01/13/2016 Senate Proceedings

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Minutes

Called to order at 12 m. by Lt. Governor Ralph S. Northam

Prayer offered by The Reverend Tyrone Nelson, Sixth Mount Zion
Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia

COMMUNICATION FROM STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS: Transmitting names of
Senators-elect of the Senate

ROLL CALL OF MEMBERS: quorum present

Oath given to Senators-elect by Clerk of the Senate

Rules suspended, privileges of the floor given to distinguished
guests (40?Y 0?N)

MESSAGE FROM HOUSE: House is duly organized and ready to proceed

On motion of Senator Norment, the Senate recessed at 12:50 p.m. to
reconvene at 1:05 p.m.

The Senate reconvened at 1:05 p.m.

SR 22 - Taken up for immediate consideration, Miller floor
amendment rejected (19?Y 21?N), Agreed to (21-Y 19-N)

ELECTION OF PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF THE SENATE

Stephen D. Newman nominated, elected (40?Y 0?N)

ELECTION OF CLERK OF THE SENATE

Susan Clarke Schaar nominated, elected (40?Y 0?N)

Oath given to Clerk of the Senate

Oath given to Chief Deputy Clerk of the Senate

ELECTION OF SERGEANT-AT-ARMS

D. Hobie Lehman nominated, elected (40?Y 0?N)

ELECTION OF PAGES (40?Y 0?N)

2nd District: Ciana Monae Bibbs of Newport News

3rd District: John Alexander DeVore of Williamsburg

4th District: Adam Palmer Gemmill of Montpelier

7th District: Amina Arlene Ghassab of Virginia Beach

9th District: Perry Edmond Scott of Henrico

13th District: Jennifer Elizabeth Greason of Ashburn

14th District: Isabelle Marie Araojo of Ivor

15th District: Sutton Bell Montgomery of South Hill

16th District: Arbrianna Mariah Harris of South
Chesterfield

20th District: Richard Fitzgerald Dickerson of Galax

21st District: Fiona Claire Miller of Roanoke

23rd District: Madison McKinley Martin of Evington

24th District Roth Steven Landes of Augusta

27th District: Lillian Pease Gable of Loudoun

28th District: Lillian Simone Tapp of Stafford

32nd District: Taylor Nicole Hannam-Zatz of Fairfax

33rd District: Grace Colleen Maloney of Chantilly

35th District: Gardner Curry McCabe of Arlington

37th District: Kennedy Blanchard Jones of Fairfax

38th District: Gavin Scott Hamilton of Russell

APPOINTMENT OF PAGES

Tyler Lawson Garrett of Lynchburg

Adam Stephen Kelly of Mechanicsville

Riley Michael Moore of Dublin

Brian Edward Wettstone of Richmond

Isabella Lee Riley of Richmond

James Lachlan McClellan of Norfolk

APPOINTMENT OF PAGES

Julia Diane Acham of Richmond

Uzair Jawad Bhatti of Chesterfield

Charles Fairfax Conquest of Crozier

Peyton Lee Emerson of Williamsburg

Laura Harris Garrett of Louisa

Chase Donavan Giegling of Moseley

Hannah Ann Gilden of Virginia Beach

Colin Patrick Hendrickson-Stanley of Franklin County

Sinead Gail Nardi-White of Nelson

Janet Evelyn Palmer of Brunswick

Brendan David Gottschall Smith of Poquoson

Paul Anthony Southern of Pulaski

Leia Madden Surovell of Alexandria

Gareth Langhorne Vaughan of Richmond

SR 4 - Rules suspended, committee discharged, readings waived,
taken up for immediate consideration (40?Y 0?N), agreed to (40?Y
0?N), House informed

MESSAGE FROM HOUSE: The House is duly organized and ready to
proceed

MESSAGE FROM HOUSE: House agreed to HJR 150 (Notifying Governor of
organization) and request concurrence

HJR 150 - Taken up, agreed to (voice vote), House informed

Committee Nominations report agreed to (40?Y 0?N)

MESSAGE FROM HOUSE: House agreed to HJR 37 (Establishing a schedule
for conduct of business)

HJR 37 - Rules suspended, committee discharged, readings waived,
taken up for immediate consideration (40?Y 0?N), agreed to (40?Y
0?N), House informed

MESSAGE FROM HOUSE: House agreed to HJR 38 (Establishing a
prefiling schedule for 2017)

HJR 38 - Rules suspended, committee discharged, readings waived,
taken up for immediate consideration (40?Y 0?N), agreed to (40?Y
0?N), House informed

Bills and resolutions prefiled, ordered printed and referred under
30-19.3 of the Code of Virginia: see January 14 Senate Calendar

Bills and resolutions presented, ordered printed and referred under
Senate Rules 11(b) and (26)g: see January 14 Senate Calendar

On motion of Senator Norment, the Senate recessed at 2:38 p.m. to
reconvene at 6:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transcript

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

[Unknown]
The Senate will come to order. The senators will please stake their -- please stake their seats. The senators will stand and be led in prayer by the Reverend tyrone Nelson, mount zion baptist church. Richmond. Reverend Nelson, thank you so much.
[Unknown]
Let us pray. Dear God thank you on behalf of all who are gathered here today. Thank you for your many and abundant blessings. Thank you for life itself for the measure of health we need to fulfill our callings for sustenance and friendship and the ability to be involved in useful work and for the honor of bearing the privilege and responsibility to govern. Thank you for loving us from your boundless and gracious nature. In the scriptures you have said that citizens are to obey the governing authorities. Says you have established those very authorities to promote Peace and justice. Therefore, I pray today for the Senate of the commonwealth of Virginia. I'm asking that you will graciously grant them wisdom to govern, a sense of welfare and true needs of its people, a thirst for justice and righteousness, confidence in what is good and fitting the ability to work together in harmony even when there is honest disagreement, personal Peace in their lives and joy in their tasks. I pray for the agenda set for before them this day. Give an assurance of what would please you and what will benefit those who live in the commonwealth. It is in your name we pray, amen.
[Unknown]
Amen.
[Unknown]
Madam clerk. Mr. President, disclosure forms of the senators elect have been filed with the Virginia conflict of interest and ethics advisory council and the Senator elects have been certified by the board state board of elections.
Bill Howell
Thank you, madam clerk. The clerk will please call the all present vote aye. Role. The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
You have a quorum, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk.
[Unknown]
At their desk. Welcome you to are is that. Please raise your right hand and repeat after me. I do solemnly swear that I will support the constitution of the united states and the constitution of the commonwealth of Virginia and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge all the duties incumbent upon me as a member of the Senate of Virginia according to the best of my ability, so help me God. Congratulations. [applause]
[Unknown]
The senators will please sign the oath and copy on their desk and the staff will collect them and deliver them to the clerk for referral to the committee on privileges and elections. The Senate will stand at ease.
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county, Senator norman. Mr. President, I would respectfully move that the privileges of the floor be extended to certain distinguished persons.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the privileges of the floor be granted to distinguished persons. All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye and those opposed no. Have all of the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their votes. The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos 0.
[Unknown]
The privileges of the floor are granted. I would like to take this opportunity before we introduce the new senators to welcome all of the family and guests to the gallery today and to the floor of the Senate. I know this is an exciting day for not only you all but for the new senators who have been elected and it is a tremendous privilege for us to serve the commonwealth of Virginia and a tremendous privilege for those that are senators in this body and I can promise you having been down that road that they could not do it without the support of their friends and family. So we thank you for being here today to share this special occasion and wish you the best in 2016. I will call on the Senator Senator Reeves .
[Unknown]
I rise for purposes of introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Lane of the body those in the gallery it is my privilege to introduce to this body other newly sworn Senator, Senator Chase. Mr. President, amanda Chase group in Chesterfield with her parents who are present today, dorsey and tina freeman and her brother david freeman. Received her business degree in finance and management from Virginia tech for all your hokies. She married her high school sweet heart mike 23 years ago. And gained her mother-in-law and father in law barbara and ron Chase who are present today. They have four children, melanie, joe, tim and daniel who amanda home school ford eight years. Throughout her career amanda mass served in management for several s&p 500 companies and start the political and consulting and financial services businesses and also had the privilege to work for three elect the congressman and finally got smart and came to the right body. Amanda has ran a very impressive primary race to get here. And we all know what that takes. And then to get across the line. One thing I want to tell you about amanda, I have known her since long before I even thought about entering this body being engaged in politics and it is nice and it is refreshing for me to know there are pose in the body that -- those that come here that have an undying devotion and faith to our lard savior jesus christ. For me to have a seat mate is refreshing in that same spear visit. I'm thankful that she got across the line. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you our newly minted Senator, amanda Chase .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. [applause]
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Virginia beach, Senator Wagner. Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for a point of introduction.
Frank Wagner
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen of the Senate it gives me a great deal of pleasure to introduce our newest member from the city of Virginia beach our new junior Senator from Virginia beach accompanied by his daughter jenna and his son michael and his significant other patty. Let me tell you a little bit about Senator DeSteph. He was a desert storm veteran and sevenned honorably in the navy and worked as a senior vice president and co-other than of a major defense contractor. Did well in the sale of that company, I might add. Moved on and has opened up probably three or four other businesses. Every time I go to visit him, he has multiple office with many plaque cards on there. He has been an honored veteran and served the city council of Virginia beach for a number of years and moved to the House of delegates and only took him two years to come to the luke that was not the place for him -- to the conclusion that was not the place to him. A warm welcome to Senator DeSteph and his guests.
Frank Wagner
Thank you, welcome, Senator. [applause]
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county, Senator norman. Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for purposes of an introduction, sir.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
It is, indeed, my pleasure toent deuce one of our -- to introduce one of our newest senators to you and I think many of you know her by her maiden name. It is interesting if you have followed this family over the years that there must be something in their dna that leads them to public service. One of the things that I always try to impart to my students at william mary when I teach is the calling for public service and if out of a group of students I can find one each year that is willing to go to public service I feel like that has exceeded any academic expectations I should have. Siobhan Dunnavant is our newest Senator replacing our dearly departed friend Senator walter stosh. An extraordinary background behind her. All of you know multiple members of her family that have contributed to that dna. She is a healthcare provider. I think she is going to bring a very valuable perspective to the Senate of Virginia as we deal with the challenging issues in the area of health and human resources. She received her undergraduate degree from randolph macon women's college as it was named then about of they started selling their artwork. She also obtained her medical degree from eastern Virginia medical school. As you May imagine, she has all of her extended family here and frankly it would take us to about 2:00 to identify each and every one of them but she is going to be a marvelous member of the Senate of Virginia and I think that we all look forward to working with her. And so if you would please join me in welcoming siobhan Dunnavant to the Senate of Virginia. [applause]
[Unknown]
The Senator from Fairfax County, Senator Barker. Mr. President, I rise for the purpose of introduction.
George Barker
Anchor1: the Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, it is my pleasure to introduce to the body today the new Senator from Prince William County. Jeremy McPike. Almost all of us were not born in Virginia and did not grow up in northern Virginia and moved to the area. With the addition of two new senators this year in the corner we have two who are northern Virginia natives. Jeremy is one of those. And just to give you a little perspective on things he is filling the seat of Senator chuck colgrum who was elected in 1975. He picked up a constituent who was all of 46 days old in at that point having been born indale city or living in dale city in Prince William County. Jeremy has continued to live in the dale city area throughout his life. He group up there and his wife is from there as well. And has clearly a strong tie to the Prince William County area. Went to george Mason university for undergraduate and graduate degrees and got a job shortly after finishing his masters program there with the city of Alexandria where he is now Head of general services for the city of Alexandria and to tell you how well regarded he is in the city of Alexandria last year when I talked about him about potentially running he said I got to get approval from somebody in the city but I don't know who at this point because there was no city manager there. I immediately called the mayor who was in a car with the other council members there and they voted 4- 0 to empower for him to run for the Senate. Said he had done a great job in the city. A long history of serving the community and among the many different types things he has con, a volunteer firefighter in the Prince William area for the last 16 years. A little rough start with the job there. I can assure you that one of ouw senators will not have competition from him. Shortly after he took -- started working as a volunteer firefighter he had to deliver a baby in the middle of the night one time and after he got the baby out they said what do I do now and check the apgar score and where is that. They said on the back. He immediately turned the baby over looking for the apgar. But a good score once he figured out what he was supposed to do. Instrumental in a number of environmental things and the dale city volunteer fire department's office the first leed gold certified volunteer fire department in the united states of america with his leadership in getting that done. With him today is his wife sharon and his three daughters, emily, erin and sarah. And it is my pleasure to present the new Senator from Prince William County, come back in 2055, we May have another one then. Every 40 years we pick up a new one in Prince William. Thank you very much, Mr. President.
George Barker
Welcome, Senator McPike. [applause]
[Unknown]
The Senator from Hanover, Senator McDougle .
Ryan McDougle
Rise for the purposes of introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Ryan McDougle
It is my le sh are to introduce the Senator from Richmond city, glen Sturtevant. Even though we still refer to it as the big city he grew up in rural spots after graduating from law school and came to Richmond and he and his wife laurie have three beautiful children standing right behind us. Involved in the process already. Glen is a practicing attorney here in Richmond and he has spent much of his time working on issues relating to education on the school board. Glen's wife is also a school teacher and so they are very focus the on education and -- focused with education and with three precocious children I know he has to continue to focus on that. Robinnen and I got to know glen through our time going door to door with them. One of the things I have learn the over the past few months is his tenacious desire to get the job done and I am super excited about him being in the Senate as is his littlest one there. Congratulations, glen, and welcome to the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
The Senator from rocking ham, Senator Obenshain. Rise for introduction.
Mark Obenshain
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
It is my great privilege and honor to enter the Senator from Roanoke County dave sutterlein. Dave and his wife ashland live in Roanoke County where they are raising their young son and daughter who will be enrolled in the public schools there for the next 17 years. Good luck, both of you. And wish you well in that. Dave grew up in a military family as his father served in the air force and his mother taught in the public schools. David graduated with high home runs from grove city college and dave and my former long time legislative aide graduated together, were best friends and I got to know dave very well during those years as I went to him and to my aide for guidance and advice and you know they wound up during their years as legislative directors and aides being probably more influencial than a lot of us in directing votes in this body. Dave's far better half ashley is the daughter of a jet mechanic and a church secretary. Ashley was raised in east tennessee with are she' tended the public schools there and ran track and played volleyball at king college where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in before the birth of their nursing. Children ashley worked as a registered nurse in a medical center icu and in private practice in an allergy and asthma office. Faith and service are what are most important to ashley and dave. They attend fellowship community church and dave volunteers with the youth ministry and rescue mission in Roanoke and served southwest Virginia for a number of years as ralph Smith 's legislative director. Served for eight years in that role and that capacity before his own election to this body. And before that he had even served in capacity working for a Senator from western Fairfax for a number of years. Dave has been around. Dave probably knows that practices the rules and the traditions of the Senate a lot better than many of us do. I look forward to serving with dave over the next four years and I would ask you to join me in welcoming the new Senator from Roanoke County, dave sutterlein. [applause]
Mark Obenshain
The Senator from Alexandria, Senator evan. I rise for the purpose of an introduction. Introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
It is my le sh tour present our new colleague from eastern Fairfax County, Scott Surovell. The third Surovell to serve in the Senate. Preceding him his daughter who was a Page and his daughter leah who began her service two days before his daughter on Monday. He will have seniority over his other two children seated before me. Joining him is his wife and his mother and dad rob Surovell, step mother janice Surovell and uncle ed Surovell. Senator Surovell is a graduate of jmu, law school and served as a governor fellow during the wilder administration. It was my pleasure to work with Scott in his three terms in the House where he serve the as democratic caucus chair and led the successful effort to repeal the tax on hybrid vehicles. He is a hands on public servant. When con at this timents complained about the pollution in little hunting creek in the district he began organizing a minimum of three stream cleanups a year. The cleanups removed an estimated 50 tons of trash including over 180 shopping carts per year. His cleanups have also removed 100 tires, 50 bikes, 12 mattresses, one gun and no offense to my friends on the other side of the aisle, a 4 by 8 romney sign. [laughter]
[Unknown]
He is very responsive, feel free to call Scott at all hours. If you e-mail him at 1:00 in the morning I promise you from experience you will get a response by 1:01 a.M. He is an attorney in the law firm of Surovell, isaacs Petersen and levy along with the gentleman from Fairfax city and Scott was named a super lawyer by super lawyer magazine and I 'm not making that up. He isn't just a super lawyer, though. Our colleague is also a super dad and a soccer coach. Once when we were presenting a commending resolution, he mentioned that he had been coaching just a half hour before on the field when I asked him if he always wore his Suit to soccer games he unbuttoned his dress shirt to show that he was still wearing his uniform underneath. Scott claims that he it he will be a major upgrade over his law partner in the Senate basketball team. I ask, Mr. President that you extend the warm welcome of the Senate to Senator Surovell and his family.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Welcome, Senator Surovell. [applause]
[Unknown]
On behalf of the staff and all of the senators we welcome the new senators. It is great seeing the youth that has come into the floor of the Senate. And as I said earlier this is a tremendous privilege and it is a very great body and I think you will find you will become greated friends and these will be some of the most lasting relationships that you have. I congratulate all of you all and to the friends and family again, thank you all for being here. I would ask all of our guests and our senators to join me in offering our new senators the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause] the Senate will stand at ease while your guests on the floor exit the body and we are going to make room for our pages that are coming in. So thank you all for being here. The Senate is at ease. T [the Senate of Virginia is a ease] s
[Unknown]
The Senate will come to order. The time has come to recognize visitors to the gallery.
[Unknown]
Senator from Hanover, Senator McDougle. You all are shy this morning.
Ryan McDougle
Mr. President, everybody was jumping up at once, I wanted to wait my turn. In the gallery we have the family of my seat mate the gentleman from Franklin. We have his large number of his family members and it took him a little bit of time to tran scribe the names down so that I did not forget anybody. The ones I do remember easily are his wife laura who is right above me, his daughter aubrey, son chandler, one that is with us. His father in law bill hendrickson and his mother-in-law dee hendrickson and then laura's brother billy. And his son colin is a Page which we will get to in a very little bit, but if you could offer each of them the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
I sure will. Thank you, Senator. Would members of the Stanley family please rise. Thank you all so much for being here. And laura, thank you especially. Whenever you are here your husband is much better behaved, so if you could just be here every day, we would certainly appreciate that. Thanks for bringing your wonderful family with you today and I look forward to your frequent visits. I would ask the members of the Senate to please join me in welcoming Senator Stanley 's family the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
Ryan McDougle
Senator from Buckingham, Senator Garrett .
Tom Garrett
Thank you, Mr. President, I rise for purposes the introduction.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
Tom Garrett
Joining us in the gallery today are some very special people, and that is the wife and son of my seat mate Senator bryce Reeves. Mr. President, I would like to inform the gallery of some neat things. We had a lot of people talking about elections and campaigns today and welcoming new senators. I would like to inform the body that on March 16 it will be 25 years since Senator Reeves won his most important campaign, that for the hand in marriage of miss ann cater. Joining his wife ann is his son jack starting for the patriots and leads the team in scoring and hopes to one day become a Senate Page and had a hat trick in the last tournament in Virginia beach. Mr. President, I would ask the members and people in the gallery to join us in giving the warm welcome of the Senate to ann and jack Reeves. Thank you.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Mr. Ann and jack and members of the Reeves family please rise. Welcome. [applause]
[Unknown]
Thank you all so much for and I know it means to the world being here. For your husband for you to be here and support him also while he is here to keep the train running on time at home. Thanks for all you do. I would ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering ann and jack Reeves the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
The Senator from Franklin County, Senator Stanley. Turn your microphone on, Senator .
Bill Stanley
Thank you. Mr. President, I rise for the purposes of an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Bill Stanley
Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, today we have a lot of great family members in the gallery and it is ply pleasure and honor to introduce my seat mates family when he was writing down it look a lot less time than mine did. We have with us today in the gallery Dr. Robin McDougle and his beautiful daughter regan. Reagan, story. He didn't put an a down here. Dr. Robert McDougle is a professor of criminal justice at vcu. Kind of like ncis Richmond and reagan is a beautiful young lady and I have been told that in no way with my son be able to date her, that is what he wrote. When you notice up in the gallery Dr. Robin and reagan you will notice once again as I said before that you can be smart and beautiful and still have the last McDougle. Extend them the warm welcome of the Senate, if you would.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would Dr. Mcdougle and family please rise. It is wonderful to see you all here and thanks for being here to keep an eye on your daddy. I ask the members to offer the McDougle family the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
Sergeant at arms, please steve. Welcome Delegate Cox. [no audio]
[Unknown]
Thank you, Delegate. The clerk will please receive it. The Senator from Alexandria, Senator evan. >> Mr. President, I rise for the purpose of an introduction.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
It is my pleasure to introduce thomas gibson. Thomas is a native of spots vanya. He is now in the marine reserves. Please extend the warm welcome of the Senate to lieutenant gibson.
[Unknown]
I will. Thank you, Senator. Would lieutenant gibson please rise. Thank you for being here this morning and also thank you for your service to the country and I know you and your family and all of us are proud of your marine service. So we appreciate your being here and wish you the best. I would ask all of the members of the Senate to please join me in offering lieutenant gibson the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
Any other introductions for the morning? Senator from Hanover, Senator McDougle. >> Mr. President I would like to call Senate resolution number 4.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senate will pause while we pass out those copies.
[Unknown]
Mr. President. Mr. President, I would respectfully ask that the Senate now stand in recess until 1:00 in order that some members can review the rules that have been distribute the.
[Unknown]
And if I could make one more introduction before we do that.
[Unknown]
Yes, sir.
[Unknown]
Thanks. Senator from Hampton, Senator lott.
[Unknown]
I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, in the gallery we have family members of the Senator from newport newses, his wife sharon kitchen Miller and his daughter jenny kitchen. If you would please give them the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
I will. Thank you. Would sharon Miller and jenny kitchen please rise. It is always good seeing you all here and thank you for being here to support the good Senator from newport newses and look forward to seeing you frequently here in the capital city. I would ask the members of the Senate to join me in offering sharon and jenny the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
Senator from James city county, Senator norman. Thank you, Mr. President. Before we recess I rise for purposes of another introduction please, sir.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you very much, Mr. In the gallery is one of the president. Extraordinary virginians that we have all had the opportunity to know in various positions. The former lieutenant governor and the former president of the Senate of Virginia, the honorable john haggert. If you would be so kind to extend a warm welcome.
[Unknown]
I will. Lieutenant governor, it is always good seeing you and as we said before the most important and influencial of if issue to hold is lieutenant governor and we appreciate you being here and it is always good seeing you. I would ask the members of the Senate to join me in welcoming lieutenant governor. A warm southbound of the Senate. [applause] -- the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause] the Senate will stand in recess until 1:00.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I apologize.
[Unknown]
Senator McEachin .
[Unknown]
We colorado stand in recess to discuss the new rules.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senate stands in recess.
[Unknown]
The Senate will come to order. Senator McDougle has called up Senate resolution 22 being procedural the resolution will be taken up for immediate consideration. The clerk will please report the resolution.
[Unknown]
Senate resolution number 22 establishing the rules of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Senator from Hanover, Senator McDougle .
Ryan McDougle
Mr. President, I move that Senate resolution 22 be agreed to and speaking to the motion.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
Ryan McDougle
Mr. President and members of the body what I would like to do is go through the rules and offer up a brief explanation of each of the changes so everybody is aware and then if there are questions or concerns at the end we can address those. So, Mr. President, starting with rule 2-b it -- you will see in here it removes from the president pro tem from being chair of the commission of interstate cooperation and you will find that we are moving that to the rules committee. As we go through the rules, there are a couple of places where matters that will deal with appointments are being returned to the rules committee. One is in the code so we had to return it. We just missed it in previous versions of the rules. As you move on to Page 3 of the rules, you will see the new language in item number 37. You will see the new language relating to the election and appointment of pages. And this is in line with the e-mail that madam clerk circulated to each of the members and at the end of the day what it means is that each member will be able to appoint one Page during a long session and one Page during a short session every four years. Mr. President, next you would move on to item number 10-a on Page 6. And historically and I 'm not sure we were able to delineate where the change came or where the language came, but we had a messenger versus a Page and each of them do the same role and we felt it was important to call them all pages. So that is what we are doing with that change. If you move on to Page 7, at the end of item number 10-a it deletes language relating to the supply of office supplies. But if you will look back to item 8-h you will see that that language was already in existence as a single item and so we are just only listing it once. If you move on to 11-b. It provides for the use of electronic calendars. Many of us use our ipads as we are looking at the calendar. This prevents the requirement that we have to print extra cal len tars and place them on each member's desk if they are using some other device like the ipad or notebook computer. The clerk will still make those available. It will save us expense of not having to print them every day and have them on each person's desk. As you move down to item 13 we deleted some antiqueed language. The rules will still all be available. Not changing their availability. You move on to item number 17-a. And 17-a and b and that is the change that -- that takes the tables out of the front of the chamber allowing more space for the pages and the members to operate. But there are still places the news media in proximity to the chamber by having assigned seats in the gallery. You move p on to item number 18. Four years ago when the Senate was at 2020, we put in language specifying that the president of the Senate is empowered to break a vote. I think as we went through that process it is pretty clear of what the president's abilities or lack thereof are in the constitution and the decision was made that that language really had no effect because the constitution is the one that will control. So we took it out in the latest version. As you move through the next items, there are a couple of different changes on the numbers of committees. And I will just -- they are on different lines and as each committee is listed out but I will just talk directly about each one of them. Local government is going from 15 members to 13 members. Privileges and elections 15 members to 13 members. Transportation is going from 15 members to 13 members. And rules are going from no more than 17 members to 15 members. In that section as well, there is a -- there is the language about the commission on interstate cooperation that we move from the first Page in to rule 19-a. And in the rule section which is on 19-g some grammatical clarification about the requesting of center aisle presentations and that that has to be at least 48 hours. We will continue the practice of strongly encouraging if not insisting that they be on tuesdays and thursdays but we made the decision not to put that in the rules in case there was some unique exception we needed to deal with. Moving on to 19-h. Mr. President, I will advise the body that has been an area of conster nation between the Senate and House and that is the makeup of commissions and subcommittees that have both House and Senate membership that meet outside of session. We have tried to come up with resolutions to this. We have as for yet been unsuccessful so we are taking a different tact this year. We made this offer to the House. They have not yet agreed. This the give us the flexibility in the language saying that half of the subcommittees or commissions have to have equal membership with the Senate and House members and half do not have to have that. The House has not yet agreed but we are trying to offer an olive branch and come up with some sort of ability to cooperate as we have the commissions and joint subcommittees which often times do very important work. Mr. President, as you move on to item number 20-a the composition and procedures of the committees. We had some challenges as we were going through dealing with the congressional boundaries. So in some part, you could argue where those congressional boundaries are depending on what side of the supreme court case you want to be on. So we took the congressional boundaries language out and now are doing it in geographic balance. Mr. President, later on in that second paragraph, this is on Page 17, lines 445 through 447 have that the only committee that has a cochairman is the finance committee and that the co-charm will be the first to name senators of the majority Mr. President, as you move on to party. Page 19, rule 20-e. Lines 485 and 486. Some of the members recall we had some pretty significant differences of interpretation of when a proxy can be in effect during committees. And so we wanted to make sure that we didn't get into that in the future so we clearly spell out that the proxy is only during the duration in which the Senator is in the confines of capitol square as madam clerk and her staff looked at capitol square that will include the Patrick Henry building, the governor's mansion, Mr. President's office and the capitol. So those different places will be within capitol square to make sure everybody is on the same Mr. President, next you move to Page. Rule no. 26-b. We add in the words electronic patronage to bring us into practice to what we are now doing in being able to file your bills electronically so this is just a word cleanup. And then, Mr. President, as you move on to 26-f this is one area where we were conversing with our friends at the other end of the building we were able to come up with some consensus and you will see it soon in the procedural resolution. And that is we had some issues historically where House members would introduce joint House joint resolutions for commemorations or memorials of individuals or groups and would not include the Senator and by the time the bills made it to the Senate, under the rules, it was too late to be added on to those House joint resolutions. So as a result, we came to an agreement you can now be added up to one hour after the end of the session in which that resolution is taken up. You can be added on to those joint resolutions which hopefully now each member will have to be looking and pay close attention, but it should eliminate those challenges where a Senate member or House member did not talk to the overlapping members in the area and they wanted to be added in. Mr. President, a couple of final items in rule 53-a on line 950 as we went through 30s and love to -- these and love to take credit for it but it was madam clerk's team. Advisory panel be nominated by the committee on rules and we had it in the rules as the privileges and elections committee so we changed that. And then finally, Mr. President, as you look in the appendix, you will notice a lot of red. Madam clerk's team I think did a very good job of going through and alphabetizing in the rules to make it easier for us to find things to go along. None of those were change the but they were moved from place to place and thus they were in red. Mr. President, one other item that I will point out to the members as we are going through this and that is in rule 36, this was not a change but just particularly for the new members in case the situation does come up, on Page 29. And that is you must be present in your seat to vote or you will be count as a no in the occasions except of pairs which is very unusual and in the case of judicial elections. So as a tradition, we have had the practice of never voting nay on a judge. This a allows you to sit in your seat and not vote and not be counted a as nay so you don't have to walk out if you choose not to vet for a particular nominee -- vote for a particular nominee for judicial election. Mr. President, I think I hit all of the changes and with that would move their adoption.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Fairfax city, Senator Petersen .
Chap Petersen
Would the Senator yield for a question?
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I yield.
Chap Petersen
Thank you, Mr. President. I would direct the gentleman's attention to rule 20-a. I see it we struck out the as nearly as practical langing. >> Senator from Hanover. >> We did strike out as nearly as practical.
[Unknown]
Further question, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield for an additional question?
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
I ask under the rules we are about to adopt is there any limitation on any party's representation on a committee? Is there fidel of proportionality -- any degree of proportionality where members might be limited to a certain number of seats on a committee?
[Unknown]
Senator from Hanover .
[Unknown]
In these rules nor on the rules we were operating on prior to session was there any limit high or low on committee membership except that there is language some where further down that each Senator shall serve on a committee if possible. But Mr. President, I would answer further answer the gentleman that as I read that particular section, the as nearly as practicable goes with the residency of the districts and no with the political party piece of the language.
[Unknown]
Further question, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Would the Senator yield for an additional question?
[Unknown]
I yield for additional question.
[Unknown]
I understand what he is saying about rule 20-a would he agree that the reference to the two major political parties would have no meaning being in the paragraph unless it was originally intended to give proportionality. Otherwise there would be no provision for it being referenced.
[Unknown]
Senator from Hanover .
[Unknown]
I disagree with that analysis. Mr. President, as I read this rule and as you read in in context with the continued discussions the rule it talks about the two major political parties shall make up the membership and also say there's is an individual not on not a member of one of those major political parties then they could also be a member of a committee. So as we look down through it, I don't think the changed items on 434 to 437 have any impact on the political party language at all.
[Unknown]
Senator from Fairfax city.
[Unknown]
Final further question, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Yield for additional question.
[Unknown]
Final additional answer, Mr. President a.
[Unknown]
Yield.
[Unknown]
Does the minority party have any in terms of.
[Unknown]
Did could you repeat that?
[Unknown]
Does the minority political party have any rights in regard to representation under these rules?
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I would answer the gentleman that if you -- that the rights that either political party has under these rules have not changed from the last four years to where we are today.
[Unknown]
No further questions.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Alexandria, Senator Ebbin .
Adam Ebbin
Mr. President, I would ask if the Senator from Hanover would yield for a question.
[Unknown]
Would the gentlemen yield?
Adam Ebbin
I yield.
[Unknown]
He yields, Senator .
[Unknown]
Thank you. On rule 18, particularly lines 238 to 241, I would ask if Mr. President's republican predecessor would break ties on matters of organization of the Senate and committee assignments.
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Hanover .
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Explain the first time would be sufficient.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, as I read the constitution, the president of the Senate has the ability to break ties on votes except but there are certain things that still require a majority of the Senate members for them to go forward. Whether this language is in the rules specifically about committee assignments and other matters relating to organizations, the language in the constitution about the president's ability is still
[Unknown]
Mr. President, would the there. Gentleman yield for an additional question?
[Unknown]
Would the Senator yield for an additional question?
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
He yields, Senator .
[Unknown]
I would ask the gentleman if his side of the aisle did not hire lawyers to defend the opposite interpretation and did the courts not rule in favor of having the president of the Senate break ties on matters relating to the organization of the Senate ?
[Unknown]
The Senator from Hanover .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I 'm not sure that I totally understand the question in relation to this provision. I think the what we are -- this language has only been in the rules for four years. It was hotly debated when it was placed in and now it is no longer going to be in the rules after the next four years but that does not change what the constitution has in place and the constitution I think is fairly clear about the president of the Senate 's ability to vote on matters where there is equal division of the body only limited by the times of which there is a certain number of votes required in order for item to pass. Things like the spending of revenue and the election of judges. So I don't think that this is a seat change in what the authority of the president of the Senate has today versus what he had a week ago.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, would the gentleman yield for a final question?
[Unknown]
Would the Senator yield for an additional question?
[Unknown]
Yes, I yield, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Just to clarify. My question is not about breaking ties on routine matters but about specifically the organization of the Senate and I 'm wondering why exactly the majority party has changed its interpretation that the courts have already ruled on and that the major party hired attorneys to defend just about four years ago?
[Unknown]
The Senator from Hanover .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, as we go through this body and I think that there were a couple of rulings that Mr. President made last career that he declined to explain the rationale for his rulings and I didn't agree with that and didn't like it, but it was still the way it was because it was the rule 21. And I think that that is probably where we are. But I do not wish to opine why somebody might have had one legal thought or hired one attorney versus another. I will let each individual member answer that for themselves.
[Unknown]
Further and final question, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Additional question?
[Unknown]
Further final answer, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
He yields, Senator .
[Unknown]
Thank you. I would ask the gentleman did the president's predecessor not make the exact same interpretation? And was the majority party not in favor of it at that time so that when a member of the republican party makes that rule for an equally divided Senate the majority party has a different opinion than when there is a democratic lieutenant governor? Would that be the case.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Hanover .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I don't even know how to answer that question. I mean I think the rule is clear. We are taking it out. The constitution is in place. And everybody can argue their political sides and write op eds on whichever side of the direction they want to be or hire lawyers, but the -- it is very clear of what the authority of the president is and is not regardless of whether this language is in the rules or not there.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from newport newses.
[Unknown]
I rise to offer an amendment to the proposed rules.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
It is being pass the out but I would move the amendment be agreed to and waive the reading of the amendment.
[Unknown]
The request he is shall the reading of the amendment be waived. All in favor aaye. Those opposed? Ed reading is waived. The Senator from newport newses.
[Unknown]
I plan to offer this amendment regardless of who was in the majority. This is not aimed at any one party by rather trying to improve the system. The Senate rules invest the majority with mass powers and that is the way it should be. Senate rules allow the majority to set the ratio is of republicans and democrats on the committee and allow the majority to name the chair of each committee and various sub committees and these rules allow the majority to name all of the members of the committee. I believe we should make one small common sense change we it comes to deciding who sits on the various committees and my amendment simply says once the majority sets the ratio each caucus would appoint their own members to the committees. I believe the caucus knows its members best and will place the people where they want to serve. Committee members ought to have expertise or a passion or at least an interest in the subject matter. But unfortunately, at times I believe we have not always matched up committee assign mints with the member's passion. And that is a criticism of both parties who have had the opportunity to name committee members. Allowing each caucus so fill the committee slots is not unprecedented. In the 2020 days back in the 90 days, each caucus appointed their own members to the committees. Majorities as we all know are fragile things. They can disappear overnight. We have seen the majority in the Senate flip back and forth and back again. We ought not to revamp completely committee shines every time the majority changes. We need to build expertise to build continuity and members should have assurance when the major changes their committee assignments will not. I believe we need to have each caucus appoint their own committee members and I hope the members will support the amendment.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Senator norman.
[Unknown]
Thank you very much, Mr. President. I would respectfully rise and with all due respect to the Senator from newport newses suggest that we not adopt this amendment to the rules of the Senate. I compliment him on the creativeness of his thought, particularly on the first day of the session our minds are fertile as we start out on a new session and so I thank him for that. I must candidly say that on reflection the temptation to do this is enormous because I might enjoy watching the food fight that would develop on the other side of the aisle but that fascination is not significant enough to enamor me to recommend that we adopt this. There are conversations that go on between both sides of the aisle as it relates to the committee appointments. There are a number of considerations that are factored in to the committee assignments including particular areas of expertise that are brought to committees. I think that when you review the proposed committee assignments that you will see that those considerations were certainly adopted particularly on the finance committee. But I was particularly fascinated by the observation that as the majorities change that there ought to be some continuity amongst the committees. I admit in the twilight of my career that my memory is rather frail, but I think on recollection I recall a conversation along these lines that when we went from 20-20 and Mr. President made some erroneous rulings that he could participate in breaking a tie there was significant changes on that committee based upon the lieutenant governor's rulings. And so I find the argument less than persuasive based on what historically has happened in recent years. So I compliment you on the creativeness of that, but I also suggest that we reject the adoption of that amendment.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. For the new members this is going to be a voice vote. The question on the floor is will the floor amendment be agreed in. All in favoraye.
[Unknown]
Those opposed no.
[Unknown]
No.
Bill Howell
The chair is uncertain. We will have a recorded vote. All in favor of agreeing to the motion due to the floor amendment record aye and those oppose nod. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all of the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their votes? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 19, nos 21.
[Unknown]
The amendment does not pass. The Senator from Hanover. Senator McDougle .
Ryan McDougle
Mr. President, the resolution having been explained I would move its passage at this point.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall --
Ryan McDougle
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Yes, the Senator from Roanoke .
[Unknown]
I thought I had a request to stay but maybe I didn't. Will the Senator from Hanover rise for a question?
[Unknown]
Will the Senator from Hanover yield for a question.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I yield.
[Unknown]
He yields, Senator .
[Unknown]
Will the Senator look at rules 18-g dealing with local government. 128-h dealing with privileges and elections and 18-j dealing with committee on transportation. I notice that under the proposed rules the membership declines from 14 members on each of those committees to 13 committees -- to members on each of those committees. Again, local government, p and e and transportation. Can the Senator explain what the rationale is for reducing the membership of those three committees?
[Unknown]
The Senator from Hanover .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, to answer the gentleman that as the process of putting the committees went to -- went forward, there are a number of different thought processes. And there is thought processes -- those thought processes included merging committees, eliminating committees, merging concepts, changing concepts where committees ultimately went and in large part it is due to the workload that we each have and in part due to the conflicts that many find themselves on committees. I know I myself for the last couple years have spent more than one day with a proxy in one committee and physically sitting in another committee and we do not do our best work when we are divided that way. It is much better when we can all be in the committee and focused on coming to a conclusion. So as we went through that process, there was an attempt made to have individuals in places where they could be able to focus on the work and be able to physically be present and as we work those numbers out instead of combining or eliminating committees, we just eliminated some membership on certain committees and that is where we ended up. So at the end of the day, I think the last total we were look at some where less than six potential conflicts now and we going to try to see what key can do to elimb -- what we can do to eliminate those even further as we look at the times and days which each committee will meet and try to come to conclusions of that in the next 24 hours.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, will the Senator yield for another question?
[Unknown]
Will the Senator yield for an additional yes.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I would yield.
[Unknown]
He yields, Senator .
[Unknown]
Having heard that answer would the problem be somed if you had proportional representation between the parties on each of these committees?
[Unknown]
The Senator from Hanover .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I would answer the gentlemen that problems can be solved in many different direction and many some of the thought processes I had about how to best solve the problem would be to have eliminated a committee or two, but as we debated each of those different thousand processes this is the conclusion that we were able to build consensus on, on our side. And the one that we are putting forward.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, will the Senator yield for another yes?
[Unknown]
The Senator yield for an additional question?
[Unknown]
I would, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
He yields, Senator .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, would the Senator agree by reducing the me committees from 15 to 13 this violates the traditions and is custom and practice of the Senate going back many, many years with regard to these committees?
[Unknown]
The Senator from Hanover .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I don't think I would agree with that. I think the committee numbers and memberships and how many committees there are in general have changed over the years.
[Unknown]
No further questions.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall Senate resolution 22 be agreed to. All in favor will record their votes aye. Those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all of the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 21, no, 19.
[Unknown]
The resolution is agreed to. Next order of business is the election of officers of the Senate. The first is election of the president pro temp of the Senate for a term of four years. Senator norman?
[Unknown]
Thank you very much, Mr. President. It is, indeed, my privilege to rise for the nomination of the Senate pro tem to nominate my seat mate the honorable steven d. Newman of Lynchburg for the office of president pro tem.
[Unknown]
Senator McDougle ?
[Unknown]
I rise to second the nomination of the Senator from Lynchburg .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from augustus.
[Unknown]
I move that the nomination be closed and in support of that I would say my good friend from Lynchburg and I came in together many years ago in 1996. He and I and the Senator from Roanoke city are the last three remaining from that rather large class. I think we have in Senator Newman a man of integrity, soft-spoken, but willing to work in a bipartisan manner to advance the work of the Senate, Mr. President.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. Without objection the nominations closed. Those in favor of steven d. Newman wore president pro tem record votes aye. Those opposed no j have all of the senators voted? Any desire to close the vote.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Steven d. Newman of Lynchburg is declared newly elected president pro tem of the Senate. Congratulations. [applause]
[Unknown]
The next order of business is the election of the clerk of the Senate to serve for a term of four years. The Senator from jane city county, Senator norman.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. It is, indeed, a genuine privilege to rise and make the nomination for the clerk of the Senate and I would respectfully place the name of susan clark into nomination for clerk of the Senate. Many thatster had the reporting livele lidge of serving for a number of years affection it is ately referred to her as ma or mother, we do know that she in fact has done an extraordinary job of overseeing the operations and maintaining the integrity of the institution of the Senate for many, many years. As I reflect on her career, I think her greatest accomplishment and my humble and sometimes myopic perspective is that she has assembled an extraordinary staff in the Senate office that does a marvelous job in both the operational standpoint but the accessibility and the preservation of the institution and I think and I compliment you for that and I respectfully place her name into nomination.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Hanover, Senator McDougle .
Ryan McDougle
Mr. President, I second the nomination of susan clark shar as clerk of the Senate. Mr. President, just noticing that I have the ability to make remarks I would disagree from the gentleman from James city county on the title that I refer to her as. It is typically boss because she is the one that is directing many of us on many different issues and I would say, Mr. President, that we are very fortunate to have madam clerk serving in that office and she and her team do a tremendous job. Everything from making sure that offenses are taken care of, our needs as senators are met to having the best Page program in the entire country. This body could be run much differently than what it is, but it could -- but in no way could it be better than what madam clerk's team does for us. And I am very thankful for the time and effort many late nights that are put in, many e-mails of all times of the day. You cannot imagine the issues that she deals with. And I am thankful that she has decided to endure each of the 40of us for another term.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The senior Senator from Fairfax, Senator Saslaw .
Dick Saslaw
I would move that the nominations be closed and simply adding that looking around I think I am the only person here who was in the -- on this side of the dice when madam clerk started out. And susan, you have done an outstanding job. She says I 'm off. You replaced jay who went up when the governor became -- it is nice we are having this conversation right now. But anyway, she has done just an outstanding job and I told the press one time if we don't show up work goes on. If they don't show up we are in a world of hurt. That is the end.You have assembs staff and they are great and many have won national awards. I can't think of any one we would rather have standing up there helping to run this show than you. So congratulations and again, you know, renew that the nominations be closed.
Bill Howell
Thank you. Without objection, the nominations are closed. In favor of the clerk of the Senate record the votes aye and those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all of the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their votes? The clerk will close the roll.
Dick Saslaw
Ayes 40, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos 0. Susan clark shar to serve for a term of four years as clerk of the Senate. Congratulations. [applause]
[Unknown]
The oath of of if issue will be administered by the honorable cleo e. Powell, justice of the supreme court of Virginia. Justice powell. Thank you for being here. Yes, ma'am. Please raise your right hand and repeat after me.
[Unknown]
I do solemnly swear that I will support the constitution of thade.
[Unknown]
That I will support the states. Constitution of the united
[Unknown]
And the constitution of the commonwealth of Virginia .
[Unknown]
And the constitution of the sweat of Virginia. Commonwealth of Virginia .
[Unknown]
And I will faithfully and impartially discharge all of the duties incumbent upon me.
[Unknown]
All the duties incumbent upon me.
[Unknown]
As clerk of the Senate of Virginia .
[Unknown]
As clerk of the Senate of Virginia .
[Unknown]
According to the best of my ability.
[Unknown]
According to the best of my ability.
[Unknown]
So help me God .
[Unknown]
So help me God. [applause]
[Unknown]
The next order of business is the oath of office of the chief deputy clerk of the Senate pursuant to section 30-15.1 of the code of Virginia. The oath of office will be at ministered by the clerk of the Senate, susan clark shar.
[Unknown]
Raise your right hand and repeat after me. I do solemnly swear.
[Unknown]
I do solemnly swear.
[Unknown]
That I will support the constitution of the united
[Unknown]
That I will support the states. Constitution of the united states.
[Unknown]
And the constitution of the commonwealth of Virginia .
[Unknown]
And the constitution of the commonwealth of Virginia .
[Unknown]
And that I will of faithfully and impartially discharge.
[Unknown]
All of the duties incumbent upon me.
[Unknown]
All the duties incumbent upon me.
[Unknown]
As chief deputy clerk of the Senate of Virginia .
[Unknown]
As chief deputy clerk of the Senate of Virginia .
[Unknown]
According to the best of my ability.
[Unknown]
According to the best of my
[Unknown]
So help me God. Ability.
[Unknown]
So help me God .
[Unknown]
Go Brunswick County. [applause]
[Unknown]
The next order of business is the election of the sergeant at arms of the Senate. Senator Norment. It is, indeed, my pleasure to rise to nominate hobie laymen as the sergeant at arms for the Senate of Virginia .
[Unknown]
Senator McDougle .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I would like to second the nomination of hobie lehman to be the sergeant at arms.
[Unknown]
Senator obama.
[Unknown]
I move that the nominations be closed and also express support.
Bill Howell
Without objection, the nominations are close the. As many as in favor of hobie lehman for sergeant at arms record the votes aye and those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all of the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will rose the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, no, 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, no, 0. Hobie lehman is declared newry elected sergeant of arms. [applause]
[Unknown]
The next is the election of pages. The Senate will stand at ease while the pages enter the chamber. [the Senate of Virginia is at e]
[Unknown]
Jane city county, Senator Norment. Mr. President, it is, indeed, my le shar tour nominate the following pages -- pleasure to nominate the following pages and as their names are called if any would be so kind so step forward following the announcement of their name. The first Page that I would like to announce the appointment of is from the second district of Virginia, and her name is sianna monet bi bbs from newport newses, Virginia. From the third senatorial district, is the Page that is nominated is john Alexander devore. I was wondering where jack was hiding. There you are, sir. From the fourth congressional district it is my pleasure to nominate adam palmer gimou of montpelier, Virginia. From the 7th congressional district, I nominate amena arlene gasab of Virginia beach. From the ninth congressional district, perry edmund Scott of Henrico. From the 13th district, jennifer elizabeth griesen of ashburn. A familiar name, I believe. From the 14th district, isabel maria araho of iver, Virginia. From the 15th district, sutton belle Montgomery of south hill. From the 16th district, aubriana mariah harris of south Chesterfield. From the 20th district, richard fitzgerald dickerson of downtown Galax. From the 21st district, fiona clare Miller of Roanoke. From the 23rd district, Madison mckinley Martin of ebbinton. From the 24th district, roth steven landis of Augusta. [laughter] from the 27th district, lillian gable of Loudoun. From the 28th district, lillian simone tapp of Stafford. From the 32nd district, tailor nicole hannam zotz of Fairfax. From the 33rd district grace colleen maloney of chantilly. From the 35th district, gardner curry, mccabe of Arlington. From the 37th district, kennedy blanchette Jones of Fairfax. From the 38th district, gavin Scott Hamilton of Russell. How are you today? Good.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Hanover, Senator McDougle .
Ryan McDougle
Mr. President, I move that these -- I second the excellent nominations of the gentleman from James city county.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from rocking ham, Senator Obenshain .
Mark Obenshain
I move the nominations be closed thank you, Senator. Without objection, the nominated nations are closed. As many in favor of the nominees in favor of pages record the votes aye and those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all of the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote. The clerk will rose the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos 0.
Mark Obenshain
Those nominated are declared duly elected pages of the Senate for the 2016 session. The chair requests announcements of Page appointments. The Senator from Lynchburg, Senator Newman .
Steve Newman
Mr. President, I would like to announce the appointment of Tyler lawson Garrett of Lynchburg to be a Page of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from and another, McDougle .
Steve Newman
Adam steven kelly of mechanicsville.
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I wish to announce the appointment of riley michael moore as a Page of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The senior Senator from Fairfax, Senator Saslaw .
Dick Saslaw
I wish to announce the point of brian edward Wexton of Virginia .
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from hen rico.
Dick Saslaw
Isabella Lee riley of Richmond as a Page of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator and I wish to appoint the announcement of James McClellan as Page for the Senate. The Senator from Hanover, more McDougle .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, the clerk advised me of the following pages appointed pursuant to the rules of the Senate that we just passed and I will try not to butcher them any worse than the Senator from James city did in the process. Julia diane acam of Richmond. Jawad batty of Chesterfield. Charles Fairfax conquest. Payton Lee emerson of Williamsburg. Laura harris Garrett of luisa. Chase donovan geling of moseley. Hannah anna gilden of Virginia beach. I don't know about this next one, Mr. President. Colin Patrick hendrickson Stanley of Franklin County. Madam clerk might need to keep an extra eye out in this family history. [laughter]
[Unknown]
Sineda gail nardi white of Nelson. Janet evelyn palmer of Brunswick. Brendan david Smith. Paul anthony southern of Pulaski. Leah madden servel of Alexandria and gareth lang horn von of Richmond. To all of the pages welcome and
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Congratulations. We have watched a number of the classes over the years and I will tell you that we are very proud that the Page program here in the commonwealth is the best in the world so this is a wonderful opportunity for all of you to come and see how policy is made and to get to know your senators from around the commonwealth of Virginia and it is again a wonderful opportunity. We look forward to having you. We are going to work hard. We are also going to have fun and before you know it the 60 days will be by. Certainly in joy your experience here and congratulations and on behalf of all of the senators and staff of the clerk of the Senate I would ask that members of the Senate to please join me in offering and welcoming the pages to the floor of the Senate. Thank you. [applause]
[Unknown]
The Senate will come to order. Senator from Hanover, Senator McDougle .
Ryan McDougle
I move the rules be suspended, committee on rules be discharged from further consideration the readings of the title be waived, Senate resolution number 4, which is the blue sheet in your amendment folder, be taken up for immediate consideration.
Bill Howell
The question is shall the rules be suspended. Committee on rules be discharged from further consideration. The readings of the title be waived and Senator resolution 4 be taken up for immediate consideration. All in favor of the motion record their votes aye. Opposed no. Vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any of the senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
Ryan McDougle
Ayes 40, no's zero.
[Unknown]
The rules are suspended. The clerk will please report the resolution.
[Unknown]
Senate resolution number 4, 2016 operating resolution.
[Unknown]
Senate -- Senator from Hanover, Senator McDougle sfiechlt Mr. President, I move that the resolution be agreed to. Speaking to that very briefly.
Ryan McDougle
Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, members of the Senate, this is the operating resolution, where you are directed to pay for the Page program, the per diem, your secretaries, and all the support staff that go on, and it's the one that we use to get organized, and this is the final item on the Senate organization and after we take up this, we will move on to the organization with the House. And the procedural resolution.
Ryan McDougle
Thank you, Senator. The question is, shall the resolution be agreed to. All in favor of agreeing to the resolution record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are all the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any of the senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, no's zero.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, no's zero, resolution is agreed to.
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county, the Senator from James city county, Senator Norment will advise the House of delegates that the Senate is duly organized and ready to proceed to business. Senate will stand at ease until the Senator from James city county, Senator Norment returns.
[Unknown]
The Senate will come to order. Sergeant at arms. [ inaudible ] please receive it. Welcome Delegate Cox. [ inaudible ] thank you, the clerk will receive it. Delegate Cox. Same procedure, the resolution will be taken up for immediate consideration. Clerk will please report the resolution.
[Unknown]
House joint resolution number 150, notifying the governor of organization. Resolve of by the House of delegates, the Senator concurring, that a committee be appointed composed of six on the part of the House of delegates and five on the part of the Senate to notify the governor that the general assembly is duly organized, ready to receive any communication he May desire to make.
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk. The question is, shall the resolution be agreed to. All in favor of the resolution will say aye. The ayes have it. Opposed no. The resolution is agreed to. The Senator from James city, the Senator from James city county, Senator Norment will inform the House of delegates of the action of the Senate. Pursuant to the foregoing resolution the chair appoints the Senator from James city, the Senator from James city Senator from Lynchburg, county, Senator Norment, the Senator Newman, the Senator from Hanover, Senator McDougle, senior Senator from Fairfax, Senator Saslaw and senior Senator from Henrico, Senator McEachin as the committee on the part of the Senate together with members of the House to inform the governor that the general assembly is duly organized and ready to receive any communication he May desire to Senate will be at ease until make. The committee returns.
[Unknown]
Thank you, nor. The clerk will please read the report.
[Unknown]
2016 Senate standing committees. Agriculture, conservation and natural resources. Senator Stuart chair, Hanger, ross, Obenshain, peter cnn, morrison, Stanley, Black, Miller, evans, Lewis, Chafin, Dance, Suetterlein. Commerce and labor Wagner chair. Saslaw, Norment, Newman, Obenshain, Stuart, Stanley, Alexander, Cosgrove, Chafin, Dance, lieu, a McDougle, Black and Sturtevant. Courts of justice. Senator Obenshain chair. Saslaw, Norment, Howell, Lucas, Edwards, McDougle, McEachin is, stewart Stanley Reeves, Garrett, Chafin, des and Sturtevant. Education and health. Senator Newman chair. Saslaw, Lucas, Howell, Locke, Barker, Black, Carrico. Lewis, Dunnavant, Chase and Suetterlein. Finance senators Norment and Hanger coheirs. Senators Howell, Saslaw, Lucas, Newman, roth, Wagner, McDougle, Vogel, Carrico, Alexander, Obenshain, Barker, and Dunnavant. General laws and technology. Senator Ruff chair. Locke, Petersen, Barker, Vogel, Stuart, Black, Ebbin, reed, Garrett, Wexton, Surovell, DeSteph, Suetterlein .
[Unknown]
Local government. Senator Stanley chair. Hanger, mar sten, Miller, Lewis, Cosgrove, Surovell, DeSteph, Dunnavant, Chase, Sturtevant, and McPike. Privileges and elections. Senator Vogel chair. Howell, Deeds, Edwards, McEachin, Reeves, Garrett, Miller, Ebbin, Chafin, DeSteph, Chase and Sturtevant. Rehabilitation and social services. Senator Reeves, chair. Hanger, Wagner, Locke, McDougle, Black, Favola, Wexton, Petersen, Chafin, Cosgrove, Dance, Surovell, DeSteph and McPike. Transportation. Senator Carrico chair, Newman, Deeds, mar sten, Favola, Alexander, Cosgrove, Edwards, Wexton, Garrett, DeSteph, Chase and Suetterlein. Rules, McDougle chair. Norment, Hanger, new man, Ruff, Wagner, Obenshain, Vogel, stewart, Stanley, Carrico, Reeves, Saslaw, Locke and Dance .
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk. Senator Ruff .
[Unknown]
I move that the committee nomination be adopted.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the report be adopted. All in favor of adoption of the report record the votes aye. Those opposed no. The senators ready to vote? Have all of the nors vote the? Do any senators desire to change their votes? The clerk will close the role.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos 0.
[Unknown]
The committee nominations record is adopted. Sergeant at arms please receive it. Welcome again Delegate Cox. [no audio]
[Unknown]
Thank you, Delegate. The clerk will receive it. The clerk will please read the title of hjr 37.
[Unknown]
House joint resolution number 37. Providing for a joint assembly establishing a schedule for the conduct of business coming before the 2016 regular session of the again general assembly of Virginia and providing for legislative continuity between the 2016 and 2017 regular sessions of the general assembly.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Hanover, Senator McDougle .
Ryan McDougle
Mr. President, I move the rules be suspended and the chittees on rules be discharged from further consideration of the resolution, the reading of the title be waived and hjr 37 be taken up for immediate consideration.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the rules be suspend the committee on rules be discharged from further consideration of the resolution the readings of the title be waived and hjr 37 be taken up for immediate consideration. Record the votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all of the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their votes. The clerk close the role gooiest 40, nos 0.
Ryan McDougle
The rules suspended to take up the resolution for immediate consideration. The Senator from Hanover, Senator McDougle .
Ryan McDougle
Mr. President, I move the resolution be agreed to and speaking to the motion.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Ryan McDougle
Mr. President, each of the members in the yellow fold verducci House joint resolution number 37. It is similar to the joint resolution that we have used to organize in each of our previous sessions with three changes and I 'm just going to point those out to you. The first is on line 40, the copatron status on commending and memorial joint resolutions which we discussed in our rules. It is changed to allow us to be able to be -- to have that opportunity to add on to those commending and memorial joint resolutions. The second change is on line 159, rule no. 21. And it provides that there shall be 48 hours that the conference record shall be received for 48 hours prior to a vote unless there is determined by two thirds of the members of each of the House and Senate to vote earlier than 48 hours on the budget. This is a change that passed the Senate in bill form each of the last couple years with -- it had gone down to the House only to be defeated but this year we were able to negotiate it and put it in the rules so each member will have at least 48 hours to look at the budget after the conference committee has completed its work. And then the third set of items, Mr. President are on lines 164, language addd that will provide in that conference report on the budget a couple of things must be identified. Those are, one, a nonstate agency appropriation and item number two, an item in the conference report that was not included in a budget bill passed by the House or Senate. And number three, any legislation that failed in either the House report Senate would have to -- or the Senate would have to be identified in specificity. Mr. President, with those changes I think the remainder of business operates the same and I would renew my motion to approve the resolution.
[Unknown]
The.
[Unknown]
Question is Hall the resolution be agreed to. Tall inive paer record their votes aye and those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all of the nors voted? Do any senators desire to change the vote. The clerk will close the role.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos 0. The resolution is agreed to. The clerk will now please reed the title of hjr 38.
[Unknown]
House joint resolution number 38 establishing a schedule for the conduct of business for the prefiling period of the 2017 regular session of the general assembly of Virginia .
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk. The Senator from Hanover, Senator McDougle .
Ryan McDougle
Mr. President, I move that the committee -- that the rules be suspended and the committee on rules be discharged from further consideration of the resolution and the readings of the title be waived and hjr 38 be taken up for immediate consideration.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is salt rules be suspended the committee on rules be discharged from further consideration of the resolution and the readings of the title be waived and hjr 38 be taken up for immediate consideration. Fall in favor record aye. Those opposed no. Do any senators desire to change their street, in the clerk will close the role.
Ryan McDougle
Ayes 40, nos 0.
[Unknown]
The rules suspend take up the resolution for immediate consideration. The Senator from Hanover, Senator McDougle .
Ryan McDougle
I move the resolution be agreed to in speaking to the motion.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Ryan McDougle
Hjr 38 sets the time frame of prefiling for the 2017 regular session. We are already preparing. It will be Monday, December 5 of 2016 and then drafts shall be made available to each member by December 30. So, with that explanation, I renewed my notion that it be agreed to.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the resolution be agreed to. All in favor of agreeing to the resolution record votes aye. Those oh poeed no. Are the senators ready to vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos 0.
[Unknown]
The regular hughes is agreed to. The Senator from Hanover, Senator McDougle inform the House of delegates of the actions of the Senate. If there are resolutions, petitions and bills the time is now in order for that for those to be introduced. Senator from Lynchburg, Senator Newman .
Ryan McDougle
Would you repeat that because someone didn't hear you.
[Unknown]
The time has come for resolutions, petitions and bills to be presented. The Senate will stand at ease. [the Senate of Virginia is at e]
Ryan McDougle
The Senate will come to order. The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President. Ladies and gentlemen of the Senate and particularly those senators that are new members, if you will notice on the first Page of the calendar, every morning there are announcements that are bracketed that you should direct your attention to. One deadline has already passed and that is at 10:00 this morning the deadline expired for filing bills that qualified for prefiling so any subsequent filing of bills would go towards your numerical count. The second bracket that is on the front there indicates that today is the last day for any bills that are pertaining to vrs or legislation creating continuing studies, any Senator that has a first-day bill if you would be so kind at this point to indicate that you have a first-day bill that has not been filed and that way the clerk's office will look forward to hearing from you by 5:00 p.M. Today. So does anyone have a first-day bill that has not been filed? Do not be bashful. Put your hands up so we can see. Okay. I would further direct your attention 48 hours ahead of time on behalf of Senator Hanger and myself that Friday January 15 at 5:00 p.M. Is the absolute deadline for filing any budget amendments. So, I would encourage you that if you have some budget amendments that you desire to file to please do so sooner than later because I do not anticipate that there will be any generous dispensations in that regard.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Is there any other business to come before the Senate ? Seeing none, the clerk will report any announcements on the day.
[Unknown]
Today, jens January 13 the joint Senate committee for House of justice will meet at 3:45 p.M. In House room c for a presentation by the chief justice of the supreme court of Virginia. This is a time change. 3:45, House room c. Tomorrow, Thursday, January 14 the committee on education and health will meet at health will meet at