02/04/2016 House Proceedings

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Minutes

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

Mace placed on Speaker's table by Sergeant at Arms

Prayer offered by The Reverend Amy Beth Coleman, Pastor, St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, Richmond

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

Attendance roll call - Quorum present

Leaves of Absence granted: Delegates Anderson and Greason

Journal for Wednesday, February 3, 2016, approved by the Speaker

Senate communication received
Senate bills passed: SBs 21, 249, 253, 278, 283, 292, 344, 346, 367, 385, 455, 557, 621, 732

Committee reports
From Appropriations: HBs 834S, 846S
From Courts of Justice: HBs 19As, 64S, 70As, 170S, 176, 189, 326S, 355S, 373S, 377S (referred), 404, 412As, 428, 441, 442A, 446S, 541, 560, 572S, 582As, 600As, 608, 624, 667, 668S, 669A, 671A, 678 (referred), 768 (referred), 815, 854, 875A, 932, 940As, 1020As, 1056, 1126S, 1196S, 1275S, 1294, 1334
From Health, Welfare and Institutions: HBs 193S, 350S, 689
From Transportation: HBs 10, 117S, 267, 289A, 417A, 653, 730A (referred), 748S, 869S, 897S, 938S, 939, 1060A, 1069S (referred), 1070S (referred), 1232S

Delegate McQuinn granted unanimous consent to introduce a House joint resolution [HJR 245]

SJR 140 taken up and agreed to

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

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

CALENDAR

HOUSE BILLS READ THIRD TIME
UNCONTESTED CALENDAR
HB 80 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 95 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 148A - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 279S - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 398S - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 516 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 1062 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 1152 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 1170 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)
HB 1331 - Passed Block Vote (Y-98 N-0)

HOUSE BILLS READ THIRD TIME
REGULAR CALENDAR
HB 90SA - Passed (Y-98 N-0)
HB 382S - Passed (Y-65 N-32)
HB 481S - Passed by for the day
HB 770SA - Passed (Y-68 N-27)
HB 812SA - Passed (Y-75 N-22)
HB 22 - Passed (Y-68 N-28)
HB 23A - Passed (Y-82 N-15)
HB 138 - Passed (Y-86 N-10)
HB 182 - Passed (Y-75 N-22)
HB 328S - Passed (Y-73 N-24)
HB 357 - Passed (Y-72 N-26)
HB 487 - Passed (Y-95 N-2)
HB 515S - Passed (Y-97 N-1)
HB 557 - Passed (Y-96 N-2)
HB 590S - Passed (Y-88 N-9)
HB 596 - Passed (Y-92 N-5)
HB 742 - Passed (Y-89 N-8)
HB 942 - Passed (Y-66 N-32)
HB 951 - Passed (Y-92 N-6)
HB 1017A - Passed (Y-66 N--32)
HB 1194 - Passed (Y-71 N-26)
HB 252S - Passed (Y-98 N-0)
HB 1224A - Passed (Y-95 N-3)

HOUSE BILLS READ SECOND TIME
UNCONTESTED CALENDAR
HB 928 - Moved to Regular Calendar
HB 558S - Committee Substitute agreed to, Engrossed
HB 586S - Committee Substitute agreed to, Engrossed
HB 782 - Engrossed
HB 1267A - Committee Amendment agreed to, Engrossed

HOUSE BILLS READ SECOND TIME
REGULAR CALENDAR
HB 518S - Committee Substitute rejected, Delegate LeMunyon floor substitute agreed to, Engrossed
HB 3 - Passed by until Monday, February 8, 2016
HB 1147S - Passed by until Monday, February 8, 2016
HB 928 - Refused to engross

RESOLUTION
REGULAR CALENDAR
HJR 1 - Passed by until Monday, February 8, 2016

HOUSE BILLS READ FIRST TIME
UNCONTESTED CALENDAR
HB 157S
HB 185A
HB 200A
HB 241S
HB 262S
HB 317A
HB 405A
HB 462
HB 525A
HB 535S
HB 644
HB 756S
HB 818A
HB 820S
HB 821
HB 851S
HB 870S
HB 954
HB 968A
HB 1013A
HB 1094A
HB 1142
HB 1211A
HB 1270A
HB 1341A

HOUSE BILLS READ FIRST TIME
REGULAR CALENDAR
HB 175
HB 340S
HB 475S
HB 611S

Motion by Delegate Cox to adjourn agreed to

House adjourned at 1:31 p.m. to meet Friday, February 5, 2016, at 11:00 a.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
The House will come to order. Members please take your seats. Sergeant at arms.
Bill Howell
The House is now in session, all persons not entitled to privileges on the floor please retire to the gallery.
Bill Howell
The members will rise and be led in prayer by the Reverend amy beth coleman pastor in Richmond and remain standing for the pledge of allegiance of the united states of america led by gentleman from Colonial Heights, Mr. Cox.
Kirk Cox
Let us pray. God of all creation, the sun rises on another day to love and serve you, another day to serve those you love. Those gathered here, in this room, have devoted this time to serve. We give thanks for them. For the staff who helped them be prepared, and for their families, who live without them for a season. These men and women are privileged with the task of governing those from the least to the greatest, in this great commonwealth of Virginia. May their discourse today be full of your love, May their work reflect your justice and mercy, May their lives demonstrate your grace, and May they always err on the side of compassion. May they do all of the good they can but all the means they can, in all the ways they can. Lord, hear this prayer, amen. [ reciting the pledge of allegiance of america ].
Bill Howell
Members will answer roll call by indicating their presence on the electronic voting board. The clerk will close the calendar.
Kirk Cox
Mr. Speaker, a quorum is present.
[Unknown]
Purse unite to House rule three, I 've examined and approved the journal for the House for February 3, 2014.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, on behalf of the delegates who represent Caroline County, it's my honor to recognize the Bowling green district supervisor from Caroline, serving as the chairman of the Caroline County board of supervisors. He's keenly interested in one matter, one on our docket later this morning. I hope that the House will give Mr. Jeff sealy, a fine House welcome.
Bill Howell
Jeff, we're delighted to have you with us today and hope you can accomplish something down here at the capitol today. The gentleman from Henrico, Mr. Massie.
Jimmie Massie
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I rise for a point of personal privilege, please.
Bill Howell
Gentleman May proceed.
Jimmie Massie
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, economic growth, job creation and wage growth is the most important public policy challenge facing our country. And our commonwealth. The rate of real growth is the single greatest determinant of america's strength as a nation, the well being of the american people and all virginians. Without economic growth, Mr. Speaker, we cannot adequately pay for national defense, state and local public safety, pro ride for families, educate our children, or take care of those who cannot take care of themselves. And Mr. Speaker, I have some dire, frightening news with respect to economic growth, job creation and wage growth. The bureau of economic analysis reported last Friday that in 2015, u.S. Real gdp growth was just 2.38%. Given that, Mr. Speaker, 2015 will happen to have been the 10th year, the 10th year in a row, Mr. Speaker, that real gdp growth has come in under 3%. To put that into historical perspective, the previous, longest such stretch of sub-3% growth was four years only, not 10, from 1930 to 1933, or during the great depression, Mr. Speaker, we are experiencing the worst economic recovery from a recession since the great depression of the 1930s. Even worse, Mr. Speaker, the congressional budget office is forecasting that the united states of america will never, never, see 3% growth again. According to the bureau of labor statistics for 50 years from 1964-2014, average hourly wages in 2014 constant dollars for production and nonsupervisery employees in the private sector grew a little less than 8%. Would anybody in here be happy with an 8% real pay raise over 50 years? With respect to Virginia, Mr. Speaker, in 2014, according to the u.S. Department of commerce, our states real growth was 0. That ranked Virginia 48th in the country, only ahead of alaska and mississippi. For the decade from 2004 to 2014, Virginia 's compound annual growth rate and gdp was 1.3% a year. Mr. Speaker, I have four children. And main reason I do that is because, do this job is because of my children and our grandchildren. Mr. Speaker, we're in the process of leaving our children and our grandchildren as their inheritance from us, a nation, and a commonwealth with much, much less economic opportunity than we, ourselves inherited. We're also leaving them with a $19 trillion national debt. Or $59,000 of debt for every man, woman, and child. And Mr. Speaker, the federal government can spend, continues to spend, I want you to pay attention to this number, I 'm going to tell you how much money the federal government spends an hour, $450 million an hour, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, and, Mr. Speaker, their revenues are only $385 million an hour. Thus, Mr. Speaker, our federal government is deficit spending even today and oh, guess what? Revenue numbers are better over the last couple years but they continue to spend. And this is a self inflicted arcs voidable win, the result of higher punitive tax rates, obamacare, dodd frank, clean power plan and on, and on. The numbers do not lie. The obama-mcauliffe track record is projected to be a record of dismal failure, again, a self inflicted poor public policy way. A clear result of this and something all of us ought to understand is the donald trump and bernie sanders economic populism is selling well to large swaths of Virginia who are rightfully angry because they, and their families are doing poorly. Mr. Speaker, this track record of failure is unacceptable. It makes me, and many virginians very angry because our government is failing us. So, Mr. Speaker, what has and what will the House republican caucus hopefully in a bipartisan manner do about this disnal economic performance? The House of delegates led the effort to create many good-paying jobs for virginians. Since 2003, we have defeated 26 job killing taxes that would have cost Virginia 's families over $30 billion. We have fostered a reasonable state regulatory environment. We pass legislation to encourage entrepreneurs and innovators to invest in start up companies and angel tax credits and expanded our job creating programs, especially in the fields of futures like technology, data and cyber security. Just ask president sands. We have worked hard to align our educational system and to stream line our work force programs. But Mr. Speaker, our 2016 economic agenda to mention just five include, balancing our new two-year budget without a tax increase. Thank you chairman Jones and chairman Ware and members of the finance committee. Two, enshrining our right to work tradition in our Virginia constitution. Thank you, Delegate Bell. Establishing go Virginia, a regional economic development initiative. Thank you, majority leader Cox and caucus chair, tim Hugo. And finally, number five, promoting greater transparency in our regulatory process. Mr. Speaker, despite the Wednesday bible study on worry, I 'm worried sick. And I 'm embarrassed, Mr. Speaker, quite frankly and we should be worried sick about and embarrassed by the lack of economic opportunity we're leaving our children and our grandchildren as a result of poor public policy. It is our responsibility to do everything in our power to create the public policy environment most conducive to economic growth. We cannot sit on side lines and expect this public policy self inflicted wound to heal on its own. Mr. Speaker, we have a public policy agenda to address this failure during this session. I sincerely hope we can act this, enact this agenda in a bipartisan manner. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Hanover, Mr. Peace.
Chris Peace
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Chris Peace
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House we welcome volunteers with the Virginia breast cancer foundation, serving those with breast cancer and has been successful and hospital stays and the breast cancer foundation provides information to those newly diagnosed with cancer and volunteers participate in remote area medical clinics throughout Virginia. Providing educational resources on breast cancer to residents of under served areas. When you see pink ribbon license plates, the funds are used in the work of the foundation. And this year, we passed House joint resolution 201 in honor of the 25th anniversary, the breast cancer foundation. I ask the members of the House will give them a warm welcome to the capitol.
[Unknown]
Pleased to have the ladies with us today and thank you for your advocacy.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Giles, Mr. Yost.
Joseph Yost
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I rise for the purpose of a request.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Joseph Yost
I request permission to take center aisle and ask the gentleman from Salem, Mr. Habeeb, and gentleman from Hopewell Mr. Rush to and all of the hokey alumni to join me as well. ♪ [ music ] ♪
Greg Habeeb
Gentleman from Giles .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, today I have the supreme honor and privilege of recognizing a truly outstanding and loved member of our community. A native of hillsdale, frank beamer graduated in 1969 for Virginia tech, started as cornerback on the football team and took the team to two liberty bells. In 1987, coach beamer came home, returning to Virginia tech, becoming the first alum to coach the football team since the 1940s and over the course of his 29 season career, he led the hokeys to four acc titles, 23 bowl game appearances, two major bowl game victories and a national championship game appearance. And I would note for the gentleman from Charlottesville, Mr. Toscano, this includes a 20 and 9 record against another, yet unnamed football team. In 1999 and 2000, the hokeys and frank beamer went on to make history, hosting the winningest seasons in school hist by with the team's first 11-0 record, back to back records and a trip to the national championship. Coach beamer oversaw the hokeys transition from an independent team to the big east in 1991 in the acc in 2004. In the team's first season in acc he was named acc coach of the year for leading a young team to a title in a bowl championship game series. In the team went on to earn the 2004 fall sportsmanship award. Coach beamer finishes his career as the winningest active coach in the national collegiate athletics association football bowl subdivision with 280 career wins. He's earned numerous awards, including eight national coach of the year awards in 1999 and the coach of the decade award from the big east in 2000, and 2005, voted by 40 college coaches for the coach for whom they had the most respect and inducted into the Virginia sports Hall of fame. Above all else, frank beamer proved to be a guardian to his team, and made a promise to players and family he'd take care of these young men and he kept that promise. This is evidenced by the fact that 94.3% of the senior football players from 2001 to 2014 earned degrees and went on to lead successful post Virginia tech careers. I have never known a Virginia tech football team without frank beamer as coach. That is why it's an honor to stnd here today in the presence of this body and surrounded by numerous members of the hokey nation to share a joint resolution. I want to share a story. Not too long into first term in the House our letters and saw a announcement in the newspaper announcing the marriage of his daughter. We sent him a congratulations and I received a letter thanking me. I have to admit that was pretty darn cool. I kept that note and you never know when frank beamer's signature might come in handy. But seriously, coach on behalf of the House we want to thank you for your three decades of service and wish you God speed in your well earned retirement. Thank you. [ applause ]. >> Coach beamer, we're honored to have you with us today, you're truly a legend, a coach that hopefully, as a uva fan we'll never see again. We just thank you so much for all you've done over the years to build character in these young men you've worked with, to be so successful and bring such honor not just to Virginia tech but the commonwealth. Thank you. The gentlewoman from Norfolk, miss Hester .
David Toscano
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
Gent well yom May proceed.
David Toscano
Mr. Speaker, and members of the House, joining us are the members of the old dough -- dominion student government. The organization serves as the voice of the student body and advocates for concerns working in close partnership with the administration. The student government association Senate meets weekly to discuss bills and resolutions and just as we do in the general assembly, using committees to reach legislative decisions. Their xheets include safety and transportation, student life, off campus life, wellness, legislative affairs and finance. The sga works to help the university prosper and guarantee that all students are properly represented. Please join me in extending to the student government association a warm House welcome.
Bill Howell
We're delighted to have the students with us today and hope you enjoy your time in the capitol. The gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Keam.
Mark Keam
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I rise for a point of personal privilege.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Mark Keam
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, unless Dr. Ben carson is successful, to will be the last Black history month we'll be celebrating with an african american president. So unless, I wanted to spend a few minutes paying tribute and honoring african americans who have run for president throughout history. Most of us might think the first african american to run for president was household name might be recognized is congress woman shirley chivens from new York but it turns out she was not the first. The first african american who became a candidate for president was Frederick douglas in 1888. Not that he sought the office, but he gave a speech at the republican national convention that year, in 1888 and back then, nominations process was slightly different than they do things now. After the speech, and the delegates gathered around and took votes, Frederick douglas received a report and became officially a candidate for president of the united states. Now, we won't think of him as a traditional candidate for president. But a few years after that, there was a gentleman who did run and sought nomination of his own party. His name was george edwin Taylor from alabama. He was an activist who fought for civil rights, rights of after rick minute americans and free slaves, his r his platform included issues of the day. So he sought and of course didn't make it, but sought the presidency and his running mate was a gentleman named william payne, a teacher from Virginia. So we had an african american vice presidential candidate coming from the commonwealth of Virginia. It wasn't until shirley chiven ran, but she raised issues of equality and justice for all americans. And she opened a lot of doors. That year in 1972, a congress woman from hawaii became the first asian american to run for president of the united states. A few years after that, in 1984, rev jesse jackson ran for president and a lot of people dismissed that as not a possibility someone just an activist would seek the presidential nomination. Yet he did receive about 3 million votes throughout the process. So in 1988, he doubled and received 7 million votes. That campaign has special meaning to me because my first paid job was in that year, 1988, working for the party and I had a chance to meet Reverend jackson a few times and he and others inspired me, a young immigrant from asia to think there May be people of different background who will run and actually win office. In 1988 he withdrew his nomination, some of the pundits said something which I 've remembered. They said, Reverend jesse jackson's campaign proved two points. First point, there will be an african american president. Second point it will not be Reverend jesse jackson. That reminded me that it takes people to try something and try to break the barrier, he or she opens doors for others to follow. And in 1992, we saw a number of african americans running for office, allen keys from the republican side, ran in that year and a few years after that and a couple years after that, we had al sharpton and since then, it's been conventional wisdom that certainly, we can have african americans running for president and that is not a novelty anymore, or a new thought. So in 2012, we also have a gentleman from the republican side, herman cane who ran and he didn't make it, but raised issues from a business perspective that were not being discussed. And this year, we have Dr. Ben carson, also bringing a lot of issues that haven't been discussed and bringing his professional background as a doctor. We know about president obama and the reason I wanted to bring this up is because when Martin luther king famously said he had a dream, in August, 1963 and talked about we need to treat each other not based on the color of our skin but content of character and treeding each other as individuals, I think that is what happens when people step up and seek what might be unachievable, whether running for president, becoming a judge or serving in the House of delegates. I want to close with a quote that congress woman shirley chivens spoke. She said I 'm in the the candidate of Black america, though I am Black and proud. I'm not the candidate of the womens' movement, though I am proud of that. I am a candidate for the people of america. For us to achieve equality and individual treatment that Martin luther king and others spoke about, I think we have to really start treating each other not as a group, race, or background or religion, but as individuals that we are. And so this year, we May make history once again. We May have the first hispanic american president. We May have the first jewish american president. Or canadian president. We May have the first woman to serve in highest office. We May also have the first multi billionaire president. We May. But regardless of what the hyphen is, or how we describe each other, I hope the words of others will resonate when thinking about this election cycle that we can treat each other not as political parties, back grounds or religions but individuals because after all, we're all americans and legacy of Black history is america's history. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Richmond city, Mr. Loupassi.
Manoli Loupassi
Mr. Speaker, I rise for the purpose of three introductions.
Bill Howell
Gentleman May proceed.
Manoli Loupassi
Large number, I know. In the gallery is a constituent who happens to be no stranger to the House, joe holloman is with us today and joe was the clerk of the House of delegates from 1974 until 1991, he was the clerk under former speaker cook and joined by family and friends. I hope the body will join me in giving our former clerk of the House of delegates a warm House welcome. >> Joe, we're delighted to have you visiting with us again today. For those members who May not know or remember joe started working in the House 70 years ago this year. Just a couple years after I got here. And we're so happy to see you again and wish you the best. Thanks for joining us today.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, if I can continue? Thank you. Patricia Bell if she can please stand, a ninth grader at Franklin military school in Richmond here today for shattering, shadowing her legislator day. I ask you give her a warm House welcome. Finally, Mr. Speaker, in the gallery this morning are students from st. Gertrude's high school. If they can rise. It's Virginia 's only all-girls catholic high school, serving educational needs of young women over 90 years in the museum district. With college prep it is one of a kind, please join me in giving them a warm House welcome.
[Unknown]
Delighted to have the students with us today, thank you for your taking the time to visit us in the capitol.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Krizek?
Paul Krizek
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, my group left. They had to get on the bus at 12:30. I would like to recognize the Reverend kincanyon and members of the church along Richmond highway in Fairfax County, founded in 1996, strive to be a community that reflects the reality of the kingdom that you give them a warm House welcome.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Danville, Mr. Marshall.
Danny Marshall
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I rise for introduction.
Bill Howell
Gentleman May proceed. Jesus christ pro claimed I ask
Danny Marshall
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, we're joined with a 12th grade students from Danville public schools, we have retired teacher robert q Jones, who has been coming to capitol with a group for decades, we have students from gw, angela frasier, a teacher, hope Adams, a teacher, lilly hungerland, a student and nakia Lee, a student. And miss Hall, a student. Christine harper Edwards, a substitute yend and reginald jeffreys, a student. We have Danville school board member, the other half that is steven gould so let's give them a warm welcome.
Bill Howell
Glad to have the students with us here today. The gentleman from Henrico, Mr. O'bannon.
John O'Bannon
Mr. Speaker, I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
Gentleman May proceed.
John O'Bannon
Thank you, sir. I'd like the House to welcome Reverend amy beth coleman. She's pastor at st. Andrews and a native of ohio. She got a degree at duke divinity school. I learned she's a buck eye fan and her favorite scripture verse, Mr. Speaker is psalms 23:six, surely goodness and mercy will follow me all of my life and I will live in the House of the lord forever. I hope we'll welcome Reverend coleman.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Fairfax, miss Murphy .
Kathleen Murphy
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I rise for a point of personal privilege.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Kathleen Murphy
Thank you. Yesterday, Mr. Speaker, our governor who has created over 95,000 new jobs for Virginia, and brought in almost $10 billion in investment to Virginia announced that eurocomposites group will invest $10.5 million to expand operations in culpepper county and create 58 more new jobs. The Virginia economic development partnership which is a wonderful organization has worked with culpepper county, to secure the project for Virginia. Governor mcauliffe approved $150,000 grant from the commonwealth opportunity fund to assist culpepper county with the project and the company will receive benefits from the port of Virginia economic development zone, grant program to fund services to support the company's employee training activities. They will get funding through the Virginia jobs investment program. You May know that eurocomposites manufactured advanced honey comb materials used in aviation, space, industrial and defense technology applications. And they will expand the facility by 51,000 square feet, add new equipment to increase production and I think we can be very proud of the effort and the terrific job our governor has done on behalf of economic growth in Virginia and we're very pleased that eurocomposites is part of it. Thank you.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Bedford, miss Byron .
Kathy Byron
Thank you. I request the journal reflect my seat mate is absent due to pressing personal business.
Bill Howell
Journal will so reflect.
Kathy Byron
Gentleman from Spotsylvania, Mr. Cole.
Mark Cole
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I have a request.
Bill Howell
Gentleman May state it.
Mark Cole
My the journal reflect my seat mate is away on pressing personal business.
[Unknown]
Goem Charlottesville, Mr. Toscano.
[Unknown]
Tos -- thank you, Mr. Speaker. I listened to the Delegate from Henrico as and I heard of series of doom and gloom statistics, and prognostications, etc. I harkened back to the sports announcers hak harikari and all I can say is holy cow, then, I went to check things out. I went to fact check.Com, the service of the annenburg center, an independent think tank that monitors statistics. In case you don't trust the media I went to fortune, which is no apologyist for corporate interest and forbes which I thought was an indication of what is going on in the question. I want to point out several facts that I think tell the rest of the story of what he heard on the floor today. Since president obama took office, in the midst of the deepest recession since the great depression, people were losing their fortunes because of what was happening on wall street, there have been 70, say 70, months of consecutive job growth in this country. That is the longest streak in history. That is 70. 8.7 million jobs, six times the number of jobs created under eight years of george w. Bush. You can look on the forbes Page and look at the graph of unemployment starting when our president took office. It starts up here and goes down here. That is a great record on employment. We've got an auto industry that a lot of people criticize when we invest into the industry but detroit's auto industry is back with a vengeance, gang busters. So let's not talk about doom and gloom. 3.7% 3.7% gdp growth outstrips every developed country in this world. The united states economy is growing. We May not think it's growing fast enough, but I think it's as the gentleman from Henrico understands it can't grow too fast or we'lling complaining about inflation. It's modest growth. And it's growth that is good for the country. Stock prices, twice the level of what they were when obama took office. Gas prices, I 've paid $1.48 for gas, a gallon yesterday. Do you remember what it was when obama took office? Corporate profits, something should be near and dear to the gentleman, expanding rapidly. Much higher than when obama took office. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen, it's good to talk about gloom and doom sometimes. But let's get the facts right. And the facts show that there have been tremendous economic activity and growth during years of the obama administration, and we can also talk about the years of the mcauliffe administration if you want to link them together. Do we have problems and challenges? Yes. We do. Do we need to make changes? Yes, we do. Our wage growth is not as great as it should be. There is too much ineek quality in this country. There are a lot of things that need to be done. Do we need to build our new Virginia economy? Yes, we do. But ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Speaker, let's start with what is really going on. Not with doom and gloom that prevents us from growing together and moving this commonwealth forward, thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Albemarle, Mr. Bell.
Rob Bell
Mr. Speaker, I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
Gentleman May proceed.
Rob Bell
The methodists are in town led by bishop cho. We have 150 united methodist men, women and children visiting our committees and sharing their thoughts. Can we have a warm House welcome for the united methodists that are here with us today?
Bill Howell
We're pleased to have all of the methodists visiting with us today and thank you for taking the time to come down to your capitol. Gentleman from pitsvania, Mr. Adams.
Les Adams
I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Les Adams
With us is several residents serving at the Danville regional medical center. I ask they stand. These medical professionals serve many residents so on behalf of the gentleman from Danville, I ask the House join me in giving them a warm House welcome.
Bill Howell
Gentlewoman from Richmond city, miss McQuinn .
Delores McQuinn
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I rise for a request.
Bill Howell
Gentlewoman May state it. I ask for unanimous consent of a House on House joint resolution that is past the deadline, designating breast cancer month.
Delores McQuinn
Introducing a resolution after the filing date, those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. That motion is agreed to.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Virginia beach?
[Unknown]
I rise for an introduction of three groups and an individual.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
In the chamber are three groups that are members of the multi cultural chamber alliance, Virginia hispanic chamber of commerce and northern Virginia Black chamber of commerce, these groups have been collaborating since August of 2013. They're pledging to cooperate and collaborate together and implement programs to establish a greater framework of support and opportunities for all minority owned businesses in the commonwealth. Their understanding among these three changers promises to change the paradigm for how minority businesses engage and interact with each other, it allows and invests into the growth of the commonwealth and beyond. I would like to give them a warm welcome to Mr. Jefferson's capitol. Mr. Speaker, I 'd like to give a special welcome to ceo and founder of the hispanic chamber of commerce, michelle dejour. I have fond memories sitting around his dining room table, he had a vision of starting Virginia hispanic chamber of commerce. And Mr. Speaker, michelle's vision has been realized. He organized it. They have offices in Richmond and build a bridge and their motto is building bridges, build a bridge to create opportunities for membership and they do more with mentorship for young hispanics, encouraging them to go to college. Mr. Speaker, it's been said that the greatest use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts our brief time here on earth. I'm honored to have helped michelle fulfill that maxim. Please give a warm, warm welcome. And finally, Mr. Speaker, I know they'd like me to welcome everybody tonight to the annual legislative reception, it should be a grand time. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. For a motion.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor. .
[Unknown]
I move to take Senate joint resolution 140 up out of order.
[Unknown]
Clerk will report a resolution.
[Unknown]
Senate joint resolution 140 celebrating the life of freddie Nichols senior.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker I rise
[Unknown]
Thank you, I move adoption.
Bill Howell
As many as fair adoption of the resolution will please rise. Resolution is agreed to. Gentleman from Hampton, miss Ward .
Jeion Ward
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Jeion Ward
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House we're joined today by a organization known as able are us, they are a family support group for people who have disabilities. They're here at the capitol today lobbying, hoping to improve quality of life for both children and adults for intellectual and developmental disorders or disabilities. I ask the House give a very warm welcome to the the able are us. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
Delighted to have the visitors with us here today. Are there any further motions or resolutions under rule 39? If not, the clerk will call the calendar.
[Unknown]
Calendar for Virginia House of delegates.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker?
Bill Howell
Gentleman from from Manassas, Mr. Miller.
Jackson Miller
I apologize. I thought my button was pushed. May I do three introductions?
[Unknown]
How about two?
Jackson Miller
I can make it two, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, first I 'd like to say that in the gallery we have the president and staff of the floory small business center if they can rise. The center is a regional economic development program established in 1991 to assist existing small businesses and start up entrepreneurs in Prince William County, cities of Manassas and Manassas park. Their status is granted by the irs on the basis of lessons because the basis lessens the burdens of government. It's worked with over 3400 clients creating over # 5600 jobs achieved over $300 million in capitol ininvolvement and accomplished over $353 million in increased sales in the Prince William region. I hope the body would give them a warm House welcome. Also, Mr. Speaker, we have members of the northern Virginia association of realtors. I'm not sure if they made it into the gallery. If they can please stand up. If not they're watching from around the capitol, the floor today and there is over 50 realtors from the northern Virginia association visiting today. And they represent over 11,000 realtors and they're engaged in the political and legislative process actively and help ensure we protect homeowners, buyers and renters, maintaining a healthy real estate industry. I'd like to give them a warm House welcome. They're watching us from around the capitol. Gentleman from Manassas. You'll give me that third, Mr. Speaker?
[Unknown]
Yes, sir. I greatly appreciate that. He had to leave for a tour but I 'm sure they're watching, are five outstanding high school seniors from around northern Virginia that are here with novek, selected by novek to attend the 2015 nreca electric cooperative youth tour conference held in June. As a part of the program, they come to Richmond and visit the delegation to follow and learn the hands on experience to see how government is operated, worked and how legislation is passed. And we would like to welcome them here to the capitol today, thank you.
[Unknown]
Are there further motions and resolutions under rule 39? We still have ten more minutes. If not the clerk will call the calendar.
[Unknown]
Calendar for House of delegates, today, Thursday, February 4, 2016, Page one, House bills on third reading uncontested calendar. The ten bills are as follows, 80, 95, 148, 279, 398, 516, 10626789 Page 4, 1153. 1170, and House bill 1331.
Bill Howell
Shall the bills pass? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 98, no, 0. Bills are passed.
[Unknown]
Continuing with the calendar, House bills on regular reading, House bill 90 related to possession of handguns by members of the Virginia national guard.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill pass? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 98, no, 0.
[Unknown]
House bill 382, a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia relating to control of firearms by state agencies rights of employees.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill pass? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 65, no, 32.
[Unknown]
The bill is passed.
[Unknown]
House bill 481, a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia related to compliance with detainers, u.S. Immigration and customs enforcement.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Charlottesville, Mr. Toscano.
David Toscano
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I rise for a motion.
Bill Howell
Gentleman May state it.
David Toscano
I informed the patron to be well prepared to counter it. This is not a partisan motion, I 'd like to move that this bill be rerefered to courts of justice and again, I 'd like to speak to that motion.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Then, this is a lawyer motion, not a partisan motion, I think most l awyers in this room will recognize there are a number of problems with it that require independent of what you May think about the policy, some words missing in the courts of justice committee. This creates a cause of action, and a new cause of action, it goes to courts of justice. And it imposes liability on one party for the actions of another, again, this is complex, and independent of the policy, if you want to get it right it ought to go to courts. Third, it is establishing damages again, another reason why this stud go to court and not be heard on the floor and finally discusses and references a term called sovereign immunity, which is a very important concept that we May be toying with if we pass this bill without the courts of justice committee getting a look at it. So for those reasons, as a lawyerly motion, I move that this bill be rereferred to courts of justice.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker?
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Prince William, Mr. Marshal speaking to the motion.
Bob Marshall
Speaking in opposition to the motion.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Bob Marshall
Mr. Speaker, there are six attorneys in the militia and police committee. At no point were the concerns raised by the gentleman from yesterday, they had the opportunity to raise this objection and found no such reason to do so. The attorney who drew this up did not think that there were cautions necessary for that. The attorney general had opportunities, plenty, to raise chat -- Charlottesville. Such concerns, raised no objections at subcommittee or full committee level, nor any communication from the attorney general to myself regarding this. I oppose the motion to rerefer.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Fairfax, miss Watts .
Vivian Watts
Speaking to the motion.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Vivian Watts
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Speaking as a nonattorney, who has enjoyed the company of attorneys for a number of years, on criminal courts of justice, I share the concern from two perspectives. One sovereign immunity. This is a policy, I 'm also a bit of a computer nerd, and I did a word search of sovereign immunity in our code. Our code, which is about seven feet long of very, very fine print, and in all of it's history, there are 33 references to sovereign immunity. 30 of them protect sovereign immunity. Nothing will waive sovereign immunity. The only three references where sovereign immunity is something that is not waived is when it is an employee of the state and there is an employment issue that is involved. For all of our history, we have protected sovereign immunity. And here we are for the first time, opening up the door which could set major precedent. That is a policy issue. It doesn't surprise me that the attorneys cited in the drafting of this didn't make that policy call. That is up to us. And we need to have serious debate in criminal courts about that. And then, one of the ways in which I have endured and yes, every once in a while stay add wake in the long hours of criminal courts of justice is carefully reading the bill. And I, challenge you, to try to figure out what in the world this bill actually does. Because it says in the new language, on lines 15-16, provided no alien May be held in custody in excess of the date he would otherwise have been released from custody. Then, down on lines 26, and 27, it says from the time he would have otherwise been released from custody. What is the time frame we're talking about? That is all carved out. We're talking about the time frame of the, whatever the detainer coming from the federal government involves. Because the sheriff cannot release somebody that they're supposed to hold. And that is what it always says, okay, you're supposed to hold them, you're hold them but don't hold them longer, some of us involved in mental health issues realize this is a serious concern when people with mental health sit in our local jails. So here we are, best I can tell, maybe we're talking about 48 hours? Because that is all that is required under ice. Now, you go to the congressional research service and I don't quite know there are court decisions about what ice requests involves. This is something that needs to be carefully looked at by a lot of attorneys before we give away our sovereign immunity for something, I am not sure what it does.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Shenandoah, Mr. Gilbert.
Todd Gilbert
Mr. Speaker, I rise for a substitute motion would be that the bill go bye for the day.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from shan nan
Todd Gilbert
Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Goes bye for the day.
[Unknown]
Continuing with House bills on third reading regular calendar, turning to Page six of the printed calendar. House bill 770, a bill to amend dougha -- goes bye for the day. The code of Virginia relating to conditional zoning.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker?
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Shenandoah, Mr. Gilbert.
Todd Gilbert
Gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
I just wanted to advise the body I promised yesterday, I have to catch myself because yesterday was last week, I don't know. It runs together. So I promised that we would work on the high density zoned locations around metro rail locations and keep doing that going forward, I committed to that. The Senate has that in their bill, exempting those areas from this bill. We had concerns from Henrico County that I think have been resolved in that we're going to commit to removing interior and exterior language from the bill, moving forward. I think it's going to put us in a bind if we try to do that on the floor and the way we, I just like to move forward with public commitment that we're going to take that component out. So I ask that the body pass the bill.
Todd Gilbert
Shall the bill pass? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 68, no, 27. The bill is passed.
[Unknown]
House bill 812, a bill to amend the code of Virginia relating to establishing limited residential lodging act penalty.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill pass? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 75, no, 22. The bill is passed. House bill 22 to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia related to expiration of the political candidate tax credit.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill pass? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 68, no, 28. The bill is passed.
[Unknown]
House bill 23, a bill to amend and reenact two section of the code of Virginia relating to refunds of fuels taxes paid by certain nonprofit entities organized for providing hunger relief or food to the needy.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill pass? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 82, no, 15. The bill is passed.
[Unknown]
House bill 138 a bill to amend and reenact chapter seven of the active assembly of 2013 and 2014 relating to Virginia beach arena.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill pass? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 86, no, ten. The bill is passed.
[Unknown]
House bill 18 #, a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia relating to transient occupancy tax, Frederick county.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill pass? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 75, no, 22.
[Unknown]
The bill is passed.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page eight printed calendar, House bill 328 a fwoil amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia relating to transient occupancy tax. Shall the bill pass?
Bill Howell
The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 73, no, 24. Bill is passed.
[Unknown]
House bill 357 a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia relating to public school physical activity requirements.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill pass? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 72, no, 26.
[Unknown]
The bill is passed.
[Unknown]
House bill 487, a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia related to school research officer grant program, school resource officers conditions of employment.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill pass? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 95, no, two. The bill is passed.
[Unknown]
House bill 515, a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia relating to institutional six year plans.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill pass? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 97, no, one. The bill is passed.
[Unknown]
House bill 557 a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia relating to school efficiency reviews, scope and cost.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill pass? Clerk will close the roll. Ayes, 96, no, two. The bill is passed.
[Unknown]
House bill 590 a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia relating to research and development expenses, tax reporting requirement.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill pass? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes, 88, no, nine. The bill is passed.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page ten of the printed calendar, House bill 596 a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia related to tax exemption.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill pass? Clerk will close the roll. Ayes, 92, no, five. The bill is passed.
[Unknown]
House bill 742 relating to eligibility for neighborhood assistance program tax credits.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill pass? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes, 89, no, eight. The bill is passed.
[Unknown]
House bill 942 a bill to reenact section of the code of Virginia relating to school property reasonably accessed by youth groups.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill pass? Clerk will close the roll.
Bill Howell
Aye, 66, no, 32. The bill is passed. House bill 95 is a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to disclosure of certain tax information. Shall the bill pass? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 92, no, six.
[Unknown]
The bill is passed. House bill 1017, related to educational scholarships, tax credit.
[Unknown]
Shall the bill pass? Aye, 66, no, 32. The bill is passed.
[Unknown]
House bill 1194, a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia related to transient occupancy tax.
[Unknown]
Shall the bill pass?
[Unknown]
Ayes, 71, no, 26, the bill is passed.
[Unknown]
House bill 252 related to assistant speech language pathologist duties.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill pass? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 98, no, 0. The bill is passed.
[Unknown]
And House bill 1224 a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia related to the bank franchise tax.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill pass? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 95, no. Three. The bill is passed. Oof House bills on second reading uncontested calendar. House bill 928 a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to housing authority compensation of commissioners. Reporting to committee on general laws.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Fairfax, miss Kory .
Kaye Kory
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. This bill is designed to allow housing board members to vote on the commission to raise their monthly stipend. This is also permissive in the sense that the local government has to agree that they do this. The funds that would be used are funds that are under the responsibility of the housing commissions. Housing commissions have not been able to raise their stipends since 1988. It's about time they're able to do that. I ask that the body will move this bill on to its third reading. Thank you.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker?
Kaye Kory
Gentleman from Lynchburg, Mr. Garrett.
Scott Garrett
Speaking to the measure.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Scott Garrett
Mr. Speaker, I urge the body to consider this in this light. First of all, most or many of these folks are all volunteers and don't get compensation. I served for eight years on lunchberg housing authority. I speak from that knowledge. Most of the meetings are one time a month. And about an hour, hour and a half. So they're being reimbursed compensated fairly well for an hour of time at $150 a month. Thirdly, I did receive an e-mail from the chairman of the gentle woman's redevelopment housing authority, an attorney along with four others on the board and his concern is that the resident member on the board that really needed help and had health issues and was elderly and I respect and appreciate that. He finds that $150 didn't fully compensate the five attorneys on that board for the time they spent. $500 for one hour meeting per month strikes me as being a little bit much? That probably pretty good reimbursement for the attorneys on the board. I suggest if the attorneys wish this lady could give petter compensation, perhaps they can use their own stipend towards that. I urged body to consider those concerns, sir.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Fairfax, miss Kory .
Kaye Kory
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. May I respond?
[Unknown]
Of course.
Kaye Kory
Thank you. Speaking to the bill, I would remind the body that this is permissive and the $500 is a ceiling, not a recommendation. Thank you.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker?
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Manassas, Mr. Miller.
Jackson Miller
Speaker, May I request before this bill is engrossed and passed to third reading it be moved to regular calendar?
Bill Howell
Without objection, House bill 928 to regular calendar before engrossment.
Jackson Miller
Continuing with the under untested calendar, second reading House bill 558 a bill to direct the state health commissioner to develop a plan to eliminate evaluation and design services for on site sewage systems and private wells with a substitute.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Caroline, Mr. Orrock.
Bobby Orrock
Mr. Speaker, I move the committee substitute.
[Unknown]
Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. The substitute is agreed to.
Bobby Orrock
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House this measure is brought at the request of the state health department. They'd like to go forward in developing a plan that would try to bring more of a privateization policy within septic evaluation systems and wells. They recognize some parts of the state this will not be feasible. The reason for the substitut you have before you if you compare it to the original version, there are things that have to be considered that have been added at the request of certain stake holders on this matter. I hope it be the pleasure of the bod yes to engross the bill and pass it to third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 586 related to confidentiality of certain information and a substitute.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I move the committee substitute.
[Unknown]
Those in favor say aye, opposed, no.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, House bill 586 seeks to protect information by health care licensees and allows the health regulatory board in a confidential position which is not on the internet.
[Unknown]
House bill 782 to repeal a section of the code of Virginia related to local board of social services proceedings against persons liable for support.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from from Helsel .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, local boards no longer perceive such support and this conflicts with the other code section. I hope it be the pleasure of the body to engross the bill and pass it to third reading.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 14, a bill to amend and reenact two section of the code of Virginia relating to guardianship and conservatoriship petitions for those under the age of 18 years old.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Salem, Mr. Habeeb.
Greg Habeeb
Mr. Speaker, I move the committee amendment. Questions on adoption of the economy amendment, those in favor say aye? Opposed, no. The amendment is agreed to.
[Unknown]
I House bill 1267 just makes it clear a court can enter an order prior to the individual turning 18.
Greg Habeeb
Shall the bills be engrossed and passed to third reading? Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. The bills are engrossed and passed to third reading.
[Unknown]
Continuing with the calendar, House bills on second reading regular calendar, Page 14 of the printed version. House bill 518, a bill to amend the code of Virginia relating to local school board public school choice reporting to the committee on education with a substitute. And Mr. Speaker, there is a floor substitute as well.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Lemunyon.
Jim LeMunyon
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I 'm going to ask we reject the committee substitute and adopt the floor substitute.
Bill Howell
Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. The committee substitute is rejected. Questions on adoption of the floor substitute? Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Floor substitute agreed to, gentleman from Fairfax .
Jim LeMunyon
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, the difference between the floor substitute and the committee language is that there is a reenactment clause added in line 19. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, I bring this bill before us mindful that families can choose the school their children attend because they can afford to choose where they live. This bill aims to address families who have limited choice and no choice and the bill districts the state board to evaluate feasibility of allowing 12 of the most-challenged title one schools selected by the board to allow those students to attend another school in their locality if student families choose to do so. Those who find improvement under title one of the education, secondary education act of 1965. That is the lowest 5% performing schools in terms of high schools, it's high schools with one third or more of students that don't graduate. This is not a new idea. This, or similar opportunities have existed many years, this has been implemented in 25 states and one form or another. The bill testifies the state board come back to us in time for the 2017 session with information about the cost and other matters pertaining to implementation, and then, and only then can we decide to go forward with this. A final thought is on line 18 there is reference to existing Virginia code that would prohibit students from moving to a school already overcrowded or moving to a school that simply doesn't perform on a sports team or extracurricular activities. I hope it be the pleasure of the bod yes to engross the bill and pass it to third reading.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Bulova.
David Bulova
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, speaking to the bill.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
David Bulova
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, realiing we have a reenactment clause, I think it's worth taking moments to realize why there is such concern. I think most are aware of newly adopted federal every student succeeds act provides Virginia with much-needed flexibility with respect to how we're going to deal with our struggling schools. This has been flexibility that Virginia has been asking for for a long time. Open enrollment is one option under the essa, but it's not our only choice. What this bill would do to lock us into that policy for 12 of our vulnerable and struggling schools. This is likely to come at a great deal of cost and you're not dealing with just 12 schools but 12 school districts. One example of this is how you're going to deal with transportation. So now, a school district is going to have to figure out how to get multiple students from one school to multiple schools throughout the school district. Rather than focusing on just the issue of how do we fund our schools adequately to go ahead and deal with why they're struggling. The good gentleman from Fairfax mentioned that this is an issue we've dealt with before, and it is. Under no child left behind, similar program was a sanction on Virginia. This is considered a penalty for Virginia for schools not meeting adequately. Based on those results, Virginia under the administration asked for a waiver. So I appreciate the time of the body. Again, realizing we have a reenactment clause, I think this is something that Virginia doesn't want to do and we need to wait to see what kind of options we have to do this in a comprehensive fashion. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
Lemunyon.
[Unknown]
My friend from Fairfax is allow that recent revision as lou a number of options. We're exploring whether this option is one of many options Virginia should choose.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill be engrossed and passed to third reading? Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. As many as favor the motion will raise their right hand. I don't think the chair is in doubt anymore. Chair is engrossed and passed to third reading.
[Unknown]
Continuing with the calendar. House bill three taken bye. 1147 taken bye, Mr. Speaker, returning to Page 12 of today's printed calendar, House bill 928, is now before the body it is a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia related to housing authority report from commissioners.
[Unknown]
Those in favor say aye? Opposed, no. Chair is in doubt. As many as favor the motion will raise their right hand. Those opposed, same sign. >> The motion failed. >> Mr. Speaker, that completes, sorry. Mr. Speaker, resolutions regular calendar, House joint resolution one passed bye until Monday, accordingly, that completes the calendar.
[Unknown]
Does the clerk have announcements or communications?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, announcements for this afternoon's meeting schedule, commerce and labor will meet upon adjournment of the House to change in time, congress and labor meeting after adjournment in House room d. Two subcommittees stacked up after that, commerce and labor, special subcommittee on consumer lending will meet upon adjournment of full committee, then, subcommittee number one of congress and labor will meet upon adjournment of that special subcommittee. This is a special meeting for subcommittee number one. Then, also, this afternoon, a half hour after adjournment, the committee on general laws will meet 15 minutes upon adjournment, 1:45 in House room c of the gab. Then, sequencing after that, as well, general laws subcommittee number four, will meet upon adjournment of the full committee, then, general laws subcommittee two will meet two hours after adjournment of the House or immediately upon subcommittee number four finishing its work in House room c. Then, at 4:00 agriculture natural resources Chesapeake subcommittee will meet at 4:00 in fifth floor east conference room. Appropriations compensation and retirement subcommittee meets upstairs at 4:00 in the ninth floor appropriations room. And then, the privileges and elections campaign subcommittee will be meeting at 4:00 down in fifth west conference room this, is a change in time for the campaign subcommittee. Militia, police has been cancelled. Northern Virginia transportation commission supposed to be meeting with that has been cancelled, however, there is rules study subcommittee meeting at 4:30 today in the sixth floor speaker's conference room in the gab. And the last event this afternoon will be Virginia legislative Black caucus meet agent 5:00 in the sixth floor Senate leadership room in the gab. Looking to tomorrow, Friday, February 5th, finance subcommittee three meets at 7:30 a.M. In the fourth floor west conference room. Then, 8:00 counties, cities and towns will be meeting at 8:00 down in House room d. Across the way, militia, police and public safety meeting at 8:00 a.M. Tomorrow, and several caucus meetings. Ben Franklin liberty caucus meeting at 8:00. Capitol regional caucus meeting at 8:00 in the 8th floor west conference room. The new americans caucus meeting at 8:00 in the fifth floor east conference room. Then, at 9:00 tourism caucus meets in the fifth floor west conference room. Next committee tomorrow will be at 9:30, privileges and elections will be meeting in the ninth floor appropriations room. House democratic caucus meets at 10:30 in House room two and republican caucus at 10:30 in House room one.
[Unknown]
Mr. Gilbert?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I rise for an announcement?
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I know the clerk was kind enough to announce the change to general laws committee start time. But this is sort of when everybody checks out. I wanted to make sure members know that that we're going to start at 1:45.
[Unknown]
I thought it's quarter to 2:00.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker sf.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Colonial Heights, Mr. Cox.
Kirk Cox
Mr. Speaker, I move when the House adjourn it adjourn to reconvene tomorrow at 11:00 a.M.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Colonial Heights Mr. Cox moves when the House adjourn today it reconvenes tomorrow at 11:00 a.M. Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. The motion is agreed to. Gentleman from Colonial Heights, Mr. Cox.
Kirk Cox
Mr. Speaker, I move the House do now adjourn.
[Unknown]
The House stands adjourned until 11:00 a.M. Tomorrow. Until 11:00 a.M. Tomorrow.