01/23/2017 House Proceedings

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HB1754—00:00:40
HB1675—00:00:35
HB1705—00:00:40
HB1728—00:00:15
HB1732—00:01:20
HB1775—00:00:25
HB1846—00:00:15
HB1888—00:00:30
HB1942—00:00:40
HB1946—00:00:25
HB2023—00:00:15
HB1392—00:09:21
Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights)—07:25
Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)—05:25
Del. Rich Anderson (R-Woodbridge)—00:50
Del. Nick Rush (R-Christiansburg)—00:20
Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)—00:16
Del. Tag Greason (R-Potomac Falls)—06:50
Del. Joe Lindsey (D-Norfolk)—00:00
Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond)—00:45
Del. Scott Garrett (R-Lynchburg)—00:45
Del. Keith Hodges (R-Urbanna)—00:25
Del. Les Adams (R-Chatham)—00:15
Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington)—03:55
Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton)—03:41
Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton)—01:55
Del. Lashrecse D. Aird (D-Petersburg)—02:10
Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News)—02:25
Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville)—00:10
Del. Glenn Davis (R-Virginia Beach)—00:15
Del. Chris Collins (R-Winchester)—00:15
Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond)—00:25
Del. Nick Freitas (R-Culpeper)—01:55
Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria)—00:50
Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock)—00:00
Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)—00:40
Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock)—00:20
Del. Will Morefield (R-North Tazewell)—00:25
Del. Glenn Davis (R-Virginia Beach)—00:10
Del. Roxann Robinson (R-Chesterfield)—00:15
Del. Jay Leftwich (R-Chesapeake)—00:05
Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington)—00:20
Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax)—00:45
Del. Tag Greason (R-Potomac Falls)—00:50
Del. Margaret Ransone (R-Kinsale)—00:15
Del. David Yancey (R-Newport News)—00:55
Del. Tag Greason (R-Potomac Falls)—00:00
Del. David Yancey (R-Newport News)—00:00
Del. Keith Hodges (R-Urbanna)—00:25
Del. Chris Stolle (R-Virginia Beach)—00:20
Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond)—00:30
Del. Chris Stolle (R-Virginia Beach)—00:15
Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights)—00:15
Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville)—00:25
Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville)—01:00
Del. Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach)—00:15
Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale)—00:15
Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)—00:15
Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond)—00:10
Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge)—05:56
Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)—01:30
Del. Michael Webert (R-Marshall)—01:25
Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights)—06:15
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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 Willard G. Maxwell, Jr., Pastor, New Beech Grove Baptist Church, Newport News

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

Attendance roll call - Quorum present

Journal for Friday, January 20, 2017, approved by the Speaker

Senate communication received
Senate bills passed: SBs 873, 891, 896, 905, 988, 989, 994, 1003, 1037, 1042, 1113, 1237

Committee reports
From Courts of Justice: HBs 1404, 1432, 1448A, 1456S, 1479, 1492, 1493, 1513S, 1515As, 1516, 1545As, 1560, 1580A, 1589A, 1604S, 1608, 1617, 1618S, 1621, 1630, 1641, 1646, 1647As, 1652, 1654, 1692, 1713S, 1791As, 1812, 1816, 1844S (referred), 1874A, 1882, 1903, 1921, 1931, 1992, 1994, 2050A, 2166, 2268, 2329
From Education: HBs 1437S, 1490, 1552S, 1660, 1709S, 1770As, 1983, 2172, 2341, 2379
From Finance: HBs 1415As, 1433, 1455As, 1476, 1478, 1529, 1565, 1626, 1668A, 1681, 1810, 1884A, 1889S, 1913S, 2169, 2377
From Science and Technology: HB 1986S (referred)

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

CALENDAR

HOUSE BILLS READ THIRD TIME
UNCONTESTED CALENDAR
HB 1767A - Passed Block Vote (Y-99 N-0)
HB 1795 - Passed Block Vote (Y-99 N-0)
HB 1450S - Passed Block Vote (Y-99 N-0)
HB 1472A - Passed Block Vote (Y-99 N-0)
HB 1591 - Passed Block Vote (Y-99 N-0)
HB 1628A - Passed by for the day
HB 1629 - Passed Block Vote (Y-99 N-0)
HB 1719 - Passed Block Vote (Y-99 N-0)
HB 1780 - Passed Block Vote (Y-99 N-0)
HB 1781 - Passed Block Vote (Y-99 N-0)
HB 2311A - Passed Block Vote (Y-99 N-0)

HOUSE BILLS READ THIRD TIME
REGULAR CALENDAR
HB 1532A - Passed (Y-97 N-2)
HB 1596 - Passed (Y-67 N-31)
HB 1760 - Passed (Y-98 N-0)
HB 1766 - Passed by for the day

HOUSE BILLS READ SECOND TIME
UNCONTESTED CALENDAR
HB 1671A - Committee Amendment agreed to, Engrossed
HB 1754 - Engrossed
HB 1625 - Engrossed
HB 1640 - Engrossed
HB 1642A - Committee Amendment agreed to, Engrossed
HB 1675S - Committee Substitute agreed to, Engrossed
HB 1705A - Committee Amendment agreed to, Engrossed
HB 1728A - Committee Amendment agreed to, Engrossed
HB 1732A - Committee Amendment agreed to, Delegate Yancey floor amendment agreed to, Engrossed
HB 1775 - Engrossed
HB 1777A - Committee Amendments agreed to, Engrossed
HB 1798 - Engrossed
HB 1840 - Engrossed
HB 1846A - Committee Amendment agreed to, Engrossed
HB 1888 - Engrossed
HB 1942 - Engrossed
HB 1946 - Engrossed
HB 2023 - Engrossed
HB 2072 - Engrossed
HB 2153 - Engrossed
HB 2301 - Engrossed

HOUSE BILLS READ SECOND TIME
REGULAR CALENDAR
HB 1392A - Committee Amendment agreed to, Engrossed
HB 1454 - Engrossed
HB 1578 - Engrossed
HB 1440 - Passed by for the day
HB 1559S - Passed by for the day
HB 2207 - Passed by for the day

HOUSE BILLS READ FIRST TIME
UNCONTESTED CALENDAR
HB 1396
HB 1431S
HB 1461
HB 1486
HB 1537S
HB 1554A
HB 1623A
HB 1651
HB 1686A
HB 1729
HB 1744
HB 1797
HB 1849
HB 1912
HB 1927
HB 1958S
HB 2006
HB 2034
HB 2111
HB 2325S

HOUSE BILLS READ FIRST TIME
REGULAR CALENDAR
HB 1466S
HB 1468A
HB 1696
HB 1801A
HB 1842
HB 1852A
HB 2067
HB 2077
HB 2078A
HB 2185A
HB 2291A
HB 2308

Motion by Delegate Cox to adjourn agreed to

House adjourned at 1:38 p.m. to meet Tuesday, January 24, 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]
>>. >>> House will come to order. Members please take your seats. Sergeant at arms.
Bill Howell
The House is now in session. All persons not entitled to privileges on the floor, please retire to the gallery.
Bill Howell
Members will rise and be led in prayer by the Reverend willard maxwell junior and remain standing for the pledge of allegiance to the united states of america led by gentleman from Colonial Heights, Mr. Cox.
Kirk Cox
Mr. Morning. Let us pray. Father we give thanks for the united states and it's government. We holdup in prayer before you the men and women in position of authority. And we pray for representatives, senators, senators, policemen, police wim, as well as governors, mayors and those in authority over us in any way. We pray the spirit of the lord rest upon them. We believe skillful and godly wisdom entered into the heart of our president and knowledge is with him. Discretion watches over him, understanding keeps him and delivers him from the way of the evil and evil May we ask you confer with the president by men and women that make their hearts and do what is right in your sight. We believe you caused them to be men and women of integrity that May May lead a quiet, peaceable life in all godliness and and honesty. We pray these men and women shall remain in authority. But the wicked should be cutoff from government. Your word declares that blessed is the nation whose God is the lord. So we declare with our mouths that your people dwell safely in this land, and we prosper abundantly. It is written in your word the heart of the king in the hand of the lord. And you turn it in any way you desire. We believe their decisions are directedly the lord. Amen. [ reciting the pledge of allegiance ]. >> Members will answer roll call by indicating their presence on the electronic voting board. Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, a quorum is present.
Kirk Cox
I've examined and approved the journal of the House of delegates for January 20th, 2017. Motions and resolutions under rule 39 are now in order. Does the clerk have announcements or communications?
[Unknown]
No communications. Inform the body that House bills introduced 1084, House joint resolutions 271, House resolution 55. We have 1400 pieces of legislation here on the House side.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Colonial Heights, Mr. Cox.
Kirk Cox
Mr. Speaker, I rise for a point of personal privilege and introduction.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, we have members of the Virginia funeral homes director's association, the oldest association for funeral professionals, formed September 20th, 1887, in Richmond for 1308 years, the funeral director's association continued it's resolve of committed service to members, families they serve and elevation of the profession in the commonwealth of Virginia. I hope we'll give a warm welcome to Virginia funeral home directors' association, thank them for coming to the capitol.
Kirk Cox
Delighted to see the members here. I hope you enjoy your time in the capitol. Gentleman from Colonial Heights .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I would like to talk on the inauguration of the 45th president, donald trump on Friday. And just want to give you impressions that I had one of my goals as a government teacher, I had a passion for students to understand what an incredibly unique democracy this was if they left with nothing else, there is inspiration about our history and greatness. I thought of that on Friday. We saw one of the things I think is one of the greatest things we do, the transition of power. I'd be less than candid if I didn't say it was disappointed the 67th democratic congressman did not attend. Probably more disappointed with violent protests that I saw and I thought was bad for the country and probably kept some of those good folks from the various parts of the country from attending. There are great stories. Congressman bobby Scott to sit with him and I was reflecting a speech that Delegate Price gave last week. I think we need to look at other peoples' perspectives and take to heart when she said for her, her grandmother and many others what president obama's presidency meant. I thought that was very well said. So, having said that, I think it's crucial whether you did or did not support president trump, and I did support him, that he's our president. We need to pray for his success. And his success as americans, and I thought a lot of people criticize the speech from campaign speech. A lot of us understood that is what people liked so much about it. Just plain spoken. Does what he says he's going to do. And I have three observations of sort of things that I thought were very good about the speech. I think that point was particularly reflective. An auto repair shop, 15 employees and with a ham sandwich and amtrak ticket he goes to the inauguration. And he says etc. Not been easy running a small business and concludes it's a small thing. But I wanted my presence to be known. I think president trump probably reflects many of Mr. Bachs right there in the country. Power resides with the people in of united states and we, the people. That is not revolutionary, but a simple one. And president trump said we're transferring power from Washington, d.C. And giving it back to you, the people and second said there is a. I think we're all a little bit guilty of this. Most americans today feel like people in politics know that. That there is some area begans there. And if the small guy would get out of way and let us perform, probably do what is best for them, that is a good thing. And I think that is something, particularly Mr. Trump is trying to emphasize. One thing he did was start to pear back regulations. Get out of peoples' way. Let them perform, second thing he says is that only works if people strive to do great things. He said think big, dream bigger, we understand a nation is only living as long as it is striving. Here is something you said not everyone agreed with. America will start winning like never before. Whether you can argue, we're in a new normal. Whether 1% growth or 2% growth. People think that is good enough. It's not good enough for a great nation. And I have taken the attitude that the only thing I ever learned from losing was I wanted to win more. And I think we've gotten so in america, instead of having a winning attitude for all families and the nation, basically, we become with a participation trophy is more important than winning. And number three, he said, we'll no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action, complaining but never doing anything about it. Time for empty talk is over. For us, we need to reflect on that. That is what people expect. The debates are great. But they expect us to try to solve these problems. You've seen policy speeches from this side of the aisle. We've heard detailed speeches going on 10 or 15 minutes but having said that that is a commitment we're going to try to take problems and solve those. So let me close with this. When you open your heart for patriot terrorism there is no room for prejudice. One thing I enjoy about this is the speaker's bible study. It's democrats, republicans, hedge slators, judges, aides, all coming together. We try to do 2, 3 things. We understand the way our wisdom is incomplete. In this year, he's doing joshua. I thought was particularly important. He's doing leadership. If you think of joshua, how would you like to be joshua? That is not the easiest thing in the world. Joshua had bold action plans that God wanted him to do. He accomplishes those beautifully and gave us, I think, an example of what true leadership is. Let's use that to guide us over the next 33 days. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Charlottesville, Mr. Toscano.
David Toscano
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for an introduction, a point of personal privilege.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
David Toscano
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, joining us today in the gallery, and maybe other parts of the building, are representatives of one Virginia 2021. Virginians for fair redistricting. These folks, oh, good you stood up. These folks believe congressional and state legislative districts belong to the citizens of the commonwealth. One thing that is most unique about this group is that it includes republicans, democrats and independents and advocating for a fair process not for a particular political outcome, Mr. Speaker, and ladies and gentlemen of the House, I hope we can extend them a warm capitol welcome.
[Unknown]
We're pleased to have members from 21 visiting with us today, thank you for your commitment.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Charlottesville .
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, point of personal privilege, thank you. I appreciate the comments from the gentleman from Colonial Heights and I share his support for the notion of a smooth transition of political power in this country. That is part of what distinguishes our country from others around the globe. I was interested to see that though I think a lot of people on the republican side of the aisle might have had trepidation about a possibility of electing donald trump to be our president, that everybody clapped at the end of your speech. I guess that means that we're all trump republicans now. And I would be worried about that, frankly Mr. Speaker. Mr. Trump made promises and it's not clear if he's going to be able to deliver them. And I talked about the impact of repealing aca without replacement and urged colleagues to sign on a mild mannered letter that went to the congressional delegation. To express concerns. All you had to say is that you're concerned about repealing it without a replacement. That you're concerned about your constituents and impacts of repealing without a replacement. I didn't get anyone to sign that letter from the other side of the aisle. I think that is unfortunate. I think you've been hearing from your constituents. Our woman had come to the office today who has Ms. She talked about a bill that is open the committee now, that would allow some assistance for her drug therapy. She's on the exchange. She's able to get some help with a $7,000 a month bill for medication so she can work and support her family. Repeal without replacement means of end of ability to get that assistance. We think of this in terms of politics. But it's all about the people. It's about your constituents. So I 'm amazed that we can't join together at least say we're concerned, but we can't get past that political gridlock. I'm sorry for that. It is true, that president trump will be a man of action. There is no doubt about that. He did promise 34 executive orders to be signed right away. There is going to be more. Today a couple minutes ago, we came across the wire, came a story which is yet confirmed, and we want to make sure we confirm these stories, Mr. Speaker, because you know the story but this story, if correct should throw a shiver down the spine of every person in this room. It is supposedly will freeze the salaries of federal workers. You know what that means for Virginia. So be careful before to support him. We have an obligation to tell him he is wrong when he is wrong. In these instances, aca he's wrong and we should stand up for the principles. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Prince William, Mr. Anderson.
Rich Anderson
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for the purpose of an
Bill Howell
Gentleman May proceed.
Rich Anderson
We're honored by the presence in the gallery above me by members of the military officers of america including a dozen and introduction. A half individual local chapters, today, they're on capitol square, advocating with different issues. They visited some of you in offices. But these are men and women that now continue to serve our commonwealth as proud members of the nation's military officer's association and so I ask that you do what I do well and give these men and women a warm House welcome. >> We're honored and thank you for all you have done and continue to do, thank you for being here, today.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Montgomery, Mr. Rush.
Nick Rush
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Nick Rush
Today, we have Mr. Dale vipperman, a science teacher nominated for his discipline, compassion, and he brings to his classroom. After spending his career in the military, he's now proud to be called a teacher. Please join me in giving him a warm House welcome.
Bill Howell
Congratulations on your honor, thank you for being here today with us. Gentleman from Arlington, Mr. Lopez.
Alfonso Lopez
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I rise for an announcement.
[Unknown]
I want to invite everyone to the next meeting of the Virginia environment renewable energy caucus. We're going to be joined by Mr. Mark ruben who did amazing work with all of the stake holders on renewable energy and solar legislation. We'll be able to get into the weeds a little bit about those just jump in and make a difference. That is what I 've done for the last seven years into my 8th session. I've done it with you. You've been great champions of education. We boast some great statistics about educational system. We have a wonderful education system. It continues to improve every year. And it is not without the effort from you and all of the teachers here in the commonwealth. I will tell you I have three kids our public school system. A senior, going to college next year, hopefully, and I have a freshman who is a lacrosse player and basketball player and a sixth grader. And Delegate massy asked me about my kids every day. How are you in the House, three small kids? A full time job? I do it with passion. If we continue to do with passion, we'll continue to make improvements, together. So what have we done? Given teachers pay raises. Have we given them enough? They'll tell you no. I will tell you no and we've reformed standards of learning and increased our ability to talk about critical thinking and problem solving not multiple choice quizzes. Very important as our students graduate and go onto the work force. We have improved our scores of precollege entrance exams. We rank third in the nation in ap achievement. Our accreditation rates are all up and our sol scores are up as well. Great work by everybody in this body. And those who have participated around the commonwealth but there is more to do. And this year, we will do more. We will continue to make invest manies in public education. We'll promote greater choice, and flexibility. We'll actually talk about early access to early education opportunities and making sure that preschool work force is up to speed and ready for our children to enter k-12. We're going to make investments in money, time, flexibility and reforms and we're going to make these because education is the key in making sure we have the right work force for the future. But choice is just not about what happens outside of the public school system. People, unfortunately around the country say choice has to be either public school, or some other choice that you pick. Choice is important. It's important inside of the four walls of schools as well as outside of the four walls. And you know, giving parents the choice to make decisions on behalf of their kids is key. Children should have access to quality education regardless of zip code, regardless of their income level. We're going to continue in the House to lead that effort. This year we're going to look at significance inceasing public safety and student safety within the schools. 2017 is going to bring an agenda of choice, constitutional amendment from the gentleman from Albemarle. Legislation establishing virtual schools. And Delegate Bell, esa accounts, Delegate la rock. We've passed dozens of bills to cut red tape and give our local leaders and teachers more flexibility. We'll continue to talk about dual enrollment and providing access to colleges and universities. As Delegate Massie will tell you, it's too expensive for families to go to school. How do we provide the right path to make sure they can go on to a higher education opportunity? Students in Virginia will borrow over $1 billion in debt. And we've got to continue to change that trajectory. Delegate Cox into duesed some work onion line Virginia network that would allow and get this number, 1 million adults have an incomplete higher ed degree. We've got to be able to help individuals get to the finish line. And financial aid incentivizing students to complete college and Delegate Cox is working on a new model all of us should sign on to and be part of. Mr. Speaker, education is the key to everything we do in my opinion. Others have other passions, mine is obvious to those who talk to me. We can continue to work together to work together to be there for the students that are coming after us. Mr. Speaker, thank you for your support for education here in Virginia. Thank you very much.
Alfonso Lopez
Gentleman from Norfolk, Mr. Lindsay.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I rise for purpose of an introduction.
Bill Howell
Gentleman May proceed.
[Unknown]
Today among our ranks we have my predecessor, Delegate, or former Delegate Howell, joining us, I hope it will be the pleasure of the assembly to give him a warm House welcome.
Bill Howell
We're delighted to see our colleague with us, former colleague with us and once a Delegate, always a Delegate. Kind of like a marine. Glad to have Delegate Howell with us. Gentlewoman from Richmond city, miss Carr .
Betsy Carr
Thank you Mr. Speaker. I rise for purpose of an introduction.
Bill Howell
Gentlewoman has the floor.
Betsy Carr
Mr. Speaker, I would like to welcome public transportation advocates and members of the Virginia transit association to the capitol on their advocacy day. They have public transit riders from across the commonwealth here to share benefits that public transportation provides to Virginia. By reducing congestion, public transit supplies millions across the commonwealth every year. Ensuring continued vitality of the commonwealth. I'd like to ask members of the House to join me in giving them a warm House welcome.
[Unknown]
Delighted to have visitors with us, wherever they might be.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I rise for purpose of an introduction, sir.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. Speaker. We have with us central Virginia governor's school of science and technology visiting the capitol. If they'll please stand with their director. We represent ec glass high school, jefferson forest high school. Russberg and william Campbell high schools. The central Virginia governor school was first opened in 1985 as one of the five original academic year schools. They grant opportunities to challenge their aptitude. It's a great college preparation due to research experience, technology, and internship program. So Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the gentlewoman from Bedford and gentleman from rockridge and gentleman from Campbell if you'd join me in giving them a warm House welcome.
Bill Howell
Pleased to have the students with us today, thank you for taking your time to visit our gentleman from Middlesex, capitol. Mr. Hodges.
Keith Hodges
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I rise for the purpose of an introduction.
Bill Howell
Gentleman May proceed.
Keith Hodges
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, today in the gallery, we're joined by the Chesapeake bay school with providing opportunities for work. The governor's school students have received recognition from around the state for their accomplishments. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, I hope it would be the pleasure of the body to offer students and teacher rz from the governor's school a warm House welcome.
[Unknown]
We're pleased to have the students, hope you enjoy your time here today.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from pennsylvania Mr. Adams.
Les Adams
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
Gentleman May proceed.
Les Adams
Thank you Mr. Speaker as with two previous gentlemen, southside Virginia represented with their school students. I'd ask them to stand. These are members of the piedmont governor's school for mathematics, science, and technology led by their director and serve students, they serve the schools in Henry County and Martinsville and pennsylvania. So we ask the body give them a warm House welcome.
[Unknown]
Pleased to have students 202. And from lots of constituents that are eager to see it end.
[Unknown]
I'm not going to use the time to argue merits of the redistricting process. I am convinced arguments are compelling. Virginians want and deserve a debate on this floor. Too often, check that. Every time, every time this issue has been raised by legislators on both sides of the aisle, bills die quick, quiet, unrecorded deaths in subcommittee. As have, all the way, many bills that have come to us from the Senate on redistricting reform. Last week, Mr. Speaker, the gentleman from Charlottesville wrote you a letter, urging you seek several bills through the rules committee. So they can be sent to the floor with our recommendation for a debate and vote here on the House floor. Mr. Speaker, we know there are several pieces of litigation pending which May affect this debate. I do. One Virginia 2021 lawsuit challenges several House and Senate districts held by republicans and democrats and my district is one of them. None of the litigation should be reason delay voting on this issue. Those amendments will require a second vote next year by a new general assembly. We should not and cannot wait this is the year, Mr. Speaker. We should debate and vote now to get this issue before the voters of the common wealth of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, he want a debate and vote on the floor. Virginians want to know where representatives stand on this issue so vital to our democracy. Let's vote on this, Mr. Speaker. Let's vote. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from stanton, Mr. Bell.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for a point of personal privilege.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, piggy backing on the gentleman from from Loudoun 's comments earlier, today marks the start of national school choice week. Across the nation and in Virginia, parents and students will be highlighting the fact that having choices in education provides students with real options in order to ensure they have the best environment in which to learn. I trust parents to know what the best learning is for students and ensuring school choice options are available for parents is critical. I had privilege of teaching in some of them. How far, when a student is gifted and talented, or being bullied owe the point they can no longer succeed in a traditional school, having choices in education to actress these situations is imperative. We'll have an opportunity to debate and discuss a number of bills related to school choice. Legislation has been introduced related to charter schools, education tax credits, and virtual schools. In April last year, to meet those sessions perplexed the governor vetoed House bill 8 relating to virtual education. I described this as a curious voteo with a reenactment clause. The governor's veto is disappointing. It was not encouraging. Once again, the general assembly will have an opportunity to advance House bill 1400. It's the same bill, concept as House bill 8. I introduced it again because I knew the model expands on what we know is working. There are 1500 students enrolled and enjoying trep mendus success. Students in the virtual Virginia academy met or exceed state average in eight out of 10 testing areas in 2015 and 10 out of 13 in 2016. 100% took the test in those two years. The group spept hill time discussing the virtual model and instead, focused on trying to create other models and approaches to virtual education. Seems to me the concept would be to provide a model for stability, long term success and grow what we know is working not tear that down and start over again. So I look forward to the debate on what we know works and I trust parents is a simple, but powerful statement. Reminds us that parents are important when it comes to school choice, thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Gentlewoman from Hampton, miss Ward .
Jeion Ward
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
Gentleman has the añfloor.
Jeion Ward
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Today we're joined by an organization that is quite near and dear to my heart. And I will ask they stand, representatives of the Virginia chapters of the national Ms society. They're hosting state action today today and they're advocating if care givers. You know multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. And progress and symptoms of Ms in any one person cannot be predicted but advances are leading to better understanding andwu]ñw■u■u■ most people are d between ages of 20 or 50.■■■■■■■ mo■■■■■■■■■■■■re men than women diagnosed with the disease, Ms affects over 12,000 people here in Virginia. Despite yet not having a cure, we can help to make that. Make sure people living with Ms in Virginia have quality lives, with access to resources in health care they need. They're here advocating for a step therapy exception process and creation of a care giver task force. Please welcome members of the national Ms society.
[Unknown]
Delighted to have visitors with us and thank you for all you do for the community.
Bill Howell
Gentlewoman from petersberg, miss Aird .
Lashrecse Aird
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I rise for the purpose of an introduction.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Lashrecse Aird
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, we have once again arrived at that time of the year when your assembly offices, committee rooms of general assembly are filled with women dressed in the color that I think some of you might like. That fiery shade of red. I am talking about one and only delta days. Women of delta incorporated from all chapters across the commonwealth converge at the general assembly for their day of advocacy. I just want to remind the body that it is a nonpartisan organization founded on January 13th, 1913, by 22 collegiate women. With a focus on sisterhood, leadership, and service. For over 106 years members of delta sigma theta used their strength to advocate for omplex issues of our time. And they have proven to be just not just an active force, but effective in obtaining results within our government and communities. This year's delta days is particularly special. Given this past weekend. We all witness the powerful example of resilience that united more than 1 million women in the united states, and internationally and a stance for civil rights. Womens rights and sichly put, human rights. The -- one of our first acts is marching for womens rights. I am so proud to be part of the coalition of strong women who are working every day just in power our most vulnerable populations. Mr. Speaker, as a member of this sorority along with delegates Ward and Hester, I hope it would be the pleasure of the body to join me in giving them a warm House welcome. Thank you.
Bill Howell
Pleased to have ladies with us, you for their time at the capitol. Gentleman from Newport News, miss Price .
Cia Price
Mr. Speaker, I rise for the purpose of two introductions.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Cia Price
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Today our prayer was offered by Reverend Dr. Willard maxwell. If he can please stand. He received a master of divinity at interdenominational theological center and received his docker -- doctorate. He maintains a partnership with Newport News public schools for mentoring and served on late Senator john Miller 's educational advisory committee. He's proven to be an effective leader acting upon beliefs that ministry is about serving others and service to his congregation, and for our prayer this morning, I would ask we give him a warm House welcome.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you. Also with us today is the Virginia unity project visiting with us on capitol square here in the gallery and House room two. If they'd please stand. Virginia unity project represent over 25 churches in Hampton roads and 20,000 virginian christians. Nir mission is to build relationships, strengthen families, and change communities. They have been instrumental in building bridges between law enforcement and our community. Their work continues as they're embarking on the projects, advocating for crime prevention, and economic development, and education, and relationship building. I have been inspired by their dedication to their congregations and communities and for their quest to make a ps tiff difference in the lives of their people. We thank them for their great work in the community, and we encourage them to continue to be a positive force toward good. Please receipt us give them a warm House welcome.
Bill Howell
We're delighted to have pastors with us today. Thank you for all you're doing for your communities. Gentleman from Albemarle, before Bell .
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, members of the House, we have with us Virginia conservation network. If the rest of the vcn would rise. If we can have a warm House welcome for our visitors. Thank you.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from from Virginia beach, perfect Davis .
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I rise for the purpose of an introduction.
[Unknown]
Members of the school board are in the gallery. We have joel mcdonald and ashley mccloud. I ask them to rise. These members of the school board have dedicated most of their adult life helping our students and I ask we give them a warm introduction.
Bill Howell
Ms. Ed to have visitors with us today, thank you for your time. Gentleman from freddic, Mr. Collins.
Chris Collins
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Chris Collins
Thank you.
[Unknown]
With us are students from public school gis and mountain vista governor's school. If they can please rise. Mr. Speaker, they came down today and joined me in a very exciting meeting with the school board so I hope they learned a lot. I want to thank students from mill brook high school and James wood. And mountain vista governor's school, thank you for coming.
Bill Howell
Pleased to have students visiting with us today. The gentlewoman from Richmond city, miss McQuinn .
Delores McQuinn
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for an announcement.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Speaker and members of assembly, I want to just invite my colleagues to come and join Virginia cancer caucus reception. It is being co-chaired, again, once again by Senator russ and myself. And this caucus is just want to bring about latest advances so we're having, we'll be joined by the Massie cancer center, university of Virginia as well as Hampton university. The date is Thursday, January 26th from 9:30 to 11:30 a.M. At 8th floor west conference room. Thank you and I 'm hoping to remind you once again, before Thursday. Thank you Mr. Speaker.
Delores McQuinn
Gentleman from culpepper.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I rise for a point of personal privilege.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
First I want to say I agree with some of the comments from the gentleman from Charlottesville and I have to say if trump accomplishes nothing more than once again reinvigorating the democrats' passion for the fourth, fifth, and 10th amendments he'll achieve anything more that I thought was possible in my lifetime. I look at the violent riots at the inauguration, I couldn't believe it. These are the people constantly lecturing us on tolerance and diversity and getting along. And the most there is an election result they don't like. We're setting things on fires and throwing bricks through windows but maybe, maybe to some degree, maybe to some degree, it's expected. All of us forget everything comes through the threat of force. That is the primary difference between public and private sector. We get to use force to impose our will on fellow citizens. Whatever it is. I'm saying we've got to be more cautious on what we throw and when it comes to things like around. Obamacare, and to a lot of these other program, I think that is a fair question to ask. At the end of the day, co-existence is not a bumper sticker, it's resisting the urge to convince those you can't conconvenience. As opposed to a top down approach for everything. And I commit to holding the administration accountable to that end, thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Alexandria .
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I rise for an announcement.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
You, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House of delegates, today, this afternoon, at 4:00 p.M., will be the first meeting of the Virginia transparency caucus this year. Co-founded by myself and Senator amanda Chase. It's devoted to let constituents know what we do in this body. We disagree on mw■w■w■w■any thi agree people have a right to know what goes on here, if you'd like to be part of the Virginia transparency caucus or find out what is going on, please join us today, 4:00 p.M. Room 5 west. One thing we're both doing is recording everyone of our bills as they go through subcommittee and committee. If you would like to do this, you don't have the staff or intern to do that, coming up to the meeting and me, and Senator Chase, we'll find an inturn for you.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from.
[Unknown]
I ask the clerk to read the bills asked to go buy for the day. Page six of the printed calendar, House bills on third reading regular. House bill 1766, patroned by Delegate Habeeb asked to be taken bye for the day. Moving forward on the printed calendar to Page 15, House bill 1440 asked to be taken bye for the day by Delegate ferris and House bill 2207 has been asked to taken bye by Delegate Toscano .
Bill Howell
Without objection --
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Charlottesville .
[Unknown]
I rise to speak to the motion.
[Unknown]
Speaking to the motion.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you. I told the gentleman from from Shenandoah and I do this because we're getting concerned sometimes, members whose bills are being asked to taken bye for the day only find out when the clerk reads the number and we want to make sure we extend courtesies to members so someone doesn't think there is a nefarious plot. So we're working on a better process. I think we're going to encourage our members that if they want to take a bill bye, inform the patron so nobody is surprised.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker? Mr. Speaker?
[Unknown]
Mr. Gilbert.
[Unknown]
Speaking to the motion.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Bill Howell
I thank the gentleman from Charlottesville for talking to me about that and I shared my concern. We try to work this out, as we begin to have more bills this will an efficiency measure as soon as we stop talking about it I want to thank him so thank you, Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker?
[Unknown]
Gentleman from Prince William, p marshal.
Bill Howell
Would the gentleman from Shenandoah yield for a purpose of the question to his motion.
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
Sure.
[Unknown]
I just want to make sure, one of the bills going bye this awful measure 1766?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I 'm happy, that is apparently on the list of bills the clerk read.
[Unknown]
I wasn't sure, thank you very much.
Bill Howell
Without objection, the bills that the clerk reported will go bye for the day. Are there further motions or resolutions under rule 39?
[Unknown]
Clerk will call calendar.
[Unknown]
Calendar for today, Monday, January 23, 2017. First category, House bills on third reading uncontested calendar. Approximately ten bills in the block. House bill 1770. House bill 1895, 1472. House bill 1591, 1628 bye for the day. House bill 1629, Page four, House bill 1719, House bill 1780, 1781 and Mr. Speaker on Page five, uncontested block, third reading 2311.
Bill Howell
Shall the bills pass? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 99, no, 0. The bills are passed.
[Unknown]
Continuing with today's calendar. Next category, House bills on third reading regular calendar, Page five of the printed version, first up, House bill 1532 to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia related to fire program fund allocations.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill pass? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 97, no, two. The bill is passed.
[Unknown]
House bill 1596, a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia related to Virginia public procurement act, public works contracts prohibited terms.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill pass? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 67, no, 31. The bill is passed.
[Unknown]
Page six of the printed calendar. House bill 1760 a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia relating to electric utility regulation, and storage facilities.
[Unknown]
Shall the bill pass? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 98, 0, 0.
[Unknown]
The bill is passed.
[Unknown]
House bill 1766 has been taken bye for the day. Continuing in today's calendar, House bills on second reading, uncontested calendar, 20 bills in uncontested second reading block with House bill 1671, a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia related to qualified projects of natural gas utilities investments and eligible infrastructure with an amendment.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from taswell, Mr. Moorefield.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I move to adopt the committee amendment.
[Unknown]
Those in favor say aye. Opposed no. Agreed to.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, members of the House, House bill 1671 is an infrastructure bill changing definition of a small natural gas distributor, if passed it will allow localities to go into an agreement to develop further infrastructure. I move to engross the bill.
[Unknown]
Continuing with the block. Page seven, House bill 1754, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia related to regulation of federal covered securities. Reporting to the committee on commerce and labor.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Virginia beach, Mr. Davis.
Glenn Davis
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Virginia led the way on crowd funding and it seems in May of this year the federal government decided to volume Virginia 's lead as well as allows virginians to make access of the crowd funding opportunity and I hope it be the pleasure of the House to pass it.
[Unknown]
House bill 1335 relating to mobile food licenses.
Glenn Davis
Miss Robinson .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, House bill 1625 just districts the department of health to issue a license in the form of a sticker to a restaurant that is a food truck. A mobile food unit. It meets requirements for licensing and requires the licensee to display the license on the mobile food unit. Mr. Speaker, I ask that House bill 1625 be engrossed and passed to third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 1640 to public a guide to titling trailers purchased out of state on its website.
[Unknown]
Mr. Leftwich.
[Unknown]
This bill makes it clear owe to tow a trailer out of state. So you don't have to call a Senator to get the task accomplished.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page eight. House bill 1642 to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia related to administration of nyloxin.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I move aamendment.
[Unknown]
Questions on adoption of committee amendment.
[Unknown]
Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Bill agreed to.
[Unknown]
This adds employees of the office of the chief medical examiner and department of general services division of consolidated services to the list of those who can possess and administer. Because of the danger of the body.
[Unknown]
House bill 1675 related to palliative care, resources with a substitute.
Bill Howell
The gentlewoman from Fairfax. Sorry. Gentleman from from Fairfax, m Bulova .
[Unknown]
I move the committee substitute.
Bill Howell
Questions on adoption of the committee substitute. Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Substitute agreed to. Gentleman from Fairfax .
[Unknown]
Thank you. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, House bill 1675 districts department of health to implement a web based resource with options available to the public. It is a team base add approach to managing pain and physical well being of a patient whether or not the disease is terminal. There is a lot of confusion and a lot of individuals don't take advantage of what it has to offer. This is supported by the american cancer society cancer action network. I move we engross the bill and pass to it third reading.
[Unknown]
Continuing with the block, House bill 1705, a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia related to certification of driver education courses requirements. Reporting to committee on transportation with an amendment.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Loudoun, Mr. Greason.
Tag Greason
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I move committee amendment.
Bill Howell
Those in favor say aye. Gentleman from Loudoun .
Tag Greason
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, you might not know but in planning district 8, before student can get a driver's license, he or she is required to go to a 90 minute program with a parent or guardian. It will scare the living day lights out of your teen driver but only exists in planning district eight. This clarifies if you get it taken by a private provider and curriculum is equal or similar, you can get credit for taking the course at the public school or private provider. I move the bill be engrossed and passed to third reading. Thank you.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page nine of the printed calendar, House bill 1728 to require the department of health to review the rules of air transportation services providers and emergency medical situations. Reporting to committee on health, welfare and institution was an amended.
[Unknown]
I move of adoption of the committee amendment.
[Unknown]
As many favor that motion will say aye. Opposed, no.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, House bill 1728 convenes a group of stake holders today review air transportation services if response to emergency situations. Mr. Speaker, I move we engross the bill and pass it to third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 1732, 1 of the chapters in active assembly related to issuance of special license plate supporters, and there is a technical floor amendment.
[Unknown]
Thank you. Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
Those in favor say aye. Opposed. No. Committee amendment is agreed to.
[Unknown]
I believe there is also, if you move adoption a floor amendment.
[Unknown]
Floor amendment offered by Delegate Yancey, line five. After the word foundation strike to repeal.
[Unknown]
Those in favor say aye.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, members of the House, House bill 1732 creates a license plate that supports the general license plate foundation that will go on opportunities to help nurses and new nurses as needs grow and help this opportunity in the commonwealth.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Would the gentleman yield for a question?
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield? .
[Unknown]
I yield, Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
I ask the gentleman if we can describe in layman's term what that floor amendment did. It would love to understand in layman's term what that accomplishes.
[Unknown]
What we did is eliminated repeal clause in the title.
[Unknown]
I thank the gentleman.
[Unknown]
Continuing with the block, Page 10. House bill 1775. A bill to amend and reenact multiple sections of the code related to terminology.
[Unknown]
Gentleman from middle sex, m Hodges. Ladies and gentlemen of the
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, House, House bill 1775 amends the definition of developmental services by replacing the term intellectual disabilities. It is a term already defined in the code and is an umbrella term. I hope it be the pleasure of the body to enross the bill and pass it to third reading.
[Unknown]
A bill related to hospital denials on admission.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Virginia beach.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I move committee amendments. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. House bill 1777 requires that upon requests of a conferring physician there must be direct physician to physician communication. I move the bill be engrossed and passed to third reading.
[Unknown]
Continuing with the block on Page 11 of the printed calendar, House bill 1798 to amended and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to the donation of organs by persons infected with human immuneo deficiency virus.
[Unknown]
Mr. O'bannon.
[Unknown]
This has to do with organ donation. Hiv is now a treatable disease, many patients live long lives. Some of those patients have organs that fail. So with this bill allows, with informed consent, that if there is a patient who is a suitable donor, that organ can be transplanted as long as it includes fully informed consent. I hope we'll engross the bill and pass it to third reading.
Bill Howell
House bill 1840 related to confidentiality of tests for individuals with hiv release of information. Owe gentleman from Virginia beach, Mr. Stolle.
Chris Stolle
Several years ago we put forward, since that time, federal legislation have been enacted for everyone's health information. Hb1840 aligns release of hiv testing with current federal law. I move the bill enrolled and passed to third reading.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Colonial Heights, Mr. Cox.
Kirk Cox
Mr. Speaker, I move committee
[Unknown]
As many fave that will say amendment. Aye. Opposed. No.
Kirk Cox
This authorizes a death certificate to be filed in any registration district in the commonwealth and required to be followed in the district in which the death occurs. I hope it be the pleasure of the bod yes to engross the bill and pass it to third reading.
[Unknown]
Continuing with the block, Page 12, printed calendar, House bill 1888, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia related to wireless telecommunications devices by persons driving school buss.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Hugo.
Tim Hugo
Mr. Speaker, House bill 1888, today, bus drivers are allowed school bus drivers are allowed only to communicate between bus and central office. Despite advances, a bus driver only has one method to communicate. A cb, two-way old style radio. The code is locked us into the era of smoky and the bandit. This simply gives them the ability, the option, to use modern push to talk technologies so that the bus drivers can communicate with the district. I hope it be the will of the bod yes to engross the bill and pass it to third reading.
[Unknown]
House bill 1942 amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia related to fostering program background check.
Tim Hugo
The gentleman from Hanover, Mr. Peace.
Chris Peace
House bill 1942 clarifies confusion where an adult 18-21 deemed to be a child for purposes of the fosters and futures program should be considered an adult for purposes of background check.
[Unknown]
House bill 1946 a bill to amend and reenact several section of the code of Virginia related to the office of the state long term care on discipline.
Chris Peace
The gentleman from Hanover, Mr. Peace.
Chris Peace
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, House bill 1946 clarifies and updates state code purse unite to changes in federal law. Related to how one might gain access to particular records of a resident in a facility. It also allows for authorities to outline regulations to allow sanctions for those who prohibit access to such records.
[Unknown]
Continuing with the block on Page 13, House bill 2023, to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia and related to maintenance payments for moving length converted to bicycle only lanes.
Chris Peace
Gentleman from Virginia beach, Mr. Villanueva.
Ron Villanueva
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, House bill 2023 revises the roadway maintenance fund accommodate moving lane miles to bike lanes or turn lanes without reducing funding provided to localities after this could be conversion.
[Unknown]
House bill 2072, a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia related to nursing home family councils, right of family members reporting to committee on health, well fare and institutions.
Ron Villanueva
Gentleman from Fairfax, miss Watts .
Vivian Watts
Husband bill 2072 inserts in the code a provision from federal law, requiring nursing homes having family councils and the fact a resident's family has the right to meet with that family council. I trust it will be the pleasure of the House to engross the bill and pass it to third reading.
[Unknown]
Continuing with the block, House bill 2153, a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia related to durable do not resuscitate orders, reciprocity.
Vivian Watts
Gentleman from Roanoke city, Mr. Rasoul.
Sam Rasoul
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, hb2153 extends reciprocity to orders not originally signed here by a doctor in the commonwealth. I move the bill be engrossed and passed to third reading.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 14, completing the block, House bill 2301 a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia relating to administration of vaccines, reporting to committee or health, woel fair and institutions.
Sam Rasoul
Gentleman from Henrico, Mr. O'bannon.
John O'Bannon
Current law allows for a lpn to administer tb tests and vaccinations under direct supervision of a registered nurse. This makes special use of our practitioners. I hope you'll engross the bill and pass to third reading.
[Unknown]
Shall the billings be engrossed and passed to third reading? Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Bills are engrossed and passed to third reading.
John O'Bannon
Continuing with the calendar, next category, House bill 1392, a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia relating to school security officers, carrying a firearm in performance of duies with an amendment.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Move the committee amendment.
[Unknown]
Those in favor say aye. Opposed no.
[Unknown]
This bill is not new to us. We brought this bill to you, that basically permits localities to use, to hire school security officers who are former retired police officers to be armed so they can provide the same basic protection that a school resource officer provides. So let me just spend time talking about this. The school resource officer who is armed and in schools now, are usually employees of the local police department, or the local sheriff's department. They're just not enough of these folks to go around every school. That is what it comes down to. Currently there is a another kind of security officer that is available in schools, that is the school security officer. Sso. These folks are currently not armed. Yet, if we were to find the right person, we can arm them and further provide for protection in our schools. So essentially, last year, the governor elected to veto this bill. And in his veto message, so believe it or not, I license and went back this summer. I spent time looking at the bill. So it authorizes a school security officer to carry a firearm in performance of his duties. One, if he is a retired law enforcement officer who retired or resigned in good standing. Two, he has met the additional training and certification requirements of the department of criminal justice services. Three. And important piece here, the local school board solicits input from the chief law enforcement officer, what that means is that some communities have police, that is the chief law enforcement officer, some have sheriffs, so it could it be either, or in that case. If they solicit input from the chief law enforcement officer of the locality regarding qualifications of the officer. There is a vetting piece here that important. And the local school board grants him authority to carry a firearm. So I have made sure that that is clear to carry a firearm in the performance of the duty. Couple points. None of us want to contemplate the unthinkable. That something horrible can happen in a schl and law enforcement in rural areas who have to travel greater distances might be delayed in getting there to stop a calamity. That is my motivation. Many of you know that there are other who's believe in alternative solutions. Everybody should be able to carry a firearm in a school is up with view. We should ashl teachers. I don't support that. And I have been clear about that. People of good faith have come owe me with concerns about how to best secure our schools. My approach is a rational and reasonable approach. To rely on former and retired mrofs to do this work. And who better to have in our schools as a role model than someone who spent their lives being a police officer to protect this republic. The security of our teachers and our students, this is not a clandestine effort to lower the bar and sneak guns into schools. That is not what this is about. That is not what this is about. There is a manner that is reasonable. And required. The school superintendent which I 'm delighted to report to you. I hope, Mr. Speaker, that do something rational to secure our schools from the unthinkable. I move we engross the bill and pass it to third reading.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Simon.
Marcus Simon
Mr. Speaker, speaking to the bill.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, members of the body I really do appreciate efforts from the gentleman from Prince William to work on this bill. I believe he is sin sheer when he says he doesn't have any intention of letting anybody else bring guns into school. This is about protecting children. We agee it important to protect children from gun violence. Every day, 48 children and teens are shot in murders, assaults, and suicides and unintentional shooting. Every day, four murdered and two kill themselves. Every day, 40 children and teens are shot, and survived. There is a problem with guns and children and gun safety. The problem is not at schools. The real problem is at homes and other places. The gentleman from Prince William made an effort to listen to the veto message, I think he missed the big point. This is taking us down a road we just don't want to go. Many of us believe this is the beginning so I encourage the body to hold on where it is.
Marcus Simon
Mr. Webbert.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Speaking to the measure.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
I was listening to the gentleman across the aisle. He said resource officers are there are school sdrekts across the commonwealth where schools are placed fairly well apart. Sufficient. Or they're not wealthy. Land rich, cash poor. They don't have a lot of resources. I don't understand why the gentleman would be against localities protecting children. So, Mr. Speaker, I urge the body to look at the language and how they get trained and who is going to be protecting your children. I have a 4-year-old, about to turn five. He's going to go to public school. I would like my locality to be able to add extra security to protect my children if they choose. Thank you.
[Unknown]
Shall bills be engrossed and passed to third reading? Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Bills engrossed and passed to third reading.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 15, House bills second reading next up, House bill 1454 a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia related to James river December nation as a component of the Virginia scenic river system.
[Unknown]
Mr. Austin.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, House bill 1454 is a bill designates James river from it's confluence to county line.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill be engrossed and passed to third reading? Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. The bill is engrossed and passed to third reading.
[Unknown]
A code to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia related to participation in public school programs by students who receive home instruction.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Albemarle Mr. Bell.
Rob Bell
This is a bill allowing home schoolers to apply for positions on interscholastic competitions. Just to remind everybody to participate, they have to be tested to pass end of year requirements for two years prior to make sure nobody comes back as a home schooler. Second, it's a local option and current rules mean if once they participate, they can't this could be say it's done county by it will sunset after five years county. And just a chance to try it. It would let schoolers participate in these activities.
Bill Howell
Shall the bill be engrossed and passed to third reading? Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no.
Rob Bell
House bill 1440 taken bye for the day. Page 16 of the printed calendar, House bill 1559 to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia related to online renewal for special identification cards of persons 70 or older with a substitute.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Grease on.
[Unknown]
I would like to ask this be taken bye for the day.
[Unknown]
I beg your pardon on.
[Unknown]
Bye for the day?
Bill Howell
Without objection, bye for the day.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
[Unknown]
And Mr. Speaker, House bill 2207 also already been taken bye for the day. That completes today's calendar.
[Unknown]
Does the clerk have announce manies? Yes, sir. Looking at meetings for the very busy afternoon and morning tomorrow, first up, appropriations committee is meeting 15 minutes after adjournment of the House up in the north floor conference room. And down stairs, courts of justice civil law subhalf hour after adjournment, and the appropriations higher education subcommittee will be meeting on the 9th floor in appropriations room. At 4:00 appropriation committee transportation subcommittee meeting on the 9th floor at also at 4:00, militia, police 4:00. And public safety pub committee three will be meeting in House room two. Subthree. 8th floor west at 4:00 this afternoon. Transportation, is a change in location for transportation committee subtwo. And Virginia transportation, 4:00. Transparency caucus will be meeting at gab. At 4:30, agricultural and subcommittee will be meeting in the 7th floor west. Hwi subcommittee number one will be meeting at 5:00 today. And final gathering this afternoon is at 5:00 as well. The northern Virginia delegation will be talking if the general assembly building. Tomorrow, Tuesday, January 24th, bright and early, sun rise caucus begins at 6:30 a.M. And at 7:00 the further elections subcommittee will be meeting up in the ninth floor appropriations room. Education committee meets at 7:30 tomorrow in the gab. Also, at 7:30 conservative caucus meeting in 8th floor conference room. Women's health care at 8:00 in Senate room one. That is change in location. Senate room one. Here, in the capitol. At 8:30, health, welfare and institutions committee meeting normal time and location in House room d. Committee on transportation meets tomorrow at 8:30. At 10:00 tomorrow, appropriations and secondary education subwill be meeting in the 9th floor appropriations room and democratic caucus going to meet at 11:15. And that can completes announcements I have.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Hanover, Mr. Fowler.
Buddy Fowler
Never mind.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Colonial Heights Mr. Cox.
Kirk Cox
Mr. Speaker I move when the House adjourn today it adjourn to reconvene tomorrow at 12 noon.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Colonial Heights moves who the House adjourn today it adjourn to reconvene tomorrow at 12:00 noon. Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Gentleman from Colonial Heights Mr. Cox.
Kirk Cox
I move the House do now adjourn.
[Unknown]
Gentleman from Colonial Heights moves the House do now those in favor say aye. Adjourn. No. Opposed. The House stands adjourned until 12:00 noon, tomorrow. 12:00 noon, tomorrow.