01/16/2017 House Proceedings

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HB3—00:00:45
HB337—00:03:34
HB46—00:01:35
HB34—00:00:40
HB5—00:00:55
HB24—00:00:40
HB94—00:00:15
HB91—00:00:40
HB51—00:00:25
Del. Brenda Pogge (R-Williamsburg)—02:45
Del. Roslyn Tyler (D-Jarratt)—01:05
Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond)—00:55
Del. Jay Leftwich (R-Chesapeake)—00:05
Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)—01:00
Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News)—01:10
Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)—00:20
Del. Rich Anderson (R-Woodbridge)—00:20
Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton)—00:55
Del. Lashrecse D. Aird (D-Petersburg)—02:40
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Minutes

Called to order at 12 m. by M. Kirkland Cox, Speaker pro tempore

Mace placed on Speaker's table by Sergeant at Arms

Prayer offered by The Reverend Dr. Jerry P. Jordan, Senior Pastor, Friendship Baptist Church, Nathalie

Delegate Hugo 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: Fariss and Howell

Journal for Friday, January 13, 2017, approved by the Speaker pro tempore

Committee reports
From Education: HB 1538A
From Finance: HB 1521
From Rules: HR 268S

HJR 723 taken up and agreed to

Bills and 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)

Motion by Delegate Hugo to adjourn agreed to

House adjourned at 12:35 p.m. to meet Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at 12 m.

Transcript

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

[Unknown]
>>. >>> Members please take their seats. Sergeant at arms.
Bill Howell
The House is now in session. All persons not entitled to privileges on the floor please retire to the gallery.
Bill Howell
Members will rise and be led in prayer by Dr. Jerry p jordan, senior pastor in napoli and remain standing for the pledge of allegiance of the united states of america led by the gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Hugo.
Tim Hugo
Let me say I had the privilege of serving as a Page as a Senate in the other end of this building in 1964. I'm one of you. Okay. I didn't know in 1964 God would call me to be a preacher and two, I would have the esteemed privilege of leading you ladies and gentlemen in these hallowed halls this morning. Dear heavenly father, we come with prayerful hearts to seek your blessing before business is conducted within this chamber. We thank you for the breath you have allowed us to draw today and acknowledge you not only as our creator but sustainer of life. We seek wisdom and guidance to plan and move forward as a commonwealth. Our goal is that all things be conducted decently and orderly in a spirit of responsibility. So that we, as virginians might stand in dignity and truth as did our forefathers who established this governing body. May we be humbly reminded of your goodness, your mercy and your grace both at calvary and empty tomb. We make declaration in praise of your providence by thanking you for survival at jamestown and for victory in yorktown and move forward in remembrance, thanking you for all you've done to preserve us through world wars and other conflicts. And father, we trust you for what you will do according to your word. We offer this petition in the precious name of jesus the christ, God bless the commonwealth of Virginia and all of God 's people said amen. [ reciting the pledge of allegiance ]. >> Members will answer the roll call by indicating their presence on the electronic voting board. Clerk close the roll.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker a quorum is present.
Tim Hugo
Purse unite to House through three I have examined and approved the journal of House of delegates, motions and resolutions under rule 93 are in order. Does the clerk have communications?
[Unknown]
Your statements of interest are due tomorrow. That is all announcements I have at this time.
Bill Howell
Gentlewoman from James city, Delegate Pogge .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I rise for a point of personal preference.
Bill Howell
Gentlewoman has the floor.
[Unknown]
I'd like to remind today, everybody today, that today is a very special day. We celebrate two special occasions, first, we're celebrating the birthday of Martin luther king junior, which is a very special day here in the House of delegates, and secondly, we celebrate today, is national religious freedom day. And it's a solemn occasion noted by the congressional resolution being put forth by Senator steve danes of montana. I have it in my hand, it says here affirming importance of religious freedom as a fundamental human right essential to a free society and protected for all people of the united states. Under the constitution of the united states, and recognizing today they're recognizing the 231 anniversary of the enactment of our very own Virginia statute for religious freedom. It's a solemn occasion. It will be recognizing 231 anniversary of the enactment of Virginia statute for religious freedom. It affirms that religious freedom includes the right of an individual to live, work, associate and worship in accordance with the beliefs of the individual, and that the american people will remain forever unshackled in matters of faith. For many years, this country, religious freedom is considered to be one of the most sacred and cherished rights we have. The threads of freedom are would he ever into the fabric of our nation's founding. Much of the early settlement in the new world during 16th and 17th centuries is motivated by people of faith, seeking to worship without the heavy hand of the government limiting it's expression. A young america wrestled with concepts of times, there was unity in the great documents of our republic, the decollaration of independence notes our rights come from nature's God because this truth is self evident, we have these rights because we're endowed with them. The corner stone of the constitution is the first amendment, ensuring the government shall make no law prohibiting the free expression of decision. I remind the this body of the genius of our own thomas jefferson. It has endured for 231 years, thank you.
[Unknown]
Gent yell woman from Sussex, Delegate Fowler .
[Unknown]
I stand for a point of personal privilege.
[Unknown]
Gentle woman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you. Today, we celebrate Dr. Martin luther king birthday. He would have been 88 years old. After king's death, Senator don conure and Senator brook introduced a bill in congress to make king's birthday a national holiday. First bill came to vote in the u.S. House of representatives in 1979. It fell by five votes. After years of debate on November 2, 1983, president reagan signed a bill proposed by representative katie Hall to create a federal holiday honoring king. It passed. The holiday was observed for the first time January 20th, 1986. Today, all states observe Martin luther king junior holiday on the third Monday in January. The day was started by former pennsylvania Senator harris wofford, and atlanta congressman john Lewis, who co-authored king's holiday and service act. It challenged americans to transformed holiday in a day of action in honor of king. I would like to take a moment to tell you about a man, a drum major for justice, love, and Peace. Dr. Martin luther king junior was an american baptist minister. An activist, a leader in the civil rights movement. He's known for his role in the advancement of civil rights, using nonviolent tactics based on his christian beliefs. He became a civil rights activist early in his career, led the 1965 Montgomery bus boycott and found in a southern christian leadership conference, leading a unsuccessful 1962 struggle against segregation in albany, georgia, helping organize the 1963 non-violent protests in birmingham, alabama. King was instrumental in the 1963 March on Washington. The March made specific demands, such as interracial segregation in public schools, meaningful civil rights legislation. Including a law prohibiting racial discrimination in employment. Voting rights. Protection of workers from police brutality, and increasing minimum wages. These are the same issues we're addressing in the common wealth and usa now, over 50 years later. As the March in Washington, Martin luther king junior delivered his famous speech. "I have a dream". I have always remembered a certain part of that speech, because it motivates me when I see many hard hearts that still exist in our country. That are so resistant to change. I'd like to change my favorite part of it. Do you remember what he said, I say to you today my friends, though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I have a it is a dream deeply rooted in dream. American dreams. I have a dream that one day, this nation will recognize up and there by the true meaning of its creed. We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal. We must keep that dream alive. On October 14th, 1964, king received a nobel Peace prize introduction.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you. Mr. Speaker, and members of the House, hope any, in the gallery they said they're standing on the outset, the american society for cancer network. The american cancer society action network and the american young association. To join us to be part of the annual day at the capitol. For the purpose to improve the quality of life for virginians as they receive treatment for I would like for you to cancer. Acknowledge if I would like to acknowledge and included in this group of volunteers are many members of the Suffolk and Portsmouth chapters of the league. Thank you for coming today, and ask my colleagues will join me in welcoming american cancer society, cancer action network, american lung society association to the capitol today. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from from Chesapeake, doug Leftwich .
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I rise for a motion, that hj723 not on the of order.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker? Mr. Speaker?
Bill Howell
Yes, gentleman from Charlottesville .
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield for a question?
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman explain the resolution?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, this resolution to honor the woman of the year from the city of Chesapeake. Calendar today be called up out I would note that Delegate heys is a chief co-pat tron.
[Unknown]
House joint resolution 723 commending paula slagal.
[Unknown]
I move adoption of the resolution.
[Unknown]
Those in favor say aye. Opposed, nay. The motion carries and resolution is adopted.
Bill Howell
Gentlewoman from Fairfax, Delegate Kory .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I rise for two announcements.
[Unknown]
Gent wellom has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you. First announcement is something my colleagues here are familiar with me talking about, which is a food drive. I'm sponsoring a food drive for Richmond food bank. There is a giant box outside of my office. I hope we'll be able to owe fill it by the time this session is over. Last year, I asked for winter clothes, also, including umbrellas from certain delegates. And people obliged but this time, it's only non-perishable food. And I will be reminding you periodically to come by and put something in the box. Thank you. Mr. Speaker, my second announcement?
Bill Howell
Gentlewoman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
[Unknown]
Tomorrow morning at 8:00 in 3 e we will have the first meeting this session of the womens' health care caucus. And all of you are invited. Thank you.
[Unknown]
Gentle woman from Newport News, Delegate Price .
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I rise for an
Bill Howell
Gentlewoman has the floor. Introduction.
[Unknown]
Thank you. With us today is the baptist general convention of Virginia. If they can please stand. They represent over 900 rural, suburban and urban congregations, 29 associations, and over 500,000 virginian christian church members. They're involved in worship, fellowship, stewardship, evangelicalism and the Reverend Dr. Gregory howard is their vice president. The convention was formed in 1899 and through the decades their belief in unity and inclusion and diversity allowed them to collaborate in meaningful ways and make significant contributions in the represented communities across the commonwealth. In the grand tradition of social consciousness of the Black church. The baptist general convention is here today to stand for gun violence prevention. Their support of legislation and their commitment to making their communities safer and healthier. We welcome their voice and advocacy and I ask that the House give them a warm House welcome.
[Unknown]
We'd like to welcome you to the baptist general convention.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Arlington, Delegate Lopez .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I rise for an announcement. Today we're going to be on the fourth floor west conference room at 4:30, joined by representatives from the national caucus of environmental legislators, nonpartisan that work across state and party lines to advance environmental hope you'll join us today, 4th legislation. Floor at 4:30 p.M., thanks.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Prince William, Delegate Anderson .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for an announcement.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, just a word of advice or announcement to anyone here on the House floor is that beginning tomorrow morning and each week thereafter, Virginia general assembly sun rise caucus will meet in the sixth floor conns frens room this, this is a bible study. We invite any that wish to join us. In reality, it's before sun rise caucus. We meet at 6:30 a.M. In the speaker's sixth floor conference room, thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Gentlewoman from Hampton, Delegate Ward .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
Gentlewoman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you. I'm going to ask that the gentlemen of kappa alpha si fraternity stand. This fraternity was founded in bloomington, indiana with 150,000 members throughout the world, the fraternity motto is achievement in every field of human endeavor, this year, they're celebrating 106 years as a fraternity and servicing the community. Today is their ninth Virginia legislative day. They're supporting civil rights, health care, improving public education and mentoring programs for the youth. So would you please give a very warm House welcome to the members of kappa alpha si fraternity.
[Unknown]
Like to welcome the gentlemen, hope you enjoying your stay at the capitol.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
Gentlewoman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, we're joined today by three distinguished students, hailing from Virginia 's 63 district. Hopefully, they can hear me. I have the honor of getting to know them a few months ago, so impressed I had to make sure my 99 other colleagues had the same opportunity. These students represent the best of our common wealth and visiting today to become familiar with their government and legislative process. He attends st. Joseph catholic school and hard rope resulted in him being in the honor roll since third grade. He's maintained academic excellence, also serving as captain of his basketball team, soccer team, and football team. His resource to be for others to up lift the community. And Davis is a resident of Prince George County, in the 8th grade attending moore middle school. Maintaining a 4.5gpa aspiring to earn a phd and become a marine biologist. She participates in competitive cheer leading and won a gold meddle with her swim team in Hopewell. Her striking characteristic is selflessness, apparent when she told me about the story she found money on the flor at wendy's and donated it to an environmental organization. Delaney is in the 8th grade and is president of her school's 8th grade class and her striking characteristic is her eagerness, I remember listening to her as she told me about the activities she excels in. So know you inspire us all. There is a goal to leave the world in a better shape as a new generation of leaders come of we, in the House of delegates age. Hope to do this for you and our only request that you pay it forward in the years to come. Hopefully, some day, you can join us as members of the House of delegates. I assure you, rashad, emma and delaney. We look forward to that day. I ask you give them a warm House welcome.
[Unknown]
Welcome students to the capitol and I tuth at moore in 1984 so welcome the students from jej moore. We have several guests that are coming in and out. We have several former pages. They come to the capitol and they're going throughout the capitol. If there are any former pages I hope they'll stand and we'll give them a nice round of applause. Purse unite to House rule 30, the journal shall reflect the following members are away on pressing personal business. Gentleman from Campbell, Delegate ferris, gentleman from staff ford, william Howell .
[Unknown]
Okay. Clerk will call the calendar.
[Unknown]
Calendar for Virginia House of delegates for Monday, January 16th, 2017. Mr. Speaker, there are no hiv categories on today's calendar, that completes the work of the House .
[Unknown]
Per House rule 51 House returning to morning hour. Does the clerk have announcements or communications.
[Unknown]
Announcements for today's schedule and tomorrow morning, organized beginning by start time, the courts of justice civil law subcommittee will meet half hour after adjournment in House room d across the Hall. Half hour after adjournment, appropriations committee will meet upstairs, ninth floor at approximately 1:00. Those three meetings. Looking ahead further this afternoon, appropriations higher education subcommittee meets at 3:00 p.M., up on the ninth floor appropriations room. Also, at 4:00, 4:00 this afternoon, transportation subcommittee number two will meet in the fifth floor east conference room. The appropriations transportation subcommittee will meet at 4:00 as well. They will be up in the 9th floor appropriations room. Today's militia, police, public safety number three meeting has been cancelled. Also, agriculture, natural resources subcommittee meeting has been cancelled. As was mentioned earlier by Delegate Lopez, Virginia environmental caucus will be meeting at 4:30. Hwi will not be meeting so the last activities this afternoon will be northern Virginia delegation caucus. They will be meeting at 5:00 in the sixth floor speaker's caucus room across the way. Tomorrow, Tuesday, January 17th, sun rise caucus meets at 6:30 a.M. In the sixth floor speaker's conference room. Our first legislative meeting at 7:00 a.M. In the ninth floor appropriations room. 7:00 a.M., pne, election sub. 7:30, conservative caucus will be meeting in the 8th floor western conference room and education committees, education innovation subcommittee will be meeting in the 7th floor west ed innovation subat 7:30, 7 west. Womens reproductive health caucus meeting at 8:00 a.M. In the third floor east conference room. And legislative business committee on transportation meeting at 8:30 a.M. In House room c. Health, welfare and institutions committee meeting across the Hall in House room d. Also 8:30. Immediately following adjournment of hwi subcommittee number one will meet in House room d. At 10:00 tomorrow, appropriations, elementary and secondary education subcommittee will meet at 10:00 a.M. And finally, the democratic caucus meets in House room two and republican caucus at 11:30 a.M. In House room one, down stairs. That completes announce manies I have at this time.
[Unknown]
Gentle woman from Fairfax, Delegate Watts .
[Unknown]
I think it's on now. Thank you. I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
Gentlewoman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, on behalf of Delegate Plum and myself, I 'm looking around and not sure anyone else had the pleasure of serving with a former colleague of ours who is seated at the back, Delegate, former Delegate allen diamondstein and bobby Orrock wants to say hello.
[Unknown]
Like to welcome doug dime -- diamondstein.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Hugo.
Tim Hugo
I move the House adjourn to reconvene tomorrow at 12 noon.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Fairfax moves when the House adjourn it adjourn today to reconvene tomorrow at 12:00 noon. Those in favor say aye, opposed, no. Gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Hugo.
Tim Hugo
Mr. Speaker, I move the House do knew adjourn.
[Unknown]
As many favor that motion will say aye. Motion agreed to. Opposed, no. The House stands adjourned until tomorrow at 12:00 noon. Tomorrow at 12:00 noon.