02/19/2016 Senate Proceedings

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Index

HB22—00:02:52
HB742—00:00:24
HB1331—00:01:06
HB182—00:01:20
HB328—00:05:50
HB1194—00:02:48
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:02
Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville)—00:04
Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)—00:02
Sen. Tom Garrett (R-Lynchburg)—00:02
Sen. Glen Sturtevant (R-Midlothian)—00:02
Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg)—00:02
Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)—00:02
Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)—00:04
Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)—03:08
Sen. David Suetterlein (R-Salem)—00:04
Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)—00:08
Sen. David Suetterlein (R-Salem)—00:04
Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)—00:04
Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)—00:02
Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)—00:04
Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)—00:02
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:06
Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield)—00:02
Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)—00:00
Sen. David Suetterlein (R-Salem)—00:02
Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)—00:02
Sen. David Suetterlein (R-Salem)—00:02
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—01:46
Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)—00:04
Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)—00:02
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Minutes

Called to order at 10:30 a.m. by Lt. Governor Ralph S. Northam

Prayer offered by The Reverend Dr. Bruce A. Gray, Richmond Fire
Department, Richmond, Virginia

ROLL CALL OF MEMBERS: quorum present

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

COMMUNICATION FROM HOUSE (HN10218): reading waived (36?Y 2?N)

The House of Delegates has passed the following House bills: HB
339, 859, 884

The House of Delegates has agreed to the following House joint
resolution: HJ 316

The House of Delegates has agreed to the substitute proposed by the
Senate to the following House bill: HB 322

House bills referred, and joint resolution laid on Clerks Desk:
see February 22 Senate Calendar

BILLS REPORTED

From Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources: HB 2
rereferred to Finance, 20, 114, 115, 137, 200, 208, 262, 317, 327, 340S, 438,
440, 472, 476A rereferred to Finance, 514, 699, 734, 1211, 1270

Leave of absence granted: Senator Lucas

SJ 166 - offered by Senator Deeds

SJ 167 - offered by Senator Surovell

SJ 168 - offered by Senator Wagner

SJ 169 - offered by Senator Ebbin

Joint resolutions laid on Clerks Desk under Senate Rules 11(b),
(26)g and HJR 37: see February 22 Senate Calendar

CALENDAR

UNCONTESTED CALENDAR

HOUSE BILLS ON THIRD READING

HB 22 - Read third time, Passed Senate (35-Y 4-N)

HB 742 - Passed by for day

HB 1331 Read third time, Committee substitute agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed, Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)

REGULAR CALENDAR

HOUSE BILLS ON THIRD READING

HB 182 - Read third time, Passed Senate (29-Y 10-N)

HB 328 - Read third time, Passed Senate (28-Y 10-N 1-A)

HB 1194 - Read third time, Passed Senate (27-Y 11-N)

UNCONTESTED CALENDAR

HOUSE BILLS ON SECOND READING

HB 10 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 51 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 116 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 117 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 147 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 181 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 184 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 189 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 190 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 202 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 221 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 222 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 230 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 231 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 232 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 239 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 241 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 252 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 263 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 267 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 310 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 311 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 312 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 313 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 319 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 329 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 330 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 332 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 337 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 343 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 353 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 355 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 374 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 386 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 415 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 437 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 442 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 453 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 475 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 497 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 498 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 504 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 507 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 515 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 527 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 528 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 557 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 566 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 574 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 579 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 580 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 583 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 586 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 608 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 629 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 637 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 642 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block vote
(39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 646 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 648 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 652 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 657 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 669 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 671 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 719 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 727 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 731 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 738 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 771 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 802 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 954 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 1056 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 1058 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 1062 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 1077 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 1117 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 1275 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 1386 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

REGULAR CALENDAR

HOUSE BILLS ON SECOND READING

HB 131 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 259 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 289 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 314 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 357 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 441 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 496 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 562 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 564 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 624 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 641 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 766 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 1032 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 1163 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HB 1391 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block vote
(39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

REGULAR CALENDAR

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION ON THIRD READING

HJ 210 - Passed by for day

On motion of Senator Newman, the Senate adjourned at 11:04
a.m. to convene Monday, February 22, 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]
[gavel] 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 tall attend -- and all attendants will be led in prayer by bruce a. Grey, Richmond fire department. Reverend gray, welcome.
[Unknown]
Let us pray. Gracious God, you call us all, members of this Senate, members of a great variety of faith communities, and citizens all, to serve the common good, and to respect the dignity of every human being. This task will require the very best from all of us who care about the people of Virginia. It will mean putting aside our political and cultural divisions, to recognize the humanity of all people, it means taking care of the neediest among us, especially those who live on the margins of our society and communities, and who tend to be forgotten or are the targets of discrimination. Let us be seekers for justice for all people. To accomplish this will require wisdom and courage, to put aside the politics of the moment, and focus our work on the people who depend on us. Help us, o God, to put aside the fear and anger that seems to be driving our political battles, inspire those who serve here to claim a vision for a better future for all our people. Correct those who speak of their opponents for political office as enemies. Teach us all to love our neighbors as you have called us to do. Finally, on this day, we commend, o God, to your loving care justice antonin scalia, who served this nation with distinction on the supreme court. And we ask that your prevention and strength will be with his family and loved ones, as they live with their loss. All this, we ask in your gracious and loving name,
[Unknown]
Amen. Amen. >>
Bill Howell
The clerk will close the roll. All those present will please vote aye. The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos one.
[Unknown]
You have a quorum, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
[Unknown]
Senate journal for Thursday, February 18, 2016.
Bill Howell
The Senator from western Fairfax County, Senator Marsden, moves the reading of the journal be waived. 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 of the senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
Dave Marsden
Ayes, 36, nos three.
[Unknown]
Ayes 36, nos three, the reading of the journal is waived, the clerk will please report any communications from the House of delegates, the Senator from James city county.
Dave Marsden
Mr. President, I respectfully move we waive the reading of any communications received from the House of delegates.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the reading of the communication be waived. 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 of the senators desire to change their vote? Roll. The clerk will close the
[Unknown]
Ayes 36, nos two.
[Unknown]
Ayes 36, nos two, the reading of the communication is waived. The clerk will please report any communication from the governor.
[Unknown]
We do not have any, sir.
[Unknown]
Thank you madam. The time has come to recognize visitors to the gallery and take up other matters for the morning hour, the Senator from Hanover, Senator McDougle .
Ryan McDougle
Thank you Mr. President, I rise for the point of personal privilege -- for the purposes of an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Ryan McDougle
Thank you Mr. President, in the gallery, I think they are taking up the entire gallery this morning, we have a group of students from north umberland middle school, Mr. President, this group of students is with the talented and gifted program. You might have seen them running around with tag shirts and that was because you were it, Mr. President, but they are promoting the academic and visual performing arts skills they are learning and they are also learning about how we operate as a governmental system, and they are here with their leaders today. Mr. President, in the group includes one of our delegates from down the Hall, Delegate Ransone 's daughter, Morgan, so if you could give Morgan and the entire rest of the group the warm welcome of the accept data and thank them for spending time with us in the Senate today.
[Unknown]
I thank the Senator. Would members from north umberland middle school please rise? Welcome to the gallery this morning, and it's great to be out on a field trip from school, and get a day away from school, and I was looking at your shirts, as I saw you in the Hall, and you must have done very well academically and you should be proud of your so keep working hard in accomplishments. School, keep listening to your teachers, and obeying your parents, and good things will happen for you. So we hope you enjoy your stay here, and hope you have a great weekend. I would ask the members of the Senate to please offer members from north umberland middle school the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
[applause] >>
[Unknown]
The Senator from Hampton, Senator Locke .
Mamie Locke
Thank you Mr. President, I would like to ask for a leave of absence for the Senator from Portsmouth, who is away from the capitol on pressing personal business.
Bill Howell
The journal will so reflect that the Senator from Portsmouth, Senator Lucas, is away from the capitol on pressing personal business. The Senator from Buckingham, Senator Garrett .
Louise Lucas
Thank you Mr. President, I rise for purposes of an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Louise Lucas
Mr. President, joining us in the gallery today is someone we all know, emily webb, with the Virginia school boards association. But also, with emily today in the gallery are four members of the Virginia school board association's board of directors, they are from geuson county in the wonderful 22nd district, bert hardy, from glauster, anita parker, Manassas city, skoal albrecht and Shenandoah County, karen wessel. I ask we give the members of the Virginia school boards association the warm welcome of the Virginia Senate .
[Unknown]
I thanked Senator. Would emily webb and other members of the school board association please rise? Since I 'm not sure if they are in the gallery with us, perhaps they are watching from another veing area, but we certainly welcome them to the capitol and hope they have a wonderful visit. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please offer Ms. Emily webb and other members from the school board association a wrm well cam of the Senate .
[Unknown]
[applause] >>
[Unknown]
The Senator from Richmond city, Mr .Suetterlein.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, members of the Senate, it is my honor to introduce the Reverend Dr. Bruce gray, who joins us in the gallery and who got us off to a wonderful start this morning with the invocation. Dr. Grey is the chaplain of the Richmond city fire department here in the city of Richmond, one of the finest fire departments in the entire commonwealth, and Mr. President, I ask that we offer to Dr. Grey the warm well cem of the -- welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Would Reverend bruce gray please rise. Reverend, it's great to see you again as always, it's always enjoyable visiting with you and we've counted at least 12 cups, so you've been here name reduce times and we thank you for being here, as the Senator from Richmond city said, to get us off to a good start and we hope to have an enjoyable weekend, and come and visit us soon and thank you for your service to the fire department. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Bruce gray and offering him the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
[applause]
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Loudoun, Senator Black .
Dick Black
Did you want to introduce -- >>
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President. Today we are joined by pliz olivia Vogel, she -- by miss olivia Vogel, she is up in the gallery, I believe, and she is Senator Vogel 's daughter, a delightful young lady. I met her this morning coming in, and she had a silver tijera -- tiara in her hand. She said she was uncertain whether she was going to wear that. I said she looked like a princess. She acknowledged that. But she said that she did have a lovely bow in her hair that she would wear in any event, and so I would ask the warm welcome of the Senate for police olivia Vogel .
Dick Black
I thank the Senator, would prince olivia please rise? Good morning olivia!
[Unknown]
So nice to see you, with a beautiful -- what a beautiful little girl you are, so thank you for being with us today and keeping an eye on your mom, and olivia, we hope you have a wonderful weekend and tell all your brothers and sisters and your daddy we said hello. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in giving princess olivia the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
[applause] >>
[Unknown]
Is there any other business for the morning hour?
[Unknown]
Seeing none, the clerk will please call the calendar -- please call the calendar.
[Unknown]
Senate calendar, February 19, 2016, uncontested calendar, House bills on third reading, House bill 22, a bill relating to exploration of the political candidate tax contribution credit, reported from the committee on finance.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Augusta, Senator Hanger .
Emmett Hanger
Mr. President, are we going to take these up individually?
[Unknown]
Yes, sir.
Emmett Hanger
Okay, thank you Mr. President. Mr. President, House bill 22 is similar to a bill previously passed that was carried by the Senator from Fairfax city. This eliminates the tax credit for contributions to political candidates. The difference here, and I would share with the Senator from city of Fairfax, is that this one stages it to be at the beginning of a calendar year as opposed to the effective date of the bill. And so if the Senator from the city of Fairfax would like to speak with that, whether he agrees with that, Mr. President, I yield to him.
[Unknown]
I thank the Senator. The Senator from Fairfax city, Senator Petersen .
Chap Petersen
The Senator is exactly correct, this is actually a better bill than mine because it picks up the fiscal year as opposed to going into effect July 1. I know some folks, we had a couple of no votes against my bill, so you might want to be alerted to that, but this is actually a better bill than mine, but it is the same concept.
[Unknown]
I thank the Senator. The Senate will stand at ease. We need to reset the board.
Chap Petersen
[at ease] >>
Bill Howell
The motion on the floor is regarding House bill 22. The question is shall House bill pass. 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 of the senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 35, nos four.
[Unknown]
Ayes 35, nos four, the bill passes. >>
[Unknown]
House bill 742, a bill relating to eligibility for neighborhood assistance program tax credits. Reported from the committee on finance with a substitute.
[Unknown]
Senator from Augusta, Senator Hanger .
Emmett Hanger
Thank you Mr. President. We've been discussing this bill with the junior Senator from the Virginia beach, and he has some suggestions which I think would improve this bill, so I would ask that it go by for the day before we adopt the committee substitute.
[Unknown]
I thank the Senator, without objection, House bill 742 will go by for the day.
Emmett Hanger
House bill 1331, a bill relating to withholding of income taxes, related penalties, reported from the committee on finance with a substitute.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Augusta, Senator Hanger .
Emmett Hanger
Thank you Mr. Chairman, House bill 1331 codifies the current provision we have in the appropriation docs which requires all employers to file their withholding information with the department of taxation electronically. It includes a provision where if there is a problem with that for an individual small employer, they would waive it.
[Unknown]
If we could move the substitute.
Emmett Hanger
Mr. President, I move we adopt the committee substitute.
[Unknown]
I thank the Senator, the question is, shall the committee substitute be agreed to. As many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no.
[Unknown]
The ayes have it, the substitute is agreed to. The Senator from Augusta .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, as explained, I move the bill pass.
Bill Howell
Thank you Senator, the question is, shall House bill 1331 pass? 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 of the senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll. >>
[Unknown]
Ayes 39, nos, zero.
[Unknown]
Ayes 39, nos, zero, the bill
[Unknown]
Regular calendar, House bills on third reading, House bill 182, a bill relating to transient occupancy tax, Frederick county, reported from the committee on finance.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Augusta, Senator Hanger .
Emmett Hanger
Thank you movement -- Mr. President, I move the bill pass and speak to that.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Emmett Hanger
Thank you Mr. President. Members and Mr. President, we have three bills here on the regular calendar that address the transient occupancy tax this being the first one, this is one is for Frederick county. It addresses the situation where they would like to increase the transient occupancy tax over the traditional 5 percent that we allow by general code. This has been requested by the locality, and it would -- I think with the passage of this bill, would allow them to increase it an additional 2 percent over the existing 5 percent, with all of that dedicated to tourism efforts. I move passage, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator, the question is, shall House bill 182 pass?
Bill Howell
All in favor of the motion those opposed no. Will record their votes aye, are the senators ready to have all the senators voted? Vote? Do any of the senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 29, nos 10.
[Unknown]
Ayes 29, nos 10, the bill passes.
[Unknown]
House bill 328, a bill relating to transient occupancy tax, Botetourt County, reported from the committee on finance.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Augusta, Mr. Hanger.
Emmett Hanger
I move that House bill 328 pass, and speaking to that.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Emmett Hanger
This one actually, Mr. President, I would -- there was a slight variation of what I explained on 182, but at any rate, it was all correct except it only goes to 5 percent on that, so we are good with that, but on this one, for Botetourt County, and the following bill, this is where they want to put the additional 2 percent, and it addresses it in a manner that they are already at 5 percent, and this would allow them to go an additional 2 percent, putting it at a total of 7 percent with all the additional 2 percent going to tourism efforts. I move that the bill pass.
[Unknown]
I thank the Senator. The Senator from Roanoke County, Senator Suetterlein .
David Suetterlein
Mr. President, will the Senator from Augusta yield from the question.
[Unknown]
Does the Senator from Augusta yield for a question?
David Suetterlein
I would be pleased to yield.
[Unknown]
He yields, Senator .
[Unknown]
Under this bill, when all of you come to visit us in the Roanoke valley, would you all have to pay a sales tax, then the transient occupancy tax, which we would also be increasing again, so how much would the percent greater than the rate on $100 room be?
[Unknown]
The Senator from Augusta .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I would say to the Senator from Roanoke County that with the imposition of this transient occupancy tax, if it's adopted, you would have the 5.3%, 5 percent plus an additional 2 percent, which would be 12.3%, 12.30, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
I thank the Senator, the Senator from Roanoke County .
[Unknown]
May I speak to the bill, Mr. President?
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I was enthusiastic when the Senator from Fauquier was elected a few years ago. I wasn't all that much of an admirer of her apprentice, like other people were, but one of the things he used to rise on this floor and say again and again was his favorite cliche, don't tax me, don't tax you, tax the man behind the tree. So when you all come to visit us, in the Roanoke valley, on that $100 room rate, the good Senator just explained it will now be $12.30 in addition. And for that reason, I speak against this bill that's brought by my friend the Delegate from Botetourt, thank you.
[Unknown]
I thank the Senator. The Senator from Fairfax, city, Senator Petersen .
Chap Petersen
Would the gentleman from Augusta resume the floor for a question?
[Unknown]
Will the Senator yield for a question?
Chap Petersen
Be pleased to yield.
[Unknown]
He yields.
[Unknown]
I would ask the gentleman, if this measure is adopted, would the actual decision to set that transient occupancy tax be at the discretion of the local board of supervisors?
[Unknown]
The Senator from Augusta .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I would say to the Senator from Fairfax, city, that is correct, that decision would be made by the local board.
[Unknown]
Further question?
[Unknown]
Will you yield, Senator ?
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
I would ask the question -- gentlemen, do they have regularly scheduled elections in Botetourt County whereby county board members can be removed if they act against the wishes of their wishes?
[Unknown]
The -- against their wishes?
[Unknown]
I would say, yes, there are repercussions sometimes based on the actions we take in elective office.
[Unknown]
I thank the gentleman.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator .
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Mr. President, based on the last, speaking to the motion, sir?
[Unknown]
Based on the last question, it took me back to academia ever so briefly, in the fall, to the third year law students, the first discussion I had with them was about the dillon rule, and in the -- under the commonwealth of Virginia, there are certain legislative engagements required even before the local governing authorities can adopt certain ordinances on it. So basically, what we are doing is basically authorizing the booed of supervise respect in bort tot county to make the decision -- Botetourt County as to whether or not they would like to impose it. For those of you looking for inocculations or prophylactic measures, the board of supervisors will make that decision ultimately.
Tommy Norment
The senior Senator from Fairfax, Senator Saslaw .
Dick Saslaw
You know, Mr. President, I look at that board on these votes on transient occupancy tax. The only thing I would have to say, those of you who continue to vote against this ought to have at least an intellectual honesty to put in a bill next year to repeal the transient occupancy tax in all of your districts, and I can assure you, the board of supervisors be just delighted with that. Not to mention the letters you are going to get from wall street, lowering your aaa bond ratings. So if you have an ounce of honesty, just an ounce, you will put in a bill next year to repeal the transient occupancy tax in all of your Senate districts. Otherwise, your vote up on that board is as phony as it gets.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. The question is, shall House bill 328 pass?
Dick Saslaw
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 of the senators desire to change their vote chiang? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 28, nos 10.
[Unknown]
Rule 361.
[Unknown]
Ayes 28, nos 10, rules 361, the bill passes.
[Unknown]
House bill 1194, a bill relating to transient occupancy tax, Bedford County .
[Unknown]
Reported from the committee on finance.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Augusta, Senator Hanger .
Emmett Hanger
Thank you Mr. President, I move that House bill 1194 pass, and speaking to that?
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Emmett Hanger
Thank you Mr. President. This bill is identical to the bill we just passed with the exception this one addresses Bedford County, the previous addressed Botetourt County. Just for clarity, because I made a slight misstatement when I was first speaking about the three bills, the first bill addressed Frederick county, and it's the traditional one, christmas tree, where we've added Frederick county to the group that is capped at 5 percent. The last bill gives the local board the ability to move that to 7 percent and likewise, this bill would allow Bedford County to move it to 7 percent.
[Unknown]
So with that, I move passage of the bill, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
I thank the Senator .
[Unknown]
The Senator from Roanoke County .
[Unknown]
Mr. President? I would just like to point out the attention of the body and senior Senator from Fairfax, that my predecessor was the Senator from Bedford, which means Bedford is also in my district, so I look forward to watching my vote on this one as well, and you can rate if it's phony or not. Thank you.
[Unknown]
I thank the Senator .
[Unknown]
Mr. President?
[Unknown]
The Senator from Grayson .
[Unknown]
Will the gentleman yield?
Bill Howell
Will the gentleman from Roanoke County yield for a question?
[Unknown]
With great trepidation.
[Unknown]
He yields, Senator .
[Unknown]
I'm just getting concerned here. I just want to know, how many of the gentlemen from Roanoke 's constituents lives in motels and hotels down there!
[Unknown]
This is for --
Bill Howell
The gentleman from Roanoke County .
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President. This is for when we've got great folks in the southwest who have children stationed with the state police in the Roanoke valley and want to visit them. I don't want them paying a higher tax than necessary.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Grayson .
[Unknown]
Would the gentleman agree that it's nice having someone live in that county so you don't have to pay that transient occupancy tax?
[Unknown]
The Senator from Roanoke County .
[Unknown]
I think, Mr. President, I think the Senator from Grayson has got a nice son who will likely take care of him but not everyone has such a nice son.
[Unknown]
I thank the Senator .
[Unknown]
The question is, shall House bill 1194 pass? All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye, those opposed no.
Bill Howell
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]
Ayes 27, nos 11.
[Unknown]
Ayes 27, nos 11, the bill passes.
[Unknown]
Uncontested calendar, House bills on second reading,.
[Unknown]
Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you Mr. President, I move that all the House bills on the second reading on both the uncontested regular calendar, which would include all House bills on Page 3-Page 34, that the rules of the Senate be suspended and that the second constitutional reading of the titles be dispensed with.
[Unknown]
I thank the Senator. The question is, shall the rules be suspended in the second reading of the titles of House bills on the uncontested and regular calendars, pages 3-34, House bills 10-1391, 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 of the senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll. >>
Tommy Norment
Ayes 39, nos, zero.
[Unknown]
Ayes 39, nodz noz, the motion is agreed to. The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Mr. President, I now move all the bills be passed by for the day.
[Unknown]
I thank the Senator, the question is, shall the House bills on the uncontested and regular calendars, now third reading, go by for the day. As many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no.
Tommy Norment
The ayes have it, the bills will go by for the day.
[Unknown]
Regular calendar, House joint resolution on third reading, House joint resolution 210, election of a supreme court of Virginia reported from the committee justice. For courts of justice.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Rockingham, Senator Obenshain .
Mark Obenshain
Mr. President, can that go by for the day?
Bill Howell
Senator, thank you. The question is, without objection, hjr210, by for the day.
Mark Obenshain
The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you. The senior Senator from Virginia beach has asked me to inquire if that completes the calendar for the day.
[Unknown]
It does, Senator Wagner .
Tommy Norment
You are doing a fine job!
[Unknown]
Is there any other business for the the Senate this morning?
[Unknown]
Seeing none, the clerk will please report any announcements on the desk.
[Unknown]
Sunday, February 21, the committee on finance will meet at 3:00 p.M., Senate room b, to report the budget. Monday, February 22nd, the committee for courts of justice will meet at 8:00 a.M., Senate room b, the republican caucus will meet at 11:30 a.M. In Senate room two, democratic caucus, 11:30 a.M. In Senate room one. Weekend weather report, there will be mostly sunny skies throughout the commonwealth on Friday and Saturday, early morning lows will be in the mid 30s, with highs in the mid 60s during the day. Sunday will bring increasing cloudiness with the possibility of late day showers, temperatures will remain in the mid 60s.
[Unknown]
Thank you madam clerk, the Senator from Augusta, Senator Hanger .
Emmett Hanger
Thank you Mr. President. Just a brief announcement relative to the budgets. As was announced, we will be rolling out the Senate version of the budget on Sunday afternoon, at 3:00. As a courtesy to members who are not on the finance committee, we have decided this year, I think it would be a good idea for information sharing, that everyone, once we approve that budget, on Sunday afternoon, we will e-mail a copy of all the summary reports to all the members, so you might want to check your e-mails to get an update.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. Thank you. The Senator from Lynchburg, Senator Newman .
Steve Newman
Mr. President, I move that the Senate do now adjourn until 12:00 noon on Monday .
[Unknown]
I thank the Senator, the question is, shall the Senate stand adjourned urge 12:00 noon Monday, as many as favor that motion will say aye, those opposed, no. The ayes have it, the Senate stands adjourned until 12:00 noon Monday. >> >>