02/20/2017 House Proceedings

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SB1279—00:00:38
SB1316—00:00:32
SB1384—00:00:26
SB1591—00:00:54
SB995—00:05:00
SB997—00:13:15
SB1224—00:00:38
SB1020—00:01:06
SB1021—00:00:49
SB1240—00:00:27
HB1542—00:00:40
SJ295—00:02:13
Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights)—02:31
Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)—00:17
Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean)—01:51
Del. David Yancey (R-Newport News)—00:33
Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News)—00:56
Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond)—03:15
Del. Les Adams (R-Chatham)—05:56
Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield)—02:59
Del. Daun Hester (D-Norfolk)—02:13
Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights)—00:00
Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield)—02:47
Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)—05:12
Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk)—04:00
Del. Lashrecse D. Aird (D-Petersburg)—00:39
Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City)—02:19
Del. Margaret Ransone (R-Kinsale)—02:03
Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg)—02:58
Del. Luke Torian (D-Woodbridge)—04:22
Del. Lee Ware (R-Powhatan)—02:53
Del. Jeff Campbell (R-Marion)—01:01
Del. Cliff Hayes (D-Chesapeake)—00:56
Del. Ben Cline (R-Amherst)—04:22
Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)—00:17
Del. Riley Ingram (R-Hopewell)—03:26
Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg)—01:40
Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston)—02:35
Del. Joseph Yost (R-Blacksburg)—01:23
Del. Jason Miyares (R-Virginia Beach)—01:51
Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna)—11:47
Del. Greg Habeeb (R-Salem)—00:00
Del. Mark Dudenhefer (R-Stafford)—03:26
Del. Scott Garrett (R-Lynchburg)—01:35
Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)—03:21
Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock)—00:00
Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg)—00:06
Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk)—00:17
Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg)—00:12
Del. Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach)—00:06
Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg)—00:28
Del. Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach)—01:45
Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk)—00:05
Del. Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach)—01:41
Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk)—00:22
Del. Israel O'Quinn (R-Bristol)—00:28
Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)—00:11
Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton)—00:28
Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)—00:11
Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton)—00:22
Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)—00:11
Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg)—02:02
Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton)—00:22
Del. Lee Ware (R-Powhatan)—00:50
Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton)—04:39
Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville)—01:40
Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg)—02:08
Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria)—00:44
Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News)—00:16
Del. Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach)—00:22
Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton)—00:06
Del. David Yancey (R-Newport News)—00:06
Del. Rich Anderson (R-Woodbridge)—00:33
Del. Greg Habeeb (R-Salem)—00:23
Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria)—00:12
Del. Greg Habeeb (R-Salem)—00:50
Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield)—00:17
Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg)—00:06
Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville)—00:05
Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge)—00:11
Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond)—00:22
Del. Nick Freitas (R-Culpeper)—00:00
Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)—01:06
Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)—01:01
Del. Nick Freitas (R-Culpeper)—02:08
Del. Chris Head (R-Roanoke)—00:11
Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas)—01:46
Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)—00:56
Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights)—05:57
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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 Tyrone Green, Pastor, Hearts Delight Baptist Church, Catlett

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

Attendance roll call - Quorum present

Leaves of Absence granted: Delegates Kory, Morefield, and Ward

Journal for Friday, February 17, 2017, approved by the Speaker

Senate communication received
House bills passed with Senate amendments: HBs 1566, 1697, 1973, 2055, 2067, 2168, 2207, 2296, 2449
House bills passed with Senate substitutes: HBs 1392, 1815, 1838, 2074, 2348, 2359, 2410
House bills passed with Senate substitutes with amendments: HBs 1485, 1853
House bill, Senate insisted on amendment and requested conference committee: HB 1747
House bills, Senate insisted on substitutes and requested conference committees: HBs 1536, 1675, 1852, 2282
Senate bills, House substitutes rejected: SBs 1251, 1312
Senate bills, Senate acceded to House request for conference committees: SBs 856, 899, 907
House bills passed: HBs 1396, 1428, 1431, 1457, 1461, 1486, 1532, 1570, 1597, 1686, 1729, 1730, 1768, 1797, 1820, 1912, 1933, 1936, 1958, 1970, 1977, 1992, 1994, 2003, 2144, 2152, 2154, 2179, 2243, 2247, 2313, 2343, 2364, 2390, 2397, 2415, 2436, 2442, 2464, 2469
House bill defeated: HB 1696
Senate bills, House amendments agreed to: SBs 1160, 1202, 1296, 1322
Senate bills, House substitutes agreed to: SBs 1300, 1415, 1561
Senate bill, House substitute with amendment agreed to: SB 1154
House joint resolution agreed to: HJR 562

Committee report
From Education: SBs 838 (referred), 951S, 1117, 1234S, 1359, 1376As, 1430S, 1475As

HBs 1536, 1675, 1747, 1852, 2282 - House accedes to Senate request for Committees of Conference

SBs 1251, 1312 - House insists on substitutes and requests Committees of Conference

SB 856 - Conferees appointed: Orrock, Poindexter, Keam

SB 899 - Conferees appointed: Knight, Webert, James

SB 907 - Conferees appointed: Landes, Lingamfelter, Hester

Motion by Delegate Cox to suspend the special and continuing order relating to the election of judges until Tuesday, February 21, 2017, agreed to

Motion by Delegate Murphy to adjourn in honor and memory of the Honorable Robert "Bob" Michel agreed to

Message from Senate: Senate has suspended the special and continuing joint order relating to judicial elections until Tuesday, February 21, 2017

HJR 965 taken up and agreed to

HJR 995 taken up and agreed to

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

CALENDAR

SENATE BILLS READ THIRD TIME
UNCONTESTED CALENDAR
SB 1486A - Passed by for the day
SB 868 - Passed Block Vote (Y-97 N-0)
SB 1045S - Committee Substitute agreed to, Passed Block Vote (Y-97 N-0)
SB 1122 - Passed Block Vote (Y-97 N-0)
SB 1169 - Passed Block Vote (Y-97 N-0)
SB 1239SA - Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committee Substitute agreed to, Appropriations Committee Amendment agreed to, Moved to Regular Calendar
SB 1279 - Passed Block Vote (Y-97 N-0)
SB 1307 - Moved to Regular Calendar
SB 1316 - Passed Block Vote (Y-97 N-0)
SB 1363 - Passed Block Vote (Y-97 N-0)
SB 1371 - Passed Block Vote (Y-97 N-0)
SB 1384 - Passed Block Vote (Y-97 N-0)
SB 1494A - Committee Amendments agreed to, Passed Block Vote (Y-97 N-0)
SB 1507S - Committee Substitute agreed to, Passed Block Vote (Y-97 N-0)
SB 1514 - Moved to Regular Calendar
SB 1574S - Committee Substitute agreed to, Passed Block Vote (Y-97 N-0)
SB 1591S - Committee Substitute agreed to, Passed Block Vote (Y-97 N-0)

SENATE BILLS READ THIRD TIME
REGULAR CALENDAR
SB 1110A - Passed by for the day
SB 1085A - Passed by for the day
SB 1307 - Passed by for the day

HOUSE BILLS WITH SENATE AMENDMENTS
HB 1394A - Passed by for the day

MEMORIAL RESOLUTIONS ON THE SPEAKER'S TABLE
HR 427 - Passed by for the day

COMMENDING RESOLUTIONS ON THE SPEAKER'S TABLE
HJR 967 - Passed by until Sunday, February 26, 2017

SENATE BILLS READ SECOND TIME
UNCONTESTED CALENDAR
SB 812
SB 840
SB 869
SB 926
SB 932
SB 965
SB 969
SB 1019
SB 1037
SB 1043
SB 1061S
SB 1073S
SB 1083
SB 1102
SB 1113
SB 1123A
SB 1192
SB 1226S
SB 1228S
SB 1261
SB 1265
SB 1309A
SB 1332
SB 1334
SB 1341AS
SB 1374
SB 1382
SB 1393A
SB 1395
SB 1467S
SB 1492
SB 1508
SB 1539A
SB 1558
SB 1573S
SB 1587S
SB 1588A

SENATE BILLS READ SECOND TIME
REGULAR CALENDAR
SB 800S
SB 904S
SB 916
SB 1023
SB 1075
SB 1084
SB 1108S
SB 1150A
SB 1216A
SB 1264
SB 1303A
SB 1315
SB 1324A
SB 1325
SB 1362A
SB 1387A
SB 1394
SB 1418S
SB 1429
SB 1506
SB 1509
SB 1512A
SB 1548
SB 1559
SB 1569A
SB 1585

Transcript

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

[Unknown]
>>. >>> Members please take your seats. Sergeant at arms. The House is now in session. All persons not entitled to the privileges on the floor please retire to the gallery.
Bill Howell
The members will rise and be led in prayer by the Reverend tyrone green, pastor of the baptist church and remain standing for the pledge of allegiance to the united states of america led by gentleman from Colonial Heights Mr. Cox.
Kirk Cox
Let us pray. Father God, thank you for this day. We thank you for the day, father God because it's president's day. Thank you for this day, God, because you are God of all. The God of everything that is walking and breathing, lord. We thank you for the day. We thank you for the day lord, we ask you that go, forward, with the 45th president right now, God, we ask you bless the leaders of our nation, but God, most of all, lord, bless men and women right now in these hallowed halls. Bless the men and women of the House of delegates. Our country is divided. Our country is no longer looking at differents but strengths but witnesses and there is so much not alike. God, we can understand you made it different different colors shades. We pray for coverage that men and women will step up and not be cowards. And that truth will be what we live by. In this room are the men that can do that. Women that can do that. God, you don't have to do this. There are men and women in this room, if they wanted to and ask, if they will, will step up and be all they can be. This is their purpose. For the delegates to be the best of us, to good us and create legislation. That will be for all people, not just some. Only you can do this. Only you will do this. Give our nation courage to be bigger and better. Not be shallowed or be afraid of what is different. We praise you now, God. All this, we ask, lord, and the only name that we know in the name of jesus, we pray. And the people of God said amen. [ reciting the pledge of allegiance ]. >> Members will answer roll call by indicating their presence on the electronic voting board. Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, a quorum is present.
Kirk Cox
I've examined and approved the journal of the House of delegates for February 17, 2017. Motions and resolutions are now in order. Does the clerk have announcements or communications?
[Unknown]
Yes, sir, Mr. Speaker. The Senate has insisted on its amendments and requested a committee of conference on the following House bills, 1536, House bill 1675, House bill 1747, House bill 1852 and 2282.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Colonial Heights Mr. Cox.
Kirk Cox
I move the House exceeded the committee of conference on previously reported legislation.
[Unknown]
Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. That motion is agreed to.
Kirk Cox
Mr. Speaker, the Senate also has rejected the House amendment to Senate bills 1251 and Senate bill 1312.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Colonial Heights Mr. Cox.
Kirk Cox
I move the House insist on amendments and request a committee of conference on the previously-reported legislation.
[Unknown]
Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. The motion is agreed.
Kirk Cox
Speaker appoints on behalf of the House following conferrees for several Senate bills, Senate bill 856, speaker appoints delegates Orrock, Poindexter and Keam. . For Senate bill 899 the speaker aaccounts delegates Knight, webbert and James. Finally, for Senate bill 907, speaker appoints half of the House conferrees, delegates langes, lingmafelter and Hester. Mr. Speaker, also, remind the body today is the deadline, 5:00 today to introduce joint commending and memorial resolutions. Has to be introduced today, here at the front desk by 5:00. Also, last day, today is the last day for committee action on legislation by 11:59 tonight. All committee action has to be come committed by this evening. Will being to the week, tomorrow at 5:00, that is the deadline to request drafts, redrafts, and any corrections for single House commending and memorial resolutions, those would need to be made to the division of legislative services in the gab. And give this body a Head 's up, Wednesday, afternoon, 2:00, 2:30, excuse me, the House Page debate will take place for those who have any interest in being a Page and helping the, our pages understand civic education. We'd appreciate your attendance. All of the announcements I have at this time.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Colonial Heights Mr. Cox.
Kirk Cox
Mr. Speaker, I rise for a motion.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Kirk Cox
Mr. Speaker, I 'm going to move the House suspend the special routine order and vote Tuesday, February 21, 2017. If I can speak to that motion.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Bill Howell
I think are there are so few things to work out on this. I've talked to the minority leader, gentleman from Charlottesville. I hope it be the pleasure of the House to suspend the special order.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker?
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Charlottesville .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, parl meant rin kwirry.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, how many votes are necessary to pass this particular motion to suspend the
[Unknown]
Two thirds. Rules?
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Speaker, speak to the motion.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I spoke with the majority leader and we think this is a good idea and hope we'll get the two thirds necessary to suspend the rules.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
[Unknown]
Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. That motion is agreed to. Gentle woman from Fairfax, miss Murphy .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Speaker, I rise for a point of personal privilege.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor. Mr. Speaker, my fellow members
[Unknown]
Thank you. Of the House, this week, congressman bob michael, of illinois died. For 14 years he served as minority leader for republican party in the united states House of representatives. He served longer than anyone had ever served in that position in the history of the House of representatives. He served alongside speaker tip o'neil and play aid critical role in shepherding ronald reagan's economic agenda through a democratic congress. He was a good man, an admirable man. He was a leader and master of House procedures. He knew his members, he knew he could built consensus and you knew he can build bridges. But he also knew how to work across party lines for the good of our country. In these times of hyper partisanship when some days our philosophical differences are not just a divide, but an abyss, I believe it's appropriate and live to take time to remember and applaud the former minority leader and reflect on his constructive and civil approach. Not just as a leader for his party but a partner who worked to develop real, workable solutions. To ensure our democracy works for all people and in a positive and productive way. I ask that when we adjourn in the honor and memory of congressman bob michael, a distinguished american leader. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Gentle woman from Fairfax, miss Murphy moves the House adjourn in the honor and memory of congressman robert michael. As many in favor of that motion will please stand. That motion is agreed to. The -- the gentleman from Newport News, Mr. Yancey.
David Yancey
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
David Yancey
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Speaker, members of the House, joining us today I believe they're in the gallery, if they can stand is from the hilton elementary school in Newport News, miaba jay hurt and her family, a finalist for the national miss pageant and received Newport News public schools engineering design challenge award and a sponsor to back to school supply drive every year in August, to help students in need to have the items they need. She's joined by her family, and I would ask that the House give them a warm House welcome.
[Unknown]
Pleased to have miaba and her family with her today, thank you for coming to the capitol. Gentelwoman from Newport News, miss Price .
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I rise for the purpose of an introduction.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, today we have with us some pretty amazing citizens from the Virginia peninsula. I ask they please stand. We have februarys of alpha kappa alpha in their beautiful pink and green. And they're both from Newport News and williamsberg chapters and members of beta delta of the crimson and cream, and we have with us community organizers and volunteers who are working on the issues of criminal justice reform, education, womens rights and mental health. This morning, this intergeneralal group met with legislators and talked about voter engagement and social activism. They've made a commitment to keep doing work and we're thankful to have them in the Virginia peninsula community, we hope that they enjoy the rest of their visit on capitol square and take back what they've learned. Ladies and gentlemen, I ask we offer them a warm House welcome.
[Unknown]
Thank you for visiting the capitol. Gentle woman from Richmond city, miss McQuinn .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for a point of personal privilege.
[Unknown]
Grenlt woman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you. Mr. Speaker, you know as I reflect on my time being here and just having this opportunity to serve in the House of delegates, I realized it's a wonderful privilege and opportunity to be able to work on the behalf of so many people in Virginia. But there are also other benefits that have been a blessing to me and that is the many wonderful people that you meet along the way and in this assembly from all back grounds, of life, and have all walks of life. One individual has been a young lady that I heard was leaving this year and so this is her last session in 2017. Delegate dawn Hester from Norfolk. And so I thought I 'd take an opportunity to say a little bit about her, she's been very special to me. She's been a friend and so encouraging. We have had a discussion to have discussions about just life and general assembly and besides bills there are other things you can talk about and I don't know if she's interested in supports but I 'm not. But we do talk about our families. And her and I have had challenges of aging parents. I want to say to her she'd been encouraging to me in that realm. Delegate Hester is a classy and smart woman of integrity. That have made her time here in the general assembly worthy and made it -- determined to make a difference in the lives of those she rep sevenlts she's proven herself to be a individual that loves people she served but I think she is taken beyond that in terms of those you serve but appeared to make sure she's looking out for the best in those that she is serving and looks at the best in everyone she meets. She never gets caught up in any drama which is truly a blessing and it really was disappointing when I found out she wasn't coming back. I know this woman of faith and this very focused woman, they're bigger and better things, well, bigger things in store so we're expecting her to even do something more greater and continue to serve citizens of the common wealth. Taking this time and disappointment, we thought we'd do something to just celebrate her service here, so today, there will be a dessert reception in the back where there are desserts for everybody, and you, too, Delegate, two of you on the front row there. And just saying thank you for being a friend and a dynamic woman and being a Delegate determined to make a difference in the lives of the people she served. We love her and I 'm going to make sure that, but we want to say thank you for being a blessing to many of us. God bless you and we wish you the best in your endeavors. [ applause ].
Bill Howell
We'll miss Delegate Hester, but as you said, she won't be far. The gentleman from pens vaina, Mr. Adams.
Les Adams
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I rise this morning for purpose of a request, a motion, a point of personal privilege and an introduction.
Bill Howell
Good thing we're not doing judges. Gentleman has the floor.
Les Adams
I request House joint resolution 965 on Page 24 of today's calendar be called up out of order.
[Unknown]
Clerk will report a resolution.
[Unknown]
House joint resolution commending Pittsylvania County .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I move we adopt the resolution.
[Unknown]
Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Resolution is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. On June 1 of this year as recorded in House joint resolution 965, Pittsylvania County will celebrate it's 250th anniversary and it's a beautiful place to live for the rich history and remarkable people. As recorded in the resolution, Pittsylvania County is the largest county, with 1,000 square miles of territory and rivers and streams. It is smieed by three water systems, the dan river flows through the center end, banister river through the center and stanton river. Column william burr, ii whose expedition furn yirished the first survey is credited with naming the banister and dan. The latter after the dan in the garden of eden. Situated on the piedmont plateau, home to the first significant range of hills west of Virginia 's coastline. The turkeycock mountain and Smith mountain in the northwest. Maude carter clement in her book titled "history of Pittsylvania County " described the land as it must have first appeared to earliest settlers by writing, quote, gently rolling hills which lost themselves in the blue distance, the murmuring waters of rich, meadowed lands. Following his expeditions william bird predicted quote, everything will grow here to supply the wants of man and the families could quote, pass their time very happily there. He was right. And in the decades following his expedition, the hand was settled by english, germans, swiss, and scots irish pioneers. These men and their families built a civilization out of the wilderness in the american way. They farmed. Built churches and raised families throughout the land. In farming Pittsylvania County has been exceptional. By the 1840s, these farmers, including my fore fathers, Mr. Speaker, were to produce more ta backo on their land than any other county in Virginia. And in matters of faith, several early churches remain active today. And include the baptist association the same year Virginia ratified the united states constitution. In many years the history of Pittsylvania County tells the american story in the choice of it's name sake, william pitt the elder, earl of chatham. The grit english statesman was well known for his defense of the rights and liberties of american colonyists. Pitt succeeded in having the dreaded stamp tax repealed. The following year, Pittsylvania County was formed and named in his honor. Mr. Speaker it is interesting to look at the map and read english names of the communities to the east in contrast of the american names in the west. In francis, francis hurt spoke of the family tree of the county described this way. When Pittsylvania was born in 1767 waits a child of Halifax it was a part from 1762-1767 and a grandchild of lunanberg and prior to that, Brunswick. Pittsylvania had children, when it was reduced owe its present size in 1777, it gave birth to Henry, which has subsequent issue of Patrick and part of Franklin. Ms, soldiers from Pittsylvania County served in all of america's wars. And many of the family names appearing on our earliest records still populate the county to this day. And so with great pride I am called on as the gentleman from Pittsylvania County. We have rich lands but our people will ensure a bright tomorrow. As author larry aaron rights in his Pittsylvania County, a brief history, quote, our county's history has been always tied to the land, waterways and people. It is not over. But continues to be made a little each day. Now, Mr. Speaker, if I May proceed with my introduction.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Joining us in the gallery today, to witness the adoption of the resolution are several of Pittsylvania County residents including members of the historical committee and members of the 250th anniversary committee. I would ask they now stand. These men and women are led today by the current president of the historical society, larry aaron. As mentioned m aaron is the author of "Pittsylvania County a brief history" and a former high schoolteacher of mine. And also included are current and immediate past chairman of the Pittsylvania County board of supervisors. Mr. Speaker, I ask that the body join me in giving the guests a warm House welcome.
Bill Howell
We're delighted to have the visitors with Pittsylvania with us today, you have much to be proud of. It's a beautiful, beautiful part of Virginia. Thank you for being here today. Gentleman from Fairfax Mr. Albo.
Dave Albo
Mr. Speaker, I have a point of personal privilege/introduction.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Dave Albo
Mr. Speaker, members of the House, today is george Washington 's birthday. A lot of kids are out of school. Yesterday, I said, ben why don't you come down to Richmond with daddy and you can work in my office on Monday and he thought it was exciting so we got down last night, 7:00, and we got a text from the gentleman from Chesapeake, Delegate Knight what are you up to? I have ben here. Well, I know ben is into trains. My apartment vistas overlooks three rails and there is the only place in the united states but maybe the world where three rail crossings happen. You can see the old train cars. I said ben would love that. We walked up to his apartment, went to the balcony. Barry explained everything and he goes let me show you pictures. Here is a picture of the bear I killed. Here is the gun I used. And hey, ben, I have a helicopter, you want to come and fly a helicopter? Call me any time. So, we leave and I 'm walking back to my apartment and ben says, daddy? How come you don't have a helicopter? Well, maybe one day I 'll be able to get it. How come you don't own a gun? It's not my thing, you know. Well, how come you don't kill bears? I said ben, I don't like killing things I feel bad when I run over a squirrel. And he said, daddy, Mr. Knight is a lot cooler than you. So, I do want to thank the gentleman from Chesapeake for totally emasculating me as a father but the introduction is going to one up the gentleman from Chesapeake because we're having a virtual center aisle presentation. The first gold medal winner is a west spring high school grad. Jenny thrasher. She's an ncaa athlete at west Virginia and not allowed to come to the chamber to receive a resolution. We made one for her and it passed already and she, right now via internet is watching us on the House floor. I want to tell you about jenny of. She won the first gold medal in ten meter air rifle event of the 2016 rio olympics. An 8th final competitive event and scored a perfect 10.9 on the first shot and beat the reigning two-time gold medallist by a point. Jenny in northern Virginia liked guns, too. She began shooting with her you know? Family and hunting she she just kind of took a liking to it. She was originally a figure skater and started gravitating toward target shooting. She's a biomedical engineering student and a member of the wvu rifle team. She'd led them to four national titles. I would like her to thank her for representing her country and Virginia as the first gold medal in the olympics this summer. >> Take that, Delegate Knight. >> Gentleman from Norfolk, miss Hester .
Daun Hester
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for a motion, an introduction, and a point of personal privilege.
[Unknown]
Gentle woman has the floor.
Daun Hester
Thank you. I move we bring House joint resolution 995 on Page 28 out of order, please.
[Unknown]
Clerk will report a resolution.
[Unknown]
House joint resolution commending girls scouts of the usa.
[Unknown]
Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Resolution is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. For introduction, if you will, please stand. The girl scouts have been with us today they're in the gallery and around the capitol. And they're all, from across the commonwealth and Virginia we have seven girl scout councils the commonwealth council here in Richmond, nation's capital and Chesapeake bay council in northern Virginia and girl scout council of colonial coast serving young women of Hampton roads and western tide water, we're glad to see them visit us, but this year, it's part of a notable celebration, 100th anniversary of the girl scout cookie program. In 1917, the missile top troop baked cookies and sold them as a service project. From that beginning the girl scout cookie project has evolved into the largest entrepreneurial training program for girls in the world. Those tasty treats we enjoy every year at this time are the basis for successful financial literacy lessons, scouts learn five skills by selling cookies, goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. The girl scout cookies program also reenforces the fill tlon yim spirit, empowering girls and helps them to become young women of courage, confidence and character. Whether you prefer traditional thin mints, the newest smores's cookies or any varieties join me in giving the girl scouts of Virginia a warm House welcome.
[Unknown]
Delighted to have you with us and thank you for cookies you bring every year. Good to have you here in the capitol. I'm going to get off the script a little bit if that is okay with you. I, if you'll just indulge me just a moment, I have really enjoyed serving in this esteemed body, House the delegates, for nearly 30 years. It's been a distinct privilege. And serving as speaker of the House almost 15 years has truly been the greatest professional honor of my life. So you can imagine my surprise when I read in the paper this morning -- [ laughter ] -- it kind of changed my script around a little bit. But I just want to say how much, how grateful, both my wife and I are for this opportunity that we have had to serve. There is truly no words that can fully describe the joy and fulfillment we have received from the incredible opportunity for public service. But we know, also, there is more joy and fulfillment to come, all be it differently and beyond capitol square and this body. We're blessed to have two wonderful sons, seven special grandchildren and we still have a little time left. You May have, some of you May have read bob mcdonald's comments a couple weeks ago, someone was asking him what he planned for the future. He said I 'm in the fourth quarter of my life. I got to thinking about that and if he's in the fourth quarter, I 'm at the two-minute warning. And I don't have time outs left. But we are blessed to have our health and we want to have time together to travel and spend time with our family and maybe relax a little bit more. I don't want to leave without saying how much this House of delegates meant to me. It's truly, truly a historic institution. And I do love it dearly. I believe it represents our hope, strength and resiliency of the exciting and ongoing experiment in representative self government. If america is a shining city on a hill, our Virginia House of delegates is the brightest light atop the tower. And as Delegate as speaker, I have tried to serve in a manner worthy of that stature. I've tried to be fair, open, accessible. When I became speaker in 2003, I pledged to lead this historic chamber with the honor and dignity and integrity that it deserves. And to up hold that dignity of the constitutional office. Throughout my tenure we have faced difficult decisions but that goes along with the office and I strive to reflect on those values. And I believe I sought to put what is good for the entire institution and all it ren cents ahead of any other interest. And I pray judgment when I reminded myself and others the kind of people that we are and how we treat one another is adds important as bills we pass. And laws we make. May we never lose sight of this worthy aspiration. Like you, I understand our mission is larger than our selves. Our purpose is continuing to fulfill the four-century old mission of Virginia. Deserving human freedom, and advancing opportunities for all. So, today, I hope you join me in taking pride in everything that this body, republicans and democrats working together, have mished over the last 15 years. The House of delegates has been a stable and consistent factor in reforming and improving state government. Our good work together through difficult and good times alike has made the commonwealth stronger and more prosperous and together, I believe we've enhanced lives and lively hoods of our fellow citizens who are so privileged to represent. And serve, I 'm optimistic this House, will continue to inspire and fulfill the enormous potential of Virginia 's bright future, so I 'll close from saying from the bottom of my heart, I thank you. I'm so grateful for the trust and faith you've placed in me nearly 15 years ago, and I appreciate that you've continued to maintain that trust. The many friendships I have made over 30 years are worth more than any bill I have ever championed or passed. I'm proud to know you all and honored to serve with each one of you. All of you are very talented individuals, highly capable leaders. You're all valuable parts of something bigger than any one of us. And so it's easier for me to make this announcement now and to leave next year, knowing that this institution will continue to thrive. I have a special thanks to sessy and my boys and I have grandchildren here today. I ask them to stand for just a moment. I believe each of you know that you could not do this job without a firm foundation, the backing you get from back home. Thank you. May God bless you. And May God bless our country, and May God continue to bless this historic House of delegates. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Okay, okay. We have work to do. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much. Appreciate it.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Colonial Heights Mr. Cox.
Kirk Cox
Mr. Speaker, a point of personal prif leej gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you. I know I 'm a sports guy. I want to first of all comment about two of my favorite people, derek jeter and roger stallback. They are great team leaders, all about integrity of the game, not themselves and importantly, one is a yankee and one is a cowboy, the two best teams in america. Listening to you now, I know I 'm honored to have served with one of the all time greats. What do you say about someone like bill Howell ? He's always been a friend to everyone regardless of party. I watched you counsel people not on politics or policy but on life. I'm one of those. Your two sons, jack and billy benefited greatly from that. It's never more evident than your 7:00 a.M. Weekly bible study, including republicans, democrats, judges and they're shaking their Head, but every Page this year. This year, we studied joshua and his leadership. And boy, the speaker modelled servant leadership. Joshua's greatest quality was obedience. If I can read 1 verse 8, and 9. Book of the law shall not depart from your lives but you May observe to do according to all that is written in it. Then, you will have good have I not commanded you to be success. Strong enough to not be afraid nor dismayed for the lord, your God is with you wherever you go. Mr. Speaker wonderful wife, sessy often attends and Mr. Speaker never fails to tell me when we have a tough problem, sessy and I have prayed about that. How many of us can say that? What a spirit-filled marriage. Mr. Speaker, the lord answered your and sessy's prayers. Joshua said he's made your way prosperous and provided for good success. He has been with you and sessy wherever you have gone and will continue because you're a good, faithful servant. I want to recognize two other special women Mr. Speaker's office has been staffed with two incredible public sevenants, kathy roberts and judy dunagin for 14 years. Mr. Speaker, anyone who has done this job knows your staff is everything. You beat me to it. But just special thanks to these two special women. Mr. Speaker led this institution has talked about honesty, integrity and dignity, protecting the institutional indegree fwrity of the body and has been fair. In 2007 when the majority slung, he stayed true to the commitment. Committee meetings on the House floor, working for other measures like enacting a 48-hour waiting period before budget votes, but having said that, he is a man of conservative convictions. Policy pushed this House to continue to be one that advances ideas and policies, based on our principles. Responsibility of balanced budgets during his tenure, he's returned $5 million in legislative savings, championing form 2011 and 2016. And carried out four major transportation bills and championed many more. Land preservation, tax credits and my favorite, been a champion for veterans. Without him, we would not have four state veteran care centers and our tremendous wounded warrior program. This says a lot about him that he could advance a conservative policy agenda staying true to responsibilities of his office, he's been a meptor, his term marked by steady, fair leadership and he's accomplished a great deal. We don't hang jerseys here but if we did, there is no doubt the bill Howell 's jersey would hang there. Thank you for your friendship, leadership and all you've accomplished. I want to close with Wise words from your son, jack. He opened on the first day of session. Now, oh, great God, endow them with purpose, and join with true and unity shared by shared humanity and lo, as they were first loved by you. Thank you for all you have done, Mr. Speaker. >> Thank you. Gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Albo.
Dave Albo
Mr. Speaker, rise for a point of personal privilege.
Bill Howell
Oh. Gentleman has the floor.
Dave Albo
Must be great to call on people saying how great you are. Maybe I 'd like that job one day. And I wanted to tell you guys about -- I got a letter you can sign. I got a tell you, but 14 years ago, we were looking for a speaker and a bunch of us were thinking who could it be? And we thought, you know bill Howell, and number one, he's squeaky clean and runs courts and does a great job. He makes sure everybody gets a fair hearing. He runs a very, very busy docket. I think he would be good. People talked to you and you thought it was a good idea. You started running. Mr. Speaker called me. I can remember back when I was living in my houn House, just gotten married and standing outside of the porch. He said I 'm running for speaker, will you support me? I said yeah. You're pretty old. You won't be here that long.
[Unknown]
It's true. And that was 15 years ago. Wow. But I cannot be happier with my selection. Won't go through all reasons why, but when push comes to shove, you never let politics make your decision. You always do what you thought was right. And that is all that needed to be said about you, Mr. Speaker. You were in a minority and I think that is one of the reasons why you're that way. You know what it's like to not be listened and given a shot. I think I can say that everybody here believes you let them put the golf ball on the tee to make a swing. That is a sign of a great man and speaker. It's not rulings I 'm going to miss. It's going to be missing hanging out with you after session, listening to wacky estate planning attorney stories like did you hear the time I had a will but did a pore over trust? It was awesome. But just hanging out, I think, with people is my favorite part about serving in this body. I know it's a cast of characters. We're weird, no one is going to subject themselves at 150,000 pieces of mail about why you're not good if you don't have a hill screw loose. We enjoyed our company and I can tell you that I think after I called my parents, you're the first person I called after I adopted my kid. That is how much I think of you. You have proven, Mr. Speaker, that nice guys can finish first. Thank you.
[Unknown]
Thank you. I remember that story. I was old, that is why you can vote for meef. I showed you.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Charlottesville, Mr. Toscano.
David Toscano
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, point of personal privilege.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, I never thought of you as old. I hope people are watching on television, watching this streaming and realize how significant this is. Mr. Speaker, you're truly a historic figure in this chamber and around the capitol. You know, attorneys often when we're here, sitting here we're looking at saying well, judge, judge. Attorneys are fond of saying good judges are the ones that let you try your case. Let you present that evidence, let you make arguments to convince convince the judge and jury what you're saying is true, right, and you should support it. You let us try our cases. Whatever it s dogs, cats, whatever it s you let us try the cases and thank you for that. The reason why we like judges, allow us to try our cases is important to the courts and the fact that you let us do that is important to the integrity of the body. So how do you do it? How do you create that integrity and expand that? There are ways you do it. Well, you do it with support of the family. Let me tell you. And I 've gotten to know sessy and my wife worked with her on a number of things so you can't do it without her. You've recognized that. We know family is important. And of course, you are a person with deep beliefs in the power of faith and family. Beyond that, there are other ways that you improve the integrity of the body. With humor, quick wit. Everyone appreciates that. It's a way to release pressure sometimes, and let us kind of get back to the task because it's so easy to fall into the pit. And you do it with patience. You have done it with me with patience. I remember last year, we're in the middle of a debate about and it was great. You got so flustered you said, well, david, david! We've talked about that. It wasn't Delegate or gentleman from Charlottesville. It was david. I had gotten to you. One of the rare times I 've ever seen you rattled. You know, you do it with dignity and respect for people and their points of view. You can be partisan but don't have to be polarizing. I mean, I would never, ever imagine a statement like we're the enemy of the people or anything like that. That would never come out of your mouth. That is the basis of what you are. You have been on the winning side on a lot of things, then, the dog bill. I supported you on that. And I tried to get a lot of votes to support you. But you know, you win some, you lose some. You've won a lot along the way. And from this side of the aisle, a couple things I just thought of just in the last several hours, that transportation bill that you put your name on, that actually raised real money for transportation, was a substantial accomplishment. It's one that virginians will look to and say that is part of your legacy. The smoking ban. We won't talk about that, but that is an important thing. You're in the middle of that, but of all of the things I will too. Remember about serving with you, it will not be about a bill and not about a press conference. A political statement, an op-ed in the paper. It will be a ruling. A ruling that occurred several years ago when our dear friend from the tried to play politics with this little technical redistricting bill which they turned into a massive redistricting of the state. And I know, Mr. Speaker, that was a hard one. Politics said let the bill go through. Let the redistricting occur. But you prayed. You talked to people. And you thought about integrity of the institution. And with one fell swoop, you cast a die for that integrity and ruled that Senate amendment not germaine. You changed rules here because if you hadn't, I less state to think of what would have happened in years ahead. A lot of people say you'll be remembered not for what you have done or haven't done, not for a bill or legislation, but you'll remember for how you have treated others. Mr. Speaker, you've done a great job treating others. We thank you for the honor and privilege of serving with you, and we wish you godspeed and hope you'll provide your learned counsel to us in the months, and years still to come. Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. >> Gentleman from Suffolk, Mr. Jones.
Chris Jones
Rise for a point of personal privilege.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Chris Jones
I guess what I was going to say has been said. Let me start off with clips. David, I am still in the dog House. Albo, you would be that old now if I remind you when Mr. Speaker ran many years ago. And I think where the Kilgore gang sits is where Mr. Speaker, I first met you when I came here 20 years ago. You had perky to your left and coach to your right and jack Reid on the corner, here. And all I remember is a very kind, genteel man who greeted me with a smile. You've been a dear friend to me and a mentor to me. Your door has always been open. You've taken time for anyone who darkens your door. You have an easy approach to life, and ever present smile takes any trepidation away from anyone who would come to you to ask a question. Many equate that with not being a leader. You know what the body needed over the years and what it needs now. You have been a leader in every sense of the word. So through your leadership that this legislative body accomplished a great deal. Like I said, 20 sessions I have been here, it's been your, I have learned a great deal from observing you. Your leadership style, which is openness, fairness, and dependability. You have not been a micro manager, what you do is set an agenda and a course, and you are persistent in getting things done in a fair way. As my colleague mentioned your records of accomplishments are remarkable. Pension reform, transportation. Budget, of course, and you deserve deep, indeed deserve recognition for these achievements. Your steady hand on the tilling wheel made a difference on this body. Your ruling several years ago when the Senate bill came down spoke volumes to your character. We're familiar with his generosity from a practical pe suspective, the legislature turned over $20 million to the general fund under his leadership while he has been speaker. We have had 10 budgets with surpluses totalling two.# billion. And what I love about this man is his christian walk every single day. John 15 talks about spirit of the vine. And the fruitful ones need pruning from time to time. And I guess some of you know, I 've been pruned more than once. We all have been pruned more than once, I think. But that occurs in life when you have someone like the speaker who knows what you need as an individual to grow as an individual. Mr. Speaker, over the years, I want to tell you that I have enjoyed greatly working with you, your grace and forgiveness knows no bounds. You practice your faith daily in all that you do. My mama told me many years ago, she's been deceased 35 years, ways a little kid. She said, I would rather see a sermon every day than hear one. Mr. Speaker, I think during your tenure we have seen a sermon on more than one occasion with how you've acted and you have been that example for us to strive to be every day. Mr. Speaker, as you and your lovely bride sessy continue your next years, I wish you good health and God speed. I know this wasn't an easy decision, I know you're at Peace with your decision as it was done with prayerful consideration. Romans 5:1 we have Peace with God in or lord, jesus christ, thank you for your friendship and a verse of scripture, proverbs 27:17 is iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the counting of his friends. Thank you for your leadership, friendship and May God continue to bless you, sessy and your family.
Bill Howell
Thank you very much. Thank you. Gentleman from petersberg miss Aird .
Lashrecse Aird
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I rise for an introduction.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Lashrecse Aird
Mr. Speaker, and ladies and gentlemen of the House, on January 27th we passed several resolutions commending three sports teams for winning state championships. We're joined by the teams and families and and I ask they please stand. In July, 2016 the darlings and the angels soft ball teams and the national coach pitch all star baseball teams all won state championships after going undefeated at district levels. Later this afternoon, they will be recognized by the governor but before they do, Delegate Tyler and I are proud of the teams and I want to ask you jien us in giving them a warm House welcome.
[Unknown]
Delighted to have the state champion teams with us today, thank you for taking time to visit and congratulate you on the significant achievements you have had. Thank you for being here today.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Scott Mr. Kilgore.
Terry Kilgore
Mr. Speaker, rise for a point of personal privilege.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker I 'm going to take you back to 1993 in a campaign meeting with the folks on the camp kwan thinking about coming up to Richmond and I met bill Howell and sessy Howell. They were telling me they campaigned every weekend and went out and knocked on doors and I was like, oh, my gosh. Do I want to do this? And bill was a great influence on my life. I just want to say how much I appreciate it. When I first got here we had a lot of time to spend together because we had great times going out to eat and talking and all of us did the same thing. We'd go out because there is nothing else better to do. Jack Reid used to say use your movie pass, killing gore. That what we did. Bill, with sessy, she's such a great asset and been a great asset to the speaker and I know you couldn't have done it without sessy. We're able to take over the sensitivity talkus from the speaker. A lot of you don't realize he started and helped with the sensitivity caucus. You don't realize. That we took that over owe. Just his quick wit over the years, his ability to diffuse situation that's could have gone worse made him a leader that he is. Mr. Speaker, talking about survival study has been a blessing. I was lucky to have my son here. And he was so impressed that the speaker of the House did a bible study. You influenced and on that I appreciate that. Mr. Speaker, I want to thank you for what you've done and helped us on. You've been there, you've been there countless times since you've been speaker and helped our members from southwest Virginia and I just want to thank you I wish you God speed. I know you're going to have a great time. Travel and just come back, see us every once in a chill. Thank you. >> Let's see if we can run through this a little bit quicker. I can still make committee appointments, you know. Gentleman from Westmoreland, miss ransown.
[Unknown]
Rise for a point of personal privilege.
[Unknown]
Ladies and gentlemen of the House, it's rare I rise on the floor to speak and I cannot remember taking a liberty of a point of personal privilege. Mr. Speaker, I rise with emotions this morning and afternoon to thank you for your service and sacrifices and I wish you well, ladies and gentlemen, I speak as a virginian that is proud to witness firsthand on leadership, a gentleman that respectful of you and bold personalities and maintaining values on american family and values. I witnessed you as an example for us, you have remained throughout your time on the House and in your role in our nation thank you for being honest throughout your years of service. We're appreciative of the support from your family that remains by your side and Virginia 's side. I ask what my children family about life events in history. I think people are honest in opinions. Mr. Speaker, they said well, mom, he's a hero. You know what? I know he's going to have time to spend with his family and grandchildren. Ladies and gentlemen, anyone who has had the honor to serve with william Howell has had a privilege. We'll miss your encouragement, your quick wit and you're legacy and I hope you have plenty of time to spend with your family and grandchildren and I look forward to seeing you back.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Caroline, m Orrock .
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, rise for a point of personal privilege.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, as I continue adding to this love fest, this afternoon, I am taken back that I haven't stood for this many standing ovations since last time we had a republican governor.
[Unknown]
And that has been a while.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, ladies and
[Unknown]
Yes. Gentlemen of the House, this man up here is -- don't hold it against him, but very responsible in my being here, when considering running for office back in the late 80s and one was a gentleman from from Hanover and other and I remember coming to your office there in the city and we wet and you probably had a similar unimpressed opinion in me as Delegate Hargrove did. In spite of that, you saw something I didn't see myself. I think that spoke to the type of individual that you are. That you can see beyond the potential in people. And through the years I have seen you put people in position of leadership and the greatest impact you have had on me goes back to last two years. I have had the great honor I asked you to go back to your freshman year or first two years. We all came down here, full of sass and vinegar with all of the ready to engage ourselves in answers. This body politic. And share whether you wanted them or not. And obviously, the people of our district and a measure would come up and sass and vinegar would start to want to bubble out. Bill would grab my hand. Dude. They elected me, too. And you would say more often that is council we continue to learn from every day. Since then, I thought you're going to move the pending question or else I won't have called on you after all. But the end of it all, william j Howell, my speaker and former seat mate, my friend, the lord will look upon you and say well good, faithful done. Servant. >> There are people that don't remember frank Hargrove. Bobby and I went to talk about this campaign coming up. He had on shorts and flip flops. And Hargrove said boy, you've got to get shoes and
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, by vocation I am a pastor. Occasionally, I have a moment of being emotional. Would you all please forgive me? I recall when I ran for the House back in 2009. And I was elected, I was told one of the first visits that I should make was to come, see you. Because you make all of the appointments for committees. And I recall sending you a letter, and you responded and invited me to your office in Stafford. It was a wonderful, wonderful, visit. We didn't talk about general assembly as much as our faith. And that was extremely important to me. And when I left, I felt as though God led me to make the right decision in running for office. And I also felt you heard me when I first visited. And I have been here for eight years, serving under your leadership. And I thank you tremendously. I was visiting with some of my fraternity brothers today in House room three. And subject came up of your leaving. And I reminded them that we May have had differences politically, but you're a good, and decent man. And people need to hear that. Mr. Speaker at the end of the day, we all May share differences and political views. What I have learned if you and every man and woman in this House, we leave this chamber, we share a commonality as citizens and also, as people who have faith and interest in family and community. So I want to say thank you. On behalf of members who are part of the Virginia legislative Black caucus, we say thank you. I leave you with a scripture. And the word of God says that the steps of a good man are ordered by the lord. You're indeed a good man. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. >> It is a privilege and I think about the people who May be watching this at home and on tv. What they must be thinking to realize the kind of man that led this chamber they can have no adequate understanding. They're continuing, I think, hearing what my colleagues are saying. I remember meeting your brother, you saying he's got a quick wit as you. And close to home for me, my son he does. And now, my daughter in law went to church with jack. They were his parishioners back a few years ago. He tied the knot for them. They're married. Jack was owe fishent for that. And we can see it. They look like it. People have said what is invisible and and you can't see that. And you had to make a tough call. You did.
[Unknown]
Not that I haven't disagreed with you at times when barking up the over the years, the kind of people that we are is reflected. There are 100 of us, plus those folks down the Hall. We get to know each other well over the course of time. And there is a variety of people here. And who you are shines through. And has become the face of this institution much as any elected leader becomes the face of the mace they lead. Sometimes we're happier with that face than at other times. I can't tell you how happy I is been you're the man who is the public image of the Virginia House of delegates and has been for 15 years. I remember a friend of ours saying you said there isn't a close third. To bill Howell. We say thank you for who you are, the way you've conducted yourself and led the Virginia House of delegates. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Smith, Mr. Campbell. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Rise for the purpose of an introduction.
[Unknown]
I was helping so. Thank you.
[Unknown]
Ladies and gentlemen of the House we're joined today by coach tammy and her husband, and I ask if they please stand. Coach appeared here with her undefeated lady panthers basketball team on the cusp of playing for the state championship. I am happy to invite her and report to the body they were successful in a thrilling 4th quarter come back that delivered the first vhsl group championship to northwood. And like you, the coach directed her team to success leading by example. And by serving as a fireless and selfless mentor registration, education and mobilization. Mr. Speaker, members of the House, I hope you will join me into n.Welcoming the members of omega si pi.
[Unknown]
Pleased to have visitors with you. Thank you for all you do in the communities.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from rock ridge, Mr. Cline.
Ben Cline
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, rise for a point of personal privilege and introduction.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Ben Cline
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Ways frustrated I picked today to do an introduction. Now, I think it might be appropriate. We're joined by the council of Virginia and I ask them to stand with bill stone. I ask them to stand, please. Phil stone is here. He has just retired as the president of sweet briar college and is going to retire here in May. He is from actually in bassett and nearly doubled enrollment during his presidency. And he was enjoying semi retirement when agreeing to step in to take over sweet briar. He stepped in to save it from near oblivion. I was worried they're going to only be three at the end of 2015 because they were in dire straits and phil stone stepped in and sweet briar was able to open during 2015 on time with programs intact. And see a 39% increase in enrollment in 2016. He brought passion and worked with distinction to leading it to better, brighter days ahead. Now, he's earned retirement with family and friends, traveling and maintaining affiliation with local groups. I ask the House to give a warm welcome to phil gentleman from from Augusta, and gentleman from stanton, and thank you.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker?
Bill Howell
Gentleman from rock ridge? Point of personal privilege.
[Unknown]
As I was trying to think of, think back on the last 15 years, it made me realize that I was the last one elected under I got to see you sworn in as speaker in my first few weeks as a Delegate. This introduction made me think when you agreed to become crisis and facing crisis. And needed someone to give it a steady hand to make sure that it moved ahead to bigger and better speaker, this institution was in things and needed you, Mr. Speaker. You have stepped up and led with a focus on faith, family, and provided that steady and to lead us on the course that we have been on these past 15 years which has been a bright one. It has been one that we can be proud of. So Mr. Speaker, I want to thank you for leading, for leadership and your honor and focus and on faith and on family. And behalf of all of us thank you to the institution and men and women who serve it.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Arlington, Mr. Lopez.
Alfonso Lopez
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, rise for the purpose of an introduction.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Today are 40 students and school. They are learning about Virginia history. I can't tell you a better day for them to be here on such an historic day. I'd like to give the young scholars a warm general assembly parents from Patrick Henry welcome.
Alfonso Lopez
Mr. Speaker, I rise for four introductions.
[Unknown]
Are they still here?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, I would like to introduce four talented students from Chesterfield school system and as I call their names, I would like for them to please stand. First one is marrow haskett, first student in the area recruited by harvard to play basketball. He held 0 scholarship offers including yale, named second team all metro, great on the court, classroom and community. He has his own clothing line and working with harvard university to have students visit the school in the future. Next, I would ask that chad Morris to stand, he is in the health and physical therapy program and committed to ryder university in new jersey. He had over 10 full scholarship offers to a division one university. And she was named second team all conference second team all metro during her time on the girls basketball team, she's been class of 2017 and espn hoop coupe girls class of 2017. And she earned 1,000th career high school points in 2016. Jed is an excellent athlete on the court and excellent student in the classroom and excellent citizen in the community. Next, cedric mccall is a running back for the school football team and has 2300 yards and 38 touchdowns and awarded channel 8 player of the week and the sports player of the week all region, all state and conference champion. Next is megan walker, a senior that committed to the university of connecticut dedicating her time to community services and has her own clothing line. She is a mcdonald's all american player and part of the usa national basketball team. She learned student of the year and espn hoop girls ranking as number one rich moneyed times dispatch all tournament team. And usa today team, rva people to watch. Richmond times dispatch scholar of the month along with other awards. Mr. Speaker, and ladies and gentlemen of the House, join me in welcoming these accomplished students from the Chesterfield County school system.
Bill Howell
We're honored to have students with us today and congratulate you and wish you the best in your future, thank you for being here today. Gentleman from Fairfax, miss Boysko .
Jennifer Boysko
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Rise for the purpose of an introduction.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Jennifer Boysko
I'm pleased to have able to introduce Reid and harlan founded the summer garden opera in 2010 along with Dr. Christopher swanson at longwood university. They have hosted the classica opera in the garden of their home in farmville, Virginia. Each year, the center draws people from around the commonwealth to the horton's home to enjoy a cocktail supper and an evening of beautiful music and under the stars. It's pk a main stay in this university town in south central Virginia, and I ask my colleagues give harlan and Reid horton a very warm House welcome.
[Unknown]
Ms. Ed to have you and enjoy your time at the capitol.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Spotsylvania, Mr. Cole.
Mark Cole
Mr. Speaker, rise for the purpose of an introduction. We have had a large group of people back home and if still around, some are probably up way I -95 now. And I hope we'll give them a warm welcome to the state capitol.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I don't rise often to make speeches, I 'm not very good at making speeches. And I appreciate you for all of the support and help you've given me over the years. And I can still remember the first time we met, jimmy the greek's old paradise diner there. And I remember you were still mad at me for winning the primary. Yeah. Maybe you got back at me by appointing me chairman of pne. And Mr. Speaker, there has been times we haven't agreed but I 've appreciated your friendship, your a man of integrity and a but, yeah. Gentleman and I really appreciate all of the help you have given me and times we didn't agree, I hope that you'll remember I hung with you on the dog bill and that that will help makeup for it.
Mark Cole
Gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Plum.
Ken Plum
Rise for the purpose of an introduction. Mr. Speaker, this morning when I opened up my social media at 5:00 and saw the news, I was sure it was fake news. Would you would -- I have lusted for that job all my life. It's been my privilege to serve under six speakers of the House. And john Warren cook was the first under whom I served and he served with such great distinction, changing the deal, I served under speaker phil pott, speaker malts, speaker Putney as well as yourself. I would say that speaker cook set a high standard for importance of speakership in the history of Virginia and made dramatic changes in terms of bringing prestige to that position between that service and your own, this were some bumpy periods and some of those we still hear about. I want to commend you for restoring that honor to the position that I realized under speaker cook and to say to you we've differed on a lot of issues. It goes without saying. I respect the fact you have brought honor and integrity which is what you promised to do when you took the job. I commend you for doing that. And you chose to up hold the position and importance of it in our history. I recognize it's not something that happens here today, but in history. And I think history will be favorable to you because of the things you did because of the fact we need to work together on and this ship brought them. Efficiencies, too it, too. We don't have 1:00 and 2:00 in the morning sessions, thank you for we also operate more that. Effectively, I think in terms of how we do our business. So I wanted to take a mement to stand and say that I have seen a lot come and go, speakers come and go. I've seen a lot come and go. I commend you for what you brought to the position in your good service. I thank you for it.
[Unknown]
Thank you very much.
Ken Plum
Gentleman from Giles, Mr. Yost.
Joseph Yost
Rise for a point of personal privilege Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Joseph Yost
Mr. Speaker, I don't know whether you're old or not but you have been in the House my entire life. Mr. Speaker, members of the body, I just want to take a brief moment and talk about bill Howell, the man, not the speaker. Six years ago when I announced my first run of the House in April, they were campaigning along the summer, kept going and going and in August, the speaker called me and said we want to support your race. And I 'll never forget that call. As a boy who grew up in Giles, it meant a lot. Serving with you has meant a lot to me. That is not what impacted my life. This year, my wife and I were blessed with a baby girl. The road leading to that the speaker was there for me. We lost two babies prior to that. One in 2012, and 1 at the end of 2013 session. And Mr. Speaker called me, one of the first people to call me. And we prayed and we prayed in his office and every time, they told me they were praying for us. For that, I 'll forever be grateful. I wish you and sessy all the best in the world and you'll always have a place in Giles when you come down. Thank you, sir.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Virginia beach, Mr. Miyares.
Jason Miyares
Mr. Speaker, I rise for the purpose of an introduction and rise for a point of personal privilege.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Jason Miyares
It has been said a gentleman is proof that chivalry, graciousness, kindness is not dead. And by that standard, Mr. Speaker, you're the epitome of what a Virginia gentleman is. Thank you. We're joined in the gallery by maurice cullen, a 7th grade life sciences teacher. Can you stand? You've seen a historic day. As you're aware, Mr. Speaker, the Virginia lottery takes nominations for eight super teacher awards. Over a thousand people get not named and only eight are selected for the regions of Virginia and I had to honor being at Virginia beach middle. Mr. Cullen was surprised with his super teacher award of the year. He is the epitome of a great teacher. We have had those aleft incredible footprints on our lives, it's been said a good teacher explains, a super teacher, and Mr. Cullen inspires and he makes science come alive in bringing in his insect collection, using community collaborations with hands on adventures for students, and his dedication to teaching and his passion, have left an incredible mark. It's a pleasure that this body on January 19th pass House joint resolution 564 recognizing Mr. Cullen for his work. Please give a warm House welcome to Mr. Maurice cullen from Virginia beach middle.
Bill Howell
Mr. Speaker, I rise for a point of personal privilege. >> Gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I planned on speaking about something different. I think in ways it ties in together well. My whole time I 've been here I served as speaker. Not only did you preside in an interesting time in terms of the institution and improving the process but I think that you've presided in an important time in united states history. Over 15 years if you think back to year 2000, on, we have had more changes in america and quicker pace than probably in the entire 241 years before that combined and as you've been speaker, the makeup of the bod yes changed. You have members like myself, born in asia, coming to the united states, becoming a citizen and serve. And people whose ancestry goes back to cuba and others who came to Virginia and came by jobs and education. You're presiding over a time when demographic changes and changes of diversity bring challenges and we have seen in other states those issues become embroiled in political fights, or becoming very ugly, and things are said on the floor of the general assembly that divide people up and I know any time we've seen bills in this general assembly body, things could have erupted into something worse, you, Mr. Speaker, made sure we focused on policy issue and not anything outside of that and have been quick to ask folks that we calm down the temperature of the conversation and example of that, Mr. Speaker is self years ago, I first joined assembly, you asked me to serve on the commission in Virginia civil war to commemorate the anniversary and I said I have nothing to add to that commission because ways not born in Virginia or attend schools here, he said something remarkable, to say that though the civil war took place 150 years ago, I 'm more interested in this body and all of us focusing on next 150 years and to do that, we have to have everybody at the table. Not just african americans and caucasians, but those that represent Virginia today. So in that spirit he' s done a great job and that is why I wanted to thank you for your service and wish you a God speed going forward and some ways, it ties into what I wanted to talk about. Yesterday, our nation marked a moment that was not a powerful moment. If you think back to what led up to that environment, we're seeing the idea of diversity into a clash, February 19th, '47 years ago yesterday was the day president roosevelt signed executive order 9066, asking his department of war at the time to do all they can do protect america from attacks from over seas. It claims what is a rightful statement that american is under attack and we have to do whatever we can to protect ourselves from enemy aliens. So the goal of the president is something I think most would have agreed with. No mention about race. No mention about religion. By the time the department started to implement it, it ended up becoming one of the largest mass-scale racial profiling activities that ever happened on this country. And we have had many instances in the past and I 'm in the taking anything away from the atrocities we have upon the native american people or african americans or any of the other aspects of racial tensions in this nation for many years but that act of the executive order signed by the president in his legal capacity that unleashed the super and awesome power changes the way we perceive the power of the government and that times we have to remind ourselves that because of the fear and the uncertainty, especially with diversity, we the people tend to go along with our authorities without thinking and questioning. So I thought about the 75th anniversary of the executive order, it's important to recognize what happened before the executive order because the of parallels in today's headlines are lessons we can learn from 75 years ago. If I just May add a couple more minutes to the statement. Mr. Speaker, in, on December 7th, many lost their lives in hawaii it was rightfully so we wanted to address that. The president of the united states issued proclamations saying japanese, germans and italians are enemy aliens of america. He had the legal right to do so in terms of the enemy that just attacked us in the middle of a world war. Problem was that decision post dates an environment where you had 35, years of anti-asian sentiment that excluded chinese americans by law, and asian americans by national origin act and allowed for those to become naturalized rights and for those that came asia, they will not allowed to become naturalized american citizens. And the german and italians lives in their community. Japanese americans were in was called concentration camps. That is where they remained for the next two and a half years. 120 innocent americans, whose only guilt is the fact they looked like the enemy that attacked us in pearl harbor. 120,000 of them, 70,000 being natural born americans and 50,000 not natural born. They were rounded up, they lost their rights and privileges and liberties. They lost everything they owned, property, and they were sent away for three years and they came back to a new home they couldn't trace from what they left. The lesson I think is that all of us have to continue to recognize that you can never judge a person based on his or her skin color or race, religion. That we need to treat each other equally. The time line of american value of innocent until proven quilt guilty. You should it also applied during a time of national security. If there are threats from coming over seas, these are signs we have to make about american second, I think, is even in the face of lawful orders, that the president and department of war imposes and implements there is that something was wrong. They stood up against that, just like we and speaker upheld principles and just kids. Institutions and our ability to hold firm on our views of what is right and wrong, there are times people do that and at least, one gentleman we know of, they resisted and found and as many of you recall, general assembly passed a resolution, designating January 30th as day of civil liberties in Virginia and I want to thank you for doing that. That puts Virginia as saying we do believe in individual civil liberties over reach and last year you might recall, the daughter of Mr. Coravasu joined us to commemorate and celebrate the January 30th of last year, and so there are some resisted. We just continued to resist if the government executive orders and others that overplay the hand of the law. There are times when justice takes years, decades, and centuries but does prevail if the government works the way it's supposed to work. And Mr. Speaker, you've done a great job in using this check and balance to governors regardless of which party is in office, we want to say this is what our job is. Check on the executives. That is what congress did in 1988. As a result. [ captioning will continue. ] see folks here with tears welling up. Don't cry because he's gone. Smile because he was. Mr. Speaker, we're so blessed to have had you. 82% of this body has known no other speaker but you, sir. Thr great managers out there and every great organization needs a leader, you, sir, have inspired many of us and to believe in with we value. For that, I 'm grateful. Thank you for for you are, sir.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Augusta, Mr. Landes.
Steve Landes
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Speaker, I rise for a point of personal privilege.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Steve Landes
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, a lot of us not expecting to have so many Mr. Speaker, I have to tell you people get up. From sensitivity caucus this is the longest morning hour we have had this session, probably and I think that speaks to you and who you are. Just how much respect all of the members of the House have. My my former seat mate said there are three ways to leave the House, you're doing it the right way. And jack would be proud and I know if he were here today he'd express the viewpoint many have. As Delegate mum said a number of us served with several speakers and I have had honor of serving with four. For many of us, Mr. Speaker, you're our favorite speaker. That is sensitive.
[Unknown]
I think so.
[Unknown]
I just want to add thanks to you for things you have done for all of us, individually and as a body. Especially your faithfulness and care and friendship. I also want to say that bill Howell is known as someone who likes to have fun. That has been eluded to. But that is part of his character and one of the things that makes bill Howell who he and I have enjoyed the is. Opportunity to drive you to various dinners and receptions, as some other members have, and have enjoyed talks we have had over the years, and I enjoyed my service on the code commission with you. The powerful code commission that the gentleman from Fairfax and gentleman from Salem now, all though, Mr. Speaker, I 'm not sure if they're doing quite as good of a job as we May have done when we're there. And I enjoyed our time together and also, as others have eluded there. I want to thank sessy and the speaker, he's touched our families but many of us, he's done that individually and personally. I know my wife had lasik surgery. The doctor was in fredericksberg. I mentioned we're going to come up and suggest where could we stay without a thought he said you're going to come stay with us. And that takes us to who bill Howell is. I want to thank you, Mr. Speaker, for the fact that you, along with others on this back row created something called the pop up awards. For new members you'll see what that is all about and that goes to the bill Howell that likes to have fun. It was a development of the speaker speaker and former chairman of the finance committee and others on this back row. And I want to thank him for that. And last, but not least, Mr. Speaker, I know all of us just want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all that you've done for us. And that has been said for what you have done for Virginia, and the House of delegates. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
Gentleman from Prince William, Mr. Lingmafelter.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I rise for a point of personal privilege.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I have been a very lucky man. I have served with some great leaders in my former career. I want to say that we shouldn't let this moment pass, Mr. Speaker, without acknowledging the stuff of great leaders. Great leaders lead by example. And we have heard that many times this morning. Lead by example. Right there. Bill Howell. Bill Howell leads by example. Great leaders understand when in charge, be in charge. That man right there. Bill Howell. Understands when in charge, be in charge. Great leaders own their mistakes. Washington owned his on the battlefield. Bill Howell owned his. When he made a mistake, he said as much and taken it on himself. But the flip side of that coin is great leaders shift credit. You saw that with george marshal who used to the say there is no limit to the good you can do if you don't care gets the credit. Whether it's a democrat, or a republican, a senior, chairman of a committee, or freshman, bill has always wanted to bring the best out of all of us by shifting credit. But the one thing that I think is most important, I found this out in combat, is trust. The guy who is next to you, you have to trust him. That is bill Howell. And I hope that this great body produces leaders in the future that exemplify those things, I will say this to you. Bill. Now we're back in combat, I want you at my side.
Bill Howell
He's never seen me shoot a rifle. Gentlewoman from Norfolk, miss Hester .
Daun Hester
Mr. Speaker, I wasn't able to give my point of personal privilege before. Now, I 'm going to give three in less than three minutes if you don't mind.
[Unknown]
We've got all day.
Daun Hester
It's been a long morning but it is still Black history month. I want to introduce to you Richmond councilman richard ortendean. He lived during the early 1800s after the civil war and born free in Buckingham County, Virginia. And through determination, overcame many obstacles facing a Black man during his era and was an excellent student, respected iron worker and his family moved to Richmond. He aattended first Black public schools in Virginia. A good student and majored in business and bookkeeping. As a young man, he married nanny jackson from Nelson County and together they had nine children and lived in the historic Black community of jackson Ward. Their marriage lasted over 50 years. Mr. Dean was one of the highest-paid employees at a top iron business in Richmond. He started working there as a young man and established relationships with the white owners and fellow Black employees for example, when a white executive died suddenly in. House resolution 427, patroned by Delegate Massie asked to take that bye for the day.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Shenandoah, Mr. Gilbert.
Todd Gilbert
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for an objection.
Bill Howell
Without objection, bye for the day. The journal shall reflect the following members are away on pressing personal business and granted leave, delegates Kory, Morefield and Ward. Are there further motions and resolutions under rule 39? If not, clerk will call
Todd Gilbert
Calendar today, Monday, calendar. February 20th, first category of bills on third reading uncontested calendar Page two of the printed calendar. Senate bill 1486 taken bye for the day. Senate bill 868 to require local departments of social service to respond to complaints alleging abuse and neglect of a child and subsequent by appropriations.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Caroline, Mr. Orrock.
Bobby Orrock
Senate bill 868 requires the department to initiate investigative actions within 24 hours of receiving a suspected abuse charge if the child is under age two.
[Unknown]
Continuing with the block, a bill for projects to be funded from a general fund supported resoirss and repeal active assembly of 2015, with a substitute.
Bobby Orrock
Gentleman from Suffolk, Mr. Jones.
Chris Jones
Mr. Speaker, I move committee substitute.
Bill Howell
Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Substitute agreed to. Gentleman from Suffolk .
Chris Jones
Senate bill 1045 substitute House bill 2248 passing this chamber on the third of February, I move we pass the bill.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1122, a bill to amend and reenact section of the code of Virginia related to applicants for public assistance contact information.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from care yes line, Mr. Orrock.
Bobby Orrock
Mr. Speaker, members of the House, Senate bill 1122 puts in place a mechanism where dss will secure alternative method for individuals who are clients of theirs so that they'll have better ability to contact them in the event that that is necessary. I move the passage of the bill.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1169 a bill to amend and require, excuse me, a bill to amend and reenact a related to enforcement of section of the code of Virginia parking, stopping and standing or regulations, minimum city population reporting to the committee on transportation.
Bobby Orrock
Gentleman from Virginia beach, Mr. Villanueva.
Ron Villanueva
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, Senate bill 1169 allows smaller cities the opportunity to hire independent contractors to administer parking violations that include harris onberg. I move passage of the bill.
[Unknown]
Continuing Senate bills, next up in the block, Senate bill 1239.
Ron Villanueva
Question is on adpgs of the committee substitute. Substitute agreed to.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I move adoption of the further amendments for House appropriations to the substitute.
[Unknown]
Question is on adoption of the amendment from the appropriations committee. Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House this measure was intended to try and bring some notification to dss programs that previously had been exempt. The amendment moved parts and recs programs. And I move passage of the
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1316, to reenact sections of the code for maximum gross weight for trucks hauling asphalt for the committee on
[Unknown]
From Virginia beach, Mr. -- transportation
[Unknown]
Member of the House, now I 'm lost. [laughter]
[Unknown]
Add trucks hauling asphalt to those vehicles who maintain an overweight by commissioner, I move that to bill pass
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1363. Requiring the secretary of -- establishing a state-wide one stop addressing changes for the purpose of developing a state-wide address database, report those on transportation.
[Unknown]
Mr. Villanueva.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, Senate bill 1363 requires the secretary of transportation or as designated to convene task force to study the feasibility of establishing a one-stop online portal for citizens addressing changes in order to develop a single state-wide address database. I move that to bill pass.
[Unknown]
Turn to Page 6, continuing the Senate bill uncontested block. Senate bill 1371, a bill to amend and reenact sections of the code. The committee on general laws and committee on appropriations.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Suffolk, Mr. Jones.
Chris Jones
Mr. Speaker, Senate bill 1371 is identical to housebill 2245. It passed the chair unanimously in February, has some additional clean-up language and I would ask that we would pass the bill.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1384, a bill to amend and reenact sections of the code relating to motor carrier size and weight limitations, compliance with federal law for those committee on transportation.
Chris Jones
Mr. Villanueva.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, this amends several weight and size provisions to comply with the surface transportation act, known as the fast act. This brings the commonwealth into conformity with these federal regulations. I move that to bill pass.
[Unknown]
Turn to Page 7, Senate bill 1494. A bill to amend and reenact various sections of the code under the transportation network company brokers. Those who reported to the committee on transportation have amendments?
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Virginia beach, Mr. Villanueva.
Ron Villanueva
Ladies and gentlemen of the House, this bill gives brokers a company that prearranges rides such as companies such as uber and lyft, the ability to preschedule your ride. This bill requires such brokers to be licensed by dmv and includes insurance requirements. Move that to bill pass.
[Unknown]
Questions on adoption of committee amendments. Say aye.
Ron Villanueva
Aye.
[Unknown]
Those motions are agreed to.
[Unknown]
A bill to enact a section of the code to stations -- with a substitute.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Virginia beach, Mr. Villanueva.
Ron Villanueva
Mr. Speaker, I move to substitute.
[Unknown]
Questions on the adoption of the committee to substitute. Any in favor, say aye.
Ron Villanueva
Calling vote.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, speaker 1707 allows any motor vehicle inspection station with two more lanes to inspect the appointments for safety inspections so long as one lane is reserved for the sole purpose of first come first served inspections. Move that to bill pass.
[Unknown]
Continuing with the block on Page 8, Senate bill 1514 is the move to the regular calendar so the next bill on the uncontested is to build and amend all related to the Virginia economic development partnership authority membership, powers and duties. Appropriations with a substitute
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Suffolk, Mr. Jones.
Chris Jones
Mr. Speaker, I move the committee substitute.
[Unknown]
Questions on the adoption of the committee substitute. Say aye if you agree. [calling vote]
Chris Jones
It is agreed to.
[Unknown]
This is identical to 7421 which passed the chamber on the 7th of February on a 95-2 vote. This is a vedp reform bill. This will put it into conference. I would ask we pass the bill.
[Unknown]
And Senate bill 1591, a 36-month moratorium on the payment of funds pursuant to the economic development access program and will go to the committee on appropriations with a substitute.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Washington, Mr. Quinn.
[Unknown]
Thank you. I move adoption of the committee on substitute.
Bill Howell
Any in favor say aye. The gentleman from Washington .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Senate bill 1591 is similar to housebill 1973 they carried here on the House side, and it will extend the time frame to secure qualifying projects within applicable industrial parts that have applied for economic development access program plants through the commonwealth transportation board. Hopefully with what's going on with restructuring, this will allow localities a little bit extra time before they have to pay those monies back to the ctb. I move this bill pass.
[Unknown]
I'm sorry. Clerk will --
[Unknown]
If we could move Senate bill 1239 to the regular calendar, please.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
[Unknown]
Bills pass. Clerk will close the role
[Unknown]
597, no 0.
[Unknown]
Bills are passed.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
Mr. Toscano.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I 'm sorry. I rise for a motion. Mr. Speaker, I 'm sorry, on Page 13, I neglected to ask the body to pass by hb1394 for the day. I've talked to the patron about this. I wasn't able to get it in the cue in the -- the queue in the early part of the morning hour.
Bill Howell
Without objection 1394 bye for the day? Clerk will continue the calendar.
[Unknown]
Continuing with the calendar Page 9, printed version. The next category is Senate bills on third reading regular. Senate bills third reading regular. Senate bill 995. Bill to amend and reenact -- the committee on education with a substitute.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from stanton, Mr. Bell.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I move the committee to substitute.
[Unknown]
The question on adoption -- all in favor say aye.
[Unknown]
[calling vote
[Unknown]
Those opposed, say no. That motion is presented.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, and ladies and gentlemen of the House, the bill as amended redefines long term suspension of students by narrowing the suspension from 11 to 90 days as opposed to the current -- what's currently in place which is 1164 days. It also provides that in 45 days, barring any aggravating circumstances, that there will be a review of that suspension. I move the bill pass.
[Unknown]
Mr. Toscano.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Will the gentleman yield for question?
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
Gentleman yields.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I've asked the gentleman -- there are so many of these bills floating around.
[Unknown]
Tell me about it. [laughter]
[Unknown]
That we want to follow you in this thing, so we're kind of trying to make some sense out of this. This one here is more expansive than your original bill or less expansive?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I would say to the gentleman, this actually looks like the original bill, which is way back when if you can remember that far. The bill was amended and the Senate came over. We didn't like that one, apparently. But this bill, as you see it before you now, is the bill that actually passed out of here by a very narrow margin in the first
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker. Place.
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield for another question?
[Unknown]
Gentleman yields.
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. So if I understand that correctly then, this what is before us right now that we're about to vote for looks like your original bill that we voted for on the House floor a couple of weeks ago, right?
[Unknown]
I would say to the gentleman that is correct.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
Mr. Orrock.
[Unknown]
Yes, Mr. Chair, speaking to the bill.
[Unknown]
The gentleman has the bill.
[Unknown]
Ladies and gentlemen of the House, first of all let me start off by saying that the patron of this bill as myself has dedicated his life to the education of our children. And I have nothing but the utmost respect for his motivations and his objectives and his intent. Y'all hear the "however" coming. However, on this matter and all the years that we've served together, I can't think of a time when the gentlemen and I have agreed on an education bill and this is one of those. I would suggest to the body as my comments the other day when we had the Senate amendments first of all, this isn't our before us. Business, because we were not elected to run our local school division. Additionally, look at the language and I appreciate the gentleman from charltsville bringing up the point because if you didn't like the Senate amendments, you really shouldn't like this underlying bill, because the Senate amendments have a more narrow focus on what it was telling local school divisions what they could and couldn't do. So understand the effect of this bill, albeit well intentioned, is every one of these suspensions, expulsions, whatever you want to call them, there are due process provisions that are attached. The school lawyer is going to love this bill because they're going to be called in for more hearings, while it does say 90 days, it really means 45 days. Because you've got to have a hearing in that 45-day period to say yeah, this was bad enough, we're going to take it to 90. I don't see anything as well, I think this takes away a very critical tool. There is nothing that we give the school divisions between 90 days and kicking them out expelled for the year. Well intentioned as it is, I think this is a bill that will do fail and I hope the body will fail to pass this bill.
[Unknown]
Clerk calls the roll. Ayes 39. Nos, 56.
[Unknown]
Ayes, 39. Nos 56. The bill fails to pass.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 997, it is a bill to amend and reenact sections of the code relating to public schools, student discipline, student and preschools through grade three on the education that they substitute
[Unknown]
I move the committee
[Unknown]
Mr. Bell. Substitute.
Bill Howell
Questions on the committee substitute. All in favor say aye. Nay? That motion passes. Substitute is adopted. The gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, Senate bill 997 as amended prohibits students in preschool through grade 3 from being suspended more than five school days, are expelled from attendance at school, except under certain circumstances which are enumerated in the code. I move that the bill pass.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Powhatan, Mr. Ware
Lee Ware
Thank you, Mr. Chair. As these gentlemen have alluded to here, they're like cats and have had nine lives. I would, again, restate my concerns about this bill and if you speak to your superintendent or your school board, you'll hear stories that will make your hair stand on any about very young students who completely disrupt a class. The most recent one I heard was from a former superintendent who described a kindergarten kid attacking a teacher and sending the teacher to the hospital. Imagine what your classmates would think as they watch a fellow kindergarten attack with the kind of strength to send a teacher to the hospital and what it would mean in terms of trauma for the rest of the year. I hope you will not pass this bill.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker. Speaking to the bill.
Lee Ware
Mr. Bell.
[Unknown]
Ladies and gentlemen, I don't pretend to be as eloquent as the gentleman from Powhatan. I certainly don't have the experience as the gentleman from Caroline. I'm not nearly as colorful as the gentleman from Manassas who spoke the other day. But I think the problem here is much of what they said, while they're very real things, are not in the context of this bill. Yes, there are horror stories. There's no question about that. But not every suspension is tied to a horror story. Represents of vea told us in committee that this is a tool overused, and they know it, and don't think for one minute there aren't superintendents around the state who don't support this, because many of them don't. Many who are trying to already start an alternative program placement for these kids do support it. So it's not a blanket endorsement that these are bad bills. If they were as bad as they've been made to sound here in the last few days, I wouldn't vote for them myself. But they're not. We're only asking you limit the time that the child is away from school. If and you get them back into school for instruction as quickly as you can. Our code already provides that you should be establishing alternative plans. Not everybody can coexist in the classroom. I get that. I've been in those classrooms. But I believe every one of these students deserves the same opportunity. Some won't succeed. Some will fall through the cracks. We know that. We can't save everyone. But we can save some of them. We can't do it if we throw them to the curve and that's what long-term suspensions and suspensions of children from pre-k through third grade do. Because we're saying we want to educate those kids who are easy to educate. We don't want the distraction of a kid who misbehaves, of an autistic child who can't adapt. So Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen, I 've had trouble trying to figure out when we've had such strong bipartisan support. I thought that was one of the things that we always struggled for here. So I 'm having trouble understanding why these bills have become so unpopular among some folks. For the life of me, I couldn't get my Head around our side of the aisle leaning on the education associations to support our argument when we disagree with them most of the time. [laughter] and then, Mr. Speaker, I had an epiphany. And the scales fell from my eyes. I was watching a reality show on tv. You May have seen it. It's called "piling on." and I realized in what I can only refer to as a gomer pile moment "shazam." [laughter]
[Unknown]
It's an election year. And so things look differently through that lens. And now I get it. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, I urge you to do the right thing, pass this bill.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Albemarle, Mr. Bell
Rob Bell
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. First time I 've spoke to this bill. I want everybody to separate these two bills. While they keep coming up together, and the gentleman from Charlottesville is right. They're not the same bill and not even in the same wheel House. The other bill I voted against was to take long suspensions for very big kids who are disrupt and I have possibly even dangerous. This is to say that if you're a kindergartner, five years old, maybe continually taking you out of school not to fix anything, not to give you a setup or alternative treatment, but just to take you out of school as punishment doesn't make any sense. Had a discussion with the gentleman from Shenandoah about how much it would provide and I had a friend in that grade range and he said what did I do? I don't know why I can't go back to school tomorrow? These are the littlest kids in the House. I'm not saying you shouldn't main stream them and that every class is great but after five days, that 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th day of suspension doesn't do any good. It takes them out of the classroom. It doesn't encourage the parents to pull the kids out. He's not here but it doesn't fix the underlying problems. We are constitutional required to give these kids an education. Suspending them for long suspensions as kindergarteners and first and second graders doesn't do anything for them. I understand the issue about local control and the need to have certain kids and say you are not capable of complying with our educational program but for the little kids, I hope you pass the bill.
[Unknown]
Mr. Orrock.
Rob Bell
Speaking to the bill. I didn't have a shazam moment, ladies and gentlemen of the House, but I read the words and I had a "goll-ly" moment. Golly! If we pass this, no child, kindergarten through grade 3, can be taken out of school for more than five days period, unless -- I suggest you look at lines 149 and adjudication of delinquencies, so they've gone through the court system and have been adjudicated delineate -- delinquent or a list of the offense listed. Understand, speaker of the House, the charge in this case, and understand these are very small kids who sometimes when they're modelling very bad behaviors at home can make some very poor choices and do some incredibly inappropriate things. And while there May be a legal process pending because they have not been convicted, five days, and then they've got to be back in school. I challenge any of you to be at the elementary school administrator who May have to deal with the parents of the other students, that when this student -- hadn't been convicted. They've got to be put back in the classroom. The intend is good, but understand the quantum difference between the existing language you see on lines 143, schools can currently only do it for whatever the period when there is sufficient cause. Which also, being the non-lawyer, but I 've understood through this process, sufficient cause means something legally. It has to be a defensible action. So here again, albeit well intentioned, I believe this is a matter that goes too far in its implications and I would suggest that the bill not be passed.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Fairfax
Bill Howell
Thank you, so much. Would the gentleman from stanton yield for question.
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
Gentleman yields.
[Unknown]
Okay. I'm confused again, even though this has been before us a few times. We are voting now on the substitute. Am I right, Mr. Speaker?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, tell the gentlemen that's correct.
[Unknown]
That's correct.
[Unknown]
Further question, Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
Are you yielding for another question?
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
Could the gentleman explain for us one more time, this is the substitute that the gentleman wanted to put on the Senate bill and it is exactly like the House version you had before or is there some other change to what this substitute provides?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I would say to the gentleman that he has it exactly right.
[Unknown]
One last question, Mr. Speaker
[Unknown]
The gentleman yield for one more question?
[Unknown]
Yes, I yield.
[Unknown]
Gentleman yields.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I ask the gentleman, what did the Senate bill do that before he placed the House substitute on it?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I would say to the gentleman, the Senate bill changed the number of days to 10 days.
[Unknown]
Okay. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
Just to clarify --
[Unknown]
Shall the bill pass. [no audio]
[Unknown]
Clerk, call it.
[Unknown]
Ayes 46, nays 50.
[Unknown]
46-50. The bill fails to pass.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1110 has been by for the day. Third meeting regular turn to Page 10 of the calendar. Before us, Senate bill 1224, a bill to amend and reenact sections of the code relating to landowner liability, recreational access, and natural resources.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Danville, Mr. Marshall.
Danny Marshall
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, Senate bill 1224 is a bill that we talked about last Friday that went by for the day. There are things -- the Delegate Sickles from Salem had a question about. It provides humidity for any person entering into the commonwealth, any locality or certain not for profit entities for the use of the recreational purpose.
[Unknown]
I move we pass the bill.
Danny Marshall
Do pass.
[Unknown]
Clerk disclose the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 71, nos 25.
[Unknown]
Ayes 71, nos 25. The bill has passed.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1020, a bill to amend and reenact various sections of the code relating to registration of peer recovery specialists and qualified mental health professionals. Approved by the committee on appropriations.
[Unknown]
Gentlemen from Newport News, Ms. Price.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen, sb1020 is a screen shot of my bill hb2095. I'll explain that to you later if you did not catch that. It passed the House on February it would establish oversight and 12. Accountability for peer recovery specialist that receive medicaid reimbursement their hard work. I move that the bill would pass.
Bill Howell
Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 80.
[Unknown]
Ayes 80, nos 16. Nos 16. The bill has passed.
[Unknown]
Continuing with the calendar, Senate bill 1021, a bill to amend and reenact regarding failure to obey highway signs where drivers sleeping or resting, prepayable arrest, committee on transportation
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Virginia beach, Mr. Villanueva.
Ron Villanueva
Yes, a great one. [murmuring]
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1021. That's the last time I 'm going to be able to say that, Mr. Speaker. Senate bill 1021 provides that a violation of a highway sign where a driver has parked or stopped his vehicle on the shoulder of a highway in order to sleep or rest is a prepayable offense unless it's stopped in such a manner to impede or render dangerous to shoulder. I move that the bill pass. Clerk will close the roll
Ron Villanueva
Ayes 82, nos 14.
[Unknown]
The bill has passed.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1085 has been taken by for the day. Page 12, continuing on the regular calendar Senate bill 1240, a bill to amend and reenact sections of the code related to the Virginia public schools. Committee on appropriations
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Staunton, Mr. Bell.
Dickie Bell
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, this is identical to my House bill 1400 which establishes the board for the Virginia virtual school with an enactment for the 2019, 2020 school year. I would move we pass the bill.
[Unknown]
Do pass.
Dickie Bell
Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 59, nos 37.
[Unknown]
Ayes 59, nos 37. Bill has passed.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1283, a bill to amend and reenact sections of the code related to public schools, regional, charter schools division, committee on
[Unknown]
The gentleman, Mr. Landes. Appropriations.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The Senate bill 1283 is identical to the House version which was 2342, which passed this bill basically authorized 55-42. The board of education to establish regional charter school divisions and only impacts nine schools across the common wealth but would create a new section of the code relating to authorizing the board to set up regional charter schools. Mr. Speaker, ask that the House pass the bill.
[Unknown]
Mr. Levine.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, speaking to the
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor. Bill.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker and ladies and gentlemen of the House. I spent time over the weekend reading this bill and it's quite a long bill. It adds hundreds of lines of new code. I guess I was inspired a few moments ago by the gentleman from Caroline, gentleman Orrock, when he said that we are not elected to be local school board members. And it's interesting, because what this bill does, of course, is it says to those who like the bill would apparently not really like what their voters choose, and don't really trust voters to choose their local school boards but would say all these decisions should be made in Richmond. And I was looking at the specifics of this bill and I noticed that there's a lot of code that's removed. If you don't like regulations, you get to remove a lot of things in this bill. In fact, section I , which is line 168, basically says except for a few safety provisions, all other state statutes and regulations are removed and all school local division policies. And section h, h gets rid of 26 pages of code. So I was thinking about my uncle joe. My uncle joe wants to have a charter school, and be called uncle joe's charter school, and he went to his local school board, and they rejected him for reasons like, he's Head of the flat earth society and hears voices and all kinds of things like that, but uncle joe really likes this bill because as I 'm looking through the code to see what this bill does, one of the things the bill does is it says you don't have to emphasize reading, writing, or speaking, which is good because he doesn't like reading, writing or speaking. You don't have to have mathematical concepts. That's good. He really doesn't like math. You don't have to include computer coding or skills in concepts of citizenship. You don't have to include knowledge of Virginia history and the world and united states history. All of those regulations removed. You don't have to teach economics or government or foreign language or international cultures or health and physical education or environmental issues or geography, mnd art or practical skills. The bill goes on and on. There's a lot of things that you don't have to do at these charter schools and one of the things it does is it doesn't require teacher training. It actually doesn't even have class sizes because he wants to teach in a stadium to 1,000 kids at once so that's useful for him. It goes on to say there are no standards for graduation. There's no standards for allows him to teach a whole bunch of things, transactional materials, for example. As a requirement for those.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
I would just say if I could finish up, that --
[Unknown]
Would the gentleman yield for a question?
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
I will yield. Let me finish my statement and I accreditation, and it actually will yield.
[Unknown]
Gentleman declines to yield.
[Unknown]
Uncle bill likes this bill but I don't. I believe in reading, writing and arithmetic. I think these 26 pages of code that have been here for decades makes sense and I trust those school boards to make that decision. And now I yield.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would ask the gentleman in the new pages of code that he referred to and alluded to that there were no standards for charter schools that on line 146, it says public charter schools are subject to student assessment and accountability requirements applicable to other public schools of the commonwealth. Is that not a standard?
[Unknown]
I would answer the gentleman that I did recognize that part of the code and I also know that the specific trumps the general in the law, and so even though that general standard is there on line 146, the specifics, which is the 26 pages of code that I was reading a very small portion of, is exempted from that and that's line 162 and 167 of the bill, section h.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Virginia beach, Mr. Davis.
Glenn Davis
Mr. Speaker, I 'd like to speak to the bill
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Glenn Davis
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I rise to speak in favor of the bill and in favor to our schools. To me, this isn't about theory or my made-up uncle joe. This is about my own experience, Mr. Speaker. You see, I helped start a charter school in Virginia I 'm on the board of governs at beach. That charter school in Virginia beach. When it hoped in 2013 as an international baccalaureate program, we allow up to 125 new students each year. We have almost 50% free and reduced lunches in that school and many of our students actually are two reading levels behind when they come into that school. It's a lottery system only and the only requirement to get into the school is you have to have completed algebra by 9th grade. If you haven't, we'll help you do it in summer school. Mr. Speaker, that charter school in Virginia beach is winning national awards and recognition ever since. The average test score in collegiate for each sol test was higher than every other school in the city of Virginia beach, including the academies. There's a lot of success that comes from charter schools. It's not just I had the chance over the summer to go to the giliard school in cleveland to work with children on the autistic spectrum. And that success has been successful as well. And charter schools help those that would have otherwise fallen through the cracks. Charter schools, we realize education is not a one-size-fits-all scenario. You need to allow children to get education and best reach their full potential. The bill we have in front of us today, Mr. Speaker, it prevents many of the concerns of those that go to charter schools while allowing all students to reach that full potential. And even the Washington post, many of you May have read, even urged that this body pass this bill and Mr. Speaker, I urge us to do the same.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Augusta, Mr. Landes
Steve Landes
Mr. Speaker, speaking to the
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor. Bill.
Steve Landes
Mr. Speaker and ladies and gentlemen of the House, I 'd say to the gentleman speaking of his uncle joe, I think uncle joe would know a couple of things. First off fhe was applying for a charter under this statute, it would have to go to the board of education, which as the gentleman knows in article 8 of the constitution, is vested with the authority to conduct education policy on behalf of the citizens of the commonwealth. This is a tool in the tool box relating to choice and those nine schools who I will tell you have to have failed two of the last three accreditation processes, cycles that we go through in Virginia. I'd also tell the gentleman in the House that the way charters work is all the requirements and the things the gentleman is concerned about are set out in the charter. That's why it's called a charter school. And it does provide flexibility, but that would have to be agreed to by the board of education and the board that sets up and is responsible for the charter school in advertently and this regional process. There are three representatives, two or three representatives, from the local division or the local government that would also have to be on this board of 8. So there is that local contact, and that is why this legislation was narrowly drafted to try to deal with the areas of the state where we are having real concerns with student achievement, and the schools that they are now in, are not serving them to the best opportunity that we can have as a choice for those young people. So just to correct the gentleman from the standpoint of if uncle joe is going to apply, he would know all those things and more importantly, he would have to have all those things included in his charter. Now, the gentleman is correct. It does provide flexibility. The reason for that is so the school can be tailored to the needs of young people that are not succeeding. I know on this side of the aisle, many don't like the idea of charter schools. President obama did, and as mentioned, even the "Washington post" which is generally not favorably inclined to legislation that I have, have found that this is a limited way that we can provide additional opportunity for the young people, again, in a limited way, but just in those areas where those nine schools are. You also have to have as the gentleman knows through the legislation, you have to have at least two of three school divisions near those schools in that area that would create the regional charter school. It still has to be controlled by the board of education. It still has a local board that will provide that guidance in working and making sure that the charter school is set up in the way of serving those young people. Mr. Speaker, I would ask that we pass the bill.
[Unknown]
Bill pass. Clerk call the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 54, nos 43.
[Unknown]
Ayes 54, nos 43. The bill is passed.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, returning to Page 4 of the printed calendar, House bill 1213 is a bill to amend and reenact sections of the code in child day programs. Substitute was approved as well as the appropriations amendment and the bill has been explained.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Culpeper, Mr .
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor. Reyes.
[Unknown]
I move that this bill go by
Bill Howell
Without objection, Senate for the day. Bill 1213 by for the day.
[Unknown]
On Page 5 Senate bill 1307 has been taken by for the day. Quarterly less bill, this category, Page 8 of the printed version, Page 8 Senate bill 1514, a bill to mend and reenact a section of the code
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, Senate bill 1514 simply adds leesburg to the towns permitted to regulate or prohibit the parking on any public highway, water craft, boat trailers or motor homes and regulates and prohibits the parking of commercial vehicles on any public highway in a residence district. I move that to bill pass.
Bill Howell
Try the bill pass. Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 93. Nos 1.
[Unknown]
Ayes 93, nos 1. The bill has passed.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, continuing with today's calendar, next category of bills before us, House bills with Senate amendments. House bill with Senate amendments, Page 13 of the printed version. First up House bill 1394 has aken by for the day accordingly. Bill before us, House bill 1542, a bill to amend various sections of the code, repeal others all relating to the regulation of service home contract providers. Bill passed the House February 2nd, passed Senate with a
[Unknown]
Mr. Kilgore.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, House bill 42 is the bill that moved the regulations of the home service contract providers from the state corporation commission to the department of agriculture and consumer services. What the Senate amendments do, substitute. They were suggested by the Virginia department of tax, and I would ask that we accept the Senate substitute.
Bill Howell
Senate substitute be accepted. Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 93, nos 1.
[Unknown]
Ayes 93, nos 1. The Senate substitute is accepted.
[Unknown]
House bill 1656, a bill to amend the code of Virginia relating to health insurance, proton radiation therapy, standard of clinical evidence for benefit coverage decisions. The bill passed the House February 7. Subsequently the Senate with amendment
[Unknown]
Mr. Yancey.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker and members of the House. This would hold proton therapy not to a higher standard in regards to clinical treatment of cancer. The Senate placed an emergency clause on the bill.
[Unknown]
And Mr. Speaker, I would move to accept the Senate amendment.
Bill Howell
Shall the Senate amendment be accepted? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 90, nos 3
[Unknown]
The Senate amendment is accepted.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 14. The bill before us, House bill 1720. Bill to amend and reenact the code with a flag at half staff or mast for public safety.
[Unknown]
Mr. Anderson.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, House bill 1720 simply specifies that in the case of the death of a public safety personnel and others in that general career field that flags will be lowered to half staff on locally owned buildings just as they are now on state-owned buildings. The bill comes back to us with a Senate amendment to add that state correctional officers of the department of corrections will receive the same courtesy and recognition. Mr. Speaker, I move that the House accept the Senate movement.
Bill Howell
Shall the Senate amendment be accepted? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 95, nos 0.
[Unknown]
It is accepted.
[Unknown]
House bill 1766, a bill to amend and reenact sections of the code of utility facilities. Bill passed January 24. Subsequently passed Senate with an amendment.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Salem, Mr. Habib.
[Unknown]
House bill 66 is a bill that clarifies what was in the law since 2007, transmission lines go through the state corporation commission. The Senate put the amendment on that we put on Friday that Delegate Marshall and others from Prince William had asked for that narrows the bill and had already passed with 67 votes. I would move that we accept the Senate amendment.
Bill Howell
Gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Sickles.
Mark Sickles
Speaking to the amendment.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Mark Sickles
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I have no program with the underlying floor, although the amendment even though we passed it on the floor, is misdrafted to only cover one county even though it doesn't look like that. That explains my no vote. I hope this will be clarified before we come back in April. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
Mr. Cole.
[Unknown]
I have a parliamentary inquiry.
[Unknown]
You May state it.
[Unknown]
Does the amendment make this special legislation? [no audio]
Bill Howell
We do something as a special act that gives a locality a special power. This particular amendment is not giving any localities any additional power. It's just giving them the right to improve these things. So I would say it's okay. The gentleman from Salem
[Unknown]
Speaking to the amendment quickly. I appreciate what the gentleman from Fairfax said. It wasn't misdrafted. It was particularly what they wanted to do. For or against it, it doesn't matter. That's what they intended to do. That carved out the concern that is the main concern some of you May have heard that is a particular jurisdiction or issue. I remind members of the body that it only exists in the western part of Virginia. It says no dominion issue. This is only the 138 lines. To the extent people are concerned this could be amended to expand that, I would just point out that it's written to the 138 section so it's not suitable to amendment. If somebody would like to amend to carve out additional jurisdictions, I would suggest they either look at the Senate bill which went by for the day today or father their own bill and I would ask that we adopt the Senate amendment.
Bill Howell
Shall the Senate amendment be accepted? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 60, nos 34.
[Unknown]
Ayes 60, nos 34. The Senate amendment is accepted.
[Unknown]
House bill 1825. A bill to amend various sections of the code to limitations on reselling tickets on an internet ticketing platform. Bill originally passed the House January 30 and subsequently passed Senate with an amendment
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Halbow.
[Unknown]
This is the one that says you can resell any tickets you want. There is an extra word in there. It's a superfluous other. And I move Mr. Speaker to adopt the Senate amendment.
Bill Howell
Shall the Senate amendment be accepted. Clerk will close the roll
[Unknown]
Ayes 84. Nos 10
[Unknown]
The Senate amendment is accepted.
[Unknown]
House bill 1835. A bill to amend and reenact various sections of the code to information about a decedent's life insurance policy. Originally passed February 7 and subsequently passed before the Senate with amendments
[Unknown]
This amendment puts in place a process whereby a funeral home can get certain information relative a life insurance policy. The Senate amendments were requested by the industry as it relates to a certain timeline they have to operate in, whether that we strike 100 hours and insert four calendar days. It will be the pleasure of the House to accept the Senate amendment.
Bill Howell
Shall the Senate amendment be accepted? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 95 nos 0.
[Unknown]
Senate amendment is accepted.
[Unknown]
House bill 1922, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code relating to financial exploitation of adults, reporting to local law enforcement and Virginia state police. Bill passed January 31, passed Senate with a substitute before the bottom
[Unknown]
Mr. Bell.
[Unknown]
Speaker of the House, this bill is consistent and identical with another bill that passed on Friday, regarding law enforcement complaints made over the hot line by seniors. It will be the pleasure of the House to accept the senates and pass the bill.
Bill Howell
Shall the Senate amendment be accepted? Clerk will close the roll
[Unknown]
Ayes 94. Nos 0
[Unknown]
Senate amendment is accepted.
[Unknown]
House bill 1998, a bill to amend and reenact code of Virginia relating to the commonwealth panel.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Prince William, Mr. Lingamfelter
Scott Lingamfelter
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. This updates the commonwelt panel and other issues. The Senate recommended that we include the state health commissioner and the executive secretary, supreme court, and the administration agreed with that as well. I would move we accept the Senate amendments and pass the bill.
Bill Howell
Shall the Senate amendments be accepted? Clerk will close the roll.
Scott Lingamfelter
Ayes 93, nos zero.
[Unknown]
Senate amendments are accepted.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, continuing with House bills -- with Senate amendments Page 16 of the printed calendar, House bill 2006, a bill to amend and reenact sections of the code relating to the Virginia fair housing law, with rights and responsibilities with respect to the use of an assistanance animal in a dwelling. Originally passed January 25 and substitute now before us
[Unknown]
This passed out of here unanimously January 25th. It was a contentious recommendation russelling assistance animals and multifamily dwellings. Since that day, there has been some difficulty in some of the specifics of the bill. Therefore, I urge we reject the Senate substitute so we can go ahead and get this worked out in conference
Bill Howell
Shall the Senate substitute be accepted? Clerk will close the roll
[Unknown]
Ayes 3, nos 91.
[Unknown]
The Senate substitute is not agreed to.
[Unknown]
House bill 2025, a bill to amend the code of Virginia relating to religious freedom, marriage, participation and beliefs. Bill passed February 2, subsequently passed Senate with amendments which are now before the body.
[Unknown]
Mr. Freitas.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, the amendment makes technical changes to House bill 2025. I move that we adopt the Senate amendments.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Simon.
Marcus Simon
Mr. Speaker and members of the House, speaking to the amendment.
[Unknown]
You have the floor.
Marcus Simon
I'm aware of the story about the hand on the arm and whether or not this will change the outcome. I hope the answer is yes and it's why I 'm up to speak to this bill. We have the chance to reject amendments, send the bill to conference and let it die there, which is what ought to happen. Because as predicted a few weeks ago, a couple of things. This bill is not necessary. We have existing laws to take care of this issue to make sure this isn't going to have any damage to any of these religious organizations with regard to religious beliefs but it does have the negative impact of really hurting Virginia 's reputation as a lace to do business and look at the economist magazine. It's a very long article and I think you should read it. Shu look around the press on some of this bill. It's damaged Virginia 's reputation as forward thinking, upper sowing, new south. We've worked hard to improve our reputation from several decades ago. We hope you will reject this, send this bill to conference and let it stay there.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The gentleman from Culpeper take the floor for question.
[Unknown]
Gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
Gentleman yields.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I think I heard the gentleman say this was not a major change in the bill, but I was reading the language and it said notwithstanding any other provision of law, and I guess I would ask the gentleman to explain to the body what exactly that means because usually, when I see that phrase, it means big things, not small things.
[Unknown]
I would answer the gentleman, my understanding is by putting this in where they did, it wasn't I guess to increase the scope of the bill. If anything, it was to make sure it was more narrow. That's my understanding, if the gentleman has a particular concern, I 'll certainly do my best to respond to it, but I guess I just don't read it the same way the gentleman does.
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield for another question.
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
I'll yield.
[Unknown]
Gentleman yields.
[Unknown]
I'll ask the gentleman then if this could mean notwithstanding any other provision of law which suggested that the Virginia supreme court or the united states supreme court ruled one way, this bill would then do what? If the supreme court came down with a decision, would it essentially trump this bill?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I believe that it would.
[Unknown]
I thank the gentleman.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
Culpeper.
[Unknown]
Speaking to the bill if nobody else.
[Unknown]
Mr. Helsel .
[Unknown]
I'll make this really quick. Some people might think this is redundant, or they say I misunderstood when I say that the governor has targeted religious charities and institutions, and the thing that I would point out is that, one, I appreciate the comments that have come to my office, that have been genuine and sincere and asked me to explain my position on why I thought this was necessary. There have been a lot of other ones that were not quite so civil but I would just point something out. In the governor's executive order, he actually makes his own cut-out, his own exception, in the executive order with respect to private child placing agencies. And to organizations that are currently contracting with the my question is, if he wasn't state. Targeting peaceful religious charities that are currently doing important work on behalf of the citizens of the commonwealth of Virginia, why did he find it necessary to make a cut out to his own executive order? It's because he knows exactly what he is doing. He is targeting peaceful religious charities that want to do work with the state to help people and he's targeting them because they don't share his view with respect to the definition of marriage. I said it once. I'll say it again. I would love to get government out of the issue of marriage altogether. I would like for marriage to be defined outside these walls, not within them. But the bottom line is this governor decided to rip open this wound yet again to make a political statement. And the bottom line is is what this is about is protecting what is becoming an unpopular view with government and that is what freedom of religion is about. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Shall the Senate amendments be accepted? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 54, nos 38.
[Unknown]
54-38, Senate amendments are accepted.
[Unknown]
Continuing House bill Senate amendments Page 17 of the calendar House bill 2053, a bill to amend the code of Virginia relating to direct primary care agreements. Bill passed House February 2nd passed Senate subsequently with a substitute that is before the body
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker and ladies and gentlemen of the House. I'm going to ask the House to reject this for 2053. This is a direct primary care bill, and we need to put this version and Senate version in conference. We think we're getting close trying to work with the administration on some language, and that is something that the governor could sign. So I would ask that the House to reject the Senate substitute.
Bill Howell
Shall the Senate substitute be agreed to? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 1. Nos 94.
[Unknown]
1-94. The Senate amendments are not agreed to.
[Unknown]
House bill 2100n5, a bill to amend the code of Virginia relating to the investment of public funds act. Investment of funds in the Virginia investment pool trust fund bill, passed the House February 22nd and Senate substitute.
[Unknown]
The Senate substitute is what we passed out of the House 95-2. I would be happy to accept the Senate amendments.
[Unknown]
Shall the Senate substitute be accepted?
[Unknown]
92-1.
[Unknown]
It is accepted.
[Unknown]
House bill 2108, a bill to amend and reenact relating to the services authority act. The bill passed February 7 and subsequently passed Senate with amendments which is now before us.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. To remind the body, this is the bill that requires municipal rierls service -- wireless authorities to allow transparency for the taxpayers who are funding the projects. With the amendment, this is the amendment that we talked about and that I promised that are going to put on in the Senate. So it would be the pleasure of the House to accept the Senate amendment.
[Unknown]
Shall the Senate amendment be accepted?
[Unknown]
I'm sorry.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, will the gentleman yield for a question?
[Unknown]
Gentleman would yield.
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The gentlewoman, I 'm not sure what the language does. Can the gentlewoman does can tell us how this bill is different than when it left this body?
[Unknown]
There was a speaker that the amendment, the other side that was opposed to the bill, felt like that gave them a little bit more insurance that proprietary information was protected. I disagree with that, but we put the amendment on as requested.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
Bill Howell
Shall the Senate amendment be accepted. Clerk will close the roll
[Unknown]
Ayes 79, nos 13.
[Unknown]
79-13. Senate amendment is accepted.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 18 of the calendar, continuing House bill for Senate amendments, House bill 2217, a bill to amend and reenact sections of the code related to address confidentiality programs, victims of sexual violence and human trafficking. Passed February 7th with Senate amendments before us
[Unknown]
Mr. Toscano.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House. This bill has to do with the address confidentiality program that we operate for victims of sexual violence, and how we might expand that a little bit to take in victims of human trafficking and sexual violence. What the Senate did was insert two words on line 56 of the bill which allows the tracking of the same two words in various places of the bill. The words "sexual violence" is in various places of the bill and what the Senate amendment does which I think is technical is inserts sexual violence into a is ekz that says victim of domestic violence, sexual violence or stalking can avail themselves of the program. It would be my hope that we can accept the Senate amendments and pass the bill.
Bill Howell
Shall the Senate amendment be accepted? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 95, nos 0.
[Unknown]
95-0. Senate amendment is accepted.
[Unknown]
Next up, House bill 2244, a bill to amend and reenact various sections of the code relating to the public private transportation act of 1995. Bill passed February 3, subsequently passed Senate with amendment which is before us
[Unknown]
Chairman from Suffolk, Mr. Jones.
[Unknown]
Mr. Chairman, I would move the Senate amendment.
[Unknown]
What you have are to do is ask us to accept them or not.
[Unknown]
Excuse me. Been a long day. The Senate amendment, Mr. Speaker, will amend the bill to provide an exemption for a project on I -95, which are the hot lanes, so they would not be subject to the new condition that was placed on the p3 act with House bill 2244. I would ask that we would I guess accept the Senate amendments.
Bill Howell
Shall the Senate amendment be accepted. Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 91, nos 2.
[Unknown]
91-2. The Senate amendment is accepted.
[Unknown]
House bill 2248, a bill to create a outway plan... Supported resources and repeal chapters 49 and 500. The bill passed February 3, and subsequently passed Senate with substitute which is now before us.
[Unknown]
Mr. Jones.
[Unknown]
Did such an outstanding job with that last bill, I 'm going to ask that we reject the Senate substitute. They added a few items to this bill and we will work them out in conference so I would ask that we reject the Senate substitute.
Bill Howell
Shall the Senate substitute be accepted. Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 0, nos 95.
[Unknown]
0-95. The Senate Senate substitute is not accepted.
[Unknown]
Turn to Page 19 of the printed calendar. House bill 2291, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code with electric utility regulation covering costs of modifications to nuclear power generating facilities. Bill passed the House January 22, subsequently passed Senate with amendment which is before us.
[Unknown]
Mr. Kilgore.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker of the House, this has to do with dominion's nuclear units at north atlanta and suri. After discussions with the administration on the Senate floor, it was amended with two reenactment clauses. The first amendment makes clear that no rate adjustment clause under this provision could be filed until 2020, and then the second amendment, which is the third cause, make sure there would be no double counting between the base rates and any rate adjustment clause filed in 2020. It would be the pleasure of the House to accept the Senate amendments.
Bill Howell
Shall the Senate amendment be accepted? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 92, nos 1.
[Unknown]
92-1. The Senate amendment is accepted.
[Unknown]
House bill 2318, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code relating to the Virginia birth neurolongical complication program. Bill passed the House and Senate amendment is before us.
[Unknown]
I'm going to ask the House to reject the Senate amendments. It deals with the birth related neurological injury fund. There are changes to the code that need to be made in conference. Mr. Speaker, I move that the House reject the Senate amendment.
Bill Howell
Shall the Senate amendment be accepted. Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 0, nos 95.
[Unknown]
0-95. The Senate amendment is rejected.
[Unknown]
And Mr. Speaker, House bill 2471, a bill to amend and reenact various sections of the code, repeal one other, all relating to the Virginia economic development partnership authority, membership, powers and duties, bill passed February 7, subsequently passed Senate with Senate substitute which is before the body
[Unknown]
Mr. Jones.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, Senate substitute House bill 2471 made some changes dealing with the make up of the vedp. I would ask that the body reject the Senate substitute so we can put the bill into conference.
Bill Howell
Shall the Senate substitute be ? Clerk will close the roll. >>ays 2, nos 92.
[Unknown]
Ayes 2, nos 92. The Senate substitute is rejected.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, continuing with today's calendar, the next category of bills resolutions regular calendar, Page 20 of the printed calendar, Senate joint resolution 295 is a resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution of Virginia by adding article 4, section 19, leading to legislative review of administrative rules. It has a substitute and the substitute was previously rejected
[Unknown]
Mr. Head.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It is error similar but not identical to my House joint resolution 545 which passed out of this body and earlier today passed out of the Senate. It deals with the ability of both houses of legislature to review and nullify administrative rules and regulations, and I would move that we adopt the resolution.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Prince William, Mr. Marshall
Bob Marshall
Speaking to the resolution.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Bob Marshall
Mr. Speaker, I would urge my colleagues to actually read this. If you look on line 17, the general assembly May review any administrative rule. It doesn't say any administrative rule promulgated in the last six months, 12 months, 18 months, 24 months, 36 months. There could be regulations on the books 50-60 years ago, back to thomas jefferson even. This allows this body to decide -- and it can be on a voice vote. There's noprovision in here, to completely do that and it expressly states it May not be subject to the veto of the governor. That surely does something to the idea that there are three parts of government and we're now presuming we're smarter than Mr. Thomas jefferson and Mr. Madison. I don't put that mantel on myself. Look at line 20. The approval or rejection of a rule. Well, can you approve it one year? Do you have to expressly approve it before it goes into effect? Can you reject it one year and then approve it the next year? And none of this has to go to the governor. We're setting up a situation of orderly government. What I 'm suggesting, anything reasonable can be done by putting a package amendment on the appropriations budget bill for one year, seeing what happens, taking it off the next this is a recipe for confusion. Year. Confusion, not constructive I urge that we reject this proposed constitutional
[Unknown]
Mr. Toscano, from amendment. Charlottesville.
[Unknown]
Speaking to the resolution.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. Speaker and ladies and gentlemen of the House, I must associate myself with the argument of the gentleman from Prince William, you know, this is a pretty dangerous slope we're about ready to go down, and the way this thing is written, it's replete with all kinds of problems that will end up in all kinds of courts over a long period of time. It talks about suspending a bill or a regulation or a portion of the regulation. It doesn't say for how long you suspend. Do you suspend for a month, a year? What if the regulation comes back? Do you have to suspend it again? What happens then? The only other thing and I know that most people have made up their minds about this bill or this resolution but I 'd ask you to think about this. The last time we talked about nullification, it didn't work out so well in Virginia. Thank you very much. I hope you'll oppose the resolution.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Botetourt, Mr. Head.
Chris Head
Speaking to the resolution. This is like ground hog day. We had the same arguments, almost exactly and I would remind the body once again, we're talking about letting the legislature decide what laws are because all of the rules and regulations have as their underpinning the legislation that had to have been passed by both houses of the legislature and signed on the governor. This just allows us to maintain the legislative authority and keep regulatory agencies in line. So again, I would move that we adopt the resolution.
Bill Howell
Shall the resolution be adopted? Clerk will close the roll.
Chris Head
Ayes 53, nos 42.
[Unknown]
Ayes 53, nos 42. The resolution is adopted.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker continuing with today's category, next category of bills are memorial resolutions laid on the speakers' table. The memorial resolutions be adopted in block. Our motions are listed on Page 20-24 of today's printed version of the calendar with the exception of House resolution 427.
[Unknown]
Does anybody want to argue removal of the resolution. All those in favor of adopting in the block what is listed on pages 20-24 of the calendar with the exception of House resolution 427, will please rise. Those resolutions are adopted.
[Unknown]
Next category before us commending resolutions laid on the speakers' table, the commending resolutions be adopted in block listed on pages 24-32 of the calendar with the exception of House joint resolution 965.
[Unknown]
Does any member desire to move a resolution from the block? Hearing none, all those in favor of adopting resolutions laid on the speakers' table with the exception of House resolution 965, will say aye.
[Unknown]
Aye.
[Unknown]
Those opposed, nay? Those resolutions are agreed to.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, that completes today's calendar.
[Unknown]
Does the clerk have any announcements or communication?
[Unknown]
Just announcements for the
[Unknown]
Just announcements for the