02/09/2017 House Proceedings

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HB1500—02:00:19
Del. Luke Torian (D-Woodbridge)—00:42
Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)—00:30
Del. Manoli Loupassi (R-Richmond)—00:12
Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg)—00:18
Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)—01:00
Del. Keith Hodges (R-Urbanna)—00:42
Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax Station)—01:12
Del. Tag Greason (R-Potomac Falls)—00:30
Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton)—01:36
Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)—01:54
Del. James Edmunds (R-South Boston)—00:12
Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean)—00:54
Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton)—09:00
Del. Joe Lindsey (D-Norfolk)—00:30
Del. Rich Anderson (R-Woodbridge)—00:24
Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge)—00:24
Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria)—00:17
Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington)—00:24
Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg)—00:24
Del. Matt Fariss (R-Rustburg)—00:48
Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk)—08:42
Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)—00:24
Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk)—00:48
Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)—08:06
Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax Station)—00:00
Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)—01:54
Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond)—00:18
Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)—02:36
Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond)—00:30
Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)—00:00
Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City)—00:18
Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)—00:06
Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City)—00:42
Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)—00:42
Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)—01:30
Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)—00:54
Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)—00:06
Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington)—03:18
Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)—00:54
Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)—01:12
Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)—00:48
Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)—05:47
Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)—00:54
Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)—02:48
Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)—02:12
Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)—00:30
Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)—00:12
Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)—02:48
Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale)—06:36
Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville)—02:18
Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)—01:30
Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville)—01:24
Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)—01:00
Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)—00:00
Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk)—00:54
Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)—03:06
Del. Jeff Campbell (R-Marion)—02:42
Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas)—02:00
Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)—01:18
Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria)—00:18
Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas)—01:30
Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria)—01:06
Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria)—00:30
Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas)—00:30
Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)—02:24
Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk)—00:00
Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg)—00:00
Del. Bob Purkey (R-Virginia Beach)—00:00
Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg)—00:12
Del. Randy Minchew (R-Leesburg)—00:06
Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City)—00:06
Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights)—00:18
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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 Dr. Teresa R. Sutherlin, Pastor, Lebanon Baptist Church, Saluda

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 Wednesday, February 8, 2017, approved by the Speaker

Senate communication received
House bills passed with Senate amendments: HBs 1647, 1874, 1931, 2308
House bills passed with Senate substitutes: HBs 1404, 1713
House bills passed: HBs 1432, 1456, 1479, 1492, 1493, 1515, 1516, 1545, 1560, 1580, 1582, 1608, 1617, 1618, 1630, 1641, 1646, 1652, 1849, 1882, 1921, 2050

Committee reports
From Courts of Justice: SBs 853, 870, 874, 903, 920, 944A, 966, 973, 981, 1044, 1140, 1154S (referred), 1176, 1177, 1217, 1260, 1273, 1288, 1305, 1310, 1333, 1352; SJ 241
From Transportation: SBs 855, 950A, 1041, 1101, 1207, 1211, 1229A, 1250A, 1251S, 1272, 1331, 1366A, 1367, 1486A

HJR 601 taken up and agreed to

HB 1500 taken up under special and continuing order

HOUSE BILL READ SECOND TIME
REGULAR CALENDAR
HB 1500A - Uncontested Committee Amendments agreed to (Y-100 N-0)

Motion by Delegate Cox to recess agreed to

House recessed at 1:01 p.m. until 1:45 p.m.

House reconvened at 1:45 p.m.

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

CALENDAR

Transcript

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

Bill Howell
The House will come to order. Members, please take your seats. Sergeant at arms.
Bill Howell
The House is now in session. All persons not entitled to privileges of the floor, please retire to the gallery.
Bill Howell
The members will rise and be led in prayer by the Reverend Dr. Teresa r. Sutherlin, lebanon baptist church, saluda. And remain stand for the pledge led by the gentleman from Colonial Heights, Mr. Cox.
Kirk Cox
Good morning. Let us pray. Heavenly father, we thank you for another beautiful day and a new opportunity to serve you. We are grateful for every blessing that you bestowed upon us. It is because of you and your mercy that we are not consumed. For your compassion never fails. They are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness. You have said that men are to always pray. You have invited us to come to you when we were weary and burdened down. You promised rest from our labor. We have found your yoke is easy and your burdens alight. Your word is true. You still speak Peace bestill to storms that rage in our lives. When you speak, they cease. Please continue to talk with us, father, with that still small but powerful voice. You give us hope. You renew our strength. You calm our fears and remind us that all things are possible if we only believe. We are sustained by our faith in the promise that you will never leave us nor forsake us. Thank you for your compassion that never fails. Thank you for your love that is everlasting. Thank you for that grace that is always sufficient and for your r abundant mercy. You told us to pray for those in authority and for all leaders that we May lead a peaceful and quiet life. We pry today for our president and our -- we pray today for our president and vice president and his cabinet. For every governor. Every Senator. For every Delegate and for every branch of our government. Fill them with your love, your wisdom and your understanding. Give them integrity of heart. Give them Peace, joy and allow them to experience your mercy. Help us to always be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid water quarrg to be gentle and kind. God please continue to bless america. We pray that your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. It is in the name of jesus the christ that we pray and give you thanks. Amen.
[Unknown]
Amen.
Kirk Cox
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.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
Bill Howell
The members will answer roll call by indicating their presence on the electronic voting board. [cheers and applause] >> The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, a quorum is present.
[Unknown]
I examined and approved the journal of the House of delegates for February 8, 2017. Motions and resolutions under rule 39 are now in order. Any announcements or communications?
[Unknown]
Reminder that objections to committee amendments due to the front desk staff by 11:00 and budget bill will be considered by the completion of the morning hour pursuant to a special and continuing order adopted yesterday.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Prince William, from.
[Unknown]
Torian.
[Unknown]
I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
We have the coalition of 100 Black women. A nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to community service, advocacy, leadership development, and the enhancement of gender and racial equality for Black women and the chapter was founded in girls. November of 2012 and less than five years noteworthy programs and services established to include elementary and middle school mentoring programs at three county schools, providing annual scholarships to graduating seniors, annual recognition programs of distinguished career women and voter registration and educational activities. I please join me in giving them a warm House welcome. [applause]
[Unknown]
Delighted to have the ladies with us today and hope you enjoy our visit to the capitol.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Roanoke city, Mr. Rasoul.
Sam Rasoul
I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Sam Rasoul
Thank you. In the gallery with us are representatives of the Virginia association of hospices and palliative care. The association represents the majority of hospices across the commonwealth. Today the members are talking with delegates and senators about the important role of hospice and pailiative care and the role it plays in end of life care. Not only providing quality care but also cost containment. From my area I would like to welcome sue and lisa marie from good samaritan hospice. I hope you will join me in giving them a warm House welcome. [applause]
Bill Howell
Pleased to have the visitors with us today. And we thank you for all that hospice does in our communities around the commonwealth. The gentleman from Richmond city, Mr. Loupassi.
Manoli Loupassi
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
The gentleman May proceed.
Manoli Loupassi
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House. In the gallery, students and faculty and alumni from saint gertrudes high school located in my district remains the only all girl catholic independent high school in Virginia. Saint gertrudes is celebrating its 104th year in existence. I hope you will give them a warm House welcome. [applause]
[Unknown]
Pleased to have the students visiting with us today.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Caroline, Mr. Orrock.
Bobby Orrock
I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Bobby Orrock
Welcome a group of young students from the Rappahannock cooperative youth tour. They serve from Winchester down to King and Queen and Essex County. Any are high school students here today to observe the governmental process. Please join me in welcoming them to the capitol. [applause]
Bill Howell
Pleased to have the students visiting with us today. The gentlewoman from Fairfax, Ms. Cory.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Ms. I rice for an announcement.
Bill Howell
The gentlewoman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, by now you should all have received one of these flyers and if you didn't, please tell me. My interns were supposed to deliver one to every of nice and every House of delegates member. This is announcing the second annual art show special arts from special artists and next Thursday around 10:00 in the morning we will have all of the artists who participated this year available to talk about their artworks. We also have some new artists participating. They are people who are suffering from dementia and alzheimer'sers and we have some of their paintings on display. If you can't come, please walk through 7 west so you can admire the photographs of and paintings of this special group of people. Thank you.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Middlesex, Mr. Hodges.
Keith Hodges
I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Keith Hodges
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, we have in the gallery today members of the lebanon baptist church. Lebanon baptist church is located in salud and led by pastors who gave the in vocation they give positive guidance and Peace to others. I want to thank them for all they do on the community and for is the positive impact they have on people's lives. Mr. Speaker, as a testament to their dedication over the years, lebanon baptist church recently celebrated its 125th anniversary. Join me in giving them a back wm House welcome. [applause]
Bill Howell
Delighted to the visitors from saluda with us today. The gentlewoman from Fairfax, Ms. Filler-corn.
[Unknown]
I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
The gentlewoman May proceed.
[Unknown]
Today we have representatives from jobs for Virginia graduates. It is my distinct oner to serve on the board since 2009 and chair the organization since 2012. Jvg makes a tremendous difference in the lives of at-risk youth every single day. The wonderful organization serves Virginia 's disadvantaged and at-risk youth throughout the commonwealth ensuring graduation from high school and following them for a year following with a job transitioning from school to work. Here today representing jvg are two incredible students. President john from stampole and the vice president and two amazing staff members, sandra chandler and president and ceo barry glen who has been with the organization, I might add, since its inception. This is the 21st year they have had a program in Virginia and won the highest national award of excellence from the parent organization known as jobs for american graduates since. I'm proud to share that our governor and congressman don buyer who preceded me as chair of jvg serves on the national board of jobs for american graduates. I ask my colleagues to join me in welcoming jobs for american graduates and the newly elected president and vice president a warm House welcome.
Bill Howell
Pleased to have the visitors [applause] with us today and we thank you for all that you do to better tour communities. The gentleman from Loudoun, Mr. Greason.
Tag Greason
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
I rise for an introduction.
Tag Greason
The gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, on behalf of delegates Minchew, LaRock and Bell I would like to welcome the class of 2017. We would lake to welcome them. Participants in leadership Loudoun are leaders from the Loudoun community representing nonprofit government and for-profit employment segments of the community. Leadership Loudoun 's mission is simply to advance leadership, build connections and serve the community. Please join me in giving them a warm House welcome. [applause]
Bill Howell
Pleased to have the visitors from Loudoun with us today. The gentleman from stanton, Mr. Bell.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker and ladies and gentlemen of the House, visiting with us today and I don't believe they are in the gallery, but they are some where on the capitol grounds, is the parents students teachers and administrators from the Virginia virtual academy. Mr. Speaker, the Virginia virtual academy is a full-time k-8 cool here in the commonwealth with approximately 1,500 stew didn'ts enrolled in the school. You might be interested to know that at least one Virginia virtual academy student resides in 122 of the 132 school divisions in Virginia. Virtual education is important for these students because it allows them to learn in an environment that is best suited for their needs. I, like many of you, trust parents to know what form of education is best suited for their student. And Mr. Speaker, the students in the Virginia virtual academy are having tremendous success. While I don't believe that sol scores are the only bench mark to determine if a school is successful they are doing great things. I would like to share with you that 100% of eligible Virginia virtual academy students took the s.O.L. Tests this year and the as a results, Virginia virtual academy students met or ex-seated the state average in 10 of the 13 testing areas. Mr. Speaker the Virginia virtual academy pay rents, teachers and students are here today advocate for expanded virtual education cal education to have full-time k-12 virtual education cal school stable and sustainable for the future. I would like to ask the House to give the Virginia virtual virtualacademy students, parentd teachers a warm House welcome. [applause]
[Unknown]
I guess it figures they aren't here but we are delighted wherever they are. [laughter]
[Unknown]
Mr. Toscano.
[Unknown]
I rise for two introductions.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you. We are pleased to have in the -- and capitol grounds students from the renaissance school from Charlottesville located in my district. They are here a number of the students are -- are they here in the gallery? Okay. Would you stand up. They are participating in the model united nations and model general assembly when those occur. Renaissance school is a college preppatory high school. The school focuses on interdisciplinary learning through a balanced program equally strong in the arts and academics. I tell you when I met with them today they had a lot of good ideas for bills that y'all can present in the upcoming session. I hope we can give them a warm House of delegates welcome. [applause]
Bill Howell
Pleased to have the students from Charlottesville visiting with us today. The gentleman from Charlottesville .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. We also have joining us today some folks from the batten school for public policy at uva. We have a lot of people here. And for those who don't know about the batten school, it is a relatively new school at uva but an interdisciplinary school of public policy. And I can tell you that these folks are among the best and brightest that we brought to the commonwealth of Virginia and come from the commonwealth of Virginia and hopefully will take good jobs helping us out at some point in the future. I also might draw your attention to the fact that they have a wonderful quarterly periodical that is so good that even the Delegate Marshall and I both have articles in one -- in one edition of this magazine. I would like you all to give them a warm capitol welcome and check out that periodical. [applause]
[Unknown]
Delighted to have the students from batten visiting with us today. The students from the university of Virginia. [laughter]
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Halifax, Mr. Edmonds.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, today we have with us in the gallery or one of the House rooms or somewhere in the capitol the Halifax chamber of commerce leadership group led by mitzi mccormick. They are here today learning about the legislative process and meeting with key leaders. Please join me in giving the group a warm House welcome. [applause]
Bill Howell
Very pleased to have the visitors from Halifax with us today. The gentlewoman from Fairfax, Ms. Murphy.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
The gentlewoman has the floor.
[Unknown]
We have with us today the national association of social workers. This Virginia chapter is visiting us as part of their 2017 day at the capitol. We have more than 300 members and students of the association and many of them have joined us. If they are in the gallery, I hope they will stand. Yeah. Hopefully many of you have had a chance to meet with and speak with them today. Social workers are the largest provider of mental health services providing 70% of services to those who are experiencing mental health issues. The national association of social workers represents the largest group of clinically-trained providers in the country. They work in a broad range of settings including hospitals and other healthcare settings and we are glad to have them with us. And I hope you will give them a warm House welcome. [applause]
Bill Howell
We thank the ladies for all that they do helping us with the issues of mental health. The gentlewoman from Hampton, Ms. Ward.
Leo Wardrup
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
I rise for a point of personal privilege and a quick announcement.
Leo Wardrup
The gentlewoman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Ms. Today I 'm honored to present my moment in Black history and epitomizes why even in the year 2017 we still have an opportunity to pause to illuminate some of the lives of some brilliant Black americans whose accomplishments and greatness have gone unnotice. It is for this reason that my moment is Black his tore I have is dedicated to those mathematically gifted women assigned to work at nasa at the height of the jim crow era. It was in the 1960's when allen shepherd, gus grissum and john glenn received all of the praise for being the first men in space but behind the scenes they were supported by hundreds of nasa workers including human computers who quietly worked hidden away who actually did the calculations and the -- for their trajectories. The stories of these women are portrayed in the box office hit "hidden figures." these women were hired to work as what were called color computers. Although they played an important role at nasa for years, they were never mentioned as nasa pioneers, only as a part of the segregated west era computing unit. One of these women was dorie doy she came to langley memorial vaughn. Library in 1943 during the height of world war ii after leaving her position as a math teacher in farmville, Virginia. She took what she believed would be a temporary job. Two years later when president roosevelt signed an executive order into law prohibiting racial, religious and ethnic discrimination in the country's defense industry, she was hired permanently. They began to hire Black women to work, to meet the skyrocketing demands for processing aeronautical research data. These women were considered to be more patient and more detail oriented than men. And they also could be paid less. However, segregation policies required that these women work in a separate section called the west area computers, away from the white computers. Dorothy vaughn became the first Black naca supervisor in 1949 and made sure that her employees received promotions or pay raises when merited. Another human computer, featured in the movie was mary jackson. Mary jackson came from the center of my universe, Hampton. She graduated with high marks from high school and received a bachelor of science degree from Hampton institute, now Hampton university in mathematics and physical science and also began her career as a teacher and took several other jobs before joining the naca, known now as nasa. As a computer with the all-Black west area computing section, she was involved with the wind tunnels and flight experience. She also tried to help other women advance in their careers by advising them on what educational opportunities to pursue. She became an engineer actor and after 30 years with nasa, she decided to become an equal opportunity specialist to help women and minorities. As I have already said, there were hundreds of these human computers. There were so many, that they could not be featured all of them in the movie. One such individual was kristine barnes richie hill living in Hampton. Her aptitude for math was evident at an early age and she attended north carolina college, now north carolina central university. After graduation and after a year teaching high school, Ms. Richie passed an examination and became a math aide. Now long after she started working, they notice that she had the qualifications of a mathematician and she was promoted. She was eventually a part of the group asked to study in the fatal prelaunch test that killed astronaut gus grissom and his crew. Richie expanded her skills to include programming when computers mammoth in size and requiring multiple people to use them were installed in nasa. The mother of two retired in 1987. She remains active in our community delivering meals on wheels and serving in her church. The final human computer featured most prominently in the movie is catherine Johnson. Now, last year, the life of Dr. Catherine Johnson was highlighted beautifully on this floor by the gentlewoman from Newport News, Ms. Price. And we also passed a resolution honoring her for all offshore her accomplishment. Dr. Johnson showed her early brilliance by being promoted several years ahead of her age. She was so gifted she was enrolled in high school at the age of 10 and at 14 she entered Virginia -- west Virginia state college and by 18 she was a college graduate. After world war ii the ncsa started recruiting african americans and Dr. Johnson was hired in 1953 as a temp with all male research team. But quickly, she became a permanent important part of the team. Ms. Johnson or Dr. Johnson did the trajectory analysis for allen, shepherd's freedom 7 mission in 1961. And at john glenn's request did the same job for his orbital mission in 1962. Although john glenn's trajectory was planned by computers, he wanted Dr. Johnson herself to run through the equations to make sure that they were safe before taking off. It is reported that john glenn said get the girl to check these figures. Dr. Johnson is now 98 years old. She and her husband both are in our area. She is such a treasure to this commonwealth. We have been working so hard, the gentlewoman from Newport News and I do bring her to the capitol. And the governor has agreed and we found a date, it was februart Dr. Johnson would not be available because she would be in hollywood attending the academy awards since the movie "hidden figures" is in the running for an oscar. [applause] we are going to keep trying and we will let you know when we can get her here. But we are so proud of all these women. They have excelled in spite of discrimination and all obstacles. They were all virginians and I am so proud because they were also hamptonians. Thank you. [applause]
Bill Howell
And one quick announcement. I wanted to get it in before you sat down. But anyway, as a self-appointed, self-anointed unofficial chair of the unbirthday caucus I 'm going to ask that all of us will wish our governor a very happy 60th birthday. [applause] ^. >> The House will come to order. The gentleman from Norfolk, Mr. Lindsey. [no audio]
Joe Lindsey
I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Joe Lindsey
Mr. Speaker, members of the assembly, today in the gallery, we have the students of the Norfolk state university learning community. The as parton learning community is comprised of business majors with an entrepreneurial focus. This is through peak. Which stands for planning, ethics, application and knowledge. This helps them underand it how to become entrepreneurial successes. I ask if they could stand, please. [applause]
[Unknown]
The body has gotten a little ahead of this. I wanted this body to wish them a warm House welcome. Thank you. [applause]
Bill Howell
I can do that for you. We are pleased to have the students from Norfolk state with us today and we wish you a warm House welcome. The gentleman from Prince William, Mr. Anderson.
Rich Anderson
Mr. Speaker, I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
The gentleman May proceed.
Rich Anderson
Mr. Speaker on behalf of the Prince William delegation we have in and around capitol square and perhaps up in the gallery a group of about 75 students and families representing the capital baptist home school cooperative. They serve 350 in the surrounding areas and have students in the program from nursery school to grade 123 and they are down here -- grade 12 and they are here in capitol square learning about their government subjects they are presently studying. I would ask that the House give a warm welcome to the capitol baptist home school cooperative. [applause]
Bill Howell
Very pleased to have the home coolers here with us today. The gentleman from Prince William, Mr. Lingamfelter.
Scott Lingamfelter
I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Scott Lingamfelter
I hope they are still there but joining us in the gallery are members of the Chesapeake foundation, the James river association and lynn haven river now. I hope they will stand. You have probably seen them in the general assembly. They have the clean water buttons they are sporting and meeting with delegates and senators to advocate not only for clean water but the great work we have done in the appropriations committee on best management practices for farmers to help clean up the bay and our tributaries. Thanks for being here. [applause]
Bill Howell
We welcome the visitors and thank you for all that you do to help with the environment and the waters of Virginia. The gentlewoman from Alexandria, Ms. Herring.
[Unknown]
I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
The gentlewoman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you. Joining us today are members of the parent leadership institute of Alexandria known as plti. This institute trains parents to be positive advocates for their chin and eventually some of them actually do run for office in the city of Alexandria. On behalf of the Alexandria delegation please stand. I ask that you give them a warm House welcome. [applause]
Bill Howell
Delighted to have the visitors with us today. The gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Sullivan.
Rip Sullivan
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rice with a request on a motion.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Rip Sullivan
I request that the clerk all up House joint resolution 601 south of order.
[Unknown]
Celebrating the life of her man j.Obe rmayor.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Fairfax .
[Unknown]
Virginia lost an outstanding citizen when obie passed away. A philanthropist, family man and patriot and gave me one of my very first jobs. He will be sorely missed. I move adoption of House joint resolution 601.
[Unknown]
As many as favor adoption of the resolution will please rise.
Bill Howell
The resolution is agreed to. The gentleman from Spotsylvania, Mr. Cole.
Mark Cole
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
The gentleman May proceed.
Mark Cole
Ladies and gentlemen of the House, today we have some exchange students from the academic year in america. They are on capitol grounds. I don't know if they made it to the gallery yet. If they are I would ask them to stand. But these students are from a variety of different countries from armenia, ukraine, thailand, pakistan and then gentleman thee country, not the state. But I ask that we give them a warm welcome to the capitol today. [applause]
Bill Howell
Delighted to have the students with us today. The gentleman from Campbell ,
Bill Howell
Mr. Speaker, I rise for a point of personal privilege the gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker the meal served in the cardon garden this morning was top sirloin steak sandwiches raised on glen mar farm in a pine Virginia. The beef was processed at 7 hills meat in Lynchburg and the potato chips from prairie kitchen cooked located in stanton. Little debbie cakes were produced in stewards draft, Virginia. The bottled water was from the Shenandoah valley and the milk produced by Virginia farmer and bottled in Newport News, Virginia. I hope that it -- and the meal was provided by the Virginia cattlemen's association and the Virginia state dairymen's association. And I want to remind you that the farmers have been feeding virginians for 400 years. Thank you.
[Unknown]
Thank the gentleman. [applause]
[Unknown]
Does the clerk have any requested moves that he can advise us?
[Unknown]
Yes, sir, Mr. Speaker. One not on the live category today but will impact tomorrow. On Page 6 of the printed calendar under the category of Senate bill second reading uncontested calendar, Senator Ruff Senate bill 948 requested to be moved to the regular calendar by the Delegate .
[Unknown]
Are there further resolutions or motions on rule 39? If not. Time for the special and continuing order on House bill 15. Special and continuing order. House bill 1500. Is the bill before us a bill for all amendments to chapter 780 of the 2016 acts of assembly, which appropriated funds for the 2016-18 biennium, and to provide a portion of revenues for the two years ending respectively, on the thirtieth day of June 2017, and the thirtieth day of June, 2018, submitted by the governor of Virginia to the presiding officer of each House of the general assembly of Virginia in accordance with the provisions of s 2.2-1509, code of Virginia. Reported from committee on appropriations with amendments those amendments have been printed separately and are before the body and available
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Suffolk, online. Mr. Jones.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker speaking to the bill.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
On Sunday the committee unanimously reported out House bill 1500 as amended. Back in December the governor introduced his budget and over the last handful of weeks we have had public hearings across the commonwealth. We have worked countless hours on the ninth floor with small group meetings, small group meetings on the ninth floor and with members of the body. I want to particularly thank Delegate Ware for his leadership as chairman of the House finance committee. He provided us with the necessary resources to be able to meet a lot of the goals and objectives in in document today. I want to thank Lee for our 20th year together. Been an honor to serve with you those 20 years but in particular the last four. We we received the governors if amendment while we took a lot of what he had presented. I commend him for the budget he presented. We had some different priorities and different goals. Budgets are about as you know making choices and wisely addressing the commonwealth's needs and keeping commitments we made previously and one of those is state employees. As I stated a couple of weeks ago unlike college faculties, the state classified employees only have us the general assembly to turn to. We have reexamined not only the governor's proposed new spending but reviewed all of the discretionary spending decisions made last session. Our top priority was state employees and state police. I want to thank the subcommittee chairman for the leadership in finding the additional resources necessary to fund the entire compensation package for you today. All tolled the cost of restoring the 3% raise for employees in college faculty and 2% raise for state supported local employees $88.7 million. Funding is included for deputy sheriffs for the compensation pay adjustments. Finally an additional is a million dollars included to address the starting salaries and compression of our state troop evers and capitol police officers and restores $1.2 million for a tactical team for the state police in southwest Virginia. That was a priority we established last year and felt important for us to do, making sure we keep the adequate number of troopers on the highways at all times. And the last two months alone the state police has many of you know have lost 48 employees, 41 of which are sworn. Daily these men and women work tirelessly to serve and protect the entire commonwealth. Mr. Speaker, want to thank you for your leadership and for bringing to the committee attention the difficult situation facing the capitol police. It is america's oldest police force and serves many roles of law enforcement for the state capitol and employees and visitors and assists other agencies in region. I want to thank them for the dedicated and professional service to the commonwealth. Mr. Speaker, even though we face the task of balancing the budget the committee was determined to find within our limited resources to make investments in several key areas k-12, higher education, health and rue man resources and domestic violence. The House re-established a policy of sending back 40% of lottery proceeds to the school. Last year with the work of the body we were able to reach 30% of the goal. The committee worked to identify additional resources. The governor had $55 million he put in and we added to that 6.1 to have a 218 million -- $218.7 million amount in the our school divisions on a per lottery profits going back to pupil amount. The schools get much needed flexibility in allocating the dollars where any think they are best spent and served be it for a pay raise for the teachers or for the required contribution rate. Access and affordability has been a top priority in many years. A significant investment in higher education. An additional $70 million I believe last year over and above what the governor introduced. I want to thank Delegate Cox. While we were pleased that there were no reductions for higher education in House bill 1500 for 2017 and as we know on k-12 no reductions period to k-12 spending in the introduced budget from the governor we felf a cut in 18 for the institutions. The allocation had a dis proportionate impact on schools that had the highers percentage of virginians so we south to ameliorate by restoring $21 million into the budget for higher education. This restoration we were able to reduce the cuts so that no school had a greater reduction than 1.4% in the total education and general budget. We also fully restored cuts to extension and as you know there were no cuts to Virginia state or Norfolk state universities. In the area of health and human resources I want to thank the subcommittee led by Delegate Ingram. By far the most difficult and demanding subcommittee to serve on. I know, I spent 10 years on that subcommittee. The needs and not wants are great, the issues complex and resources limit. Over the last two sessions the House worked collaboratively with the Senate and governor to have a significant investment in the area of mental health. All tolled we will provide $28.5 million increase in mental health services to expand the gap program to 100% of the federal poverty level. Two years ago we instituted at 60 and last year to 0 and this year taking it to 100. While we made significant improvements in mental health services in the last several years there is much still left to be done. I want to commend the members led by Senator Deeds for their work today. Our budget recommendations will add an additional 144 slots to meet the neeneed of Virginia 's most vulnerable citizens. Another House priority in the last handful of years or two years in particular I would say has been the area of domestic violence. We will include an a aditional 1 pat $5 million in fiscal -- $1.5 million matched on a four to one basis with federal funding. Commend delegates Peace, Gilbert and rob Bell for commitment to the cause over the years. Closing, I believe they adhere to our resources and keeping promises to the state employees and to fund the core services of government. Ãslr. Speaker as I have said, budgets are about making choices, setting priorities especially when you h slre limid resources. While some will think not enough has been done, others will think and feel more has been accomplished than e exected. I want to personally thank the members of the committee. Especially the subcommittee chairman who had to suffer through Friday evenings and in conducting the hearings throughout the week and listening to members as they had budget amendments and bills before the subcommittee. Provided insight to me and the staff and the product before us is reflective of the efforts. I believe, quite frankly, the approach to the committee as a whole achieved the goals set out and I 'm proud of the work that the subcommittee chairman and committee h slre done in bringig the budget to the floor. Before I sit down, Mr. Speaker, this would be all for n thght if we didn't have robert vaughn and his outstanding staff. I want to ask robert and his staff to stand so we can give them a round of applause. [applause]
[Unknown]
Their institutional knowledge and approach to their job and the fairness in which they approach the requests from the methaners is what makes this process work and I want to thank them for all that they do. It is my hope that the House vote will mirror the committee's unanimous hopte from Sunday. And with that, Mr. Speaker, if there are any objections that need to be read, I reqssust that the clerk would do so now.
[Unknown]
Mr. Toscano.
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yie Mr for a yes?
[Unknown]
Will the gentoseman yield?
[Unknown]
I would about he glad to.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
[Unknown]
Can you tell the body what the un awlroprneed ted balance s in the budget.
[Unknown]
$1.9 million.
[Unknown]
Will the gentoseman yie Mr fr one moreffortssustion?
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
I will.
[Unknown]
The gentleman yie Mrs .
[Unknown]
I andin the gentoseman theres been some discussion about reserves and some money in the Senate budget and perhaps some money in the House budget. County gentleman tell us is there a reserve -- can the gentlemen tell us is there a reseh in this budget and is it tied to some thing? >> That a wonderfulffortssustio. Ye& c there is a reserve. We established language I guess it is two weeks ago robert alefr a meeting, secretary brofore wanted to speak with robert and myself and we sat down in the liat ry and went over some concerns that existed from some of the rating agencies and he provided budget lanulfage to create a reserve for aaker additional revenues in the area of tax amnesty. Being we are the more conserhave rtive body in the cal we did not attach any dollars to that because we do not think that you should attach dollars until you know they are there. We did not reforecast revenues as we typically have done in the past. I think that was the rige the me made. Any dollars that come in from the amnesty will go into a cash reseh not to be spent fund.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Speaking briefly before the objections are heard.
[Unknown]
The gentleman has the floor. ^ Mr .> thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker and ladies and gentlemen of the House, I, first of all, I want to thank the gentleman for all of the time and effort he puts into helping deveing brp this budget and apprecneed te the offer to do te small meetings with members. That is helpful because people get to engage and probe more get to engage and probe more the aout the think going into te production of the budget. I think it is very useful and hel,ful and we are not totality surprised as a result at the end of the process with something we do ift h slre aaker idea about g the way. I want to thank the staff for the time this he put into doing the budget and for indulging us with a wide variety of questions that we have, some that are wild questions and some that are not so willla but all of which help us understand better what we are doing with the taxpayer dollars which is really critically important for all of us here. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, you knef, the budget when we got dofore here a number at least n this side of the aisle and I think most eveuaone in this body wanted to create a budget that generates more economic opportunity, more jobs, and a budget that supports worlpng families. An ob the challenge for us I think was to produce such a budget in the context of a budget shortfall, and in the context of storm clouds that are merging across the potomac. Whether those storm cing bruds e the form of muslim bans or repealing a.C.A. Without replacing or a hiring freeze, or the threats of sbjssustration, r political gridlock, all of these challenges have economic implications for our state baker g we are so relneed nt on federal spending and so reliant on Washington, d.C. So when the governor proposed his amendments last year, he proposed those things in mind. And again, it was with an eye towards bui mring this n rob virodinneed econo do. Building on our successes. Creating new jobs. Creating broader opportunities. Intowlorting worlpng families. And putting efamra money in the budget budget to give people more money in their pockets that th bec can spend to help their families survive and generate more economic activity. So, what did we do? We realiansd that virginians wat a raise and we put raises in there for public employees. For state troopers. For law enforcement. We g slre some flexibility to local school divisions to provide raises for teachers. We provided in our House budget in the budget that we going to debate today, a number of opportunities for universities to increase university salaries. These are all good things because virginians need a res s. Now, we also h slre mon becs ins budget for ishrastructure. And for investment in schools. We also have tried to put certes n k bec incentives into s budget. The governor put key incentives into his amendments and those are some of the things we are going to discuss today because some of us believe that the House proposa un take too tam of the incentives away and will have an impact oniating economic opportunity. Mr. Speaker, the House budget builneed on the governor's proposals and we think that is a good thing. And while we wou Mr not h slre written this budget precisely the way that the House appropriations committee wrote it, it is our view that we are moving in the rige the directio. Did you hear what I said? I said it is our view that we are moving in the rige the direction. [awllause] but you know me. There is more work to be done and there are some f rob tweaks here and there that need to be done and that is what we are going to talk about today. All with priorities for worlpng families. We h slre some ideas and hope yu will consider that careful. We think if you ethanrace the ideas we will h slre even a betr budget. Than the governor gave us in December. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
The clerk will report the objections.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, there are 20 objections to the House appropriation committee amendment with three requested to be considered in a block. The first othanrection on the committee amendments on Page 7. Item number 6. Number 3-h. Objection raised by Delegate teast Mr. Delegate buing brhave r. Cber 1ith. Delegate holcomb. Object on Page 17 raised for [berthanreith by dele d.Te mayares. And Page 26, item number 106,-h. Delegate Toscano. Page 27, item 1i, 3--h by dele d.Te Toscano. On Page 28 othanrection raised r item 109, number 1-h again by Delegate Toscano. Cberthanreith.Re00, n and pageised, othanrection toth, 1-hpy Delegate Rasoul and the next item raised by delobjate sill ran. thanre61,thanreith andthanre20,. Page 36. Objection raised to item 137 number 3-h. Cberisedith brh itemthanrehopetn ob therction by delobjate Toscano. And Page 42. Page 42, it object unraised to cber 8ith by delobjate Toscano and Lopez. Page 42, also questioned on Page 50 for item 144, numberthanreit. Cberon pageepo-h. Itemele are 2h for the rbjuested block o be Page 42, item 1388-h. And Page. Some I mentioned the two previously on pages 50 and 70. Turning forward to Page 84.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker. Some the gentoseman from charing brttesvill or Mr. Tosca.
[Unknown]
Can I ask a question of the clerk because I thouge the he me have read something different than what I had even the cheat sheet on Page 36. Objections to 306, 1-h and 2-h. Page 100 the printed version. Objection raised to item 306, number 13-h by Delegate Toscano. Page 102, item 306, number 13-h. Turning to Page 103. Objection raised to item 306, number 17-h again by Delegate Toscano. Page 103 out of 1306, number 17-h. Turning forward to Page 33 of the printed -- 133 of the printed version. Objection raised by Delegate Watts to item 398, 4-h. 3, item 398, 4-h. Turning to Page 138. Objection raised to item 436, number 1-h by Delegate Lopez. And Mr. Speaker finally an objection raised on Page 160 item c-26, number 1-h objection by Delegate Simon. Page 160. Item c-26. Number 1-h. That completes the objections submitted by the deadline at 11.
[Unknown]
I would move that the remaining for which this there is no or correction be agreed to on block.
[Unknown]
Shall the remaining amendments be agreed to.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
The gentlewoman from Fairfax, Fairfax ,.
[Unknown]
Would it be possible to add number 434, number 2-h. Move to the block for purpose of abtension. 137, Page 434, number 2-h.
[Unknown]
Objection raised on Page 137 by Delegate Filler-Corn to item number 434. Number 2-h. 2 or 1?
[Unknown]
It is at the --
[Unknown]
Objection raised Page 137.
[Unknown]
Is starts on 137 and goes to 138.
[Unknown]
Right.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. [no audio]
Bill Howell
Shall the remaining amendments be agreed to? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 100, nos 0.
Bill Howell
Ayes 100, nos 0. Those amendments are agreed to. The gentleman from Colonial Heights, Mr. Cox?
Kirk Cox
Mr. Speaker, I would move the House stand in recess until 1:45.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from colonial House moves the House stand in recess until 1:45. As many as favor that motion say aye. Those opposed no. The motion is agreed to. The hand stands in recess until 1:45.
Kirk Cox
The House republican caucus will meet immediately upon the recess down stairs in House room one. The democratic caucus similarly meet upon the recess. They will be in House room 2.
Bill Howell
The House will come to order. The clerk will now proceed with those committee amendments to which there was an objection so that they May be considered by the House .
[Unknown]
Yes, sir, Mr. Speaker. The first objection has been raised on Page 7 to item number 6, number 3-h. The objection raised by Delegate Bulova. Page 7, item number 6, number 3-h.
[Unknown]
Mr. Bulova.
[Unknown]
Shall the objection -- shall the amendment.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Suffolk .
[Unknown]
I would ask that we would accept the amendment.
Bill Howell
Shall the amendment be agreed to? The clerk will close the roll. Ayes 74, nos 26.
[Unknown]
Ayes 74, nos 26. The amendment is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 13. An objection raised to item 69, number 1-h by Delegate holcomb.
[Unknown]
Shall the amendment be agreed to?
Bill Howell
The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 91, nos 7.
[Unknown]
The amendment is agreed to.
Bill Howell
Continuing with the objections. Turning to Page 17. Objection raised to item number 75, number 1-a by Delegate. >> Shall the amendment be agreed to. The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 96, nos 0.
[Unknown]
The amendment is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 26. An objection raised to item number 06. Number 1-h by Delegate Toscano .
[Unknown]
Mr. Toscano.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Speaking to the amendment.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
The commonwealth opportunity fund formerly called the governor's opportunity fund has provided funding for a lot of very good projects in the commonwealth of Virginia. From January 2014 to date, a total of 96 projects have received commonwealth opportunity fund grants. 64 of those projects are 67% of all of the projects have created jobs that exceed the locality's prevailing wage. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, we want a budget that builds a new Virginia economy that provides economic opportunity that cross-sections of Virginia and provides for working families. And if you take a look at these projects, 12,400 of the jobs created since 2014 were over the locality's prevailing wage. These included the navy federal credit union recent initiative. 1400 jobs at salaries, 4500 provided in the prevailing wage. Dollar tree. 189% higher than the locality prevailing wage. Elder corporation in Botetourt County. 350 jobs. 32% higher than the prevailing wage. And letil and mckesson. Pretty good, huh? These were all funded in part through the governor's opportunity fund. We can't leave these critical incentives out of the budget because it limits the governor and his staff from providing the assistance necessary to create good jobs in the new Virginia economy. Mr. Speaker, I hope that you will restore the money and vote nay on this objection.
[Unknown]
Mr. O'bannon.
[Unknown]
Speaking to the amendment.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
I appreciate the minority leader's soliloquy. I hope he had read the actual amendment. This is a project that has missed the deadline. And so it does not have -- it is not ready for the funding. It can't meet the numbers. All we have done is if they should before we meet again come up that they will have the ability to use this from the commonwealth opportunity fund. I hope you will support the amendment.
[Unknown]
Shall the amendment be agreed to?
Bill Howell
The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 73, nos 27.
[Unknown]
Ayes 73, nos 27. The amendment is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 27. Objection has been raised to item 106, number 3-h by Delegate Toscano. Number 106, 3-h.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Charlottesville, Mr. Toscano.
David Toscano
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Speaking to the amendment.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
David Toscano
Again, this amendment is focused on building the new Virginia economy and creating greater economic opportunity for the broadest cross-sections of Virginia, virginians. And let me tell you a little bit about the bioscience and what it has done here in Virginia over the last several years. Since the creation of the bvhrc, three years ago, there have been grants and collaboration made with industry to a lot of our great research institutions to accelerate the commercialization of biomedical university research. Now, there have been some 18 projects in five rounds of funding over the last several years involving six research universities and 15 industry partners. The money that we put in the budget has leveraged some $20 million in private funds and another $80 million scheduled to come following this investment. Now, last year we authorized this group to undertake a second major activity and that was called the Virginia neuroscience initiative. Now this is a formal collaboration among our universities and healthcare systems and private industry to share information and create a common set data so that we can improve neuroscience and do clinical trials in Virginia. Now, the additional $2.5 million passed in last year's budget would make a difference and get this underway. But the House appropriations committee has struck this money from the budget and we believe that is short-sighted because if we are going to become less dependent on federal funding, we have to do more with our bioscience groups in the commonwealth. The other thing I might say, mre of the economic incentives that we have in Virginia, every one of the investments made with these projects is peer reviewed. It is not just government picking winners around losers. This is the private sector -- winners and losers. This is the private sector and peers looking at the research and making judgments about the appropriate place that they can place the dollars to leverage private funds to build this new economy. Mr. Speaker, I would ask that you would vote no on the amendment and restore the funding to the bioscience initiative.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Henrico. Mr. O'bannon.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Speak to the amendment?
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
I'm going to again thank the minority leader. I agree this is a great program. I just need to remind everybody that one of our basic and if you came down and you heard the appropriations committee report we had some guiding principles that we use to do this budget. One of those that was we had to basically level fund programs that we thought deserved it and push the money to the priorities that we had at the top line. That is your k-12. That is your state police raises. So, while I understand his passion for this and I share it, I think that tough decision of subcommittee made was that this basically was going to be level funded like it has been for the last three years. It is maturing. I hope we will be able to do more next year. I hope you will support the budget amendment.
Bill Howell
Shall the budget amendment be agreed to? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 74, nos 26.
[Unknown]
Ayes 74, nos 26. The amendment is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 28. An objection has been raised to item 109, number 1-h by Delegate Toscano. Page 28. Objection raised to item 1-h.
[Unknown]
Will the person who is defending this rise for a question? For several questions?
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Henrico, Mr. Oban know. Does the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
Yes.
[Unknown]
The gentleman yields.
[Unknown]
This is reference to the coal development economic authority which a lot of us are not quite sure we know very much about. I would like to first ask the gentleman what is the coal field economic development authority and what does it presently have in its budget?
Bill Howell
I yield to the gentleman from gait city.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I believe I can help the gentleman.
[Unknown]
Mr. Kilgore.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker and ladies and gentlemen of the House, it is the Virginia coal field economic development authority and in the budget now they have somewhere around $60 million in the general fund where they get the moneys from is from the coal severance tax and coal taxes that they accumulated over the years from those coal counties which would be seven coal counties in southwest Virginia .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Will the gentleman yield for another question?
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
The gentleman yields.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would ask the gentleman there is a reference to the two planning commission -- district commissions that steam to be doing -- seem to be doing, going to be doing some work with the $500,000.
[Unknown]
Would the gentleman tell us
[Unknown]
Right. What the work involves?
[Unknown]
I would say that this $500,000 will be matched by some money that we would also receive Virginia tobacco commission to market southwest Virginia. We heard from you, Mr. Minority leader that we need to diversify the economy in southwest Virginia and not be so dependent on coal and what we are doing is trying to go out to the worldwide market whether that is asia, europe and try to get those manufacturing jobs back to our region. And we thought that was a cheap way to do it. You know, one shale building would be more than we are spending here for a marketing effort. Vcede does not marketing. We are saying we need to do more and overseas and on the west coast and that is what the money would be used to.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, speaking to the amendment.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
The I know you assume just because I object to somethi I will say no to it. Well, you are wrong. This is actually a pretty good deal because it is helping build a new Virginia economy that provides greater economic opportunity for working families. And that is what this budget should be about. The other thing interesting is is nongeneral fund money. Money that is being generated through the coalfield development authority which I think we now know a little bit more about. I think some of us knew a little about beforethy but they have to be actively engaged if we are going to do things in southwest Virginia. I'm happy that the appropriations folks saw fit to put this in the budget and I hope that you will all vote green.
[Unknown]
He is up to something, fellows. [laughter]
Bill Howell
Shall the budget amendment be agreed to? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 98, nos 1.
[Unknown]
Ayes 98, nos 1.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 31. An objection raised to item number 116, 1-h by Delegate Rasoul. Page 31. Objection to item 116. Number 1-h.
[Unknown]
Mr. Rasoul.
[Unknown]
Speaking to the amendment.
[Unknown]
Floor.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
This amendment removes 15 positions that would be in place to protect working families. You might wonder why we should be funding this. Thank you so much for asking. These health and safety positions are critical for preventing fatal accidents. But really, being in the same media sector as south side Virginia, we have had a number of fatalities here recently and actually we had the highest number of workplace fatalities in Virginia that we had in a decade. There have been 43 deaths in the work place just this past year. And we are severely underfunding these positions. The commissioner of labor and industry ray davenport said this is a horrific trend. And what we are seeing is that business and industry actually want to be more involved and we developed a program, the voluntary protection program which has three underfunded or unfunded positions and I think if we were able to fund these positions we would be able to save some lives. What we have found is those companies who participate in the voluntary protection program have seen a 60% reduction in incidences. So I hope, Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, we will reject the committee
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Augusta, amendment. Mr. Landes.
Steve Landes
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Speaking to the amendment.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Steve Landes
Mr. Speaker and ladies and gentlemen, the amendment -- ladies and gentlemen of the House, this amendment as the gentleman mentioned does take those 15 new positions out as the gentleman from Henrico mentioned, we had to make tough decisions and we had to set priorities. There are other things that we had to provide the funding for including raises, including additional funding for k-12. And for our health safety net. I would also say, Mr. Speaker, it would be nice if the commissioner would actually come to the committee and tell them that this is a priority. Because, I, for one, had no communication from the department. And I don't believe any other members did as well. So, when there wasn't any information provided on the importance of those positions obviously when we were looking for our prioritization and no one mentioned that, we took those funds to put it towards those other initiatives. And Mr. Speaker, I would ask that we support the budget amendment.
Bill Howell
Shall the committee amendment be agreed to? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 71, nos 29.
[Unknown]
Ayes 71, nos 29. The amendment is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Charlottesville, Mr. Toscano.
David Toscano
If we could return to Page 13 of the calendar. I rise for a motion.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
David Toscano
I move that having voted on the prevailing side by which we accepted the amendment 691 h related to sheriffs that was taken out of the blocks so that an abstention could be made that we reconsider that vote.
Bill Howell
The question is on the gentleman from Charlottesville Mr. Toscano's mo ex-to reconsider the vote by which we approved the budget amendment that he referred to. As many as favor that motion sa. The motion is agreed to. Shall the committee amendment be agreed to? The clerk will close the roll.
David Toscano
Ayes 99, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 99, nos 0. The amendment is agreed to.
David Toscano
Returning to Page 31 of the committee amendments. An abjection has been raised on Page 31, to item 120, number 1-h. Objection to item 120. Number 1-h. Objection raised by Delegate Sullivan .
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Sullivan.
Rip Sullivan
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Virginia's solar industry is finally getting traction thanks to the leadership of the governor and growing support on both sides of the aisle here in the general assembly. As of today, we have about 17 about mega Watts of installed solar compared to -- 173 mega Watts compared to 18 behaviorale governor came into office. The rankings are starting to improve, Mr. Speaker. One ranking had Virginia 20th nationwide on the ease with which certain industries can procure renewable energy and solar jobs in Virginia are up 65% over last year. Before we get too excited, 635%% of a small number is still a small number. We start the out awfully snow and we are still way behind our there is progress in the area. Neighbors. We are finally having some success. Now is surely not the time to take our foot off the accelerator. We have a long way to go when a new entrepreneur in the private sector is finally having some success that is hardly the time for the proprietor of that business to coast. What this amendment wants to do is take $1.1 million from the dmme budget money which would fund a new solar initiative. This is not just throw money at solar, ladies and gentlemen. The general assembly, of course, wants to know what dmme will with the money and they will have developed a specific plan to address an important gap. Most has one at the eye tilt scale and mid level scale in solar. We are badly lacking and lagging behind others at the small business level. The the small businesses that drive our economy and create jobs. This money would not only help accelerate solar industry but do it in a way targeted at small business and joline come customers and low income communities creating new opportunities for working families in Virginia. I don't want to get too much into the weeds, Mr. Speaker. Let me explain this would fund two low interest loan programs. A revolving loan program and loan loss reserve fund. Both would support small-scale projects here in Virginia. What would be called the distributed solar loan program would make know interest loans available on a competitive basis and leverage nonstate funds and target small business. The loan loss reserve fund would help expand and loosen the credit market for small-scale solar projects. This is the wrong way for us to go. This is backwards on solar. We are finally out of the gate. The solar industry believes with the federal tax credit going away soon the next couple of years could see significant sales but small businesses are in need of loan products that can support their growth. Virginia has no program strike e this, Mr. Speaker but our neighboring states to. For this small amount, in fact, it is within the unappropriated balance, we could see huge dividends for working families and to our efforts to diversify the energy portfolio in Virginia. I urge a no vote on this amendment.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Augusta, Mr. Landes.
Steve Landes
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, speaking to the amendment the gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
The gentleman is correct, this does eliminate the funding from the department of mines and minerals and energy. It is interesting, the gentleman is correct that solar has taken off and there is many, many activities related to public and privado partnerships. In fact, recent press articles said that the solar indusry is already partnering with public and private sector interests in expanding utilization of renewable energy. And therefore that is working. Again, from the standpoint of prioritization, the House appropriations committee had to make tough decisions and look for new initiatives that were in the budget. And those new initiatives were taken to be able to provide the funding for the pay raises that we just voted on one for sheriffs. And additional money for k-12 and the like. Mr. Speaker, I hope that the members will support the amendment.
Steve Landes
Shall the committee amendment be agreed to? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 69.
[Unknown]
Nos 31.
[Unknown]
Ayes 69, nos 31. The amendment is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 36. On the committee amendments. Page 36. An objection has been raised to item number 137. Number 3-h by Delegate Toscano. Item 137. Number 3-h.
Bill Howell
Shall the committee amendment be agreed to? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 68, nos 30.
[Unknown]
Ayes 68, nos 30. The amendment is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker turning to Page 42. An objection raised to item number 138 number 8-h and the request has also been to make it into a block of three. 42, item 138. 8-h. On Page 50. Item 144. Number 1-h. And on Page 70. Item number 213, number 3-h.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Arlington, Mr. Lopez?
Alfonso Lopez
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Speaking to the amendment the gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Last year we passed legislation establishing the new economy workforce grant program and we also provided $4 million in the if first year and $8.5 million in the secondyear for the budget. This provides a pay for performance model for workforce training lead fog a credential in high demand fields. The program has already been so successful that the demand is anticipated to exceed the $4 million allocated for the first year of the program. That is why the governor's budget language had an extra $1 million. Now is not the time to sloe thee growth inform important economic development and workforce training program. Without the additional 1 million dollars, shev will have to stop awarding additional grants to individuals seeking training in high demand fields like computers, technology, healthcare, construction, transportation. Last year, Virginia saw 149,000 open jobs in the technology sector alone. Many of which did not require a four year degree. Offering incentives for individuals to complete training and earn credentials in high demand fields is critical for economic growth in every corner of our commonwealth. We need a budget that works for working families. This amendment hurts working folks trying to get credentials and better jobs. I hope it will be the will of the House to reject the amendment.
Alfonso Lopez
Shall the committee amendment be agreed to? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 69, nos 31.
[Unknown]
Ayes 69, nos 31. The committee amendment is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 44. Of the -- Page 44. Object tox item number 139, number 2-h by Delegate Bulova .
Bill Howell
Shall the committee amendment be agreed to? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 79, nos 18.
[Unknown]
Ayes 79, nos 18. The committee amendment is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 84 of the committee amendments to House bill 1500. Objection has been raised on Page 84 to item 284, number 1-h by Delegate Simon. Item 284, number 1-h on Page 84.
Bill Howell
Shall the committee amendment be agreed to? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 70, nos 28.
[Unknown]
Ayes 70, nos 28. The committee amendment is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 89. Of the committee amendments. An objection raise to 295, number 2-h.
Bill Howell
The gentlewoman from Fairfax .
[Unknown]
This directs $6 million in
[Unknown]
Ms. Boysko. Federal tanef funds to create a lark program in Virginia. Modeled after a program in colorado which drastically edeuced the number of teen pregnancies and abortion there's. And these are nongeneral funds so this has no effect on our general fund. Virginia's women and families need to have a full range of options to address their own personal family planning needs. Without insurance, lark methods can cost up to a thousand dollars. That is unattainable for many people. A woman's ability to plan and space her pregnancies has been shown to improve educational attainment improvement is, increased wages and increased lifetime earnings. And also, I remind my colleagues, that the children of these mothers who had access to birth control have heisser family incomes and college completion rate is. This program will also produce significant budget savings for the commonwealth for every one dollar invested.
Bill Howell
The House will come to order.
[Unknown]
For every one dollar invested in educating women from providing access to the most reliable contraception options the program saves more than $5 in medicaid costs. For Virginia, this means $45 million to $63 million in savings could be attained. On a more personal note, for me, having reliable access to the full range of contraceptive choices like the lark, long acting reversible contraceptions is actually a matter of life and death. When I was expecting my second child it was labor day weekend, the weekend that princess diana passed away, my child was due on halloween. And I thought I had really horrible heartburn. Heartburn so bad that I could do nothing but pace up and down my and so being very vigilant about House. Being safe for my upcoming baby, I called my doctor and told him what was happening. And he said you know what, instead, you know, take some medicine, but then why don't you just go over to the hospital. Not the hospital just down the street but please drive 20 minutes to the hospital in Arlington. And I will give you a call when you get there. They looked at me once I got there and the place freaked out. Within an hour of my call, I had my doctor sitting next to me telling me that I was about to die. My 2-year-old daughter was sitting right there listening to all of this. I think for many people you think of pregnancy as a joyous time. For me, it was a terrifying weekend. And, they put me on a medication that kept me from dying from going into seizure for about two days while the neonatal staff all got back up because it was labor day. And we eventually had the baby. Two months full early. And she had to be in the nic unit, the neonatal intensive care for six full weeks. It was a harrowing time for me and my family. I was told under no certain circumstances should I risk having another baby that I was very likely at high risk for having the same thing called the help syndrome. It would be really important for me and for the welfare of my family that I not get pregnant again. And having access to safe reliable contraception not only does affect a woman's ability to control the timing and the size of her family, which impacts her financial stability, but sometimes like in my personal case it is a life or death issue. And I urge the House to restore this $6 million in federal tanif money to fund the larc program. And I thank you for your time. [applause]
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Augusta, Mr. Landes.
Steve Landes
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Speaking to the amendment.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Steve Landes
In amendment was considered during the 2016 session and was not approved and on the final budget we agreed to was not included. Secondarily, this program is duplicative. Due politictithe medicaid familg labor program plan first that is available to low income women and men provides up to 200% of the poverty level and it is already in place. In January of this year, 112,457 individuals were enrolled in plan first. So, Mr. Speaker and ladies and gentlemen of the House, I ask you to support this amendment because it is just duplicating services we are already providing to individuals. And then if we were to do this it would take additional people in the department of health to accomplish this and none of those resources have been provided for. Mr. Speaker, I ask that you support the amendment.
Bill Howell
Shall the committee amendment be agreed to? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 66, nos 33.
[Unknown]
Ayes 66, nos 33. The committee amendment is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 94. Objection has been raised to item 306, number 1-h by Delegate Simon. Page 94. Item 306, number 1-h is before the body.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Simon?
Marcus Simon
Mr. Speaker and members of the House, speaking to the objection. I hope so. Okay. I am up for the right thing then. Mr. Speaker and members I will tell a story. It doesn't have any dogs reporte Kilgore gang in it. I don't know that I will tell it as well as Delegate Fariss might have but hopefully it will be just as compelling.
[Unknown]
Already boring.
Marcus Simon
Already boring. [laughter]
[Unknown]
I was knocking on doors during my 2013 campaign. I was a first time candidate. It was August and I was hot. I hadn't bought any bug spray so I was getting killed by the mosquito. Some of y'all have probably been out there and experienced that before. I'm knocking on doors and most every door nobody is home and I stick the lit in the door knob and move on. Occasionally someone will waive and say hi. I got to a House with a car port. I was dying for shade. It was like 102 degrees. The main entrance was level with the car port. I walked up to the car port and knocked on amy's door. She took my literature and said great to see you. I haven't seen a candidate come knocking on the door for a long time. I work for Fairfax County schools. But you should really meet my son. You need to meet justin because he is the one that is really into politics and policy. I at any time know what to expect but she -- I didn't know what to expect but a she called for justin. I didn't know how old he would be. Around the corner in his electric wheel chair comes her son justin. 36 years old. Probably about 6 feet tall if he could stand up. Weesabout 220, 230 pounds. A big kid, not a kid. I asked what can I do for you? Is there something I can do for you? He said I don't need anything. I'm fine. What I hope you can work on if you get elected and go to the House of delegates, work on the working conditions for the people that take care of me because what happens the reason justin is able to live at home with his mother who lives on a modest income working for the Fairfax County schools he is able to take advantage of medicaid waivers with self-directed home care. He said I 'm not worried about me but the people that come and take care of me, the home healthcare workers have it really rough. They don't get a lot of money and they don't have benefits and they help me with what I do every day. A healthcare worker gets him out of bed and gets him unclothed in the shower to get ready for the day and helps him brush his teeth and makes his breakfast and cuts his food and feeds him so he can eat every morn. He needs that type of help and area. We got to be friends and stayed in touch. I promised him I would get down to Richmond and work as hard as I could for the people that took care of him. And so he came to my town Hall, the town Hall right before we came down to session and came down to testify and he read from a prepared statement as best he could but then his mother jumped in. I want to read what his mother said. She said I 'm justin's mother and he is right about this 40 hours a week. I'm sorry she said I get emotional. His cerebral policy doesn't go away at the end of 40 hours. I work for the public schools so we have a care giver for that time. The cerebral policy doesn't disappear when I get home from work so then it is all on mom. She is 55 she says but at some point she will be too old to help him. She says I know he was speaking softly, in is amy talking. I will say this loudly when he hires his care attendant this is the pitch. I will pay you $11 an hour and you will get zero benefits. You will take care of all my personal needs. Lifting and everything. No health insurance. No sick days. No nothing. I don't think people realize that that is the fact in this state, she said. And we need to fix that. I agree with aim May. Amy. I think we need to fix that. The 40 hour cap. There is two amendments mere. I don't know if we brought them together but I will talk about both now. We prohibit payment of overtime. We prohibit the workers from working more than 40 hours but as justin and his mother said there needs don't go away after 40 hours. We can't tell him to turn off the clock and stop having cerebral palsy and get your personal things done before the deadline. Most home health workers in Virginia earn $9.20. Make a living and support your family at $9.20 and cap it at 40 hours. This pushes more older adults and people with disabilities into nursing homes and other institutional setting. The beautiful thing about what justin has, the ability to do the self-directed care is it saves money for the commonwealth. Good for him and for us and keeps him out of an institution. When we say 140-mile-per-hours l you get, we will push those people into institutional settings and it will be more expensive for folks like justin and amy, hard working Virginia families. Hard working people that just want to take care of themselves. We are making it harder for the hard working Virginia families to take care of themselves. This budget is a statement of our priorities. I would hope it would be a priority of this body to take care of people that take care of folks like justin and amy. I hope that we will reject this amendment.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Augusta, Mr. Landes.
Steve Landes
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Speaking to the amendment.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Steve Landes
Let me point out three things related to the amendment and I share that gentleman's concern and there are legitimate concerns about some of those individuals. Thish shoe you was considered -- the issue was considered during the consideration of the budget and what this language does is puts back in what the action the general assembly took last year. Secondarily, individuals who choose to direct their care and for whom dmas has authorized reimbursement for -- that can receive care for greater than 40 hours per week for their personal care. And many, many individuals are doing that now and moving into that direction. So that is out there. And then third, Mr. Speaker, unfortunately, the gentleman will note that this is for general fund what we would be doing is restoring $8.5 million. We don't have $8.5 million in the unappropriated balance. This would put the budget out of balance. To, Mr. Speaker, I would ask that you support this amendment.
Bill Howell
Shall the committee amendment be agreed to? The clerk will close the roll. >> Ayes 63, nos 33. >> Ayes 63, nos 33. The amendment is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Continuing on the same Page. 94. An objection again by Delegate Simon to item this time item 306, 2-h. Number 306, number 2-h before the body.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Simon.
Marcus Simon
Mr. Speaker, members of the body this is I believe this is the amendment that would prohibit the governor from applying for medicaid expansion. And so, a couple of issues with that. Medicaid expansion is at least creating an option to expand medicaid is really important for working families here in Virginia. You know, in 2015, we asked where is your plan? In 2016, we said we are missing an opportunity to expand medicaid in a way that makes the most sense where we get the highest match from the federal government. In 2017, I rise to ask again where is your plan to provide for the healthcare needs of Virginia families often working 40 or 50 hours a week sometimes at multiple jobs often where they don't have access to traditional benefits and plans and can't sign up for employer health insurance and so forth. Now I understand that 2017 is a new day as far as the affordable care act is concerned. The president promised to repeal the affordable care act and that process has begun. There is two parts toss that, right? It is supposed to be repeal and replace. So my question is what is the replacement going to look like? And we don't know. We don't know. But I have a good feeling that it is going to include some form of medicaid expansion. Why do I think that? Well, president trump is not the first candidate to campaign on a promise to eliminate the affordable care act and eliminate medicaid expansion. We had governors in kentucky and arkansas who both promised the first act as governor was to roll back the obama medicaid expansion. You know what happened in both cases? Any got into office and realized it wasn't going to be that easy to take away health insurance for all these people covered under the medication expansion. What do they do? In both cases, kentucky and arkansas they changed the name. They did not call it obama care or the affordable care act. They called it something else but it was medicaid expansion where you could draw down medicaid funds. In kentucky they added a requirement that you look for a job and seek employment. In arkansas they added a requirement that people above a certain income participate in the premiums. What they did was took a popular program and kept it. I suspect that is what is going to happen at the end of the day when we find a replacement for medicaid expansion. It is -- find a replacement for the affordable care act. I think it would be silly at this point in the process to tell the governor you can't accept the medicaid expansion enomoty what happens and we don't know what will happen next. I encourage the body to reject the he amendment and leave the governor the flexibility to do what he needs to do to help the hard working families in Virginia to obtain health benefits.
[Unknown]
If the gentleman can predict what they are going to do in Washington, d.C. That is great because I certainly can't. Secondly, Mr. Speaker. I would point out to the gentleman we are doing some things and trying to plan for what is going to occur in Washington or doesn't related to the affordable care act and healthcare in general. If you go back to Page 2 of the printed budget amendment you will see item number 1-h that sets up a joint committee subcommittee to deal with federal healthcare changes and to look at our medicaid program, our children's insurance program, and to also work with the secretary of health and human resources on the transition from this administration to the next administration related to healthcare issues. We are trying to look forward to the evanualitys in Washington, whattever they May be.
Marcus Simon
This basically restores is language adopted in chapter 780 that doesn't allow to us expand medicaid. I will not rehash all of the arguments I made on the floor why we should not expand medicaid but that is what the policy does. It also eliminates the language the governor included after he told us that he didn't have any language that would expand medicaid but that is in fact what the governor's language did would allow him to expand medicaid if there are changes to the affordable care act. The other thing I will say, Mr. Speaker and ladies and gentlemen of the House, related to this issue, I think we have had a lot of dewait and discussion on medicaid -- debate and cubs on medicaid expansion but you have voted for approving and providing additional resources for the health safety net. We voted on the amendments. There is additional resources on many of those programs that many of us support to help those that are falling through the cracks. So I think we have demonstrated time and time again that we want to help those folks and to provide the resources in the limited resources that we have. So, Mr. Speaker, I would ask that we adopt this budget amendment.
Bill Howell
Shall the committee amendment be agreed to? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 66, nos 34.
[Unknown]
Ayes 66, nos -- sorry, 66-33.
[Unknown]
Ayes 66, nos 33. The committee amendment is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 102 of the committee amendments. Page 102. An objection has been raised to item 306, number 13-h by Delegate Toscano. Page 102. Item number 306.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Charlottesville, Mr. Toscano.
David Toscano
Will the person who is defending this amendment --
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker. [laughter]
David Toscano
Okay.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Augusta, Mr. Landes.
Steve Landes
Will thia yield?
[Unknown]
Will the good yield?
Steve Landes
Would be glad to yield.
[Unknown]
The gentleman yields.
[Unknown]
I would ask the gentleman this is a language amendment that adds 144 medicaid and individual family support waiver slots. There is no money attach. How much is attached to this particular language if he knows it?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, my able assistant tells me that it is and Mr. Speaker I would also say $3 million. That the result of these is to the gentleman is as you know we redesigned the waiver slots so we are adjusting those as the redesign has been moving forward but it would be $3 million.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
Nongeneral fund. About $3 million nongeneral fund. $6 million total 3 million nongeneral fund and 3 million general fund. I will figure it out.
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield for a question?
[Unknown]
I don't know.
[Unknown]
Will the gentlewoman yield for a question?
[Unknown]
I would be.
[Unknown]
Ed to yield.
[Unknown]
I think I heard the gentleman to say $3 million nongeneral and $3 million general fund. My next question is whether any of these waivers are required by the federal lawsuit involving department of justice?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker I would answer the gentleman these were in addition to the doj required waiver slots.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Speak to this amendment.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, we have gone through this in years past, but I hope you vote yes for the amendment. I think this is a really good amendment. But I rise only to make a point and I think it was made by a gentleman from Fairfax. We have been expanding medicaid every year but in the least financially responsible way possible. What we are doing when we put 3 million in general fund to match $3 million in nongeneral fund, we are doing what we have always been doing and that is expanding -- when we expand medicaid, for every dollar that we put up the feds put up a dollar. In the next amendment it will be the same way. We dorelling something that I -- we are doing something that I think all of us support. It is a good idea. The argument that somehow we are be is somehow financially irresponsible by expanding medicaid where the feds would pay 00% down to 90% of the expansion doesn't make sense. I hope we realize what we are doing and the political elements to this. I hope we will support both of these amendments because it is going to help people and we are about building a budget that works for working people. And I think that both of these amendments will do that. I hope you support in amendment. Vote green and the next amendment as well. That, you, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Shall the committee amendments be agreed to? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 99, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 99, nos 0. The amendment is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 103. House bill 1500. Objection raised to number 306. 17-by Delegate Toscano. It is before the body.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Charlottesville .
[Unknown]
This is a great amendment and going to help a lot of people. And it worked -- it builds on what we did last year which added a few more people and I think it will help folks and I hope you will support the amendment.
Bill Howell
Shall the committee amendment be agreed to? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes the 99, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 99, nos 0. The committee amendment is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 133 of the committee amendments. An objection was raised by Delegate Watts to item 398. Number 4-h. Item 398, number 4-h is before the body.
Bill Howell
The gentlewoman from Fairfax, Ms. Watts.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker and members of the House let me start by making a small correction. Actually a significant correction to the explanation of the amendment which ends with the associated House bill was not passed by the body. When I first read this I 'm thinking I have to go back and see what we rejected. Actually the language should be that was not passed in the appropriations committee. We have never considered it as a body. In that debate I hope that one of the key things emphasized is that over 20% of the people that end up in jail have a serious mental illness compared to only 4% back in 1955. In Virginia last June that was 6,554 people inmates in our local jails, most being held on a charge not sentenced. The official answer I May get is last year the budget included id pro pilot projects in six jails and we need to wait until we look at these pilot projects. Those projects were to provide services quote unquote or to prevent mentally ill offenders from entering jail. That item of last year focuses on the rest of the story behind the 20% of our local jail population that have serious mental health needs and that is to quote a national source. Public psychiatric beds in america have dropped more than 90% since the 1950's and they weren't replaced with adequate community care. That is what the six pilot projects funded last year are all about. It is about where we need to be. We need to provide mental health services in the community. This funding order the government included despite the demands on this very tight budget is about the desperation of where we are. This amendment is a crucial first stem simply to identify who in the tens of thousands of persons admitted to a jail during the year who need mental health. Who is or May be in crisis it very sides for deputies to be trained how to use it and then if the potential is indicated to trigger a mental health professional within 72 hours to come in and make a full -- more full assessment. No matter what level of care we have the resources to actually provide if you don't know the need one thing is guaranteed, they will get no services. This efficient targeting of our limited resources will save lives. I appeal to you to think of the reality of those lives. We have all seen families that have struggled. Many since their child was an infant, to raise, nurture, and protect their special child. When I 'm going to door to door just like the gentleman from Arlington has mentioned, I automatically break the rules. That is the one time I stop and I go in because I know that if somebody has asked me to come in that mother wants me to see first-hand what is takes day in and day out. But also she is a loving parent who wants me as that representative of government to really see the human potential in that child. I have seen few families that work harder than these families which is why I use the word she because in most of the families it has to be a one income family because one of the parents has to be on duty 24/7 to nurture this child. Can you imagine after the years of struggle affecting all members of the family of constant advocacy on behalf of that child to see all that wiped out? It doesn't take an investigation to know one of the many elements in the deaths of 24-year-old 24 jamichaelmitchell, jailed foa candy bar and 37-year-old natasha kenna. Of pete early's son mike. Pete who was a 20 year reporter who took mike's tragedy, now mike survived the jailing. But what pete early had devoted his life to is going in to our jails and seeing the conditions of those who have diagnosed mental illness. That it was their mental health needs that were not recognized when the jail doors rolled shot. Rejecting this is the first very basic step to see that someone sees the person to live the scriptur admonition and when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Hanover, Mr. Peace.
Chris Peace
Thank you, Ms. Speaking to the amendment.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Chris Peace
I appreciate the passion and concern of the gentle lady. I go to jails regularly to visit clients and see the conditions that exist and these are very real issues and very real tragedies when they do occur. I hope that the gentle lady would also stipulate that every single member of this House cares about the health and well being of all of virginians, free or incarcerated. The problem with the argument that this House has just heard is that it implies that if we don't vote to restore the amendment and restore the funding, that we are not doing anything to address the problem ha has been described and we are not anything to improve the conditions for those with mental health problems in our custody. This is not true. The appropriations committed tried to address in a comprehensive manner and not get the cart before the horse. Last year we did pass moneys for pilot projects. $3.5 million for the meant tal health assessments in the local jails. These would occur and are starting in oh nurse Chesterfield, Hampton roads, middle river, Richmond city, western Virginia and Prince William County. A statewide initiative. We also passed the gentleman from Portsmouth legislation, House bill 2231 to review mlus between jails and csbs to ensure preadmission screening. And third, other language in the budget amendments before you asked dcjs to update training standards for all law enforcement. Something that is 20 years overdue and that would include updating training standards for those in our jails. That provide care and protection for those in our custody. That is almost 10 years overdue. And so, Mr. Speaker and ladies and gentlemen of the House, I would ask that we adopt this amendment before you, the bill did not pass committee. Our reserves are $1.9 million as you heard the chairman say. This amendment if we stored would put us out of bounds. But recall that we are doing a lot in the area and we are trying to approach it in a comprehensive manner. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Shall the committee amendment be agreed to? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 69, nos 30.
[Unknown]
Ayes 69, nos 30. The amendment is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 137. Objection raised on Page 137 to item 434 number 2-h by Delegate filler con.
Bill Howell
Shall the committee amendment be agreed to? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 96, nos 3.
[Unknown]
Ayes 96, nos 3. The committee amendment is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 138. An objection has been raised to item 436 number 1-h by Delegate Lopez. Item 436 number 1-h is before the body.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from are linkton, Mr. Lopez.
Alfonso Lopez
Thank you, Mr. Speaking. Speaking to the amount.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Alfonso Lopez
It is not clear this budget amendment was shared and discussed through the regular appropriations process and I 'm not chooer that a member public -- I 'm not clear that a member publicly requested this amendment and a hearing was held. This amendment will impose an unnecessary restrict, on business decisions made by private companies. For example in a p-3 where the private firm is financing the project and plans to do a competitive bid for the construction work they would no longer have the ability to class to provide incentives for pla even if they felt this was best for the business decision. There are business reasons a pry sat firm might want to use a pla. A large volume of work and shortage of labor or large come complex job that would benefit from a pla ensuring the skilled labor. This will hurt the efforts to expand the american legion bridge and beltway from the end of the hot lanes to the 270 spur in maryland. One of the worst bottle necks where it can take 20 minutes to travel three miles. The project will need to be a joint procurement with maryland which is a union state and will make moving forward with the project harder and gives maryland an execution to not work with Virginia on the key corridor. Maryland is finally studying the improvements to the bridge. Why do we want to discourage momentum on the key need? This will have far reaching consequences for future projects across the commonwealth and the willingness of private companies to work with Virginia. We need a budget that works for working families. This amendment is simply bad for jobs.
Bill Howell
9 gentleman from Hanover, Mr .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Speaking to the amendment.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
To you were like me before having the opportunity to serve on the subcommittee for transportation, you might not know what a pla is. And just for your edification, a pla is known as a community work force agreement. A prehire collective bargaining agreement with one or more labor organizations that establishes the terms and conditions of employment for a specific construction project. What you did not hear represented from the gentleman from Arlington is that this state has operated under this type of structures in other area of construction management for some time and this amendment simply conforms and provides clarity for that purpose for p 3 projects. The language conforms actions taken by this body in 2012 regarding voluntary pla policy for state managed contracts. This language does not prohibit project lab he agreements. States that they May not be mandated. This is necessary and timely because there was a letter opinion issued by request of a member of this body that oh pined the current law could be interpretd that the provisions do not apply to p 3 even though the definition of public works in the code would contemplate such. This conforms, clarifies around provides necessary guidance in p 3 projects. I ask the body to adopt the amendment.
[Unknown]
Shall the committee amendment be agreed to? >> Ayes 73 ayes 0. >> Turning to Page 160. Objections raised to number c 26, number 1-8. 116. Item c-26. 1-h. Objection raised by Delegate Simon .
Bill Howell
Shall the budget amendment be agreed to? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 73, nos 25.
[Unknown]
Ayes 73, nos 25. The committee amendment is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker that completes the objections to items in the committee amendments. However -- [laughter]
[Unknown]
We have several floor amendments have been offered to House bill 1500 that are not in conflict with the committee amendments.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Charlottesville, Mr. Toscano.
David Toscano
I rise for a request.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
David Toscano
Mr. Speaker, I would like to withdraw several of these floor amendments so it will --
[Unknown]
Yeah.
[Unknown]
Make better use of our time. And if I might refer the clerk to item 342, 1-h. With the agreement of the patron I would like that withdrawn. >> 342 number 1-h?
[Unknown]
Yes, please. And then.
[Unknown]
Page 9.
[Unknown]
And then 40, number 1-h. Delegate Simon. If that is -- is that on the list? It was not on -- if I could have that withdrawn, too.
[Unknown]
Page 2 of the floor amendments item number 40, number 1-h withdrawn.
[Unknown]
And then I would like to withdraw my own which is 4.01. Number 1-h.
[Unknown]
Page 12 of the floor amendments. Item 4.01 number 1-h withdrawn. And last but certainly not least I would like to withdraw item 297 number 2-h. That is Delegate Lopez. 297, number 2-h.
[Unknown]
On Page 6, item 297, number 2-h.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Without objection, 3421-h and 401-h and 2922-h will be withdrawn.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Simon.
Marcus Simon
One additional item. I apologize I kent communicate this -- didn't communicate to the leader. 139, 1-h I would like to withdraw that amendment. Page 4.
[Unknown]
Page 4 of the floor amendments. Item 139, number 1-h.
Marcus Simon
Without objection that will be withdrawn.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I would advise in addition to the floor leader and Delegate Simon during the recess a number of other floor amendments were withdrawn. When I go through I will announce which have been withdrawn as we go flew. As we go through. Beginning floor amendments to House bill 1500 which are amending the underlying budget introduced by the governor. First one before the body. Item number 1. Number 1-h. Offered by Delegate Simon. The amendment distribute the and available online and before the body.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Fairfax Mr. Simon. Can I yield to the gentlewoman from Fairfax, Ms. Boysko.
Marcus Simon
The gentlewoman from Fairfax .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Floor amendment 1, 1. Offers equal pay for the Senate clerk. I urge the House before we make a decision that I know some of you would say that we are really an unruly bunch in here in the House and certainly that is true. We keep our most amazing clerk quite busy around the clock and he deserves every single penny he earns. [applause] but we also need to acknowledge that the Senate members and staff are a gruesome bunch and their clerk Ms. Char needs a pay raise. According to an art cal that came out in Richmond on January 30 when the Senate leader learned there was a pay disparity between the clerks he moved to add his own budget amendment to make it closer to equal and I say despite our rivalry with the other chamber this is a time when it would be most appropriate that we agree with them. We members are all paid equally here in the House and I ask that we show the public that we are forward thinking and moving to give our Senate clerk equal pay for equal work. Thank you.
Marcus Simon
The gentleman from Suffolk, Mr. Jones.
Chris Jones
Mr. Speaker, speaking to the amendment.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Chris Jones
Mr. Speaker, I would appreciate the gentlewoman comment's but direct the members to Page 9 of the current budget, item j, lines 31 and 32. Not withstanding the salaries listed in item one paragraph b 3 the Senate committee on rules May establish a salary range. I would be surprised if they didn't know what in fact she was making in that regard. But I would add that the clerk and the House of delegates is the keeper of the rolls. Enrolls all of the bills and actually next year we we get here his office and he take care of the inauguration. The jobs are not equal as far as the task at hand. They are both well deserved in what they are paid and the job that they to. Just for the record, our clerk is the official keeper of the rolls of the commonwealth and actually does take care of the inauguration which is both chambers and enrolls all of the bills and keeps up with the bills as far as the keeper of the rolls so we know what is going on with the chapterrization of the laws. I would ask that we would pass by the floor amendment.
[Unknown]
Questions on the gentleman's motion to pass by. As many as favor that motion sa.
[Unknown]
That amendment is passed by.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker. Continuing with floor amendments Page 2. Delegate Simon has withdrawn his floor amendment to item 40, number 1-h. Similarly, Delegate Marshall on Page 3. Delegate Marshall has withdrawn his amendment. (please stand by) ( after the crisis in flint, michigan, lead levels there averaged between 100 and 1,000 parts per billion. The epa and the federal government say that 15 parts per billion is safe for kids. A report done by eric olson last summer of water system violations around the nation found that Virginia is not immune, has not been immune in recent years. Sussex county, Franklin County, Mecklenburg, pennsylvania, Grayson, Brunswick County, Russell, Campbell, Bedford, Bland, Giles, Nelson, Rockingham, Culpeper, all have average action level exceeding samplings that were in the most recent years of above 15 parts per billion. Town of chatham, 41 parts per billion. The town of waverly, when they did the sampling, over a six-month -- or a year long period, 2300 people, was 257 parts per billion. These have mostly been addressed by the drinking water, but we could and should and need to do more in the commonwealth to address what could potentially be a flint, michigan, situation in some of our older communities. This budget amendment adds an additional $350,000 to the water supply assistance grant fund from the unappropriated balance to enable the office of drinking water to implement a lead service line rebate program to helped remove all the lead service lines in Virginia. The city of Richmond has 7,000 lead service lines. What do we tell a mom with a baby, what do we tell a mom with a 2-year-old when they are in communities that are served by these older lead-based drinking water lines? Working families in communities with older homes need to be secure in the knowledge that their drinking water is safe for themselves and their children. I hope that you'll support this amendment. Thank you.
[Unknown]
Gentlemen from suffer, Mr. J.
[Unknown]
I would ask that we pass by the amendment.
[Unknown]
The motion is to pass by the as many as favor that motion wio amendment. Pposed, no. Those opposed, no. That motion is passed by.
[Unknown]
Continuing with floor amendments, on Page 6 of the floor amendments, amendment authored by Delegate Lopez for -- would have been item 297, number 2h, that has been withdrawn. On Page 7, floor amendment offered by Delegate Campbell, which would have been item 326, number 1h, that has been turning to Page 8 of the floor withdrawn. Amendments, amendment now before us authored by Delegate Campbell labeled item 326, number 2h, that amendment has been distributed and is available online, and Mr. Speaker, I would simply note that within the explanation, it references a section of the code, 37.2-827 that should be 37.2-837, which will be corrected in enrolling.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Smith, Mr. Campbell.
Jeff Campbell
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, as many of you are well aware, over the last several years, the commonwealth has been undertaking closing four of the five training centers in the state, consistent with the settlement agreement reached after the investigation by the department of justice into the operations of the central Virginia training center. The amendment has been filed because it has come to our attention, mine and Delegate zero -- 0quinn, the department of behavioral health and developmental services has been undertaking tactics calculated to coerce, cause duress and undue stress to families as they try to encourage the residents to transition out of these I think we can all agree that facilities. The sound public policy of the commonwealth would require that regardless of how you stand on the position and whether these centers should be closed or not, that the peaceful and safe and orderly and least stressful transition of these most vulnerable citizens from the facilities that they have always known as their homes, is imperative. The amendment would simply require, consistent with state law, that, if the families desire to be served in the training center, that they can remain so. It would additionally require notice that they have this statutory right, at least 30 days after enactment of this amendment. Ladies and gentlemen, it's no secret, I think that this is the most ill conceived, illogical, ill fated plan the commonwealth can undertake. We were talking about the most vulnerable citizens that we have. I know moat of you are well aware of it, we have new members some of whom May not understand the magnitude of this, but we're talking about individuals that cannot feed, cannot clothe, cannot take care of themselves without substantial assistance. In many cases without very expensive equipment necessary to be able to ensure their safety. Ladies and gentlemen, I would hope you would support this amendment. I think it's calculated certainly to ensure the safe and peaceful transition of our residents under the plan. Thank you.
Bill Howell
Shall the floor amendment be agreed to? As many as favor that motion wis e opposed, no. Those opposed, no. Need a recorded vote? I knew that. Shall the floor amendment be agreed to? The clerk will close the roll. >>
Jeff Campbell
Speaker: continuing with the floor amendment to be offered by Delegate Murphy which would have been item 342 number 1h, that has been withdrawn. Accordingly, turning to Page 10 of the submitted floor amendments, amendment offered by Delegate Marshall of Prince William, item 436, number 1h, item 436 number 1h, Delegate Marshall of Prince William, has been distributed and is online and is before the body.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Prince William, Mr. Marshall.
Bob Marshall
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, this directs that the Washington area -- Washington metropolitan area transit authority shall submit to the secretary of transportation, the chairman of House appropriations and chairman of the Senate finance committees, the six-year improvement plan and six-year operational plan. Mr. Speaker, anybody who lives in northern Virginia has seen the articles in all the newspapers, whether it's the “Washington post”, the Washington times, or the online articles, about the problems with it. It has been so problematic, the federal government rail department has taken over some of the operation of this. To give you some specific examples that pertain to Virginia, right now a parking facility is being built out at the airport to serve the silver line. There are 184 series seven railcars which will be parked out there ultimately for 230, maintenance costs about 300 million. In 2004, the dulles rail environmental impact statement showed only 64,000 series seven cars were needed for phase I plus 64 for phase ii. At present, they store and maintain some 256 series seven railcars at its greenbelt facility but it appears the rail funds were build and operate a test track facility for preoperational testing of new series 7,000 railcars between greenbelt and college park in maryland. It also appears that the dulles facility is being designed primarily for storage and maintenance of series 7,000 railcars being used elsewhere in the system.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker --
Bob Marshall
The gentleman from suffer October, Mr. Jones.
[Unknown]
I have a motion.
[Unknown]
I move that we would accept the floor amendment.
Bill Howell
Shall the floor amendment be agreed to? The clerk will close the roll. Ayes, 82. Nos 13.
[Unknown]
The floor amendment is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Continuing with floor amendments, next one offered, which would be labeled item 474, number 1h, the amendment, floor amendment labeled item 474 number 1h has been distributed and is available online and is
Bill Howell
The gentlewoman from Fairfax. Before the body.
[Unknown]
I will be brief in hopes that that makes people vote for my amendment. Otherwise -- never mind. Mr. Speaker, this amendment does not take any money from the general fund. This is about moving money to the foundation for healthy youth. It's 1.8 million. The foundation for healthy youth is funded by the tobacco master settlement, and in 2010 this body voted to reduce their allocation by 1.8 million. However, they have been urged by the joint commission on healthcare, among others, to assist in alleviate go the growing opioid crisis in Virginia, and some of you probably know that our state health commissioner declared an emergency, a health emergency, because of the opioid crisis. The foundation for healthy youths could help locate and protect students, young people, from this threatening deadly drug. I urge you to support the amendment. Thank you.
[Unknown]
Mr. Jones.
[Unknown]
I would move that we would pass by the amendment.
[Unknown]
The motion is passing by the amendment. As many as favor that motion wie opposed, no. Those opposed, no. That motion is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 12, the amendment has been withdrawn by the Delegate, which would have been item 4.01, 1h. That has been withdrawn. On Page 13, an amendment offered by Delegate Marshall of Prince William has been withdrawn which would have been item 4-1.02, number 1h. That has been withdrawn. Accordingly, turning to Page 14, amendment offered by Delegate Marshall of Prince William, labeled item 4-5.04, number 1h, has been distributed, is available online and is before the body.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Suffolk, Mr. Jones.
Chris Jones
I would move that we would pass the amendment.
[Unknown]
Shall the floor amendment be agreed to?
Chris Jones
Mr. Speaker, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Fairfax .
[Unknown]
I just wanted to make sure I know what we're doing here.
[Unknown]
Why so now?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I would ask the gentleman, is this a -- excuse me, is this a provision that would take away the ability for poor women to receive abortion services when the fetus is disformed and totally incapacitated mentally or physically?
[Unknown]
Asking me?
[Unknown]
I bet he is.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Prince William .
[Unknown]
Yes, I would.
[Unknown]
The gentleman yields.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, the proposal here would bring Virginia into line with 32 other states and the district of columbia, which fund abortions required by federal government, which right now are those thought to be necessary to preserve the life of the mother, circumstances of rape or incest you. It does not allow the intentional destruction of a human being because that human being is thought to be disabled. Mr. Speaker, in 1976, I went up to congressman -- bob bow man of --we had both been in an organization called young americans for freedom. Using that connection, I gave congressman bowman a copy of a freedom of information act, about 280,000 children were killed using taxpayer funding to do so. He said, I know somebody who might be interested in this, it turned out to be Henry hyde. There were no exceptions of any kind for abortion funding. Later, a life of the mother was and if you talk to the cofounder added. Of narail, there's no necessity to fund abortion for the life of the mother if you actually are paying attention to what's going on and you know medicine. Two additions were put there later. I find it morally problematic that we should fund abortions to kill children because they are handicapped, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Fairfax .
[Unknown]
I'd like to speak to the bill.
[Unknown]
The gentleman hat floor.
[Unknown]
I think the gentleman is talking about the section where we make a further narrow exception in Virginia, I 'd like to read it, part of it to you. If you're eligible for medicaid, a physician who is trained and qualified to perform such tests certifies in writing after appropriate tests have been performed that he believes the fetus will be born with a gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity with a gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency. This is a narrow exemption that not many poor women take advantage of, but it's there. And it's the kind of terrible decision that, if it happened in your family, if it happened to anyone Mr. In this body's family, if it was your sister, your girlfriend, your cousin, you would want to have this. This fetus is not going to live outside the womb. Very few poor women take advantage of this very small exemption. And I would ask the body not to be cruel to these women and reject this amendment. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker?
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Prince William, Mr. Marshall.
Bob Marshall
Address this one more time?
[Unknown]
Beg pardon?
Bob Marshall
Addressing this one more time?
Bill Howell
I'll get back to you in a minute. Somebody else wants to speak. The gentlewoman from Alexandria .
[Unknown]
Speaking to the amendment?
[Unknown]
You have the floor.
[Unknown]
It was mentioned on this floor that there's never a need to have an abortion because of the health of the mother. I would take issue with that statement. There have been instances where a woman does need abortion in order to preserve and save her own life. It's been documented evidence. And I just remember a case a couple of years ago in the dominican republic where a woman, she was gonna die if she did not have a an abortion and was not allowed to do so. I ask that this body reject this floor amendment. Also, I think that there are constitutional concerns with it. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Prince William, Mr. Marshall?
Bob Marshall
Speaking one last time, Mr. Speaker?
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Bob Marshall
If there are constitutional concerns, it hasn't occurred to the planned parenthood -- now the federal hate amendment. This body within the past two years went on record rejecting you'regenic sterilization and the actions that were taken by our predecessors in this body to rid Virginia of the criminally unfit, the insane, the so-called undesirable people. Remember, this child May be disabled, is still made in the image and likeness of God and not one dime should be spent to kill such children.
[Unknown]
Shall the floor amendment be agreed to?
Bill Howell
The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 60 no's 34.
[Unknown]
The floor amendment is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Turn to Page 15, Delegate Marshall from Prince William has withdrawn his amendment, which would have been item 4-5. On Page 16 of the floor amendments, similarly, Delegate Marshall of Prince William has withdrawn his floor amendment, that would have been item 4.5-04, number 3h. Therefore, Mr. Speaker, the last floor amendment to be considered is offered by Delegate Simon, it is on Page 17, and would be item 4-6.07, number 1h. It has been distributed, it is available online and it is before the body.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Simon.
Marcus Simon
Mr. Speaker, members of the House, it is 2017. And we hear a lot from folks on the other side of the aisle that Virginia government ought to run more like a business, and I agree. Particularly when it comes to having a nondiscrimination policy that's pe fitting of a 2017 company. Yet we heard last week that the governor had attracted nestle corporation to Arlington, to come to Arlington, in part because of our opening and welcoming attitude and policies towards people in the lgbt community. Nestle usa and purina are very produced of their score on the corporate equality index. A national benchmarking survey that reports on corporate polls. The manager of workforce diversity there, highlights that our talent pool must reflect the communities we serve in order to be successful. And that requires the conscious effort to be inclusive and supportive work environment for all our employees. My home district, I 'm proud to be a audi driver, volkswagen of america, equal opportunity employer. The company says they recruit, hire, train and promote the most qualified people into all job levels without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. So, Mr. Speaker, members of the House, it is time that we sent the message to people looking to apply for jobs in the commonwealth that we want the best and the brightest, we want the most capable people, we want dedicated public servants and they are going to be welcome to work with and in Virginia government without regard to what they look like, without regard to where they're from and without regard to who they love. It's 2017. It's high time we adopted this amendment and made this the policy of the commonwealth that would be a place that does not discriminate.
[Unknown]
The gentlemen from Suffolk .
Marcus Simon
I move we pass by the amendment.
Bill Howell
The gentlemen from Suffolk moves we pass by the amendment. The gentleman from Fairfax .
[Unknown]
A few minutes? On the motion to pass by?
[Unknown]
Yes.
[Unknown]
Again, I would hope that -- I 'm a little disappointed that we're going to make an effort not to go on the board on this issue. I would encourage folks to vote no on the motion to pass by. I think this is an important signal that we send and it's important to our government workers that they understand they need not fear for their jobs and employment based on what their sexual identity is.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker?
[Unknown]
The gentlemen from Suffolk .
[Unknown]
He had an opportunity to introduce a ball and he did not during the process and I would ask that he pass by the amendment.
[Unknown]
Mr. Jones moves that we pass by the amendment. As many as favor that motion wi, no.
[Unknown]
The motion is agreed to.
Bill Howell
Shall the motion be agreed to? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes, 57 no's 40.
[Unknown]
The motion is agreed to.
[Unknown]
That completes work on all the objections and the floor amendments.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Suffolk, Mr. Jones.
Chris Jones
I have a motion?
Bill Howell
The gentleman May state it.
Chris Jones
I move that the third constitutional reading of House bill 1500 be dispensed.
[Unknown]
Shall the third constitutional reading of House bill 1500 be dispensed with?
Bill Howell
Speaker: the clerk will clos.
[Unknown]
Ayes 99 no's one.
[Unknown]
The motion is agreed to. Shall the bill pass?
Bill Howell
Speaker: the clerk will close roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 98, no's two.
[Unknown]
The bill is passed. This concludes the special and continuing order on House bill 1500. The clerk will now call the calendar.
[Unknown]
Calendar for today, Thursday, February 9th, for the Virginia House of delegates, Page 2 of the printed calendar, the House has dispensed with its consideration of House bib 1500, so the first category of bills before us, House bills with Senate amendments, first being House bill 1477, a bill to amend and reenact various sections of the code relating to dogs and cats, lifetime licenses. The bill was passed by the House January 30th, passed the Senate with a substitute on February 7th.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from carolina.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, the Senate acted a little quickly on this, they actually conformed it to their bill before I got to the committee and I kind of like our version better. So I 'm going to ask the House reject the Senate amendment so we can get in conference and get the language worked out between the two versions.
[Unknown]
Shall the Senate amendment be agreed to?
Bill Howell
Speaker: the clerk will clos.
[Unknown]
Ayes zero, no's 100.
[Unknown]
The Senate amendment is rejected.
[Unknown]
Continuing House bill 1520, a bill to seek an exemption from the federal reformulated gasoline program for gasoline sold for farm use. The bill passed the House January 30th, passed the Senate with a substitute.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Virginia beach.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, our bill, our version is better than the Senate 's version, so I ask you to reject the Senate 's substitute.
Bill Howell
Shall the Senate substitute be agreed to? >> Speaker: the clerk will clos. >> Ayes zero, no's 100.
[Unknown]
The Senate substitute is rejected.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 3 of the printed calendar, next up, House bill 1562, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to durants from the dam safety flood protection and prevention assistance fund. The bill passed the House January 3rd, passed the Senate with amendments February 7th.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Spotsylvania .
[Unknown]
The Senate amendments remove the communities of common interest from the bill, however, it leaves local governments in the bill, so half a loaf is better than no loaf, and I would ask that we accept the Senate amendment.
[Unknown]
Shall the Senate amendments be agreed to?
Bill Howell
Speaker: the clerk will clos.
[Unknown]
Ayes 91, no's eight.
[Unknown]
The Senate amendments are agreed to.
[Unknown]
House bill 1740, a bill to amend and reenact several sections of the code relating to sanitary districts, author to create or expand, the bill passed the House and subsequently passed the Senate, which offered a substitute.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from loudon.
[Unknown]
The Senate recommended a committee substitute that was really just technical amendments brought in order by our division of legislative services and I would ask the body that we accept the Senate substitute.
[Unknown]
Shall the Senate substitute be agreed to?
Bill Howell
Speaker: the clerk will clos.
[Unknown]
Ayes 98, nos one.
[Unknown]
The Senate substitute is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Finally, Mr. Speaker, on Page 4 of the printed calendar, House bill 1760, a bill to amendment and reenact a section of the code relating to heck utility regulation, pumped hydroelectricity generation and storage facilities. The bill passed the House January 23rd and subsequently passed the Senate with amendments.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Scott .
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, the Senate amendments make sure that the renewable energy sources could be on-site or off-site that would be used to run the pump storage facility. I hope it would be the pleasure of the House to accept the
[Unknown]
Shall the Senate amendments Senate amendment. Be agreed to?
Bill Howell
Speaker: the clerk will clos.
[Unknown]
Ayes 99, nos zero.
[Unknown]
The Senate amendments are agreed to.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, that completes today's calendar.
[Unknown]
Does the clerk have any announcements?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I 'd like to call hjr865 out of order, commending Reverend Dr. John kinney.
[Unknown]
The clerk will report a resolution.
[Unknown]
House joint resolution no. 865 commending Reverend Dr. John william kinney.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I move the commending resolution.
[Unknown]
Shall the resolution be agreed to? As many as favor that motion wie ; those opposed, no. That resolution is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
The clerk have any announcements?
[Unknown]
This afternoon's meeting schedule, committee on commerce and labor is immediately upon adjournment of the House in House room -- change in time. Commerce and labor will meet immediately upon adjournment over on the first floor. General laws, and its subconsist two and four will not be meeting today. Similarly, ac&r chest peek subcommittee meeting has been canceled. Appropriations retirement meeting has been canceled. Subcommittee no. 1 meeting has been canceled. So the next meeting would be at 4:00, the privileges and elections campaign subcommittee. That will be at 4:00 in the fifth floor west conference room. Also today, the subcommittee nub four meets at 4:00 in the fourth floor west conference room. Rounding out this afternoon's meetings, the block caucus will meet in the six this floor. Tomorrow, Friday, February 10th, finance committee's subcommittee number three will meet at 7:30 in 4 west over in the general assembly building. Then at 8:00, county, cities and towns, they'll meet at 8:00 a.M. In House room d. Also, at 8:00, public safety, that committee will meet across the Hall in House room c, that's changed. They'll meet at 8:00. And the privileges and elections committee will meet at 9:00 tomorrow in the ninth floor appropriations room, that's a change in time. P and e will meet at 9:00 a.M. Following the caucus meeting at 9:15 in House room 2, the republican caucus at 9:30, in House room 1 at the capitol. That completes the announcements I have at this time.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Colonial Heights, Mr. Cox.
Kirk Cox
Mr. Speaker, I move that adjourn to reconvene tomorrow at 10:00 a.M.
Bill Howell
Mr. Cox moved than when the House adjourned today, it reconvene tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.M. As many as favor that motion wi. That motion is agreed to. The gentleman from colonial
Kirk Cox
I move the House do now heights? Adjourn.
[Unknown]
Mr. Cox moves the House do now adjourn. As many as favor that motion wip posed, no. That motion is agreed to the House st aadjourned until 10:00 tomorrow morning. 10:00 tomorrow morning.