02/18/2016 Senate Proceedings

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Index

HB186—00:00:52
HB596—00:00:27
HB595—00:00:19
HB596—00:01:10
HJ210—00:00:27
HJ259—00:22:26
SJ156—00:02:51
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:09
Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico)—00:17
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:09
Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)—00:17
Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake)—00:17
Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke)—00:08
Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth)—00:08
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:17
Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)—00:09
Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)—11:55
Sen. Don McEachin (D-Richmond)—05:49
Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania)—17:18
Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach)—00:08
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:34
Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)—00:08
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—06:57
Sen. Don McEachin (D-Richmond)—00:08
Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield)—00:17
Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg)—00:17
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—11:12
Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Midlothian)—03:16
Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)—00:17
Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)—00:26
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)—00:08
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:09
Sen. Don McEachin (D-Richmond)—00:00
Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach)—00:17
Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Midlothian)—00:08
Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield)—00:17
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Minutes

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

Prayer offered by The Reverend Dr. William Langford, Great Bridge
Baptist Church, Chesapeake, Virginia

ROLL CALL OF MEMBERS: quorum present

Motion of Senator Lucas dispensed with reading of Journal (36-Y
3-N)

BILLS REPORTED

From Courts of Justice: HB 51, 64A rereferred to Finance, 116, 147,
189, 230, 231, 232A, 332S, 355, 437, 441, 442A, 496, 497, 608, 624, 637, 641,
642S, 669, 671, 766, 771, 1056, 1117S, 1163, 1275, 1386, 1391

From Education and Health: HB 131, 202, 221, 222, 239, 241, 252,
259, 263A, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 319, 330, 337, 343A, 353, 357, 386S, 415A,
453, 475, 498, 504, 515, 527, 528A, 557, 562A, 564, 566, 574, 579, 580, 583,
586A, 629, 646S, 648, 652, 657, 738, 802, 954, 1058A, 1062, 1077

From Transportation: HB 10, 117, 181, 184, 190S, 267, 289S, 329,
374, 507, 719, 727A, 731, 1032, 1237 rereferred to Finance

BILL REREFERRED

From Transportation: HB 653 rereferred to Education and Health

Rules suspended, privileges of the floor given to distinguished
guest (39?Y 0?N)

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

CALENDAR

UNCONTESTED CALENDAR

HOUSE BILLS ON THIRD READING

HB 23 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

HB 80 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

HB 186 - Read third time, Committee amendments agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed, Passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

HB 315 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

HB 1170 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

REGULAR CALENDAR

HOUSE BILL ON THIRD READING

HB 596 - Read third time, Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)

UNCONTESTED CALENDAR

HOUSE BILLS ON SECOND READING

HB 22 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 742 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 1331 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

REGULAR CALENDAR

HOUSE BILLS ON SECOND READING

HB 182 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 328 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 1194 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

REGULAR CALENDAR

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION ON THIRD READING

HJ 210 - Passed by for day

MEMORIAL RESOLUTIONS

HJ 246 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 247 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 257 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 258 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 260 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 261 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 262 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 263 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 264 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 269 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 259 - Out of block, Agreed to by Senate

COMMENDING RESOLUTIONS

HJ 213 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 241 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 244 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 248 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 249 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 250 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 251 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 252 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 253 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 254 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 255 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 265 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 266 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 267 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 270 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 271 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 272 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 273 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 274 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 275 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 276 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 277 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 278 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 279 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 280 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 282 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 284 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 285 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 33 - Committee substitute agreed to (voice vote), Engrossed by
Senate, Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 153 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 154 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 155 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

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

SR 46 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SR 47 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SR 48 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SR 49 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SR 50 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SR 52 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 156 - Rules suspended, taken up for immediate consideration
(40-Y 0-N), Agreed to by Senate (voice vote)

On motion of Senator Newman, the Senate adjourned at 1:17 p.m.
to convene Friday, February 19, 2016 at 10:30 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]
[ gavel banging ] >>> The Senate will come to order. The senators will please take their seats. Those persons not entitled to the privileges of the floor will kindly retire to the gallery. The senators and all in attendance will stand and be led in prayer by the Reverend william langford, great bridge baptist church, Chesapeake. Dr. Langford, welcome.
[Unknown]
Let us pray. Dear father, for each of these senators, I just want to say thank you. Who in difficult and even sometimes divisive times have risen to the occasion to say that they want to serve and Lee we thank you for them. We pray that you bless them and pray that you would protect them and pray that you would use them collectively to be a blessing to you have said if wisdom is others. Lacking, then ask and you will give it generously, so I pray that they will be filled a wisdom as they make decisions that impact the citizens of our commonwealth. Surround them with people who will speak truth to their ears and who praise principle above temporary favors as they take on the issues thereof day, grand them clarity and discernment, the ability to recognize limitations and the courage to depend on you, for you have said, God resist's the proud but pours out grace on the humble, and give us the assurance that whenever we stand resolved to seek your wisdom and act on your leadership, that you will, indeed, bless our tomorrow. I pray these things in the name of jesus who is eternally faithful and always trustworthy. Amen.
Bill Howell
The clerk will call the roll. All those present will please vote aye. The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Clerk: you have a quorum, Mr. President. Senate journal for Wednesday, February 17th.
Bill Howell
The Senator from Portsmouth, Senator Lucas, moves that the reading of the journal be waived. All in favor of waiving the reading of the journal will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? I don't have a screen.. [ ayes expressed ] have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
Louise Lucas
Ayes 36, nos 3.
[Unknown]
Ayes 36, nos 3. The reading of the journal is waived. The clerk will report any communications from the House of delegates.
Louise Lucas
I not have any, sir.
[Unknown]
The clerk will report any communications from the governor.
[Unknown]
We do not have any, sir.
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk. The time has arrived to recognize visitors to the gallery and take up other matters for the morning hour. The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
I respectfully move that the rules of Senate be extended and that the privileges of the floor be extended to a former stroller distinguished member of -- extraordinarily distinguished member of this body and I yield to the junior Senator from Henrico .
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the rules be suspended and the privileges of the floor granted to a distinguished person. Record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
Tommy Norment
Ayes 39, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 39, nos 0. The motion is agreed to. The junior Senator from Henrico, Senator Dunnavant .
Siobhan Dunnavant
Thank you, Mr. President. With great pleasure and humility, I introduce my predecessor who so ably for so long served in this body and I know we're all excited to see the poor reputation of him that they managed to put on two dimensions, but we have here today in three dimensions, so please welcome Senator walter Stosch back to the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. [ sustained applause ]
Siobhan Dunnavant
The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment. Thank you very much, Mr. President. I move now that the rules be suspended and the privileges of the floor be extended to certain distinguished persons and then I would subsequently yield to the Senator from eastern Fairfax County, sir.
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall is rules be suspended and the privileges of the floor granted to a distinguish record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos 0.
Tommy Norment
Ayes 40, nos 0. The motion is agreed to. The Senator from eastern Fairfax County, Senator Surovell .
Scott Surovell
Thank you, Mr. President. Ladies and gentlemen of the Senate, on behalf of the Senate 's jmu caucus, myself, Senator McDougle, Senator Hanger, I would like to present to you a great virginians. Charles hailey. He is join today in the gallery with his wife karen hailey, his mother Virginia hailey, his daughter brianna. We also have here the president of James Madison university, jonathan alger, executive vice president charles king. Up in the gallery, we have his brother george hailey and sarah hailey, his other brother, his aunts, friends susan Cox, queen graves. Also we have his former jmu coach, his wife, and the jmu fi director joining us today. Charles hailey is a great ja van. He attended william Campbell high school where he was a distinguished football player. He then chose to go not to uva, for the to Virginia tech, not william & mary, but football at a school called James Madison university, a school we're all very proud of. He was at jmu from 1982 to 1985. I just want to give you a sense -- someful things he accomplished while they was. He had two seasons where he recorded 143 and 147 tackles and this is a season where they play an average of ten to 12 games. He had multiple games where he recorded over 21 tackles in a game, which is insane. You sympathy about the number of plays in a game. When he was training for the nfl draft, his 40-yard dash came out at 4.8 seconds because he wasn't wearing the right shoes. I read this. He got better shoes and he trained and at the end of the training session, he got his sometime down to 4.55 seconds. The 49ers lookout at that and they were acindy -- looked at that and they were astounded because they were looking for a receiver that would run 4.59 seconds and here's a defensive end that could run faster than a wide receiver. He went on to the nfl where he led a career as a professional wrecking ball. While he was in the nfl, he played with jerry rice, joe montana, emmet Smith, troy aikman. He went on to not only be in five super bowls, but win five super bowls. And he's a first player in nfl history to get five rings. They call him the first of five. Something that nobody else in the nfl has ever accomplished today. When you think about that, there's been 50 super bowls, he won 10% of them. Oefs a team that -- he was on a team that won 10% of them. Now, I would cone yourgeg all of you will -- encourage you all to look at his nfl acceptance speech admitting to the Hall of fame, but his wife was not all glory. It was not all easy for him. Charles hailey, he had mental health issues that he fought through, that he accepted, now he mentors other people on. He had his struggles, but he has a lot of great stories in that. Just a couple I want to quick. He has a great jerry Jones impression if you ever need to hear it. He blames his big brothers for why he's here. He said they never used to pick him to play football with him when they'd play out in the yard, and so he used to pray a lot about that. He used to pray about his brothers and then he ended up changing his prayers and instead of praying about his brothers, he prayed to be a good football player and that changed his life. He also blames his mother for his speed. He says she's got a good sweep move or something, right? Yeah. But anyway, he's an incredible virginian. He loves everybody. He especially loves jmu, and he really loves jmu, he loves it so much, he got two buttons for the nfl Hall of fame, he gave one to jmu and kept one for himself. As a fellow alumni and fellow virginian, I am proud to present him to the state Senate of Virginia in recognition of the tremendous achievements he's had and the great honor he's had on the football field. Thank you, Mr. President. I would ask the clerk read the resolution. [ applause ]
[Unknown]
Senate joint resolution number 141 commending charles hailey. Whereas charles hailey, a James Madison university alumnus who played in the national football league and became the only player to earn five super bowl championship rings, bass inducted about -- was unducted on the pro football Hall of fame as a member of class of 2015 and whereas a native of glad dis, charles hailey was a four-year starters on the James Madison university football team where he set the school's record for career tackles with 506 from 1982 to 1985. He was named as an all-american twice and most valuable defensive player three times, and was later elected to the jmu athletic Hall of fame. And whereas charles hailey became the first jmu alumnus selected in the national football league draft when he was selected by the san francisco 49ers in 1986. During his first season, he recorded 12 sa,, leading all rookies in the league, and whereas playing with the san francisco 49ers from 1986 to 1991, charles hailey was a member of the super bowls 23 and 24 championship teams. He was traded to the dallas cowboys in 1992, where he thrived in the teams 4-3 defensive scheme and helped win three more super bowls in 1992, 1993, and 1995. And whereas charles hailey retire as a player in 1999 and became an assistant defensive coach for the detroit lions, he remains an active mentor for rookies on the san francisco 49ers and dallas cowboys, sharing valuable lessons from both on and off the field and works with charitable organizations such as the jubilee family development center and the salvation army, and whereas throughout his 12-season career in the nfl, charles hailey recorded 498 tackles, 100.5 sacks, 26 forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries and two interceptions, he was selected for the pro bowl five times, named two-time national football conference defensive player of the year by united press, the international, and is the only player in the nfl history to take part in five super bowl victories. And whereas in addition to being the first jmu alumnus name to the pro football Hall of fame, charles hailey was inducted into the Virginia sports Hall of fame in 2006, the dallas cowboys ring of honor in 2011, and the texas Black sports Hall of fame in 2012. Now therefore, be it resofd by the support, the House of delegates concurring, that the general assembly hereby commend charles hailey on the occasion of his induction into the pro football Hall of fame with the class of 2015. And be it resolved further that the clerk of the Senate prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to charles hilly was an expression of the general assembly's admiration for his many achievement. And contributions to the world of sports.
Scott Surovell
Thank you, madam clerk. While charles is escorted to the front of the dais, I would ask the Senate to please give him the warm welcome of the Senate. [ sustained applause ]
[Unknown]
How are you doing, sir? Good to see you. [ sustained applause ]
[Unknown]
In hailey o behalf of the Senate and our staffing thank you so much for sharing your time with us today. What a remarkable career you've had. And tremendous amount of football fans here and across the country, and I do want to admit -- I 'm not going to call any names, but we do have some redskin fans amongst us today, which is, I 'm sure, okay. You can handle that, right?
[Unknown]
Yes, sir.
[Unknown]
But anyway, you have so much to be proud of and you have touched so many lives and especially young lives and been a mentor for them to get them off to a great start in life and we just thank you for being here and wish you the best and congratulations. Thank you.
[Unknown]
Yes, sir, thank you. [ applause ]
[Unknown]
The Senate will stand at ease. [ gavel banging ] >> The Senate will come to order. The Senator from Chesapeake, Senator Cosgrove .
John Cosgrove
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President.
John Cosgrove
The Senator has the floor. Ladies and gentlemen of the Senate, it's my honor and my privilege today to introduce my pastor. My pastor is the Reverend Dr. William langford, great bridge baptist church in Chesapeake, Virginia. Will has been our pastor for quite some time, and I got to say, being my pastor, I feel maybe partly responsible for a challenged pastor, but he is a fantastic preacher. He's a beautiful singer and I hope you offer him the very warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
I will. Thank you, Senator. Would Reverend william langford please rise. It's a pleasure to have you with us afternoon and thank you for getting us off on the right foot and we appreciate you making the trip from Chesapeake and wish you a safe travels home and hope you come back and visit us tune. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering the Reverend Dr. William langford the warm welcome of the Senate. [ applause ]
[Unknown]
The Senator from western Fairfax County, Senator morrison.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Pleased to have in the gallery today representatives of the Virginia golf course superintendents association. Sean gill, david norman and Tyler easton. The members maintain Virginia 's golf courses, a $2.5 billion industry going 30,000 virginians. The vgsca members are end vier stewards who work with state agencies and follow best management practices and conserve water. They also monitor water quality, maintain nutrient management plans and seek to protect follow lynn plate tors. I ask you to give them the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Please rise. Thank you all so much for being with us this afternoon. Thank you for what you contribute to our economy across the commonwealth, especially to tourism, a big part of our economy, and we thank you for being here today and advocating for the golfing industry. I'd ask the members of Senate to please join me in offering the Virginia golf court superintendents the warm welcome of the Senate. [ applause ]
[Unknown]
The Senator from Portsmouth, Senator Lucas .
Louise Lucas
Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, as you notice in the gallery, there are a grump ladies who are all decked out in green. At this time, I would like to introduce you to the international not-for-profit corporation of lynxes incorporated, established in 1946. I'm doing so on behalf of the past president and Senator Dance, also members. Lynx incorporated is a nation's owedest and largest volunteer service organizations extraordinary women who are committed to enriching and sustaining and ensuing the clurg and economic survival of african americans and other persons of african ancestry. The membership consists of nearly 14,000 proesh women of collar -- proesh women of color in 282 chapters located in 4e states, the district of columbia, and the commonwealth of the bahamas. Virginia has 21 chapters and today we are pleased to have representatives from the commonwealth chapter, greater Rappahannock, James river valley, Lynchburg, Newport News, old dominion, Petersburg, Portsmouth, and Richmond. And Mr. President, I would appreciate it if you would extend to them the very warm greeting of the Senate as they stand and wave to the delta -- some of my deltas, to the links sters all across the chapter. Again, thank you for coming down to participate today and I hope you enjoyed your time here.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Members of the links, please rise and welcome to the gallery this afternoon. Thanks for all the wonderful work you do across the commonwealth and you all look beautiful in your green. So we appreciate you being here today and hope you have a wonderful afternoon in Mr. Jefferson's capitol. I ask members of the Senate to please join me in offering members of the links the warm welcome of the Senate. [ applause ] the Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for a purpose of introduction, sir.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Tommy Norment
Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen of the Senate, what an extraordinary day that we have a trifecta if you will of Hall -of-famers. We just had a delightful visit with charles hailey, a member of the Hall of fame of the nfl and James Madison university where I sacrificed one of my children. Also, we had Senator walter Stosch with us, who is certainly an honorary member of the Senate of Virginia Hall of fame, and in the gallery, Mr. President, we have representatives from the vmi corps of cadets which are a member of the Hall of fame of the citizen soldiers in the commonwealth of Virginia, and I appreciate it, Mr. President, on behalf of your yourself and myself, that if you would extend a very warm welcome to the cadets from the Virginia military institute which has continue to press up that hill of science with noble ambulation.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would members of the vmi corps of cadets please rise. It is a privilege and pleasure to have you with us this afternoon. We enjoy your visits to the capitol each year and going around and talking to the senators and delegates of the mission of vmi and our citizen soldier approach and what a wonderful educational opportunity that you all have and what great things you all do as you graduate from vmi and go out into the workforce and the world. So we wish you all the best and I don't know if we have any fourth class men, but congratulations on breaking out of the rats line this past Saturday. I know that's a good hurdle to get over, but thank you all again for being here and look forward to everybody being at the reception tonight and anybody that would like to come join the cadets this evening is more than welcome in the library. I ask the maebs of the Senate to please join me in offering the vmi corps of cadets the warm welcome of the Senate. [ applause ]
[Unknown]
The Senator from Fauquier, Senator Vogel .
Jill Holtzman Vogel
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President.
Jill Holtzman Vogel
The Senator has the floor. It is my great ordinance to direct your attention -- honor to direct your attention in the graer to the fifth class of valley protein fellows. This is a great scholarship program designed for high achieving section-your students -- second-year students at Virginia 's community colleges. In addition to getting funds for full tuition and fees, the fellows participate in a unique curriculum designed to develop their leadership skills, strengthen their community involvement, and develop a strong foundation for future success. Valley pro-teens is a family owned company in Winchester and I comenz them for their incredible generosity and commitment. They do this every year and send this group to the Richmond capitol every year. It's an honor to have them. The ones here today are anna bailey, tiffany riggs, gus infantus, cosmina, lakefa, Patrick fritz, pascal. The first two from piedmont Virginia community college and pascal from thomas Nelson community college. Hopefully I didn't bump cher their names too badly. Accompanying them is ann mccaffery this valley pro-teens and she's director of development and scholarship programs. They are incredibly generous to do this each year for this group of students and it means a lot to them. It pays for an enormous amount of support for their education and their participation here is special to me that they come every year. I ask that you please give them the very warm welcome of the science.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would members of valley pro-teens please rise. Welcome to the gallery today and congratulations on you all's accomplishments. As you know, we have 23 wonderful community colleges across the commonwealth that significantly contribute to the educational opportunities, so we thank you for being here today and advocating for the community colleges and wish you all the best in your academic endeavors. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members from the valley pro-teens fellows the warm welcome of the Senate. [ applause ] the Senator from Fairfax city, Senator peterson.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for an introduction. And also for announcement.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Ladies and gentlemen of the Senate, this is a jam-packed day because in addition to having charles hailey grace us with his presence, we also have a couple friends of the commonwealth and Virginia state Senate here, bruce laej and deangelo Hall. Just a word of introduction before we get to them. Bruce, of course, is president of the Washington redskins, his father had been the coach of the Washington redskins, and he was an all american at Richmond university, university of Richmond, and then went on to be the general manager at tampa bay and also oakland, won a super bowl and, of course, is now with the redskins and deangelo, besides being, of course, the nephew of the gentlelady from Portsmouth, he's been somebody that I think has just really come to epitomize the fighting spirit of the redskins and their regeneration over the past year. I'll give you a couple notes. First of all, if you haven't seen the espn special e-on e6 on deangelo Hall, I comenld it to you. If you're active in athletics or kids active in athletics, just to know what a professional athlete has to do to rise to that level, I commend that to you. Secondly, I is an I that deangelo turn around the basketball program in this place, okay? We were losing every year until he showed up and gave us the inspiration and we've won, we've now won two in a row, we're going to win three in a row. Coach Hanger has already promised that, so he has meant a lot. Finally, I will simply say I 've had a lot of great moments being in lie life, being married, four kids, elected to this body, but I 'll tell you, when he pick up that fumble and scored against the eagles to win the nfc east, that was one of the best moments of my life. So I want to thank him. That's my introduction, so if they can be recognized, I appreciate it.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would deangelo Hall and Mr. Bruce allen please rise. It's a pleasure to have you all with us today. Deangelo, again, thanks for helping us with our basketball team and as you all know and I can't speak for everybody, but there are a number of us that bleed burgundy and gold, so we thank you for keeping the spirit alive and keeping the redskins strong. Congratulations on the year that you all have had and we wish you many years of success in the future. I know the good Senator from Portsmouth, Senator Lucas, is always proud to talk of you and all your accomplishments and we appreciate you implg to visit us today. Ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering deangelo Hall and Mr. Bruce allen the warm welcome of the Senate. [ applause ]
Louise Lucas
The Senator from Fairfax
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. City. Two announcements. On behalf of the redskins fried caucus, we're having our event at at 7:00 p.M. Tonight at the southern railway tap House. Deangelo and bruce and other representatives of the team will be there. Please come out. By the way, we're paying for it in case the media is asking. Laura, I see you over there. Second announcement, the pages, we will be having a redskins trivia contest. Come by my office for details. You pay win one of these wins if you were successful. So please keep that in mind and I thank the body. Thank you, Mr. President.
Louise Lucas
Thank you, Senator. The senior Senator from Henrico, Senator McEachin .
Don McEachin
Mr. President, I rise for two introductions.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Don McEachin
Mr. President, first, I am pleased, thrilled even to introduce the much, much, much better half of my seat mate, jane Barker in the gallery today. She's accompanied by bill holloway, the mayor of the town of clifton, along with his wife and daughter, as well as members of the democratic women's club. I ask you give them the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would Ms. Jane Barker and your guests please rise. Welcome. It's always great to see you, jane, and thanks for being here to keep an eye on the good Senator from southern Fairfax he's doing a good job. County. We've got to get him up to speed for the basketball game next week, but hopefully with a little bit of training and rehab, he'll be ready go go. I would ask the members of the science to please join -- Senate to please yoin necessity moo offering Ms. Jane impaerk and her friends and visitors the warm welcome of the Senate. [ applause ] the senior Senator .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Also with us in the gallery today is the basketball team for Henrico County high school. Henrico high warriors, Mr. President. They are the defending state champs. They are in the midst of another great season and we're excited to have them here with us today, and I would ask that you give Mr. President. Them the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would members from the Henrico County boys basketball team please rise. All right. You all are looking good this I can tell you all are afternoon. Basketball stars. Congratulations on a great season and we heap some of you are moving -- hope some of you are moving on, going to college and having careers. Maybe we'll see you in the nba and then you can come back on the floor of the Senate and getting these resolutions some day. Thanks for being here today and congratulations on your season. I ask the members of the Senate for please join me in offering members of the Henrico County boys basketball team the warm welcome of the Senate. [ applause ]
[Unknown]
The Senator from Spotsylvania, Senator Reeves .
Bryce Reeves
Good morning, Mr. President. Thank you. I rise for purposes of an introduction, several.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Bryce Reeves
Ladies and gentlemen of the body, this is truly a tremendous day and I I want to point out to the body that in the balcony today, we have royalty in the balcony. Mr. President, we have the royalty of marlena Johnson, who is the newly crowned 2016 Virginia dairy princess. She hails from the beautiful county of Orange County there, the oc. The purpose of the Virginia dairy princess program is to promote the consumption and sale of dairy products to ensure that the consumer create a better relationship between urban and rural people through one-on-one contact at a local level. As the Virginia dairy princess, marlena would like to promote the innovation, efficiency and compassion of the dairy industry, helping the Virginia dairy princess this year are several dairy maids, some of whom are with her today. Mr. President, I ask you extend to them the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would Ms. Johnson and your course please rise. Thank you for being with us today and congratulations on your awards and accomplishments and your advocacy for milk. It's a tremendously important part of ourny transmission. Thank you for sharing time with us this afternoon. I would ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering Ms. Johnson and her court the warm welcome of the Senate. [ applause ] the Senator from Spotsylvania .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Also in the gallery today are some young people who have come to see me from Orange County and that is the Orange County office on youth. They work with our board of supervisors in grades 8-12 and this group provides a liaison between the office of youth, the board of supervisors and the youth of Orange County and they provide insight into what the current needs of our youth are in the county with regard to community service and all those sort of things we deal with on a daily basis. Mr. President, I ask you extend to them the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would members from the Orange County office on youth please rise. Welcome. I see you all have been watching yourself on the video screen today. That's exciting. I hope you're having a good day away from school. Thanks for being with us and thanks for advocating for the needs of youth as the good Senator from Spotsylvania said. We appreciate you being here and hope you feel a wonderful afternoon. I ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members from the Orange County office on youth the warm welcome of the Senate. [ applause ] the Senator from Spotsylvania .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Again, I was visited by great youth in my district from the interact club and they are an offshoot of the rotary. The interact club works to put service above self, and through service, these students work to define the role of leadership that will eventually impact all the students there. Mr. President, we had great conversation today. They're accompanied by assistant principal Dr. -- excuse me, chris Watts and they're teacher, Dr. Christopher pendergrass been I ask you give the mass is an upon knicks students the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would members of massaponics high school please rise. Welcome to the gallery of the Senate and thank you for your advocacy for public service. All of us should try to do something to help others that are perhaps less fortunate than us and that's a very important aspect of life and we appreciate you being here today and advocating for that. I ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members from massaponics high school the warm welcome of the Senate. [ applause ]
[Unknown]
Senator from Spotsylvania. I was going to say the Senator from massaponics.
[Unknown]
I come from there too, sir. Last and not least, this man is no stranger to the body. A very good friend of mine in the gallery, and batting clean-up today as far as introductions, but one well warranted. Martha banetta is here today. As we work through the calendar, we're voting on hjr 213, which is a commending resolution in martha's honor. She's the founder of the small family farm foundation and passionate advocate for family farmers here in the commonwealth. In the past couple years, we passed several pieces of legislation protecting landowners that would not not come about if it weren't for her relentless drive to hold government accountable. On behalf of lots of us in the body, I ask you extend to her the very warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would you please rise. Welcome to the Senate gallery and thanks for your advocacy for farms. As you know, agriculture is the number one industry in the commonwealth and just to tell you, I grew up on a small farm myself on the eastern shore, so we're very proud of that. I appreciate you being here today. I would ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering Ms. Martha banetta the warm welcome of the Senate. [ applause ] the junior Senator from Virginia beach, Senator DeSteph .
Bill DeSteph
Mr. President, I rise for an
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor. Introduction.
Bill DeSteph
Today in the gallery, we have the citizens advocates from the Hampton roads here on behalf of the Chesapeake bay foundation. The advocates are most effective in voicing and protecting the restoration of the bay and its rivers and streams. They work at local, state and federal levels for effective laws and regulations that will reduce pollution, restore vital natural systems and encourage smart growth in our communities. We'd like to welcome them, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would members from the Chesapeake bay foundation please rise. Welcome and thanks for being here this afternoon and I know you work closely with my wife back at the brock center, the lynn haven river, but as the Senator from Virginia beach said, thank you so much for the great work you do to help us maintain the health of the Chesapeake bay. It's a tremendous driver for our economy. Billions of dollars come into Virginia because of a healthy Chesapeake bay. We appreciate all the hard work that you all do and if you do see my wife, please send my regards. I had ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members from the Chesapeake bay foundation the warm welcome of the Senate. [ applause ] Senator Barker, did you have any introductions? Okay. Is there any other business for the morning hour? Seeing none, the clerk will call
[Unknown]
Senate calendar for Thursday, February 18th. Uncontested calendar, House bills on third reading.
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President. I move that all the House bills on the third reading on the uncontested calendar, which would include all House bills on pages 1 through 3, including House bill 23 through House bill 1170, be placed on the final payment in the block after the I adoption of any amendments. Any Senator desiring to remove a House bill from the block should please do so after the clerk has read the number of that bill.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall House bills on the uncontested calendar third reading, pages 1 through 3, House bill 23 through House bill 1170, be placed upon their final passage in the block after the adoption of any amendments thereto, with the understanding that any Senator desiring a bill removed from the block will do so after the clerk has read the number of bill. All those in favor of will say aye, those opposed no. The ayes have it. The motion is agreed to. The bills are before us in the block. The clerk will please read the number of the bill.
Tommy Norment
House bill 23, reported from the committee on finance. House bill 80, reported from the committee on finance. House bill 186, reported from the committee on finance with amendments.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Augusta, Senator Hanger .
Emmett Hanger
Mr. President, I move the committee amendments be adopted.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the committee amendments be agreed to. All in favor of the motion will say aye, those opposed no. The committee amendments are the ayes have it. Agreed to.
Emmett Hanger
House bill 315, reported from the committee on finance. House bill 1170, reported from the committee on finance.
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk.
Bill Howell
The question is shall the House bills pass en bloc. All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos 0. The bills in the block pass.
[Unknown]
Regular calendar, House bills on third reading. House bill 596, a bill relating to recordation tax, exemption. Reported from the committee on finance.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Augusta, Senator Hanger .
Emmett Hanger
Mr. President, House bill 596 exempts from the recordation tax certain Deeds, partitions and Deeds following from divorce decree. I move that it pass.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall House bill 596 all in favor of the motion will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
Emmett Hanger
Ayes 39, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 39, nos 0. The bill passes.
[Unknown]
Uncontested calendar, House bills on second reading.
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President. I now move all the House bills on the second reading, including all House bills on Page 4, including House bill 22 through House bill 1331, that the rules of Senate be suspended and the second constitutional reading of the titles be waived on House bills.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the rules be suspended and the second reading of the titles of House bills on the uncontested and regular calendar, pages 4 through 5, House bill 22 through House bill 1194, be dispensed with. All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
Tommy Norment
Yas 40, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos 0. The reading of the titles is dispensed with. The Senator from James city county.
[Unknown]
I would now move that all the House bills be passed bye for the day, sir.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the House bills on the uncontested top regular calendars now on third reading be passed bye for the day. All those in favor of the motion will say aye, those opposed no. The ayes have it. The bills will go bye for the
[Unknown]
Regular calendar, House bills day.
[Unknown]
Regular calendar, House joint resolution on third reading. House joint resolution 210, election of a supreme court of Virginia justice. Reported from the committee for courts of justice.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Rockingham, Senator Obenshain .
Mark Obenshain
Can that go bye for the day.
Bill Howell
Without objection, hjr 210 will go bye for the day.
Mark Obenshain
Memorial resolutions.
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Mr. President, I would now move that all the memorial resolutions on pages 6 and 7, which would include House joint resolution number 246 through House joint resolution number 269, be agreed to in the usual manner, waiving the reading of the resolution, that any Senator who desires to remove a memorial resolution from the block should please do so after the clerk has read the title of that resolution.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the memorial resolutions on pages and 7, House joint resolution 246 through House joint resolution 269, be considered in the block in the usual manner, waiving the reading of the resolutions thereof with the understandin g that any Senator desiring a resolution removed from the block would do so after the clerk has read the title of the resolution. All in favor of the motion say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The motion is agreed to. The resolutions are before us in the block. The clerk will please read the titles of the memorial resolutions.
Tommy Norment
House joint resolution 246, celebrating the life of the Reverend Dr. Leonidas b. Young ii. House joint resolution 247, celebrating the life of john arthur brumit. House joint resolution 257, celebrating the life of joseph d. Exline. House joint resolution 258, celebrating the life of allix bledsoe James. House joint resolution 259, celebrating the life of the honorable Franklin p. Hall.
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Henrico .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I 'd ask that House joint resolution 295 be removed from the block.
Bill Howell
Without objection, hjr 259 will come out of the block.
[Unknown]
House joint resolution 260, celebrating the life of maggie Lee dixon Ingram. House joint resolution 261, celebrating the life of drew st. John carneal. House joint resolution 262, celebrating the life of ashby b. Allen. House joint resolution 263, celebrating the life of george burbank walker. House joint resolution 264, celebrating the life of derek jerrell henderson. House joint resolution 269, celebrating the life of maxie Lee broaddus.
[Unknown]
Thank, madam clerk. With the exception of hjr 259, the resolutions will be agreed to in the usual manner. All those in favor of agreeing to the memorial resolutions will please rise. [ gavel banging ] the resolutions are agreed to. Returning to Page 6, the senior Senator from Henrico, Senator mceach chin.
Don McEachin
Mr. President, I move the adoption of the resolution and speaking to that motion.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Don McEachin
Mr. President, last year as you all will remember, we lost a dear, dear member of this body, a former member of this body, that is the honorable Franklin p. Hall. I first got to know frank on the campaign trail. In 1991, I was an idiot and ran against him in the democratic primary for the House of delegates and I promptly got whipped by at least 60-40 in that primary, so bad he chased me back to my home in Henrico and the rest is history. One of the things I remember about campaigning against frank on the campaign trail is that everybody knew him and I really think that spoke to the stewardship that he had of the 69th House district. You know, people will come up and tell me that you're a great guy, and I would say but frank did this for me, and it wasn't things that yuld think. It was lake frank had come to some civic association and while they were painting the neighborhood, he was handing out bottles of water. Just good wholesome things like that. I can remember speaking to one particular person, he said son, he knows the baptist hymnal better than you do and that spoke to how often he was in the community and in the church. One of the things from struck me about frank was when I finally won a seat to the House of delegates, he never held a grudge. He was the ep point in time tommy of there are -- epitome of there are no permanent enemies, only permanent friends. The resolution certainly sets out his accomplishments. He was a minority leader of the House of delegates for a while. He was surely a valuable member of the House appropriations committee for many years. He was a vice president biden of the vyu board. Started a law firm along with his wife in 1969 called Hall and Hall, but of all the things I remember with frank was the campaign slogan. There's also a pithy campaign slogan that gets you and when I ran against him, he always said, can you imagine a House without a Hall. I renew my motion.
[Unknown]
Senator Saslaw .
[Unknown]
Frank and I came to the House of delegates together in January of 1976 and I think at the time, I 'm not sure, but I at the time, Richmond was one of the jurisdictions that had at-large delegates, so they had, I think they had five delegates and a couple of senators. Interestingly enough, one of the delegates became governor, jerry bee belyle, and one of the senators became governor, doug wilder and ed willey as you know chaired the support finance committee. But frank came here and he didn't have axe to grind. He was interested in doing a couple of things, one was making things better if his constituents and then doing what he thought was right for the state. He didn't have a strong ideology one way or the other and you couldn't pin him down in any particular direction. He just always did what he thought was right and was willing to face the voters, which is supposed to be what this is all about. So he will be missed. He was just a really nice, pleasant person. I didn't get that chance to take a look at the resolution, but he also, I think, found add bank, one of the people who founded a bank and I remember he always used to get up and tell us, you know, if we need to cash a check or they used to pay you by check when I first got here, you can go down and cash it at his bank. Believe me, that check wasn't much. So if you think it's not very much now, it wasn't even a quarter of what we get, but anyway, frank was just a really nice guy. Some of the people were here when frank served in the House. If you were, you were lucky to know him. Again, thank you, pr president, and thank you, members of the Senate .
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Loudoun, Senator Black .
Dick Black
Thank you, Mr. President. I'd just like to comment from the other side of the aisle. You know, one thing that you particularly value is people who are on the opposite side of the aisle, but who are friends and colleagues and you value -- I find it so difficult to imagine frank Hall being gone. This is a guy who could walk in a room and he was just -- he just -- he was like a light bulb coming on. He just -- he was joyous, he was happy, and he was just a good and decent person, and I 'm very proud to have served with him.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The resolution will be agreed to in the usual manner. All those in favor of agreeing to the resolution will please rise. [ gavel banging ] the resolution is agreed to.
Dick Black
Commending resolutions.
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President. I would move that all the commending resolutions on pages 7 through 11 of the calendar, including House joint resolution number 213 through Senate resolution number 52, be agreed to in the block in a voice vote, waiving the reading of the resolution, that any Senator who desires to remove a commending resolution from the block should please do so after the clerk has read the number of that resolution.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the commending resolutions on pages 7 through 11, House joint resolution 213 through Senate resolution 52, 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 would do so after the clerk has read the number of the resolution. All in favor of the motion will say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The motion is agreed to. The resolutions are before us in the block. The clerk will please read the number of the resolution.
Tommy Norment
House joint resolution 213, 241, 244, 248, 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 265, 266, 267, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275, 276, 277, 278, 289, 280, 2082, 2084, 285, Senate joint resolution 33, 153. I'm sorry, Senate joint resolution 33 has a substitute.
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Henrico, Senator McEachin .
Don McEachin
Mr. President, I move adoption of the committee substitute.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the committee substitute be agreed to. All those in favor of the motion will say aye, those opposed no. The ayes have it. The substitute is agreed to.
Don McEachin
Senate joint resolution 153, 154, 155, Senate resolutions 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 52.
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk. The question is shall the resolutions be agreed to. All in favor of 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, inquiry of the clerk, does that complete today's calendar?
[Unknown]
We have completed the calendar. We do have a joint resolution we need to take up.
Tommy Norment
The Senator from Chesterfield, Senator clase.
[Unknown]
Yes, Mr. President. I move that the rules be suspended and sjr 156 be taken up for immediate consideration.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the rules be suspended and hjr 156 be taken up for immediate consideration. All in favor of the motion will record their votes yea, those opposed, no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos 0. The rules are suspended to take up the resolution for immediate consideration. The clerk will please read the title.
[Unknown]
Senate joint resolution number 156, commending savannah Morgan lane.
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk. The Senator from Chesterfield, Senator Chase .
Amanda Chase
Mr. President, I move that the resolution be agreed to.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The degree is shall the -- question is shall the resolution be agreed to. All those in favor of the motion will say aye, those opposed no. The ayes have it. The resolution is agreed to. The Senator from Roanoke city, Senator Edwards .
John Edwards
I rise for a matter of personal privilege.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
John Edwards
Mr. President, each of the senators here should have received a letter from Delegate john O'Bannon, chairman of the Virginia war memorial board of trustees. Inviting you to attend a special ceremony on Monday, February the 29th, at 5:00. That's Monday a week. Mr. President, at that time, the war memorial will be celebrating its 60th anniversary ceremony and also at that time, the war memorial will be dedicating the new grand plaza of the war memorial to frank Hargrove, the long time Delegate from Hanover. He spent 28 years in the House of delegates and he also spent 13 years at chairman of the Virginia war memorial board of trustees. And you're also invited to make a friendly contribution to the war memorial in honor of friends of frank. Your suggest contribution is $500 or more. It is a 501(c)(3) tax deductible. Again, I hope each of you can put on your calendar Monday, February the 29th at 5:00, Virginia war memorial, which is on belvidere, for both the ceremony of the 60th anniversary of the war memorial, but also the dedication of the grand plaza in honor of frank Hargrove. Thank you, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Augusta, Senator Hanger .
Emmett Hanger
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for an announcement and maybe a short personal privilege.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Emmett Hanger
Thank you, Mr. President. You all May recall a couple weeks ago, I announced on the floor that we were forming a new caucus, an outdoor recreation caucus and we had one meeting, and actually it was very well attended, but we're waiving dues the first month, so if you all will show up and register as members, you will -- no dues will be -- if you happen to do that within the next 30 days. That's the special. And to celebrate this caucus, which I think is going to be a lot of fun and very informative for those of us who like to get around Virginia and enjoy the opportunities that the commonwealth offers in outdoor recreation, we're going to have a beer and ribs reception this evening at the Virginia credit union building. That's on 8th street, and that will be from 5:00 to 6:30, and the -- let's see, the ribs are being provided by the nature conservancy and the beer is being provided by the Virginia craft beer guild. So Mr. President, that is an open invitation to all members to come to that this evening. Thank you, Mr. President. Just a short personal privilege.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. As you all are aware and many of you have been involved with, we are in the process of crafting our budget, which is due to be reported Sunday afternoon at 3:00. For those of you who have an interest in being here when that is unveiled, I certainly would welcome you to that. It will be 3:00 on Sunday afternoon, but more pertinent to today, I won't get into the details of that, but we are -- our staff and our sub committees are working very hard throughout this day to try to wrap up the mar joy portions of what will be included in the budget. If you've incidental amendments that you want to check on that you sympathy might have dropped off the table, for you would be the time to contact a member of the finance committee or staff, just to see the status of your amendment. Not to ensure that it's in the budget, but just to know the status. Thank you, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Rockingham, Senator Obenshain .
Mark Obenshain
Mr. President, point of
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor. Personal privilege.
Mark Obenshain
Mr. President, it was with great interest that I hear the Senator from Augusta mention the beer and ribs. I guess we ought to be glad that they're not being provided by fed ex field because they could be -- we could have thousand dollars hot dogs if they had been. I would also point out, Mr. President, that I read as many of you do with great interest about the new revelations and I 'm not doing this to further generate any speculation, but, you know, inquiring minds wonder. I did learn that four of the 15 people who were in the box at fed ex field on January 10 were supposedly actual business prospects looking at expanding their business in Virginia, and you know, when I read about the $18 soft drinks, one name came to mind. Somebody who might be considering expanding his business in Virginia, somebody who's exhibited a penchant for executive action and high taxes to discourage consumption of sugar-laced beverages, and there was actually happier days in the relationship and I just wonder whether perhaps mayor michael bloomberg was on the box on January 10 and looking at expanding his business opportunities in Virginia. And I look forward to finding out who those four people were. I also look forward to finding out additional details, and how good those $18 soft drinks and thousand dollars chicken mcnuggets were. So Mr. President, I thank you for extending that point of personal privilege.
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Mr. President, I rise for purposes of announcement that is nowhere near as ap pe tieing or satiating your thirst as the Senator just addressed. Ladies and gentlemen, on your desk are that's yellow fold gers, and madam clerk and her staff that respectfully asked that you please not take those with you. For those of you that lean to the green, we're being environmentally sensitive and reusing and recycling these, so if you would please leave them onnar desk when you de -- your desk when you depart and if you have some stashed away there your desk or have some stashed away in your office, the clerk's office, extraordinarily appreciative if you would be environmentally responsible and bring those back so we can continue to use those. I hope that satisfies your curiosity as well as your taste, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The senior Senator from Henrico .
Tommy Norment
Mr. President, an inquiry, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Would the clerk's office be nice fluff to set up a box where we might return those things sla we accidentally -- the yellow folders we accidentally departed the chamber with so we can do so in anonymity.
[Unknown]
The junior Senator from Virginia beach, Senator DeSteph .
Bill DeSteph
Mr. President, I rise for an announcement.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Bill DeSteph
At 9:00 Friday morning, we'll be holding the tourism caucus on the fifth floor west conference room where we'll be discussing many important issues regarding tourism in our great state. I invite all members to join us so that we can work together to ensure that tourism remains one of the greatest strengths and continues to be the beacon of economic success throughout Virginia .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Chesterfield ,
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I 'd like to Senator clase. Rise not purposes of
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor. Announcement.
[Unknown]
Just a quick announce, today at 3:00, a transparency caucus will meet. If you want more information, see me or visit room 319. Thank you.
[Unknown]
Please report any announcements on the desk.>> Thursday, February 18th: committee on agriculture, conservation and natural resources will meet one half hour after adjournment in Senate room b. Education and health subcommittee on public education will meet one half hour after adjournment in the third floor east conference room. Senators Carrico, Dunnavant, Garrett, Howell, and Locke. The Virginia legislative Black caucus will meet at 5:00 p.M., sixth floor Senate leadership conference room. This afternoon at 3:00 in Senate room 3, well will have the portrait unveilings of senators Colgan and Stosch and I would appreciate everyone attending that great event. Friday, February 19th: the committee on rehabilitation and social services will meet at 8:30 a.M., Senate room b. The committee on rules will meet at 9:00 a.M., Senate room a. The republican caucus will meet one half hour before session, Senate room two. The democratic caucus will meet one half hour before session, Senate room one.
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk. The Senator from Lynchburg, Senator Newman. I'm sorry, the senior Senator from Fairfax, Senator Saslaw .
Steve Newman
Mr. President, point of personal privilege.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Steve Newman
It's interesting, what I 'm holding here is a list of all the caucuses that are currently -- it runs several pages. Not counting the Senate democratic and Senate republican caucuses, I think there's 26 here, and there's some new names that just recently popped up. The only -- as far as I can see, the only one that's not on there is the mall shopping and bar hopping caucus, which I am thinking about starting next year and I understand people want to sign up in advance. So anyway, enjoy the day, but it's getting -- the caucuses are getting to be like the committees. You can't possibly attend all of them at the same time. So thank you, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. How much of the dues for your new caucus? [ laughter ]
[Unknown]
I'm working on that. You can bet it will encourage membership. It will encourage --
[Unknown]
The Senator from Lynchburg, Senator Newman .
Steve Newman
Mr. President, I move that the Senate do now adjourn until 10:30 tomorrow.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the Senate stand adjourned until 10:30 a.M. Tomorrow. All in favor of the motion will those opposed, no. Say aye. The ayes have it. The Senate stands adjourned until 1030 ament tomorrow. Until 1030 ament tomorrow.