01/14/2016 Senate Proceedings

Download this Video

Minutes

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

Prayer offered by The Reverend Roy Newman, Thomas Road Baptist
Church, Lynchburg, Virginia

ROLL CALL OF MEMBERS: quorum present

Motion of Senator McEachin dispensed with reading of Journal (34-Y
4-N 1-A)

Leave of absence granted: Senator Wagner

Bills presented, ordered printed and referred/joint resolutions
laid on Clerks Desk under Senate Rules 11(b), (26)g and HJR 37: see January 15
Senate Calendar

CALENDAR

MEMORIAL RESOLUTIONS

SJ 10 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SJ 15 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SJ 16 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SJ 20 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SJ 21 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SJ 22 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SJ 23 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SJ 31 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SJ 36 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SJ 43 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SJ 46 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SJ 52 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SJ 55 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SJ 56 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SJ 64 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SJ 65 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SJ 69 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SR 16 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SR 3 - Out of block, Passed by for day

SR 15 - Out of block, Passed by for day

SR 19 - Out of block, Passed by for day

COMMENDING RESOLUTIONS

SJ 3 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 5 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 8 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 13 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 14 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 17 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 18 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 19 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 25 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 26 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 28 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 29 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 30 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 39 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 41 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 44 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 45 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 53 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 54 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 66 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 67 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SR 1 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SR 5 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SR 6 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SR 7 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SR 8 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SR 9 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SR 10 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SR 11 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SR 12 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SR 14 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SR 2 - Out of block, Passed by for day

SR 13 - Out of block, Passed by for day

SR 17 - Out of block, Passed by for day

On motion of Senator Newman, the Senate adjourned at 12:40
p.m. to convene Friday, January 15, 2016 at 9:30 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]
>> >> >> >> >>
[Unknown]
The Senate will come to order. The senators will please take their seats. Those persons not entitled to the privilege of the floor will kindly retire to the gallery. The senators and all in attendance will stan and be led in prayer. We have a special guest, pastor roy neuman, who's the father of steve Newman. Pastor neuman.
[Unknown]
Father in heaven, we bow to guilty our thanks and praise to you. We thank you for this beautiful day, new day to serve you and love you. Lord, we come to ask your blessing on this Virginia Senate session today. Lord, we want to thank you for our great nation. Thank you for those courageous men and women nearly 240 years ago who risked their very lives in establishing this great democracy which has become the greatest form of government in the history of the world. Thank you for this great commonwealth of Virginia. Bless each one of these men and women who serve you here today as legislators, the staff. Lord, we ask that you would give them the wisdom today to do exactly what is pleasing to you. I pray in jesus name, eight -- amen.
[Unknown]
Amen. >>
Bill Howell
The clerk will call the roll. All those present will vote aye. The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
We have a quorum, Mr. President.
Bill Howell
The senior Senator from Henrico, Senator mcevening itch moves that the reading of the journal be with waved. All in favor will record the votes aye, those opposed no. Are the are the doctor are 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]
The reading of the journal is waved. The clerk will please report any communications from the House of delegates.
[Unknown]
Senator McEachin, would you like to read the journal? The clerk will please report any communication from the House of delegates.
[Unknown]
We do not have any, sir.
[Unknown]
The clerk will please report any communications from the
[Unknown]
We do not have any, sir. Governor.
[Unknown]
The time has come to welcome visitors to the gallery and take up other matters for the morning hour. Senator from western Fairfax, Senator Marsden .
Dave Marsden
Thank you, Mr. President, I rise for purposes of two
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor. Introductions.
Dave Marsden
Thank you, Mr. President. It is my pleasure to welcome two wonderful groups who have come to visit the general assembly, if I could ask the members of the Virginia association of museums and their director, jennifer thomas and the members of the Virginia foundation for the humanities and their president, rob vaughn, to please stand. The Virginia association of museums was founded in 1968 and has a membership of over 1,000 museum professionals from throughout the commonwealth. Virginia has 800 museums, comprised of historic sites, art galleries, science museums, history museums, children's museums, bow taken call gardens and more. The Virginia association of museums, 41 annual conference will be held this March in colonial Williamsburg. The Virginia foundation for the humanities was founded in 1974 as our state's humanities center and has grown to be the largest in the nation. Many of you r familiar with their excellent work including encyclopedia Virginia, the Virginia festival of the book, Virginia folk life and two radio programs, backstory and with good reason. Grantees reached an estimated audience of 1.5 million. Matching grant dollars four to one and vhf has estimated annual audience of 23 million. Virginia has an incredibly rich our museums and humanities history. Programs are not only the stewards of that history but the cornerstone of a vibrant tourism industry. I know that Mr. Jefferson would be proud of our dedication to the preservation of Virginia history. Please help me in welcoming the association of museums and Virginia foundation for the humanities.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would members from the Virginia association of museums and the association for humanities please rise. And you already have. You all are on cue this morning. Thank you all so much for being here, and we're all grateful of the humanities across the commonwealth and they provide so much, really, to our education system. We appreciate you being here today and advocating for your interests. I would ask the members of the Senate to please form in offering them the warm welcome in the Senate. [ applause ]
[Unknown]
Senator from Alexandria, Senator evans.
[Unknown]
I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
It is my pleasure to introduce a group that is advocating for change in Virginia and that's the Virginia chapter of the national organization for reform of marijuana laws and the Virginia republicans against marijuana prohibition led by pam novey and vivian Smith. They are here advocating for the bipartisan effort that Virginia join the other 30-plus states that no longer take driver's license away for marijuana offenders, and also other issues in recognition of the fact that the prohibition of the marijuana plant has failed. Thank you, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Thank you no,. Would pam novey and vivian Smith and your guests please rise. Well represented today, that's good. Thank you all so much for taking time out of your busy schedules for being here today and advocating for what's very important to you. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering them the warm welcome of the Senate. [ applause ]
[Unknown]
The Senator from Stafford, Senator Stuart .
Richard Stuart
I would ask that the journal reflect my seat, the senior Senator from Virginia beach is away from the capitol on pressing personal business.
Bill Howell
The journal will so reflect that the senior Senator from Virginia beach is away from the capitol on pressing personal business. The Senator from neck less than burke, Senator Ruff .
Frank Ruff
I ask you to give a warm welcome of the Senate to the minister who gave today's I know in-- invocation, roy knew Newman, who happened to be the father of my seatmate, Senator Newman, is accompanied by his wife ava and daughter-in-law kim. I'd ask you to give them a warm welcome.
[Unknown]
Would Reverend Newman and your family please rise. Welcome here and thank you so much forgetting our day off to a good start, and I hope it's okay, but I 'm going to brag a little bit about your son. I've known him for many years and we're very excited he was elected yesterday as our president pro tem and he will do a great job leading the Senate. I would also tell you I 've been around a lot of people and he is one of the most -- one of the kindest and most gracious individuals that I have ever been around. So as parents, you have a lot to be proud of. I would ask the members of the Senate to please join in in offering the Newman family the warm welcome of the Senate. [ applause ]
Frank Ruff
The Senator from spots I wilr Reeves .
[Unknown]
I rise for purposes of introduction.
[Unknown]
In the gallery today is a group that is no stranger to Virginia and down here for their day on the hill. Their combined services, probably more years than I can even imagine, but Mr. President, it's my honor a privilege to not only introduce a fine gentleman who has worn the cloth of our country but also attended the same alma mater and set those fine traditions and push-ups and sit-ups that we do as a young freshman, colonel vehicle penn with the joint leadership council of veteran services organization here in Virginia, which is made up of 23-plus veterans organizations here in the commonwealth and they are down here for their day. Mr. President, if you would welcome the joint leadership council and the colonel and his
[Unknown]
Thank you. Group. Would members from the joint leadership council of veterans service organizations please rise. Thank you all so much for being with us today, and also as a fellow veteran, thank you for your service. I would invite you -- I know a lot of you are members of the american legion and probably vfw but if you're ever in Norfolk, please stop and visit our post 35 there in ocean view. Thank you for being here today and we all today want to make Virginia the most veteran-friendly state in the country, so together we'll do that. I would ask members of the Senate to please join in offering our veterans the warm welcome of the Senate. [ applause ]
[Unknown]
The Senator from southern Fairfax County, Senator Barker .
George Barker
Mr. President, I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
George Barker
Mr. President, yesterday we swore in new senators and the Senator from eastern Fairfax had his parents there, so his law partner decided to match him, so therefore today the Senator from Fairfax city has his mother, marry Petersen, who is here, and with her is elliott moses. I hope you'd give them the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you. Would you please rise. Thank you all. It's always good to see you, Mrs. Petersen, and we're excited this year, as I saw you the other day but we have a big basketball game coming up, and your son, I just want to let you know, is instrumental as a recruiter and we have won and been successful the last two years and we're looking for a third successful year. So thank you for being here. Your son is also a wonderful individual, and I 've just enjoyed and I know all the other senators have enjoyed serving with him. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering Ms. Meter 17 and -- Petersen and her guest the warm welcome of the isn't that senat. [ applause ]
[Unknown]
From Roanoke city, Senator he Edwards .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I would call your attention to the fact that in the gallery we have brett Welch, president and other members of the Virginia school counselors association. Mr. President, the Virginia school counselors association is the only professional group for Virginia school counselors. It provides -- its mission is to provide excellence in professional school counseling and to provide support for its members. And I might say school counselors are extraordinarily important to Virginia 's public schools, both at the grammar school or elementary -- we used to call it grammar school. Elementary, middle, and high school level. I'd ask you to give the school counselors the very warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Would members from the Virginia school counselors associate with Mr. Brett Welch please rise. Thank you all for being here today and just as the good Senator from Roanoke city said, your job is just so important in our schools now, especially as we prepare our young scholars to enter the workforce, so thanks for all that you do and thanks for being here today to advocate for our children's education. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering the members from Virginia school counselors association the warm welcome of the Senate. [ applause ]
[Unknown]
The Senator from Fairfax city, Senator Petersen .
Chap Petersen
I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the 94.
Chap Petersen
Thank you, Mr. President. I would like, ladies and gentlemen of the Senate, I 'd like to give greetings to friends from the Fairfax County, springfield district democratic committee and represent the democrats in southern and western parts of Fairfax County, great friends of mine, Senator Barker and Senator Marsden. Among others. I hope that we can give them the warm greeting of the Senate. Thank you very much.
[Unknown]
Will terry Bell and other members from the democratic committee in springfield please rise. Great to see you all here today, and thanks for all the great work that you all do up in your communities in helping folks like me get elected. And the good Senator Petersen. We appreciate you taking your time out of your busy schedule to be with us today. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members from the springfield democratic committee the warm welcome of the Senate. [ applause ]
[Unknown]
The Senator --
[Unknown]
Sir, I rise for the purposes of an introduction.
[Unknown]
You have the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you. I appreciate that, sir. Today in our gallery we have a friend of mine that I 've known since the seventh grade, since I was 13 years old. So there are many stories that he could share with you about myself but actually it would make a motion that no one actually ever talked to him while he's here on the capitol grounds but he's been a great friend of mine for many years, and his career has just -- he's been just about everything from a cpa, grew bored of that, became a professional golfer, he's owned his own businesses and now he's the manager of the robert e. Lee hotel and resort in Lexington, Virginia. It is rare in life when you can have such a good friend and have the ability to be friends and to grow together as I versus with Mr. Krovo. I'd ask that today on the special day that I get to see him on the capitol, that you extend to him the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
I sure will. Thank you. Would Mr. Kelly krovo please rise. Sir, welcome to the gallery today, and if it's okay, we can go into recess for as long as you want if you want to share some of your earlier stories with us. On another note, I went to school and the.
[Unknown]
Ltspkr: Senator from James city county went to school in Lexington as well and recently was back in Lexington and stayed at your hotel and I will commend you on the job that you did. It's a wonderful hotel, and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. So thanks for being here today. Thanks for being a friend to the good Senator Stanley. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering kelly the warm welcome of the Senate. [ applause ]
[Unknown]
Senator Locke .
[Unknown]
Resolutions, petitions and bills are now in order. Is there any other business to come before the Senate in the morning hours? Seeing none, the clerk will please call the calendar.
[Unknown]
Senate calendar for Thursday, January 14th, 2016, memorial resolutions.
[Unknown]
Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President, I would respectfully move that all the memorial resolutions on pages 1 and 3 of the calendar, which would include all memorial resolutions including Senate joint resolution 10 through Senate resolution 19 be occurred in the usual manner, waiving the reading of the resolutions with the understanding that any Senator who May desire to remove a resolution from the block will please do so after the clerk has read the title of that resolution.
[Unknown]
The question is, shall the memorial resolutions on pages 1 through 3, joint resolution 10 through Senate resolution 19, be considered in the block in the usual manner, waiving the reading of the resolution thereof, with the understanding that any Senator desiring a resolution removed from the block will do so after the clerk has read the title of the resolution? All in favor of the motion will say aye. Those opposed no. The ayes have it. The motion is agree to. The resolutions are before us in the block. The clerk will please read the titles of the memorial resolutions.
Tommy Norment
Senate joint resolution 10, celebrating the life of richard langley settle, junior. Senate joint resolution 15, celebrating the life of paul e. Torgersen. Senate joint resolution 16, celebrating the life of moses malone. Senate joint resolution 20, celebrating the life of martha e. Dawson. Senate joint resolution 21, celebrating the life of the Reverend Dr. William douglas booth. Senate joint resolution 22, celebrating the life of could he leath I can't r. Holcomb.
[Unknown]
Senate joint resolution 23, celebrating the life of willford Taylor, senior.
[Unknown]
Senate joint resolution 31, celebrating the life of kelly g southard. Senate joint resolution 36, celebrating the life of all Monday h. Glass, senior. Senate joint resolution 43, celebrating the life of karen radley. Senate joint resolution 46, celebrating the life of william t. Bear.
[Unknown]
Senate joint resolution 52, celebrating the life of joseph anthony dijulio. Senate joint resolution 55, celebrating the life of chief warrant officer joseph bernard wisniewski, junior, united states army, retired. Senate joint resolution 56, celebrating the life of george burke. Senate joint resolution 64, celebrating the life of darrel dennis Martin. Senator joint resolution 65, celebrating the life of rosa Johnson. Senate joint resolution skin, celebrating the life of James o. Shaw junior, md. Senate resolution three, celebrating the life of robbin thompson. Senate resolution 15, celebrating the life of kathleen flanagan mcmanus.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Stafford .
[Unknown]
Could 15 be moved from the block and passed by?
Bill Howell
Without objection, Senate resolution 15 will be removed from the block. And go bye.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Buckingham, Senator Garrett .
Tom Garrett
Could Senate resolution three also removed from the block and passed by for the day, please.
Bill Howell
Without objection, Senate resolution three will be removed from the block and passed by for the day.
Tom Garrett
Thank you.
[Unknown]
Senate resolution 16, celebrating the life of jesse clingenpeel.
[Unknown]
Mr. President?
[Unknown]
Yes, the Senator from Accomack County .
[Unknown]
Could Senate resolution 19 come out of the block and go bye for the day?
Bill Howell
Without objection, 19 will come out of the block and buy for the day. With the exceptions of Senate resolution three, 15, and 19, the resolutions will be agreed to in the usual manner. All those in favor of agreeing to the memorial resolution will please rise. The resolutions are agreed to.
[Unknown]
Commending resolutions.
[Unknown]
44 from James city county, Senator Norment .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move that all the commending resolution on pages four through seven on the calendar, including Senate joint resolution no. 3 through Senate resolution 17 be considered in the block by voice vote, waiving the reading of the resolution are the understanding that any Senator who desires to remove a commending resolution from the block will please do so after the clerk has read the number of that resolution.
[Unknown]
The question is, shall the commending resolutions on pages 4 through 7, 3 through Senate resolution 17, be considered in the block by voice vote, waiving the reading of the resolutions, with the understanding that any Senator desiring a resolution removed from the block will do he so after the clerk has read the number. All those in favor will say aye, opposed no. The motion is agree to. The resolutions are before us in the block. The clerk will please read the numbers of the resolution.
[Unknown]
Senate joint resolution three, 5, 8, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 39, 41, 44, 45, 53, 54, 66, 67. Senate resolution 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17.
[Unknown]
Thank you. The Senator from Roanoke city, Senator Edwards .
John Edwards
Mr. President, could you take Senate resolution 17 out of the block and passion it by for the day?
Bill Howell
Without objection, resolution 17 will come out of the block and bye for the day. The Senator from Buckingham, Senator Garrett .
Tom Garrett
Could Senate resolution 2 and 13 be removed from the block and passed by for the day?
Bill Howell
Without objection, Senate resolutions 2 and 13 will be removed from the block and bye for the day.
Tom Garrett
Thank you, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. With the exceptions of Senate resolution 2, 13, and 17, the question is, shall the resolutions be agreed to. All in favor of the agreeing to the resolutions will say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it the resolutions are agreed to. The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Mr. President, does that complete the calendar for today?
[Unknown]
Yes, sir.
Tommy Norment
Is there any other business?
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
I'm sorry, Senator .
[Unknown]
That's quite all right. I was waiting for you to say, is there any other business.
[Unknown]
Great minds think alike. Is there any other business to come before the Senate ?
[Unknown]
Mr. President, a couple things while it's very fresh on my mind. As I was looking over the memorial resolutions in particular, and perhaps to a lesser extent on the commending resolutions, there are a number of individuals on those resolutions who are very widely known to many of us on a personal as well as a professional level, and it occurs to me that -- and I am guilty of it sometimes myself, but in the sense of collegiality, we May want to reach out and give other members the opportunity to be certain that they can join on those memorial and commending resolutions. There are a couple of individuals on the list this morning that have worked with us for many, many years as a body and not just individually on that. And with that in mind, Mr. President, if I could yield to the chairman of the rules committee, the Senator from Hanover, who perhaps will remind us what the rule is as it pertains to having the ability to add our names onto memorial and commending resolutions so that we don't necessarily have to have a panic or stampede, thinking that we don't have enough time to do that.
[Unknown]
Thank you, the Senator from Hanover ?
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, reminding the body, particularly for the newer members, that on thursdays of each week we do memorial and commending resolutions so one day a week we will do memorial and commending resolutions and those are thursdays. Today's calendar only includes Senate memorial or commending resolutions or Senate joint memorial or commending resolutions. Starting very shortly, we will add in-House memorial and commending resolutions. So as you're looking at those, if you wish to be added, you can see the clerk's office immediately after session and you can have your name added to one of those memorial or commending resolutions. When the House resolutions come over, that timeframe will be significantly less, so within one hour of session ending will be the time when you can have your name added. So just make sure you're paying attention to when these come over. We tried to eliminate some of the problems that we have had in previous years, particularly with House memorial and commending resolutions, where you could not be added, even once the resolution made it to the Senate, there was no opportunity to add your name. So we think we've addressed that but you do need to be paying attention if you want to be included in one of those resolutions. And would echo the Senator from James city. If you have an individual that we are recognizing, please make sure, if you think that individual would want to be recognized by colleagues, that the pages are more than happy to circulate that memorial or commending resolution so individuals could have their names added if you would like. Thank you, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Fairfax city, Senator Petersen .
Chap Petersen
Thank you, Mr. President. Rise for an announcement.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
Chap Petersen
Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen of the Senate, there was a reference made to basketball a few minutes ago. We will be having basketball again this year. We will be taking on the House again this year. We will be starting practices Tuesday nights, 7:00 p.M., at the gym down the street for vcu. So please bring your basketball shoes over the weekend and come back, bring them. I will be e-mailing you a conditioning program, so please look at that. Subscribe to that. In deference to a couple of our new members from the House, I will be doing away with the aptitude test this year, so we will be just focused on court performance. So the bottom line is, if you want to play, bring your shoes back next week and we'll see you at 7:00 p.M.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Stafford, Senator Stuart .
Richard Stuart
Thank you, Mr. President. Rice for purposes of an announcement.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Richard Stuart
Mr. President, members of the Senate, tonight is the 45th annual he legislative appreciation banquet from the agribusiness council. I hope that you all will come. That membership includes over 40,000 virginians who are farmers, foresters, marketers, processors down the line through agriculture, and that is system the biggest economic engine that we have in Virginia, and it is incredibly important to our economy. The banquet is going to be held at the Richmond raceway complex, at the old dominion being building. There will be a reception from 5:30 to 7:00 and after that there is dinner and I understand he even the governor will be there and make comments. I hope you will all join us at that banquet. It's always a wonderful event. We look forward to seeing you there. Thank you, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator .
[Unknown]
Senator from Portsmouth, Senator Lucas .
Louise Lucas
Thank you, Mr. President. I just have a question about the agribusiness banquet tonight. A lot of us are very antsy about going to functions that's going to be -- that we have to list on our expenditure reports so my question is, how much is this banquet going to cost and am I going to have to list it on my report?
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I 'm going to try to address the question. I'm not sure I 'm the appropriate one. There are others who nor more about this than I do. But there is one Price for a guest. And this of course is an event, a fundraiser for them. So if a business wants to be there, there's a discounted Price for a legislator, if you choose to pay for it. My understanding, there was an advisory opinion issued by the ethics council which says if you attend these events, that the average cost per person of the event will be reported for you being in attendance. I would encourage you to look at that advisory opinion, and that average cost is probably less than $40. So that's my understanding, you don't have to report it. They have to report it, that you attended based upon that average cost. Does that help? It's new territory for all of us, Mr. President.
Louise Lucas
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from eastern Fairfax County, Senator Surovell .
Scott Surovell
Parliamentary inquiry. I've been over here getting used to looking at the side of the desk and madam clerk and one of the other things I 've been able to see from my view is, our friends in the press seem to have difficulty seeing us. I notice that one of them needs to use opera glasses and I 'm a little worried he might have set up a telescope. Is there anything we can do to make it easier for them to be able to observe the proceedings so that they can better cover us?
[Unknown]
No comment, Senator. Any other announcements on the floor? The clerk will please report any announcements on the desk.
Scott Surovell
Today, Thursday, January 14th, the committee for agriculture, conservation and natural resources will not meet. Tomorrow, Friday, January 15th, the committee for rehabilitation and social services will not meet. The republican caucus will meet one-half hour before session in Senate room 2. And the democratic caucus will meet one-half hour before session in Senate room 1.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Lynchburg, Senator Newman .
Steve Newman
Mr. President, I move that the city do now adjourn until 9:30 tomorrow.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is, shall the Senate adjourn until 9:30 a.M. Tomorrow morning, all in favor of the motion will say aye. Those opposed no. The ayes have it. The Senate extend adjourned until 9:30 a.M. Tomorrow. The Senate stands adjourned the Senate stands adjourned