02/29/2016 Senate Proceedings

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Index

HB332—00:00:32
HB646—00:00:40
HB645—00:00:12
HB646—00:00:12
HB645—00:00:14
HB646—00:00:14
HJ69—00:00:30
HJ84—00:00:22
HJ97—00:00:28
HJ112—00:00:24
SB206—00:00:24
SB205—00:00:40
SB206—00:00:52
SB207—00:02:00
SB230—00:01:07
SB493—00:00:54
SB207—00:00:28
SB556—00:00:12
SB555—00:00:40
SB556—00:00:22
SB555—00:00:12
SB556—00:00:30
SB555—00:00:40
SB582—00:02:04
SB592—00:00:52
SB665—00:00:56
SB679—00:00:52
HB66—00:00:20
HB90—00:00:20
HB587—00:00:14
HB537—00:00:40
HB587—00:01:44
HB537—00:00:40
HB587—00:01:56
HB537—00:00:40
HB587—00:04:32
HB537—00:00:12
HB587—00:06:01
HB537—00:00:40
HB587—00:01:28
HB537—00:00:40
HB587—00:00:50
HB659—00:00:58
HB750—00:00:18
HB895—00:01:08
HB1273—00:00:48
HB1377—00:01:02
HB944—00:00:16
HB158—00:00:20
HB19—00:12:49
HB36—00:02:20
HB35—00:00:40
HB36—00:00:22
HB382—00:01:24
HB516—00:00:14
HB515—00:00:40
HB518—00:00:10
HB516—00:00:12
HB518—00:00:40
HB516—00:00:10
HB518—00:01:06
HB558—00:02:04
HB560—00:00:24
HB558—00:00:32
HB560—00:08:17
HB550—00:00:40
HB560—00:01:38
HB613—00:01:28
HB942—00:04:42
HB1060—00:01:18
HB1096—00:01:39
HB1234—00:11:54
HB1245—00:01:24
HJ210—00:00:18
SJ157—00:00:36
SJ158—00:00:18
SJ153—00:00:12
SJ158—00:00:12
SJ153—00:00:40
SJ158—00:00:12
SJ153—00:00:40
SJ158—00:00:12
SJ157—00:00:28
HJ353—00:00:38
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:02
Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath)—00:04
Sen. Ben Chafin (R-Lebanon)—00:04
Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg)—00:04
Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)—00:02
Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake)—00:06
Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg)—00:06
Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania)—00:02
Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg)—00:02
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)—00:02
Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)—00:00
Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville)—01:06
Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)—01:06
Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)—00:04
Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)—00:06
Sen. Kenneth Alexander (D-Norfolk)—00:02
Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)—00:02
Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta)—00:04
Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)—00:00
Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg)—00:02
Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta)—00:04
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:02
Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta)—00:06
Sen. Kenneth Alexander (D-Norfolk)—00:02
Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke)—00:02
Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico)—00:04
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:04
Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)—00:04
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)—00:00
Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)—00:48
Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)—00:00
Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)—00:00
Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)—00:00
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)—00:00
Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)—00:30
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)—00:00
Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)—01:33
Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)—00:00
Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg)—00:02
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:02
Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta)—00:04
Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)—00:02
Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)—00:00
Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta)—00:02
Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)—00:04
Sen. Tom Garrett (R-Lynchburg)—00:06
Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)—00:00
Sen. Tom Garrett (R-Lynchburg)—00:06
Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta)—00:06
Sen. Don McEachin (D-Richmond)—00:04
Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg)—00:06
Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath)—00:04
Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)—03:30
Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta)—00:00
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)—00:02
Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)—00:04
Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg)—00:06
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)—00:06
Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)—00:06
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)—00:06
Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath)—00:00
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)—00:06
Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath)—00:02
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)—00:04
Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)—00:02
Sen. Tom Garrett (R-Lynchburg)—00:04
Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)—00:04
Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)—02:04
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)—00:00
Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)—01:38
Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria)—00:04
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)—00:04
Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)—00:04
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)—00:02
Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)—00:04
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)—00:02
Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)—00:02
Sen. Tom Garrett (R-Lynchburg)—00:02
Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)—00:00
Sen. Tom Garrett (R-Lynchburg)—00:04
Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)—00:04
Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)—00:04
Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)—00:04
Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)—00:04
Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)—00:04
Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)—00:02
Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)—00:06
Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)—00:04
Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)—00:02
Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)—00:04
Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)—00:06
Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)—00:02
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)—01:55
Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke)—00:04
Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)—00:04
Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield)—00:06
Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg)—00:04
Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)—00:06
Sen. Tom Garrett (R-Lynchburg)—00:02
Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg)—00:02
Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield)—00:06
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)—00:22
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:57
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)—00:00
Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)—00:38
Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)—00:38
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:00
Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-Dale City)—00:06
Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania)—00:04
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:04
Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg)—00:06
Sen. Don McEachin (D-Richmond)—00:04
Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)—00:04
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:04
Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)—00:02
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Minutes

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

Prayer offered by The Reverend Tim Brown, Community Heights Church
at Lebanon, Lebanon, Virginia

ROLL CALL OF MEMBERS: quorum present

Motion of Senator Deeds dispensed with reading of Journal (32-Y 5-N
1-A)

COMMUNICATION (HN10226): reading waived (34?Y 4?N)

The House of Delegates has passed with amendments the following
Senate bills: SB 7, 71, 339, 342, 392, 423, 425, 427, 543, 567, 590, 743

The House of Delegates has passed with substitutes the following
Senate bills: SB 120, 133, 253, 368, 443, 466

The House of Delegates has insisted on its substitute to the
following Senate bill: SB 544

The House of Delegates has rejected the substitutes proposed by the
Senate to the following House bills: HB 681, 752

The House of Delegates has acceded to the request of the Senate for
a committee of conference on the following House bill: HB 1331

The House of Delegates has amended in accordance with the
recommendation of the Governor the following House bill: HB 104

The House of Delegates has agreed to the following House joint
resolutions: HJ 315, 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328,
329, 330, 331, 332, 334, 335, 337, 338, 339, 340, 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346,
348, 349, 350, 351, 352, 353

The House of Delegates has passed the following Senate bills: SB 70,
87, 90, 109, 127, 128, 170, 181, 240, 241, 291, 348, 354, 408, 566, 597, 652,
707

The House of Delegates has agreed to the amendments proposed by the
Senate to the following House bills: HB 301, 572, 676, 784, 789, 1294

The House of Delegates has agreed to the substitutes proposed by
the Senate to the following House bills: HB 70, 446

The House of Delegates has agreed to the following Senate joint
resolutions: SJ 33, 153, 154, 155, 172

Senate bills with House amendments and substitutes placed on
Calendar

House joint resolutions laid on Clerks Desk: see March 1 Senate
Calendar

Leaves of absence granted: Senators Lewis and Lucas

CALENDAR

UNFINISHED BUSINESS - HOUSE

HB 332 - Senate insisted on substitute and requested committee of
conference (37-Y 1-N)

HB 646 - Senate insisted on substitute and requested committee of
conference (37-Y 0-N)

HJ 69 - Senate insisted on amendments and requested committee of
conference (voice vote)

HJ 84 - Senate insisted on amendments and requested committee of
conference (voice vote)

HJ 97 - Senate insisted on substitute and requested committee of
conference (voice vote)

HJ 112 - Senate insisted on amendments and requested committee of
conference (voice vote)

UNFINISHED BUSINESS - SENATE

SB 206 - House amendment agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)

SB 207 - House amendments agreed to by Senate (29-Y 7-N 1-A),
Reconsideration of House amendments agreed to by Senate (37-Y 0-N), House
amendments agreed to by Senate (25-Y 13-N)

SB 230 - House substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 38-N)

SB 493 - House amendment agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)

SB 556 - House substitute agreed to by Senate (36-Y 1-N)

SB 582 - House amendments agreed to by Senate (32-Y 6-N)

SB 592 - House substitute agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)

SB 665 - House amendments agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)

SB 679 - House amendment agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)

UNCONTESTED CALENDAR

HOUSE BILLS ON THIRD READING

HB 90 - Read third time, Committee amendment agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 97 - Read third time, Committee substitute agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 98 - Read third time, Committee substitute agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 197 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 198 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 206 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 213 - Read third time, Committee amendment agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 261 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 279 - Read third time, Committee substitute agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 293 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 325 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 384 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 417 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 436 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 454 - Read third time, Committee amendment agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 487 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 501 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 519 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 521 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 523 - Read third time, Committee amendment agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 524 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 536 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 543 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 577 - Read third time, Committee substitute agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 581 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 653 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 682 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 728 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 747 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 748 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 749 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 810 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 825 - Read third time, Committee substitute agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 829 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 831 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 869 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 896 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 905 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 938 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 940 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 1015 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 1020 - Read third time, Committee amendment agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 1044 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 1190 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 1230 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 1232 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 1253 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 1269 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 1276 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 1277 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 1287 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 1292 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 1303 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 1321 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 1383 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (38-Y 0-N)

HB 587 - Out of block, Read third time, Passed Senate (21-Y 17-N)

HB 66 - Out of block, Passed by for day

HB 659 - Out of block, Read third time, Passed Senate (37-Y 1-N)

HB 750 - Out of block, Passed by for day

HB 895 - Read third time, Committee substitute agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed, Out of block, Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N)

HB 1273 - Read third time, Committee amendments agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed, Out of block, Passed Senate (35-Y 3-N)

HB 1359 - Out of block, Passed by for day

HB 1377 - Read third time, Committee amendment agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed, Out of block, Passed Senate (37-Y 0-N)

Transcript

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

[Unknown]
The Senate will come to order. The senators will please 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 tim brown, community heights church at lebanon. Reverend brown, welcome.
[Unknown]
Let's pray. Your gracious heavenly father, I ask for your blessing. I know you placed them in the positions that he have to do specific things and help each of us to know that our leadership is temporary and you have only entrust the us with the influence we have for a short period of time. I pray that you would impress upon our hearts those things of eternal significance. And God, you are far above any ruler, any authority or power or leader and not only in this world but also in the world to come. Everything is under your authority. God, thank you for the job we have to do today. And I pray that we would found gladness in all of the work and difficulty that comes with it and the pleasures and successes and even in the failures and I pray we wouldn't look at sadness. Ourselves but the needs of the world and we May find and have the will and strength to influence others for good and we would stand together to offer you praise for a job well done. We ask that you would strengthen us, restore us and inspire us with your love and lord fill us with your Peace so that as we journey forward that we would pour out your love and grace to others. We give you thanks for the gifts that you have given to us and we ask for your guidance in our lives and pray that your goodness in live would be present in our lives today. Come bless us in this gathering, bless us for the unity, hope and vision for the future. God, we pray for unity. And give us all a deep respect for one another. Come stir your hope within our hearts and May your vision fill our hearts as we seek you. Hear your prayers, God, it is in your sons name we pray.
[Unknown]
Amen. Amen.
Bill Howell
The clerk will call the roll, all those present will please vote aye. The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
You have a quorum, Mr. President. Senate journal for Friday, February 26, 2016.
Bill Howell
The senior Senator from Bath County, Senator Deeds moves that the reading of the journal be waived. All in favor of the motion will. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 32, nos 5. Rule 36.
[Unknown]
Ayes 32, nos 5, rule 36, 1.
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city o
[Unknown]
I respectfully waive we move r Norment. The reading of any communication received from the House of the question is shall the delegates. Reading of the communication be waived. All in favor of the motion will. Are the senators ready to vote? Do any senators desire to ch have all the senators voted? Ange their vote?
[Unknown]
Ayes 34, nos 4.
[Unknown]
Ayes 34, nos 4. 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 clerk. The time has come to recognize visitors to the gallery and take up other matters for the morning hour. The senior Senator from Bath County, Senator Deeds .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I appreciate that very much. I rise for purposes of recognition.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
I am pleased to announce that in the gallery today we have mike coser accompanied by and suze vehorn who works for the co--ops. He is ceo of barc electric cooperative. When I was a kid we called itin' emphasis on the b because it is in Bath County. Electric power, allegheny, rock bridge, Highland and rock britain. Mike is here today to announce to the ground breaking of Virginia 's first true solar community program by August just six months from today, they will have constructed 550 kilowatts of community solar power available for members on a subscription basis. Talk this session and the past year about advancing solar power in Virginia. I am proud to announce that my constituents are leading the way. I hope you will give them the warm greetings of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would you please rise? Thank you for being with us today in the gallery and I enjoyed meeting with you today and excited about the solar project in Bath County. Senator Petersen, if you would take note of mike up there in the gallery. He is 6'9" and has a background in college basketball and I have already recruited him for next year's game. Thank you all for being with us today. We look forward to working with you in the upcoming years. I would ask the members of the Senate to join me in offering mike and andrew the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
The Senator from Russell County, Senator Chafin .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for three introductions.
[Unknown]
Yes, sir, the Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Today present with us in the gallery is tim brown. Tim gave the opening prayer this morning and I hope you liked it, I thought it was wonderfully spoken. Tim is a graduate of liberty university and lives in my hometown of lebanon, Virginia. And he is lead pastor at community heights church at lebanon where my family attends. Tim does a wonderful job in Russell County and he is really invested in the community. And I want to talk about him and the same way with the two pastors that are with him today. He is also accompanied by pastor allen jesse. And allen also lives in my hometown of lebanon. He is a graduate of emery and Henry. And he is the lead pastor at highlands fellowship in abington which is in Washington County, Virginia. Allen and I actually went to high school together some years ago and we have been friends ever since. And he is just -- he has always been a kind man with a great disposition and a way to reach out to people with services and he is certainly in the right calling of God. And also accompanying them is Craig barber, pastor Craig barber. Craig is a graduate of Virginia tech and he pastors a church in christiansburg, Virginia. And lives in blacksburg, Virginia. These three pastors refer to themselves kind of as the three amigos and they earned that reputation because they have all worked together so diligently for so many years. Pastor jesse mentored the other two pastors and really what you see there is kind of three generations sort of kind of sort of in terms of -- in terms of their pastoring to our communities. They are determined, the three of them are very determined to bring unchurch families into God 's church where they can learn and grow in the word of God and they have made a passion for is both in creating young people who will enter into service in churches and also enter into the ministry and bringing children into the church. When you go to church at one of their churches I dare say you will see more kids there than you will see a lot of grey haired people there. It is really a great thing that you are doing. And I hope, Mr. President, that you will give them the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
I want to thank you so much for that introduction, Senator. And Senator Craig 's last name? I didn't --
[Unknown]
Craig.
[Unknown]
I'm sorry?
[Unknown]
Barber, thank you. Would Reverend tim brown and Reverend allen jesse and Reverend Craig ballman please rise. Thank you all so much for being with us and I thank the good Senator from Russell County gave you all a wonderful introduction. Thanks for all of the work. It is great seeing the three generations and the involvement to our children in our churches is remarkable and we appreciate the lives you all have touched over the years. I would ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering Reverend tim brown, Reverend allen jesse and Reverend Craig barber the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
The junior Senator from Loudoun, Senator Wexton .
[Unknown]
Thank you. If the jump could reflect that my seat mate is away from the Senate today on pressing business.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Accomack County is away from the Senate on pressing personal business. The Senator from Hampton, Senator Locke .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. If the journal could reflect the leave of absence for the Senator from Portsmouth who is away from the capitol and pressing personal business.
Bill Howell
The journal will so reflect the Senator from Portsmouth is away from the capitol on pressing personal business.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Chesapeake, Senator Cosgrove .
[Unknown]
I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Today we are honored to have with us members of the Chesapeake 's sheriff's office. In the gallery we have sheriff jim o'Sullivan, major chip chapel, mameer eddie woods, lieutenant tim calbert, deputy joslin cruz and my legislative aid who is also a sheriff's deputy carry the gun and the whole thing. When you ask them to stand if you give them their welcome you will see he is definitely the tallest sheriff in Virginia and Mr. President, he is probably the baddest, too.
[Unknown]
All right. Thank you, Senator .
[Unknown]
Give them a warm welcome, please.
[Unknown]
Would sheriff o'Sullivan and members from your department please rise. Sheriff, great to have you with us this afternoon. I believe your wife was with us visiting last week or the week I lose track of time. Before. It was wonderful to see her. Thanks for all your do for the city of Chesapeake and keeping our communities and schools and streets safe. We appreciate all that you do and wish the best to you and wish you safethy in the future. Joan me in offering sheriff o'Sullivan and members from his sheriff's department the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
And sheriff o'Sullivan you are welcome to play on the basketball team as well next year, to be complete. The senior Senator from Loudoun, Senator Black .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Today I am joined in the gallery by mary frazier who is a legislative assistant for me. And she does really great work for us and we very much appreciate it. And glad she could be here. Would appreciate if you could offer her the welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
I will, thank you, Senator. Would mary frazier please rise. Mary, welcome to the gallery this afternoon. And thank you for all of the good work you do from for the senior Senator from Loudoun. I know he greatly appreciates your assistance. I would ask the members of the Senate to join me in welcoming Mrs. Mary frazier the warm welcome the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
The Senator from Spotsylvania, Senator Reeves .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, today we have students from lighthouse academy visiting us from Fredericksburg and their Head master Mr. Scott mcclung. This award winning academy is the only christ centered month d montessori school in the commonwealth. We met with the students and they asked great questions. I want to bring the body's attention to mother naturia uker who has spent every Wednesday in our office, Mr. President, interning as well as keeping up her academics with the academy. She is a bright hard working young woman who has been an asset to our team and her work ethic speaks volumes. I ask you to extend the warm welcome the Senate to the lighthouse academy.
[Unknown]
Would the members from the lighthouse academy from Fredericksburg, Virginia, please rise. Welcome to the gallery. What a great group of young scholars we have here and thanks for being here. And montessori is a great opportunity. Both of our children went through the program and were very well prepared when they got to college. A great opportunity you all have and I hope you are taking full advantage of it. I would ask the members of the Senate to join me in offering members from lighthouse academy in Fredericksburg, Virginia, the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
Is there any other business for the morning hour?
[Unknown]
The Senator from Petersburg, Senator Dance .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, visiting us in the gallery today guests and family of Senate Page julia arcom. Julia has quite a history and she is following a legacy, if you will, of those from her family who have served us here at the general assembly and particularly the Senate. She is joined by her father marcus arcom, her mother, Page class of 1989, aisha arcom, emmett bailey, brenda bailey, fens, and then we have rachel arcom, Page class of 2015, sharice archm, xavier, malay that, ayla, emery. It is obvious that they want to continue the family line of service and so they are here to observe from the youngest to the oldest to oversee what their sister is doing here as a Page today. And I would ask if you would give the family the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would the members guests and family of julia please rise. Thank you all so much for beingg with us today. We had a great session thanks a lot to the hard work from all of our pages and I know julia has done a wonderful job and hopefully had a great experience another couple weeks believe it here. Or not and we will be allowing her to come back home and be back with her family which I am sure she will be happy and she will be sad, she has a lot of friends and will leave a lot of friends behind. Thanks to the modern technology they continue to communicate with friends. I would ask the members of the Senate to join me in offering the family and friends of julia the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
Is there any other business for the morning hour? Seeing none, the clerk will please call the calendar.
[Unknown]
Senate calendar for Monday, February 29, 2016. Unfinished business, House. House bill 332. The House has rejected the Senate substitute.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Rockingham, Senator Obenshain .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move that we insist on the Senate substitute and request a committee of conference.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the Senate insist on its substitute and request a committee of conference. All in favor of the motion will. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange the clerk will close the roll. Their vote?
[Unknown]
Ayes 37, nos 1.
[Unknown]
Nos 37, nos 1. The notion is agreed to.
[Unknown]
The motion is agreed to.
[Unknown]
House bill 646. The House rejected the Senate substitute.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Lynchburg, Senator Newman .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move that we insist on our substitute and request a committee of conference.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the Senate insist on the substitute and request a committee of conference. All in favor of the motion will. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 37, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 37, nos 0. The motion is agreed to.
[Unknown]
House joint resolution 69, the House has rejected the Senate amendments.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Hanover, Senator McDougle .
[Unknown]
Mr. President I move that we insist on our good common sense amendments and request a committee of conference.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the Senate insist on its amendments and request a committee of all in favor say aye. Conference. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The motion is agreed to.
[Unknown]
House joint resolution 84, the House has rejected the Senate amendment.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Hanover .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move that we insist on our amendments and request a committee of con finance.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the Senate insist on its amendments and request a committee of conference. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The motion is agreed to.
[Unknown]
House joint resolution 97, the House has rejected the Senate substitute.
[Unknown]
The Senator from han another.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move that we insist on our amendments and request a committee of conference.
[Unknown]
Should the question insist on its sub Suit and request a committee of conference. All in favor say aye. The ayes have it. Those opposed, no. The motion is agreed to.
[Unknown]
House joint resolution 112. The House has rejected the Senate amendments.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Hanover .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move that we insist on our amendments and request a committee of conference.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the Senate insist on its amendments and request a committee of conference all in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The motion agreed to.
[Unknown]
We are awaiting House action on the remaining bills in that section. Unfinished business Senate. Senate bill 206 passed the House with amendment.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Roanoke city, Senator Edwards .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move that we accept the House amendment and by way of explanation, Mr. President, Senate bill 206 is administrative process act building with ex-parte communications regarding hearing officers and the only thing the House did was put an enactment clause providing for department of med sal assistance services and said nothing in the action be construed to conster vine the express provisions of section 32.1-3, 25.1 a provision dealing with the department of medical assistance services administrative process. That explanation I move that the amendment be adopted.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The request he is shall the Senate concur with the House all in favor of the motion will. Amendment. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 0. The Senate concurs with the House amendment.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 207 passed the House with amendment.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Roanoke city, Senator Edwards .
[Unknown]
I move that the Senate concur in the House amendments. Senate bill 207 deals with procedures forrecoring formal hearing final decisions and the administrative level. What this dose is simply provide that on two places any agency May promulgate regulations and specify the scope of the evidence that May be considered or reconsidered in a motion for reconsideration. And with that explanation I move that we concur in the House amendments.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the Senate concur with the House amendments.
[Unknown]
Mr. President,.
[Unknown]
I am sorry, the Senator from Fairfax, Senator Petersen .
[Unknown]
Gentleman yield for a
[Unknown]
I would be happy to yield, question? Mr. President,.
[Unknown]
I remember the bill as it came out of our body had enactment clauses we tacked on to get more information about the success or lack thereof employees in the proceedings and I was wondering if that is still part of the bill.
[Unknown]
Senator.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, yes, this simply is an addition. Nothing has been deleted. It is in addition to after the enactment clause number two and also under line 27 a little after section. The agent May promulgate the regulations regarding what I just referred to.
[Unknown]
I thank the gentleman.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The request he is shall the Senate concur with the House all in favor of the motion will. Amendments. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll. Ayes 29, nos 7, rule 36, 1. >> The Senate concurs with the House amendment.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 230 pass the the House with a substitute.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Norfolk ,
[Unknown]
I ask that we reject the Senator Alexander. House substitute. Speaking to that motion.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, Senate bill 230 left this chamber that would allow the tax department to put some penalties on businesses that are late in filing their w-2 to catch fraudulent tax returns. By having the w-2 in hand is the best practice to catch fraudulent tax returns. I renew my motion that we reject the amendment.
Bill Howell
With the recommendation that it be rejected the question is shall the substitute about I agreed to. All in favor of the motion will. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 0, nos 38.
[Unknown]
Ayes 0, nos 38. The substitute is rejected.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 493 passed the House with amendment.
[Unknown]
Senator Surovell .
[Unknown]
Speaking to the amendment, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
I would move that we accept the amendment.
[Unknown]
You have the floor.
[Unknown]
This bill simply strikes the words across the board -- I 'm sorry strikes for such bodies. Pure play clarifying in its intent and I move that we accept the amendment.
Bill Howell
The question is shall the Senate concur with the House amendments. All in favor of the motion will. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 0. The Senate concurs with the House amendment.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator from frank lin, Senator Stanley .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, having voted on the prevailing side by which the amendments to Senate bill 207 were accepted on Page 5 I now move its reconsideration.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the vote by which the Senate agreed to the House amendments on Senate bill 207 be reconsidered. All in favor of the motion will. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 37, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 37, nos 0. The motion is agreed to. The Senator from Roanoke city.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I renew my motion that the Senate concur in the House amendments.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the Senate concur with the House amendments. All in favor of the motion will. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 25, nos 13.
[Unknown]
Ayes 25, nos 13. The Senate concurs with the House amendments.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 556 passed the House with a substitute.
[Unknown]
The junior Senator from Loudoun, Senator Wexton .
[Unknown]
I move that the Senate concur with the House amendments or substitute and speaking to that motion.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. This is a bill that dealt with the nonmeth dodone opiate. Clarifies that the only treatments that could be used are those approved by the fda. And with that explanation I would move that we concur.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the Senate concur with the House substitute. All in favor of the motion will. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange the clerk will close the roll. Their vote?
[Unknown]
Ayes 36, nos 1.
[Unknown]
Ayes 36, nos 1. The Senate concurs with the House substitute.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 582 has passed the House with amendments.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Franklin County, Senator Stanley .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I move that we concur with those House amendments and speaking to that bill, sir.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President, and members the Senate. Senate bill 582 is the charter bill for credit unions. We worked out a deal between the stake holders where the membership allowing mergers would increase those banks from 15,000 members to 35,000 members and we struck the language which would have allowed federal chartered credit unions to merge with federal. So everyone is happenmy now. A teal where everyone came out understanding this was a good way to move forward on my Senate bill. With that explanation, Mr. President, I now renew my motion that we accept and concur with the House amendments.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from James county, Senator Norment. City
[Unknown]
Will the Senator yield for a question, please?
[Unknown]
The Senator from Franklin County yield for a question?
[Unknown]
I most certainly will, sir.
[Unknown]
He yields, Senator .
[Unknown]
My question is I believe we previously had inserted 15,000 members. Has that now stricken that and inserted it back to 35,000?
[Unknown]
The Senator from Franklin County .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I would answer the gentleman by saying yes, that is correct. The originally passed was at 15,000 limit membership and now by way of agreement between the banks and credit unions now 35,000 members.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the Senate concur with the House amendments. All in favor of the motion will. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 32, nos 6.
[Unknown]
Ayes 32, nos 6. The Senate con sures with the House amendments.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 592 passed the House with a substitute.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Norfolk, Senator Alexander .
[Unknown]
Senate bill 592 relates to vital records and I move that we accept the House substitute and speaking to that motion.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, the substitute allows for the correction of a misspelled name, date of birth, place of birth or place of burial on a death certificate by affidavit and I renew my motion that we pass Senate bill 592.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The request he is shall the Senate concur with the House substitute. All in favor of the motion will. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 0. The Senate concurs with the House substitute.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 665 passed is House with amendments.
[Unknown]
The Senator from western Fairfax County, Senator Marsden .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I move that we concur with the House amendments and speaking to that motion.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I believe that the House amendments tightened up the bill appropriately. It made sure to define this as only dealing with public middle schools and also put in something with regards to the timeliness of the physicals to keep it in compliance and conformity with the Virginia high school leagues. I renew my motion that we accept the House amendments.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The request he is Hall the Senate concur with the House amendment 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 ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 0. The Senate concurs with the House amendments.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 679 has passed the House with amendment.
[Unknown]
The junior Senator from Henrico, Senator Dunnavant .
[Unknown]
Yes, Mr. President. I move that we accept the amendments and would like to speak to them.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
This is the bill that requested the department of general services to give us a report about the changes in procurement rules that were initiated by executive order 20 and the amendment sim yum provides that the reporting be done on a dash board as opposed to being made to a general assembly. And I move that we accept the amendment.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the Senate concur with the House amendment. All in favor of the motion will. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 0. The Senate concurs with the House amendment.
[Unknown]
We are awaiting House action on the remaining bills. Uncontested calendar, House bills on third reading.
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I would now move that all of the House bills on the third reading on the uncontested calendar which would include all House bills on pages 10 through 30 including House bill 587 through House bill 1383 be placed on the final passage in the block after the adoption of any amendments if any Senator desires to remove a House bill from the block, please do so after the clerk has read the number of that bill.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The request he is shall House bills on the uncontested cal calendar third reading pages 10-30, House bill 587 through House bill 1383 be place the on final passage in the block with the understanding that any Senator desiring a bill removed from the block would do so after the clerk has read the number of the bill. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The motion is agreed to,.
[Unknown]
The bills are before us in the block. The clerk will please read the number of the bills.
[Unknown]
House bill 3587. Reported from the committee on local government.
[Unknown]
Mr. President,.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Alexander, Senator Ebbin .
[Unknown]
H.B. 587 was removed from the block on Friday, I thought. But in any event I ask that is be removed from the block at this time.
[Unknown]
Removed from the block or bye for the day.
[Unknown]
Just remove it from the block.
[Unknown]
Thank you. With that objection, Howell bill 587 there come out of the lock.
[Unknown]
House bill 66 reported from the education on health with amendment.
[Unknown]
Before the amendment is adopted I would like that bill to come out of the block and go bye for the day. There is another amendment being considered.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator request that objection, House bill 66 will come out of the block and bye tore the day.
[Unknown]
House bill 90 reported with amendment.
[Unknown]
I move that the committee amendment be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The request he is shall the committee amendment be agreed to. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The amendment is agreed to.
[Unknown]
House bill 97, reported from the committee on transportation with a substitute.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Grayson .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move that the substitute be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the committee substitute be agreed to. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it, 80 substitute is agreed to.
[Unknown]
House bill 98 reported from the committee on transportation with a substitute.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Grayson .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move that the substitute by' good to.
[Unknown]
The request he is shall the committee substitute be agreed those opposed, no. To all in favor say aye. The ayes have it. The substitute is agreed to.
[Unknown]
House bill 197 reported from the committee on education and health. House bill 198. House bill 206 reported from the committee for courts of justice. House bill 214 reported from transportation with amendment.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Grayson, Senator Carrico .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move the committee amendment.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the committee amendment be agreed to. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The amendment is afreed to.
[Unknown]
House bill 261 reported from the me on education and health. House bill 279 reported with a substitute.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Lynchburg, Senator Newman .
[Unknown]
I move that the substitute about he agreed to.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the committee substitute be agreed to. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The substitute is agreed to.
[Unknown]
House bill 293 reported from the committee on education and health. House bill 325 reported from education and health. House bill 384 reported from the committee on transportation. House bill 417, reported from the committee on transportation. House bill 436 reported from the committee on education and health. House bill 454 reported with amendment.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Grayson ?
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move that the committee amendment be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The request he is shall the committee amendment be agreed to. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The amendment is agreed to.
[Unknown]
House bill 487, reported from the committee on education and health. House bill 501, reported from the committee on transportation. House bill 519, reported from the committee on education and health. House bill 521, reported from the committee on education and health. House bill 523, reported from the committee on education and health with amendment.
[Unknown]
The no are from Lynchburg .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move that the committee amendment be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the committee amendment be agreed to those opposed, no. All in favor say aye. The ayes have it. The can committee amendment is agreed to.
[Unknown]
House bill 524. House bill 536 reported from the committee on education and health. House bill 543 reported from the committee for courts of justice. House bill 577 reported from the committee for courts of justice with a substitute.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Rockingham .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move that the committee substitute be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the committee substitute be agreed to. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The sub Suit is agreed to.
[Unknown]
House bill 581 reported from the committee on education and health. House bill 651 reported from the committee on transportation -- education and health. House bill 659 report the from the committee on education and health. House bill 682 reported from the committee on education and health. House bill 728 reported from the committee on transportation. House bill 747, reported from the committee on transportation. House bill 748, reported from the committee on transportation. House bill 748 reported from the committee on -- 749. House bill 750 reported from the committee on education and House bill 810 reported from the health. Committee for courts of justice. House bill 825 reported from the committee on education and health with a substitute.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Lynchburg .
[Unknown]
Move that the substitute be agreed to all in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The substitute is a agreed to.
[Unknown]
House bill 289 reported from the me committee on education and health. House bill 841. 869 reported from the committee transportation. House bill 895 report with the a
[Unknown]
The Senator from Lynchburg. Substitute.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move that the committee substitute be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the committee substitute be agreed to all in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The substitute is agreed to.
[Unknown]
House bill 896 reported from the committee on education and health. House bill 905. House bill 938 reported from the committee on transportation. House bill 940 reported from the committee for courts of justice. House bill 1015 reported from the committee on education and health. House bill 1020, reported from the committee for courts of justice with amendment.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Rockingham .
[Unknown]
I move that the committee amendment be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The request he is shall the committee amendment be agreed to. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The amendment is agreed to.
[Unknown]
House bill 1044, a bill to mend and reenact -- I was on a roll. Reported from the committee on education and health. House bill 1190 reported from the committee on transportation. House bill 1230 reported from the the committee on education and health. House bill 1232, reported from the committee on transportation. House bill 1253 reported from the committee on education. House bill 1259 reported from the committee on transportation. House bill 1243 reported with amendments.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Lynchburg .
[Unknown]
The move that the committee amendments be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the committee amendments be agreed to. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The amendments are agreed to.
[Unknown]
House bill 1246 reported from the committee on transportation.
[Unknown]
House bill 1277 reported from the committee on education and health.
[Unknown]
Mr. President,.
[Unknown]
For what purpose does the Senator rise.
[Unknown]
Could House bill 1273 come out of the block, please.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. With that objection, 1273 will come out of the block.
[Unknown]
House bill 1277 reported from the committee on education and health. House bill 1287 reported from the committee on transportation. House bill 1292 reported from the committee on education and health. House bill 1303 reported from the committee on education and health. House bill 1321, reported from the committee on education and House bill 1159, 1349 reported investigate. From the committee on transportation. House bill 1377 reported from the the committee on education and health with amendment.
[Unknown]
Mr. President,.
[Unknown]
Senator Loudoun .
[Unknown]
Could that come out of the block after amendments.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Lynchburg ,.
[Unknown]
I move that the amendment be agreed to.
[Unknown]
All in favor say aye. The ayes have it. With that amendment, House bill 1377 will come out of the block.
[Unknown]
House bill 1383 reported from the committee on transportation with a substitute.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Grayson, Senator Carrico .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move that the committee substitute be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the committee substitute be agreed to. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes it have. The substitute is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Mr. President,.
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from loud, senatorring. Senator Black .
[Unknown]
Could we also take from the block House bill 659.
[Unknown]
What Page is that on?
[Unknown]
I don't have that handy.
[Unknown]
Page 19. And then 750. Hold on just a second, Senator .
[Unknown]
What was the next one, Senator ? The second one was Senate bill 750 on Page 21.
[Unknown]
With that objection, House bill 750 will come out of the block.
[Unknown]
And then the third one which is House bill 895, on Page 23.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. With that objection House bill 895 on Page 23 will come out of the block. The Senator from James city cou.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Directing your attention back to Page 30, sir, House bill 1359. If that could come out of the block and bye for the day.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. House bill 1359 will come out of the block and bye for the day. The question is shall the House bills pass in block all bills except for House bill 587, 668, 659, 750, 895, 1273, 1359, and 1377. All in favor of the motion will. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Ange do any senators desire to ch their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 0. The bills in the block pass. Returning to Page 10 of the calendar. House bill 587. The Senator from Franklin, Senator Stanley .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I move that House bill 587 pass and speaking to that motion, sir.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
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House bill 587 pertains to 15.2-1812 which regards memorials for war veterans for Virginia war veterans. The code section establishes for localities in the state to erect war memorials and the various wars that are listed within section a of that statute. And then in section objection b it also has previously stated that it is unlawful for a locality once those war memorials are erected to interfere with those monuments or disturb or interfere with in the sense of changeth, defacing or removing. What this bill does is clarify that that provision shall be applicable to all such monuments and memorials regardless of when the statute came into play years they were built. Ago and courts interpreted this to be prospective, not applying to those built previous to the statute being created in the code. For those reasons, Mr. President, I renew my motion that House bill 587 pass.
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The Senator from Roanoke city, Senator Edwards .
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Mr. President, speaking against the bill.
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The Senator has the floor.
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House bill 587. I really thought the civil war was over but I guess this is Virginia. And I hate to see us relitigate these issues. Mr. President, there is currently a pending on appeal decision out of the circuit court of Danville regarding Danville city council with regard to removing I believe it a confederate flag. And that is on appeal. What this bill does is it purports to basically get into the middle of the litigation and rewrite that the judge ruled was prospective and would only apply to monuments and the like and memorials and so forth erected after 1998. And this would say well, no, anything erected before 1998 would also apply. It in effect would purport to overturn the circuit court decision. I believe it was the circuit court in the city of Danville case. We normally don't get involved in litigation that is ongoing. Is the problem with the bill. One of the problems with the bill getting in the problem of ongoing litigation. The general assembly stays out of it until the litigation is over. The second reason why this is a bad bill, Mr. President, is that there are localities might have good reasons for wanting to remove or change a memorial or monument for all sorts of reasons. Political reasons, social reasons, economic, urban renewal. Urban revitalization. Take it down, maybe move them some place els e or maybe not put them up at all and the locality should have that authority if they want to. What are we doing as a commonwealth saying any memorials that fit into certain categories and monuments that have been put up before 1998 you got to keep them up into perpetuity and I think that is bad public policy as a matter of just a general principle. So, Mr. President, I would hope this body would reject this bill.
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The Senator from Alexander, Senator Ebbin .
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Would the Senator from Franklin yield for a question?
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Would the Senator from Franklin yield for a question.
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I yield.
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He yields Senator .
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I would ask if he is familiar with the forlorn and beautiful monument to the confederate soldier that faces south to Washington street one of our main thorough fares.
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The Senator from Franklin .
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I answer by saying not specifically familiar with the monument that he speaks of although I visit the the beautiful city of Alexander andt I have since been reformed and live in southern Virginia so I have not seen the monument.
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The Senator from Alexandria .
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Speaking briefly.
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The Senator has the floor.
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I invite the gentleman to come back to our beautiful city. I wanted to mention that this monument in the center of Washington street a main thoroughfare has been hit by numerous cars threatening the when it was last hit it was monument. Repaired, but under the bill, where it says that you can't disturb or interfere with such monuments or memorials it would not let the city move it to another prominent place perhaps in front of the city museum also on Washington street. I don't think this is needed and you know, our locality should be determined if the monument needs to be moved for safety or other reasons. I will vote against the bill.
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Senator Garrett .
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Rise to speak in favor of the bill.
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The Senator has the floor.
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Everybody knows what the bill is about. Funny to talk about automobiles running in monuments and localities not having the ability to move the monuments that are apparently in the middle of the road and freely hit. And I am amused by the Senator from Roanoke 's characterization that a locality might have good cause to move a monument constructed before 1998 but then presume that the locality might not have good cause to remove a monument constructed after 1998. What this is about is about history. It is about heritage. It is about conflict. And culture. And knowledge. And awareness. And legacy. I mean if you polled the members of this body, Mr. President, and asked them if they were proud of the american civil war or the issues whether states rights issues or slavery that led to that conflict you would get a 40-0 roe sounding unanimous concurrence that was one of the most dark and regrettable episodes in our nation's history, the question becomes what to do about it, Mr. President? Shall erase it from the history books? Should we pretend that people who might have been great americans and founders of this nation didn't engage in the horrific and dark institution of slave ownership? Erase from the annals of history the legacy of people like jefferson and Washington because they did participate? Or should it just be jackson and Lee and stewart? Are those the people we eraise while leaving the others? Attempt to ensure that we retain our legacy and culture and history both good and bad on both sides of the aisle because a wiser man than me, Mr. President, said one day those who do not learn history are condemned to repeat it. And so, I am proud to say that I respect general robert e. Lee. That I respect thomas johnathan jackson. That I respect jon singleton mosby. And I respect Dr. Martin luther king jr. And barbara johns and george Washington carver. It is all our history it. All of it. And so this bill only seeks to allow the maintenance of the legacy of those who came before us, the positive and the negative. To eliminate those who would attempt to erase history in effect censroing what we know about ourselves and from whence we came. And I commend the Delegate patron of this bill because it is the right thing to do to preserve this legacy for posterity so that america might be better by having learned from all of her history and not just that which is deemed politically correct. Thank you, Mr. President.
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The Senator from Roanoke city, Senator Edwards .
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Mr. President, Mr. The Senator from Buckingham yield for a question.
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The Senator yield for a question?
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With delight.
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He yields, Senator .
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Is the Senator aware that existing law that was passed in 1998 applies prospectively to prevent the removal of those monuments and memorials established after 1998 and this goes back and goes back to the beginning of time any monuments and memorials in the particular battles or wars that were enumerated applies retroactively going back to the beginning of
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The Senator from Buckingham ? Time?
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I think that is what is in question right now. Ultimately the status quo is what it in question from the 1998 law and that will be perhaps decided elsewhere. This simply says we don't value one set of monuments over another based on what the political climate of the day it.
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Senator Stanley .
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Thank you, Mr. President. If no one else wishes to speak, one, Mr. President, I would remind everybody in this body that this bill does not affect any current litigation regarding anything that is going on with the monument in Danville. It has nothing to do with that litigation. Secondly, I would remind everybody here that this very statute seeks to permit localities to remember the fallen and those that have served as virginians in so many wars. That those monuments many times we find them in front of our courthouses, pertain to the french and indian wars, the revolutionary war. The war of 1812 it. World war I. World war ii. The spanish american war. Korean war. Vietnam war. And many times what we are talking about, Mr. President, in these monuments is not political. It is about human beings who gave their last and fullest measure of devotion so that we could remain free and that our principles would be the principles that we would pass on to generations thereafter. It is that small token of that locality of recognizing those people who came from there that were memorialized in a public square or an area so that we would never forget them and never forget why they served and why they gave the ultimate sacrifice of their life. That is what we are preserving. And of those wars that the united states has participated in, most of those happened before 1998. Therefore, most of these monuments have been erected Bell before this law was put into place and I dare say that when this law was put into place it was not for any conflict that would happen after such as the iraq conflict or operation desert storm but to preserve the names that sit silently on those very walls in those localities, remembering brothers, sisters, fathers, sons, mothers, daughters who are not with us today but allow us to breathe the air of freedom. And so for that, Mr. President, I renew my motion that House bill 587 pass.
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The senior Senator from Henrico, Senator McEachin .
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It was my intention to remain in my seat and just vote no until the Senator made the statement that follow bees died to keep us free. Maybe in most of those wars they did. But in the civil war people died to keep my ancestors enslaved.
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Thank you, Senator. The senior Senator from Loudoun, Senator Black .
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Thank you, Mr. President. Speak to the measure.
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The Senator has the floor.
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I had not intended to speak but I would like to just make a response to the last comment. Somehow we have morphed over decades and decades into believing that everybody took up an old rifle and walked bare footed hundreds of miles to fight was fighting to defend somebody else's slaves. I would just point out very interesting point in history robert e. Lee was the commander in chief of all confederate forces during the civil war. When he was married, he was married to a woman who was a slave holder and one of the first things that he did at the end of his honeymoon was to free the slaves because robert e. Lee was opposed to slavery. On the other hand, ulysses s. Grant held slaves throughout the war and after the emancipation proclamation, thank you, had been rendered he still had slaves until finally all of the slaves were freed. I just say this to point out that there is a great deal of complexity to that war and that a relatively small handful of people were slave owners and I got to tell you as somebody who has -- who has served in battle -- you don't go and you don't fight a battle to preserve somebody else's property. And so while you May not agree with me but I will tell you, I have been there, I have done that, I have bled all over the battlefield and it was not for any rich guy. I would just tell you that I have tremendous admiration for the people who fought on both sides of the war. There was a great deal of heroism and there was very little of people who were fighting for people's property in that war.
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Thank you, Senator. The senior Senator from Bath County, Senator Deeds .
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Thank you, Mr. President. I want to associate myself with the notion that we can't eraisee history, good or bad. We can't erase. It is what it is. This bill doesn't have much to do with history. It has to do with whether or not the state, we in Richmond or people in local government who have to manage local property and figure out how they are going to pay their bills whether they make decisions about monuments. Those of us who believe in smaller government and government closest to the people makes the best decisions will have an easy choice here.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall House bill 587 pass. All in favor of the motion wille s aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll. Ayes 21, nos 17. >> Ayes 21, nos 17. The bill passes. Moving forward to Page 19. House bill 659. The Senator from Lynchburg .
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I move that the bill pass and speaking to that motion.
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The Senator has the floor.
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This is a bill that goes to life education crick rum and adds two more items and a long list of items to be discussed. They are domestic violence and also dating violence and all at an age appropriate language and I hope that the bill pass.
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Thank you, Senator .
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The senior Senator from Loudoun, Senator Black .
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Could that bill go bye for --
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I apologize. I withdraw that.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall House bill 659 pass. All in favor of the motion wille s aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
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Ayes 37, nos 1.
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Ayes 37, nos 1. The bill passes.
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Moving to Page 21. House bill 750. The Senator from Lynchburg .
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I yield to the gentleman -- the senior Senator from Loudoun .
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The senior Senator from Loudoun. Senator Black .
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Mr. President, could this bill go bye for the day?
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With that objection, House bill 750 will go bye for the day. Move forward to Page 23. House bill 895. The Senator from Lynchburg, Senator Newman .
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I move that House bill 895 pass and speaking to that motion.
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The Senator has the floor.
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This is a bill we have seen a version of before that speaks to the high school redesign and some adjustments do take place in the current bill but also it is instructive to the board of education in how they are to come up with the new design to graduation requirements and how they are to break it out. There is an enactment clause on this bill that belmont basicalls out the process. There was another bill that came through that has a different version that is a Senate bill and this has our amendments on it and we will ultimately probably go to conference. I would hope that we would pass the bill, Mr. President,.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall House bill 895 pass. All in favor of the motion wille s aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
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Ayes 38, nos 0.
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Ayes 38, nos 0. The bill passes.
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Moving forward to Page 27. House bill 1273. The Senator from Lynchburg, Senator Newman ?
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Mr. President, this bill does a number of things not the least of which is update the code and indicates for the x-ray machines how that they will be inspected and the process to which we will go through the regulation. This bill does not undo the copn requirements for the machine. Just updates the codes. I hope we would pass the bill. The question is should House bill 1273 pass. All in favor of the motion wills aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
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Ayes 35, nos 3.
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Ayes 35, nos 3. The bill passes.
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House bill 1377. The Senator from Lynchburg .
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I move that House bill 1377 pass and speak together motion.
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The Senator has the floor.
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Mr. President, this bill tries to make sure that there is notification back to parents if the class size exceeds that, that is the -- that in the statute and prescribed in limits. Mr. President, often times you will have a school division that for budgeting reasons will go beyond the statutory requirements, however, this bill says that we are to notify the parents and there is a provision that states that we should also have some sort of a plan on how we deal with those problems. I hope we would pass the bill, Mr. President,.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall House bill 1377 pass. All in favor of the motion wills aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
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Ayes 37, nos 0.
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Ayes 37, nos 0. The bill passes.
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Regular calendar, House bills on third reading. House bill 944 a bill to address local ordinances concerning the installation or use of landscape cover materials until regulations have been approve the as part of the statewide fire prevention code. Reported from the committee on general laws and technology.
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The Senator from Rockingham, Senator Obenshain .
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Can that go bye for the day.
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With that objection, House bill 944 will go bye for the day.
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House bill 158. A bill relating to grass cutting in concern counties reported from the committee on local government.
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The Senator from Franklin County, Senator Stanley .
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Thank you, Mr. President. Can that bill go bye for the day,.
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House bill 558 will go bye for the day.
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House bill 19. A bill relating to ministers or other persons to celebrate rights of fmatrimoni no rites required.
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I move that the bill pass. Speak po the bill. In bill simply removes the oath requirement that is currently in law and required of a minister or other person who seeks authorization to perform the rites of marriage.
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The Senator from Roanoke city, Senator Edwards .
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Mr. President, I don't know mow many more bills we will have dealing with the supreme court decision authorizing same-sex marriages but here is another one and another version. Mr. President, we have discussed the fact that ministers are not required to perform a religious service if it violates their religious tenets because of the first amendment. On the other hand, people who are not performing a religious service but rather a civil ceremony to perform a marriage are in a different posture. They are required to follow the constitution of the united states of america as interpreted by the u.S. Supreme court. What this bill does is say if they don't have to take an oath to perform their duties. Well, I guess that is to say I am not -- I didn't swear to follow the constitution when I am performing my duties as an official of the state to perfora civil ceremony. Again, they are protecting the religious ceremony but civil they are an actor of the state. The second thing it does is try to say that then such person is considered an officer of the commonwealth. I am not sure what they mean by officer but they are acting on behalf of the state because only the state can authorize a person to perform a civil ceremony or to perform a marriage. Mr. President, this bill I would hope we don't have anymore of these kinds of bills trying to get around the supreme court decision. We know what happened in kentucky with the clerk of the court kim Davis. She says it is against my religion to issue marriage licenses and same-sex marriage situations and the judge made it very clear she had to follow the law. She had to follow the constitution. If she wasn't going to do it he locked her up. And Mr. President I would hope we would not continue going down this line and reject this bill. Thank you, Mr. President.
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The junior Senator from Loudoun, Senator Wexton .
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Thank you, Mr. President, speaking against the bill.
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The Senator has the floor.
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I do feel it is important to note that a lot of notings who probably are going to vote in favor of this bill are the very first ones calling for the impeachment of our current attorney general when he refused to continue on an unconstitutional course for the commonwealth of Virginia with regard to same-sex marriage. I would associate with the remarks from the Senator from Roanoke and point out these are folks acting under color of state law and performing a state function and to carve out those civil sell brants who perform and require that they not be required to take an oath to uphold the law in the constitution is unprecedented and I would ask that the body vote against this bill.
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Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Rockingham, Senator Obenshain .
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Mr. President, speaking to the bill. You know, I find this debate fascinating and really quite disturbing in a up couple of ways. First of all, you know, the suggestion that if a minister is authorized to perform marriages that if they are southern baptist they out to be required to perform gay marriages, I mean it is preposterous and we sat in committee and talked about in this issue and it was agreed to that the constitution doesn't require that and acknowledged the diversity among the religious institutions on this this isn't antianything. Issue. This is protecting the first amendment rights and rights of association of different religious bodies. And it was -- it was pointed out that this is consistent with constitutional principles currently in law. And as a result you look at the vote I think that there was broad bipartisan agreement that we never intended to require every celebrant and every minister to conduct every ceremony. We a supreme court ruling and laws around requires that require the issuance of licenses and the recognition of gay marriages. This doesn't change that in any way. It doesn't address it in any way more is it intended to address it in any way. The suggestion that we out to be throwing baptist ministers in jail I find prepostor conditionous. This was intended to protect the first amendment rights of those baptist ministers. And the rights of other people who wish to celebrate marriage are going to be protected. Doesn't undermine that.
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Mr. President,.
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It simply provides that a baptist minister can conduct whatever marriage ceremonies is consistent with his denominational beliefs.
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The Senator from Roanoke city.
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With the Senator from Harrisonburg yield for a question.
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The Senator from Rockingham .
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Rockingham, sorry.
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Would the Senator agree that
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I yield. Part of this paragraphs 23 through -- line 22 through 33 deal with persons other than ministers who May perform rites that is the judge May authorize a person to perform a civil ceremony someone who is no the a minister and that is what we are talking about here. Would the Senator agree that this bill includes those meme.
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The Senator from Rockingham .
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I do agree with that. This in no way diminishes the ability of people to get married no matter what their sexual orientation is. It provides that a celebrans can make his or her determination as to which marriages they wish to conduct.
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Mr. President,.
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The Senator from Bath County .
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Yield for a question.
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Would the Senator from Rockingham yield for an additional question?
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I yield.
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And the gentleman would agree there is nothing in state or federal law that requires a religious figure a pastor of any church to conduct any marriage that he or she doesn't agree with.
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The Senator from Rockingham .
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Mr. President, I would agree with that. However, I acknowledge that there were remarks made here on the floor just five minutes ago suggesting that people who refuse to perform marriages certain marriages ought to go to jail. And the reason for this bill is that there are people who actually believe that. Mr. President,.
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And as a result it is important to make sure that the provisions of the statute make it clear that it is in conformity and is difficultent with the requirements of the county constitution.
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The Senator from Bath .
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Would the gentleman yield for a question.
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I yield.
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He yields, Senator .
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The gentleman would further agree there are lots of things said on the floor of the Senate that aren't worth the ink that it would take to print them and shouldn't base all our actions on the hyperbole that comes from this floor or any debate?
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The Senator from Rockingham .
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I suppose the no are is suggesting that this bill does no harm so as a consequence I would renew my motion that it pass.
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Thank you, Senator .
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The Senator from Fairfax city, Senator Petersen .
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Thank you, Mr. President. I rise to speak in support of the bill.
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The Senator has the floor.
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I have been watching this discussion the past few weeks as someone who I a tends a church and have always been under the impression in when you are a minister you marry people according to the dictates of your professed religion and this section deals with nonpublic people. Not the clerk of court. This is not kim Davis. That is a poor analogy. People that either are ministers to a church or persons other than a minister that May perform rites within their church or came in and want to officiate a marriage and do so probably for a friend or maybe to fill in where there is a base that theyy are needed. These are not public officials and ran on a ballot and are in charge of applying our laws and the bottom is are we going to put people in jail or hold them civilly liable because they say I didn't take this oath and agree to perform marriages to do every marriage under the sun. I don't want to do my marriage or the marriage in my church. Some of the rhetoric I hear is gosh, if you don't perform all marriages then you ought to be punished because you are a bad person. I am uncomfort with some of the rhetoric frankly coming from my side of the aisle. Maybe this bill is more necessary than I thought. All is it says is if you are a not a public official and come forward voluntarily to oh first officiatemarriages you don't ben officer of the state and you don't have to be subject to criminal penalties. Thank you.
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The Senator from Rockingham .
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Speaking briefly to the bill. There is a parallel. The religious freedom act of 1978 that says that if it is parts of your religion you May use peots. If anyone else does it is illegal. The establishment clause was respend and we passed a -- respected and we passed a federal law saying it was okay and here, too, talking about private individuals with religious objections. There is an incredible double standard whereas I think uniformity would be good for justice and equity across the board. Thank you.
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The Senator from Alexandria, Senator Ebbin .
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Thank you, Mr. President. Speaking briefly to the bill.
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The Senator has the floor.
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Just a clarification about 20-25 and what is civil celebrant is. I am performing a marriage for a good friend and his fiancee later this year and ile take an oath to follow the procedures of the state. That is not the part I am most concerned about in 20-25. What I am concerned about is the people who the judges designate for anyone who wants to have a marriage in the locality. If you go to the website for the localities in my district they recommend people for civil marriages and I spoke to one of them a few weeks ago who said this was a bad idea and in some localites there are two people designated and they didn't like marrying certain kinds of people it doesn't say you are taking an they wouldn't. Oath to marry every person authorized in your church or for a religious person to do that. I haven't taken the oath yet but my understanding is that I would take an oath to uphold the law in terms of how you perform a marriage. I don't see there being any problem right now. There has never been a catholic priest in Virginia forced to marry a divorced person or a rabbi forced to marry an interfaith couple and this is just more efforts to work other way around the supreme court. With that, I ask that you vote against the bill.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall House bill 19 pass. All in favor of the motion willo tes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
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Ayes 22, nos 16.
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Ayes 22, nos 16. The bill passes.
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House bill 36. A bill relating to 12th grade government forces at public high school civics portion of the u.S. Naturalization test reported from the committee on education and health with an amendment.
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The Senator from Lynchburg ,.
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I move that the committee amendment be agreed to.
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The question is shall the committee amendment be agreed to. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The amendment is agreed to. The Senator from Lynchburg .
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Mr. President, I move that the bill pass and speaking to that motion.
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The Senator has the floor.
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Mr. President, this bill goes in and adds an 18th requirement that we prescribe in what needs to be taught in public education, civics classes. This adds the basic components of naturalization. Some have asked kind of what does that test include and in general that test has about 60% of that test is on american government. The principles of american government and rights and responsibilities and 30% of the test relates to the colonial period and what happened in our colonial and history. And there is about 10% on geography, holidays and nationalsymbols. I hope that we would pass the bill.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The request he is shall House bill 36 pass. All in favor of the motion wills aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
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Ayes 28, nos 10.
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Ayes 28, nos 10. The will bill passes.
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The Senator -- junior Senator from Virginia beach, Senator DeSteph .
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Speaking on the prevailing side of House bill 36, can we please reconsider.
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Thank you, Senator .
Bill Howell
The question is shall the vote by which House bill 36 passed be reconsidered. All in favor of the motion will. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
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Ayes 38, nos 0.
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Ayes 38, nos 0. The motion is agreed to. The Senator from Lynchburg .
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Mr. President, having previously been explained I would move that the bill pass.
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Thank you, Senator. The question is shall House bill 36 pass. All in favor of the motion willo tes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
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Ayes 27, nos 11.
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Nos 27, nos 11. The bill passs.
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House bill 382. Bill relating to control of firearms by state agencies rights of employees. Recorded fromthe committee from courts of justice with amendments.
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The Senator from Rockingham, Senator Obenshain .
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I move the committee amendment be agreed to. All in all in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The amendment is agreed to. The Senator from Rockingham ?
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Mr. President, I move that the bill pass and speaking to that. This bill prevents agencies within the executive branch other than the port authority and with the amendment the department of corrections, department of juvenile justice and institutions I higher education from adopting rules that would prohibit an employee from storing a weapon or ammunition in a locked private motor vehicle on the property of the place of employment unless that restrict, is approved by statute. That is what the bill does.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall House bill 382 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 senators desire to ch their vote? Ange the clerk will close the roll.
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Ayes 24, nos 14.
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Ayes 24, nos 14. The bill passes.
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House bill 516, a bill relating to the board of education policy on sexually explicit instructional material. Reported from the committee on education and health with amendment.
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The Senator from Lynchburg, Senator Newman .
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Mr. President, at the request of the senior Senator from Fairfax I would move that the bill go bye for the day.
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With that objection, House bill 516 will go bye for the day.
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House bill 518, a bill relating to local school boards, public school of choice. Reported from the committee on education and health.
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The Senator from Lynchburg .
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I move that the bill pass and speaking to that motion.
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The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, as this bill originally was draft the, it would have allowed for interschool public school of choice to take place basically allowing for a student from one school to move to another school. There has been a large reenactment clause placed on in. Basically what will happen is there will be a report that many coulds back to the chairs of Senate education and House education discussing the cost of these type of interschool transfers. I would hope that the bill pass.
Bill Howell
The request he is shall House bill 518 pass. All in favor of the motion wills aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
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Ayes 24, nos 14.
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Ayes 24, nos 14. The bill passs.
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House bill 558. A bill to direct the state health commissioner to develop a plan to eliminate evaluation and design services by the department of health for onsite sewage systems and private wells. Reports. Reported from the committee on education and health.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Lynchburg .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move the bill pass and speaking to the motion.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, this bill is one that would request that the on-site sewage work being done by the department be eventually farmed out to more private companies. This bill also requires any such regulation to come back to us before it is ultimately adopted. There were some of us that were less eenamoured with that idea than others. I would yield to Senator Barker .
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The Senator from southern Fairfax, Senator Barker .
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Speaking to the bill.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. What this bill does is it requires a plan to be developed by the department of health as to how they might be able to implement something whereby the department of health itself will get out of the provision of design and review services for certain septic fields and private wells. It does not allow -- it does not provide authorization for anything to be implemented, simply requires that a comprehensive study be done and is specific in terms of the types of things that must be evaluated and would require a record to be issued by November of this year and would provide an opportunity for us in the administration to consider something that might come from that next year but implement nothing now. I hope that it would be the pleasure of the Senate to move this forward.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall House bill 558 pass. All in favor of the motion wille s aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange the clerk will close the roll. Their vote?
[Unknown]
Ayes 27, nos 10.
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Ayes 27, nos 10. The bill passes.
[Unknown]
House bill 560. A bill relating to brandishing a firearm --
[Unknown]
I'm sorry, madam clerk. The Senator from Arlington .
[Unknown]
Having vote on the prevailing side of the passage of bill 558, could we please reconsider that vote.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the vote by which House bill 558 passed be reconsidered. All in favor of the motion will. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? Do any senators desire to chang? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 0.
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Ayes 38, nos 0. The motion is agreed to. The Senator from southern Fairfax County .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, having been previously explained I move that the bill pass.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall hillary sl 558 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 senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 28, nos 10.
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Ayes 28, nos 10. The bill passes.
[Unknown]
House bill 560. A bill relating to brandishing a firearm intent penalty reported from the committee for courts of justice.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Rockingham, Senator Obenshain .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move that the bill pass and speaking to the bill. Mr. President, members of the Senate, increasingly we have situations in which people were convicted of crimes for which they had no criminal intent and that is a significant problem at the federal level really a big problemmal the federal level and of the and problem at the state level as well. This is addressing just one such instance. Brandishing firearm -- a firearm requires among other things that cause somebody to apprehend the possibility of fear of bodily harm and one concern is in an arena in which there is heightened sensitivity particularly in some areas, concerning the possession of a firearm there is concern great concern in my view and the view of the patron, very legitimate concern about instances in which people apprehend some fear that May be unreasonable. May be that somebody with a concealed carry permit is reaching for a wall met and wald exposes their firearm and May be exposed to prosecution for brandishing. This requires that an express element of intent to cause that type of fear which in my view is consistent with our principles of jurisprudence that we want to make sure that we are prosecuting and imprisoning people for crimes where they had the intent to commit a crime.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Fairfax .
[Unknown]
Would the gentleman yield for a question.
[Unknown]
Would the gentleman yield for a question.
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
He yields.
[Unknown]
I ask doesn't the word brandish in and of itself imply that the person displaying the weapon is doing so with the means of inciting fear in others.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Rockingham ?
[Unknown]
Apparently not. This makes it perfectly clear that in order to be convicted of that crime that it has to be done with the intent to induce fear by another. Take for example somebody who removes has their weapon in a who will territory and pulling it out or off to put it in a locked glove compartment in their car. Somebody May see that and be greatly disturbed and maybe even apprehensive. In terms what we try to confine the bounds of criminal behavior to, it was not something done with the intent to induce fear.
[Unknown]
Further question, Mr .
[Unknown]
Yield for an additional president. Question?
[Unknown]
I yield.
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He yields.
[Unknown]
Doesn't the law have a reasonableness standard under line 17 which says in such manner as to reasonably induce fear in the mind of another.
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The Senator from Rockingham .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, what I would suggest is that those are two different issues. Whether is reasonably induced fear. You could do something entirely innocent, accidental and a reasonable person May be terrified by that. If it was completely innocently done and that person had no intent to induce that kind of fear in another, it May be somebody who was riding a bicycle next to a car and sees a guy pull a handgun out and doesn't realize that he is putting it in his glove box. That person you know May be reasonably afraid but that is not himmial behavior.
[Unknown]
Okay, Mr. President. Speak briefly to the bill.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen of the Senate if you read the statute it is a reads right now if is coherent and if you put in you will have two reasonableness standards in one statute. I don't know how you would instruct a jury in that case. I think the law written anticipates this situation and I think we should defeat the bill.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Roanoke city.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, speaking to the bill.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
I vote against it because Mr. President, what this bill does contrary to what the Senator from Rockingham is saying, it actually adds a negligence standard. Not an intentional standard. Ed it kind of ambiguous. The law is clear that you have to brandish the firearm you have to have some intent that you know what you are doing. In this case it says it is unlawful for any person with the intent to induce or know or reasonably should know. And brandishes a firearm. This adds a negligence standard and I would think we want to vote no on the bill because it is doing the opposite of what the patron intended for it to do. Thank you, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Buckingham, Senator Garrett .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I would ask the Senator from Fairfax city and Senator would google Henrico brandishing case. I see you over there typing. I am grateful of. An account of an individual who moved a firearm from a glove box to a carry position. He was on the way to a meeting for those who advocated for open carry. He didn't even know he was observed until a week later when using his license plate information he received word that he had been charged with brandishing. He didn't display with intent. And I ask the Senator from Roanoke if maybe he would take the time to look at this politely. I think it is worth while. He didn't display it with intent and he was charged with braining and convict the ever brandishing and it was upheld on appeal. There is no evidence he knew anybody had seen him. So the best argument against this slaw that bad cases make bad law. It is not a contemplated injustice. An actual case from here in the commonwealth of Virginia. I would imagine this happened more than once. And so while there is a mensrea standard, somebody missed what the Senator from Fairfax didn't. I would agree that brandishing in and of itself implies a conscious act but that is not the way the courts are ruling and so I think it makes sense to clarify the intent of the framers of the original code. Yes, I would yield for a question.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, would the Senator yield for a question.
[Unknown]
He yields, Senator .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, is the nor aware that we frequently deal with bad decisions made by one circuit court judge some where and one general district court judge some where and that doesn't mean that is what the law is.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Buckingham .
[Unknown]
I would submit this is a bad decision made by a police officer, a bad decision made by magistrate and made by a prosecutor and general district court judge and circuit court judge and this law would clarify those bad decisions were in fact bad decisions and protect the rights of law abiding Virginia citizens. The individual in question here was 46 years old with no criminal history. None. Driving down the road. Moved a firearm from one position to another. He was observed. He was convicted and it was upheld. That is five levels of bad decisions. Put the same knowledge and intent and mens rea that we have on other laws.
[Unknown]
If the Senator agrees this is not the law of Virginia why should we change the law just because some people don't know how to read it properly. Thank you, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Fairfax .
[Unknown]
If nobody else desires to week, if I could speak twice.
[Unknown]
There is one other. Go ahead, jury.
[Unknown]
It was a jury verdict and there was conflicting testimony in the case and the coach of the high school baseball team thought that the gentleman was pointing the weapon at him and the gentleman said he was just loading it. But there was some degree of conflicted testimony and a $1,500 fine and no jail time and a misdemeanor but lost his concealed carry license. Who knows if it was a good decision or not but the bottom line is the slaw more than just one decision. The question is should House bill 560 pass. All in favor of the motion wills aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch their vote? Ange the clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 21, nos 17.
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Ayes 21, nos 17. The bill passes.
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House bill 613. A bill relating to the department of rail and public transportation acquisition of real estate and rights of way. Reported from the committee on transportation.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Grayson, Senator Carrico .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Speaking to the bill.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, House bill 613 is dealing with the department of rail and public transportation's acquisition of real estate and right-of-ways. Currently under the code under title 33.2 it already has that authority. That says they can. This allows drpt to acquire real estate property under the same title that vdot can acquire it under 2.2 of the code. And it -- this bill was heard in full extent in the committee and it was -- it still has to go through reviews with the department of general services and through and approved by the governor before the right-of-way can be acquired. The pleasure of the body to pass the bill.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall House bill 613 pass. All in favor of the motion wille s aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 30, nos 8.
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Ayes 30, nos 8. The bill passs.
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House bill 942. A bill relating to school property reasonable access by youth groups federally listed as patriotic and national organizations. Reported from the committee on education and health with a substitute. And there is a floor amendment.
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk. The Senator from Lynchburg .
[Unknown]
I move that the substitute by agreed to.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the committee substitute be agreed to. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The substitute agreed to. The Senator from Fairfax city, Senator peters.
[Unknown]
I move to waive the reading of the floor amendment.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the reading of the floor amendment be waived. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The reading of the floor amendment is waived. The Senator from Fairfax city.
[Unknown]
The floor amendments this is the boy scouts and girl scouts access bill. The floor amendment simply clarifies that the fact that they are allowed access to aftercool activities is not necessarily exclusive so the use of the word also.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the floor amendment be agreed to. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The floor amendment is aggrade to. The Senator from Lynchburg .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move that the bill pass and speaking to that motion.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, for a long time the boy scouts of america and girl scouts of the united states have been going into schools during certain times and providing membership drives and that type of thing. This bill sim yum sets up the perhaps territories that that is to take place. The bill is originally drafted before we ended up amending it would give some broad access even during instructional time. This hair are narrowed it down to a less and more reasonable time. Mr. President, I hope that the bill would pass.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Arlington, Senator Favola .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for a question.
[Unknown]
Would the Senator yield?
[Unknown]
I yield, Mr. President,.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I am under the impression that local school boards already have the authority to allow boy scout and girl scout organizations into the school buildings so I am unclear why the bill is
[Unknown]
The Senator from Lynchburg. Needed.
[Unknown]
It would ensure that that took place. If you look on line nine subject to 22.1-131 of the code of Virginia they will provide reasonable and appropriate access to the schools.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator .
[Unknown]
Follow-up yes.
[Unknown]
Would the Senate yield for an additional question.
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
So essentially this is telling the school boards they must do this because of the word
[Unknown]
Mr. President, that is shall. Correct. That is correct. It is a bill came to us originally not only would it but it would have required it to be available here and even during instructional time and that type thing. The committee heard information about what is called the back to school events and that is in particular where individuals would like to make sure that the boy scouts and girl scouts would like to continue to come. It is a raiment under provisions of the act.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, speaking to the motion.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
One of my concerns whoer is that we have named an organization or a specific organizations that shall have access to buildings. I think it opens the door. Other organizations May come back and ask for the same guarantee, if you will. So, I for that reason I will not be supporting the bill. But I thank the gentleman for answering the questions.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Fairfax city, Senator Petersen .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, speak in favor of the bill.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, the word smithing on in actually was some what tortuous. We tried to give the school boards as much discretion as possible and be supportive of the scouts. I was a den leader and I know we have former eagle scouts and we are trying to support the scouts. It is is section one bill. I have heard from scout leaders that had a hard time getting in to schools to try and recruit students and if you think scouts are positive then you are in favor. If you are neutral or negative, then vote know.
Bill Howell
The request he is shall House bill 942 pass. All in favor of the motion willa ye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll. Ayes 29, nos 8. Rule 361. >> The bill passs.
[Unknown]
House bill 1060 a bill relating to localities towing fees reporting from the committee on transportation.
[Unknown]
The Senator from grey son.
[Unknown]
Dealing with the localities in planning district 8 that have ordinances as far as hookup and towing fees. This bill basically requires are rington county which is the only consider Arlington County which is the only Virginia county not to raise the towing fee to $135 which is the statewide cap, and it is running other businesses around them out of business. And I think I will have someone tow this gentleman's car away. It charges the same amounts and keeps the cap at $135.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall House bill 1060 pass. All in favor of the motion wills aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll. Ayes 34, nos 3. >> Nos 34, nos 3. The bill passes.
[Unknown]
House bill 1096. A bill relating to regulation of firearms by state entities. Reported from the committee for courts of justice with amendment.
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The Senator from Rockingham. >> Mr. President, I move that the committee amendment be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The question is Hall the committee amendment be agreed all in favor say aye. To. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The amendment is agreed to. The Senator from Rockingham .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move that the bill pass. Mr. President, members of the Senate what this bill does is it prohibits any state entity from adopting or enforcing any rule regulation, policy or administrative action governing the purchase, possession, transfer, ownership, carrying, store and or transportation of firearms or ammunition unless expressly authorized by statute. It jen val lit dates any rules that conflict with that. Exceptions have been paid made in the bill for the department of directions corrections, the department of juvenile justice, state police, national guard, department of behavioral health department and any institution of higher education as well as commonwealth attorneys indigent defense commission and department of forensic sciences. With that, Mr. President, I would ask that the bill pass.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall House bill 1096 pass. All in favor of the motion wills aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes.
[Unknown]
21, nos 17.
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Ayes 21, nos 17. The bill passes.
[Unknown]
House bill 1234. A bill relating to school security officers carrying a firearm. Reported from the committee for courts of justice with amendment.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Rockingham .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move that the committee amendments be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The request he is shall the committee amendments be agreed to. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The committee amendments are agreed to. The Senator from Rockingham .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move that the bill pass and speaking to the bill. What this dose is it permits local school boards to retain to hire security officers the bill rights that the security officers hired under the provision be ormer mitts them to hire retired law enforcement officer only obviously at the discretion of the school board. The school Ward has to make the determination that under the circumstances that it is faced with that it is appropriate. School board is going to be the one making the personnel decision about who it wants to hire but once it makes the determination and hires the person, our retired law enforcement officer makes it clear that they can possess a firearm provided that they are not otherwise prohibited from possessing firearm. And before anybody hyper ventilates over this bill, this doesn't put armed personnel in schools around the state. This sim yum gives school divisions flexibility as to how it is going to provide in school security. Can make that determination in consultation with local law enforcement.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from western Fairfax, Senator Marsden .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Rise with concerns about the bill. The issue here I think is not one that officers need to technically be trained in how to operate their firearms. I don't have any concern in that area. But this is a different environment for police officers to be in a public school as opposed to spending a career in a cruiser if they are perhaps a retired police officer. And the enotionally charged -- emotionally charged environments that can exist in public schools and the nonsense that goes on amongst students, people are prone to overreact. I have seen it. I have operated juvenile detention facilities and seen between well trained employees overreact physically. To have a gun on you training in the past May have induviat kateed one response with the gun to doing it in the school the response needed is very different is of concern to me. The graining requirements for security officers are minimal at best. Will is no training mere in crisis management and de-escalation and sometimes when you have a hammer all problems begin to look like nails and I think this is of concern. It no other security officers are going to be arm I don't think that having somebody who technical knows how to operate a weapon would be a significant improvement over that. I think we need to keep guns out of schools and I urge you to vote against the bill.
[Unknown]
The Senator from are ling ar, Senator Favola .
[Unknown]
Speak to the bill.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
I understand the bill is well intentioned but I, too, have some concerns. I just think the group should know that governor mcdonald after the sandy hook elementary school tragedy set up a task force to look attentions for keeping children safe in the schools and the task force came up with quotes they reviewed the policy of arming school security officers and noted in the reports that there are serious safety and like implications which I think is an interesting point that the scoliosis tempts will have to deal with. You have to remember the school officers are civilian so they haven't been trained in how to de-escalate a situation and haven't been trained in working with a lot of young people, I guess I am associating myself with comments from my Senator from Fairfax, Senator Marsden. Although this might be well intentioned I think it just needs further work. I would ask that we defeat the measure at this point.
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The senior Senator, senior Saslaw .
[Unknown]
These are retired police officer, not untrained the reason I vote the for this, civilians. I would rather them have this option than rent a cops to be honest with you. I don't know -- I don't -- I don't know what other choice they would have in some areas where they don't have a supply of police officers interested in doing this. That is probably what we would wind up doing. Or they would wind up doing. So if I hadn't -- but, you know and I underand it, now you know there is always a liability problem but the high schools at east in aniary do have of the resource officers. And what this would do is open it up to the retired police officers who I quite frankly have a lot more faith in them than I do the rent a cops.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The junior Senator from Loudoun, Senator Wexton .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Speaking to the bill.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I wasn't going to speak to the bill until the senior Senator from Fairfax got up and talked about how he would rather have the police officers or the retired officers carrying firearms in school. But this bill while well intentioned doesn't make any distinction between police officers who retired a year ago, six months o ago or 20 years ago and that is a long period of time to go without any kind of training. I am a big fan of the school resource officer program. We have them actually in the middle schools in Loudoun County. My 13-year-old was telling me last night at conditioner he is dinner he is fondof officer bend eats lunch with them and is a great role model. The sro program the officers go through training. Proficiency is great. Sros go through the kind of training firearms critical thinking training, use of force training, how to deal with juvenile training. The school security officers who basically are rent a cops don't go through any of that sort of training. I think while this bill May have been well intentioned it is a very sliply hope to keeping our kids less safe and I would urge the body to vote against it. I would pass the bill and associate my remarks to the from Fairfax which is unusual. It is true that these are reteared police officers and this is a situation to where you have people whether it has been a year ago, whether it has been 15 years on the force, they go through a training academy and go through liability issues and is there a security officer for a school, they are going to have the same training or go through scenarios with the sros and one of the things that even though I support sros, one of the things that you have to be mindful of is if you do have an attack and someone brought up sandy hook and having a conversation with then governor macdonald the sros are uniform. They are there in uniform and someone who is wanting to make an attack on a school or anywhere else that is the first person that they are going to go after and they are identified by the uniform they have on. A security person within the school are notidentified as that and they could be the last step against the threat coming against that school. So I would hope that we would support in will.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Buckingham, Senator Garrett .
[Unknown]
Would the junior Senator from Loudoun yield for a question.
[Unknown]
Would the junior Senator from Loudoun yield for a question.
[Unknown]
I would yield.
[Unknown]
She she yields.
[Unknown]
Could she name a sing the instance where a school security officer's gun was used to harm a child.
[Unknown]
The junior Senator from
[Unknown]
I can name no such insurance Loudoun. Stance, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Fairfax, Senator Saslaw .
[Unknown]
Number one, the bill is voluntary. The schools don't have to do this. They can keep doing whatever they are doing now. We are not imposing our will, just saying that if you want to hire these, you can. And the other thing that Senator from the junior Senator from Loudoun I don't know if that is the correct terminology, Senator Wexton I apologize if I got you in the wrong place, but anyway, trust me, I don't think anybody who has been retired 15-20 years from the police force and while I wasn't a police man, I couldn't see somebody in my age category wanting to do that two hours a day or even one hour a day. You will discover this in another 25, 30 years. The bill is -- it like I said it is voluntary. They don't have to do that. Gives them a better choice if they got what they suspect May be a situation that needs to be covered, I would rather have them using a retired police officer than a rent a cop.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The senior Senator from Virginia beach, Senator Wagner .
[Unknown]
I move the pending question.
[Unknown]
The pending question has been called. All in favor of the motion willr votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll. Ayes 3 is, nos 6. >> Nos 31, nos 6. The motion carries. The question is shall House bill 1234 pass. All in favor of the motion wills aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 24, nos 14.
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Ayes 24, nos 14. The bill passes.
[Unknown]
House bill 1245. A bill relating to mandatory judicial retirement reported from the committee from courts of justice with amendment.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Rockingham, Senator Obenshain .
[Unknown]
I move that the bill pass. Mr. President, this --
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Amendment.
[Unknown]
I'm sorry. I move the committee amendment be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the committee amendment be agreed to all in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The amendment is agreed to. The Senator from Rockingham .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move that the bill pass. This bill broadens the age 73 mandatory retirement provision to include all judges regardless of when they were elect the by the general assembly. We changed the requirement last year but only applied to some judges. This does have a delayed effective date of June 1, 2017.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall House bill 1245 pass. All in favor of the motion wills aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 34.
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Nos 4.
[Unknown]
Ayes 34, nos 4. The bill passes. There has been a request to take up the vote on.
[Unknown]
Bill: House bill 98 which was in the block. We need to reconsider the vote by which the bill from the blocks were passed. Just kind of follow me and we will lead our way through this. The question is shall the vote by which the House bills on the uncontested calendar in the block will pass be reconsidered. All in favor of the motion will. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 0. The motion is agreed to. The no are from Chesapeake, Senator Cosgrove .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Can that bill go bye for the day, please.
[Unknown]
With that objection House bill 98 will go bye for the day. The question is shall the bills in the block on the uncontested calendar pass. That is all except for 587, 66, 659, 750, 895, 1273, 1359, 1377, and 98. All in favor of the motion will. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll. Ayes 38, nos 0. >> Ayes 38, nos 0. The bills in the block pass.
[Unknown]
Uncontested calendar House bills on second reading.
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city .
[Unknown]
I move all of the House bills on the uncontested and regular calendar on pages 36-42 including House bill 118 through House bill 1231 that the rules of the Senate be suspended and that the second constitutional reading of the titles be dispensed with.
Bill Howell
The question is shall the rules be suspend and second reading of the titles of House bills on pages 36-41, House bill 118 through House bill 1231 be dispensed with. All in favor of the motion will. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch their vote? Ange the clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 0. The reading of the titles is dispense the with. The Senator from James city cou.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I would now move that all of the bills be passed bye for the day, sir.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the House bills on the uncontested and regular calendars now on third reading go bye for the day. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The bills will go bye for the the ayes have it. Day.
[Unknown]
Regular calendar joint his resolution on third reading. It 210. Election of a supreme court of Virginia justice. Reported from the committee for courts of justice.
[Unknown]
The Senator from rocking ham.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, can that go bye for the day.
[Unknown]
With that objection h.J.R. 210 will go bye for the day.
[Unknown]
Uncontested calendar. Senate joint resolution 157 confirming appointments by the government of certain persons communicated January 26, 2016.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Fauquier, Senator Vogel .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I move that resolution be agreed to.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall h.J.R. 157 be agreed to. All in favor of the motion willh ose opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
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Ayes 37, nos 0.
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Ayes 37, nos 0. The resolution is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Senate joint resolution 158 confirming appointments by the governor of certain persons communicated February 9, 2016. Reported from the committee on privileges and elections?
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The Senator from Fauquier .
[Unknown]
I move that that resolution be agreed to.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The request he is shall hjr 158 be agreed to. All in favor of the motion willh ose opposed no. Have all the senators voted? Are the senators ready to vote? Do any senators desire to ch their vote? The clerk will close the roll. Ange ayes 38, nos 0. >> Ayes 38, nos 0. The resolution is agreed to. The Senator from Chesapeake .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I apologize. Having voted on the prevailing side where we pass the Senate joint resolution 57, I ask that we reconsider the vote.
[Unknown]
157?
[Unknown]
Yes, sir.
[Unknown]
Got you. You. The question is shall the vote by which Senate joint resolution 157 was agreed to be reconsidered. All in favor of the motion will. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote?
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 0.
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Ayes 38. Nos 0. The motion agreed to. The Senator from Rockingham .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move that the resolution be agreed to.
Bill Howell
The question is shall s.J.R. 157 be agreed to. All in favor of the motion willo opposed no. Se are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange the clerk will close the roll. Their vote?
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 0. The resolution is agreed to. Madam clerk, we have a commending resolution from the Senator from Roanoke city.
[Unknown]
Yes, sir.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I would move that the rules be suspended and h.J.R. 353 commending the church in Roanoke be taken up for immediate consideration.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the rules be suspended and h.J.R. 353 be taken up for immediate consideration. All in favor of the motion will. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 33, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 33, nos 0. The motion is agreed to. The Senator from Roanoke city.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move that the resolution be agreed to.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the --
[Unknown]
House amendments joint resolution number 353 commending unitarian universeless church of Roanoke .
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk. The question is shall the resolution be agreed to. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The resolution is agreed to. The Senator from James city county.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, up inquire of the clerk does that come fleet today's calendar?
[Unknown]
Is there any other business
[Unknown]
Yes, sir. For the Senate ? The Senator from Prince William County, Senator McPike .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for a point of personal privilege.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Today it is with a heavy heart and profound sadness I rise to announce the passing of two constituents the first of which is a mother and wife crystal sheree Hamilton fatal ashot in her home at the age of 29 during a domestic dispute. And if that was not tragic enough the second fatality a first responder police officer ashlee marie guindon. Upon arriving at the scene of the domestic dispute, three police officers were gunned down. Officer Hampton and mcgowan are wounded and in recovery. The third succumbed to her injuries on Saturday night. Officer guindon was just 28 years old a graduate of the aeronautic university in daytona beach, florida and served in the united states marine corps reserves and relocated to Virginia in 2011 to proceed graduate studies in forensics and graduated from princeton county criminal justice academy on June 19 of 2015. And came back to the department just Friday. Making the night a tragic night for her first day returning to the job. Officer guindon is an example to all of us she has been described as have as passion for law enforcement and chose to put herself in harm's way and chose to be a guardian for the safety of all of us in the community. We will never be able to thank her for her service but we can honor here and memorialize her. And at last night's vigil over a thousand people attended at the princeton county government center and our community is really broken about this and looking at ways to heal what has happened in our community. Blessed are the peacekeepers for they will be called children of God, matthew chapter 5: 9. Much they have much in do and as we adjourn today I will yield to the Senator from Spotsylvania County, Senator Reeves to conclude and request for how we adjourn today.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Spotsylvania .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, I rise to speak on a point of personal privilege.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President,ness president john f. Kennedy said a nation reveals itself by the men it honors and remembers. Today as my colleague said is a sad day for the commonwealth and the country. It is an extremely sad day for me because most of us know in this body that I sevenned with those colleagues and while I no longer carry the badge or uniform with them I have a lot of friends that are there and as I served I look into the officers lives and those who served they carry values with them, loyalty and duty, respect, self-less service, honor, integrity, and personal courage. Mr. President, these are ordinary men and women who rise each day to meet sealingly impossible odds and do extraordinary things for us. These brave men and women leave the safety of their homes to ensure justice and the fulfillment and promise of safety and security to our citizens. Their lives were dedicated not to conflict or death but the compassion and life. Mr. President, we have all been touched by the ultimate sacrifice police officers have made in service to our country and our community. Let us not forget those who continue to serve in Prince William County and across the commonwealth who despite their grief stand strong in answering the calls for service whose resilience, dedication and commentment to their fellow man continue to shine through the darkest hours. Mr. President, the bible says greater love have no nan than a man who laid down his life for his friends. As we adjourn today I ask that we adjourn in memory of officer ashley guindon.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator .
[Unknown]
I rise point of personal privilege.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Today on the 29th day of February which is certainly the last day of that month, but it also concludes the month that has been dedicated to Black history month. Last year during February I shared with the body as we were having some discussions on this subject about the mission of a number of institutions which include a focus on the first african americans who landed at Hampton or jamestown first and I invited everyone in the body to come and spend some time in colonial Williamsburg foundation and I wanted to share with you another moment in Black history month and I am confident that all of you know who the Reverend darwin pamphlet is. In case you do not I, thought I would take a moment to share that with you. I am reading from the colonial Williamsburg news a weekly distribution to employees in the interest of full disclosure, I happen to serve on that board's foundation. In 1776, the year of americas a independence a group of enslaved men and women secretly formed the first baptist church in Williamsburg, Virginia. The church would which celebrates its 240 anniversary in 2016 is today as one of the country's oldest african american houses of Black worship and is a symbol of faith, struggle and perseverance that marks the Black experience in america. The first baptist church whose first members met under of thatted arbors in the woods moved into a brick church building before the civil war and acquired a Bell in the late 19th century. Since the days of segregation, the Bell has been inoperable, unheard throughout the tumult of progress of civil rights movement and famed worshipers including Dr. Martin luther king and rosa parks. The colonial Williamsburg foundation which had a key role in building the church at its current site pledged to restore the Bell to working condition and to challenge the nation to ring it throughout the day every day for Black history month in February of 2016. Bells call people to faith and send people forth to do good work in the world said reginald f. Davis the pastor of first baptist ministers shift church but Dr. Martin luther king jr. Who prayed in the turn church said freedom rings and a silence Bell represents work of freedom and equality. The Bell will be silent no more and it has been rung every day by citizens across this country in first baptist church of Williamsburg .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator .
[Unknown]
The Senator from Petersburg, Senator Dance .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for a point of personal privilege.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, today is February 29. And it is officially the last day of Black history month here in these united states. And I stand to remind us of three african americans and three euro americans that allow me to serve in this state Senate. I would ask you to remember Frederick douglas who was is self-educated african american. Who rosenholtz to the level that he -- who rose to the level that he was one that influenced a president of these united states. That we as african americans were not animals but we were men and women and we are entitled to the rights as such. And he thus, that is president lincoln, abraham lincoln gave us the emancipation proclamation. That is two. An african american and american. I would ask us to remember Dr. Martin luther king jr. Who was an ortaor who spoke not just for african americans but the rights for all men and women to be considered as equal. And he influenced two presidents. President john f. Kennedy who was the one that initiated the civil rights for us but died before it was completed and president lyndon b. Johnson who signed them in to law. Two more to remember. And then I say we should remember the third african american who is alive in the name of president obama hussein, barack obama hussein, barack hussein obama. I will get it right in a minute. Feeling this, Mr. President. You I say that is trilogy of african americans I have given you and I believe you can all here for a time and place to allow us to be here that the time. They all played a role. Mr. President I say to you that our current president for us is african american, allowed us to see that with the skills, knowledge and abilities we have and the faith that we have a higher faith than here on earth what he we look up to that faith that says we can do all things through the one that strengthens us. And that we have to be bold and better than most just to be equal but we can do this because so many ride son the shoulders that allowed us to be here today, african americans and uro americans working together. I don't think we will see another president obama for of a africa americans for quite a bit but I don't discount it before I close my eyes here on earth. I challenge each of us to look at February 29, 2016 and commit that February 28 or 29 as we go forward not just be a day but a day that we can restrict on that we are better than we were -- reflect on that we are better than we were today. And we have grown closer as a people than we have right here today. That we can do this. We are more alike than we are not. We agree on more things than we but sometimes we concentrate on do not. The 2% that we to not agree on instead of the 98% that we do. I commit to do my part as we go forward to see the positives, concentrate on the positives and not the negatives and make Virginia the best Virginia that it can be. That we can all be proud of and say it is ours. African americans, uro americans, hispanics and all of the diversities that make up Virginia and make us a better place. That is my dream. My aspirations to my part to make that happen and that we not forget on February 29, 2016 that these halls of the capitol, jefferson's capitol, the people's capitol that we are working to make a better Virginia all of us together, not separated and divided but all of us together. Thank you, Mr. President. [applause]
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator .
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The senior Senator from Henrico, Senator McEachin .
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President I rise for a point of personal privilege.
[Unknown]
Mr. President and members of
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The Senator has the floor. The Senate if you have not seen it already I have sent each of you an e-mail with a newspaper article attached to it. The reason have done that is I think we need to begin a very serious conversation both amongst ourself as well as with our colleagues down the Hall. If you missed it over the weekend there was an article in the Richmond times dispatch talking about judge beasley who sits in the 11th judicial circuit I believe as a general district court judge and the reports that he shortly before thanksgiving he was off the bench for three months and continues to report that upon his return to the bench he sent a letter of apology to four circuit court clerks offices and continues further by saying he is now prohibited from a buddy system, in other words, the judge will not be alone as he goes about his day. He had six courts that he sat in and is now only sitting in two. He has been accused of according to this is all according to the article, I have no personal knowledge of this, according to the article he now is working eight hours a week. Eight hours a week and continuing to make his $149,000 a year salary. He is -- he has been before the judicial inquiry review commission and, of course, it has been reported to me through conversations with the folks down the Hall that even the supreme court justice, does not know exactly what happened. That is the way we set up the the judicial inquiry review commission. Commission is not supposed to tell us what is happening. We might want to particularrer tinker withthat system at some. But that is not the point. According the articlele judge has been accuse the of setting a hostile work environment. I looked at our constitution over the weekend and I don't know a more gentle way to handle this other than through the impeachment process. Is the mere filing of charges by the House so the matter can be investigated and it would be up to us as a court of impeacmment to render a verdict. Having been here tore 16 sessions I know that we have removed people from the bench for a I peers and I undercore the word appears to be less. We removed people from the bench for having lack of a judicial temperament. While I was on my fourth sabbatical after the 2001 election we removed a judge for improper conduct with a member of her clerk staff or perhaps it was of the court staff. My point is this, Mr. President, there is something wrong in the 11th judicial circuit. I don't know another way to find out what is wronger who than to wait until the term expires four years from now which I suggest is too long for the body to wait and understand what happened that is so horrendous that he can't work alone according to the times dispatch and is only working 8 hours a day and only sitting in two of his six jurisdictions and continues to draw salary of about $150,000 a year. Again, I invite you to have that conversation with our friends down the Hall and I invite you to have that conversation amongst ourselves but surely we cannot let this pass. Thank you, Mr. President,.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from northern Fairfax, Senator Howell .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I also rise on a point of personal privilege.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you. We had a lot of points of personal privileges today and a lot of things for us to reflect on. I have one more thing to reflect on. Several times in the last few days, people have moved the pending question. And in every instance that has been support the by the body. I am concerned about this. When you move the pending question you cut off debate. We don't know as the president does who is waiting to speak. We don't know if it is someone who has spoken before. We don't know if it is someone who rarely speaks. We don't know what they want to say. I have been in situations where people said things son the into are that have changed my vote. That my May be the voice being silenced by a move to move the pending question. I would really like people to consider is this what you want to do? We have people on the floor who feel it is their obligation to speak on every bill that is being contested. And they have that right. And they almost always take that privilege. But we have people who have significant things to say that only stand up when it is important to them and suddenly they are cut off by a pending question. I would hope the people realize that is disrespectful not only of us each other, but the people who put us here on the Senate floor. It is disrespectful of the voters to shut off their voice. So, before you hit that button again, please think about it. Thank you, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I rise for a point of personal privilege and I apologize for speaking the second time. Let me start by saying that I associate my thoughts with that of the senior Senator from Henrico. Those of you that have been in the body for any period of time know that I have been in the vortex of many a controversial judicial interview confirmation and lack of reappointment. By the same token I think I have been as fierce as anyone in legislatively trying to protect and advocate the judiciary whether it deals with compensation or creating new judgeships or a diversity of the judiciary on the eastern shore of Virginia where I was instrumental in appointing the first minority judge of Virginia over there and experienced a bit of backlash of some of your neighbors. I have been following this judiciary situation that the senior Senator from Henrico has mentioned and it is very, very disconcerting. I am very mindful of what the constitution has said and we have had debates in the past whether or not we need to restructure the situation so that we have some form of recourse against judges that somehow manage to survive the judicial inquiry and review process where it is clear that there has been inappropriate behavior. In this instance, there is not much question about the inappropriate behavior because he has publicly acknowledged it in letters of apology he has sent to at least six members of the court staff and the restrict,s that are being placed upon him. And I am equally perplexed, Mr. President, that we want our judges to enjoy a certain degree of independence and that is way we give them extended terms but also unlike the federal system we are restricted terms so that periodically they can be reviewed. And I recall like the senior Senator from Henrico some of the judges that we have chosen not to re-- to reappoint and some of their behavior certainly has not been as publicly I think as shameful and disrespectful as this has been. So I join the senior Senator from Henrico, first of all, in rebuking that behavior. About you there are better minds in this body than I and if you have creative means within the constitutional and statutory frame work as to how we could address this I would embrace it on a bipartisan basis.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Is there any other business to come before the Senate ? The clerk will please report any announcements on the desk.
[Unknown]
The House of delegates has secedee on House bill 1331. Con fors on part of the Senate is named by co-theirs of the committee on finance senators Norment and Hanger, senators Alexander, McDougle and Vogel. Today, Monday, February 29. The committee on commerce and labor will meet 15 minutes after adjournment in Senate room b. The committee on general laws and technology 45 minutes after adjournment in Senate room a, Tuesday, March 1, 2016 the 2016 financesub committee. 10th nor conference room. The committee on finance will meet at 9:00 a.M. In Senate room b. The republican caucus will meet at 11:30 a.M. In Senate room 2 and the democratic caucus will meet at 11:30 a.M. In Senate room 1.
[Unknown]
The committee on general laws and technology is making a time change. General laws and technology will meet 30 minutes after adjournment in Senate room a.
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk from the Senator from Lynchburg, Senator Newman .
[Unknown]
I move that the Senate adjourn until 12 noon tomorrow and we do so in the memory of officer ashley guindon.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the Senate stand in adjournment until 12:00 noon tomorrow and in memory of ashley guindon.
[Unknown]
All in all in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The Senate stands adjourned until 12:00 noon tomorrow. [Senate adjourned] [Senate adjourned]