02/08/2017 House Proceedings

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SJ308—00:12:10
Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax Station)—05:06
Del. Jimmie Massie (R-Richmond)—00:42
Del. Chris Stolle (R-Virginia Beach)—00:18
Del. Keith Hodges (R-Urbanna)—00:30
Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond)—02:00
Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk)—00:06
Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)—03:00
Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna)—01:12
Del. Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach)—00:36
Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax)—00:36
Del. Chris Head (R-Roanoke)—00:36
Del. Matt Fariss (R-Rustburg)—00:24
Del. Jackson Miller (R-Manassas)—00:42
Del. Tony Wilt (R-Harrisonburg)—03:54
Del. Roslyn Tyler (D-Jarratt)—00:24
Del. Roxann Robinson (R-Chesterfield)—00:00
Del. Israel O'Quinn (R-Bristol)—00:30
Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria)—03:24
Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)—00:00
Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg)—00:06
Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)—00:30
Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville)—03:18
Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)—03:24
Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)—02:00
Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock)—00:18
Del. Chris Collins (R-Winchester)—00:12
Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)—01:36
Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville)—02:54
Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)—00:00
Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg)—00:30
Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria)—01:06
Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg)—00:30
Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg)—00:30
Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville)—00:00
Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights)—00:42
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Minutes

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

Mace placed on Speaker's table by Sergeant at Arms

Prayer offered by Rabbi David H. Katz, Temple Beth El of Williamsburg

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

Delegate-elect Bourne sworn in

Attendance roll call - Quorum present

Leave of Absence granted: Delegate Hope

Journal for Tuesday, February 7, 2017, approved by the Speaker

Senate communication received
House bills passed with Senate amendments: HBs 1562, 1760
House bills passed with Senate substitutes: HBs 1477, 1520, 1740
Senate bills passed: SBs 795, 800, 938, 995, 997, 1061, 1075, 1117, 1130, 1192, 1199, 1222, 1228, 1231, 1240, 1255, 1283, 1309, 1324, 1344, 1359, 1363, 1364, 1371, 1391, 1398, 1413, 1414, 1425, 1449, 1475, 1490, 1492, 1506, 1507, 1508, 1509, 1512, 1516, 1532, 1535, 1538, 1539, 1548, 1563, 1564, 1573, 1574, 1578, 1590
Senate joint resolutions agreed to: SJRs 223, 231, 251, 268, 278, 279, 282, 284, 285, 295, 298, 300, 340
House bills passed: HBs 1509, 1619, 1781, 1793, 2076, 2200, 2254

Committee reports
From Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources: SBs 856As, 899S, 909, 910, 911, 948, 953, 1127As, 1144, 1145S (referred), 1150 (referred), 1270, 1463
From Commerce and Labor: SBs 839, 988, 994, 1003, 1175, 1289
From Education: SBs 907S, 999, 1026, 1032 (referred), 1583
From General Laws: SBs 976, 1001S, 1040, 1042, 1182, 1193A, 1237, 1448, 1469, 1483

HJR 851 taken up and agreed to

Motion by Delegate Filler-Corn to adjourn in honor and memory of Elie Wiesel agreed to

HB 1500 - Motion by Delegate Jones for a special and continuing order for Thursday, February 9, 2017, at the conclusion of the morning hour agreed to (Y-89 N-0)

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

CALENDAR

HOUSE BILL READ SECOND TIME
REGULAR CALENDAR
HB 1500A - Special and Continuing Order for Thursday, February 9, 2017

RESOLUTIONS
REGULAR CALENDAR
SJR 307 - Agreed to (Y-99 N-0)
SJR 308A - Motion to pass by for the day rejected, Delegate Bell of Albemarle floor amendment agreed to (Y-65 N-34), Agreed to (Y-87 N-10)
SJR 309A - Committee Amendments agreed to, Agreed to (Y-98 N-0)
SJR 310 - Agreed to (Y-99 N-0)
SJR 342 - Agreed to (Y-99 N-0)

SENATE BILLS READ FIRST TIME AND REFERRED
SB 806 - Referred to Committee on Transportation
SB 829 - Referred to Committee on Education
SB 838 - Referred to Committee on Education
SB 840 - Referred to Committee on Rules
SB 845 - Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
SB 846 - Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
SB 869 - Referred to Committee on Rules
SB 932 - Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
SB 949 - Referred to Committee on Education
SB 950 - Referred to Committee on Transportation
SB 951 - Referred to Committee on Education
SB 959 - Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
SB 963 - Referred to Committee on Finance
SB 965 - Referred to Committee on General Laws
SB 969 - Referred to Committee on Rules
SB 975 - Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
SB 991 - Referred to Committee on General Laws
SB 1005 - Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
SB 1013 - Referred to Committee on Appropriations
SB 1017 - Referred to Committee on Education
SB 1018 - Referred to Committee on Finance
SB 1021 - Referred to Committee on Transportation
SB 1034 - Referred to Committee on Finance
SB 1043 - Referred to Committee on Rules
SB 1044 - Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
SB 1053 - Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
SB 1063 - Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
SB 1082 - Referred to Committee on Education
SB 1086 - Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
SB 1098 - Referred to Committee on Education
SB 1099 - Referred to Committee on Education
SB 1110 - Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
SB 1123 - Referred to Committee on General Laws
SB 1129 - Referred to Committee on General Laws
SB 1143 - Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
SB 1149 - Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
SB 1153 - Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
SB 1154 - Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
SB 1156 - Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
SB 1179 - Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
SB 1198 - Referred to Committee on General Laws
SB 1210 - Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
SB 1226 - Referred to Committee on General Laws
SB 1229 - Referred to Committee on Transportation
SB 1234 - Referred to Committee on Education
SB 1239 - Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
SB 1251 - Referred to Committee on Transportation
SB 1253 - Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
SB 1262 - Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
SB 1264 - Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
SB 1265 - Referred to Committee on General Laws
SB 1282 - Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
SB 1285 - Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
SB 1286 - Referred to Committee on Finance
SB 1287 - Referred to Committee on General Laws
SB 1293 - Referred to Committee on General Laws
SB 1307 - Referred to Committee on Appropriations
SB 1312 - Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
SB 1316 - Referred to Committee on Transportation
SB 1328 - Referred to Committee on Finance
SB 1330 - Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
SB 1334 - Referred to Committee on General Laws
SB 1341 - Referred to Committee on Science and Technology
SB 1343 - Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
SB 1356 - Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
SB 1360 - Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
SB 1361 - Referred to Committee on Finance
SB 1367 - Referred to Committee on Transportation
SB 1387 - Referred to Committee on Rules
SB 1393 - Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
SB 1394 - Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
SB 1412 - Referred to Committee on General Laws
SB 1416 - Referred to Committee on Finance
SB 1417 - Referred to Committee on Transportation
SB 1418 - Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
SB 1421 - Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
SB 1428 - Referred to Committee on Finance
SB 1430 - Referred to Committee on Education
SB 1431 - Referred to Committee on General Laws
SB 1442 - Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
SB 1447 - Referred to Committee on Education
SB 1456 - Referred to Committee on Finance
SB 1470 - Referred to Committee on Finance
SB 1493 - Referred to Committee on Education
SB 1494 - Referred to Committee on Transportation
SB 1498 - Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
SB 1501 - Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
SB 1511 - Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
SB 1514 - Referred to Committee on Transportation
SB 1523 - Referred to Committee on Education
SB 1527 - Referred to Committee on Appropriations
SB 1530 - Referred to Committee on General Laws
SB 1534 - Referred to Committee on Education
SB 1542 - Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
SB 1546 - Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
SB 1552 - Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
SB 1553 - Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
SB 1555 - Referred to Committee on Education
SB 1558 - Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
SB 1559 - Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
SB 1561 - Referred to Committee on Appropriations
SB 1569 - Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
SB 1571 - Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
SB 1576 - Referred to Committee on Finance
SB 1577 - Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
SB 1580 - Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
SB 1581 - Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
SB 1585 - Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
SB 1586 - Referred to Committee on General Laws
SB 1588 - Referred to Committee on Rules
SB 1591 - Referred to Committee on Appropriations
SB 1594 - Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTIONS REFERRED
SJR 290 - Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
SJR 331 - Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections

COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

Bagby, Lamont - appointed to the Committee on Commerce and Labor

Bourne, Jeff M. - appointed to the Committee on Education and appointed to the Committee for Courts of Justice

Motion by Delegate Cox to adjourn agreed to

House adjourned at 1:18 p.m. to meet Thursday, February 9, 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.

Bill Howell
The House will come to order. Members, please take your seats. Members, please take your seats. Sergeant at arms.
Bill Howell
The House is now in session. All persons not entitled to privileges of the floor, please retire to the gallery.
Bill Howell
The members will rise and be led in prayer by rabbi david h.Katz and remain standing to be led in the pledge.
[Unknown]
Thank you for having me here today. [speaking in foreign language] blessed are you, eternal one to whom we look, we pray, we belong. Our divinity, our God, sovereign of all that has been and will be. May you be an inspiring, illuminating and inspiring presence for these [speaking in foreign language] these distinguished and honorable souls and they work in the endeavor of working for the common good of the residents of the commonwealth of Virginia as they grapple with some of the most complex public issues of our time, May your light be a divine guide to them throughout their deliberations. May they find in you [speaking in foreign language] the source of clarity and comfort to help them to discharge their noble obligations. May their lives be filled with all that they need, challenge and success, compassion and understanding, joy and love. In order to live up to their hallowed commitments. May you help them to clearly see when sharing their differences in religion, race, political affiliation, and life experience can augment their work as well as when adhering too firmly to those differences impedes it. May you help them to be seekers of trust and pursuers to what is just and right in the world. May their vision be respectful and kind and May their actions and their achievements be commensurate with their vision. May you enable them to hold fast to their sacred mission to represent all virginians. Particularly those whose voices are more difficult to hear. We ask that you help them to apply their knowledge, experience, wisdom and discernment to enact [speaking in foreign language] to repair around them and make the world a better place for for owl who dwell here. May their work be infused with [speaking in foreign language] love, kindness, compassion, and above all, Peace. We ask that they and their work embody the true nature of shalom, not the language Peace of quiet and stillness but the sense of Peace that comes from feeling whole and complete. May their holy work strive for the facilitation of more lives that are more whole and more complete. Holy one of blessing we pray at the best aspects of divinity and humanity be present with these fine public servants as they carry out their noble responsibilities. We pray that they are able to work together sur mounding differences in background, belief, theology and ideology in order to make life better for the citizens of Virginia. And we pray that through their labors the most sacred aspects of divinity, inclusion, respect, justice and kindness become manifest in our society. [speaking in foreign language] May this be gods will. Thank you.
[Unknown]
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america. And to the republic, for which it stands. One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Bill Howell
The clerk will report the results of the special election. The House will come to order. The House will come to order.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, members please be advised pursuant to article 4 section 7 of the Virginia constitution providing that the Virginia House of delegates shall judge of the election qualification and return of its members. And it is the direction of the speaker of the House of delegates I am pleased to report the following. In the special' election called by the speaker of the House of delegates to fill the vacancy in the 71st House of delegates district which occurred yesterday, Tuesday, February 7, 2017 it has been determined that jeffrey m.Bjorn received the majority of the votes cast and is present today to be sworn and seated as a newly elected member of the Virginia House of delegates. [applause] Mr. Speaker, request member elect to proceed to the well of the House and be joined by his wife and family to receive the oath of office. ^ [no audio] Mr. Delegate elect, ready to take your oath of office? >> I am.
[Unknown]
Raise your right hand and repeat I do solemnly swear I will support the constitution of the united states and the constitution of the commonwealth of Virginia and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge.
[Unknown]
And that I will faithfully and imparks adischarge.
[Unknown]
All duties imcumbent upon me as a member of the House of delegates according to the best of my ability so help me God .
Bill Howell
All duties imcumbent upon me as a member of the House of delegates according to the best of my ability so help me God. Congratulations, Mr. Delegate. [applause] [no audio] >> The members will answer the roll call by indicating presence on the electronic voting board. [laughter] >> The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, a quorum is present.
[Unknown]
Pursuant to House rule 3 I examined and approved the journal for February 7, 2017. Motions and resolutions under rule 39 are now in order. Does the clerk have any announcements or communications?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, simply remind the body one last time before tomorrow the committee amendments to the budget bill are available electronically and a hard copy of the budget bill and committee amendments along with instructions for submitting committee objections were placed on your desk yesterday. Pursuant to House rule 73 all bills were to be submitted to the front desk by noon today. The submit the floor amendments will be available later this afternoon. Reminder as well that member objections to committee amendments are due to the front desk staff by tomorrow at 11:00 a.M. Please use the committee objection form to submit your objections. Also, please finally remember that if your floor amendment is in conflict with a committee amendment you should abject to the appropriate -- object to the appropriate committee amendment. That completes the announcements at this time.
Bill Howell
The gentlewoman from Fairfax, Ms. Filler-corn.
Eileen Filler-Corn
Today over 100 citizens are joining us for the Virginia jewish advocacy day. Members of the jewish community relations council, jcrc have come to Richmond to address concerns to the general assembly. They work hard to foster a society based on freedom and justice. Our country society affords all people the conditions most conducive to individual security and equal opportunity. Jcrc accomplishes their goal through work in four pillars, government relations, israel advocacy, intergroup relations and social justice. Also part of the jcrc with us today is rabbi david katz who shared with us and gave the morning invocation. If jcrc constituents have not yet visited they will drop by and discuss with you issues of critical importance to the jewish community including but not limited to immigration, voting rights and first amendment religious freedom. They are soon to be listening to the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general shortly. But I ask if they are here that they would rise along with rabbi katz. And please join me in a warm House welcome. Please stand if you are in the gallery. [applause]
Bill Howell
Delighted to have all of the visitors with us today and appreciate your taking the time to come to the capitol. The gentlewoman from Fairfax .
Eileen Filler-Corn
Thank you, point of personal privilege. I also rise to speak in memory of an incredible humanitarian. In 2016 the world suffered a tremendous loss with the passing of ellie, a noble laureate and author and devoted advocate for oppressed and vulnerable people throughout the world. He was born in transvainia and as a teenager reported by the nazis because he was a jew. He was sent to auschwitz. He and his father both survived teacherrous death marches where his father later died. In 1945, american troops liberated, rescuing ellie and countless other survivors. Sadly, six million jews and millions are other oppressed groups including the lgbt community, the disabled, roma, jehovah witnesses and those imprisoned for opposing the nazi regime parished. He struggle to come to terms with his own story. How fortunate we are that he did. After graduating from the university of paris and pursuing a career as a journalist, he wrote a memoir of his experiences during the holocaust entitled "night." the work is a corner stone throughout the commonwealth of Virginia. His poignant account of innocence shattered reminds us of man's capacity for good and evil. Though he is no longer with us, his story continues to remind us how important it is to never be silent in the face of hatred. It was this fight to give a voice to the voiceless that gave him his drive. But not just to ensuring that we all remembered the horrors of the holocaust and near destruction, he was known for many for his devoted support for the state of israel. He was a defender of vulnerable groups throughout the world. Soviet union, nicaragua, argentina, cambodia, the former yugoslavia. He received the presidential medal of freedom. Congressal gold medal. National humanity level and medal of liberty and francis legion of honor. He embodied the ideal from the jewish -- "whoever saves a life is considered as if he saved an entire world." I hope we remember to take heed of the words "we must always take sides neutrality helps the oppressor never the victim, silence encourages the tormenter never the tormented." I move that House joint resolution 851 celebrating the life of elle be brought up out of order.
[Unknown]
House joint resolution number 851 celebrating the life of ellie wizell.
[Unknown]
I move the adoption of the resolution.
[Unknown]
As many as favor the adoption of the resolution will please rise.
[Unknown]
That resolution is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. And I request that we adjourn today we adjourn in honor and memory of ellie.
[Unknown]
The gentlewoman moves when the House adjourns it adjourns in the honor and memory. As many as favor that motion, please rise. That motion is agreed to. The georgia from Henrico, Mr. Massie.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Ms. Mr. Speaker. I rise for introduction.
[Unknown]
Proceed.
[Unknown]
Many of us over the years have benefited from the university of Richmond intern program. I know my office has benefited from that. This year, we have -- professor dan palazalo who is a political science professor. This year we nine interns helping House of delegates persons including one in the speaker's office. We have eight that are helping senators and two in administration. So there are 19 university of Richmond interns with us this year. And they are incredibly beneficial. I will ask them if they are in the gallery to please stand. Are you all in the gallery? Yep, there they injure, some I can't see. Join me in giving the university of Richmond interns a warm House welcome. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. [applause]
[Unknown]
We all sincerely appreciate the help that you all do. They have been outstanding. I had one for 30 years, not the same one. [laughter]
[Unknown]
And they have been excellent. Thank you.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Virginia beach, Mr. Stolle.
Chris Stolle
I rice for introduction.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Chris Stolle
Joining us representatives from the Virginia academy of nutrition and dietetics if they made it to the gallery I would ask that they rise. They have traveled to Richmond today to advocate on behalf of nearly 2,000 virginians who work in their profession. Virginia academy of nutrition seeks to improve the lives of citizens through the promotion of optimal nutrition, health and well being. Mr. Speaker I hope you will join me in extending a warm House welcome to the members that are here today. [applause]
Bill Howell
We're pleased to have the dietitians with us today. Thank you for all that you do and I was able to cover up my cheesettes here real quickly. Thank you for being here. The gentleman from Middlesex, Mr. Hodges.
Keith Hodges
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for purposes of introduction.
Bill Howell
The gentleman May proceed.
Keith Hodges
We have the members matthews high school business law class. I ask that they plan at this time. Students in late class study the foundations can of the legal system, examine the rights and responsibilities of consumers and discuss various international and interstate commerce. Students also become familiar with the legal aspects of employment, the various types of businesses and explore careers in business law. They are here today to tour the capitol and meet the legislators and see the process first hand. Join me in welcoming these bright young students from the matthews high school business law class. [applause]
[Unknown]
Pleased to have the business law students with us today and thank you for coming to the capitol. The good morning from Richmond city, Ms. Carr.
[Unknown]
I rise for purposes of two introductions.
Bill Howell
The gentlewoman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you. It is my pleasure to introduce a group of youth representatives from the boy scouts of america and I ask them to stand. They represent thousands of Virginia 's youth and adult volunteers members of one of the 2,331 boy scouts of america scouting units in our commonwealth. In 2016, 1,878 sons of Virginia earned the eagle scout award. Last year, adults and youth members of the boy scouts of america provided 587,000 hours of community service in our commonwealth. Looking at the economic impact of those community service hours the boy scouts of america helped improve our quality of life in Virginia in 2016 alone by over $5 million. Please join me in giving scouts in the gallery and around our capitol square a warm House welcome. [applause]
Bill Howell
We are, indeed, delighted to have the scouts with us today. I don't think there is a better organization than the boy scouts I america. I really appreciate all that you all do. The gentlewoman from Richmond city.
[Unknown]
Thank you. Mr. Speaker, members of the House, today the accupuncture society hosted the second accupuncture open House at the general assembly. There are currently over 500 accupunctures licensed by the board of medicine in the commonwealth and today a few provided brief accupuncture treatments for members, staff and the public. Research has demonstrated that accupuncture is effective in the treatment of various health conditions and can be an alternative to pain management which can minimize the need for opioid medications. I would ask the House to join me in giving the accupuncturists with us today a warm welcome. [applause]
[Unknown]
We are delighted to have the accupuncturists with us today and thank you for sticking around. [laughter]
[Unknown]
Oh! [laughter]
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Suffolk, Mr. Jones. That's not fair. [laughter]
Chris Jones
I rise for purpose of a motion.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Chris Jones
Mr. Speaker on Page 2 of the calendar I would move consideration of House bill 1500 be made a special and continuing order at the conclusion of the morning hour on Thursday, February 9, 2017.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Suffolk, Mr. Joe
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Augusta, Mr. Landes. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for purpose of two introductions.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker and ladies and gentlemen of the House I believe they are in the gallery or House room one. It is my pleasure this morning to welcome to the House the kiwanas club of stanton, lincoln bozleman general assemble dyson from the Shenandoah valley. On behalf of the gentleman from Rockbridge and stanton they are led by teacher morrison. These young men and women who the speaker had a chance to meet with today will be serving at speaker, lieutenant governor, governor, attorney general and then Senate and House committee I ask that you welcome the chairman and women. Students from stanton, Waynesboro and Augusta County to the House today. [applause]
Bill Howell
Delighted to have the students with us. I suspect they are in House room one. The gentleman from Augusta .
[Unknown]
And I believe this group I think is in House room one as well. We are really -- it is really great today to have another group of students with us. They actually came to the House education committee meeting this morning and we heard from two of the students from the advanced placement honor roll districts. And Mr. Speaker and ladies and gentlemen of the House, the college board as many of you all know conducts and handles the advanced placement classes and and the college board hosts a exams. National competition. There a total of 433 school districts across the united states and canada that participate in this. And they receive a significant award for increasing access to advanced placement course work in their school cities systems e maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of three or higher on the a.P. Exams which is quite an accomplishment. In House room one we have students and faculty and staff administrators from these following school divisions that received the advanced placement honor roll district distinction. Rockingham county public schools students with us. Delegate Wilt you can be grateful for that. Loudoun county public schools, Delegate Greason and or rock. And then Rockbridge County, Delegate Cline and Southampton County Delegate Tyler we have students with us. I hope this morning and almost neglected to do this. Also a young man, Mr. Speaker who the gentleman from Loudoun knows very well, matthew Greason is one of those students participating. So, Mr. Speaker and ladies and gentlemen of the House, I hope you will welcome those students, faculty, staff and administrators with the a.P. Advanced placement honor roll districts that are with us today. [applause]
Bill Howell
Pleased to have the students visiting with us today. The gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Keam.
Mark Keam
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Rise
[Unknown]
It happens to be the asian american advocacy day which only means one thing. We are having chinese for dinner tonight. Mr. Speaker, we have roughly 6% percent of Virginia 's population, 500,000 members have ancestry that traces back to 20 odd countries in the continent of asia from the middle east to the pacific islands and commonly combine them and call them asian americans or pacific islanders. They are very diverse and different languages and histories and traditions. We try to come together as a community to advocate for issues that mat torte broad community. Education, healthcare, access to voting and democracy generally and jobs and economic opportunities. They are also concerned about the rhetoric if not the policies that could possibly harm immigration and more opportunities for those that see other nations especially those that are facing trouble in their own countries to come to this united states either as refugees or as [inaudible] they came to join us in the capitol to talk about their issues and ask for your consideration as part of the greater commonwealth of Virginia 's population. Today I would like to ask that they stand and be recognized the acian american society of central Virginia. Coalition of central pacific asians in Virginia and on behalf of my good friend from vero virginiabeach, we invite you ala reception tonight at 6:00 at the bank of america building where these folks and us will be gathering to celebrate the heritage. With that, I ask that the House give them a warm welcome. [applause]
Mark Keam
We are very pleased to have the visitors with us today. Thank you for taking the time to come. The gentleman from Virginia beach, Mr. Villanueva rise for introduction
Ron Villanueva
The gentleman has the floor
[Unknown]
We welcome in the House gallery representatives from the philippine culture center of Virginia, the united association of tidewater, the philippine women's club of Hampton roads who are here to witness the proceedings of the general assembly and ambassadors of the philippine american community, in indy modrano who is a sister city ambassador. Mia kalim, and ladies and gentlemen, the apple of my eye, my princess, my daughter, kate Villanueva, the reigning Ms. Virginia preteens philippine of Virginia. If you could stand and give them a warm welcome. [applause] 2014 one fourth of all Virginia leisure travelers participated in outdoor activities which helped to generate 13.6 billion north dakota consumer spending. The e-- $13.6 billion. The event is iquique hike to 118 north 8th street from 5:00 to 7:00. I know it as busy evening but one of the first events of the evening so help get your evening start the off right. I hope to see you down there. Thank you.
Ron Villanueva
The gentleman from Botetourt, Mr. Head
Chris Head
Thank you, I rise for introduction
[Unknown]
We are joined by some fellow franchise owners who provide cam panonship and personal care services to senior adults allowing them to age in place and age at home. Near play a thousand independently owned franchises in north america. The 19 Virginia franchise offices collectively are a $52 million business that in 2016 provided over 2.5 million hours of care and employ over 3,000 care givers. They are joined by the public affairs team from both omaha, nebraska and Washington, d.C.Nd I would ask members to give all of these folks a warm House welcome. [applause]
Chris Head
Pleased to have the visitors with us today. The gentleman from Campbell, Mr .
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I rice for an announcement
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker first off I would like to say that I really like the Greason boy's first name but I think the Villanueva young lady is much cuter. Mr. Speaker and members of the House, tomorrow is cattlemen's day on the hill and I hope that you will join us in darden's garden for the grilled steak sandwiches and milk and cookies. And for any that don't like to accept gifts from lobbyists, I have personally paid for a third of them so if you are crazy enough not to take a steak from me, then just leave it there
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Manassas, Mr. Miller.
Jackson Miller
Mr. Speaker I rise for introduction
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor
Jackson Miller
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, today most of you were probably visited from the realtors from across the commonwealth of Virginia. They are not in the gallery today because well over 500 of them showed up for realtor on the hill day today. They are an off site location watching us right now that is how many showed up. There are over 32,000 realtors in the commonwealth of Virginia. Business people in yours and mine district in every county, city and town of Virginia. Realtors set themselves apart from other professions with a high commitment to standards following a strict code of ethics that ensure the highest quality of integrity and expertise during real estate transactions. Mr. Speaker and ladies and gentlemen of the House, they are offsite but they are watching and I would appreciate if you give them a warm House welcome. [applause]
Bill Howell
We are especially pleased to have all of the realtors with us today. Thank you for taking the time to come. The gentleman from Rockingham, Mr. Wilt
Tony Wilt
I rise for a request
Bill Howell
The gentleman May state it
Tony Wilt
I request permission to take center aisle for a presentation and ask that delegates Cox and Leftwich, jmu alumni and the Rockingham delegation please join me
[Unknown]
The gentleman May proceed. [no audio] [applause] >> On January 7 the James Madison university football team made history by earning their second national title, winning the ncaa division 1 fcs championship. The jmu dukes defeat the the youngstown state university penguins by a score of 28-14 before a roaring crowd of the fans at toyota stadium in frisco, texas. Running back, khalil abdull la earned the most outstanding running back award after rushing for two touchdowns in the second half and broke the jmu single season record for rushing yards and named the american sports network fcs player of the year. The dukes remained undefeated in the caa with 12 straight wins. The team holds the longest active win streak in division one and was the first caa team to win multiple national championships. Jmu led the nation in winning percentage and scoring margin. Head coach mike huson was named the american football association national coach of the year and the caa coach of the year for his exceptional leadership. Seven dukes were named all americans and 14 players were all caa honorees. We look forward to an exciting 2017 season as 12 of the 22 starters return including quarterback brian shore who was named caa offensive player of the year and received the bill Dudley award as Virginia 's top division I player. On behalf of the entire House of delegates including several jmu alumni joining me we would like to commend the entire team, coaching staff and other support staff on your skill and determination in making this national championship a reality. It is my pleasure to have with us today on the floor accepting the resolution jmu president johnathan alger, senior vice president charlie king, Head coach mike houston, quarterback brian shore and safety raven green. Also joining us in the gallery and I would ask that they stand, as they are named. Vice rector players Warren coleman, board of visitors members Mr. Matthew grey and Mrs. Maria janikowski and less branek. Mark bowls, cliff wood, john put any and Mr. Josh humphreys. Mr. Speaker and ladies and gentlemen of the House, please join me in congratulating our James Madison university dukes.
[Unknown]
Hear hear! [applause]
[Unknown]
We are honored to have you here with us today. We congratulate the team. I think that the James Madison dukes embody the concept of scholar athletes and we appreciate all that you have done for Virginia and winning a national championship. Thank you for being with us here today. [applause]
Bill Howell
The gentlewoman from Sussex, Ms. Tyler. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for introduction.
Bill Howell
The gentlewoman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Visiting us of students from the Surry County government class and their teacher. They May be waiting to be seated in the gallery, however, they are here today to learn about the legislative process and meet the different delegates from around the commonwealth. I ask the body to join Delegate Morris and I in giving them a House of Delegate welcome. [applause]
[Unknown]
We are delighted to have the students with us today. The gentlewoman, Ms. Robinson.
[Unknown]
I rise for introduction.
[Unknown]
The gentlewoman has the
[Unknown]
Joining me is our predecessor floor. And a lot of you's former colleague, sam Nixon. [applause]
Bill Howell
It is an honor and pleasure to see sam Nixon again. Sam has been helpful on a variety of projects since he has left the House and we appreciate all that you are doing to help us, sam, and it is good to see you back. The gentleman from Washington, Mr. O'quinn.
Israel O'Quinn
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for purpose of intertux.
Bill Howell
The gentleman May proceed.
Israel O'Quinn
Thank you Mr. Speaker. Joining us at the capitol is the leadership Washington County group. The mix is to challenge individuals to -- the mission is to challenge individuals to become actively involved in community affairs and provide the necessary back ground to enhance leadership abilities. We enjoyed meeting with them this morning as part of their annual visit to the capitol to talk about different legislative issues we have covered and we will continue to cover through the course of the year. Also enjoy visiting with them and the Washington County chamber of commerce does a great job with the program. I ask that you join us in giving them a warm House welcome. [applause]
Bill Howell
Delighted to have the visitors from Washington County here today. The gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Sickles.
Mark Sickles
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for a point of personal privilege.
Bill Howell
The gentleman May proceed.
Mark Sickles
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen of the House in honor of Black history month I would like to bring your attention to a brilliant lawyer and mentor and activity who paved the way for many hiv aids survivors to live with dignity strength and resolve. I give the credit for this short speech to my outstanding vcu intern whose parents immigrated to the country from kenya and whose mother just recently became a u.S. Citizen. In July of 1987, clarence cane was removed as Head of the office of hyatt legal services after his supervisors found out he was suffering from aids. Following the unjust termination he sued them for wrongful termination. At the time of the court case the prognosis gave him less than year to live. In fact, the judge who issued the ruling in Mr. Kane's favor issued the ruling so quickly so as to settle the case before Mr. Hyatt offered either an entry level position at half the pay or a severance package of merely $12,000. Kane declined the job offer, refusing to be demoted to the lowest position in the firm and believing he deserved more than this meeker severance package. Before his untimely passing he accomplished so much doing good and breaking barriers. At uva, Mr. Kane was one of the first african american resident advisors and acted as a mentor to countless students of various ethnicities. He was recruit the by hyatt legal services for the fast track program. At the height he was promoted to regional partner of the philadelphia region in charge of 10 offices and 75 employees. One of the firm's highest paid regional employees. When Mr. Kane informed hyatt of the long-term aids diagnosis following a bout of pneumonia during which he took hospital calls from the hospital bed, it was not the aids diagnosis that shocked the firm. He came out as a gay man, a very common occurrence in the early days of the hiv epidemic. While hyatt maintained they fired him because Mr. Kane was sick, it was impossible to separate discrimination against aids patients in the 1980's from the antilgbt sentiment of that day. He spend the last days incredibly strong willed to fight for his right to be treated equally as a gayman. Since his passing the quality of life for patients with hiv-aids has increased significantly and most people now know that hiv-aidss affects the global community, not just the gay community. It was men like clarence kane who paved the way for the destigmatization which helped lead to research, effective treatment and prevention, education and even the introduction of pharmaceuticals to prevent infection. We are lucky to have inspiring local trail blazers like clarence kane who never stopped being exceptional even in the face of debilitating adversity. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. [applause]
Bill Howell
Pursuant to House rule 30 the journal will so reflect that the following member is away on pressing personal business and is granted leave for today's session, Delegate hope. Are there further motions or resolutions under rule 39? If not, the clerk will call the calendar.
[Unknown]
Calendar for today, Wednesday, February 8. The day after crossover. For the Virginia House of delegates. First item of business. Page 2 of the printed calendar. House bill on second reading regular. Chairman of appropriations approved a special and continuing order to take up House bill 1500 at the conclusion of the morning hour tomorrow. Continuing with the calendar, Page 2. Next category. Resolutions regular calendar. Senate joint resolution 307 confirming appointments by the governor of certain persons communicated April 21, 2016, and June 1, 2016. Reported from committee on privileges and elections. Senate joint resolution 308, confirming appointments by the governor of certain persons communicated August 1, 2016. Reported from committee on privileges and elections.
[Unknown]
I move adoption of the resolution.
[Unknown]
Shall the resolution be adopted?
Bill Howell
The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 99, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes the 9, nos 0. The resolution is adopted.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 3. Continuing with resolutions regular calendar. Senate joint resolution 308, confirming appointments by the governor of certain persons communicated August 1, 2016. Reported from committee on privileges and elections. And Mr. Speaker players there is a floor amendment.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
Parliamentary inquiry.
Bill Howell
The gentleman May state it.
[Unknown]
Do we have to approve today or can they be carried over for the day?
[Unknown]
We have -- [no audio]
[Unknown]
They have to be done by Friday. I would ask that this resolution be passed bye for the day.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Spotsylvania, Mr. Cole.
Mark Cole
Speaking to the motion.
[Unknown]
The gentleman has the into are.
Mark Cole
I would ask that we not pass by the resolution for the day. I am concerned if we make an amendment to it that the Senate have time to consider the amendment and take it up. So I would ask that we not pass by for the day.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Charlottesville .
[Unknown]
Speaking to the motion.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Charlottesville .
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker and ladies and gentlemen of the House, we just heard we have until Friday to do this. We often pass things back and forth on one day and a couple of hours. And I think you know we try to extend courtesies in the House to members who make requests that seem to be legitimate under the circumstances. We did a really nice courtesy yesterday to the Delegate from Bedford involving a bill trusting her that that bill would go through to the other body and we would fix the bill. So I would ask that the members extend us the courtesy, extend me the courtesy of taking this by for the day.
Bill Howell
The question is on the motion offered by the gentleman from Charlottesville. Mr. Toscano, to take by Senate resolution 308 for the day. As many as favor aaye. Those opposed no. The motion is rejected. The gentleman from Spotsylvania -- the gentleman from Alexander Mr. Bell.
David Toscano
At the appropriate time I would like to speak to the floor amendment.
[Unknown]
The clerk will report the floor amendment.
David Toscano
The floor amendment offered by Delegate Bell of Alexander on line 13, line 13 strike all of lines 13 through 15. Lines 13 through 15 striken.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Alexander .
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker and members of the House this would remove one of the names from the block and the name is June jennings. The proposed inspector general. The inspector general is the acting inspector general and would be elected if this passes to a four year term and my amendment would take her off the list. I will talk about the reasons why. Start by saying I don't have anyone in mind and not trying to appoint someone in particular. The governor will have a chance to appoint his person. It is for the reason my belief it shouldn't be Ms. Jennings to this very important job. There is the Deeds commission appointed after the death of gus Deeds and we study mental health issues and while the commission is in meeting we had the terrible tragedy of the death of ja michael mitchell at the Hampton roads jail. For the rest of you I will read from the newspaper report. A 24-year-old with a history of mental illness was arrested in April of 2015 for stealing $5 worth of snacks from a 7-eleven and sent to jail a way eight transfer. They immediately identify the him as someone that needed a transfer but the certificate was sent to eastern state and got lost to a drawer. I mean literally was lost in a drawer. It was faxed over. The person didn't have it and they never came to pick him up. 101 days later at the jail with his cell smeared with feces and the floor soaked in urine he died after a 101 day wait at that jail for eastern state to come pick him up. Nothing we do here can bring him back but the family, lawen forcement, everyone involved in the mental health system wanted to know why this sick young man died in our care naked, in a cell smeared with feces under the watch of both of jail and the mental health professionals hired by the jail to keep an eye on him? How could this possibly happen? He didn't hang himself. He wasn't beat ton death with a you bar. It wasn't that the jailers were picking on him. It wasn't another inmate who shivved him. He dayed from complications of not eating. He lost about 40 pounds. The question is what happened? Who is going to do something and figure out to tell the family why he died, a. And b, tell us what to do differently so we can fix it. Now, I suspect that 143 people in the capital area assumed it was the state inspector general. The state inspector general did not do a thorough investigation and even to the point where there is no doubt they could have. They could have investigated the healthcare group, a private contractor the jail contracted. Didn't do it. We don't know what happened from any work that the state inspector general did. Eastern beyond that, eastern state is their problem. Absolutely the state inspector general's problem and we had a previous report from eastern state had issues with the admissions office and they didn't fix that either. I have no personal feeings about Ms. Jennings. She May be wonderful for the pox but it is clear three is not right for this position. I'm not trying to appoint anybody in particular. The governor can pick somebody else qualified and sent it down in the time left or do an interim appointment and come back next year. I would ask us to remove Ms. Jennings from the block. Thank you.
[Unknown]
Mr. Toscano.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
This amendment came to us just about 20 minutes ago after this appointment flew through the Senate and flew through the privileges and elections committee with no negative votes. One of the reasons why I made the motion which I thought was very reasonable under the circumstances to take it by for the day is to that members could have the opportunity to assess the allegations that is come forth this morning. We, frankly, a lot of us really don't know everything that happened. And we don't know everything that the office of the inspector general could or could not do. But I can tell you this, this is a very complicated issue. Now, it is not complicated in terms of what happened. What happened was outrageous. Sad. Tragic. And should never happen in a local jail. But make no mistake about this, the office of inspector general does not generally have jurisdictions over local jail. And so what we are going to do today is essentially say no to a gubernatorial recommendation because heads might should have rolled at a local jail. Is that what we are going to do here? Now, the governor spent a lot of time with this case and again, I don't know all of the ins and outs and that is why I thought hey, before you make an important vote like this, take your time. But, of course, that wasn't that extended. So we are where we are in trying to defend something that none of us know a lot about except for the tragedy and the outrageousness of the death. Now, there is some suggestion that certain things we could have done after the fact to give the o.I.G. Broader jurisdiction. I don't even know if we have done those things because I just found out about this being yanked from the block about 20minutes ago. I would hope that you would at least give the courtesy to the governor and this person who has during all of the process that we have gone through has never been confronted in any of these committees. And you are going to just yank her out today because of this outrageous and tragic incident that she was not directly responsible for. Now, beyond that, there are lawsuits out there. Okay, let the lawsuits work their way. Figure out if the allegations are true or false. So I would ask you to vote no on the amendment and then if you want to take the bill by for the day, we can do this again tomorrow after you have had a reasonable chance to take a look at the underlying facts of this case and make a determination. I May end up voting with the gentleman from albermarle tomorrow after I have had an opportunity to look at these things. I don't think it is fair to this person and it is certainly not fair to this process to railroad this person without an opportunity to take a look at what is going on in this situation. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
Yes, Mr. Landes?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I 'm speaking to the amendment to the resolution.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker and ladies and gentlemen of the House, first of all, it is well within our authority not to confirm the office of the inspector general and the office of inspector general. When the legislation was set up, we set out specific criteria and we had this appointment as one of the most important appointments that we make. When the job was set up and we agreed to this legislation originally. As Delegate Bell, the gentleman from albermarle has detailed, in this case, this person did not perform their job. And it is up to us to decide whether that person moves forward or not. I understand the gentleman from.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from --
[Unknown]
Would the gentleman yield for a question.
[Unknown]
Would the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, not yield.
[Unknown]
The gentleman does not yield.
[Unknown]
I understand the gentleman's concerns related to the quickness of acting but we are a bicameral legislature and Senate has to determine whether they agree with us or not and then the resolution either comes back or it doesn't. That is the situation we also have to face in the short session. Mr. Speaker, to say that we should not act based on the information we have I think is just not something that we should delay on. It is pretty clear from the news reports, it is pretty clear from the standpoint of the authority that that office has and was intended to have when the legislation was adopted that they should have investigated some of these things. Or, if they did not believe they had the authority, the inspect tore general should have come before the general assembly and governor and requested changes to the statute to make sure that they had that authority. I don't believe there was any legislation I 'm aware of that was brought forward by the inspector general. Mr. Speaker, I hope the House will go ahead and act so that the process will have the time from the standpoint of the bicameral legislature to work on this further.
[Unknown]
Speak together amendment.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Bill Howell
As we approach budget day we are about to start doing things in here that are a political bit counter intuitive. I wanted to alert the members of the body the gentleman from albermarle is against this particular appointment and so in being against the particular appointment the counter in tutive is that if you wish to aah sport you would vote yes on this amendment. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Frederick, Mr. Collins.
Chris Collins
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Briefly speaking to the amendment.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Chris Collins
I would point the members of the legislature to section 2.2-309 powers and duties of state inspector general paragraph number 5. Investigate the management and operations of state agencies and nonstate agencies and independent contractors of state agencies to determine whether acts of fraud, waste, abuse or corruption have been committed or are being committed by state officers or employees or independent contractors or any officers or employees of a nonstate agency. Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Charlottesville .
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield for a question.
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
Ile yield.
[Unknown]
I ask the gentleman, we heard from the gentleman from Augusta to declined to yield to my question which was to try to tell the body a little bit more as to why she failed in her duties with specificity so we can understand. Because again, no one quibbles with -- I -- Mr. Speaker. I'm asking my question. And I would hope the gentleman would give me an answer. With specificity what exactly has she done that has not performed her duties with specificity so we know what the issue is here?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I would answer the gentleman that that is the issue. There is no specificity because no investigation was committed.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, will the gentleman yield for a question.
Bill Howell
I would yield to the gentleman from albermarle.
Bill Howell
I haven't asked the gentleman from albermarle if he would yield for a question.
[Unknown]
I asked the gentleman over there.
[Unknown]
In answer isle gentleman's question that the gentleman not yield to another member to allow another member to do that. He can do that, can he not?
[Unknown]
Yes, he.
[Unknown]
S can.
Bill Howell
I ask the gentleman from albermarle to resume the floor for a question.
[Unknown]
Whether the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
It doesn't matter.
[Unknown]
I'm asking him.
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
I would ask the gentleman we heard the gentleman over here say there was no investigation done and even though people May take issue at the quality of the investigation, it is true, is it not, that there was an investigation done and there were several investigations done in this case, is that not right?
[Unknown]
Yes, sir. To answer the gentleman's question originally and the one
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I would ask that answered. Question.
[Unknown]
Okay.
[Unknown]
I would like to speak to the bill.
[Unknown]
You have the floor.
[Unknown]
In an effort not to speak ill of someone who is not here I left some of the details out but I 'm happy to go through them. There was, in fact, an investigation and for those listening I just put air quotes around the word investigation because as the newspaper said, let's see. They did not ask for a copy of the jail's internal report. They made only one on-site visit. Teledid not interview anybody from the district court to wonder why the documentation to eastern state wasn't delivered. The place that is directly on point is they have clear authority to investigate nafcare that was supposed to make sure that nobody at the jail dies. You didn't even have to go in the jail walls to investigate nafcare. There is no doubt they have the right to investigate nafcare. There is no more vulnerable population in this world or in the commonwealth than a mentally ill person committed against his will to a state constitution or the jail. She was an interim appointment. The request he is now we are coming up to a four year appointment. There are jamichael mitchells littered throughout the system in either the state institutions or through our jails and the the question is we make a lot of appointments. The governor makes thousands I think. I don't recall being on the floor and talking about one of his appointments. The rest May or May not be the right person for the job, I don't know, he is the governor and the committee did some sort of review. The jamichael mitchells of the world are asking us to appoint someone to the job who is a bull dog. Candidly, somebody we probably wouldn't enjoy having in our office and will sit there and be skeptical. With re! To Ms. Jennings it is clear from the evidence in front of us when she had the biggest tragedy we can have which is someone dying naked covered in feces in a jail cell she did not see it as her role and then even when it was clearly her role did not give it the investigation needed. And so the families left wondering what happened and now we have civil lawsuits and federal investigations and all the rest of it. And we also don't know what happens so we can fix it. Again, we make a lot of appointments in this place that matter a lot. Supreme court justices and members of the state corporation commission. On behalf of every family who has a family member who is to mentally ill he will come across the jails or the institutions, I 'm begging you make this one of the most important ones we have and put the best person in the job. Don't pick someone we like or someone we know or someone because he is the governor's choice. Pick one that is going to do the job and protect the people that need our protection. Thank you.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Charlottesville .
Bill Howell
Will the gentleman from Spotsylvania rise for a question.
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
The gentleman yields.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I would ask the gentleman I see the vote out of the privileges elections committee was unanimous. Would it be fair to say that Mrs. Jennings did never even appear before your panel for any discussion of any of these issues?
[Unknown]
That is correct.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Shall the floor amendment offered by the gentleman from albermarle be adopted? As many favor that motion aaye. Those opposed no. The amendment is adopted. Shall the floor amendment be adopted? The clerk will close the roll. >> Ayes 65, nos 34. >> Ayes 65, nos 34. The amendment is agreed to. The gentleman from Spotsylvania, Mr. Cole.
Mark Cole
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Speaking tothe resolution.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Mark Cole
I mentioned this west mentioned this before but iwante reason not passing by for the day. The appointments need to be approved by both bodies by Friday. Otherwise, if a resolution is not approved then none of them on the resolution are appointed. I'm concernd that a delay with an amended resolution would not give the Senate time to consider the resolution and could therefore put all of the appointees on the resolution in jeopardy. And having said that, Mr. Speaker, I would move the adoption of the resolution.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Alexander -- the gentlewoman from Alexander .
[Unknown]
Speaking to the resolution.
Bill Howell
Thed gentlewoman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you. I just want to share with the body my concern. It reminds me of a time a few years ago when we talked about process. And I heard the gentleman from Spotsylvania said about his concern. I underand this that has to be done by Friday and I think that today is Wednesday so we still have time. And I heard the concerns from the gentleman from albermarle about what he read in the newspaper. And allegations that have been made. And I 'm concerned that there is a lot of us probably in this chamber that have no idea about the facts. And so, I just, Mr. Speaker, I stand because I 'm concerned about the process that we are taking today. And I just hope in the future that we can be given more time, more than 20 minutes or 30 minutes before a vote on something that is serious. There is no doubt that the allegations, they are serious. And the death was abhorrent. But, I think that virginians look to this chamber and look to us to be fair and balanced, so I just hope that we consider that in the future. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Shall the resolution be adopted? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 87, nos 10.
[Unknown]
Ayes 87, nos 10. The resolution is adopted.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, continuing with the category of resolutions regular. Senate joint resolution 309, confirming appointments by the governor of certain persons communicated October 1, 2016. Reported from committee on privileges and elections with amendments.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Spotsylvania, Mr. Cole.
Mark Cole
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I move the committee amendment.
Bill Howell
The question is on adoption of the committee amendment. As many as favor that motion say aye, those oppose nod. The amendment is agreed to.
Mark Cole
The committee amendments adds back three names that were removed from the original resolution by the Senate. So, again, this is another resolution that we need to have time to send back over to the Senate. And speaking to the lack of time to consider these resolutions, as you know, the Senate -- the respectfully resolutions for appointments originate in the Senate. The Senate often seems in my judgment to take their time in sending them over to us, therefore not giving us a whole lot of time to consider the resolutions before we have to act on them. So, with that, Mr. Speaker, I would move that we adopt the amended resolution.
Bill Howell
Shall the resolution be adopted? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 98-nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 98, nos 0. The respectfully las vegas isre.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page four of the printed calendar. Next up -- Senate joint resolution 310, confirming appointments by the governor of certain persons communicated December 1, 2016. Reported from committee on privileges and elections.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Spotsylvania, Mr. Cole.
Mark Cole
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I move the adoption of the resolution.
Bill Howell
Shall the resolution be adopted? The clerk will close the roll.
Mark Cole
Ayes 99, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 99, nos 0. The resolution is adopted.
[Unknown]
Finally, Mr. Speaker, Senate joint resolution 342 confirming appointments by the governor of certain persons communicated January 7, 2017.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Spotsylvania, Mr. Cole.
Mark Cole
Thank you, superspeaker. Mr. Speaker. I move the adoption of the resolution.
Bill Howell
Shall the resolution be adopted? The clerk will close the roll.
Mark Cole
Ayes 99, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 99, nos 0. The resolution is adopted.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker that completes today's calendar.
[Unknown]
Does the clerk have any announcements or communications?
[Unknown]
I have one of each, sir. Communications from the speaker to the clerk of the House due to the resolution signation of jennifer l. Mcclellan and subsequent election of jeffrey m.Bjorn I have made the committee assignments effective today. Delegate appointed to the commit committee on education and courts of justice. Appoint the to the committee on education and appointed to the committee for courts of justice. Delegate Bagby appointed to the can committee on commerce and labor. Delegate Bagby appointed to the committee on commerce and labor. Courts of justice committee will meet a half hour after adjournment of the House over in House room c of the general assembly building. Immediately upon adjournment of the full committee the mental health subcommittee they will be meeting. However, the civil law and criminal law subcommittee meetings of courts have been canceled. A half hour after aunment today the -- adjournment today the finance subcommittee number one they will be meeting in the fifth floor east conference room. Five east for finance, sub one. Appropriations committee meeting has been canceled for today. The House democratic caucus meeting this afternoon, at 2:00. The House democratic caucus is meeting today at 4:30 in House room 2. The appropriations commerce ag natural resources and technology subcommittee has been canceled. At 4:00 today the agriculture technology and natural resources subcommittee will be meeting meg this afternoon at 4:00 in the 8th floor west conference room. The counties, cities and towns subcommittee number 2 will also meet at 4:00 but in 7 west in that conference room. Also at 4:00, the finance subcommittee number two will be meeting in House room c. And as mentioned, several times previously this week, the House clerk's office, Senate clerk's office and division of legislative services will have a post cross overorientation training refresher or any and all interested members at 4:00 in House room d. And finally, Mr. Speaker for this afternoon, hwi subcommittee three meeting has been canceled. Looking ahead to tomorrow, Thursday February 9. First item of business will be the legislative sportsmens caucus at 7:00 a.M. In the sixth floor speaker's conference room. The transportation subcommittee number three, they will be meeting at 7:30 a.M. In House room c. That is a change in time for transportation sub three. At 8:00, Hampton roads caucus will meet in the sixth into floor speaker conference room. And a change in time for mips sub two. The new americans caucus will meet tomorrow. New americans caucus will not be meeting tomorrow. We will change that. So at 8:30 tomorrow the committee on health welfare and institutions at the normal time in House room d. In House room c the committee on transportation will meet. Immediately following adjournment of the full hwi committee, hwi subcommittee number two they will meet in House room d. Finally, the democratic caucus tomorrow will meet at 9:00 a.M. And then the republican caucus will meet at 11:30 how many in House room one and the democratic caucus in House room two.
[Unknown]
Completes the announcements.
[Unknown]
Corrections health welfare and institutions sub two will not be meeting tomorrow. For all committee members at present we have docketed all bills referred to us for full committee. At this juncture, no bills assigned to subcommittee. See how we can work through that tomorrow. Potentially and hence potentially we May clear our docket, but I need to emphasize to the committee and the members in hwi we will take full hearing times onmy sures new to us and not running the trains quite as fast but every bill will get a full hearing. Thank you.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Hugo.
Tim Hugo
Mr. Speaker, announcement. I think we will meet at 11:15 for caucus.
[Unknown]
House republican caucus at 1115 tame. We will have the calendar updated.
Tim Hugo
Ms. Herring.
[Unknown]
The democratic caucus as well at 11:30.
Bill Howell
The democratic caucus will meet at 11:30 -- 11:15 in House room two. Republicans House room one and democrats in House room 2. The gentleman from Prince William, Mr. Lingamfelter.
Scott Lingamfelter
Announcement, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
House will come to order.
Scott Lingamfelter
Tomorrow morning at the sportsmans caucus we will have the congressional sportsmans caucus folks there who will share with us what other states are doing in this hunting and fishing area so if you an interest in and see some of the other ideas going on around the country. I would encourage you to be there.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Arlington House Mr. Cox.
Bill Howell
I move that we when adjourn we adorn to rereson vine tomorrow at 12 moon. The gentleman from Colonial Heights exploration Cox .
[Unknown]
I move the House do now adjourn.
[Unknown]
The gentleman from Colonial Heights moves the House do now as many as favor that motion say adjourn. Aye, those opposed no. The motion is agreed to. The House stands adjourned until 12 noon tomorrow. 12 noon tomorrow.