02/24/2017 House Proceedings

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Index

SB1144—00:00:35
SB1232—00:00:30
SB1463—00:00:50
SB1583—00:00:30
HB1852—00:00:20
HB1854—00:05:00
HB2064—00:01:20
HB2092—00:01:50
HB2209—00:00:30
HB2395—00:00:50
SB899—00:00:35
SB1034—00:00:50
SB1168—00:00:35
SB1251—00:00:30
Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston)—04:50
Del. Jim LeMunyon (R-Oak Hill)—02:05
Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)—03:55
Del. Riley Ingram (R-Hopewell)—00:00
Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria)—00:35
Del. Chris Head (R-Roanoke)—02:30
Del. Michael Webert (R-Marshall)—01:40
Del. Nick Freitas (R-Culpeper)—03:45
Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City)—03:00
Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)—03:35
Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas)—00:15
Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)—01:00
Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City)—04:21
Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)—09:35
Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City)—04:00
Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)—01:30
Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock)—00:35
Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville)—00:05
Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City)—00:15
Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville)—00:00
Del. Bob Purkey (R-Virginia Beach)—00:00
Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock)—01:15
Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)—00:10
Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock)—00:10
Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)—00:35
Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock)—00:35
Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)—00:40
Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock)—00:50
Del. Jeff Campbell (R-Marion)—00:20
Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun)—00:10
Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)—00:00
Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun)—00:30
Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)—00:10
Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun)—00:00
Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria)—00:15
Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond)—00:10
Del. Chris Stolle (R-Virginia Beach)—00:15
Del. Ben Cline (R-Amherst)—00:25
Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg)—00:00
Del. Bob Purkey (R-Virginia Beach)—00:15
Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna)—00:20
Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg)—00:20
Del. Jim LeMunyon (R-Oak Hill)—00:05
Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights)—00:05
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Minutes

Called to order at 10:00 a.m. by William J. Howell, Speaker

Mace placed on Speaker's table by Sergeant at Arms

Prayer offered by The Reverend Fred Wyatt, Pastor, Speaking Spirit Ministries, Richmond

Delegate Cox of Colonial Heights 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 Dudenhefer and Yost

Journal for Thursday, February 23, 2017, approved by the Speaker

Senate communication received
Senate bills, House amendments agreed to: SBs 806, 817, 873, 1023, 1024, 1330, 1342, 1343, 1347, 1359, 1362, 1376, 1421, 1475, 1501
Senate bills, House substitutes agreed to: SBs 951, 1008, 1060, 1210, 1234, 1284, 1285, 1418, 1430, 1498, 1594
House joint resolutions agreed to: HJRs 942, 974, 1002, 1003, 1031, 1032, 1033, 1034, 1035, 1036, 1037, 1038, 1039, 1040, 1041, 1042, 1043, 1044, 1045, 1046, 1047, 1048, 1049, 1050, 1051, 1052, 1053, 1054, 1055, 1056, 1057, 1058, 1059, 1060, 1061, 1062, 1063, 1064, 1065, 1066, 1067, 1068, 1069, 1070, 1071, 1072, 1073, 1074, 1075, 1076, 1077, 1078, 1079, 1080, 1081, 1082, 1083, 1084, 1086

Delegate Ingram granted unanimous consent to introduce a House resolution [HR 475]

Motion by Delegate Head to adjourn in honor and memory of Colonel A. Duane Fender, Jr. agreed to

Motion by Delegate Webert to adjourn in honor and memory of the Honorable H. Dudley Payne, Jr. agreed to

Motion by Delegate Freitas to adjourn in honor and memory of John Joseph Quinn, Jr. agreed to

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

CALENDAR

MEMORIAL RESOLUTIONS ON THE SPEAKER'S TABLE
SJR 426 - Agreed to
SJR 435 - Agreed to
HR 452 - Agreed to
HR 463 - Agreed to
HR 464 - Agreed to

COMMENDING RESOLUTIONS ON THE SPEAKER'S TABLE
HJR 967 - Passed by until Sunday, February 26, 2017
HR 451 - Agreed to
HR 457 - Agreed to
HR 458 - Agreed to
HR 459 - Agreed to
HR 460 - Agreed to
HR 461 - Agreed to
HR 462 - Agreed to
HR 465 - Agreed to
HR 466 - Agreed to
HR 467 - Agreed to
HR 468 - Agreed to
HR 469 - Agreed to
HR 470 - Agreed to
HR 471 - Agreed to
HR 472 - Agreed to
HR 473 - Agreed to
HR 474 - Agreed to

HOUSE BILLS WITH GOVERNOR'S VETOES
HB 1432 - Passed by until Wednesday, April 5, 2017
HB 1578 - Passed by until Wednesday, April 5, 2017
HB 1582 - Passed by until Wednesday, April 5, 2017
HB 2198 - Passed by until Wednesday, April 5, 2017
HB 2264 - Passed by for the day

SENATE BILLS WITH GOVERNOR'S RECOMMENDATIONS
SB 1144 - Governor's recommendation agreed to (Y-90 N-1)
SB 1207 - Passed by until after the first recess
SB 1232 - Governor's recommendation agreed to (Y-93 N-0)
SB 1289 - Governor's recommendation agreed to (Y-92 N-0)
SB 1463 - Governor's recommendation agreed to (Y-92 N-0)
SB 1583 - Passed by until after the first recess

HOUSE BILLS IN CONFERENCE
HB 1520 - Conference report agreed to (Y-93 N-0)
HB 1697 - Conference report agreed to (Y-92 N-2)
HB 1852 - Conference report agreed to (Y-63 N-31)
HB 1854 - Conference report agreed to (Y-94 N-0)
HB 1926 - Conference report agreed to (Y-85 N-9)
HB 2064 - Conference report agreed to (Y-92 N-0)
HB 2092 - Conference report agreed to (Y-62 N-32)
HB 2209 - Conference report agreed to (Y-94 N-0)
HB 2318 - Conference report agreed to (Y-93 N-0)
HB 2395 - Conference report agreed to (Y-92 N-0)

SENATE BILLS IN CONFERENCE
SB 856 - Conference report agreed to (Y-92 N-0)
SB 899 - Conference report agreed to (Y-94 N-0)
SB 1034 - Conference report agreed to (Y-88 N-4)
SB 1168 - Conference report agreed to (Y-93 N-0)
SB 1251 - Conference report agreed to (Y-92 N-0)

Motion by Delegate Cox to recess agreed to

House recessed at 11:51 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Transcript

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

[Unknown]
Sergeant-at-arms.
Bill Howell
The House is now in session. All persons not entitled to privileges of the floor please retire to the gallery.
Bill Howell
The members will rise and be led in prayer by the Reverend fred wyatt, pastor of the speaking spirit ministries in Richmond, and remain standing for the pledge of allegiance to the flag to the united states of america led by the gentleman from Colonial Heights, Mr. Cox.
Kirk Cox
Go Morgan. Let us pray. Lord, we welcome you this morning and ask for your grace and mercy to cover this great country we live in. We personally invite you into the general assembly this morning to make today a great day. Move on the hearts of that's great leaders today, move that their hearts that there May be no personal agendas. Instead, we ask that your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We pray for this great state of Virginia and those that are leading it, May you strengthen all of them that are here today with knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. May they hear your voice above all others. I timothy 2:1-2 says first of all, I urge that prayer, supplications, intercessions and thanksgiving be made for all people, for kings and all in high position that they May lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. Titus 3:9 says avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions and quarrels about the law for they are unprofitable and worthless. We tear down division and strife today that we May not see ourselves as political parties, but as people governed by a great heavenly father. Lord, I ask that you place your hand upon each of them in their lives and guide them today. I prayer for their health, wealth and prosperity, I pray that angels be lose to protect their families and I pray that they May come to know you. May every person in the sound of my voice be blessed on today. Thank you. [pledge of allegiance recited]
Bill Howell
The members will answer the roll call by indicating their presence on the electronic voting board. Clerk will close the roll.
Kirk Cox
Mr. Speaker, a quorum is present.
[Unknown]
Pursuant to House rule 3, I 've examined and approved the journal of the House of delegates for February 23rd, 2017. Motions and resolutions under rule 39 are now under order. Zt clerk have any announcements or communications.
[Unknown]
Not at this time, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Henrico, Mr. Bagby.
Lamont Bagby
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for an introduction. But they let the pastor walk out the door.
[Unknown]
He was in a hurry to go somewhere. I barely gave him a --
Lamont Bagby
He's headed for safe --
[Unknown]
It was nice of him to be here today.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, this mighty man of God that led us in prayer on what many of us pray is the last day of session, is none other than we've already mentioned the pastor fred wyatt. Pastor, teacher and founder of speaking spirit ministries located in Richmond. After many years of consecration and preparation, in 2009, he acknowledged God 's call to the office of pastor. Since launching the ministry, the church has grown rapidly to over 1500 parishioners with two locations in only eight years. Pastor wyatt is sought after -- a sought-after teacher in arenas of faith, purpose, growing in God, and leadership training. He's an active member of fellowship of inner city word of faith ministries under the leadership of Dr. Fred Price and the covering of Dr. Michael freedman. With the support of his lovely wife, who is also here with us today, and their two sons, pastor wyatt continues to minister in churches, conferences and seminars to teach the gospel around the world and I am so glad he saw fit to join us this morning. I'm also glad to call him a friend. Would you all be so kind to welcome pastor wyatt and the first lady with a warm House welcome. [applause]
Bill Howell
The gentleman from -- Mr. Plum.
[Unknown]
Speaker, rise for a point of personal privilege.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, as we approach the end of Black history month, it's my honor to speak about one of our real leaders in the civil rights movement in Virginia. That is barbara johns. I know you've heard that name around here recently as the governor just on yesterday decided to name the old Richmond hotel, now the office of the attorney general, the barbara johns building. That honor is indeed earned because of the role that she played in Black history in Virginia and, in fact, Black history and civil rights throughout the country. Barbara attended public schools in Prince Edward County at a time when the Virginia constitution, the Virginia constitution said that negro and caucasian children couldn't attend the same school. I think when we think back about where we come, men and women sbld together in a constitution would write in a provision like that and despite the law, the schools for blacks and whites in Virginia were hardly equal. As a matter of fact, the white children in Prince Edward County had access to a new brick school while the Black children in Prince Edward County attended schools that were tar paper shanties. You had that wear your coat in the wintertime to stay warm. If you had too many kids, you had some of them go to class in a school bus. You didn't have the gymnasium and the cafeteria sometimes was a place in which classes were held, so they were hardly equal. And that wasn't obvious just to everyday people, it was obvious to the students. And a 16-year-old woman, young woman, decided to do something about it, and so what she did is she brought together all the students in the school, quite a unique way in which she did that, Mr. Speaker, one of the students called the principal, had a handkerchief over the phone so he couldn't be recognized, to say two of your students are downtown here, you need to come pick them up. So the principal left and 450 students assembled together and barbara johns laid out the plan. The plan was essentially that we're going to be on strike for two weeks to dramatize what was happening in the schools and how it needed to be addressed. The naacp came, interested in this action. We couldn't, once it's uncovered, put the cover back on. Something had to be done. And so it was the case that when oliver hill and spotswood Robinson, the legal team from naacp, became involved, a decision was made to enter a court Suit. Now, when the students who were on the Suit signed up, it turned out that dorothy Davis 's name was the first on the list and so the case that came out of this was Davis versus county school board of Prince Edward County. Dorothy Davis, like I say, got her name on the list first, but barbara johns and all the other students were part of that Suit as well. In that case, it ultimately got consolidated with the brown versus board of education lawsuit, and went to the sprourpt and you know the -- supreme court and you know the history of how the supreme court said separate cannot be equal. And that started us on the road to desegregating our schools. But the story goes further and it doesn't end with 1954 in brown versus board of education, as though that has somehow solved the problem. In Virginia, it took ten years and 40 lawsuits more to bring about the desegregation of Virginia schools. And Mr. Speaker, I think it's well good when we look at Black history, we need to look at what can we learn from this, and I would suggest to you now more than ever, we face situations where we realize that somebody has to stand up and somebody has to say things aren't right. We had a 16-year-old young woman do that for us in Virginia. That's why when you walk down towards the governor's mansion and you see the silver rights memorial, that's barbara johns there. It's her quote. It seemed like I was reaching for the moon and at that time it was reaching for the moon to bring about change like this and that's why it's so appropriate that governor mcauliffe yesterday name the office the attorney general the barbara johns building. So we need to be able to say to our young constituents when they visit us here at the capitol, that's barbara johns, and you know why we celebrate her? Because she had the courage to stand up. And now more than ever, Mr. Speaker, we need people to have the courage to stand up. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. [applause]
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. La millionion.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for the purpose of an introduction.
Bill Howell
The gentleman May proceed.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, I know members are aware of the fact that some of the finest high school athletes in the commonwealth reside in the 67th district in western Fairfax and eastern Loudoun counties if -- and as further evidence, we have today with us in the gallery a number of folks from westfield high school, kyle simmons, the Head football coach, his daughter summer, doug euall and terri towle, the director of student activities. We recently passed two resolutions, one commending the basketball team for it's championship down the road at the siegel center last March after a 26-3 season, they won the state final 76 -- or 74-56 and game the first Fairfax County basketball team to win the state championship in 1981 and in doing so, westfield high became the first school since 1988 anywhere in Virginia to have two sports teams win the state championship in the same scholastic year. So House joint resolution 826 talks about the basketball team which won the state championship two years in a row last December. This time, however, it took them only to double overtime to defeat their opponent, not triple overtime, which it took in the 2015 final game, and as it turns out, and I think this May be a Virginia first, but I can't prove the point, the three teams that were defeated in 15-16 by football and boys basketball last March were all from the same unfortunate school, which I think might be in the district represented about I my friend from Chesapeake who's sitting right in front of me, but just sayin'. In any event, I hope it would be the pleasure of the body to join me and delegateses Boysko, Bulova, Hugo and Plum in grating and welcoming our guests from westfield high school. [applause]
Bill Howell
We're honored to have the guests from westfield high school with us today and really commend you for your accomplishments, although we know it could not be done without Delegate lamunyon's help, but we to congratulate you. The gentleman from Roanoke city, in las less sewell.
[Unknown]
I rise for personal privilege. This week the Reverend jesse jackson came to Richmond to help us celebrate Black history month. Our governor has declared this the greatest Black history month in the history of history. [laughter] as the gentleman from Fairfax eloquently discussed the story of barbara johns has moved many, including jesse jackson. In early 1984 while campaigning, people with bags over their Head started showing up to jackson's rallies. Jackson learned that these people were actually family farmers who were reeling from the economic downturn. Jackson said, and I quote, people saying about family farmers exactly what they say about unemployed urban blacks: somebody -- something's wrong with them. If they worked hard like me, they wouldn't be in all this trouble. That's when jesse jackson knew that we must as a country move away from identity politics. He believed and believes that we just engage americans as americans. It is true that our struggles as americans are not all created equal. Some of us do face barriers that many of us do not. But jackson stated in 1988, politics can be a moral arena where people come together to find common ground and build a common american quilt. He stated, and I quote, farmers, you seek fair prices and you're right, but you can't stand alone. Women, you look for equality, and you're right, but you can't stand alone. Students, you seek a fair education and you're right, but you can't stand alone. Your patch is not big enough. For jackson, each struggle is part of the whole. As stated by jameal bouie, jackson is asking Black americans to see the struggle that white american workers are facing and vice versa. This is evident today in jackson's rainbow push coalition. Mr. Speaker, I urge my party to learn from this critical part of Black history, even as the gentleman from Fairfax was talking about what barbara johns had done for Black history, the gentlewoman from Petersburg to my right was whispering, it's not just Black history. It's what she did for Virginia history. Mr. Speaker, I urge my party and people all across american politics, don't fight for people that look like me. Fight for my neighbors. When we fight for one race, one religion, one gender, Mr. Speaker, it's impossible to truly fight for values like respect, fairness, liberty, and equality. Let us celebrate our history as we are doing this month. We can even organize by our identity, but when we advocate, when we fight, it must be for our common values. Only then, Mr. Speaker, can we truly begin to look past our differences and appreciate our rich american tapestry. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. [applause]
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Hopewell, Mr. Ingram.
Riley Ingram
Mr. Speaker, I rise to ask for unanimous consent to introduce a House resolution that was supposed to be turned in yesterday at 5:00. And I didn't think about it until I was on my way home, and thank you, sir, and I appreciate it.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Hopewell, Mr. Ingram, is requesting unanimous consent to put in a yesterday. Resolution that he forgot about [laughter] as many as agree with the request for unanimous consent will please say aye. [ayes expressed]
Riley Ingram
Should there be anyone opposed? Resolution is agreed -- or motion is agreed to. The gentleman from Alexandria, Mr. Levine.
Mark Levine
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, the Virginia transparency caucus has been circulating a letter, both in this chem ber and in the Senate -- chamber and in the Senate, it will be a letter to the clerk of the House and the clerk of the Senate requesting that audiovisual recording capability be in the new gab and if possible, in the pocahontas building. I want to thank everyone in this chamber. We got a lot of signatures yesterday. It is currently circulating the Senate. I'm quite confident we'll have more than half of the general assembly. We already have more than 30 republicans and 30 democrats on this bipartisan letter. If you have not yet sign -- and I talked with many of you, but not all of you, and you want to sign, please come see me before the end of today when we will turn in the letter. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Riley Ingram
The gentleman from Botetourt, Mr. Head.
Chris Head
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for a point of personal privilege and a motion.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Chris Head
As many of you know, my son michael is a cadet at a military academy and four years ago, one of the first people we met was colonel duane fender, an enormous man with a commanding intimidating presence, but who had a gentle way about him and a mischievous twinkle in his eye. You could tell he was someone the cadets respected and admired, but more important, they liked him. At the time he was, a deputy commandant and was closely involved in the day-to-day lives of the cadets. He's known for being firm when he needed to be --
[Unknown]
The House come to order, please.
[Unknown]
-- and also had a christian mu hor. You to tell he loved working in military academy. He had come there as a postgraduate cadet and played football under their leg again carry coach red pulliam prior to his heading out to the citadel. During that year, he met and fell in love with coach pulliam's daughter lynn and when he graduated from the sit da tell, he came back, married lynn, and began his career at the academy, leading, coaching, and influence ng the lives of thousands of boys over the next 30u years. Just last summer, he is named commandant of cassettes and he was a great choice. Everybody was happy about this, but sadly this past December while serving as a receive refor a basketball game at another high school, he suffered a heart attack and passed away, leaving a hole in the heart much everyone that knew him. Over the days and weeks that followed, the stories about him abounded and the catch phrases he uttered were said in his memory, the most prevalent being this: it's never right to do wrong, it's never wrong to do right. At his funeral, there were hundreds of alumni that return to campus and I 'm told they were thousands more around the world who watched the live streaming of the service. He was a great man who quietly made a lasting and positive impact on boys and help many of them become the kind of men that we should all hope our sons to be. Now as the fuma teams take the field or the court or even enter into the arena of debate competition, the often heard call to strive for victory has become "do it for duane." this body adopted House resolution 380 on February 10th celebrating his life, but Mr. Speaker, I would move that when the House add skrourn today, it do so in the honor and memory of colonel duane fender.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Botetourt moves that when the House adjourn today, it adjourn in the honor and memory of colonel duane fender. As many as approve that motion will please rise. That motion is agreed to. The gentleman from Culpeper .
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I think I 'm going to delay a little. I'm waiting for a group to come into the gallery for an announcement. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
We'll see if we can accommodate you. Gentleman from Fauquier, Mr. Weber.
Michael Webert
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I have a point of personal privilege and a motion.
Bill Howell
Gentleman has the floor.
Michael Webert
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Monday night, our district lost an exceptional man who served our area and he served the commonwealth of Virginia as a judge in the juvenile domestic relations court. The honorable h. Dudley paine jr. Was absolutely loved by the community. To quote our mayor, he was truly a unique man and a good friend. He was genuine. Judge paine graduated from wake forest university in 1967 and completed the u.S. Marine corps officer candidate school that fall. After combat service in vietnam and his discharge from the marine corps in 1970, judge paine enrolled in catholic university law school and graduated with honors. Judge paine practiced law in Marshall and later in warrington from 1973 to 1995 and except for serving as an assistant commonwealth attorney in Fairfax County from '74 to '77, he remain walkerer Jones, lawrence and lynn until the Virginia general assembly appointed him to the judgeship in 1995. Judge paine retired in 2007. Again, to quote our mayor, he touched so many lives and helped so many people. He was a good guy and a good friend, and he will sorely be missed. So Mr. Speaker, I ask that the general assembly -- or move the general assembly today adjourn in the honor and memory of the honorable h. Dudley paine.
[Unknown]
The gentleman from Fauquier moves that when the House adjourn today, it adjourn in the honor and memory of the honorable judge h. Douglas paine. As many as favor that motion will please rise. That motion is agreed to. At this point, I 'm going to ask the pages to come in and the Head pages come up front. And if the pages come and want to take your seat, I hope you'll give it to them. Please come in. [no audio] [gavel banging]
Bill Howell
House will come to order.
[Unknown]
Before we begin our Page resolution, we would like for Delegate ransom to know that we were very moved by her resolution in celebrating the life of josh hardy, and we have made a donation in the amount of $165 to the ronald mcdonald House in memphis in his memory. [applause] Page resolution 2017, whereas we would like to welcome delegates born, hayes, holcomb, and mullen.
[Unknown]
And whereas we would like to thank you governor terry mcauliffe and the first lady for inviting us to the executive mansion for a memorable reception. And --
[Unknown]
Whereas we commend all the delegates who managed to get to their desks just in the nick of time to press the button on the electronic voting board, and --
[Unknown]
Whereas, we'll like to thank you delegates, legislative secretaries by giving us candy, lapel pens and rides home, and --
[Unknown]
Whereas wree thank Mr. J. And Ms. Maggie with providing the 2017 House pages with our special House of delegates pins, and --
[Unknown]
Whereas, we express precious to delegates Murphy and mrk quinn for pizza, delegates filly quaun, Davis, Villanueva for ice cream sundaes, Mr. Noticeder for subs from jimmy johns's, Ms. May and Ms. Maggie and Delegate is to can't for for van ten lines treats.
[Unknown]
And we thank the delegates for the special lapel pins, and --
[Unknown]
Whereas we would like to commend Mr. And Mrs. Allen, our Page chaperones, for their untiring efforts in keeping us from being too noisy at the omni, and --
[Unknown]
Whereas we applaud Delegate Albo for choosing family vacation over an iron maiden concert, but we -- [laughter] but we are glad his bill passed so if the situation ever arises again, he will be able to recoup his money, and --
[Unknown]
Whereas we commend the entire 2017 House of delegates al share basketball team for this year's impressive victory over the Senate, and -- [cheers and applause]
[Unknown]
Whereas we thank Mrs. House and Mr. Tucker, Page coordinators for patiently keeping us in line at work and we apologize that they had to continually remind us to keep and -- the Page room neat and tidy,
[Unknown]
Whereas, we would like to thank all the daegd who attended our -- delegates who attended our Page debate and for helping us better understand how much work is involved with legislating. We, especially appreciate those delegates who served as pages, and --
[Unknown]
Whereas, we thank Mr. J. For his emails which kept us well informed and for keeping us on our toes, especially in the chamber, and --
[Unknown]
Whereas, we thank Ms. Tracy and Ms. Anna and I .T. For always making sure all the pages stayed well fed and we thank Ms. Tracy for making our certificates. And --
[Unknown]
Whereas, we would like to thank the capitol Mr. It for protecting -- police for protecting us, even when we were not aware of it.
[Unknown]
And we thank the door keepers for their guidance and help when the session ran late, and --
[Unknown]
Whereas, wree thank Delegate Knight for encouraging his fellow delegates to play ball when session begins, even though only a few can hear him, and --
[Unknown]
Whereas, we pledge to next year's pages to know that Delegate watt is addicted to diet coke, and -- [laughter]
[Unknown]
Whereas, we thank Delegate bossco for sharing her glasses with Delegate Albo, and --
[Unknown]
Whereas we applaud Delegate Orrock for finally creating a noncontroversial dog and cat bill, and -- [laughter]
[Unknown]
Whereas, we commend Delegate bob Marshall for giving Delegate Davis some free advertising in his campaign for lieutenant governor, even if it was during one of Delegate Davis 's floor experience, and --
[Unknown]
Whereas, we are glad the speaker realized in time that Delegate Price wanted her bill passed bye until the 6th of February, not the 26th, and --
[Unknown]
Whereas, we commend Delegate Byron for her quick reflexes when her phone went off in the chamber, and --
[Unknown]
Whereas, we assume -- [laughter] whereas, we assume by the delegates' growls that we -- that they take pleasure in rejecting the Senate amendments, and -- [growling]
[Unknown]
Whereas, we commend delegates will, Leftwich, Collins, Landes, dickly tell, Jones, freedas and the speaker for sporting jmu hats during the reading of a resolution commemorating the jmu football team's national championship win, and --
[Unknown]
Whereas, we question Delegate Albo 's excuse to when the speaker could not get his attention that he was reading his edition of the House Page, and --
[Unknown]
Whereas, we commend Delegate ferris for captivating the House with his hunting tale concerning House bill 1900 which gave lots of food for thought. First, we recommend that in the future, rather than sending the Kilgore gang to shoot the rabbit, we send Delegate massey to track them. However, this press the problem of taking care of the rabbit and the House pages have thought of this dilemma. We presented the governor with enough carrots to feed the pesky things and now everybody can live happily ever after at the executive mansion, and --
[Unknown]
Whereas, we realize that mistakes happen, but Delegate Toscano needs to be careful passover, and -- about confusing cross over with [applause]
[Unknown]
Whereas we applaud delegates will and Villanueva for being good cb-ers by using terms like good buddy and 104, and be it --
[Unknown]
Resolved that we'll like to commend speaker Howell for his integrity and commitment for his job as speaker. For the way he gets distracted delegates on task and for his unfailing ability to bring often needed humor to the sessions, and be it --
[Unknown]
Resolved further that we express our sincere appreciation to speaker Howell for giving us the tremendous opportunity to serve as pages, and we commend him on his 29 years of service to the Virginia House of delegates. We wish him well and if we have time, we would all stand, hold hands, and sing kumbaya and be it --
[Unknown]
Resolved finally that we, the 2017 class of House pages, have truly enjoyed all the fun and comrade amaraderie among the delegates and we were so grateful for what they have done for us and we will really miss everyone and until Martin luther king day of 2018, we simply say sine die. [applause]
[Unknown]
That's it. [laughter] oh, shall the resolution be agreed to? Shall the resolution be agreed to. All in favor say aye. [ayes expressed]
Bill Howell
Those opposed no. Ayes and nays called for. Shall the resolution be agreed to? The clerk will close the roll.. [applause] Landes, collin and Greason. The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, in honor of your service, the pages have presented a contribution to Fredericksburg young life, a ministry we know is near and dear to your heart. Fredericksburg young life serves students in middle school, high school and college as well as special needs students and teen moms in Stafford, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania. We have also included a can of Virginia peanuts for you.
[Unknown]
Well, thank you all very much. I certainly appreciate it. [applause] I know I say this every year, but this year, I really mean it. This has been the best group of pages. We really do fresh appreciate -- appreciate you. Thanks for all your help. Jacob, I need to see you afterwards, okay? Thank you. [no audio] House will come to order. Members please take your seats. House will come to order. The gentleman from Culpeper .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for a point of personal privilege and introduction and a motion.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Ladies and gentlemen, if you've ever been to Culpeper, the town and especially Davis street, the best way I can describe it is it just seems like what small town america should be, and I think a lot of times when we look at it, we get caught up in whether it's the different shops on Davis street or the different festivals they do within the town and it becomes easy to associate all of that with that's authentically american. But I think the thing that really makes it that way is the people, and there was one person in particular, john joseph quinn jr., who encapsulated all of what was great and what is great about not just that area and not just Culpeper, but really what it means to be a virginian and what it means to be an american. J.J. Loves to ply. He started to fly when he was 15 years old and joined the navy and became a naval aviator. He was an advocate for the airport in Culpeper and helped finance one of the hang grs that was built at the Culpeper airport. He loved to teach people how to fly. One of the other things about j.J., he would always find ways, he had these unique talents. For instance, there was a need for braille machines to be fixed and j.J. Would use his engineering, his mechanical skills to actually help fix these braille machines for people. He was someone that no matter what the circumstances were and no matter what he was doing, whether it was flying for the navy, whether it was flying commercially, wherever he was at at any point of his life, he would always find a way to use his time and talents to be able to benefit people. And anytime you tried to give him any recognition for it, he always deferred to someone else. One of the things that I think all of us in Culpeper and the surrounding region really appreciated about j.J. Was the time he spent with a group called angel flies. That was an organization of pilots that provide free air service to people that require medical treatment, many of them can't afford the medical treatment, can't afford the transportation and have to travel long distances in order to get there and j.J. Flew over 400 hours a year while he was with this program and it is no exaggeration to say that even though j.J. Is not with us anymore, there are a lot of people that are because of everything he did. And he didn't just fly them himself. He also recognized that he needed to train other people on do this as well, and so again, typical j.J., we would bring him up and try to give him some sort of recognition for all the work he had done for the community and people that otherwise would not have received help, j.J. Would immediately pull up one of his young pilots and say, no, this guy deserves the credit. This guy went on his first flight today and I 'm sure we have some pilots in the gallery today that will say the finest compliment they could ever get is to say that they were j.J. Trained. So I would just say that, again, on a personal level, what I knew of j.J. Was that he was not only a good friend, he was not only a man of deep convictions and passions, but he was the sort of person, he was just the quintessential person within the community that anyone could go to, that anyone could get help from. He was friendly. He loved to tell a joke and he had a lot of them. He was someone that I really respected and in many respects, he reminded me so much of my own grandfather, just a man to be add mird. -- admired, and so I would like to introduce all the people that came down here in the gallery for this memorial resolution for j.J., but special his children, kelly -- especially his johnny. Children, kelly, Shannon and if they would please rise in the gallery. And Mr. Speaker, a motion.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, in recognition of the life incredibly well lived, I would ask that when the House adjourn today, it adjourn in the honor and memory of john joseph quinn jr., known to all of us in Culpeper and all of us who love and will miss him, j.J. Quinn.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Culpeper moves when the House adjourn today, it adjourn in the honor and memory of john joseph quinn jr. As many as favor that motion will please rise. That motion is agreed to. The gentleman from Scott, Mr. Kilgore.
Terry Kilgore
Mr. Speaker, point of personal privilege. Mr. Speaker, I know that you all have all waited on this day and I notice a lot of you have worn your best suits today, and this is going to be a great day. And for us anyway. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, you know, it's that time of year when we do the sensitivity caucus awards and I 'll tell you, we've been around a lot. We've had our -- you know, you all thought those cameras was on the other side of the aisle taking pictures of the subcommittee meetings and everything. Actual, Mr. Speaker, we have to confess, that was our deal. We were taking pictures to see what we could find out and filming everything to see what was going on, but, you know, we've had a good year. We've had a year where one-third of the caucus did two-thirds of the speaking this year, Mr. Speaker. As you -- one-third of the House did two-thirds of the speaking thisary from our friend -- this year from our friends in the democratic caucus, but we've -- this year, we've gone -- we've got a lot of awards and we're going to try to get right to it, Mr. Speaker. The first award goes to my seat mate, the gentleman from Fairfax. The gentleman from Fairfax is always known for being on time and showing up at the right places. Well, except this year, Mr. Speaker and ladies and gentlemen of the House. This year, he shows up at a subcommittee, early subcommittee thinking he was on the subcommittee and then proceeded to try to vote on the subcommittee. [laughter] but in actuality, tim, you could have stayed in bed a little longer. So we're giving tim Hugo the check your schedule award. [applause]
[Unknown]
Thank you, sir.
Terry Kilgore
Yes. All right. We had the pages to help us now. So the next -- you know, we had a lot of good dressers in this room, ladies and gentlemen. There's a lot of folks here who send a lot of time to make sure that they dress nice and that they have the latest style and everything and we've got two of the -- both gentlemen from Washington, if you notice that they are always, you know, really dressing nice, but they did not win this award this year. No. They did not win it. This year, we had the brooks brothers style award, and the brooks brothers style award goes to our friend who is also the chairman of the privileges and elections committee. He actually -- he actually had two of the most colorful jackets that I 've seen ever on my -- in 24 years in my service in the House, but he also told me -- and I will advise you, Mr. Speaker, that you can still -- they still have those at belk, so if you would like to get those, because they're on sale at belk, so we're giving the pop-up award, the Virginia House of delegates pop-up award, the brooks brothers style award to our good friend bart Cole. [applause]
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, point of personal privilege. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, as you know, we had a contentious election last year and -- but as we try to do in the House of delegates, we rye to come together -- try to come together and be bypass after those elections. This year, a member of the other side of the aisle referenced in debate the fact that all of us now are supporters of the president. The majority leader during a debate mentioned and called out at one point that we're all donald trump supporters now as we all support our president. So because of his bipartisan effort and really trying to bring this House together, we have for him the special award from the caucus, and it's named the we're all donald trump supporters now award. So to the majority leader, we would like to present this special certificate. [laughter] minority leader, excuse me! Mr. Speaker, that was a freudian slip. [laughter]
[Unknown]
He's a majority leader designate designate.
[Unknown]
My apologies to the gentleman from Colonial Heights. Mr. Speaker, we also, many of us have very important pieces of legislation and each year, we have thousands upon thousands, sometimes many more than we actually need, or that the commonwealth of Virginia actually needs. But having said that, we all believe our bills are important. Some are more important than others, but this year, the gentleman from Chesapeake got up and talked about one of his important pieces of legislation and he mentioned this cogent phrase: this bill doesn't change the law. Mr. Speaker, most of us believe that the reason we're here is to actually chapping the law. So to the gentleman from Chesapeake, Delegate Leftwich, we have the meaningless bill award. [laughter and applause] Mr. Speaker, one of our former members of this House was known to be quick on his feet and also an active attorney and then not an attorney and then an attorney again. But one of our members in a debate on House bill 1766, a piece of legislation dealing with power lines, talked about the fact that he knew more about all these issues than anyone else in the House of delegates and he imparted his legal expertise related to these issues regarding power lines. And Mr. Speaker, this gentleman is not an attorney, but provided that expert advice to us on the floor. So this year, we decided in honor of a former member, to present to Delegate bob Marshall, the gentleman from Prince William, the joe Morrissey wannabe a lawyer award. [applause]
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker. [laughter]
[Unknown]
No rebuttal. The gentleman is not recognized.
[Unknown]
Do you need glasses?
[Unknown]
No.
[Unknown]
I was just going to thank everybody for this. That's all.
[Unknown]
Thank the gentleman for thanking everybody.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, we're always appreciative of the members that really like these awards. Mr. Speaker, the next award I have to present before I turn it back over to the gentleman from Scott, and the gentleman from Fairfax is just -- he's been exceptional this year. Our caucus chairman. You know, during debate sometimes and when we're referring to the speaker, he's been known now apparently as Delegate Howell from the gentleman from Loudoun, Mr. Chairman is one of those that we usually refer to him as mistakenly, but obviously, Mr. Speaker, we're supposed to address you as Mr. Speaker. After all, you are the speaker, and you preside over this House. This year, one of our members referred to the speaker in addressing his bill, getting up on it as Mr. Hugo. It happened to be the gentleman from Fairfax, Delegate Hugo. [laughter] so Mr. Speaker, we have the all about me award for the gentleman of Fairfax, Delegate Hugo. [applause] Mr. Speaker, I yield to the gentleman from Scott .
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Scott .
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, you know, we've had some good stories on the House floor, but one of the stories that we had on the House floor this year came from the -- came from the gentleman from Fairfax that came in with me when he was talking about his ticketing video and how he was such a heavy metal, I believe is the word he used -- I don't know about what that type music is -- metalhead, okay. And that he wanted to go to all these iron maiden -- whoever that is -- all these iron maiden concerts and he was really into it, Mr. Speaker, as you know. He was into it and I think the reason he was into it, he got his bill passed and he also got his bill passed and it's on the way to the governor from what I understand. But ladies and gentlemen, we want to give -- and I understand, now, that iron maiden is mad and they're not happy with the gentleman from Fairfax, so we do want to give you the eddie award for your presentation on the ticketing bill. So the gentleman from Fairfax, Delegate Albo. [applause] and Mr. Speaker, we have, you know, what we call the uncontested calendar here. Well, on the uncontested calendar, you're supposed to go very quick and say, you know, this is -- you know, this is it and sit down. Well, not so for the gentleman from Loudoun. When he goes through and starts talking -- well, I think it's the gentleman from Loudoun. The gentleman -- Delegate Greason from Loudoun. Delegate Greason was so into his bill that we in the sensitivity caucus saw the seasons change over here, and it was -- it took so long that it got -- it went from winter to spring during his explanation. As you can tell outside. So we present Delegate tag Greason with the changing seasons award. [applause] and Mr. Speaker, you know, a lot of times people in this House, they don't really understand me or, you know, what's he saying and things of that nature. Well, you know, we had a -- we had the gentleman from Virginia beach, he got up and gave a moving, moving speech about cuba and it was great, but I 'll tell you, he lost me at the end, Mr. Speaker, so I don't know what he said at the end. I mean, it sounded great, but -- so we gave the gentleman from Virginia beach, the whatever he shouted award for his comments on the free cuba comments. So here, this goes to Delegate Miyares. And you know, ladies and gentlemen, we have a buffet back here in the back. You know, if you pay your ten bucks, you get your buffet. Well, you know, this year we came up with a new award. We've established a new award called the total maximum dietary load award. And it was created to recognize a member using the following criteria. The member first exceeds the daily -- all recommended daily allowances for calories, carbs, sugars, potassium and zinc, and two, can endlessly devour food for the entirety of the morning hour. You know, Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, hillary clinton once prochame that to raise a -- proclaimed to raise a child, it takes a village. But to win a tmdl award, you have to eat enough food to single handedly feed a village. In a twist of irony, the winner of the sensitivity caucus tmdl Ware has to demonstrate the ability to both exhibit a gargantuan gastronomic gut busting appetite, but also defy modern medical science by remaining amazingly thin. So Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, we give you the recipient of the sensitivity caucus tmdl award, the gentleman from Lunenburg, tommy Wright. [applause]
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, you know, many of us get occupant floor of the House of delegates and we are well prepared for our bills. We know where we are, we know what we're doing, we know what we're about most of the time. And it is our purpose on the floor to explain to other members about the legislation, of its importance, and why it's important. One of the issues that we saw this year from one of our members is that he was following along closely to a point. At one point, though, the gentleman from Richmond stood, explained his bill, and resume his seat. The problem was, it was not the bill that was actually on the calendar at the time. So that year we have a special award for the gentleman from Richmond, Delegate Loupassi, the I 'm just confused award. [applause] Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, you also know that we not only look for these awards and what you all are doing, we need to find more of an inside track to the democratic caucus because we've just not had that, so if you all have ideas next year, let us know. But in the republican caucus, since the gentleman from Scott and I sit there every day and listen to our fellow members, we always try to find one very unique situation and award that member for a comment that's made. Last year it was the gentleman from Prince William, Delegate Lingamfelter, so we always try to do this and we try to do it on a bipartisan basis, so I say so the minority leader and the caucus chairman, let's look at doing that next year. This year we have a special award. You know, we get into debates and caucuses, I know you all do on things and sometimes we try to have what I would consider oneupmanship and this year we had a debate between the gentleman from Northampton -- Accomack, Delegate Bloxom, and the gentlemen from Henrico, Delegate massey, and they got into a debate about whose accountant was more accurate and more likely to be accurate than the other. So this year, we have a special award in that caucus debate on titled the my cpa can beat up your cpa award, so the gentleman from Henrico, Delegate massey, this special caucus award. [applause] Mr. Speaker, as you know, we've had a lot of bills dealing with dogs, hunting, all sorts of things. This year, though, Delegate edmonds had a very unique piece of legislation. For the ladies that hunt, it will be a very special legislation if the governor signs the bill and we hope he does. For the first time since blaze Orange was put in place by this House and the Senate and signed by the governor for protection of our hunters in the woods, we are now going to have blaze pink, which we think is very special. And I 'm sure the gentleman, Delegate edmonds agrees with that. So this year, we wanted to give him a special award for his sensitivity in this issue trying to make sure that the ladies that go out in the woods and hunt have a special color now other than blaze Orange, and so for the blaze pink bill, we wanted to provide Delegate edmonds the hunting diversity award. [applause] [captioning will resume shortly]. You know that sometimes we cannot hear on the House floor what members are addressing, but this [applause]
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, this is the one word I told the gentleman from Scott, I really wanted to -- the one award I really wanted to present. As both the gentleman from Scott and I represent rural parts of Virginia. Rural. And we have one special man from another rural part of the commonwealth of Virginia who gave an extraordinary speech on this floor. Mr. Speaker, you are very [laughter] familiar with that speech.
[Unknown]
And that speech May have added to the demise of a certain piece of legislation. But having said that, and I think my -- in I think my 24 years in the House, 22 years in the House, and over the years that I have been at general assembly sessions for 28 sessions I don't think I have ever seen a more eloquent, more direct, more funny, and to the debate more cogent speech than the gentleman Delegate matt Fariss presented on the floor. So this year we wanted to present and I think this probably rivals the stories that former Senator Madison marie would tell about uncle billy in the Senate for those that May be familiar with that. This is and we will have a special uncle billy Madison marie award. We present the story time with uncle matt award to Delegate matt Fariss. [applause]
[Unknown]
All right. Mr. Speaker, I get to do two more and then I get to turn it back over to the gentleman from Scott. Mr. Speaker, we all know and actually this was referenced by they've paid attention and we paid attention. The pages. There is a certain gentlewoman who has a real I think the pages dae scribed pagesdae scribed it as an -- dae described it as an addiction to a certain beverage and we wanted to present to Delegate vivian Watts a special recognition and special award for her deice to constantly have diet cokes and we believe that now she will have to go to 7-eleven and can fill up the double gulp cup we wanted to present to her for her desire to have the diet cokes. The big gulp award to Delegate vivian Watts. [applause] but, Mr. Speaker, that wasn't enough. You know, we do pay attention even late in the session. And just this week, just this week, in a debate related to sanctionary cities, Delegate Watts talked about Dr. Seuss so we wanted to also make sure for her efforts to defend her position and to make us aware of the arguments related to sanctionary cities on her position related to Delegate Poindexter 's bill we wanted to make sure we presented a special the Dr. Seuss award to the gentlewoman from Fairfax. [applause]
Bill Howell
And Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, we also had a lot of as we were getting the same Senate bill over back and forth and everybody started using different words redundant, and copy cats and the gentleman from Prince William, Delegate Anderson started that so we came up with the redundancy award and that will go to Delegate rich Anderson. [applause]
[Unknown]
And we all come from proud communities and love the history of our community and love to get on the floor and talk about how freight great our community is. The gentleman from pittslyvania, I think he went through the entire history of pittslyvania county. We would like to give Delegate led a tams the his tore -- Adams the history channel award. And Mr. Speaker when I was a kid I also used to listen and watch gomer pyle and I never in my life thought I would hear a quote from gomer pyle on the floor. The gomer pyle award goes to Delegate bobby Orrock. Now getting to some good ones. One thing that we were really concerned about this year and really sad and shared, you know, our condolences with the governor, you know, his chicken died. A lot of you know that his chicken died. I wanted to give this to Delegate Toscano to make sure that you get this to the governor, the expired chicken award to the governor so we can have that. We also have another award for the governor. You know, this election was surprising in a lot of ways. You know, a lot of us a lot of us probably on this side thought that the election would turn out different but it didn't. And a lot of bags were probably packed in the Patrick Henry building and a lot of folks were interested in it going to visit the white House. But all that fell through. But, being the kind people we are in the sensitivity caucus weigh desaided if the governor cannot -- we decided since the governor cannot go now we found the lincoln bedroom towel that we would like to give to the governor so that. [applause]
[Unknown]
We are calling this the motel 1600 award. [laughter]
Bill Howell
So if the gentleman from Charlottesville could see that the governor gets this. And we would appreciate it. [applause]
[Unknown]
And finally, the award that everybody has been waiting on, Mr. Speaker. The pop-up award. The award that you know, we choose teams and these pop-up awards are given to that individual who pops up on a bill that is not their own just so we can gain their knowledge on the bill. Well, this award -- this year's award the award winner, he did a great job, he almost surpassed past award winners like the gentleman from prince Williams, the former gentleman -- the gentleman, Delegate morrisey who served here from Richmond. He almost beat, almost set the records. But not hardly. But in the -- [laughter]
[Unknown]
But, Delegate Simon is this year's pop-up award winner for making sure that we had all your knowledge on all these bills that came before us. So Delegate marcus Simon. [applause]
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker. We would be remiss if we didn't have a special recognition today. Since you announced your retirement at the beginning of the week, we decided that the sensitivity caucus, those are us that are members and you probably don't know who we are except for Delegate Scott and I, but we are there and as you know, Mr. Speaker you were one of the original members of the sensitivity caucus and developed the pop-up award. So we wanted to recognize you in a special way. And we have two gifts for you, Mr. Speaker. First, we are going to award you the sensitivity caucus emeritus award. This is the first one that we believe has been presented to any member, former member of the sensitivity caucus. And, Mr. Speaker, because of your bill, House bill 1900, that, by the way, Mr. Speaker, I for. Would remind you that I voted [laughter]
Bill Howell
And the gentleman from Scott did as well. Being loyal members of the sensitivity caucus, we did think, though, and it was suggested to us by another member whose name who will no nameless at this point, we wanted to also make sure in your retirement as you are thinking about hunting dogs with sessie, at the river, that you would have this wonderful blanket of hunting dogs. [laughter]
Bill Howell
So, Mr. Speaker, with your permission, the gentleman from Scott and I would like to come up and present to the dais these gifts. [applause] [no audio]
[Unknown]
This is better than a painting. Undo the blanket. Need help? [laughter]
[Unknown]
I'm not coming back. [laughter] oh, wait. Here's a dog. [applause] it is really quite a nice blanket. I appreciate that. And, of course, this will be framed in a prom intercept prominent place. I don't have any other things like this. Thank you all very much. Thank you. [no audio] kind of embarrassing that this happened while we had a distinguished visitor to the gallery but we do indeed, governor lynnwood holton is in the back and we are glad to have you here with us today. [applause]
[Unknown]
Governor, things have just gone to pot since you left. [laughter] does the clerk have any moves or -- I guess you don't have any moves. How about any -- if you get a by for the day.
[Unknown]
One by for the day on Page 6. Page 6 of the printed calendar. House bill 2264 has been requested to be taken by for the day. Shenandoah.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from
[Unknown]
And I so move, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Without objection, by for the day.
[Unknown]
The journal shall reflect that the following members are away on pressing personal business and granted leave for today. Dudenhefer, Peace and Yost. Oh, Peace is here.
[Unknown]
Just arrived.
[Unknown]
Yeah, but he's late. [laughter]
Bill Howell
Are there any further motions or -- the gentleman from Henrico, Mr. Bagby.
Lamont Bagby
I raise for introduce.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Lamont Bagby
I was not going to -- I apologize to this group and told them that I could not introduce them today but they sat through this whole thing and so I 'm going to have to make a visit to their cal and school and explain all of this to them at some point. Today joining us in the gallery the students waving with the beautiful smiles from Richmond prep. So if you all would be so kind to join me. [applause]
[Unknown]
We are delighted to have the students with us today. All I can say is it is usually not in this serious down here but you hit a good time.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Shenandoah .
[Unknown]
Rise for an announcement.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Most of you have seen the folder floating around with money in it which is a tip for the food staff in the members' lounge. We have con colloquy consolidated two of those things into one. If you have not yet donated we made sure to check off everybody. So for the remaining potential sensitivity caucus shaming of those who did not tip the food staff award the Delegate from Scott will have the envelope at his desk for anybody who has not yet contributed. Thank you very much.
[Unknown]
Further motions or resolutions under rule 39? If not, the clerk will call the calendar.
[Unknown]
For today, Friday, February 24, 2017. The first category, mellial memorial restitution las vegas to be las s listed on Page and 2.
[Unknown]
Does any member deice to remove a resolution from the block? Hearing none. All those in favor of adopting in block the memorial las restitution las resolutions listed on pages 1 and 2 son the calendar shall please rise. The resolutions are agreed to.
[Unknown]
Continuing with the calendar. Page of the printed versions. Commending resolutions laid on the speaker's table. The commending restitution las vegas to be adopted in block listed in pages 2-4 of the printed version.
[Unknown]
Does any member desire to remove a resolution from the block. Hearing none, all those in favor of adopting in a block the acommending resolution listed as many as favor that motion say aye, those opposed no. The resolutions are agreed to.
[Unknown]
House bills vetoed by the governor. Page 4. House bill 1432 taken by until April 5. Similarly, on Page 5, House bill 1578 and 1582 taken by until April 5. Page 6. House bill 2198 taken by until April 5 and House bill 2264 vetoed by the governor taken by for today. The next category of bills on Page 7 of the printed version. Senate bills with recommendations by the governor. Senate bills with recommendations by the governor. Senate bill 1144 an act to amend code. And reenact a section of the the bill pass the the House previously and subsequently was amended by the governor and the governor's recommendations are before the body.
Bill Howell
Anybody in a position -- the gentleman from Accomack, Mr. Bloxom.
Rob Bloxom
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. This just clarifies when it goes to a homeowner's association just notice of the oyster grounds just needs to go to the governing body.
[Unknown]
Shall the governor's recommendation be agreed to? The clerk will close the roll.
Rob Bloxom
Ayes 90, nos 1.
[Unknown]
Ayes 90, nos 1. The governor's recommendation is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Next up, Senate bill 1207. A bill to amend and reenact sections of the code related to personal delivery devices. Pass the House and subsequently amended by the governor and the governor's recommendations are before the body.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Hugo.
Tim Hugo
Mr. Speaker, could this bill go by until after the recess, the first recess?
Bill Howell
Without objection, by until after the first recess.
Tim Hugo
Continuing with Senate bills with recommendations by the governor, Page 8 of the printed calendar. Senate bill 1232 an act to amend and reenact sections of the code and the acts of assembly of 2016 relating to prescriptions of open idea limit. The bill previously passed the House and the governor has subsequently offered recommendations and his amendment is before the body.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Hugo.
Tim Hugo
Adept cal to House bill 1885 which passed unanimously. Like Wise the amendment simply extends the sunset from 2019 until 2022. I hope it would be the will of the body to accept the governor's amendment.
[Unknown]
Shall the governor's amendment be accepted? The clerk will close the roll.
Tim Hugo
Ayes 93, nos 0.
[Unknown]
The governor's amendments are accepted.
[Unknown]
Continuing on Page 8. Senate bill 1289 is an act to amend and reenact a section of the code relating to qualified projects of natural gas utilities investments in eligible infrastructure. The bill previously passed both bodies and the governor has recommended amendments and those amendments are before the body.
[Unknown]
Mr. Morefield.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker and members of the House, Senate bill 1289 is similar to a bill I introduced that increases the exemption to limit the ability to limit infrastructure development costs incurred by natural gas utilities for qualifying projects. The governor's amendment would include all qualifying natural gas utilities state wade notwide not just in the coalfield region. I hope it would be the will of the body to adopt the governor's recommendations.
Bill Howell
Shall the governor's recommendations be accepted? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 92, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 92, nos 0. The governor's recommendations are accepted.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1463 an act to amend and reenact a section of the code related to the Virginia tobacco region revolving fund definition of projects. The bill previously passed both bodies. The governor offered recommendations and the governor's amendments are before the body.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Scott, Mr. Kilgore.
Terry Kilgore
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, I would ask that we accept the governor's substitute. The substitute clearly defines the type of project that the tobacco commissions resolving fund can loan money to fund -- can loan money to. I hope it would be the pleasure of the House to adopt the substitute.
Bill Howell
Shall the governor's recommendations be accepted? The clerk will close the roll.
Terry Kilgore
Ayes 92, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 92, nos 0. The governor's recommendations are agreed to.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 9 of the calendar. Printed version. Next up is Senate bill 1583. An act to amend and reenaccepted a section of the code relating to teacher licensure, career and technical education certain local waivers. Previously pass both bodies and went to the governor and he offered amendments and those amendments are before the body.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Hugo.
Tim Hugo
May this bill go by until after the first recess.
[Unknown]
Without objection, by until after the first recess.
Tim Hugo
Mr. Speaker, continuing with today's calendar. Page 9 going forward, a variety of all of the bills category of House bills in conference. We have approximately left just about a dozen bills to work through. First up. On Page 10 of the printed calendar. A conference report has been received for House bill 1520. Patronned by Delegate Knight. House bill 1520 is a bill to seek an exemption from the federal rae formulated gas lean program for gasoline sold for farm use. The bill -- the conference report is before the body.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Virginia beach, Mr. Knight.
Barry Knight
The Senate acceded. They went our way so I move that we accept the conference report.
Bill Howell
The question is on the acceptance of the conference report. Shall the conference report be adopted? The clerk will close the roll.
Barry Knight
Ayes 93, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 93 is no, 0. The conference report is adopted.
[Unknown]
Turning forward to Page 13 of the printed calendar. Page 13. The conference report has been received for Delegate Marshall of Danville. His bill House bill 1697. That is a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code in the acts of assembly 2013 related to the extension of certain approvals. The conference report is before the body.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Danville, Mr. Marshall.
Danny Marshall
Thank you Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, House bill, the again and assembly passed legislation without aah lotting to preserve the land use plans. In bill passed the House 24-2. What you have before us in the conference report is exactly what passed on February 7. I move we pass the conference wort.
Bill Howell
Shall the conference report be adopted? The clerk will close the roll.
Danny Marshall
Ayes 92, nos 2.
[Unknown]
Ayes 92, nos 2. The conference report is adopted.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 15. Conference report for Delegate Gilbert 's House bill 1852. That is a bill to amend and reenact sections of the code carrying concealed handguns protective orders. The conference report has been distributed, it is available onlin and before the body.
[Unknown]
The conference report is in the same posture as the House bill when it left the House. And I would just ask you to vote accordingly so I would move that the conference report be adopted.
[Unknown]
Shall the conference report be adopted?
[Unknown]
The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 63, nos 31.
[Unknown]
Ayes 63, nos 31. The conference report is adopted.
[Unknown]
Rye maining on Page -- remaining on Page 15, conference report has also been received by Delegate Gilbert. House bill 1854. A bill to amend and reenact a variety of sections of the code relating to lobbyists reporting the state and local government conflict of interest act and general assembly conflict of interest act and civil penalties, technical amendments. Has emergency clause on. The conference report has emergency clause within it and distribute the and available online and the conference report is available before the body.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Shenandoah, Mr. Gilbert.
Todd Gilbert
This is the ethics clean up bill for this year. The conference report is like Wise in the same posture as the bill when it left the House and I would move that the conference report be adopted.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Charlottesville, Mr. Toscano.
David Toscano
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Question? Will the gentleman yield for a
[Unknown]
Does the gentleman yield?
David Toscano
I yield.
[Unknown]
The gentleman yields.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I asked gentleman, I got a copy of the letter that the governor sent to leadership and I don't snow that you had received it about this bill. Did you receive that letter?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I received a similar inquiry yesterday and noted to the reporter who was inquiring about it that I did see the governor's letter about this important topic well after we had agreed on the conference report. And, suggested to the reporter that the timeliness of the better was questionable. But yes, I saw it after we agreed to the report.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, will the gentleman yield for a question?
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield for a question?
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
I don't know when these things are conferred. This says February 23. I don't even know what day it is today. Be that as it May, has the gentleman had an taunt to lack at the concerns raised by the governor's office? We go through a process and the bill will go to the governor and May tweak it or not. Had a chance to take a lack at the concerns and does he -- does he feel that seem of these things might be legitimate?
[Unknown]
I had a chance to look at it. I did not have a chance to full play absorb and think critically about the governor's thoughts because of the timeliness issue regarding the letter and the fact we had already agreed on the conference report. And, I would suggest to the gentleman and to the third floor that certainly if the governor has concerns about that he can weigh in on them as is his prerogative. But what I saw, I do take issue with some of the logic that is embodied in the letter. And further more, Mr. Speaker, I -- I would welcome the opportunity to have -- to either myself or those who fully understand this issue to brief the governor's office on maybe why they don't fully understand those issues.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Speaking briefly to the conference report the gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, as we well know this is a process that we go through and alodge the way in the process people identify certain things that might improve a bill and what I 'm hearing from the gentleman is he is always interested in hearing from the governor's office or any other concerns that people have and I hear him say that he is open to reasonable recommendations that might make sense and, of course, if he didn't think they would make sense he would object to them if the governor puts recommendations on the bill. And with that, I would suggest that we vote for the conference report and it to the governor and if he has some reasonable requests we will consider them and perhaps incorporate them in the bill.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Shenandoah .
[Unknown]
Speaking to the conference report.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
The gentleman, as is generally the case, kindly and eloquently explained my willingness to work with the governor's office on this or anything else. My frustration in not stating my position as well as the gentleman did is borne of the fact we have been working on this bill for the entire session. The concepts embodied in the bill are not new and the concepts embodied in the conference report are not new and it wasn't until yesterday that the governor's office took exception with a couple aspects of the bill. They are very busy just lake we are very busy but I am willing to hear any legitimate concern and would welcome any opportunity to disabecause abuse the governor's office about any concerns.
Bill Howell
Shall the conference report be adopted? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 94, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 94, nose nos 0. The conference report is adopted.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 18. Of the printed calendar. Delegate mullins, House bill 2064 received a conference report for that measure. It is a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code relating to assault and battery against a family or household member eligible for first time offender status. The conference report distributed and available online and before the body.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Newport News, Mr. Mullins.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. This is to prevent violent felons for being able to avail from the first offender status without the approval of of the commonwealth. Ran back and forth to make sure that everything was in order and I would ask that the conference report be adopted.
[Unknown]
Shall the conference report be adopted.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
I'm sorry, the gentleman from Fairfax .
[Unknown]
Yield for a yes, please?
[Unknown]
Does the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
I do yield.
[Unknown]
Can you explain what the settlement was?
[Unknown]
There was question on our side of the aisle as to whether or not we need to clarify the language. It was originally one sentence and now broken into two clauses, a and b.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
Yield for another question.
[Unknown]
Does the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
The gentleman yields.
[Unknown]
Can you start from the bebeginning and explain it to me because I have no idea what you just said.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker I would say that the bill originally was in one sentence and stated that if you were a previously convicted violent felon that you would not be eligible for first offender status without the approval of the commonwealth. This now says that exact same thing but does it in two clauses instead of one.
[Unknown]
Okay. Is thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Shall the conference report be adopted? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 92, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 92, nos 0. The conference report is adopted.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, returning to Page 16. Backing up to Page 16. Conference report has been received for Delegate Campbell 's House bill 926 -- 1926 a a bill to amend and reenact sections of the code relating lating to alcoholic beverage control definition of municipal golf course exemption from food sales requirements for mixed beverage licensees located on the premises of and operated on a municipal golf courses.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Smith, Mr. Campbell.
Jeff Campbell
Thank you, is dollars. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, many -- thank you, Mr. Speaker. Many of you recall this provided for exemption for the town of marian abc license in regards to the operations at their municipal golf course. In conference, we effectively established that was a mandatory exemption and not discretionary. I hope it would be the pleasure of the body to approve the conference report.
Bill Howell
Shall the conference report be adopted? The clerk will close the roll.
Jeff Campbell
Ayes 85, nos 9.
[Unknown]
Ayes 85, nos 9. The conference report is adopted.
[Unknown]
Going ahead to Page 18 of the printed calendar. A conference report has been received for Delegate LaRock 's House bill 2092. That is a bill to amend and reenact two sections of the code relating to an am placation for public assistant review of records. The conference report distributed, available online and before the body.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Loudoun, Mr. Larock.
Dave LaRock
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The conference report removed the clause given that the bill is funded in the budget and I hope that we will move to accept the conference report.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker.
Dave LaRock
The gentleman from Charlottesville, Mr. Toscano.
David Toscano
Will the gentleman yield for a yes?
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
David Toscano
I will.
[Unknown]
I ask the gentleman can he explain to us what this bill does?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Charlottesville. The bill proposes an initiative that would instruct the department of social services to investigate public service -- public assistance applications looking for fraudulent applications and focus on employment, death records, lottery records and a couple of other categories.
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield for a question?
[Unknown]
I will.
[Unknown]
The gentleman yields.
[Unknown]
I sort of remember this is the check the lottery winnings bill and I guess my question is in the conference report does it include a requirement that before an eligibility determination is made the dss will have to check the lottery records to make sure people haven't won any money that would disqualify them from benefits. Is that still in the bill in the conference report?
[Unknown]
It would check the records to see if they have won any lottery money, yes.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
[Unknown]
Shall the conference report be adopted?
Bill Howell
I'm sorry. The gentleman from Fairfax .
Bill Howell
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I just want to speak to the bill, conference report. And maybe answer the gentleman from albermarle's question.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
[Unknown]
It bill does draw down federal money to help do it. My understanding from the department of social services is they do everything in this bill already except to you read this list the checking the lottery and there is money in there to set up software to make sure a lottery winner does not get on medicaid. That is what it does. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Bill Howell
Shall the conference report be adopted? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 62, nos 32.
[Unknown]
Ayes 62, nos 32. The conference report is adopted.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 19. Page 19 of the printed calendar. Conference report received for Delegate O'Bannon 's House bill 2209. It is a bill to amend and reenact sections of the code relating to the emergency department care card nation program. The conference report distributed, available online and before the body.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Henrico, Mr. O'bannon.
John O'Bannon
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I hope we will adopt the conference report. A bill on each side. Funded in the budget. The that the Senate bill passed and is on the governor's desk. The Senate saw fit to put a report on this one and waste our time. I hope we will adopt the conference report.
[Unknown]
Shall the conference report be adopted? The clerk will close the roll.
John O'Bannon
Ayes 94, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 94 94 nos 0. The conference report is adopted.
[Unknown]
Turning forward to Page 21 of the printed calendar. Conference report has been received for Delegate Leftwich 's House bill 2282.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Caroline, Mr. Larock?
Dave LaRock
May that bill go by until the secondary calendar?
[Unknown]
By until after the first recess.
Dave LaRock
Continuing with the la are to Page 22. Page 22. Delegate Stolle has submitted a conference report for his bill, House bill 2318 a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code relating lating to the Virginia birth related neurological injury compensation program. The conference report distributed, available online and before body.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Virginia beach, Mr. Stolle.
Chris Stolle
Thank you, House bill 238 removes conflicting language in the code relating lating to the fund. The conference report is identical to the bill passed by the House except that the conference report includes delay 9 enactment clause making it effective on January, 2018. Mr. Speaker, I move the conference report be adopted.
Bill Howell
Shall the conference report be adopted? The clerk will close the roll.
Chris Stolle
Ayes 93, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 93, nos 0. The conference report is adopted.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, turning to Page 23. The next Page. Conference report for Delegate Cline 's House bill 2395 has been received. A bill to amend and reenact sections of the code relating to public schools reading specialist dyslexia advisor. The conference report distribute the, available online and before the body.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Rockbridge, Mr. Cline.
Ben Cline
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen of the House this specified in school districts where there was a readinged a advocacyor that an individual shall act as a resource for questions by saw it dents or parents, teachers about dyslexia. The Senate version was a little bit more specific about the type of training that was to be received by thed a advisor. We decided that was appropriate so we adopted the Senate language. I hope it would be the pleasure of the body to adopt the conference report.
Bill Howell
Shall the conference report be adopted? The clerk will close the roll.
Ben Cline
Ayes 92, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 29, nos 0. The conference report is adopted.
[Unknown]
The next category which we have received conference reports about a half dozen. The cal is Senate category is Senate bill is and Senate joint resolutions in conference. Turning ahead to Page 26 of today's printed calendar. Page 26. Conference report has been bill to amend and reenact received for Senate bill 856, a sections of the code relating to dogs and cats lifetime licenses. The conference report distributed, available onlane, and before the body.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Caroline, Mr. Orrock.
Bobby Orrock
This is the counter part to the bill we accepted the House conference report on yesterday. I move the adoption of the conference report.
Bill Howell
Shall the conference report be adopted? The clerk will close the roll.
Bobby Orrock
Ayes 92, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 92, nos 0. The conference report is adopted.
[Unknown]
Continuing on Page 26. Conference report has been received for Senate bill 899 with Delegate Knight as the lead conferee. Senate bill 899 is a bill tisicks an exemption from the federal reformulated gasoline program for gasoline for farm use. The conference report has been distributed, available online and before the body.
[Unknown]
Is the same as my House bill 1820 which we just approved a conference report on a couple of minutes ago. It allows ethanol free gas to be used on farms and the conference report says it would be for on farm delivery. I move that the conference report be adopted.
Bill Howell
Shall the conference report be adopted? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 94, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 94, nos 0. The conference report is adopted.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 27. Printed calendar conference report received for Senate bill 1034 which lead con fearee for conferee is Delegate Bloxom. A bill to amend and reenact relating to the historic rehabilitation tax credit. The conference report distributed, available online and before the body.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Fairfax, Mr. Keene.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. This was introduced by Senator Howell as a companion to a bill that was just passed yesterday by Delegate Bloxom. If you look at the language of Senate bill 1034 which now the conference report adds a two year sunset from the one year. And House bill 246, 0, my mother would say -- so because of that it is a companion bill and I ask that the conference report be accepted.
Bill Howell
Shall the conference report be adopted? The clerk will close the roll. Ayes 88, nos 4.
[Unknown]
Ayes 8, 88, nos 4. The conference report is adopted.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker. Turning to Page 28 of the printed calendar. Page 28. Conference report was received for Senate bill 1168 a bill to amend and reenact sections of the code relating to the neighborhood assistance act tax credit program. The conference report has been distributed, available online and now before the body.
[Unknown]
Mr. Larock.
[Unknown]
The differences were primarily technical in nature. We addressed the language. This makes clear that neighborhood assistance act credits that go to educate entities will be administered through doe and others to neighborhood assistance programs will be under dss. I move the adoption of the conference report.
Bill Howell
Shall the conference report be adopted? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 93, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 93, nos 0. The conference report is adopted.
[Unknown]
And, Mr. Speaker, turning to Page 29 of today's printed calendar. That conference report has been received for Senate bill 125. 1251. A bill to amend the code of Virginia relating to the Washington metro rail safety commission interstate compact. A conference report has been distributed, available online and is before the body.
[Unknown]
Mr. Lemunyon.
[Unknown]
This the conference report found six grammatical and technical corrections that needed to be made and that is what you will be voting on. I hope it would be the pleasure of the body to adopt the conference report.
[Unknown]
Shall the conference report be adopted? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 92, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 92, nos 0. The conference report is adopted. Mr. Speaker, the -- there are three other conference reports moved to take those by until after the first recess. So presently there are no other pending conference reports ready to be acted upon at this time.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Colonial Heights, Mr. Cox.
Kirk Cox
Mr. Speaker, I ryder ryder for motion. Rise for a I move that the House stay? Recess until 12:30.
Bill Howell
The gentleman has the floor.
Kirk Cox
We will recess until 12:30 and come back in and be at ease and then at that point the desire it to work to try to work out the conference reports as quickly as you can. With that, Mr. Speaker, I move that we recess until 12:30.
[Unknown]
Mr. Cox moves the House stand in recess until 12:30. As many as favor that motion say aye, those opposed no. Also, your desks if we are leaving leaving tomorrow or tonight, start thinking about taking out perishable items that might be lurking in there. Also finally the democratic caucus will meet immediately upon the recess down in House members please sake your seats.