03/09/2018 House Proceedings

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Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock)—00:00
Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)—00:00
Del. Lashrecse D. Aird (D-Petersburg)—00:00
Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond)—00:42
Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)—00:18
Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock)—00:00
Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville)—00:00
Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville)—01:24
Del. David Yancey (R-Newport News)—06:12
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Minutes

Called to order at 10:00 a.m. by M. Kirkland Cox, Speaker

Mace placed on Speaker's table by Sergeant at Arms

Prayer offered by The Reverend Lee Pusha, Ebenzer Baptist Church, Roanoke [at the request of Delegate Rasoul]

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

Attendance roll call - Quorum present

Leaves of Absence granted: Delegates Heretick [portion] and  Kory

Journal for Thursday, March 8, 2018, approved by the Speaker

Senate Communication Received - more

HJR 575 (Election of Circuit
Court Judges, General District Court Judges, and Juvenile and Domestic
Relations District Court Judges) offered by Delegate Adams of Pittsylvania and
agreed to (Y-96 N-0 A-0)

Motion by Delegate Rasoul to adjourn in honor and memory of Pastor Sylvia Ball agreed to

Message from Senate: HJR 575 agreed
to 

Message from Senate:
Nominations made for certain judicial offices of the Commonwealth

Motion by Delegate Gilbert to recess agreed toHouse recessed at 10:46 a.m. until 10:55 a.m.

House reconvened at 10:55 a.m.

Transcript

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

[Unknown]
[gavel pounding] >> The House will come to order. Members, please take their seats. Sergeant at arms. >> The House is now in session. All persons not entitled to the privileges of the floor please retire to the gallery. >> The members will rise and be led in prayer by the Reverend Lee pusha, ebenezer baptist church, Roanoke, Virginia. Remain standing for the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the united states of america led by the Delegate from Shenandoah, Delegate Gilbert. >> Amen. >> Before I begin, let me thank you all again for the honor of being here on this morning. I have been asked by my good friend sam Rasoul, a man who is loyal to the Roanoke valley in his charge. To also mention I stand here in place of one more dear friend, pastor silvia ball who was scheduled to be here but took ill. Many of you all know that pastor ball died last night of cancer. I ask you to lift up her family in prayer and her church family as well. Every Head bowed, every eye closed. Dear thanks o God for all you are and all you do. Always mindful to come first and thanks and appreciation for it is thanks that we give and thankful that we are. In this thanks, o, God, we are appreciative for the placing of this your people. We give thanks for these your servants who you have placed in charge of this your people in this great commonwealth. We ask, o God for you to impart wisdom to do your will. In the same in which sol low man solomon asked for issue wisdom not for himself but to effectively lead his people, your people. We ask for the same wisdom that you impart on these your servants that they May lead these people of this great state with your wisdom as well. We a pray that your spirit will live and flourish at we pray foreparts for Peace and progress and when with all is done we give you all of the honor and the glory and the praise and we ask in all your name, amen. >> Amen.
[Unknown]
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america. And to the republic, for which it stands. One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Kirk Cox
The members will answer the roll call indicating presence on the electronic voting board. >> The clerk will close the roll. >> Mr. Speaker, a quorum is present.
Kirk Cox
The gentleman from Shenandoah, Delegate Gilbert. >> Mr. Speaker, I rise for announcement. >> The Delegate has the floor.
[Unknown]
I just want to share with the members of the body that we are going to do things a little differently this morning. The Senate and the House are both going to take up judges first thing. So that means that if members will hold off on doing announcements or intercubses interduckses interducres we introduckses we will proceed through the morning hour of busy way of announcement but then come back for the other matters after we do judges. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
Pursuant to House rule 3 I have examined and approve the journal of the House of delegates for Thursday, March 8. Motions and resolutions under rule 39 pursuant to provisions of rule 40 are now in order. I would ask the clerk to report h.J.R. 575. Dealing with judicial elections.
[Unknown]
House joint resolution 575, election of circuit court judges, general district court judges, juvenile and domestic relations district court judges, and a member of the state -- Mr. Speaker, let me repeat that. 535, election of circuit court judges, general district court judges and juvenile and domestic relation court judges. That's it.
[Unknown]
The Delegate Adams. >> I move adoption of the resolution.
Kirk Cox
All those in favor of the resolution will record their vote on the electronic voting board. The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 96, nos 0. >> Ayes 96, nos 0. I would ask the Delegate from pennsylvania Delegate Adams to pun communicate the action of the House to the Senate .
[Unknown]
The House will be at ease. [House at ease]
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker. >> The Delegate from Shenandoah, Delegate Gilbert .
[Unknown]
I rise for another announcement. >> The Delegate has the floor.
Todd Gilbert
Mr. Speaker, we were made every effort to communicate with the Senate as they require and demand and expect. And, they were insistent that we would be starting at 10:00 and doing judges at 10:00 and they have not started yet. We will do the morning hour now, I believe, Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
The clerk shall announce the first morning hour order of business including any clerk's announcements and communications. >> I advise the body that only conference reports and certain joint resolutions May be considered at this time. And as it stands now, we have approximately 50 House bills in conference for conference reports that are still out there circulating in work. We have about four in here now. For Senate bills, Senate joints we have about 20 and there is one in here. Roughly 70 pieces of legislation that are still outstanding that need to be sorted out today and tomorrow.
[Unknown]
The Delegate from James city, Delegate Pogge .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Delegate has the floor. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Joining us in the gallery today are 11th grade students from providence classical school located in district 96 which is James city county. The entire class is here with their art teacher, melinda Lewis to take architectural photographs of Mr. Jefferson's capitol. The assignment is fitting because the students are educated in the classical method which is the same style in which thomas jefferson was educated. Providence school teaches stew dens using the model the mind first must be supplied with facts and then giving the logical tools for organizing facts and finally equipped to express conclusions. Students are required to take art classes and students also must learn the classical languages of lat laten and greek. Providence is a classical christian school where students are taught to appreciate and embrace truth, beauty and virtue. Let's give them a warm House welcome. [applause] >> The House would certainly like to welcome the students from providence to the capitol and hope your enjoy your stay. Thanks for coming. The Delegate from Roanoke city, Delegate Rasoul .
[Unknown]
I rise for introduction and a motion. >> The Delegate has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, today we have the honor of being led in prayer by my good friend the Reverend Lee pusha. He has impacted the Roanoke valley in countless ways from establishing partnerships with area youth ministries to creating programs to better serve the community in Roanoke. From my experience, Reverend pusha, I learned he is a true light in the community and thinks of others before himself. I would like to take a moment to thank him and his wonderful wife for their passion in serving the Roanoke valley. If we could give them a warm House welcome. [applause] >> Motion, Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
The Delegate has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, several days ago I was notified by my good friend pastor celia ball that she would not be able to be here with us today due to illness. I then was able to contact my good friend Reverend Lee pusha who was able to come in on her behalf. That few minutes ago sadly a text message came to my friend rev Reverend pusha letting us know that pastor ball passed away at a very young age due to cancer. Mr. Speaker, for a person who has really -- is really the light of sweet union baptist church in Roanoke, a person who one of her final posts quoted cornel west in saying never forget that justice is what love look is like in public I move that we adjourn in the honor and memory of pastor silvia ball. >> Delegate Rasoul moves that the House when it adjourns adjourn in honor and memory of pastor silvia ball. Those in favor of that motion shall rise. The motion is agreed to. The Delegate from Prince William, Delegate rohn.
[Unknown]
Up there. I rise for an introduction. >> The Delegate has the floor. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Joining us in the gallery today are members of the settle the debt campaign. If they would be happy to rise. So, the settle the debt campaign which was founded by a mom in the 13th district, they are making sure that no child has to go hungry or be ashamed because their family's inability to pay school -- to pay a school meal debt. Prince william county schools has a lunch policy that gives every child an equal lunch regardless of their ability to pay that day. At the end of each school year so many children have unpaid lunch debt and the families owe more than $50 in school lunch debt their bills are September sent to collections. When they incurred $300,000 in debt from unpaid student meals adele created a crowd funding account and raised more than $40,000 by engaging local communities to help pay off the debt. The program helps prevent family school lunch debts from going to collections and promotes antimeal shaming initiatives for students in Prince William County. And we are thankful for h.B. 50, by the way. The settle the debt campaign has helped hundreds of children and their families in Prince William County schools. The campaign continues its efforters to alleviate school meal debt in Prince William County to ensure every child gets the nutrition they need to learn and succeed without being shamed for no matter what. I ask that we give the members of the settle the debt campaign a warm House welcome. [applause] >> The House would like to welcome the members of the settle the debt campaign to the capitol and hope you enjoy your stay. Pursuant to House rule 30, the journal shall reflect the following members are away on pressing personal business and granted leave from today's session. Delegates Heretick and Delegate Kory. The clerk shall announce the next order of business. >> The second morning hour are member requests to move legislation from the uncontested to regular calendar. Mr. Speaker, there are no such requests. >> The clerk shall announce the next who order of business. >> The third morning hour is request for members -- by members for legislation to go bye for the day. At this time, I 'm aware of no such requests. >> The clerk shall announce the next order of business.
[Unknown]
The fourth and final reserved for member requests for points of personal privilege.
[Unknown]
Delegate Aird. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise for a point of personal privilege.
[Unknown]
The Delegate has the floor. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker and ladies and gentlemen of the House, all week you have heard about unique women for women's history month. Some about our daughters that are changing the world. Some about women that are historical in nature. And, as we have heard from Delegate Tyler, even about some who sit among us in this body. Well, Mr. Speaker, I also rise to share a brief moment for women's history month because you see I happened to hear this very special story in passing and was so moved that I felt like we all needed to know. Mr. Speaker and ladies and gentlemen of this body, this story is about a little girl. A 13-year-old little girl, one that one day overheard her papa telling her older brother about the Page program and how he should consider applying. Well, her older brother did not want to sign up for the program but she did. So, with much excitement, she looked up at her poppa and said well, I want to be a Page poppa. Without even as much as a second thought he replied, oh, money, girls can't be pages. To this little girl, that was not satisfactory. And Mr. Speaker, like many of the young girls and women who have the courage to overcome obstacles, like being denied opportunity, she did not accept her poppa's answer and went on to apply to be a Page anyway. Mr. Speaker, this little girl unfortunately, was not accepted to be a Page that year. She applied. But I tell you what did happen? Instead of allowing her to be a Page, she was offered a position in the bill room and went on to become the first female supervisor of that office. In addition, the very next year, in 1973, the first girl Page was accepted to the Page program. Mr. Speaker, I don't know if many in this body know, but that little girl was a our very own sharon crouch slidell. [applause]
[Unknown]
Ladies and gentlemen -- ladies and gentlemen, sharon likely forever changed our very own Page program. And because of her, countless young girls from all over the commonwealth have been given the prestigious opportunity to be pages. So, Mr. Speaker, I ask that you all join me in celebrating our very own sharon crouch slidell for her personal achievements, the impact that she has had on this institution, and all that she does for each and every one of us. And, every time you go on to push your blue Page button and someone's daughter comes to assist you, remember sharon's poppa saying oh, honey, girls can't be pages. And how far we have come since then. Thanks you, Mr. Speaker. [applause]
[Unknown]
Delegate Aird. Thank you for that great story. Sharon, thank you for all that you do. You are a blessing to all of us. What a great tribute. The Delegate from Norfolk, Delegate Jones. >> I rise for a point of personal privilege. >> The Delegate has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, I 'm going to continue this Page theme right now because I am sad to say that we are losing one of our general assemb family at the end of the year, Ms. Helen burch hess who is the Page coordinator. A life long educator and 18 years ago she joined the Page program as coordinator. I was lucky enough to meet her 15 years ago when I served as Page and she was keeping us in line even when some of us went rogue. And, you know, I do want to say, Ms. Hess it has been a tremendous oner to meet you 15 years ago and see you back around here now. On Tuesday we unanimously passed a resolution commending Ms. Hesse. Thank you for all that you do and we will certainly miss you around these hauls. Halls. [applause] >> I want to thank you for the great job that you have done over the years with the pages. We know the House pages are far superior to the Senate pages and that is totally due to you. [applause] >> The Delegate from Richmond city, Delegate McQuinn. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I rise for a point of personal privilege.
[Unknown]
The Delegate has the floor. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker and ladies and gentlemen of the House, I, too, rise this morning to continue the celebration of national women's history month. As you know, in 1987, the united states congress declared March as the national women's history month. Since that time, we have made concerted effort during the month of March to highlight the amazing contributions of many well-known women. We should also be reminded of the tremendous influences of the not so famous women who have impacted people, places, culture, society and history. Today, let me take a few minutes to reflect on the significant considerations made by countless unknown and unsung women and she-roes throughout history. Most of us have seen the 2017 award winning movie entitled "hidden figures." it told the story of three african american women who were relatively unknown women from near Virginia. They were instrumental in helping the united states successfully put a man into space. There are not too many people who knew the impact these women had on the space program, nor the challenges that they had as women and particularly as african american women breaking into a male-dominated field. The phrase hidden figures described many women in history because, unfortunately, women's remarkable achievements sometimes go unnotice and are not memorialized in the history books. Make no mistake, women have been the lifeline and the lifeblood of the family, the church, the community and the world. Women have also made their marks in every conceivable field of study, sports, military and other forms of employment. Women often work from sun-up to sundown making sure everything is taking care of. As the old saying goes, a woman's work is never done. Women have demonstrated phenomenal strength and extraordinary leadership throughout history. In fact, women are the incubators of civilization. Women provide the thread of life that weaves us all together. Women have cultivated the landscape of humanity that brings new life and energy to both men and women. As we reflect on women's history, let's not forget the many unnamed women who led the charge to establish the right to vote for women. Let's celebrate the millions of women who March for civil rights for us all. Let's honor the next door neighbor and our mothers and aunties and grand mothers who perform domestic labor to support their own families. The countless women who have become experts in every field imaginable. And challenge ourselves to recognize the excellence in all of our little girls who dream they can achieve any goal that they set their mind to. Let's trust that one day women's contribution and achievement will be recorded in the hearts and the the minds and all of the pages of history. Today I want to take the time to also recognize and honor and celebrate all of the fabulous women who serve here in the Virginia general assembly. These women are all trail blazers and history makers. With too many individuals and collective achievement to list. Actually I had originally planned to just read the remarkable resumes of every woman Delegate. But after verona won the championship game yesterday I was celebrating too much to do that and I thought you would appreciate Delegate Lopez. I didn't get a chance to print that. I guess you are all lucky for that reason this morning. Seriously, let me just say I have been proud of the women in this assembly. They have all shown leadership, courage and strength as they have worked hard to represent their constituents and make a positive difference for all of the citizens of Virginia. I close by asking one question. What are you going to do to celebrate women's history month this year? Let's start by recognizing the unsung hidden figures who made such a tremendous impact on your life. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. [applause]
[Unknown]
The Senator from Rockingham, Senator Obenshain .
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, a message from the Senate. >> Mr. Speaker. It is good to see you today.
[Unknown]
Thank you, sir. >> I have been directed by the president of the Senate to inform the House of delegates that the Senate has agreed to House joint resolution 575.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator Obenshain. The House will be at ease. [House at ease] >> During the recess, the democrats are going to meet upon standing at ease for five or 10 minutes. Right now, the House democratic caucus meeting down stairs in House room 2.
[Unknown]
While we are at ease? >> Yes.
[Unknown]
Okay. [House at ease] [gavel pounding]
Kirk Cox
House will come to order. Sergeant at arms.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, a message from the Senate from. >> The Senator from Rockingham, Senator Obenshain .
[Unknown]
I have been directed to inform the House of delegates execution of the joint order pursuant to House joint resolution 575 nomination have been made by the Senate for certain judicial offices as listed in the attached papers.
[Unknown]
Thank the Senator. The Delegate from Botetourt, Delegate Austin. >> Mr. Speaker, I ask for a moment of personal privilege. >> The Delegate has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker and ladies and gentlemen of the House, just as we walk the hauls halls of Mr. Jefferson's capitol so has another gentleman. Our photographer bob brown has trekked the same halls with camera in tow. Bob's photography and his ability to capture the moment be a smile, a serious conversation or unexpected grimace, Mr. Speaker, bob has that special ability. As it is often said, a picture is worth a thousand words. Although bob never speaks a word in our body, he delivers those words to our con at this time constituents around commonwealth on a daily basis. On Wednesday, h.R. 125 passed this body, commending bob brown and acknowledging his recent induction into the Virginia correspondent's association Hall of fame. No one more deserving of this award than bob brown. I have served here only five years in the body, however, I have come to recognize the contributions his photography makes to the House of delegates. Bob is here today, as always. However, he is joined today by his bride evelyn in the back of our chamber. I would ask you and your bride to please stand. Bob joined the rtd in 1968 and has served here with us for 48 years. He was born in Buena Vista, Virginia and grew up in Lexington. I consider bob to be a friend and have enjoyed our relationship. We share the same birthday. However, the years differ. [laughter]
[Unknown]
Considerably.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, as you know, bob's contributions to the bodyky are invaluable. So, ladies and gentlemen, I ask that you please rise and join me as we show our gratitude and appreciation for Mr. Bob brown. [applause]
[Unknown]
Bob, we certainly not only want to welcome you, but thank you for your great years of photography. It has been outstanding. Evelyn, it is great to have you also. A great honor. Thanks for everything you have done over the years.
[Unknown]
The joint order has arrived. The House on its part is ready to receive with the execution of h.J.R. 575. Nominations are now in order for judges of the judicial circuit. The clerk will report a resolution.
[Unknown]
House resolution 207 nominating persons to be elected to circuit court judge. That resolution has been distributed to the body. >> Mr. Speaker.
[Unknown]
The Delegate from Charlottesville, Delegate Toscano. The Delegate has the floor.
[Unknown]
Just so people understand what we are doing here and when we will do it. Is it not my understanding what we will do first is vote on the resolution and then to the extent anybody wants to take a person out of the block, that is when the vote will come on that person. So, the vote on the resolution is to get the resolution in front of us. A green vote. Would that be my correct understanding? >> The Delegate is correct. The resolution part is not the point to pull them oust of the out of the block. It is the voting piece. So the Delegate is correct. The Delegate from Shenandoah, Delegate Gilbert .
Todd Gilbert
I rise for a motion. >> The Delegate has the floor. >> Could the House -- I move that the House stand until recess until 10:55 a.M. >> Delegate Gilbert moves the House stand in recess until 10:55. The motion is agreed to. The House stands in recess until 1055.
[Unknown]
The republican caucus will meet downstairs in House room one and the democratic caucus in House room 2. [House in recess]
[Unknown]
Members, the House will be at ease. Sorry. [House at ease become ] become [House at ease] [House at ease] [House at ease] [gavel pounding] >> The House will come to order. And members will take their seats. Let's do a do over. The time for the joint order arrived in the House on its way to proceed with the execution of h.J.R. 575. Nominations are now in order for judges of the judicial circuit. The clerk will report a resolution.
[Unknown]
House resolution 207 nominating persons to be elected to circuit court judgeships. >> Any further nomination? The chair is hearing none. Hears none. As many as favor the adoption aye. Those opposed, no. The resolution is agreed to. Nominations are now in order for judges in the general district court. The clerk will report the resolution.
[Unknown]
Number 208 general district court judgeships.
[Unknown]
Are there any further nominations? The chair hears none. As many as favor the adoption of the resolution say aye. Those opposed, no. The resolution is agreed to. Nominations now in order for judges of the juvenile and domestic relations district court. The clerk will report the resolution.
[Unknown]
House resolution number 209 nominating persons elengthed to the district court judgeships. >> Any further nomination? The chair hears none. As many as favor the adoption of the resolution say aye. Those opposed, no. The resolution is agreed to. The Delegate from pennsylvania, Delegate Adams, will inform the Senate of the nominating nations made by the House. Meantime, the House will stand at ease.
[Unknown]
[House at ease] [gavel pounding]
[Unknown]
The House will come to order. Sergeant at arms. >> Mr. Speaker. A message from the Senate. >> The Senator from Rockingham, Senator Obenshain. >> Mr. Speaker. A little quieter than last time I was in here. I have been directed by the president of the Senate to inform the House of delegates in execution of the joint order pursuant to House joint resolution 575 a nomination made by the Senate for a certain judicial office listed in the attached papers.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator Obenshain. >> Thank you.
[Unknown]
The House will be at ease. [House at ease] [gavel pounding]
[Unknown]
The clerk will report a communication.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, the Senate is prepared to vote on judges for the circuit court judgeship the names all match in for that, for general district court judgeships the names all match. However, for the juvenile and domestic relations district court judgeships on lines 12 and 13 of House resolution 209, the House is nominating john a.Casabian and the Senate is nominating johnathan d. Freedon. There is a conflict on those two.
[Unknown]
The Delegate from Charlottesville, Delegate Toscano. >> Parliamentary inquiry.
[Unknown]
The Delegate has the floor. >> I would imagine we are voting on the House resolution and not on the Senate resolution. Is it the appropriate time to make a motion to sever and to remove lines 12 through 13 from the block on this juvenile House resolution 209? >> Yes. I think it is a request. >> I would certainly request that that be done, please.
[Unknown]
On resolution 209.
[Unknown]
Yes, sir, 209. >> Lines 12 and 13 will be severed from the block.
[Unknown]
And the Delegate .
[Unknown]
The name is johnathan a.Casabian.
[Unknown]
And Delegate Hugo .
[Unknown]
I would ask on House resolution 209 that line 10 and 11 be severed and separated out.
[Unknown]
That is a request also. We will make sure that will be severed. Lines 10 and 11. The Delegate from Chesapeake, Delegate Leftwich .
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I rise just to make an inquiry of the clerk. >> The Delegate has the floor. >> Mr. Speaker, I would ask the clerk to confirm that on lines 4 and 5 of Senate resolution that david j. Wooded is the nominee for the first judicial circuit. >> Yes.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
[Unknown]
The Delegate from Fairfax, Delegate Hugo .
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker. Can I make a motion that the House be at ease for a few minutes?
[Unknown]
We can just go at ease. >> At ease.
[Unknown]
The House will be at ease. [House at ease] [gavel pounding] >> The members will take their seats. Those in favor of the nominees for judges of the circuit court as noted in h.R -- the Delegate from Charlottesville, Delegate Toscano ?
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker, I request that lines 12 and 13 of House resolution 207 be severed so that that person can be voted on separately.
[Unknown]
There is a request from Delegate Toscano to remove on 207 lines 12 and 13 so that request we will vote on that particular judge separately. So everybody understands, he will not be in the block we are now voting on. Those in favor of the nominees of judge for the circuit court for terms of eight years commencing on the dates dates specified will vote yes. The clerk will close the roll. >> I don't announce it.
[Unknown]
Those in favor of James willett --
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker. >> Yes?
[Unknown]
The Delegate from pittslyvania, Delegate Adams .
[Unknown]
I would ask the body to vote favorably on the candidate that has been removed by the block and for further discussion I would yield to the Delegate from Fairfax as to this candidate.
[Unknown]
The Delegate from Fairfax, Delegate Hugo. >> Mr. Speaker. Thank you very much. I would hope that you would vote favorably on Mr. Willett to be a judge. An incredibly well qualified public defender, district attorney now. Also he was agreed to by members of the House and Senate, democratic and republican party. He is a very qualified candidate and I would hope we look forward to seeing him be a judge soon. Mr. Speaker. >> The Delegate from Shenandoah, Delegate Gilbert. >> I rise to speak to the nomination. >> The Delegate has the floor.
[Unknown]
I would be remiss if I didn't add to what the Delegate from Fairfax said. I have known jim willett since I was a young prosecutor. He is the finest trial lawyer I have ever seen. He tried some of the most impactful serious cases in the history of Virginia including the malvo and muhammad d.C. Sniper cases. He is fair-minded. I think it pee speaks volumes to his qualifications that whereas prosecutors tend to have hard time receiving the epicoursement of the bar in that area -- endorsement of the bar in the area he received the endorsement of the bar. I am pleased to know this gentleman. I think he is among the finest trial lawyers I have ever seen and I think he will make a wonderful jurist. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. >> Delegate Bell .
[Unknown]
Speaking to the nomination. >> The Delegate has the floor.
[Unknown]
I echo the comments of the gentleman who just spoke. Jim willett served the commonwealth honorably. He tried 12 capital murder cases which is frankly very unusual. Extremely well qualified. And I think it is a great testament he is willing to step up and serve as a judge and I highly encourage people to support his nomination.
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Those in favor of James a. Willett as a judge of the 31st judicial circuit 31judicial circuit will vote yes. >> The clerk will close the roll. Ready for the next category? Those in favor of the nominees for judges of the general district court as noted from h.R. 208 for terms to secure commencing on the date specified will vote yes. >> The clerk will close the roll. Those in favor of the nominees for judges of the juvenile and domestic relations district court as noted in h.R. 209. And remember we pulled two, for terms of six years commencing on the dates specified will vote yes. The clerk will close the roll.
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Those in favor of maha rebecca -- the Delegate from Fairfax, Delegate Hugo .
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Speak to the measure. >> The Delegate has the floor.
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I would ask my colleagues on this side, we are in the discussion within the Fairfax delegation about how we would like to select judges. It is my understanding they have concerns and I respect their concerns about the process on the next judge that we are going to elect. I would ask that to give us time to work the process out and that on this judge we vote no.
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The Delegate from -- those in favor -- the Delegate from Fairfax, Delegate Sullivan. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Speaking to the nomination. >> The Delegate has the floor.
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I want to follow up on the comments that Delegate Hugo just gave, although come to the exact opposite conclusion. There is a disagreement as to how we are picking judges in Fairfax and I 'm hoping we are able to work that out. This enormously qualified candidate should not get caught in the switches of that dispute. This woman will be a fabulous judge. She came through the process of the bar, she came to our committee, our delegation and interviewed and knocked it out of the park. She has terrific support across the delegation. I can't speak for the delegates, but I would be surprised if he shout three would thought she would not be a good judge. This woman should be on the bench and I urge a yes vote.
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The Delegate from albermarle, Delegate Bell .
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Mr. Speaker. Wipe going to I 'm going to make a point of order but explain the process from here. If you vote someone -- I will do this as a point of order in case I get this wrong. Is the following not true, if you vote red and vote no and the person is rejected they cannot be elected in a later moment. However, if she simply does not achieve 51 votes she has not been' electricked but been elected but can be put on the order at a later time. Is that not the basic rule?
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That's correct.
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Yes, that's correct.
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I would say to my colloquy colleagues, if in fact you wish to do what Delegate Hugo wants you to do, which is to allow this to continue, the right response is to not vote. In other words, do not vote in the affirmative, do not vote in the negative. Simply not vote. And if that happens this matter will still be alive for later. If we vote red and she is see yected rejected and pulled off and cannot be brought back up, what he was asking us to do is to know the vote in the affirmative, not vote in the negative. That will allow this to still be live at later moment. I will say this one more time because this is comply kateed and we messed these up before. Simply do not vote in the positive, that will leave it open for a later date. Thank you.
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The Delegate from Fairfax, Delegate Hugo .
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Mr. Speaker, speaking to the measure. I would like to thank my colloquy leak the chairman of the courts committee. I think that is what I would like to clarify on our side. I would ask that you abstain. No, don't vote. Don't vote. Don't vote. Don't vote. Don't vote.
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Those in favor of as the judge of the ninth judicial circuit diction judicial circuitwill vote yes. The clerk will close the roll. Those in favor of john a.Casadian as a judge of the 19th judicial circuit will vote yes. The clerk will close the roll. [no audio] the Senate is not in right now so we will not be able to do a tally. We will suspend the joint order and go into our business. >> With severe trepidation, I rise for a motion. >> The Delegate has the floor. >> Mr. Speaker, having voted on the prevailing side by which we adopted -- we voted to support James willett of Prince William as the judge of 31st judicial circuit as part of House resolution 207, I would move that the vote be reconsidered so the judge can get one additional vote on this side of the aisle.
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Ready? Delegate Toscano having voted on the prevailing prevailing side by which the House approved James willett that the House reconsider that vote. All those in favor of that motion signal by saying aye. Those opposed, no. Those in favor of James willett as a judge of the 31st judicial circuit will vote yes. The clerk will close the roll. I'm sorry. I want to say that. I think we are back in the same posture that since the Senate they are doing pages. And so we are going to suspend the joint order and go on with our business. The Delegate from Caroline, Delegate Orrock. >> Mr. Speaker, would I be correct that we are back in the morning hour?
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The Delegate is correct. >> I rise for announcement.
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The Delegate has the floor. >> Mr. Speaker, members of the body, this is just to apprise and particularly the members of the health, welfare and institutions committee plus any other members that care to join us on the morning of veto session April 18 the h.W.I. Committee will be meeting at 9:00 and beginning our study process of the certificate of public need issues in our commonwealth. I will at the conclusion of that meeting be announcing who the study committee members will be that will continue to meet on this issue for the remainder of the intervining intervening session time. All members will be apprised and welcome to attend. But only the study committee members named will be reimbursed to try and hold down the costs some what. Wanted to make members aware today for planning purposes. If you are a member of h.W.I., we need you here, Wednesday April 18 by 9:00. Up thank you, Mr. Speaker. >> Delegate from Fairfax, Delegate Hugo. [no audio]
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The clerk will call the calendar. >> The la are calendar for today, Friday, March 9, 2018 for the Virginia House of delegates. Printed calendar, first category. Senate bill on third reading regular. There is one such bill. Sent down by the governor and a outside of the scriptures of the resolution. Senate bill 995. It is a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code relating to outdoor advertising. Reported from the committee on transportation. >> The Delegate from Newport News, Delegate Yancey. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker and members, a bill to amend and housebill 995 provides that only signs related to public information or provide public information May be situated or installed in highway rights of ways and other exemptions listed in the section of the code that do not apply in a highway right-of-way. The purpose of the bill is that there is current litigation now up in northern Virginia about an issue in regards to free speech in signs. This gives vdot the opportunity to be able to continue to make certain they can provide for safety and debris cleanup but not be in violation of potential first amendment rights and til named in the positive posture of the national high beautification act and therefore not lose any federal funding. If the courts do not rule against vdot there would be no impact. If they do, this would give them eight to nine months to continue what they need to do to ensure that they can continue to do their job in such way that does not violate anybody's first amendment rights. Mr. Speaker, I move the House pass the bill.
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Shall the bill pass? The clerk will close the roll. >> Ayes 89, nos 6.
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Ayes 89, nos 6. The bill passes. Continuing with the calendar. Memorial resolutions laid on the speaker's table. The memorial resolutions six to be adopted in block list on Page 2 of today's printed calendar. >> Does any member desire to remove a resolution from the block? Hearing none, all those in favor of adopting in block the memorial resolutions laid on the speaker's table as listed on Page 2 of the calendar shall rise. >> The resolutions are agreed to.
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Continuing with the calendar. Next category, commending resolutions laid on the speaker's table. The commending resolutions to be adopted in block. 21 of those. Listed on pages 3 through 5 of today's printed calendar. >> Does any member desire to remove a resolution from the block? Hearing none, all those in favor of adopting in block the community resolutions laid on the speaker's table as listed on pages 3-5 of the calendar will say aye. Those opposed, no. The resolutions are agreed to.
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The House will be at ease. >> Mr. Speaker.
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The Delegate from Shenandoah, Delegate Gilbert .
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A quick announcement, Mr. Speaker. >> The Delegate has the floor.
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Again I think we will now be at ease for an undetermined duration and the Senate I believe has just started their Page graduation ceremony. The extended version. And, so, I would simply encourage the body not to stray too far. To use the opportunity if you can to get signatures worked out.
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I would say to Delegate Shenandoah, we do have a few conference reports we could knock out. >> If everybody is here.
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I think that is a good suggestion. >> We should proceed.
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The House will be at ease to try to get some conference reports done. >> Okay. [House at ease]