02/28/2018 House Proceedings

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Index

SB942—00:03:16
SB332—00:00:28
SB486—00:00:46
SB545—00:03:46
SB883—00:01:40
Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria)—00:18
Del. Scott Garrett (R-Lynchburg)—01:12
Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)—00:00
Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria)—00:24
Del. Schuyler VanValkenburg (D-Henrico)—00:06
Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax Station)—04:42
Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City)—00:00
Del. Michael Webert (R-Marshall)—00:24
Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk)—00:12
Del. Michael Webert (R-Marshall)—01:00
Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk)—01:30
Del. Bob Purkey (R-Virginia Beach)—00:18
Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg)—00:00
Del. Bob Purkey (R-Virginia Beach)—02:25
Del. Ben Cline (R-Amherst)—00:12
Del. Greg Habeeb (R-Salem)—01:12
Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale)—01:36
Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)—00:48
Del. Greg Habeeb (R-Salem)—00:00
Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville)—12:25
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Minutes

Called to order at 11:00 a.m. by M. Kirkland Cox, Speaker

Mace placed on Speaker's table by Sergeant at Arms

Prayer offered by The Reverend Amber Henry Neuroth, Pastor, Hope United Church of Christ, Alexandria [at the request of Delegate Sickles]

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

Attendance roll call - Quorum present

Journal for Tuesday, February 27, 2018, approved by the Speaker

Senate Communication Received - more

Committee reports

Appropriations reported on 02/27/2018

Commerce and Labor reported on 02/27/2018

Education reported on 02/28/2018

HBs 151, 1249 - House accedes to Senate request for Committees of Conference

HB 151 - Conferees appointed: Fowler, Cline, Kory

HB 1249 - Conferees appointed: Toscano, Bell of Albemarle, Collins

HJR 391 taken up and agreed to

Motion by Delegate McGuire to adjourn in honor and memory of the first African-American Navy Seals agreed to

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

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.

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[gavel banging]
Kirk Cox
The House will come to order. Members please take your seats. Sergeant-at-arms. >> The House is now in session. All persons not entitled to privileges of the floor please retire to the gallery.
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The members will rise and be led in prayer by the Reverend amber Henry neuroth, pastor, hope united church of christ, Alexandria, and remain standing for the pledge of allegiance to the flag to the united states of america led by the Delegate from Shenandoah, Delegate Gilbert. >> Good morning. Let us pray. Holy and creator God, we thank you for the beauty and diversity of your creation. Around us, we can see the signs of the seasons changing, trees ready to flower. Thank you for these reminders of renewal and potential. We are grateful, too, that the spectrum of your creation is reflected in human diversity, people of every race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, age, ability and class. We all represent your creation and we are part of the citizenry of the commonwealth of Virginia whose leaders work for us here today. Thank you for these representatives. I pray that you would bless them and their work today. As they work diligently, remind them of their service to the whole, the whole of those who reside in the commonwealth, our nation, and the whole of your creation. Remind them that the whole commonwealth suffers if some are harmed or excluded. Infuse these leaders with creativity, imagination, optimism, and resolve to include all who might otherwise be left out. In that spirit, May we all seek to build up healthy communities and justice for all. May we find compromise and cooperation and May the coming of spring bring us renewed hope in each other and in you. Amen. [pledge of allegiance recited]
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The members will answer the roll call by indicating their presence on the electronic voting board. Clerk will close the roll. >> Mr. Speaker, a quorum is present. [gavel banging] >> Pursuant to House rule 3, I 've examined and approved the journal of the House of delegates for February 27th, 2018. Motions and resolutions under rule 39 pursuant to the provisions of rule 40 are now in order. The clerk shall announce the first morning hour of business, including any clerk's announcements and communications. >> Mr. Speaker, remind the body that the floor deadline to act on Senate and House revenue bills, the budget bills, and considering any second House amendments and if applicable, placed in conference, that deadline is today at 11:59 p.M. In akition, Mr. Speaker, I have a communication from the Senate. The Senate has insisted on its amendments and requested a committee of conference on House bills 151 and 1249. >> The Delegate from Shenandoah, Delegate Gilbert. >> Mr. Speaker, I move that the House accede to the quft Senate for a committee of conference on the previously reported legislation.
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All in favor of that motion signify by saying aye. Those opposed no. That motion carries.
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Speaker appointed on behalf of the House for the committee of conference on House bill 151 delegates Fowler, Cline and corey. To House bill 151, House conferees will be delegates Fowler, Cline and corey. Also for House bill 1249, speaker appoints delegates tas can't no, Bell of Albemarle and Collins. For House bill 1249, conferees delegates Toscano, Bell of Albemarle and Collins .
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The Delegate from Shenandoah, Delegate Gilbert. >> Mr. Speaker, I have two additional motions. >> Delegate has the noor.
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Due to the procedural resolution regarding floor deadlines for revenue bills and in order that certain bills on second reading May be in the proper posture for consideration today and pursuant to the constitution, I move that the third constitutional reading be dispensed for the following Senate bills. Senate bill 545 on Page 44 of the calendar and Senate bills 883 and 926 on Page 45 of the regular -- of the printed calendar.
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The Delegate from Shenandoah, Delegate Gilbert, moves that the third constitutional reading of Senate bills 545, 883, and 926 be dispensed with. Shall the Delegate from -- Delegate from Charlottesville, Delegate Toscano .
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Some speaker, a motion.
Kirk Cox
Delegate has the noor. >> I hope you will vote with the gentleman from Shenandoah and waive the constitutional reading on these bills. It's typically what we do, it's a courtesy and general process of the body. I hope you support that motion.
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Shall the motion be agreed to. The clerk will close the roll. >> Ayes 95, nos 0.
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Ayes 95, nos 0. The motion is agreed to. The clerk will announce the revenue bills.
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Mr. Speaker, prior to Delegate Gilbert 's additional motion, I would advise the House that at the request of Delegate Gilbert, the following revenue bills, revenue bills removed from the uncontested to the regular calendar so we can get everything all in the same category and posture. Those revenue bills from the uncontested regular are on Page 7, Senate bill 271, Page 8, Senate bills 332, Page 9, Senate bill 486, Page 12, Senate bill 564, Page 14, Senate bill 695, and on Page 15, Senate bill 726, all those bills removed from the uncontested to the regular calendar.
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The Delegate from Shenandoah, Delegate Gilbert .
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Mr. Speaker, again due to the floor deadlines pursuant to House joint resolution 11 and pursuant to rule 52 of the House rules, I move that when the calendar is called, the House proceed to consider all revenue bills currently on the calendar.
Kirk Cox
The Delegate from Shenandoah, Delegate Gilbert, moves that due to today's floor deadline pursuant to House joint resolution 11, and pursuant to rule 52, that when the calendar is called, the House proceed to consider all revenue bills currently on the calendar. Shall the motion be agreed to. The clerk will close the roll. >> Ayes 96, nos 0.
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Ayes 96, nos 0. The motion is agreed to. Mr. Clerk, as a result of these two motions, please move all the revenue bills presently on the uncontested calendar to the regular calendar.
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Yes, sir, Mr. Speaker.
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The Delegate from James city county, Delegate Pogge .
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Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for an introduction.
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Delegate has the floor.
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Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I believe visiting in the gallery today are members of the Virginia voice. If you're here, please stand. Virginia voice as nonprofit organization that provides an audio reading and information services to individuals who cannot independently read printed material due to blindness, vision loss, or other disabilities. Its mission is to connect individuals with disabilities to information, culture, and community using technology and the human voice. Founded in 1978, this marks Virginia voice's 40th anniversary. 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Virginia voice broadcasts audio radio programs of reading, of local and national newspapers, and magazines. Virtually every minute of Virginia voice program is created by over 100 weekly volunteers who read the information. Let's give Virginia voice a warm House welcome on their 40th anniversary. Thank you. [applause] >> The House would like to welcome Virginia voice and thanks for all your great work. The Delegate from Fairfax, Delegate Plum .
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Mr. Speaker, I rise for an introduction.
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Delegate has the floor. >> Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, one of the pleasures my family and I have had over the years is to participate in the legislative trail ride. I did it with my kids and now my grandchildren. My grandchildren always look forward to the day we go out with the Virginia horse council. I'm pleased today that the Virginia horse council is with us, not only representatives of the council, but also the youth group, the youth recognition today. The recognition of the leadership that these young people are going to provide as they showcase their talents and diversities for our future equine leaders. It's an important part of our economy and reccation. I ask those folks who are here to stand and the youth ambassadors and ask you to give them a warm welcome. [applause] >> It's great to have the members of the horse council with us today. The Delegate from Fairfax, Delegate silks.
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Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for an introduction. >> Delegate has the floor.
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Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Members of the body, with us this morning is the Reverend amber neuroth who serves as senior pastor of hope united church of christ in the greater historic huntington area of Fairfax County where she has served since January of 2011. She was ordained in the potomac association of the united church of christ in 2006 and she has served in multiple ministry settings and capacities since that time. She enjoys working with the loving and inclusive community of hope, applying her gifts and pastoral care, worship and leadership for social justice. She has most a master of divinity and a master of theology. She and her husband have two sons. Michael is always ordained ucc minister. Hope is an important part of the community in the 43rd district, making a big difference in the lives of our folks. I hope the body will join me in providing a warm House welcome to pastor amber. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. [applause]
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The Delegate from Fairfax, Delegate Simon .
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Mr. Speaker, I rise for an announcement. >> Delegate has the floor.
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Mr. Speaker, members of the House, tonight at sundown, jewish people around the world and the commonwealth will be celebrating the festival where we retell the story of queen esther and typically we he'd these three-cornered pastries, so in honor of the holiday and because we have a long day with a lot of starts and stops, on behalf of myself, the jewish caucus, I 've brought 125 of these pass pastries and they will be in the back for everyone to enjoy during the break. [applause]
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Delegate from Lynchburg, Delegate Garrett .
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Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for the purpose of an introduction. >> Delegate has the floor. >> Thank you. Members of the body, today we are joined in the gallery or around the grounds by the ymca branch ceos and executives from across the commonwealth. If they're here, if they would please stand. I see some up to my right. Mr. Speaker, the Virginia alliance of ymcas is comprised of 28 independent y's serving 100 communities throughout the commonwealth, making up an extraordinary group of dedicated nonprofits working together to strengthen our communities across Virginia. As charities, the ymcas across Virginia exist to strengthen their communities and every day they work with thousands of men, women, and children to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, in fact, or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. They are visiting Richmond today to advocate for youth development and healthy living issues, including an initiative to expand their very successful power scholars academy, a public-private partnership between Virginia and the alliance to support the ymca's efforts to alleviate summer achievement gaps for at-risk students. Power scholars academy is a five to six-week summer program that reduces learning loss in math and reading in high-risk k-8 students in title one schools. Over 600 students displayed incredible results after participating in the program last summer and it is my hope that our final budget includes increased funding this year so even more students across the commonwealth can benefit from it. I thank all of the ymca's hard working employees and volunteers for the incredible work they do in our communities every day. I ask that the House join me in welcoming the ymca branch ceos and executives to our capitol. [applause] >> The House would certainly like to welcome the ymca ceos to the capitol and hope you enjoy your stay. The Delegate from Newport News, Delegate mullins.
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Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for an announcement.
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Delegate has the floor. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, this year celebrates the 100th year of women at the college of william & mary. I know there are a number of people -- I know there are a number of people here who bleed green and gold, so if you have the opportunity today to be able to sign and cosponsor this resolution, I 'll have it available here at my desk.
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The Delegate from Roanoke city, Delegate Rasoul .
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Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for the purpose of an introduction. >> Delegate has the floor.
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Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, today I have the pleasure of introducing members of arc of Virginia and overcome yours. They can please stand. Overcome yours, led by its leader Garrett brumfield, has been able to overcome his disabilities and be a motivational speaker all around the united states. He comes out of the Roanoke valley. They are here today advocating for increased funding for dd waivers, specifically for those that are priority one on the waiting list. I hope it would be the pleasure of the body to give Garrett and everyone with arc of Virginia a warm House welcome. [applause]
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Garrett, it's great to have you today, and the arc of Virginia and overcome yours. Thank you so much for all you do. The Delegate from Shenandoah, Delegate Gilbert .
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Mr. Speaker, I rise for an announcement. >> Delegate has the floor.
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Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen, we are scheduled or we were scheduled to have the judicial elections tomorrow. That is subject to change when both the House and Senate agree to that change and it appears that because the budget will be unresolved in at least we're not close to having the budget resolved in short order, that the -- some of the positions that would be elected are in question. So just for the members who are expecting judicial elections to occur tomorrow, that appears not to be the case and we will advise the body as soon as we know when those might take place. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
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The Delegate from Alexandria, Delegate Herring .
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Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for an introduction.
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Delegate has the floor. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Members of the House, joining us today is together we bake, an organization serving the d.C. Metro area, which is based in Alexandria at the downtown baptist church. Together we bake as empowerment-based workforce training program for women in need of a second chance. The program is centered around a small baking business through which women actively learn job skills and gain business experience. They also teach empowerment and life skill classes to help women develop self confidence, healthy coping strategies, and grow a strong support network. Each woman graduates job ready with a nationally recognized certificate resulting preferential hiring and higher wages. In 2012, stephanie and ter rosa found a way to help women in their area thrive. In 2014, elizabeth and her organization merged with them, adding a healthy component to the program. They provide three eight-week sessions each year, serving those working to improve themselves and doing so in benefiting our economy and those around them. Together we bake sessions are not only offered to those rebuilding their lives after prison, but any woman who needs a fresh start. Today joining us are people who are working hard to make a difference in the lives of so many women and to make the commonwealth a better place. I ask you to give them a warm House welcome. [applause] >> The House would certainly like to welcome the together we bake group and thanks for all you're doing. Very inspirational. The Delegate from Fairfax, Delegate Murphy. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for an introduction.
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Delegate has the floor. >> I'd like to start with telling you that today, this last day of February each year, is designated as rare disease day. And the importance of this day is to raise awareness among the general public, healthcare professionals, researchers, and policymakers like you and me, of rare diseases and the issues related to them. A rare disease as disorder defined as rare when it affects fewer than 200,000 people at any one time. Currently there are about 7,000 diseases that we classify as rare disease. Some of these diseases affect only a handful of people while others can affect thousands. Nearly one in 20 will live with a rare disease during their lifetime. There is no cure for the majority of rare diseases and many others can go undiagnosed, or they're misdiagnosed because the symptoms are so often associated with a more common disease, which can delay proper treatment and really lead to a health crisis. In the gallery we have several families here who deal with rare diseases and we have joanna monaco, the state ambassador for the rare disease action network of the national organization of rare disorders. I don't see them, but if they're there above me, would stand, we'd like to give them a warm House welcome. [applause]
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The Delegate from Henrico, Delegate van wol ken Berg .
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Mr. Speaker, I rise for a motion and an introduction. >> Delegate has the floor.
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Mr. Speaker, I move to call up House joint resolutions 391 on Page 48 out of order.
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The clerk will report a resolution.
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House joint resolution number 391, commending Patrick c. Kenlaw.
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I move adoption of the resolution. >> All those in favor of adoption of the resolution will say aye. All those opposed no. The resolution is adopted. The Delegate .
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Mr. Speaker, an introduction. >> The Delegate has the floor.
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Ladies and gentlemen of the House, House joint resolution 391 commends Dr. Kenlaw who is with us today along with members of the school board and members of central office, if they'll please stand. Dr. Kenlaw is a respected leader in the Henrico education community and is retiring at the end of June as superintendent of Henrico County public schools after 40 years of service as an educator in north carolina and Virginia. Dr. Kenlaw received his bachelor's degree from east carolina university, a master's degree in education administration from east carolina university, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the university of Virginia. After 12 years in wake county public schools in north carolina, Dr. Kenlaw came to Henrico and started as a director of staff development. Throughout the years, he rose through the ranks and in 2014 was unanimously chosen by the school board as superintendent of Henrico County public schools where he oversees more than 6,000 employees and has 72 schools with programs that serve more than 50,000 students. Under Dr. Kenlaw's leadership, Henrico County public schools have thrived. In 2011, the number of full -- 2017, the number of fully state accredited schools rose to its highest number in nearly five years and additionally, the county has received a national honor for remaking its code of student conduct. It was one of five large school systems in the united states recognized by the national school boards association with a first place magna award fork quote, taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of students in their communities, unquote. And on a personal note, Dr. Kenlaw is my boss and so I would be remiss if I didn't say, you know, in 2014, we had a kind of wobble with staff and teacher morale as we went through a bunch of transitions and Dr. Kenlaw's leadership really helped stabilize our county and lead the way into the future and for that, I and teachers across the county are forever grateful and hope him well in his future endeavors. So speaking for the entire Henrico delegation, delegates Ingram, mcguire, McQuinn, Bagby, bourne, Adams, rodman and myself, I hope you please join me in giving Dr. Kenlaw a warm House welcome. [applause] >> Dr. Kenlaw, I certainly want to welcome you and all your great work you've done in Henrico, so godspeed. The Delegate from Albemarle, Delegate Bell. >> I rise for an introduction.
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Delegate hags the floor. >> Members of the House, up in the gallery just behind me we have mitchell Page, the a.P. Government teacher for Fluvanna County high school and several dozen of his a.P. Government seniors. I visit them where year, I represent them along with Delegate Ware and they are smart, thoughtful students. Their questions are always hard and insightful. They give us good ideas and they're here to watch their government working today. On a personal note, I 'd like to say that we have had a chance to correspond with them over the years, an awful lot of honoral letters went to these kids and they're off to college. We'll miss them and I think we can expect some of them to come back and be future leaders of Virginia. I just hope they wait until I 'm gone before they run for office. If we can have a warm House welcome to the flying flukos senior class. Thank you. [applause] >> The House would certainly like to welcome the a.P. Government students from Fluvanna County. The clerk shall announce the next order of business.
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Second morning hour order of business, member requests to move legislation from uncontested to the regular. Mr. Speaker, all of the revenue bills have already been dispensed with and I 'm not aware of any additional move requests.
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Clerk shall announce the next order of business.
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Third morning hour order of business, announcements -- requests by members to legislation to go by for the day. There is one under the category of Senate bills third regular, under that category on Page 21 of the printed calendar, Senator Mason 's sb 454 has been requested to go by for the day by Delegate Ingram .
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The Delegate from Shenandoah, Delegate better. >> Mr. Speaker, move that the bill announced by the clerk go by for the day. >> The Delegate moves that the legislation announced by the clerk go by for the days. As many as favor that motion will say aye. Those opposed no. The motion is agreed to.
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Mr. Speaker, the fourth and final portion of the morning hours reserved to recognition, members requests for points of personal privilege.
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The Delegate from Henrico, Delegate mcguire.
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Mr. Speaker, I move for a point of personal privilege.
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Delegate has the floor. >> Mr. Speaker, some of you here know or May know that I 've been involved in politics since April, so less than a year. But I got involved in politics because like many people on both sides of the aisle, we -- not me, but we are sick and tired of all the divide in our country and I 'm happy to say that while knocking doors and meeting democrats, republicans, independents and everyone else, it seems we agree on most things and I 'm pleasantly surprised serving here with you over the last eight or so weeks that I 've made a lot of friends so both sides and found that we've come together on many things. We don't always agree and I do sometimes make mistakes, but I 'm glad to see that both sides are helping us new freshmen get up to speed. Today is the last day of african american history month and it's fit, I 'd like to talk to you about two great americans. Some of you know I serve our country ten years as a navy seal and that doesn't make my service better than anyone's and in some cases, it might be different, but for the men and women that wear the uniform, we understand some things are more important than fear and I want to talk about two men that face fear but they went forward anyway, but some things are more important than fear. The first african american navy seals. The gentleman named fred morrison, his call sign was tis and just like the aviation community and the special ops community, we're often given a call sign. Mine was pit bull. [laughter] probably because of how large I am. Well, fred morrison was thought to be the first african american navy seal. Tech male, he served as a frogman in an underwater team. He was a second class petty officer and was known as an expert in underwater demolition. Just so you know, typically 200 men divoin this training and usually 20 graduate. One class graduated zero. Any idea why it graduated zero? Now, with respect to those with different opinions, not everybody gets a trophy. You either meet the standards or you don't. It's nothing personal. So it's quite a big deal. He served in world war ii and served as a member of the underwater demolition team one in 1948. He also served on underwater demolition team 12 in korea and was awarded a bronze star for his actions there. An amazing individual. While many recognize morrison as the first african american seal, the first two official seal teams were not formed until 1962. As my friend and Delegate Freitas knows, in 1962, john f. Kennedy, president john f. Kennedy commissioned the first navy seal teams and the first green beret army special forces teams. So now retired master chief Williams graduated from an underwater demolition team training in 1956 was served as a frogman in 1962 when john f. Kennedy commissioned those teams. He was assign to seal team two, making him officially the first african american navy seal. He served all over the world including a stent in cuba during the missile crisis and he did three combat tours in vietnam. He then spent time in the early version of the navy's parachute team. We call that the leap frogs, but he was injured and had to retire. This is a man of service and an example for all of us. After he had to get out of the navy from injuries from parachuting, he went on to serve as a school police chief and he worked with the navy to help recruit young men for navy seal training to increase diversity in the teams. And that's one thing about the military for the men and woman of uniform to understand. If somebody saved your life, you wouldn't care if they were male or female, what their religion or political views are. My best friend was korean, named jay. I didn't know he was korean, he was just jay. But this gentleman was also honored as a special guest at the opening of the african american history museum in wsh where during the interview, he said I always wanted to be a navy seal. It was and continues to be hard work along with sheer determination that sets seals apart. Mr. Speaker, I move we end today with a prayer for all the men and women who serve in underform and when the House adjourns today, we do so in the honor and memory of these two first african american navy seals.
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Delegate mcguire moves when the House adjourn today, it adjourn in honor of the memory of the first african american navy seals. Those in favor of the motion shall rise. [gavel banging] the motion is agreed to. [applause] the Delegate from Richmond city, Delegate bourne. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I rise for a point of personal privilege. >> Delegate has the floor.
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Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, I join my colleague from Henrico and rise for a point of personal privilege to commemorate and close out Black history month. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen, we have heard some remarkable stories over the last 27 days. We've heard some wonderful moments and about people that have not only shaped african american or Black history, but also american history. We've heard about local heroes, we've heard about world famous african americans that have clearly and unquestionable left an indelible mark on our country. And while each one of these moments and each one of these people are deserving of our acknowledgement and our praise, two often, history generally, but most importantly, african american history is reduced to a handful of these memorable moments. You see, when we teach Black history, we often talk about the courageous stories of the underground railroad. We talk about Dr. Martin luther king jr. We talk about his famous speech. We talk about right here in Virginia our own son lawrence douglas wilder. We talk about the first african american president, barack obama. But, Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, today I rise to honor and pay homage to those men and women who we don't know. Those men and women who had an equally significant impact on Black history and american history. As I said, Mr. Speaker, we know about Dr. King and his March on Washington. We all know about March 7th, 1965, when congress -- and a young congressman john Lewis marched across the edmund pettis bridge in selma, alabama, and we've seen those iconic pictures of both of those events and we instantly recognize each of those two stalwarts in our history. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, I too must confess that I focus on them when I look at those pictures. But Mr. Speaker, today I want us to focus on all the other people that are in those pictures. The ones that showed the bravery and the fortitude to March with their brothers and sisters. Think about those pictures. Think about all those african americans and as important as people like Dr. King and congressman Lewis are, the people behind them are equally important. Their bravery and unwavering faith in the most basic ideals that all men and women were created equal and with certain inalienable rights, strengthened them more than enough to face the certain harm that awaited them, harm that simply came from fighting for equality and against racism. Harm simply because the color of their skin was different. And Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen, they fought not just on behalf of african americans, but on behalf of our country, on behalf of the most basic ideals that this country was founded on, and Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen, they endured unspeakable, unspeakable torment and some gave the full measure of their devotion. And Mr. Speaker, I know that it was -- what william earnest henley spoke of when he wrote invictus. He said I thank whatever gods May be for their unconquerable soul because without that undying faith, it would have been very, very easy to not show up for the March, not show up at edmund pettis bridge, not show up to travel on the underground railroad, and Mr. Speaker, they knew and they marched and they fought for the next generation and because of what they did, we now have in our own midst delegates like Delegate Price and Aird and Lindsey and McQuinn and bag sls by and bourne and Carroll foy and Herring. Without their hard work and their fight and their bravery, we would not have also Delegate haste. She's not sitting here so you don't get recognized. They caught and fought what bobby kennedy referred to as ripples of hope all around this world and I know and we all know that their work is not done. We still have too large of an achievement gap in our education systems, we still have disparate healthcare outcomes, we still have too many communities that have people living at or below the poverty line, and Mr. Speaker, my heart, like all of ours, goes out to the people in florida who recently -- and are still grappling with the tragedy, but Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen, there are those of us in this chamber who represent people and communities who are dealing with gun violence each and every day, each and every weekend. And so their work is not done. Our work is not done. And Mr. Speaker, I will quote Dr. Martin luther king who over 50 years ago in a speech that's probably less known than "I have a dream" or the letter from birmingham jail. He said it's an exciting age. As it was then, it is now. Filled with hope. It's an age in which a new world order is being born. We stand today between two worlds, the dying old and the emerging new. I'm aware of the fact that there are those who would argue that we live in the most ghastly period of human history. They would contend that the deepest of deep rumblings of the discontent are all indicative of deep and tragic midnight which encounters our civilization. They would argue that we're going backwards instead of forward, that we are retro retrogressing instead of progressing. But Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, we are far from retro degreesing. We are progressing and it is important as Dr. King noted that the present tension represents the necessary feigns that accompany the -- pains that accompany the birth of anything new. So Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen, we have work to do. We can commit ourselves to doing what's in the best interests of the people that we represent, and Mr. Speaker, I want to honor all those who make it possible for me to stand here today and for all of my fellow Virginia legislative Black caucus members to stand here before you today, and Mr. Speaker, I will close with a challenge to all of us to do better and a challenge for all of us to continue to fight and work on these issues so that we can really live up to the idea that all men are created equal. I will close with a portion of president lincoln's gettysburg address. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, the world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us, the living, rather, to be dedicated to the unfinished work which they fought here, have thus far so nobly advanced. It is, rather, for us to be here dedicated to the great tasks remaining before us, that these honored dead we take increased devotion for the cause for which they gave the last measure of full devotion. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen, I thank you for your time. [applause]
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The Delegate from Fairfax, Delegate fuller corn.
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Mr. Speaker, I rise for a point of personal privilege.
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Delegate has the floor. >> Thank you. Mr. Speaker, ladies and jeft House, the opioid epidemic as disease that has plagued our country in unimaginable ways. On average, 115 americans died every day from an opioid overdose. It is recognized by everybody, physicians, first responders, public servants, democrats and republicans alike, that this is truly an issue that we must address. We cannot ignore it, and with 115 americans dying every day from overdoses, we have not ignored this. Most virginians agree that we should be taking stronger action at the state and the federal levels to tackle this public health crisis. Earlier this year, several bills to curb the opioid epidemic soared through committees with bipartisan support, and I applaud the work of all of my colleagues to find solutions that will hopefully solve -- excuse me, save lives and prevent so many from the pain and suffering. But Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen, I 'm disappointed that we are currently not seeing the same outrage or action from lawmakers to resolve a crisis that takes an average of 96 americans' lives every single day. Unfortunately, we are not being praised for the same admiration for working to curb the epidemic of gun violence. It is exactly two weeks since the devastating shooting at marjory stoneman douglas high school in parkland, florida. The shooting took the lives of 17 precious students and brave teachers, and since the events in parkland, we can estimate that over 1200 people in america have died from acts of gun violence as well. 1200. But we also have a reason to be hopeful today. The surviving students of parkland, florida, have been on a mission since this tragedy. They have been strongly advocating for common sense gun safety legislation and as we all know, when we have seen, they will not be deterred. They are persisting and fully setting an example for young people across the country. In the last few weeks, their efforts to make our society safer has spread throughout the country. I know in my district and so many of your districts as well, high school students have joined them in solidarity and have insisted that their voices, too, be heard. The students from parkland are working to persuade elected officials just like us at both the state and federal level to change our laws, to do something about inaction that has gone on for far too long with respect to common sense gun safety legislation. I am so proud of their activism and I truly hope that their efforts will finally result in change that is so needed because whatever we are doing, or should I say not doing, clearly is not working. I understand their resolve and I know you all do, too, and them not be deterred no matter how many obstacles they face. We all personally know here the determination of so many parents of students last and injured at Virginia tech, so ensure that we too do something about senseless gun violence. We know the resolve of many who have lost loved ones to gun violence. Personally, I too have been touched. My sister survived a workplace shooting. A former coworker entered her workplace with an automatic weapon and took the lives of seven of her coworkers. Alissa hid under her desk while the gunman chased her colleagues around, shooting them throughout the office. How fortunate we were that my sister survived. Not physically harmed, but I cannot imagine a world without her and seven of her colleagues are not so fortunate. This past weekend, she came to Virginia to visit and we had a few moments, some time to catch up and talk. We discussed the pain and the suffering of the students in parkland. One of her comments literally chilled me to the bone. She said, every time she hears of another mass shooting, reads about it, hears about it, and sees on it tv, she relives her trauma. She is in disbelief that after so many years, passing since -- so many years that passed since her horrific traumatic experience, that little progress has been made which could prevent similar workplace shootings and school shootings. According to the Washington post, more than 150,000 students attending primary or secondary schools have experienced a shooting on campus since columbine. 150,000. How many of them have the same traumatic memories as my sister? How many others across the country? So here we are again, Mr. Speaker, and ladies and gentlemen of the House, we hear about thoughts and prayers, we hear also that guns are not to blame. But we have also heard the loud voices of these brave students that survived that day and young people and parents, brothers and sisters, spouses across the country saying enough is enough. The activism and call for change is stronger and contains more resolve than I and I think all of us have ever seen. It is time to do something about this crisis in our country. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen, we have seen tremendous progress, great progress for Virginia in a bipartisan manner this session on so many issues, and undoubtedly, Mr. Speaker, I 'm confident that more will come this session, but when it comes to gun safety, I believe we can agree that we have fallen short. Mr. Speaker, and ladies and gentlemen of the House, I am pleading that we do something on a bipartisan basis to attack this fatal crisis just as we have with the opioids. Three out of ten of the ten worst mass shootings in american history have taken place in the last five months. It's time to have a rational and reasonable discussion about gun safety right now this session. Whether it's about banning bump stocks or perhaps a bill to prevent notices under the age of 21 from buying ar-15s or maybe it's about allowing individuals for a restraining order to temporarily take away a weapon from the individual until the danger subsides. We can and we need to axe. We are here in session for only ten more days and I know there must be some way to come to an agreement and do something. It doesn't really matter who sits around the table. It certainly does not matter whose name is on the bills. Let's just act this session. We must come together and do something about this crisis. We have the power to make our kids, our family members, our loved ones, all constituents throughout the commonwealth of Virginia safer and doing nothing is no longer an option. It's not an option for the voices of change led by the students of parkland who actually, as you all know, are returning to their halls today, the halls of their school which exactly two weeks ago they evacuated, single file, petrified for their lives. Doing nothing is not an option for so many young people throughout the country whose message and resolve is getting stronger every single day. I know that through their efforts, they will be successful, Mr. Speaker, and I truly hope, ladies and gentlemen of the House, that we can be part of the change that they want and that so many across the commonwealth and Virginia and the country deserve and want. Thank you. [applause]
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The Delegate from Halifax, Delegate Edmunds .
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Mr. Speaker, I rise for a point of personal privilege. >> Delegate has the floor.
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Mr. Speaker, in honor of Black history month, let me introduce you to henrietta lacks. Henrietta lacks is a Virginia native, a Virginia hero, an african american woman who's unique world changing legacy has tumpz all of us without most of us realizing it. Henrietta lacks was born loretta pleasant on August 1st, 1920, but quickly and affectionately came to be called henny by her family. After her mother's death, she was raised by extended family members in the clover community of Halifax County, Virginia. There she lived in a former slave cabin known to the lacks family as the home House, most of which still stands today just yards away from henrietta's final resting place. She was baptized in the town of clover and educated in the same town. She worked an exhausting live of a tobacco farmer's daughter alongside her cousins. She married and began her family in clover, Virginia. In 1941, she moved with her husband david lacks and their first two children to turner station near baltimore, maryland. They moved because of the unfairness of a culture and social system that gave little or no economic opportunity to african americans and even less opportunity to african american women. Her husband found work in the steel mills and she continue raising her growing family, which soon included another daughter debra and two more sons, david known as sonny, and joseph now known as zachariah. Her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren from henrietta's family legacy which lives on and carried forward her broad yes, unique and world-changing legacy. In fact, we're honored today to have six descendants and extended family members of henrietta lacks in our chamber today. They are jerry lacks, david lacks jr., devin lacks, thomas wye, fred carter jr., and veronica Robinson and I ask if they will stand. Mr. Speaker, these proud descendants are put a part of henrietta henrietta's story and legacy. I mentioned at the beginning never recognition that her legacy is unique and world changes and touches all of us and makes her a hero to all of us, an unsung hero for too long. Like many stories of triumph and healing, her heroism started with tragedy and suffering. In 1951, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer and treated at johns hopkins in baltimore. There, just before her untimely death at the young age of 31, and unbeknownst to he, some of her cells were removed from her body for use in research. Also unbeknownst to the rest of the world at the time was that we had all received a miraculous gift in the form of human cells that did not die. Henrietta lacks' cells, shortened in name to hela cells and so disconnecting her full name from the promise and power for over half a century, became the first immortal cell line. This allowed her cells to be replicated and distributed to researchers around the world who could then test their theories and validate their results on an identical baseline of living cells, suddenly advancing biotech research by leaps and bounds. Over the decades, the hela cell would be named in over 11,000 patents, including just three years after henrietta's death, when they are cells were used to develop the polio vaccine from which we have all benefited, us, our parents, grandparent, children, grandchildren, and all of God 's children around the world. Hela cells have been used to research and develop new therapies to fight cancer and aids and in an effort to map the human genome which holds the key to personalized medicine which could treat or even cure all of us of almost every ailment and disease over time. And now because henrietta lacks' loving and giving spirit flows through her family legacy, we in the commonwealth of Virginia are being given the opportunity to honor her world legacy in ways long overdue and in the place that she would have appreciated most, her home place, southern Virginia, Halifax County. Southern Virginia still has a statistically significant high rate of certain cancers than any other place in the country. These need to be researched where they are, where they are most prominence and most deadly. Many southern virginians who suffer from cancer have to travel long distances to get treatment, adding insult to injury. They need to be treated where they live. Henrietta lacks' family, in her honor, have chosen the commonwealth of Virginia as the only place in the world to partner with and create a new research and cancer treatment center in the name of henrietta lacks, a heroic effort for a true hero. Today the family is joined by representatives of the henrietta lacks legacy group based in turner station and sanctioned by the family to advance henrietta's legacy, having done so now for over 20 years. Members of the legacy group include servant courtney speaks, elmira thornton, myrrhal christian grey, and adele newson hors. I would ask that they stand. Also present, Mr. Speaker, are local leaders representing Halifax County. These include Dr. Betty Adams and the honor christy Johnson, mayor of the town of Halifax and deputy director of the Halifax industrial development authority and matt leonard, executive director who developed the plan for the cancer treatment center. I now ask the community leaders from Halifax please stand. Mr. Speaker, this governing body during this session has considered and deliberated the formation of the henrietta lacks commission. The purpose of which will be to create, build, and see to sustainable operations the henrietta lacks life science and cancer treatment center just a few short miles from where henrietta lacks lies in eternal rest in Halifax County, Virginia. Her heroic legacy, unrecognized by too many for too long, is not lost on this House of delegates. We have voted to form this new commission and along with our colleagues in the Senate, we have done so unanimously at a time when too much divides us, it is a wonder beyond all worldly making that what unites us is the healing legacy of one of our own, gone from this world and body, but not in spirit. Henrietta lacks as true Virginia hero, a true african american hero, who we celebrate sincerely and deeply today on this last day of Black history month. Ladies and gentlemen of the Virginia House of delegates, I ask that you rise and show our appreciation to henrietta lacks for her unique and powerful legacy and her heroism which extends far beyond these chambers and the quell of Virginia for the -- commonwealth of Virginia for the continued benefit of all people in all the world. Please join me in giving all those here today a warm House welcome. [applause]
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The House is certainly honored to have the descend can'ts of henrietta lacks and we're very excited by the life science research and treatment center. Thank you so much for coming. The Delegate from Stafford. If I could, let me remind the House, we're down to four minutes as far as the morning hour. >> Rise for a point of personal privilege which is unfour minutes. >> Like under two-Delegate has the floor. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Today the united states marine krp is the premier fighting force made up of troops of all races. Known as the first to fight, the marine corps was sadly the last service to integrate in 1976 and 1777, a dozen Black marines served an american revolutionary, but the marine corps followed a racially discriminatory policy. For more than 140 years, the discrimination remained until the arivaled of the mount fort point marines who I would like to honor today. In 1942, president roosevelt established a presidential directive giving african americans the opportunity to be recruited into the marine corps. Scores flocked to the stations to get their chance to be in what they call the toughest outfit going. These african americans were not sent to the traditional boot camps of parris island and san diego. Instead the recruits were segregated to montford point in north carolina. All mow boot camp was already known as the most rigorous of all services, it was widely known it was design to keep recruits from succeeding. They became marines. Of note, kenneth tibbs, the private, washs the first african american marine to lose his life in 1944. In jufl 1948, president truman issued an executive order negating segregation and ending seven years of segregation. The initial intent was to discharge the african americans after the war, but their performance certainly proved that they were indeed real marines, so a small number of marines remain on active duty following world war ii until the korean wore broke out. Due to the success and volume lore of the marines, the number of african american marines grew from 1500 in 1949 to 17,000 during the height of the korean war. The high competence of african american marines fighting in korea in the general absence of racial tension during integration destroyed long accepted beliefs. Full integration finally achieved in 1960. Montford was renamed camp Johnson. He was one of the first african americans to join the corps and to distinguish montford drill instructor and vietnam and korean veteran. The camp remains the only marine corps institution named in honor of an african american today. One of my favorite parts of serving the marine corps was it was such a color blind organization. On the ground, you never hear marines referring to white marines or Black marines. We refer to each other as light green or dark green. I had the honor of serve in 1999 when the first sergeant major of the marine corps al mcmichael was promoted. I was stationed in japan at the time and I can assure that marines around the globe were proud of the marines krp that day. My pleasure today to highlight the monford point marines in honor of african american history month. [applause]
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The Delegate from Prince William, Delegate guzman.
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Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for a point of personal privilege.
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Delegate has the floor. [captioning will resume shortly] [applause]
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Thank you. >> Mr. Speaker. >> Delegate Gilbert .
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Pop. >> Delegate has the floor.
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I too, would be remiss if I did not thank the chairman of appropriations chris Jones for all that he does each and every day for me personally, for humanity, to make the world a better place. All of the things I can't thing of right now. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. [applause]
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Mr. Speaker.
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It wasn't quick enough. The Delegate from Delegate, Delegate Sickles. An attempt at humor?
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No, in the trumpian fashion I want to tell you what an honor it is to serve from the Delegate from Suffolk and I didn't want to let our side go by after that statement in the majority leader without saying what a wonderful person he is and how he will lead us into the future and the bright future in Virginia. Thank you very much. Mr. Speaker. >> We will skip that part about whether you have any further announcements injure the clerk will call the calendar. >> Today's calendar for Wednesday, February 28, 2018. The majority leader's request we have moved the calendar around in such a way that we will do considerations all revenue bills at the be beginning. Start with the third reading regular and we will move to the bills that have been moved from the uncontested to the third reading regular that are revenue bills and then bills that the readings were dispensed with and from the second to third reading and then the two House bills with Senate amendments. 15 revenue bills in the beginning portion of today's calendar. Page 21 of the printed calendar. Senate bills third reading regular. The first bill before the body a revenue bill before the body is Senate bill 378. Page 21, Senate bills third reading regular. Senate bill 378 a bill to amend and reenact two sections of the code relating to coal tax credits reported from the committee on finance with amendments.
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The Delegate from Scott, Delegate Kilgore .
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Mr. Speaker and ladies and gentlemen of the House, I would ask that we accept the second floor substitute.
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I apologize. The bill -- Senate bill 378 was reported from the committee on finance with amendments and there is a floor substitute as well. >> Does the Delegate want to move the committee amendments first?
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I would ask that we reject the committee amendments, Mr. Speaker. And accept the floor substitute filed today.
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Shall the committee amendments be agreed to? All in favor of the motion, say aye. Those opposed, no. Those committee committee amendments are rejected. The clerk will report the floor amendment. >> The floor substitute has been distributed and is available online and before the body. >> Delegate Kilgore .
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This is the coal tax credit. What this bill does now it makes sure that it is prospective meaning from 2018 forward and that it applies to metallurgical coal and the definition is found on 59 and 60 of the bill. And also, puts an enactment clause asking the department of taxation to develop guidelines to implement the act. That is the bill that only applies to met coal. What we discussed over the last couple of years on the floor. I would ask that we pass the bill.
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I would ask the Delegate from Charlottesville would you like to speak to the floor amendment or just like to speak to the bill? The Delegate from Charlottesville, Delegate Scott. >> Thank you. Will the Delegate yield for a yes? Will the Delegate yield for a yes? >> I yield. >> The Delegate yields.
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Thank you. I would ask the Delegate I understood that originally his intention was to make it a metallurgical coal bill.
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Yes.
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To enlighten the difference between steam coal and metallurgical coal and how much carbon is thrown into the air when you burn each type. >> Steam coal is the coal that would be used to power power plants, for coal-burning power plants and things of that nature. Metallurgical coal is used to make steel and the by products of steel and a lot of the metallurgical coal from southwest Virginia would be shipped to china, europe or india, the largest majority of that. And that is why it helps the ports of Virginia. >> Thank you. Would the gentleman yield for another question? >> I yield.
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With the Delegate yields. >> What is the fiscal impact of this now?
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I think the fiscal impact, if I 'm not mistaken would be about $200,000 in the coming year and then it jumps up to $500,000 and also depends on the market. It just -- it really depends on the market moving forward. We hope it's a good market but you never know. >> I thank the gentleman.
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Thank you. >> Shall the floor substitute be agreed to? All those in favor of the motion, aye. Those opposed, no. The floor substitute is agreed to. Shall the bill pass? The clerk will close the roll.
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Ayes 58, nos 41. >> Ayes 58, nos 41. The bill passes. >> Mr. Speaker, turning to Page 22 of the printed calendar. Senate bills third reading regular. The next revenue bill that we will consider Page 22 is Senate bill 531, a bill to require the department of taxation to reinstitute an accelerated refund program reported reported from the committee on facebook. >> The Delegate finance.
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The Delegate from Powhatan, Delegate Ware. >> This would require that the department of taxation re-establish an accelerated refund program for Virginia taxpayers filing in person or by mail with a local commissioner of revenue. It would be similar to the program that was discontinued in December of 2016 and it would be effective for taxable years that begin on or after January 1 of this year. I move the bill.
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Shall the bill pass? The clerk will close the roll. >> Ayes 96 96, nos 3. >> Ayes 96, nos 3. The bill passes. >> Mr. Speaker, turning to Page 23. The next Page, next revenue bill before us is Senate bill 573. It is a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of Virginia relating to the green job creation tax credit extends the sunset provision. Reported from the committee on finance.
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The Delegate from Arlington, Delegate Lopez. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Bill s.B. 573 would extend the sunset for the green tax credits credits 2021. Identical to the bill that passed this chaim chamber. I hope it would be the pleasure to pass the bill.
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Shall the bill pass? The clerk will close the roll.
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Ayes 81, nos 18. >> Ayes 81, nos 18. The bill passes. >> And Mr. Speaker, turning to Page 26. Of the printed calendar. Page 26. The next revenue bill before us is Senate bill 942. It is a bill to amend and reenact multiple sections of the code of Virginia relating to the state sales and use tax for the historic triangle. Bill reported from the committee on finance.
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The Delegate from Suffolk, Delegate Jones. >> Mr. Speaker and ladies and gentlemen of the House, Senate bill 942 is the historic triangle tourism revitalization act. What this will do is increase the state sales tax for the city of Williamsburg and the counties of York. And, James city county. It would require the city of Williamsburg to rescind four taxes that were increased in the last year. They increased their transient occupancy tax by $2 per room night. They increased the males tax from 5% to 6% and increased the lodging tax from 5% percent to 7% and added a new admissions tax never previously considered in the historic triangle of 3.5%. It would also require the -- all of the three jurisdictions to abandon the $2 per night transient occupancy tax that was instituted some years ago. It would generate about -- let me get the number here, Mr. Speaker. 15.3 million north dakota net revenues in 2019 -- 15-point about million dollars in net revenues in 2019. It has four enactment clauses at the end of the bill. The first, which is number two, would mean that the ordinance would not -- this bill would not become effective until the city of Williamsburg would repeal the four ordinances that created the taxes. Number three, that the prosixes of the act should expire on January 2019 if Williamsburg does not act affirmatively to repeal those. And then number four, it says that if the requirements of the second enactment of the act are met and provisions become effective it will expire on the first day of the month following any adoption of any additional food and beverage tax in any of the three jurisdictions or any reimposition of the $2 transient occupancy tax. And then, number five, it just says that the general assembly finds that maintaining a robust tourism industry in the historic triangle is vitally important to the commonwealth. Currently, I believe, there is 1200 -- 12,000 locals employed in the triangle. And it has suffered mightily in the last handful of years and if we deposit the funds 50% would go into the historic triangle marketing fund to be administered by a council and the other 50% on a point of sale method back to those three jurisdictions. They would not be able to reduce their marketing budgets by more than what the $2 per night was reduced. And I would ask that we would pass the bill.
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The Delegate from James city, Delegate Pogge .
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Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Speak to the bill.
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The Delegate has the floor. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen of the body, I want to remind you that the power to tax is a very sacred trust that we have. And I don't think it should be taken lightly. This bill does move away from policies that we have put into place here and set some precedence. Senate bill 942 levies a $25 million sales tax increase for the residents of the historic triangle. That tax is for tourism. Half of that tax, the 1% sales tax increase will go to create the taxing authority -- I mean the tourism authority. The other half will go to the localities. It is not going to be paid for by tourists, though. It is going to be paid for by 160,000 residents of the historic triangle every time they pass a cash register for something that in my opinion is not a core function of government. I believe it interferes with the constitutional relationship between the cities and the state government and it undermines the dillon rule. I believe it also interferes with the established protections of representative government by removing the accountability of dually elected officials in the city of Williamsburg who passed certain taxes on their residents and it removes that accountability from them to the people that they represent. It asks for the state instead to levy an unpopular tax. For those reasons and many more, I will be voting in opposition to Senate bill 942. Thank you. >> The Delegate from Fauquier, Delegate weber. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Would Delegate Jones yield for a yes? >> Would the Delegate from Suffolk yield for a yes? >> I yield.
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The Delegate yields. >> Or as Delegate Gilbert likes to refer to him, the hero from Suffolk. The question that I have is as I understand the description of the bill is that there will be several taxes that will be removed for instance the transient occupancy tax and then this tax will be put in place in lieu of those taxes. >> I would say to the gentleman that is correct. They would be a requirement of the bill upon its pass and before age beforeit would come law that they shall rescind the four taxes that were instituted by the city of Williamsburg and also the $2 per night tax that the three jurisdictions currently imgloss one more question, Mr. Speaker. >> Does the Delegate yield for a yes? >> I yield.
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The gentleman yields.
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With regards to the revenues collected some of the revenues of the new tax are going to be used for tourism et cetera and then the rest go back to the localities. Can the localities use the revenue as they see fit?
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I would say to [break in audio] >> Does the Delegate want to ask another question? >> Yes. >> All right. Mr. Speaker. I will answer his question. >> Yeah.
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Will the Delegate yield for another question? >> I yield.
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The Delegate yields. >> As the gentle lady referred to how those taxes are used, are the taxes essentially going to be very similar in nature in that some of it is going to be used like the transient occupancy tax that is used for tourism and then some of them are going back to the localities to be used for regular governmental services? >> Mr. Speaker, I would say it is my understanding currently the $2 per night tax is used exclusively for marketing and tourism. I could be mistaken but I think so. That will be repealed and then this tax would be implemented in the three jurisdictions, 50% would go to a council that is made of representatives one from the city council of Williamsburg and one from the boards et cetera and they would determine how to spend those dollars, 50% percent. They would hire an executive director to do the marketing and all of the above. The 50% that goes to the jurisdictions as I understand it is the maintenance of effort required. You can not go below what you are doing today and use the excess dollars as they would see fit, I believe, within their jurisdictions. >> I thank the gentleman.
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The Delegate from Suffolk, Delegate Jones .
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Mr. Speaker, finally speaking to the bill. >> The Delegate has the floor.
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I did not note this in my earlier remarks. Williamsburg city council and York County board of supervisors and James city county acting administrator and Williamsburg motel and hotel association and busch gardens all of in support of this as the industry is certainly suffering in that region. It is a vital part of our economy. And anyone who would buy any merchandise or pay any sales tax in the three jurisdictions would in fact be paying for -- paying the additional tax.
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The Delegate from Virginia beach, Delegate Knight .
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Mr. Speaker, speak to the measure. >> The Delegate has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, Senate bill 972 I think behave been reading in the paper around Hampton roads where they have been having issues with something very, very historic to us which is colonial Williamsburg where we hold our commemorative session from time to time where the House of burgesses met. They are having some maybe financial difficulties for awhile that more tourism and marketing would help them. Last year they had to lay off 362 full-time employees and recognize and take money out of savings. I believe this will help turn this around and make it a priority for people to maybe come to Virginia beach to take a day trip to see colonial Williamsburg. I urge you to consider passing Senate bill 972.
Kirk Cox
Shall the bill pass? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 65, nos 32. >> Ayes 65, nos 32. The bill passes.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, now returning to Page 7 of the printed calendar. All of the revenue bills on the uncontested calendar but moved to the regular to get them in the proper order. The first revenue bill on Page 7 which is moved from the uncontested calendar was Senate bill 271, a bill to amend the code of Virginia relating to notification of tax return data breach. Bill reported from the committee on finance.
[Unknown]
The Delegate from prince Williams, Delegate ayala. >> Good afternoon, Mr. Speaker and members of the House. Senate bill 271 is a companion bill to by House bill 183 which deals with data breaches. The assembly passed legislation last year which saved the commonwealth $800,000 in unrecoverable fraudulent returns. This year the department of taxation suggests that we add tax preparers to the list which would estimate is expected to save the commonwealth $300,000 in unrecoverable fraudulent refunds have, if it is the pleasure of the body, I hope it is, to pass the bill. Thank you. >> Shall the bill pass? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 98, nos 0. >> Ayes 98, nos 0. The bill passes.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 8. The next revenue bill that was moved from the uncontested calendar is Senate bill 332. It is a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code relating to retail sales and use tax agricultural exemptions. Reported from the committee on finance. >> The Delegate from car line, Delegate Orrock .
[Unknown]
All this dose is take the current $1,000 cap on sales at farmer's market of produce and other items tax exempt and raises that to $2,500. I move the passage of the bill.
Bobby Orrock
Shall the bill pass? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 97, nos 0. >> Ayes 97, nos 0. The bill passs.
[Unknown]
Next revenue bill before us on turning to Page 9. The next Page. Printed calendar. Senate bill 486 a bill to amend and reenact three sections of the code relating to alcoholic beverage control, licensee sams, hours of operation special event is. Reported from the committee on general laws with amendment in the nature of a substitute.
[Unknown]
The Delegate from Virginia beach, Delegate Knight .
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, Senate bill 486. We have seen the bill in general laws. It makes sure that at least 75% of the spirits sold or sold are manufactured on site from Virginia. It allows for eight events a year up from four. I move the House adopt the bill. Delegate Knight, we need to adopt the substitute. >> I move the substitute.
Kirk Cox
Shall the committee substitute be agreed to. All in favor of the motion, say aye. Those opposed, no. The substitute is agreed to. Shall the bill pass? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 97, nos 0. >> Ayes 97, nos 0. The bill passes. >> Turning to Page 12 of the printed calendar. The next revenue bill moved from the uncontested calendar to the regular calendar is Senate bill 564. A bill to amend and reenact several sections of the code relating to public access to court records. Reported to the committee from courts of justice with a substitute.
[Unknown]
The Delegate from Salem, Delegate Habeeb. >> I move the committee substitute. >> Shall the committee substitute be agreed to. All in favor of the motion, say aye. Those opposed, no. The committee substitute is agreed to. Delegate Habeeb .
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker and members of the body, Senate bill 5641 5641 564 is a companion to House bill 680. The Delegate from Newport News or wherever you live has played a good role in this. I would move passage of the bill.
Kirk Cox
Shall the bill pass? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 97, nos 2. >> Ayes 97, nos 2. The bill passes.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, turning to Page 14. Page 14. The next revenue bill is Senate bill 695, it is a bill to amend and reenact three sections of the code of Virginia related to alcoholic beverage control internet beer retailers. Reported from the committee own general laws.
[Unknown]
The Delegate from Virginia beach, Delegate Knight .
[Unknown]
It is a bill that would be of a lot of interest to certain people in here and allows internet sales of beer. Mr. Speaker, I move the House pass the bill.
Kirk Cox
Shall the bill pass? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 92, nos 4. >> Ayes 92, nos 4. The bill passs. >> Ed a turning to Page 15. The next Page of the Senate calendar the last revenue bill on this section is Senate bill 726. A bill to amend and reenact various sections of the code relating to certifications of the use of cannibinol or thca. Reported from the committee from courts of justice with an amendment.
[Unknown]
Delegate Cline. >> Speaking to the amendment.
[Unknown]
The Delegate has the floor. >> Mr. Speaker, Senate bill 726, the committee amendment adds an emergency clause to the bill. I would move the committee amendment.
Ben Cline
Shall the committee amendment be agreed to? All those in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The committee amendment is agreed to. Delegate Cline .
Ben Cline
I would move passage of the bill.
Kirk Cox
Shall the bill pass? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 99, nos 0. >> Ayes 99, nos 0. The bill passes.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, turning to Page 44 of today's printed calendar. Senate bills on second reading regular. If you recall the majority leader moved and the body adopted waiving the readings. The next revenue bill before us is Senate bill 545, a a bill to amend and reenact to amend the code of Virginia relating to court reporters prohibited action civil penalties. Reported with a substitute and subsequently reported from the committee on appropriations. >> The Delegate from Salem, Delegate Habeeb. >> I move the adoption of the committee substitute from the committee on courts of justice. >> Shall the committee substitute be agreed to. Espn full all in favor of the motion, say aye as many as favor that motion say aye, those opposed no. Nos. >> That is agreed to.
Greg Habeeb
Senate bill 544 is in relation to court reporter contracts. A weird vote spread out of appropriations. I think we will hear from some people on both sides who support and oppose the bill. This is brought on behalf of your local court reporters, constituents performing court reporting services in the districts. The issue is that we have national out-of-state court reporters entering into multicase contracts with the insurance companies and then passing off the extra burden of that to the local attorneys and local parties who live in your district. This bill does several things that are noncontroversial. I think what it does is some people have an issue with is that it limits the ability to enter into multicontract relationships and has a penalty. The reason that part about the multicontracts is important is what you have is you have a couple of out-of-state national companies who are retaining folks on an ongoing basis and providing a reduced rate benefit to those folks. We don't find what people do in the contracts. The problem is there is another party which is the other party to the litigation who is not in a position to negotiate that contract but is forced to abide by it. They then get the costs shifted on to them and becomes a burden on them. So, again I think this bill is not partisan. I think we will hear from some folks over there. I would move passage.
[Unknown]
The Delegate from Fairfax, Delegate Watts. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Speaking to the bill. >> The Delegate has the floor.
[Unknown]
From where I stand, it is unfortunate that this bill had to be moved forward that we couldn't continue to understand what we are doing here. But, when I look at this bill, the explanation was all about out-of-state abuse and yet the bill does not direct itself just to out-of-state, it looks at the business practice of anyone who might enter an ongoing contract. And there is any number of reasons why it would be beneficial to have an ongoing relationship between a firm or entity and a court reporter. Note the bill specifically excludes local governments from being able to enter into such a contract. Underscoring that this is good business practice. So, when I look at this bill, that we are prohibiting that practice completely, that we are stepping in and saying that this kind of good relationship is unacceptable, I am left with at conclusion that this is a turf battle. And I think it is premature for us to at this time to be looking at a bill that does away with this practice completely when the offense seems to be only about an out-of-state situation. I again I hope it will be the pleasure of the body not to pass this bill and continue to a nor narrowly focus on any -- more narrowly focus on problem that May ! Exist. >> Delegate Toscano .
David Toscano
The Delegate has the floor. >> I want to reinforce the comments from the Delegate from Salem. This is not a partisan bill. A bill that you should look at not on the bay of basis of who voted which way but on the basis of reading the bill itself and trying to figure out what it does. Some of us attorneys who are very concerned about some of these major operations from out-of-state coming in and basically disadvantaging our local court reporter operations and I think that is why some of us in the courts committee after we fully vetted the bill took the position we did and supported the bill. So, I would hope that you would not think of this as a partisan issue and look at it on the strength and weaknesses of the bill and cast your vote accordingly. I will be supporting the bill because, of course, we always support the little guy. I hope you will vote for the bill.
[Unknown]
Shall the bill pass?
Kirk Cox
The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 79, nos 20. >> Ayes 79, nos 20. The bill passes. >> Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
The Delegate from Salem, Delegate Habeeb. >> Rise for a motion.
[Unknown]
The Delegate has the floor. >> I move having voted on the prevailing side by which we passed Senate bill 564, on Page 12, this is the nonconfidential court records bill that the vote be reconsidered. Page 12. Senate bill 564. >> Delegate Habeeb moves having voted on the prevailing side by which the House adopted Senate bill 564 to reconsider the vote. All in all in favor of the motion, say aye. Those opposed, no. The motion is adopt.
[Unknown]
A few members voted against thinking that was the court reporter bill and actually voted against. I would move passage of the bill.
Kirk Cox
Shall the bill pass? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 99, nos 0. >> Ayes 99. Nos 0. The bill passes,.
[Unknown]
Returning to Page is other two bills moved the constitutional readings advanced. The next is Senate bill 883 on Page 45 a bill to amend and reenact of the code relate took income tax modification for certain companies and individual income tax attraction for employees local grants. Reported from the committee on facebook finance with a substitute and reported from the committee on appropriations with a substitute.
[Unknown]
Delegate moorfield. >> I move to reject the amendment in the nature of a substitute from the committee on finance. And accept the finance substitute. >> Shall the facebook substitute be agreed to. All in favor of that motion say aye. Opposed no. The finance substitute is rejected. Shall the committee substitute from appropriations be agreed to? That is agreed to. Speaker Morefield .
[Unknown]
I hope that we will support the amendment in the nature of the stutts from the appropriations committee. I do not personally agree but I leave it will at least put us in the posture of working out differences in the conference committee. The bill is now similar to House bill 222 that we passed 87-12 which would provide income tax exemptions to corporations that meet certain investment thresholds in the localities that are listed in the adopted substitute. I hope it would be the pleasure of the House to pass the bill.
Kirk Cox
Shall the bill pass? The clerk will close the roll. >> S1 ayes 8 87, nos 12. >> The bill passes.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 926. It is a bill to amend and reenact section of the code relating to the contingency fees for special counsel employed by a state agency. Reported from the committee from courts of justice and subsequently the commit yo on appropriations. >> The Delegate from Salem, Delegate Habeeb. >> Mr. Speaker and members of the body the last bill I presented I indicated it was not a partisan vote and ignore the vote spread. This has been a totally partisan vote and pay close attention to whatever side of the aisle you are on. I don't believe it should be but it has become that. The bill periodically the attorney general has to retain outside counsel. Sometimes they do that in a contingency fee arrangement for things like multijournal and multistate litigation and saw that out of mortgage and fraud issues. What the bill does is puts a graduated cap on the amount of fees, the percentage of the fee paid to outside council counsel. It will mean more money to taxpayers and less to lawyers. If you want the taxpayers to get money, vote for the bill. If you want me and Heretick and the other lawyers in the room to get more money, vote against the bill. Not withstanding my obvious context and the reduction in the ability to feed my children I would move passage of Senate bill 926. >> The Delegate from Charlottesville, Delegate Toscano .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Speaking to the bill.
[Unknown]
The Delegate has the floor. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I'm sorry, I don't totally agree with the gentleman from Salem on this one. The attorney general is trying to very hard to protect consumers and times it takes a multijournal lawsuit to do so and to enter into it May involve employing attorneys at very high rates of contingency fees. Remember, attorneys who work on contingency fees only get paid if they win. And so, if it is important to you to protect the taxpayer and increase the amount of money coming in because we have these high powered attorneys representing the commonwealth of Virginia, protecting the consumers interest then you will vote for the bill. And don't worry about our smalltown country lawyers. We do okay on our own. So vote against this bill. Vote against. Vote no. Red.
Kirk Cox
Shall the bill pass? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 46, nos 51.
[Unknown]
Ayes 46, nos 51. The bill fails to pass. Mr. Speaker, the final two revenue bills to be considered at this time are on pages 30 and 31. Page 30, House bill 768. Patronned by Delegate Jones. That is a a bill to amend and reenact sections of the code relating to the motor vehicle fuels sales tax in certain regions of the commonwealth. Reported from the committee -- passed by the House of delegates on February 13. Subsequently approved by the Senate with an amendment in the form of a substitute and the substitute is before the body. >> The Delegate from Suffolk, Delegate Jones .
Kirk Cox
I would ask that we would reject the Senate amendment substitute to put the bill into conference. >> Shall the Senate substitute be agreed to? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 1, nos 97 abstentions 1. >> Ayes 1, nos 97 abstentions 1. The substitute is rejected. >> Mr. Speaker. >> Yes. The Delegate from Montgomery, Delegate Rush .
[Unknown]
I have a motion. >> The Delegate has the floor. >> Having voted on the prevailing side of which Senate bill 926 failed to pass I would move for reconsideration.
[Unknown]
Delegate Rush moved having voted on the prevailing side the House reconsider the vote by which it failed to pass s.B. 926. All in favor of the motion, say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The bill is reconsidered.
[Unknown]
Delegate Habeeb. >> Speak fog the bill. >> The Delegate has the floor.
[Unknown]
It is real clearly. This is a parity partisan vote. On this side you want to vote green. On that side you want to vote red. And there is nobody should avoid hitting their button. Everybody should hit a button. Over here hit the green button. Over there, hit the red button. Over here the green button. Over there, hit the red button. [cheers and applause] shall the bill pass? >> Mr. Speaker. >> I have a motion, please.
[Unknown]
The Delegate from Montgomery, Delegate Rush .
[Unknown]
I move me take bye Senate bill 926 temporarily.
[Unknown]
The motion is to take bye Senate bill 962 temporarily. All in favor of the motion, say aye. Those opposed, no. The bill is taken bye temporarily. The clerk will continue.
[Unknown]
Turning to Page 31, returning to Page 31 of the calendar. [gavel pounding]
[Unknown]
The clerk will proceed. >> Page 31. House bill Senate amendment the last revenue bill in the category is Senate bill 793. It is a bill to amend and reenact various sections related to nurse practitioners practice agreements. Passed the House February 12. Subsequently passed the Senate with a substitute. The substitute is before the body. >> The Delegate from Chesterfield, Delegate Robinson. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I move that we accept the Senate substitute.
[Unknown]
Could you maybe explain it? >> Here is what happened. So when we got the bill out of the House, after the bill was passed at 93-6 we got together with the board of health professions on the bill on multiple occasions along with msv and other parties. So clean up language because there were things they wouldn't be able to enforce in the current language as it is written. There is no big major changes in the bill and it still requires a collaborative practice agreement for five years before a nurse practitioner will be able to practice without it. And that is full-time, they have to -- after completing the five years of full-time clinical practice continue practicing in the category in which they are certified and licensed and it that hasn't changed. Joint boards of nursing and medicine must receive a signed attestation stating the requirements of the collaborative practice agreement have been met and the period of time the nurse practitioner collaborated with them and the physician must attest they routinely practice with a patient population in a practice area included within the category for which the nurse practitioner was certified and licensed and includes several enactment clauses that require the joint boards to promulgate the regular lakes of nurse practitioners practicing without a practice agreement and the number who have been authorized to practice without a practice agreement the geographic and specialty area in which they are practicing without a practice agreement and any complaints of disciplinary action against nurse practitioners along with any recommended modifications to the requirements of this act. So it still requires five years and I hope it will be everybody who would like the bill before will continue to like it and support it and pass the Senate substitute.
Kirk Cox
Shall the Senate substitute be agreed to? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 97, nos 2. >> Ayes 97, nos 2. The substitute is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, returning to Page 45. The last revenue bill before the body is Senate bill 926 that has been taken bye temporarily. It is a bill to amend and reenact related to contingency fees for special counsel employed by state agency and the bill has been explained.
[Unknown]
The Delegate from Shenandoah, Delegate Gilbert .
[Unknown]
Speak together bill, Mr. Speaker. >> The Delegate has the floor.
[Unknown]
This is the bill that Delegate Habeeb so eloquently and clearly spoke about and the minority leader spoke clearly about it which should have been an additional clue about the partisan dynamic and I would encourage the members of my caucus to vote yes.
Kirk Cox
Shall the bill pass? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 51, nos 48.
[Unknown]
Ayes 51, nose 48. Nos 48. The bill passes. [no audio]
[Unknown]
The Delegate from Fairfax, Delegate Hugo I might request that we return to the morning hour for a point of personal privilege. >> Okay.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker the Delegate from Fairfax, Delegate Sickles .
[Unknown]
I rise reluctantly for a motion. >> The Delegate has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, on having voted on the prevailing side on Senate bill 942 on Page 26, I move that we reconsider the vote so that a member can correct their vote thank you. >> Delegate Sickles moves that having voted on the prevailing side the House reconsider the vote by which s.B. 942? >> Yes,. >> I all those yes,all in favor of themotion, say aye. Those opposed, no. That is reconsidered.
Kirk Cox
Shall the bill pass? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 63, nos 34. >> Ayes 63, nos 34. The bill passs.
[Unknown]
I request a return to a point of personal privilege.
[Unknown]
The Delegate has the floor. >> We are completing Black history month today and talked about the military contributions african americans have made over the years. Literally the first person killed in the revolutionary war at the boston massacre, the 54th mass chew massachusetts to the philippines to world war ii. Carroll braxton used to admire the marines at when he was growing up in the 1930 this'. There seemed little chance he could join. African americans were not allowed in. Franklin roosevelt established a presidential directive to accept all recruits regardless of race, color, creed or national origin and at the height of world war ii, he raise the the right hand and took an oath to defend our country knowing full well what could be asked of him. There was no hesitation. Our country called and he willingly answered. He was September to a segregated base for training in north carolina. He was one of the first and like all who came it was not easy. There were those who didn't want him there. Didn't think he was capable but they adapted and overcame. Braxton said of his basic training platoon, they were determined if anybody could make it as marines they would. They pressured through. He graduated as a private -- they pushed through. He graduated as a private in the united states marine corps. He returned this time as a drill instructor and led the way. Now it was his turn to ensure that those that came after him were ready ma sleep reasons. He would later go in to serve in the pacific theater two and a half years. Completed 33 years in the marine corps. Retired as a master gunnery sergeant. Honored by the fbi and cia and recognized as the northern Virginia trail blazing civil rights leader. His story is recorded at the library of congress and later awarded a congressional medal of honor by president barack obama, recognizing the unique contributions of the marines like Carroll braxton. Master gunnery sergeant Carroll braxton has a distinguished career. Think back about that rare of world war ii. What causes a man to leave his family to enlist in the military to fight for his country? What are the thoughts going through the man who will give his life to fight fascism abroad, the evil abroad knowing there is evil of racism at home. I can't tell you what goes through his mind. If you want to know, ask him yourself. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, today us with is a man, not a football hero, not a hollywood hero, on the floor of the House with us today is a great virginian, a father, a husband, a christian church leader, a true american patriot and hero, ledge of the House, as they say in the marines, on your feet for a great man, master gunnery sergeant Carroll braxton! [cheers and applause]
[Unknown]
Mr. Braxton, it is an honor to have you today in our midst. I cannot thank you enough for your 33 years of service. Thank you for gracing us with your presence, and godspeed. [applause]
[Unknown]
The Delegate from Shenandoah. >> The Delegate has the floor. >> I move that the House stand in recess until 1:15 p.M. Delegate Gilbert moves the House stay in recess until 1:15 p.M. All in favor of the motion, say aye. Those opposed, no. The motion is agreed to. The House stands in recess until 1:15. >> The republican caucus will meet immediately upon the recess in House room one. Democratic caucus like Wise will be meeting downstairs in House room 2.