01/15/2016 Senate Proceedings

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Minutes

Called to order at 9:30 a.m. by Lt. Governor Ralph S. Northam

Prayer offered by The Reverend Carolyn J. Mobley-Bowie,
Metropolitan Community Church, Richmond, Virginia

ROLL CALL OF MEMBERS: quorum present

Motion of Senator Chase dispensed with reading of Journal (35-Y 3-N
1-A)

Bills presented, ordered printed and referred/joint resolutions
laid on Clerks Desk under Senate Rules 11(b), (26)g and HJR 37: see January 18
Senate Calendar

On motion of Senator Newman, the Senate adjourned in Memory of Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. at 9:52 a.m. to convene Monday, January 18,
2016 at 12 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 with come to order. The senators will please take their seats. Those not entitled to the privileges of floor will kindly return to the gallery. Be joined in prayer by Reverend mogley. Thank you for being with us.
[Unknown]
Let us pray. Eternal and holy God creator of all things and lover of every human soul we come at this hour to say thank you for the blessings of life and liberty granted to us as citizens of this land. We also come to ask your blessings upon this Virginia general assembly gathered here to carry forward the business of this commonwealth. Grant dear God that justice and compassion will guide and temper their discussions and decisions. May they be diligent in their service ever mindful of their selection by the people and their divine appointment but you, holy one, for such a time as this. Grant them both wisdom and sensitivity to generate the best possible outcomes for all their deliberations. Hear our prayer almighty God for we pray in all your holy and perfect names. Amen.
[Unknown]
Amen.
Bill Howell
The clerk will call the roll. All those present vote aye. The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
You have a quorum, Mr. President. Senate journals for February 14, 2016.
Bill Howell
The Senator from Chesterfield Senator Chase requests that the reading be waived. Ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their votes? The clerk will close the roll.
Amanda Chase
Ayes 35, nos 3.
[Unknown]
The reading of the journal is waived. The clerk will please report any communications from the House of
Amanda Chase
We do not have any sir. Delegates.
[Unknown]
The clerk will report any communications from the governor.
[Unknown]
We do not have any, sir.
[Unknown]
The time has come to recognize visitors to the gallery and take up other matters for the morning hour. The Senator from stewart railroad. >> I rise for purpose of introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
I would like to bring to the attention of the members of the gallery a visitor miss ashlee lanza. A sister of my la and she flew in from california and wants to go to school in Virginia and trying to determine which university which shows good judgment on her part. I ask you offer her the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would miss ashland lanza please rise. Ashland, welcome to Virginia. Welcome to the Senate of Virginia. And a lot of great opportunities educationally in Virginia so we hope you enjoy your visit here. Also a tremendous amount of history in the capital. Welcome to Virginia. I would ask the members to join me in offering miss ashland lanza the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Henrico, Senator McEachin .
Don McEachin
I rise for purposes of introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Don McEachin
Mr. President, I would ask that you give a warm welcome to the minister who gave the in vocation of the metropolitan community church in Richmond. She is accompanied by her wife the Reverend adrian mobley-bowie and a member of the congregation. I would ask that you give them the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would you please rise. Welcome to the Senate of Virginia and thank you so much, Reverend, forgetting us off to a get start this morning. We appreciate your prayer and your message and we hope you come back soon and have a wonderful weekend. I would ask the members of the Senate to join me in welcoming Reverend and her guest a warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
Senator Garrett. Senator Reeves you have the floor.
[Unknown]
On behalf of my seatmate who is temporarily disposed I would like to welcome some folks in the gallery. Ms. Patricia spillman, alfred spillman and charlie brown up from the Senator Stafford and my way. Mr. President, I would ask that you give the spillmans and Mr. Brown the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would patricia spillman, alfred spillman and charlie brown please rise. Welcome to the Senate. We appreciate you sharing time with us this morning. If you are looking for an extended session this morning, probably not going to be a whole lot of activity as we are just getting started in the session. We appreciate you being here and hope you enjoy your stay in Mr. Jefferson's capital. I ask the members to join me in offering the spillmans and Mr. Charlie brown the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
Resolutions, petitions and bills are now in order. Is there any other business for the morning hour? Seeing none, the clerk will call the calendar.
[Unknown]
Senate calendar for Friday, January 15, 2016.
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk. This is why we pay the big money. The Senator in James city county, Senator Norment .
[Unknown]
Madam clerk does that complete the calendar.
[Unknown]
It does.
[Unknown]
Is there any other business to come before the Senate ?
[Unknown]
The Senator from Hampton, Senator lott.
[Unknown]
A point of personal privilege the Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Today, January 15, 2016, Martin luther king jr. Would have been 87 years old. One wonders what he would think of 2016 america. A country he fought so valiantly to improve. A country he sought to bring Peace, justice, freedom and reconciliation. Bear with me for a minute. In 2016, the first of the generation x-ers turned 50. They are a generation that have not done as well as their parents. They are a generation squeezed between two interesting generations. The baby boomers, considered tenacious and the millenials considered upstarts. The generation xeres are considered neglected childs. There is a lot in our society that is neglected. And that our society continues to neglect. Much like generation x, Dr. King would be concerned about that which is neglected. 2016 also marks the 50th anniversary of the chicago campaign where Dr. King took the movement there from the south to the north. Racism was not the exclusive province of the south to Dr. King chose chicago as a site to organize mass nonviolent protests directed at the many challenges faced by citizens in the communities there. Issues such as housing discrimination, racist hiring practices, and economic exploitation. It was also known as the chicago freedom movement and the chicago open housing movement. It was, of course, met with resistance and open hostility. Dr. King and his team led marches and demonstrations in support of open housing laws. A giant freedom rally was held at solder field on July 10, 1966 where an estimated 35,000 people attended. The chicago movement is credited with having inspired the 1968 fair housing act. Much has changed in the 50 years since, but we still need reconciliation and Peace and healing. As was the theme of the 2016 commonwealth fair breakfast. We need reconciliation and healing when churches are not safe from individuals who are invited in and then shoot and kill nine people in bible study. We are in need of reconciliation and healing when the institution of slavery and its horrors and the Black lives matter campaign designed to draw attention peaceful attention to a serious issue are used in a tirade, in a tirade of personal opinion speech on abortion. We are in need of reconciliation, healing and Peace for the neglected, the poor, the hungry, and those for whom Dr. King sought justice, freedom and Peace and those for whom we seek those same issues today. The speaker at the commonwealth prayer breakfast, Dr. Robbie zacharias led with two quotes. One pessimistic and the other optimistic. Needless to say, the optimistic quote was from Dr. King. I will close with that quote which was given on the occasion of his acceptance of the nobel Peace prize and he stated "I accept this award today with an abiding faith in america and an audacio us -- I refuse to accept the idea that the is-nes of man's present nature makes him moralry incapable of reaching up for the eternal out-ness that forever confronts him. I freis to accept the die see that man is mere flaxom and jet sum in the river of life. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of Peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. Sooner or later all of the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in Peace and thereby transform this pending cosmic eulogy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. Man must evolve for all human conflict a message which rejects revery much, regression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. ". Mr. President, I ask that when we adjourn today that we do so in memory of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin luther king jr.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from hanonever, Senator McDougle .
Ryan McDougle
I rise for purpose of announcement the Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
After committee assignments were presented on Wednesday that the schedule for committee meetings would remain the same. We determined that there are actually only four conflicts in the committee meets with the membership. They will stay on the same days and in the morning and afternoon as you have been historically used to. The only change will be after conferring with the chairman of commerce and labor and the chairman of courts is that only Monday afternoons, commerce and labor will meet 15 minutes after adjournment and general laws will meet 45 minutes after adjournment, allowing those two individuals with conflicts to be able to be in and leave a proxy before going to the next committee to do the same. And then on Wednesday, for the court's committee it will start 15 minutes after adjournment and transportation will start 45 minutes after adjournment to allow those two individuals to be able do the same. Otherwise the standing committees as you are used to will be at the same times going forward. Thank you, Mr. President.
Ryan McDougle
Thank you, Senator .
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Directing attention to the first Page of the calendar you will note that today at 5:00 p.M. Is the deadline to submit budget amendments and on behalf of Senator Hanger and myself we would encourage you to meet that deadline. Also be mindful that if you put in any bills dealing with corrections or dealing with reforming of criminal laws and there is an incidental fiscal impact it would be in everyone's best interest to submit a budget amendment to complement that law because sometimes when those bills are re-referred from the courts committee to the Senate finance committee if there is not a companion budget amendment it is very difficult to consider that bill. The other thing I would encourage you is the second bulletin on the front of your calendar all requests for drafts, redrafts and corrections to legislative services by 5:00 p.M. Today. Thank you, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. And just a comment on timeliness. There are a lot of folks that appreciate the opportunity to watch our sessions each day through a lot of different means. And perhaps from my college experience, when I wasn't on time, I paid the consequences for that. So, starting on Monday, if our schedule says that we are going to start at noon, that is what time the gavel will go down. So, if there are circumstances that we cannot start session on time, I would appreciate you letting me know and we can discuss that. But otherwise, I appreciate your timeliness starting on Monday. So thank you very much. The clerk will please report any announcements. Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
I would like to respectfully remind you under the constitution you are the presiding and you are not a member. If there will be delays we will try to communicate that to you.
[Unknown]
The clerk will please report any announcements.
Tommy Norment
Monday, January 18, the committee for courts of justice will meet at 8:00 a.M. In Senate room about b. The republican caucus at the democratic caucus at 11:30 a.M. 11:30 a.M. In Senate room one.
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk. The Senator from Lynchburg, Senator Newman .
Steve Newman
I move that the Senate now adjourn until 12 noon on Monday and do so in the memory of Dr. Martin luther king jr.
[Unknown]
The request he is should the Senate stand adjourned until 12:00 noon Monday and when we do so, we do so in memory of the Reverend Dr. Martin luther king jr.
[Unknown]
The ayes have it. The Senate stands adjourned until 12:00 noon on Monday. [the Senate is adjourned] [the Senate is adjourned]