why we passed that resolution last year is to honor and recognize a gentleman who played an extraordinary role in our history. And you all remember that after pearl harbor, 1941, our nation in a moment of fear and concern about national security and lack of political leadership passed -- or the president passed and congress acquiesced to an executive order that led to the result of 120,000 americans of japanese ancestry were rounded up and taken to a prison camp all around the country, and their freedoms were taken away by our own government for several years. One of the gentleman who stood up against that order, who was unsuccessful and challenged that case all the way to the supreme court was Mr. Koramatzi, so we wanted to honor that as well as the ordinary folks that do this, and we want to thank the body and the senators for joining nous that. Today is the daughter, Ms. Karen koramatszi, and the reason she is here today is because she wants to thank all of you for having done something that the commonwealth of Virginia is now on the record for. Only in california and how's and michigan and a few other states have recognized a date for Mr. Koramatzi and we hope this becomes a national trend. First of all I 'd like to ask the House members to give her a warm round of applause, welcome to Virginia !
[Unknown]
[applause]
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. Speaker. And the second related introduction is today's happens to be the 12th annual asian pacific american policy forum day where we have members of our community throughout the capitol meeting with many of you to talk about their issues, many of those deal with issues of civil liberties and civil rights, as well as making sure that our government doesn't overreach in the work that they do. And we passed a resolution last year that we would hear from candidates, elected officials, even some office holders in the commonwealth of Virginia who apparently didn't understand the history of world war ii, talking about how in today's world, as we are facing other enemies and other potential threats from the middle east and other places, that we ought to think about maybe lining up certain people of different backgrounds. Of course we condemn that and to express the concerns, we have asian americans that represent the coalition of asian pacific americans of Virginia, asian american society of central Virginia, voice of vietnamese americans and vietnamese voters association are here to ask for our attention, so I 'd like to ask them to stand and be recognized as well. Thank you.
[Unknown]
[applause]
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Finally, a related announcement is all these folks are going to close tonight with a reception over at the bank of america building on 1111 east main street between 6:00 and 8:00 where we will present on behalf of the general assembly to Ms. Koramstzi the resolution we passed last year. I ask my colleagues in the Senate and House to join us in a social time with the members of the asian american community across the commonwealth.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Hopewell, Mr. Ingram.
Riley Ingram
Mr. Speaker, I rise for a point of personal privilege and an introduction.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Riley Ingram
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, the Virginia retired teachers association is an organization of almost 7000 retired teachers and nonprofessional school personnel. These retirees live their motto to serve and not be served. The last five years, the 83 units across the state have contributed a total of $438,695 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors. In addition, since 2004, they have documented 240,631 hours, working with 175,543 youth. The dollar value of the volunteer hours spent with youth alone totals $5,327,570. Virginia retired teachers units are providing youth with five key elements, including ongoing relationships with caring adults, healthy starts in life, safe places to learn and grow. Marketable skills, through effective education, and an opportunity to give back through community service. Also, since 2005, Virginia retired teachers association members have doment dollars 5000 -- 547,420 volunteer hours to their communities in areas of health, religious affiliations, and community organizations. The dollar value of these contributions translates to $12,119,878,000, much of which relieves the state and localities of providing necessary services. The volunteer hours reported here represent a small fraction of what Virginia 's retired teachers actually contribute. Mr. Speaker, in 1996, the general assembly passed a resolution recognizing January 31st as retired teachers day in Virginia. Although today is February 2nd, there are a number of retired teachers visiting the capitol in celebration of this day. Some of which are here in the House, and some are in the Senate. I would ask them to stand at this time, Mr. Speaker, and I hope it will be the pleasure of the House to give them a warm House welcome.
[Unknown]
[applause]
Bill Howell
We are honored to have the retired teachers with us today and we thank you very much for all that you have done for the commonwealth, and all that you continue to do. >>> The gentleman from Hanover, Mr. Fowler.
Buddy Fowler
Mr. Speaker, I rise for the purposes of a motion.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Buddy Fowler
Mr. Speaker, May House bill 382 on Page 29 go by for the day. >>
Bill Howell
Without objection, House bill 382, by for the day. >>> The gentlewoman from Fairfax, Ms. Filler-corn.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. Speaker, I rise for a point of personal privilege and an introduction.
Bill Howell
The gentlewoman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you very much. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, today we were led in prayer by rabbi rosslyn mandelberg from the ohef sholom from Norfolk, established in 1884, it is the oldest synagogue in Hampton roads. Rabbi ros was ordained in 1996 from hebrew union college, jewish institute of religion and spent the first half of her career as associate rabbi at baltimore hebrew congregation. Since 2005 she has served as senior rabbi. Additionally she is active in her local community, currently serving as board of rabbis of Hampton roads, on the board of the tidewater jewish foundation. She is a former board of the union for the judaism outreach board as well. Rabbi ros delivered the invocation today, she is joined by 150 constituents from around the state, many of woman I believe might still northbound the gallery, as well as others who are currently convening at saint paul's episcopal church. Each year the church opens its door, welcoming inter-faith manner and the group has an opportunity to be the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general joining them across the way for lunch. Many of you have had visits in the morning or can expect more visits this afternoon. Please join me, ladies and gentlemen, as well as Delegate Simon, Levine and hear, in thanking rob eye ros for her prayers, and a warm House welcome for the participants in Richmond for jewish advocacy day.
[Unknown]
[applause]
[Unknown]
Delighted to have the visitors with us today. >>> Thank you Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to echo the remarks yesterday from colleagues on both sides of the aisle, and peek in support about the historic deal that was announced last week. I want to thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and the governor and his team for finding a path to compromise and allowing us to keep virginians safer. Yesterday, my colleague from Arlington spoke in detail about the important step this will take as it relates to background checks. That part of the deal will go a long way in keeping guns away from people that should not have one. Yet some already have guns they shouldn't. I would like to discuss the part of the deal that pertains to those subject to permanent protective orders in possession of a firearm. This is such an important step. The bill when it becomes law will save the lives of virginians who are currently living in domestic violence situations. This agreement will hold domestic abusers and other individuals subject to permanent protective orders accountable. Currently, Virginia law states that a person subject to a protective order is prohibited from purchasing or transporting a firearm. But it does not require those individuals to relinquish their guns in possession. This is a loophole that many of us have tried for a long time to address. This bill would prohibit a person subject to a permanent protective order from possessing a firearm for the duration of that order. This bill will make Virginia only the 16th state to require these individuals to surrender their firearms. Permanent protective orders are issued by a judge on the proceed pond rans of evidence which can last up to two years and can be extended. This bill requires the subject of the protective order to transfer or sell his or her firearms within 24 hours. Individuals who violate the protective order by transporting, purchasing, or possessing a firearm are guilty of a class six felony, which results in an automatic removal of their gun ownership rights for life and is punishable by up to five years in prison. This bipartisan action will result in new laws that are a direct answer to tragic and preventable gun crimes that are happening in the commonwealth right now. Last year in Virginia, there were 112 deaths due to domestic violence. Studies show that women are 500 times more likely to die in a domestic violence situation if there are guns in the home. Five hundred times more likely. Under this legislation, victims of domestic abuse will be more likely to seek a protective order, knowing that their abuser will be forced to turn over their firearms. This will also reduce the fear and intimidation of victims and their children who know that the abuser has a firearm within reach. I know that nobody is happy with all the parts of this deal. I understand. The path to compromise is rarely easy. But we are here, and I truly appreciate the hard work so many people put on to this deal, on both sides of the aisle. Most important to me is that this deal will provide some measure of safety to victims of domestic abuse, by making this deal which I know is very difficult for so many on both sides. Governor mcauliffe is taking and making a big step. One that will keep more virginians safe. Thank you Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
[applause]
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Rockingham, Mr. Wilt.
Tony Wilt
Mr. Speaker, I rise for the purposes of an introduction.
Bill Howell
The gentleman May proceed.
Tony Wilt
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, as I speak, it's perfect timing, you will see those beautiful bluejackets of the young men and women of ffa of Rockingham County. They joined us today to experience our legislative process. I ask that you would join me in giving them a warm House welcome.
[Unknown]
[applause]
[Unknown]
We are pleased to have the visitors that Rockingham 's ffa and hope you enjoy your time in the capitol.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Albemarle, Mr. Bell.
Rob Bell
Mr. Speaker, I rise for a pair of motions.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Rob Bell
Mr. Speaker, I would ask that my -- House bill three, my bill on Page 27, go by until Monday, the eighth.
Bill Howell
Without objection, House bill three, by until Monday ,
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker? February 8.
[Unknown]
Yes?
[Unknown]
I would ask that my House joint resolution one on Page 32 go by until Monday, the eighth.
[Unknown]
I'm sorry, can you it tell me again?
[Unknown]
Yes, sir, I 'm sorry. House joint resolution one, my resolution on House bill 32, go by until Monday the eighth.
[Unknown]
Okay.
[Unknown]
Inaudible]
[Unknown]
House joint resolution one, by for the day.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Hugo.
Tim Hugo
Mr. Speaker, I rise for a point of personal privilege.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Tim Hugo
Mr. Speaker, this morning, I joined you, the majority leader, our appropriations chairman, many of my other colleagues, to announce the House gop jobs agenda. I believe that no one is more committed to improving Virginia 's economy than this House of delegates and the House republican caucus. In appropriations over the last number of years we've made investments for economic development. In finance committee, we have defeated 26 separate tax hikes that would have cost businesses over $30.2 billion. Commerce, hwi and general laws have fought to maintain our pro business climate by keeping regulations in check. Education, we have led the way on higher ed investments and reforms. Every committee of this House of delegates has contributed as we try to maintain our pro business environment. Ladies and gentlemen, the status quo isn't good enough anymore. While governor mcauliffe likes to taunt that Virginia 's economy is booming, that's really just not the case. In 2014, our economy registered zero, zero percent gdp growth. That ranked Virginia 48th in the nation. Virginia has fallen to in our cnbc business rating to 12th. I appreciate the governor's passion. Nobody outdoes him in passion. And I know he has traveled to a lot of places to make a lot of announcements. But fed lines do not make paychecks. Strengthening our economy and creating business is the top priority of the House of Delegate this is year. House republicans are committed to an agenda that fosters job creation through a pro business climate, encourages and incentivizes long term economic growth and enagents regulatory reform -- enagents regulatory reform to protect especially the small businesses from job killing regulations. We are going to do this with a pro business environment, supporting our small businesses is just critical to economic recovery of the commonwealth. We should make it easier for businesses to operate, not harder. We can do this by a number of things: one, we are going to enshrine in our right to work law in the constitution and protect franchise owners from forced unionization. Delegate dickey Bell and Delegate chris have taken the lead on this. Delegate Byron has introduced legislation to help workers get stem cells, coordinating the work force training program and we want to encourage and incentivize growth. Tomorrow in appropriations committee, you will see the majority leader, establishing go Virginia, a regional economic development initiative to bring all the players in the community to the table, to make sure that we are recruiting new jobs. Tomorrow, we will also be talking about encouraging investments in the r & d initiatives, so that our high tech industry can thrive and continue to grow. Delegate miage is going to be creating for new citizens, creating an economic opportunity for virginians in aspiring communities. Finally, finally, maybe quite as important as anything, we are going to make sure we put a check on the regulatory progress, delegates Head, ynsy and Ransone will be promoting greater regulatory process and transparencying in the Yancey, on easing burdens on the occupational licenses. Friends, we have a bold agenda, and I want to thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for their work on this, and we need our democratic colleagues to help us do this. But I want to make it specifically clear today, like we did in the press conference this morning, that number one agenda of the House republican caucus in 2016 is jobs. Thank you Mr. Speaker.
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Bill Howell
The gentleman from Shenandoah, Mr. Gilbert.
Todd Gilbert
Mr. Speaker, I rise for a motion.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Todd Gilbert
Mr. Speaker, I move that House bill 770 on Page 30 of the printed calendar go by for the day.
Bill Howell
Without objection, House bill 770, by for the day.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Bulova.
David Bulova
Thank you Mr. Speaker, I rise for a request.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
David Bulova
On Page 19, can House bill 144 go to the regular
Bill Howell
Without objection, House calendar? Bill 144 to the regular calendar.
Bill Howell
The gentlewoman from Hampton, Ms. Ward.
Leo Wardrup
Thank you Mr. Speaker. I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
The gentlewoman has the floor.
Leo Wardrup
Thank you. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, this is a very important day for a special group of women. They are the women of sigma gamma ro incorporated. Significancea gamma ro incorporated is an international service organization comprised of yim from every profession. It was organized in 1922 in indianapolis, indiana, by seven young educators. The group bail an incorporated collegiate national sorority in 1929, when a charter was granted to the alpha chapter at butler university in indianapolis, indiana. Soaring to greater heights of attainment around the world, sigma gamma ro incorporated, as a leading service organization, has met the challenges of the day and continues to grow through sisterhood, scholarship, and service. Sigma gamma ro sorority, incorporated, has a rich history of women who have led the way in communities to address issues and work to a -- to be a catalyst for change. It is the mission of sigma gamma ro sorority to enhance the quality of life for women and their families in the united states and globally. So at this time, I would ask the women of sigma gamma ro sorority, incorporated, to please stand, and if you look very carefully, you might recognize my legislative assistant, she just waved her hand, but would you give them all a very warm welcome.
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[applause]
Bill Howell
We are very pleased to have the women of sigma gamma ro with us today and we thank you, hope you enjoy your time in the capitol. >>> The gentleman from Prince William, Mr. Marshall.
Bob Marshall
Mr. Speaker, point of personal privilege?
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Bob Marshall
Thank you. Mr. Speaker, I want to share with my colleagues this true story about an individual who really benefited from advocacy. Very serious advocacy. I'm talking about an individual with whom I had a friendship when I was younger. He was orthodox, jewish rabbi, I would go over to his House, turn the lights on and off, peel the bananas. I'm told that's called a shavitz goy, and his background is very amazing. He was from -- was born in romania, he was in a concentration camp run by, of course, the nazis. And he had a -- literally a life-threatening experience, just like dusty eski, who faced a firing squad and pardoned the next day by the czar, his hair turned white after that. Cantor katz was told to dig his own grave, which he did. He asked the nazi guard if he could sing. And he sang a traditional jewish song, like -- I don't know that I could pronounce it correctly. When the guard heard his voice and the passion and the feeling and the depth of belief in his voice, he told cantor katz, I 'm going to help you get out of here. Now, this is jewish advocacy way beyond the normal. At risk of his life, he helped cantor katz escape and after the war they would renew their relationship at various times. Cantor katz, one of his songs was in the garden of the continis, about the story of a jewish family in rome, and his songs were in a movie about adolph eichman, so there is advocacy and there is advocacy, and I would ask that cantor katz and others like him who were allowed to escape by an act of brotherly love be remembered today when we adjourn, Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
Was that a form of a motion?
[Unknown]
Yes, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Prince William, Mr. Marshall, moves that when the House adjourn today, that it adjourn in the memory of cantor katz. As many as favor that motion will please rise.
Bob Marshall
That motion is agreed to.
[Unknown]
[gavel]
Bob Marshall
The gentleman from Culpeper, Mr. Pra it tis.
[Unknown]
I rise for a request.
[Unknown]
I'd like to bill House bill 32 to the regular calendar, please.
Bill Howell
Without objection, House bill 1032, to the regular calendar.
Bill Howell
The gentlewoman from Fairfax, Ms. Kory.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. Speaker, I rise for a request.
Bill Howell
The gentlewoman has the floor.
[Unknown]
I request that hb252 or Page 16 go by for the day.
Bill Howell
Without objection, House bill 252, by for the day.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
[Unknown]
Are there further motions or resolutions under rule 39? If there are not, the clerk will call the calendar.
[Unknown]
Cality dar for the Virginia House of delegates for -- calendar for the Virginia House of delegates, February 2, 2016, Page one of the printed calendar, House bills on third reading uncontested calendar, approximately three dozen bills in the bloc, House bills 25, House bills 116, 172, 227, 230, 231, 232, Page four, House bill 274, 319, 325, 343, 374, 388, Page six, House bill 434, 437, 496, 497, 537, 574, Page eight, House bills 577, 637, 641, 642, 676, 740, Page 10 of the printed calendar, House bills 771, 802, 807, 829, 906, House bill 1032, moved to the regular calendar, turning to Page 12, House bill 1058, 1077, 1117, 1128, 1266.
[Unknown]
Shall the bills pass?
Bill Howell
The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 99 -- ayes 98, noz nz.
[Unknown]
Ayes 98, nos, zero, the bill is passed.
[Unknown]
-- the bills are spaed.
[Unknown]
Continuing with the calendar, Page 14 of the printed version, House bills on third reading, regular calendar, House bills on third reading, regular calendar, House bill 825, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to military medical personnel, pilot program.
[Unknown]
Shall the bill pass?
Bill Howell
The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 97, nos one.
[Unknown]
Ayes 97, nos one, the bill is passed.
[Unknown]
House bill 918, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to limited liability companies, record keeping.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker?
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Charlottesville, Mr. Toscano.
David Toscano
Speaking to the the bill?
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
David Toscano
Yesterday we were treat to a nice exchange about this bill and it was suggested I might contact the gentleman's cpa to check out whether, you know, what he was saying was true. Well, I took the liberty of calling the gentleman's cpa, and why he talked to me, I will never know, but I asked him, this Delegate, monty mayes gron Williamsburg has got this bill, can you tell me whether it makes any sense and the gentleman said to me, monty who? And I said don't you remember that guy, monty makes it happen Mason ? He said oh, yeah, yeah, I sort of remember him, but I closed my file on him a long time ago. I think you guys -- I think we should reject this bill.
[Unknown]
Shall the bill pass?
Bill Howell
The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 88, nos nine.
[Unknown]
Ayes 88, nos, the bill is passed.
[Unknown]
[applause]
[Unknown]
Continuing with the calendar, House bill 791, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to the acts for religious freedom.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Alexander, Mr. Levine.
Mark Levine
Police protect jefferson and vote no on this bill, thank you.
[Unknown]
Shall the bill pass?
Mark Levine
The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 97, nos one.
[Unknown]
Ayes 97, nos one, the bill is passed.
[Unknown]
House bill 900, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to licensure and practice of associate physicians.
[Unknown]
Shall the bill pass?
Bill Howell
The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 94, nos four.
[Unknown]
Ayes 94, nos four, the bill is passed.
[Unknown]
House bill 589, a bill to amend and reenact several sections of the code of Virginia relating to filing of petitions and motions by designated nonattorney employees of the department of social services, practice of law, duties of local directors of social services.
[Unknown]
Shall the bill pass?
Bill Howell
The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 93, nos four.
[Unknown]
Ayes 93, nos four, the bill is passed.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, returning to Page 11 of the printed calendar, Page 11, House bill 1032, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to vehicle registration.
[Unknown]
Shall the bill pass?
Bill Howell
The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 89, nos eight.
[Unknown]
Ayes 89, nos eight, the bill is passed.
[Unknown]
Continuing with the calendar, Page 16 of the printed version, House bills on second reading uncontested calendar, approximately 30 bills in the uncontested bloc, House bill 252, taken by for the day, House bills 14, a bill to repeal various chapters of the act of 1879, 1893, 1893-94 and 1976 was provided a charter and amendments there to for the town of columbia in savannah county, report from the committee on counties, cities and towns.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Powhatan, Mr. Ware.
Lee Ware
Thank you Mr. Speaker, Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen, 11 months ago, the town of columbia held a special election on whether to repeal their town charter. The vote was 18-1 to repeal. Subsequently, the town council and county of havana have asked this legislation be put in to repeal ther of the -- charter of the town of columbia among the James river. I move we engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 24, a bill to amend and reenact several sections of the code of Virginia of the acts of the assembly of 1936 which provide a charter for the town of south hill in Mecklenburg County, relating to boundaries, finance director and town powers, report from the committee on counties, cities and towns.
Lee Ware
The gentleman from Lunenburg, Mr. Wright.
Tommy Wright
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen, House bill 24 provides for changes to the charter of the town of south hill, klugs changes to the boundaries, also a-- including changes to the boundaries and also allows the finance director to replace the title of treasurer, and also for the mayor to be in charge -- or the town manager to be in charge of the police department instead of the mayor. Hope it's the pleasure of the body to croas croas -- to engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 51, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to purchase of weapons other than hand guns by certain officers, report from the committee on militia, police and public safety.
Tommy Wright
The gentleman from Manassas, Mr. Miller.
Jackson Miller
Mr. Speaker, House bill 51 allows localities to sell hand guns and weapons to retiring officers at a market Price. This is permissive per locality and not mandates upon a low alt. I move the bill be engrossed and passed to the third
[Unknown]
House bill 65 a bill to reading. Amend and reenact several sections of the code of Virginia relating to references to the former city of Bedford, report from the committee on counties, cities and towns.
Jackson Miller
The gentleman from Botetourt, Mr. Austin.
Terry Austin
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, House bill 65 is a code commission bill, it basically cleans up language in a code referencing Bedford as a city which is now reverted to a towfnlt I ask the bill be engrossed and passed to the third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 88, a bill to >> Amend and reenact several sections of the code of Virginia relating to general registrars and members of electoral boards, annual training, office closures. Report from the committee on privileges and elections.
Terry Austin
The gentleman from Spotsylvania Mr. Cole.
Mark Cole
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, House bill 88 requires that each member of an elector -- electoral board attend a training board offered by the state board of elections in the first year of their appointment. The bill also requires general registrars to attend an existing annual training program, also provided by the state board. The general registrar May designate a staff member it to attend as well. And the bill also allows the local registrar's office to close for a few days in order it to conduct training. This is manager that registrars tend to already do, however, it was not permitted by the code. I hope it will be the will of the body to engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 18 of the printed calendar, House bill reenact a section of the code 104, a bill to amend and of Virginia relating to voting equipment, locking an saling of voting and counting machines after election. Report from the committee on elections.
Mark Cole
The gentleman from Henrico, Mr. O'bannon.
John O'Bannon
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Currently law requires that voting machines be sealed election night and remain sealed through the recounting contest period, the problem is, some of the newer machines actually don't have any data on them. They are paper ballots that the circuit court -- there's a thumb drive that actually has the data. So current law requires that that machine still be sealed, even though it doesn't have information on it. This would correct that. I hope you will engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 105, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to contests of election for certain elections, service of proceed ses, report from the committee on privileges and elections. Thank you, sir. This deals with cobb test -- contested elections, where there's a contester and contestie, current law allows a year for -- it's uneven. Some folks can have a year to notify the contestie. This just makes it uniform for everybody and sets a standard. I hope it be the engrossed and passed to the third reading.
John O'Bannon
House bill 106, a bill to amend and reenact several sections of the code of Virginia of the acts of the assembly of 1968 which prid a charter for the town of herndon in Fairfax County relating to boundaries and powers of mayor, report from the committee on cities and towns.
Bill Howell
Report from the gentleman from Fairfax .
[Unknown]
Ladies and gentlemen, I rise to speak to hb106 at the town's request. It is a bill to make changes to the charter of the town of herndon. This bill updates the town of herndon's charter to comply with regional emergency preparedness plans so that the chief of police retains control of the town rather than the mayor in time of emergency. The bill also altars -- alters the western boundary shared with Loudoun County to add approximately 2.4 achees -- acres to the town. Mr. Speaker, I move we engross the bill and pass it to its third reading. >>
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker?
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Arlington ?
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
The gentleman yields.
[Unknown]
Not unlike the hostile annexation by russia, in giana by venezuela, can we expect more aggressive agents of herndon against the peaceful people of Loudoun County ?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker? You can not expect more aggressive behavior. This was done between the town of herndon and Loudoun County in a court action.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Can I move the bill to the regular calendar after engrossment?
Bill Howell
Without objection, House bill 106, to the regular calendar after engrossment.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
[Unknown]
Continuing with the calendar, House bill 144 has been moved to the regular calendar. Accordingly, House bill 147, a bill to amend and reenact several sections of the code of Virginia relating to the department of criminal justice services, photo identification. Report from the committee on militia, police and public safety with a substitute.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Hanover, Mr. Fowler.
Buddy Fowler
Mr. Speaker, I move the committee substitute.
Bill Howell
Question on adoption of the committee substitute, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no. The substitute is agreed to. The gentleman from Hanover .
Buddy Fowler
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, House bill 147 provides the department of criminal justice services shall design and approve for the issuance of a photo I .D. Card every person who is issued a private security services registration by the there is no physical impact, department. As the registrant will pay for the card themselves, and there's also a delayed effective date which allows for dmv and dcj to get together and produce the card. Mr. Speaker, I move the House engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
[Unknown]
House bill 205, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to election day program, permitted activities of participants. Report from the committee on privileges and elections.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Fauquier, Mr. Webber.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, House bill 205 allows pages to help folks move the election equipment into the area and --
[Unknown]
[inaudible]
[Unknown]
I move the bill be engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 20 of the printed calendar, House bill 206, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to the transfer of certain firearms, identification requirement. Report from the committee on militia, police and public safety with a substitute.
[Unknown]
The froma Fauquier, Mr. Webber.
[Unknown]
Crest, I move the committee substitute.
[Unknown]
Question on adoption of the committee substitute, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no.
Bill Howell
The substitute is agreed to. The gentleman from Fauquier .
[Unknown]
Yes, Mrs ., hb206 removes the necessary I .D. And purchasing of fire arnlings the reason is in order to get a Virginia license you have to show proof of Virginia residence and our I .D.S have become almost improbable to duplicate. The bill also allows for military with their orders to be able to purchase as residents, and then thanks to Delegate Bell, we were able to catch folks who have an out of state I .D., but pay taxes in the commonwealth, and if they can approve that, they can also -- if they can prove that they can also purchase a firearm. I move the bill be engrossed and passed to the third reading. >>
[Unknown]
House bill 233, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to fire or rescue volunteers, mental health treatment, funding by locality, report from the committee on counties, cities and towns.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Loudoun, Mr. Minchew.
Randy Minchew
I thank you Mr. Speaker. House bill 233 grants the enabling authority at the option to fund the cost of volunteer fire and rescue service personnel to participate in mental health and counseling programs comparable to those same programs offered to paid employees of locality. Mr. Speaker, this bill will allow the locality who choose to do so to support the citizen heroes who put themselves in harm's way through volunteer service to obtain this additional grant of authority. I would ask Mr. Speaker that this bill be engrossed and passed to the third reading. >>
[Unknown]
House bill 323, a bill to amend and reenact several sections of the code of Virginia relating to alcoholic beverage control, purchase and sale of products, report from the committee on general laws with a substitute.
Randy Minchew
Gentleman from Virginia beach Mr. Knight.
Barry Knight
I move the committee substitute.
Bill Howell
Question is on adoption of the committee substitute, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, the substitute is agreed to. No. The gentleman from Virginia beach.
Barry Knight
Mr. Speaker, House bill 323 allows items licensed by the Virginia tourism corporation, mug, t-shirts, hats with the loalgo such as Virginia is for lovers to be sold in abc stores. Mr. Speaker, I move the House engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 456, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia related to absentee ballots, electronic transmission by general registrar, report from the committee on privileges and elections with an amendment.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Fairfax, Ms. Murray.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I move the committee amendment.
[Unknown]
Question on adoption of the committee amendments, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no. It is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, House bill 456 is a bill to require electronic transmission of absentee ballots it to be done through an official government e-mail address. It will ensure that these e-mails are recognizable, it will prevent them from going into spam files. This is especially important for our military personnel. And it also will enable them to be processed in a timely way and in compliance with current law. I hope it is the will of the House to engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
[Unknown]
House bill 470, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to middle peninsula Chesapeake bay public access authority act, report from the committee on counties, cities and towns.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Middlesex, Mr. Hodges.
Keith Hodges
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, House bill 47 on -- 470 allows public access authority the ability to request and accept legal advice and assistance from the attorney general. Mr. Speaker, I move the House engross the bill and pass it to its third reading. >>
[Unknown]
House bill 367, a bill to amend and reenact several sections of the code of Virginia relating to the real estate board, duties of real estate licensees, residential real estate transactions, report from the committee on general laws with a substitute.
Keith Hodges
The gentleman from Manassas, Mr. Miller.
Jackson Miller
Mr. Speaker, I move the committee substitute.
Bill Howell
Question on adoption of the committee substitute, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no. The gentleman from Manassas .
Jackson Miller
Mr. Speaker, this bill creates licensure for home inspectors. I move the bill be engross the bill and pass it to its third reading. >>
[Unknown]
House bill 649, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia of the assembly of 1948 which provided a charter for the town damascus in Washington County relating to time of elections, all right from the committee on cities and towns.
[Unknown]
Mr. O'quinn.
[Unknown]
House bill 439 comes the the request of the town of damascus, moving elections from May to 23406. Hope it be the pleasure of the House to those opposed, no.
[Unknown]
House bill 685 a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to direct primary care agreement, report from the committee on commerce and labor with a goot.
Bill Howell
The from -- the gentleman from Augusta Mr. Landes.
Steve Landes
First I 'd like to move the adoption of the committee amendment in the nature of substitute.
Bill Howell
Question on adoption of the committee substitute, as many as favor that motion will say aye, as many as oppose state by saying nay. The substitute is agreed to. Gentleman from Augusta .
Steve Landes
Thank you Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, House bill 685 adds a chaptory to the code of Virginia which would direct primary care agreements as medical service agreements outside the scope of state insurance regulations. The new code section would do the following: it defines direct primary care in the code. It sets forth conditions under which doctors May enter into the agreements with patients. It outlines consumer protection and disclaimers that these direct primary care practices must provide to the patients, stating clearly that an agreement is not insurance. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, it also prohibits doctors from double billing with third party payors for services outlined in the agreement. And it establishes the agreements alone do not constitute insurance, and that patients still need insurance to cover health care services, not provided for in the agreements such as -- such as hospitalization and specialty care. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, the bill is supported by the Virginia academy of family physicians and the national federation of independent businesses. Mr. Speaker, I would like to move that the House engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I would like to yield to the gentlelady from Bedford to further explain the legislation. >>
Bill Howell
The gentlewoman from Bedford, Ms. Byron.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House. Just briefly, this is a great bill. You know, as we've seen, health care costs rising and with it your insurance costs rising, your out of pocket costs becoming exorbitant, and all the other costs associated. This is another great option and one that I 'm very pleased that the doctors are looking at ways that their patients can afford to get the medical treatment that they need. This is very similar to the health care sharing ministries that some of you May recall that we put into the code several years ago that allowed the health care sharing ministries to offer insurance -- well, offer services that are not insurance to make it clear that this is not a regulatory situation. I hope it be the pleasure of the House to engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
Continuing with the calendar, House bill 790, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to solid waste disposal fee, report from the committee on counties, cities and towns.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Prince William, Mr. Adams.
Les Adams
Thank you Mr. Speaker, members of the House, House bill 790 title 15.2 of the Virginia code to remove the county from the list of counties authorized to impose a solid waste fee on its residents, I move the bill be engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 810, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to transfer of assault weapon, proof of citizenship, report from the committee on militia, police and public safety.
Les Adams
The gentleman from -- gentleman from pins will yavment, Mr. Lingamfelter.
Scott Lingamfelter
House bill 810 is a cleanup bill that makes consistent the type of identification and other documentation that must be presented while purchase ago firearm not from a licensed dealer by removing an additional requirement for the purchase of an assault weapon that a person who purchases such weapon must present proof of citizenship. The bill does not alter the provisions prohibiting the sale of assault firearms to noncitizens who have not been lawfully admitted for permanent residence. I move we engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 928, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to housing authority, compensation of commissioners, report from the committee on January laws.
Scott Lingamfelter
-- on general laws.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Fairfax, Ms. Kory.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, members of the House, hb928 allows any redevelopment and housing authority to increase the commission's monthly stipend up to $500 a month, that's per commissioner. These stipends are always paid from the housing authority's funds and have to be approved by local governing bodies. Mr. Speaker, I would like to remind everybody that these stipends have not been adjusted since 1988, and it really is time to adjust the stipends for these hard working volunteers. I ask that the body engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker?
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Lynchburg, Mr. Garrett.
Scott Garrett
Thank you Mr. Speaker, will the gentlelady yield for a question?
[Unknown]
Will the gentlewoman yield?
Scott Garrett
Of course, yes, Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentlewoman. I mean no harm intent or harm but I served on the housing redevelopment authority and never got paid at all and if you're going to pay them $6000 a year, that's more than a lot of the boards of supervise respect in some of our communities actually get paid themselves. So for nonelected individuals being appointed to a local board or commission, I 'm just curious why the $6000 a year.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, May I respond?
[Unknown]
Please.
[Unknown]
Thank you. $6000 a year is not exactly what this bill is proposing. However, in particular, this was asked for by Fairfax County housing authority, and the county has a requirement that at least one member of the housing authority must be from a low income housing development. And there has an problem with the low income housing development member of the commission that the department of social security has ruled that the stipend of $150 is earned income, and, therefore, this person is not eligible for any of the support that someone at that income level normally would receive. And this has been a problem that's been going on for a while. And recently, the social security administration demanded that this person repay ssi from the number of past years. So that is what is behind this bill, and it simply allows local housing authorities to go that high with the stipend if they so wish.
[Unknown]
I thank the gentlewoman.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker?
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Manassas, Mr. Miller.
Jackson Miller
Mr. Speaker, can we take House bill 928 by for the day?
Bill Howell
928, by for the day. Without objection.
Jackson Miller
Turning to Page 24 of the calendar, House bill 1011 a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to rental inspection programs, exemptions, report from the committee on general laws.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Henrico, Mr. Massie.
Jimmie Massie
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, House bill 1011 grants permissive authority to local governments to exempt properties with on-site professional managers from local rental inspection programs, it allows inspection programs to more narrowly target offending properties where blight conditions May exist or regular inspection is needed to be sure they do not have disrepair and have untear living conditions. I move the bill be engrossed and passed to the third reading. >>
[Unknown]
House bill 1051, a bill to amend and reenact several sections of the code of Virginia relating to the Virginia defense force, Virginia national guard, discipline, report from the committee on militia, police and public safety.
Jimmie Massie
The gentleman from Washington, Mr. Pillion.
Todd E. Pillion
Thank you Mr. Speaker. House bill 1051 clarifies those on active duty and training duty are subject to military discipline. Mr. Speaker, I move the bill be engrossed and passed to the third reading. >>
[Unknown]
House bill 1052, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to defense force, training duty. Report from the committee on militia, police and public safety.
Todd E. Pillion
The gentleman from Washington, Mr. Pillion.
Todd E. Pillion
Thank you Mr. Speaker. House bill 1052 clarifies the definition of training duty for the Virginia defense force.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I move the bill be engrossed and passed to the third reading. >>
Todd E. Pillion
House bills 1145, a bill to amend and reenact several sections of the code of Virginia relating to local electoral boards, reassigning certain duties related to elections administration, technical amendments to terminology. Report from the committee on privileges and elections.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Spotsylvania, Mr. Cole.
Mark Cole
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, House bill 1145 simply updates the code to reflect the current operations of the registrars and local electoral boards. It also updates terminology with the new director of elections, and I hope that we would engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 1175, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to pay allowance for national guard and Virginia defense force. Report from the committee for militia, police and public safety.
Mark Cole
Gentlewoman -- gentleman from Prince William, Mr. Lingamfelter.
Scott Lingamfelter
Thank you Mr. Speaker. House bill 1175 clarifies the pay calculation for both the national guard and the Virginia defense force on state active duty when they are performing their duties. I move we engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 1214, a a bill sections of the code of to amend and reenact several Virginia of the act of the assembly of 1958 which provided a charter for the town of taz zel in Tazewell County relating to vacancies in the office of mayor or council, planning commission, quorum.
Scott Lingamfelter
Mr. Speaker, members of the House, House bill 1214 is a charter change for the town of Tazewell that comes at the request of town of Tazewell town council. I move to engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 26 of the printed calendar, House bill 1281, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to carrying concealed weapons, exception for certain retired report from the committee on officers. Militia, police and public safety.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Hugo.
Tim Hugo
Mr. Speaker, House bill 1281, this bill would increase the number of years of service required for certain retired police officers to be eligible for exemption from the prohibition of carrying a concealed weapon. Currently, the federal law has a 10 year exemption. The state is 15. This simply puts the state law in conformity with the federal. I hope it be the will of the body it to engross the bill and pass it to its third reading. >>
[Unknown]
And Mr. Speaker, House bill 1330, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to private police departments, successors in interest, report from the committee on militia, police and public safety.
Tim Hugo
The gentleman from Lynchburg, Mr. Garrett.
Scott Garrett
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, House bill 1330 will allow a private police department currently listed in the code of which there are nine to maintain their existence if their name changes, but the organization continues to be operated by the entity's successor in interest. Mr. Speaker, I move that House bill 1330 be engrossed and passed to the third reading.
[Unknown]
I thank the speaker.
Scott Garrett
Shall the bills be engrossed and passed to the third reading?
[Unknown]
As many as favor that motion will say aye, pose poz -- those opposed, no, the bills are engrossed and passed to the third reading.
[Unknown]
Continuing with today's calendar, House bills on second reading, regular, second reading, regular, House bill 518 has been taken by until Thursday, February 4. House bill three has been taken by until Monday, February 8. First up, House bill four, a bill to provide for the submission to the voters of a proposed amendment to the constitution of Virginia adding to article I a section numbered 11a relating to the right to work, report from the committee on privileges and elections.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from stanton, Mr. Bell.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, House bill four provides for a referendum at the November 8, 2016 election, to approve or reject the right to work amendment to the constitution. Section 30-19.9 code of Virginia requires the department of elections to run advertisements in state newspapers and prepare posters and pamphlets providing public notice about constitutional amendments. I move to engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Charlottesville, Mr. Toscano.
David Toscano
Thank you Mr. Speaker, will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
David Toscano
I yield.
[Unknown]
The gentleman yields.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. Speaker. I would ask the gentleman, I 'm trying to really, to understand the pressing need for this constitutional amendment. We've had a right to work in the Virginia code since 1947, and so I guess I would first ask the gentleman, is the concern that he has, a regular union of -- regular number of union members in Virginia, and if so, is he aware that since 1983, the number of members in union households has declined in the united states by over 3 million people? And in Virginia, it only represents 5.4% of the work force?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I would say to the gentleman, I 'm really not aware of a pressing need, and I 'm really not concerned with the size of the union membership. What I 'm concerned with is enshrining a piece of legislation that has worked very well in Virginia for almost 70 years, making it a permanent part of the Virginia constitution, so that we don't have to worry about a challenge.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
The gentleman yields.
[Unknown]
I would ask the gentleman, in light of his worry about a challenge, can he point to any time that this right to work statute has been challenged in the sense that legislation has been offered to overturn it or repeal it.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I would say to the gentleman, since it's ground hog day, that question is appropriate, because it's been asked every year that I 've carried this legislation and it keeps coming back and we keep answering the same question. So I 'm not aware of a challenge, a serious challenge, and once again, that's not the point of this legislation. The right to work, just like the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, is fundamental, and it deserves constitutional protection.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, speaking to the bill?
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, you know, maybe it is like ground hog day, but for the life of me, I can't understand the rationale for why this bill is here. You know, this is the constitution we are messing with here. And yeah, we have a lot of statutes in the Virginia code that are really good statutes, and been there for a long, long time. But we are not asking to put those statutes in the constitution. And in fact, there's really good reason for that. James Madison, federalists in '49, said we change constitutions for great and extraordinary occasions, and yet the gentleman cannot point to us one pressing need that's out there. Now, a couple of years ago, we had this huge debate here on a constitutional amendment on eminent domain. That debate was a very legitimate debate, because it arose out of a pressing concern, and that was that glo decision, and we passed that bill, it went to the voters, they passed the change. It was a pressing concern that we dealt with. But again and again, we hear no pressing concern. The number of labor union members has been declining nationwide and in Virginia it's only 5.4% of the population. Has there been any study that the gentleman can allowed to that points out that there's some kind of wage inflation that's being brought on by too many labor members in the commonwealth of Virginia ? Or lower business process? Has he cited any business who is rejected coming to Virginia because our labor policy is too liberal? Has he cited any strikes or any union activity that has affected the commonwealth in any major way? Can he point to any fundamental challenges to right to work since 1947? 1947. You do the math, that's a long time. Or any Virginia court case that is now pending that would challenge the right to work statute in Virginia ? Ladies and gentlemen, there is no evidence of a pressing concern. There is no problem to solve, except politically. And we don't change our constitution willy nilly in this commonwealth. Ladies and gentlemen, I hope you will say hands off my constitution, and vote no on this bill.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker?
[Unknown]
Speaking to the bill?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I would say to the gentleman, and anyone else who seems to share his ideas and points of view, there are two ways to look at this. If it is your preference to wait until there is a pressing need, to wait until an emergency exists, that's fine. On the other hand, if you choose to be proactive and have safeguards in place so that those needs never arise, then you would be standing with me on right to work. It should be noted that the right it to work amendment, the right to work statute that we have now does not prevent anyone from joining a union should they choose. It allows unions in Virginia to bargain collectively. None of those things are changed by a constitutional amendment to the constitution. The only thing that changes is that we have permanent protection for our workers. Thank you Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Manassas, Mr. Miller.
Jackson Miller
Mr. Speaker, speaking to the bill?
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Jackson Miller
Mr. Speaker, I heard from the other side a bunch of questions about if there were any stat -- statistics citing this or that or any legal faces -- cases facing the commonwealth of Virginia in the worker right statutes. I would like to double up on the gentleman from stanton, Delegate Bell 's comments, I would say no, there are no pending legal cases now, but the former, the immediate past attorney general of the commonwealth of Virginia was known widely for putting politics into an office that really shouldn't be involved in politics, and he was replaced by an attorney general who is doing the same thing except on steroids. Mr. Speaker, we have the quite frankly doesn't like to current attorney general that defend Virginia 's law. In fact, Mr. Speaker, he did an amicas brief for the fredericks versus california case, and --
[Unknown]
[interruption]
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
When a group of teachers from california wanted to not be involved in their union, we have an attorney general that sided with them. A california case.
[Unknown]
We've seen an attorney general who doesn't care what our law says on marriage, we see an attorney general currently who doesn't really, you know, believe what our gun laws state. I can see our current attorney general doing whatever he could and using any means possible to go after our right to work statutes, Mr. Speaker. So I would encourage this body to vote for this fantastic amendment that Delegate Bell has put before us today.
[Unknown]
[applause]
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
The gentleman denies the yield.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill be engrossed and passed to the third reading. Motion will say aye, those
[Unknown]
As many as favor that opposed, no.
[Unknown]
As many as favor the bill be engrossed and passed to the third reading, please raise your right hand. I think that's enough. The bill is engrossed and passed to the third reading.
[Unknown]
You all need to get a little louder on this side!
[Unknown]
[laughter]
[Unknown]
Continuing with the calendar, House bill 90, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to possession of hand guns by members of the Virginia national guard, report from the committee on militia, police and public safety with a substitute.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Virginia beach, Mr. Taylor.
Scott Taylor
Thank you Mr. Speaker, House bill 90 simply allows for Virginia national guard alsomen who have valid concealed carry permits to allows those to be in recruitment centers and such and there's a clause that allows for commanders to stop them if they believe it impedes on training or operations. >>
Bill Howell
The question is on adoption of the committee substitute, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no, the into is agreed to.
Scott Taylor
Will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
The gentleman yields.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I ask the gentleman, if this legislation would proceed hint colding officers from ordering guardsmen under their command to carry a concealed weapon in mess halls, fly binds and classified facilities, sleeping quarters, or recreational areas at national guard facilities where weapons are typically not allowed.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I would answer the gentleman that there's a clause in the bill that alous for the colders to say that if it imeedz on training or exercise, which most of which I believe the gentleman said were all of those categories, they could stop the doing so. The bill, the intent is to allow for citizen soldiers to have the sail rights as the gentleman or I have if we have a conceal carry permit to protect themselves, their families and those to the left and right.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
The gentleman yields.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I ask if the legislation could junk benefitsly place a guardsman in a situation where they would violate uniform regulations by carrying a concealed weapon.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I would answer the gentleman that in the legislation, it says this will not stop anything that federal law would prevent. I would also answer the gentleman with a story. On July 16, 2015, mohammed abdul aziz inspired by radical islam opened fire on two military institutions in chattanooga, tennessee, the first target was a recruiting center, the second was a u.S. Navy reserve center, approximately 100 rounds were fired, all together, and five soldiers were slain, four marines, one navy. Gunnery sargient camden myers, a marine inside the center, shielded his young daughter from gunfire. It was just like any other day, said meyer. He had just arrived at the center with his daughter before it began. Mr. Speaker, I would say to the gentleman, everyone in this body, we are just giving our citizens' shoulders the same rights we have to be able to protect themselves, their families, and the man and woman to the left and right.
[Unknown]
[applause] >>
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker? Speaking to the bill?
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I understand the patron, what he is trying to protect, the men and women who are serving. As a retired military officer, I share that intent. However, I am concerned that the limited exceptions only for training and exercises takes away some of the commander's discretion. And also, I 'm concerned that the Virginia national guard has spoken in opposition to this bill. And I ask that the members of this body consider supporting the members of the national guard and their intentions, and that we not impair mission or get in the way of the colders' discretion, the colors who we have entrusted to lead our troops. Thank you Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, speaking to the bill?
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Virginia beach, Mr. Taylor.
Scott Taylor
Thank you Mr. Speaker. I just would like to say that we don't want to impede on commanders' discretion, of course, but there is a separation of civilian-led military, and furthermore, I believe that there's exceptions in the bill that allows for commanders to have discretion, to be able to say that this impedes on exercises and or training. And lastly, Mr. Speaker, I would say that I hope the body would decide to support this and engross the bill and pass it to its third reading, because I understand the commander, who the commander in chief is of our national guardsman and I would also implore everyone in this body to speak to the national guard alsomen and their district to see what they think about it. Thank you Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill be engrossed and passed to the third reading? As many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no.
Scott Taylor
The bill is engrossed and passed to the third reading.
[Unknown]
Continuing on Page 28 of the printed calendar, House bills on second reading, regular calendar, continues, House bill 158, a bill to amend and reenact a section relating to grass cutting in of the code of Virginia certain counties. Report from the committee on counties, cities and towns, with amendments.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Caroline, Mr. Orrock.
Bobby Orrock
Mr. Speaker, I move the adoption of the committee amendments.
Bill Howell
Question on adoption of the committee amendments, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no. The amendment is agreed to. The gentleman from Caroline .
Bobby Orrock
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, I stand here today with some awkwardness in that for probably the first 10-12 years that I was in this body, I historically rejected these bills.
[Unknown]
And then, Mr. Speaker, for full disclosure, lo and behold, both of the counties that I represented ended up wanting the same authority that had been given to many other counties, and I came forward with resolutions at their request, granting them the authorities under the provisions of 15.21215. And in the House about two years ago, we said we've got so many counties now that have this authority to enact a -- to enact a local ordinance and then be able to go out and cut grass, we're going to say we don't need another bill and let the counties do that. And I thought we've done it. I was wrong. What we did, Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, in giving the counties the authority under the local ordinance provisions to address this issue did not allow that same protections for properties, residential properties, in agriculturally zoned parts of their properties. And unless I open this up for everybody, because that's not my intention, our Caroline County passed a resolution, came to me and requested that they have the same authority in agriculturally zoned property, on the one half acre footprint of that property that is assessed residential, I .E., the House lot itself, as exists on all other residential or otherwise zoned other than agricultural properties. I have the provision in here, further, Mr. Speaker, one of the committee amendments that says if Caroline County does not enact an ordinance to achieve this statute within three year, the statute goes away. So it puts the onus on the county, you ask for it, if this passes, and I hope it will, Mr. Speaker, and I 'm going to say it, takes two-thirds -- I 'm just saying -- I hope the body will engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker?
[Unknown]
The gentleman, Mr. Morris.
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman resume the floor and answer a question?
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
Gladly.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I 'd ask the gentleman, in the ordinance that was passed by this body that would allow counties to be able to cut grass that has become a nuisance, didn't that bill specifically exclude agricultural zoned property? Mr. Speaker, and I would say to the gentleman, it definitely did, and for good reason, because we did not want to create a circumstance whereby the county and neighbors in that locality could tell a farmer how to keep his fields. That's why I carefully drafted this, to make sure it only attached to that one half acre footprint of land maximum actually involving the residents of that property.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
The gentleman yields.
[Unknown]
I would ask the gentleman, during the presentation, wasn't the gentleman's -- would the gentleman cite a single instance that this bill is directed towards?
[Unknown]
I would respond to him, Mr. Speaker, to the gentleman, saying the circumstances that brought this to my attention and Caroline County 's attention was, yes, an abandoned farmhouse on the corner of a farm parcel adjacent to a property that has a grocery store, the farmland is being farmed by a nearby farm owner and no one is caring for the House property, and so it's grown up, it harbors many possums, racoons, snakes and other varmin that tend to be a problem for the folks going to the grocery store next door.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, speaking to the bill?
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, I urge you to oppose this bill. This bill specifically is targeting small farmers. Now, the gentleman spoke that well, this is only for a half acre for residential assessment -- assessed property. That's not in the bill. That is not in the bill. For example, on my own property, small little 7-acre farm, is zoned agricultural, but is assessed real estate. My neighbor has a 25-acre small farm, zoned agricultural, assessed real estate, the guy across the street, 100 acres. So the size of the property is irrelevant. What is relevant is one more step, encroachment on small farmers in agricultural communities, allowing localities one more authority, infringing on property rights. Based upon that, I urge you to not vote -- to vote no on this bill. Thank you Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Campbell, Mr. Fariss.
Matt Fariss
Mr. Speaker, I rise for a question for the patron.
[Unknown]
I yield.
Matt Fariss
Will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
The gentleman yields.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I will say, again, you cannot choose your family.
[Unknown]
[laughter]
[Unknown]
However, cousin -- I would ask my cousin, is he aware of Delegate Byron 's and our deal that would make hunting with a sling shot legal, and would that help solve Caroline County 's problem?
[Unknown]
[laughter]
[Unknown]
I guess not!
[Unknown]
[laughter]
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Fauquier, Mr. Webber.
[Unknown]
Yes, Mr. Speaker, will the gentleman yield.
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
The gentleman yields.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I would just like to ask the gentleman exactly what the emphasis -- impetus was giving Caroline County three years to enact an ordinance.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I would say there was no actual magic in that, except recognizing that an ordinance process does take a little while to effect, requiring the local governing body to advertise for public hearings, things of that nature. It also, Mr. Speaker, I would add, is with the premise that there will be a board of supervisor election intervening during that time frame, where this potentially could become an issue, and if it wasn't effective, then it would go away.
[Unknown]
I thank the gentleman.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Caroline, Mr. Orrock.
Bobby Orrock
Mr. Speaker, briefly if I May. First, I would draw the body's attention to line 14 of the bill, it clearly stipulates that --
[Unknown]
[laughter]
Bobby Orrock
The House will come to order.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I think that was supposed to be a lawn mower sound but I 'm not sure.
[Unknown]
Anyway, that it does clearly stipulate it is only for a one half acre part of the said property, and finally, Mr. Speaker, I would say we have always, I think all of us here that feel that government that is closest to the people is that government that serves most effectively. This was a local government-driven resolution, they have asked for this authority. I was asked humbly that we as a body would grant Caroline County the authority, and feel that they will be responsible and be held accountable for it. Thank you Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill be engrossed and passed to the third reading? As many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no.
[Unknown]
The bill is engrossed and passed to the third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 198, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to application for special conservator of the Peace by locality, report from the committee on militia, polyand public safety with amendments.
[Unknown]
Mr. Lingamfelter.
[Unknown]
I move the committee amendments.
Bill Howell
Question on adoption of the committee amendments, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no, the amendments are agreed to, the gentleman from Prince William .
[Unknown]
House bill 198 comes to us as a request from the Virginia 's sheriff's association, and provides that no official or employee of the school board or county, city or town May apply for an appointment of the special conservator of the Peace without attaching a written assessment of the need for such appointment from the chief law enforcement officer to that application. I move we engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill be engrossed and passed to the third reading. As many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no. The bill is engrossed and passed to the third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 254, a bill to sections of the code of amend and reenact several Virginia relating to adjustments of certain House of delegates district boundaries, report from the committee on privileges and elections.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Spotsylvania, Mr. Cole.
Mark Cole
Thank you Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, House bill 254 makes a minor adjustment between the 88th and 28th district to make a split precinct Hall. It was requested by the locality, and I would hope that we would entbroas it and pass it to its third reading.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill be engrossed and passed to the third reading, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no.
Mark Cole
The bill is engrossed and passed to the third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 332, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to concealed handgun permits, exemption, judges. Report from the committee on militia, police and public safety with a substitute.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Manassas, Mr. Miller.
Jackson Miller
Mr. Speaker, I move the committee substitute.
Bill Howell
Question on adoption of the committee substitute, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no. The substitute is agreed to. The gentleman from Manassas .
Jackson Miller
Thank you Mr. Speaker. House bill 332 will simply allow judges across the commonwealth to have the same concealed carry right privileges that we have extended to commonwealth attorneys and their assistants. I move the engrossed and passed to the third reading.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill be engrossed and passed to the third reading, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no. The bill is engrossed and passed to the third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 382 has been taken by for the day, continuing, House bills on second reading, regular calendar, House bill 481, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to come appliance with detainers, u.S. Immigration and customs enforcement, report from the committee on militia, police and public safety with a substitute.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from prince willual, Mr. Marshall.
[Unknown]
I believe we made a decision to go by for the day.
[Unknown]
Beg your pardon?
[Unknown]
For the day.
[Unknown]
By for the day?
[Unknown]
Okay.
Bill Howell
Without objection, House bill 481, by for the day.
[Unknown]
Continuing with the calendar, House bill 766, a bill to amend and reenact several sections of the code of Virginia relating to carrying concealed hand guns, protective orders, report from the committee on militia, police and public safety with an amendment.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Shenandoah, Mr. Gilbert.
Todd Gilbert
I move the committee amendment, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Question on adoption of the committee amendment, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, the amendment is agreed to. No. The gentleman from Shenandoah .
Todd Gilbert
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, as you May be aware by now, we in the republican caucus here in the House had a fairly aggressive domestic violence package we rolled out at the beginning of this session. This package increases penalties on certain types of domestic violence, it lowers the threshold by which repeat offenders become felons in a number of cases, it expands the list of prohibited conduct in the area of domestic violence. As you know, the domestic violence was a significant part of our landmark agreement on firearms last week. We have come a long way on the topic of domestic violence, but we can always do more and this bill, Mr. Speaker, gives an added tool to people who find themselves truly in crisis, people who are victims, people who have nowhere to turn, folks who want to maybe have the opportunity to take control of their own personal defense to protect themselves and their children. This tool will effectively allow people not to have to stand in line when they choose to undertake their own personal protection at a time when they are the most vulnerable. What it does it create the opportunity for a victim who gets a protective order to immediately have the right to carry concealed, again, to choose to, in most case, women in this instance, to choose to protect herself as she sees fit, without having to wait in that line, Mr. Speaker. It would give her 45 days to apply to get a permit at the once you apply for your circuit court. Permit at the circuit court t. Gives you another 45 days, which is the statutory period by which -- excuse me. It is the statutory period for which the court is required to act on a domestic violence -- excuse me, object a -- on a concealed carry permit, and it also puts that person at the top of the line when they do apply. With that, Mr. Speaker, I 'm happy to answer any questions, and I think this is an important step forward in giving additional tools to victims, especially those who choose to protect themselves as they fee sit -- as they see f there's one complementary bill headed this way, a bill that would provide funding to -- for folks to get training through an existing fund at dcjs. Thank you Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Simon.
Marcus Simon
Mr. Speaker, will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
Marcus Simon
I yield.
[Unknown]
The gentleman yields.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I would ask the gentleman, I understand there's a companion bill on the way, but nothing in this bill requires that someone wanting to use a protective order as a conceal carry permit receive any kind of training, demonstrate any competency with a handgun, familiarity with a handgun or any other dangerous weapon, is that right?
[Unknown]
I respond to the gentleman by saying yes, that is absolutely correct and there are those on this side of the aisle who philosophically don't believe that you should have to get your government's permission to be able to protect yourself in any manner you see fit or to protect your children for that matter, so this recognizes that there are instances, and I know the gentleman probably agrees with me, about the gravity of the issue of domestic violence. I know he has sat in committees where we've discussed this and how best to protect people who find themselves in crisis, who find themselves fearful of a husband, a wife, a domestic partner, whatever it May be, who finds themselves legitimately scared to a point where a judge or magistrate is willing to give them a protective order because they are in fear for their life and the gentleman and I have the same goal of protecting those people and I know he May differ in this regard, but certainly, I don't believe that a woman in crisis should have to go stand in line as the gentleman would suggest she should have to in order to avail herself of her God given right of self-protection. The bill does contemplate, Mr. Speaker, that eventually, in very short order, that person, that woman, go put herself through the standard practice that we require of all citizens to get the requisite training, to file the application, to pay the fees, whatever it May be. But we can't worry about that at that instant where she has determined and a court has determined that she is potentially in danger. And so this bill seeks to protect her. The training element notwithstanding.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
The gentleman yields.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I would ask the gentleman, this bill refers to a number of different kind of protective orders and the gentleman referenced the deal that we've got on domestic violence, and taking guns out of the household under certain kinds of protective orders, and only permanent protective orders that are issued after a hearing and so forth. This bill would apply, if I 'm reading it correctly, correct me if I 'm wrong, applies to all kind of protective orders, smart, even emergency and so forth?
[Unknown]
The gentleman is correct.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, an additional question?
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
Yield gleeld Mr. Speaker, the gentleman spoke of the need for women to be able to avail themselves of their right to self-protection, and I believe that the code section that this bill amends already authorizes, under current law. There's an exception for carrying a fire arnlings a shotgun, rifle or handgun within the privilege of your own home without a conceal carry permit, and I believe that under current law someone fearing for their life could open carry a firearm. So it seems like this is fairly narrow, what it would do. What would this bill allow women to do that they can't currently do that is so important to the self-protection?
[Unknown]
I respond to the gentleman by saying it's fairly obvious to me at least what it does. It allows you to carry concealed without a permit. So I understand the gentleman doesn't like the concept generally. Probably doesn't like the concept of gun ownership generally, peebl doesn't like any of the an septembers embodied in this bill or even existing law. That said, I don't believe victims should be limited in their choice of how to protect themselves. Certainly somebody in that circumstance should not be required to open carry. Certainly a woman who finds herself in peril like this should not have to lug a shotgun with her to the grocery store where she May encounter her husband who has told her he is going to kill her. Shall gives her the ability to be discreet about the manner in which she choose it is to protect herself, Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, speaking to the bill?
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, members of the House, it sounds to me like what this bill is really limited to do is to take someone who, as the gentleman from Shenandoah points out, is in crisis, someone fearful, scared, someone who is frightened, someone who has just had a protective order, and given them permission, without any training, any familiarity with how to use a weapon or not, give them permission to stick a handgun in their purse and take it with them and her children to the grocery store, walmart, whenever they need to go, without any regard to their competency to handle that firearm. So I do share the gentleman's -- I think very sino sincereiely held -- sincereie held concern for women in this situation, unfortunately, I think this is likely to make those people less safe. The facts are that when a firearm is present in a domestic violence situation, the likelihood of murder or fatalities goes up five again, they are scared, they times. Are frightened, they might really think it's a good idea to handle a firearm but not familiar with t them putting in their purse without knowing how to safely hand it, put a safety on, how to keep it out of the reach of children in the shopping carte with them and with that fire arnlings I believe that makes people more vulnerable, and less safe. I think it's the wrong approach. I think a much better approve and approach we can hopefully agree on is to take weapons out of those situations, when we have somebody who needs a protective order, somebody who finds themselves in a domestic violence situation, I don't think we have to wait for a permanent protective order, we ought to take steps to remove the firearms from that situation. I think that makes women and children of this commonwealth safer. I would urge the body not to vote to engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Albemarle, Mr. Bell.
Rob Bell
Mr. Speaker, I rise to speak to the bill.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Rob Bell
I want to just respond of -- want to respond to what the gentleman said. So I think, I think, but the important translation is I will decide for you what's best for you. We sit in this body, which we have armed guards, metal detectors, the governor has his security detail, but particularly in our smaller and rural jurisdictions, it is a long time to wait when you call 911, and all this bill would do would be to say that if you choose -- nobody is making anybody get a gun, nobody says if you feel uncomfortable, you should do it, but if you are the victim and you choose and you think and you decide, this is an empowerment to the victims. I hope you will pass the bill. Thank you.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Charlottesville, Mr. Toscano.
David Toscano
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Will the gentleman from Shenandoah rise for a question?
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
David Toscano
I yield.
[Unknown]
The gentleman yields.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. Speaker. I ask the gentleman, from my own edify indication, because we've had a lot of discussion in courts about protective orders and for those of you who are not aware, there are lots of different types of protective orders, preliminary protective orders, emergency protective orders, protective orders that will last for a specified period of time. This bill references preliminary and emergency protective orders and allows somebody who has gotten one to get a concealed weapons permit as I think the gentleman said, ahead of the so my question for the line. Gentleman is I don't understand why it is that we are saying the emergency is sufficient enough in this case to allow somebody that can get a concealed weapon but in the other case where we are taking the guns away and you've got a judicial determination, why it's not the case that we don't take the guns away with the emergency. After all, they are emergencying and you need that protection right away. .
[Unknown]
I refer to logic we use year in, year out on this issue. I thank the -- I think the gentleman and those who maybe possess the same belief system on this issue, what they tend to believe, if you magically pass a law, that that will somehow lead to someone else's safe, and I would submit that although there are limited instances where it May help, including what's part of our domestic violence and gun-related package from last week, for the most part, if someone is bent on murdering those who they purport to love, if they are willing to kill their wife, their children, risk being executed at the hands of the state for those acts, if they are willing to do any of those things, there's very little that somebody can do that will prevent that if they are bent on doing it. What the gentleman thinks is that we can stop that kind of activity by passing a law, and frankly, Mr. Speaker, what I think this debate about this particular bill has revealed, that the for example on the other side of the aisle, most of them, they talk about wanting to disarm those convicted of domestic violence, people who areo who represent a risk to potential victims, they talk -- victims, they talk about doing that all the time but what this bill reveals is they carry more about the gun issue than the smoke screen of domestic violence. They care much more about disarming domestic violence offenders and victims than they do protecting victims, in my opinion.
[Unknown]
This bill gives victims power. A protective order is a piece of paper. It doesn't stop bullets. Someone bent on killing their loved ones is not going to be stopped by anything except someone that levels the playing field and the police can't be everywhere all the time. The gentleman cited a statistic which comes from an antigun group. I'm sure it doesn't take into account what might happen if we did level that playing field and did empower victims and did provide the kind of training embodied in my House bill 768 which is coming to the floor which allows them to access an existing domestic violence fund which allows them to learn how to operate it safely and efficiently and a way to protect their family should the need arise. I would respond to the gentleman in that way, that while I understand this is going to do something. I don't think this is going to do anything if they are bent on murder. Having someone protect nems in that instance is actually going to have an effect and the desired effect, which is to stop the threat.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, speaking to the bill.
[Unknown]
The at the appropriate
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Virginia time. Beach, Mr. Davis.
Glenn Davis
Mr. Speaker, speaking to the bill.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Glenn Davis
Thank you Mr. Speaker. I can appreciate the safety concerns from the gentleman from Fairfax, but I think he is missing the point of the this doesn't prevent someone bill. From getting a firearm or allow them to get a fire amplet that's got nothing to do with this. They can have already owned the firearm. All this does is say that someone who is under this protective order is allowed to conceal that firearm. Now, if we want to talk about safety for a second, if a woman is scared for her life, or her family's life, what is for her to walk around, open safer? And carry a firearm where the assailant, maybe bent on harming her, can see the firearm and immobilize it and take it from her, or have it conceal it in her purse where if she needs to use it she can get to it without someone getting a jump on her? So Mr. Speaker, I can appreciate some of the comments, but this isn't about whether someone should be allowed to carry or not allowed to care. -- to -- should be allowed to carry and conceal. I think that makes all the difference in the world.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from camden, Mr. Fariss.
Matt Fariss
I move the pending question.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from camden, moves the pending question. As many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no. Shall the bill be engrossed and passed to the third reading. As many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no. The bill is engrossed and passed to the third reading.
Matt Fariss
House bill 707 has been taken by for the day. House bill 812, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia related to establishing the limited residential lodging act, penalty, report from the committee on general laws with a substitute, and Mr. Speaker, there also is a floor amendment to the committee substitute.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from han over Mr. Peace.
Chris Peace
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, House bill 812 is a free market private property rights piece of legislation that seeks to establish a statewide framework for the establishment of short term limited residential lodging opportunities on platforms like air bnb, as well as setting up a statewide tax collection and remittance structure approved by the department of taxation. I've had a couple of questions today. I have an amendment at the desk, what I would like to do is adopt a committee substitute, ask those clarifying amendments be so adopted and take the bill by for the day to answer any further questions anyone might have once the bill is in its proper posture. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, those amendments simply further clarify that we are only seeking to regulate the primary residence, and they bring language from the tax section of the code regarding principal place of residents and domicile, which is a term very commonly understood among us all. So Mr. Speaker, I move the committee substitute. Question is on adoption of the committee substitute, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no.
Bill Howell
The committee substitute is agreed to. The question is on adoption of the floor amendments.
Chris Peace
Two amendments.
[Unknown]
Okay.
[Unknown]
Two amendments, amendment number one, line 45, after the word "unit", line 45, after the word "union", strike "that" and insert "who occupies dwelling unit as his principal place of residence and domicile" and who, then number two, line 47, line 47, after the word "tenants", strike "primary residents" and insert principal place of residence and domicile.
[Unknown]
Question on adoption of the floor amendments, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no.
Bill Howell
The floor amendment is agreed to. The gentleman has requested that the bill go by for the day. Without objection, House bill 812, by for the day.
[Unknown]
Continuing with the calendar, House bill 865, a bill to provide for the submission to voters proposed amendment to the constitution of Virginia, adding in article 10, a section number 6b, relating to real property tax exemptions, report from the committee on privileges and elections.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Hugo.
Tim Hugo
Mr. Speaker, House bill 865 provides for a referendum on November 8th for the election or rejection of amendment to the constitution to allow the general assembly to provide a local option to exempt from taxation the real property of the surviving member of a police officer, firefighter, or other emt. The amendment is permissive in nature for the locality and provides the surviving spouse must occupy the real property and that the exemption ceases if the spouse remarries. Hope it be the will of the body to engross the bill and pass it to its third reading.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill be engrossed and passed to the third reading?
Tim Hugo
As many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no. The bill is engrossed and passed to the third reading.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, returning to Page 19 of the printed calendar, Page 19, House bill 144, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code relating to legal holiday, native americans day, report from the committee on general laws with a substitute.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Krezik.
[Unknown]
I move the adoption of the committee substitute.
Bill Howell
The question is on adoption of the committee substitute. As many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no.
Bill Howell
The substitute is agreed to. The gentleman from Fairfax .
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
[captioning will continue momentarily] one, but two new tribes in Virginia that I had never heard of before. Specifically, I could have sworn that when it came up, we have a tribe called the maniponies and
[Unknown]
I've lived in Virginia all my life but when the patron came up to speak, I thought I heard not we also have a tribe called the rapahonics. Would the.
[Unknown]
Confirm for me there are indeed only 11 recognized tribes in Virginia and that this bill does not create 13 of them?
Bill Howell
Yes, the gentleman from Fairfax is correct. And I stand corrected and I apologize to the tribes.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Would the gentleman yield for a further question?
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
Yes.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Now that we confirmed that the speaker has -- or the gentleman has confirmed that we have 11 strikes, and he's able to pronounce two of them, I imagine that he's an expert enough to go ahead and list all 11 and pronounce them correctly.
[Unknown]
Police the upper matapani, I mentioned the pamunke, the eastern chikahominy, I mentioned arapohanic, the nansomend,.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I have three people on the floor.
[Unknown]
I was going to make an offer, if we could do all 11 and not mispronounce, he might get a budget amendment but he just -- he just messed up up the one where I 'm from. But I thank the gentleman.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I apologize. The nansomend, the manaken, the sheranhoka. The Nottoway and the pot zero -- potowomac. Thought -- those are important tribes we have here in Virginia .
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, will the gentleman yield for a question?
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield? Yes, I would.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I must say that I 'm impressed with the gentleman's research ability. I know he's put a lot of time into this good bill, and I appreciate that he is struggling a little bit with the pronunciation of the tribes, but that might be a function of the different languages, that dominated Virginia in the 16th and 17th century. Can the gentleman tell us the three major indian languages that were spoken in the colonies during the colonial times?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, it was the ahgonquin, and the siouxan, and I apologize but I don't know the third.
[Unknown]
I think the gentleman is referring to the iroquoixan.
[Unknown]
That's correct.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Sickles.
Mark Sickles
Would the gentleman yield for a question? This is important.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I yield. I'm sure it's important.
Mark Sickles
Mr. Speaker, I 'd like to ask the gentleman that if we pass this bill today, will he be back next year with an indigenous people's week for our consideration?
[Unknown]
How about a season?
[Unknown]
You're ruining my joke. I have three straight lines. Go ahead.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, this day we -- let me give you a quick history. We wanted to do this day on a different day but we consulted with the tribes, and this is the day that the Virginia tribes chose because of its historical significance. So I don't think a week is any
[Unknown]
You don't have to say any better. More. [ applause ]
Bill Howell
Shall the bill be engrossed and passed to its third reading? Those in favor of the motion will say aye, those opposed, no. The bill is engrossed and passed to its third reading.
[Unknown]
Continuing with the calendar, [ applause ] resolutions, uncontested calendar, two resolutions in the uncontested log, House joint resolution 177, condemning the anti-israel boycott divestment [the resolution 177 was read] Mr. Speaker, there is a technical floor amendment.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Virginia beach.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I move to adopt the technical amendments on hjr177.
[Unknown]
Shall the technical amendments be agreed to? All in favor of the motion will record their vote aye; those opposed, no.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from have a a beach.
[Unknown]
This resolution is affirming our long-standing commitment to the only democracy in the middle east, the nation ofist -- of israel. I think it's appropriate as the oldest democratic institution in the western hemisphere that we stand with the only nation in the middle east that guarantees the right to freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press, I think it is ironic that in the nation state of israel's declaration of independence, their foundational principles and their declaration mirrors the same foundational principles in our own declaration of independence written by a certain young lawyer that used to be a member of this very body. This is a time in the state of israel's history where they feel probably never more isolated and there is a movement to essentially use what is called boycott divestment and sanctions to isolate israel and end its status as the traditional jewish homeland for the people of israel. So at this point I would ask this resolution be moved to be adopted. Thank you.
[Unknown]
Continuing, the other bill in the block on Page 32, uncontested calendar resolution House joint resolution 197, designated April 16 in 2016 and in each succeeding year as disease awareness day in Virginia. Report to the committee on rules.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Arlington, Mr. Lopez.
Alfonso Lopez
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It's the third most common parasitic disease in the world, leading to heart failure and death. The u.S. Medical system it's thought that it's only seen in latin america but there are an estimated 3,000 individuals in the u.S. Who have it. The latin american immigrant of Virginia is high risk of this illness. This resolution would make April 16th of this year and every following year awareness day in Virginia. I hope it's the will of the body to pass the resolution.
Bill Howell
Shall the resolutions be adopted? The clerk will close the roll.
Alfonso Lopez
The motion is adopted.
[Unknown]
Resolutions regular calendar, Page 32. House joint resolution has been taken by until Monday, February 8th. Accordingly, House joint resolution two, proposing an amendment to the constitution of Virginia by adding an article 1 a section numbered 11a relating to the right to work. Reports committee on privileges and elections.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from stanton, Mr. Bell.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, this is the second reference of a proposed amendment to the constitution of Virginia for the right to work. As directed by the constitution of Virginia, the bill passed boathouses last year by a majority. We had the 2015 general election and it is back for its second reference, and I would ask that we adopt the resolution. >>
[Unknown]
Speaking briefly to the bill?
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
I know none of you are asleep but if any of you are asleep, wake up now so you know which way to vote on this bill. I hope you'll vote no. Thank you.
[Unknown]
Shall the resolution be adopted?
Bill Howell
Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes, 65, nos, 34.
[Unknown]
The resolution is adopted.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, House joint resolution 123, proposing an amendment to the constitution of Virginia by adding an in article 10 a section numbered 16 relating to real property tax exemptions, report of the committee on privileges and
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Fairfax, elections. Mr. Hugo.
Tim Hugo
Mr. Speaker, this is also a second reference. We passed the enable go relating shouldn't to put it on the battle just a few minutes ago -- ballot. This will provide a constitutional amendment to provide a local option to exempt from taxation the primary rest of any fallen firefighter, police officer or emt who was killed in the line of duty I had the body to pass the amendment.
[Unknown]
Shall the resolution be adopted?
Tim Hugo
The clerk will close the roll. Ayes, 98, nos, zero.
[Unknown]
The resolution is adopted.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, that completes the calendar.
[Unknown]
Does the clerk have any announcements or communications?
[Unknown]
Just today's announcements for meetings. The militia police and public safety, that committee will not be meeting today. First up will be commerce and labor, meeting immediately upon adjournment of the House over in-House room d. Gab congress and labor immediately. That's a change in time. Commerce and labor special workers' compensation subcommittee will meet immediately upon adjournment of the full committee in-House room d. General laws will meet one-half hour after adjournment of the House across the way in-House room c. Then general laws subcommittee no. 1 will meet immediately upon adjournment of the full committee in in House room -- two ours after adjournment or presumably as subcommittee one finishes its business. All between in-House room c. The appropriate regulations, health and human resources subcommittee, will meet today at 4:00 up on the ninth floor of the general assembly building, the appropriate regulations room. And then at 4:00, as well, the education committee's higher ed subcommittee will meet at 4:00 in the fifth floor east conference room. Looking ahead to tomorrow, Wednesday, February 3rd, the women's healthcare caucus will meet at 7:00 a.M. In the lieutenant governor's office, in the governor street and oliver hill building. That's a change in location and time for the women's healthcare caucus at 7:00 tomorrow. Then at 7:30, county cities and towns, subcommittee no. 1, they will meet at 7:30 on the eighth floor west conference room. At 8:00, the military veterans -- military and veterans caucus will meet in the fourth floor west conference room, then at 8:30, iowa and Chesapeake natural resources committee, and the education committee at 8:30 in House room d general assembly building. Women's round table -- I apologize. The cancer caucus will be meeting the 9:30 at the fourth floor west conference room in the gab. Appropriate regulations committee general government and capital outlay subcommittee will not meet tomorrow. That has been canceled. But the education committee's elementary and secondary education committee will meet immediately upon adjournment of the full committee in House room d tomorrow morning. Listen 30:00 a.M. In-House room two. The republican caucus will meet at 11:30 a.M. In-House room one, downstairs here in the capitol. That completes the announcements I have at this time.
[Unknown]
I ask for an introduction. Mr. Speaker, the ladies and gentlemen of the House, in the gallery rooms are members of decoding dyslexia, a group to lobby on behalf of early identification of indicators of dyslexia. I hope the House will give them a warm welcome. [ applause ]
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Henrico, Mr. O'bannon.
John O'Bannon
I'd like to announce there will be a meeting of the commerce agricultural, natural resources and technology subcommittee of appropriate regulations tomorrow at 10:00 a.M. On the ninth floor.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Colonial Heights, Mr. Cox.
Kirk Cox
I move the House adjourn today to reconvene tomorrow at 12 noon.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from colonial House the House adjourn and we reconvene tomorrow at 12 noon. As many as favor that motion will say aye. The motion is approved.
Kirk Cox
I move the House do now adjourn.
[Unknown]
Mr. Cox moves the House now adjourn. As many as favor that motion will say aye. Those opposed will say no. The motion is passed. The session is ainjured to reconvene tomorrow. Reconvene tomorrow.