01/11/2017 Senate Proceedings

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Minutes

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

Prayer offered by The Reverend Kelvin Fitzgerald Jones, First
Baptist Church of Capeville, Cape Charles, Virginia

ROLL CALL OF MEMBERS: quorum present

COMMUNICATION FROM STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS: Transmitting
names of members-elect of the Senate

T. Montgomery Mason duly sworn in as Senator of the 1st
District on November 23, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

Lionel Spruill, Sr. duly sworn in as Senator of the 5th
District on November 22, 2016, at 9:45 a.m.

ELECTION OF PAGES (38?Y 0?N)

1st District: Morgan Gross of Newport News

5th District: Faith Elizabeth Leftwich of Chesapeake

6th District: Maxwell Seamus Willette of Norfolk

8th District: Ainsley Elizabeth Proctor of Virginia
Beach

10th District: Oliver Joseph Buckner of Midlothian

11th District: Wyatt Stead Carter of Chesterfield

12th District: Abigail Rebecca Gray of Richmond

17th District: Joshua Austin Cutright of Louisa

18th District: Faith Alexis Page of Franklin

19th District: Phoebe Noel Price of Abingdon

22nd District: Olivia Leigh Shores of Farmville

25th District: Elizabeth Odry Slaughter of
Charlottesville

26th District: Audrey Louise Fisher of Fauquier

29th District: Joshua Ethan Lim of Dumfries

30th District: Lauren Beliveau Loesch of Alexandria

31st District: Senna Haley Keesing of McLean

34th District: Brenna Nicole Keam of Vienna

36th District: Cynthia McClain Brooks of Alexandria

39th District: Andrew Bridgman Poe of Lorton

40th District: Virginia Rachel Pillion of Abingdon 

APPOINTMENT OF PAGES

Abigail Ruthe Rice of Forest

Emily Rose Swisher of Mechanicsville

Gunnar Franklin Phillips of Poquoson

Lillian Clare Hallock of Richmond

Jacob Thomas Ellis of Virginia Beach

APPOINTMENT OF MESSENGERS

Sarah Elizabeth Allen of Mecklenburg

Nathaniel Bryce Alpin of Fredericksburg

Megan Elizabeth Beasley of Richmond

Phillip James Bolick of Fredericksburg

Eban Lemma Ebssa of Alexandria

Emily Michelle Eppard of Louisa

Lillyana Kulani Freitas of Culpeper

Lucy Caroline Griffin of Winchester

Wyatt Walker Herman of Waynesboro

John James Keane III of Gainesville

Hope Marie Leftwich of Chesapeake

Amya Nazarine Matthews of Henrico

Keeley Avice Messick of Henrico

Sara Paige Murray of Middlesex

Madison Akinyi Elizabeth Odallo of Hampton

Tatiana Isabel Pejacsevich of Fauquier

Jack W. Reeves of Spotsylvania

Meredith Austin Vick of Williamsburg

Addison Hart Villanueva of Norfolk

William Alexander Vogel of Fauquier

Stephen Wesley Wiecek of Hanover

SR 102 - Rules suspended, committee discharged, readings and
engrossment waived, taken up for immediate consideration (38?Y 0?N),
agreed to (38?Y 0?N)

House informed that the Senate is duly organized and ready to
proceed

MESSAGE FROM HOUSE: House is duly organized and ready to proceed

MESSAGE FROM HOUSE: House agreed to HJR 717 (Notifying Governor of
organization) and request concurrence

HJR 717 - Taken up, agreed to (voice vote), House informed

Bills and resolutions prefiled, ordered printed and referred under
30-19.3 of the Code of Virginia: see January 12 Senate Calendar

Bills and resolutions presented, ordered printed and referred under
Senate Rules 11(b) and (26)g: see January 12 Senate Calendar

MESSAGE FROM HOUSE: House agreed to HJR 555 (Establishing a
schedule for conduct of business)

MESSAGE FROM HOUSE: House agreed to HJR 556 (Establishing a
prefiling schedule for 2018)

HJR 555 - Rules suspended, committee discharged, readings waived,
taken up for immediate consideration (38?Y 0?N), agreed to (38?Y
0?N), House informed

HJR 556 - Rules suspended, committee discharged, readings waived,
taken up for immediate consideration (38?Y 0?N), agreed to (38?Y
0?N), House informed

On motion of Senator Norment, the Senate recessed at 1:37 p.m. to
reconvene at 6:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transcript

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[Unknown]
[ gavel banging ] >>> The Senate will come to order. The senators will please take their seats. Those persons not entitled to the privileges of the floor will kindly retire to the gallery. The senators and all in attendance will stand and be led in prayer by the Reverend calvin fitzgerald Jones, first baptist church. Reverend Jones, thank you for being here.
[Unknown]
Might we bow-dear heavenly father, we gaur this morning asking your blessing on these leaders from around the commonwealth who have been chosen for such a time as this to lead Virginia 's counties, cities and mupss through implet taition of laws. Work for all people and serve the -- help us to be mipezful that every decision should reflect the will and desires of the masses of the great commonwealth of Virginia and May they always remember not their will, but your will be done. Amen.
Bill Howell
The clerk will call the roll. All those present will please vote aye. The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Clerk: you have a quorum, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senate is operating under the rules of the Senate adopted by the commencement of the 2016 session. Sergeant-at-arms.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, a message from the House .
[Unknown]
Please accept it.
[Unknown]
The gentlemen from Colonial Heights .
[Unknown]
Welcome, Delegate Cox. [ inaudible ].
[Unknown]
Thank you, please recede. The clerk will please report communications from the department of elections.
[Unknown]
The honor susan clark shar, clerk of the Senate, 1000 bank street, Richmond, Virginia, 23219. Dear madam clerk, through my recollection to serve as the mayor of Norfolk, I hereby offer my resignation as a member of the Senate of Virginia effective June 30th, 2016. For those tho four years, it has been a flurry as well as honor to represent Virginia 's fifth Senate district. Without a doubt, I have gained wisdom and insight during the tenure that will be useful as I lead the city of Norfolk. Thank you for the kindness and courtesies that you have extended during our service together. Please know that I am certain that we will remain in touch. Best regards, kenneth cooper Alexander, member, Senate of Virginia. The honorable terrence mcauliffe, governor of Virginia, the capitol, post office box 1475, Richmond, Virginia. Dear governor mcauliffe, it is my intention to resign from the Senate of Virginia effective January 3rd, 2017, mill upon my swearing in as a member of the united states House of representatives. Please consider this letter as notification of intended resignation as described in section 24.2-216 of the code of Virginia. It has been an honor and privilege to serve the people of the commonwealth of Virginia. Sincerely, thomas a. Garrett. The honorable terrance r. Mcauliffe, governor of Virginia, Patrick Henry building, third floor. Dear governor mcauliffe, this letter serves to notify you that I am rirpg as of January 1, 2017. Let me also take this opportunity to say how much I have enjoyed and appreciated serving my state Senate constituents and the commonwealth of Virginia. I look forward to king my service to virginians as the fourth congressional district representative in kron degrees. Thank you very much. I wish you and yours a wonderful thanksgiving. I remain very truly yours, a. Donald McEachin. To the honorable clerk of the Senate of Virginia. Madam o behalf the state board of elections, this is to certify that upon examination of the official abstract of votes on file in this office and pursuant to 24.2-680 and 24.2-681 of the code of Virginia, ascertain and determine that the special election held to November 8th, member of the Senate of Virginia from the first district, t. Montgomery Mason was duly elected for the term, representativing the city of Williamsburg, parts of the counties of James city and York and Newport News and surfing to fill the vacancy caused bay the death of James c. Miller. Certificate of election is enclosed. To the honorable clerk of the Senate of Virginia, madam o behalf of the state board of elections, this is to certify that upon examination of the official abstracts of votes on file in this office, and pursuant to 24.2-680 and 24.2-681 of the code of Virginia, ascertained and determined that at the special election held on November 8th, 2016, for member of the Senate of Virginia from the fifth district, lionell Spruill sr. Was duly elected for the term ending January 7th, 2020, representing part of the cities of Chesapeake and Norfolk. To fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of the honorable kenneth c. Alexander. His certificate of election is enclosed. Sincerely, commissioner.
[Unknown]
Thank you, mad dam clerk. Sergeant-at-arms. Please accept it. [ inaudible question ] welcome, Delegate Cox. [ inaudible question ] -- [ inaudible ].
[Unknown]
Thank you, Delegate. Please recede. Lionell Spruill, sr., took and subscribed the oath prescribed by law on Tuesday, November the 22nd, 2016, at 9:45 a.M. T. Montgomery Mason took and subscribed the oath prescribed by law on Wednesday, November the 23rd, 2016, at 10:00 a.M. The oath and the certificates of election have been referred to the committee on privileges and elections. I'd like to recognize the Senator from Hampton, Senator Locke .
Mamie Locke
Thank you, Mr. President. It is my pleasure to introduce Mr. T. Montgomery, monty, Mason representing the first district. He is a native of farmville, Virginia, and currently resides in Williamsburg. Monty graduated from the college of william & mary with a degree in government. He is senior directly for visa, incorporated, where he is responsible for fraud prevention and helping reduce risk for banks and their consumers. Monty has served as chairman of the Williamsburg economic development authority, serves on the greater Williamsburg chamber and tourism alliance board, the historic triangle collaborative economic diversity task force and child development resources. Monty was elected to the House of delegates in 2013 and won the recent special election for district one to the Senate of Virginia. Monty is married to pam necessarily la and is the father -- pamela and is the father of two children. Let's give him a warm welcome to the Senate of Virginia .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. [ applause ] the Senator from Fairfax city, Senator peterson. You light was on. You're okay? [ inaudible ].
[Unknown]
Not yet. We'll come back to you. The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for a purposes of welcoming a new member, sir.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
Tommy Norment
Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen of the Senate, it is indeed my pleasure to join with Senator Locke and extending a very warm welcome to Senator monty Mason joining this body. One of the vagarieses of redistricting is that I believe for the first time ever, that James city county and the city of Williamsburg were separated from being in the same district and the vagaries of why that came about have still escaped me, but I could not think of a better individual from our community to assume the representation of the city of Williamsburg as well as the remainder of that district. Senator Mason and I share a lot of passions in common. He is an ardent member of the tribe family at the college of william & mary where they continue to be foolish enough to allow me to teach there, which is certainly a privilege, but he is an incredible advocate on behalf of the college. But more importantly, he's been engaged in community activities for many, many years and I just wanted to join in and especially from our side of the aisle in welcoming Senator Mason .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator Norment and welcome, Senator, Mason. We're glad to have you here. Like to recognize the Senator from Petersburg, Senator Dance .
Roz Dance
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise to introduce a newcomer to the Senate .
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
Roz Dance
Thank you, Mr. President. This newcomer that I speak of is one that is really quite old, Mr. Speaker. [ laughter ] he's been around a long time. I should say he was born in south Norfolk years ago, years ago. And then he found his way to Chesapeake and convinced -- I would like to say there are very smart people in Chesapeake, that he should be their representative in the Virginia House of delegates down the Hall. He convinced them that he should stay there until he could earn the right to come to the other end of the Hall. Mr. President, it took him 23 years. [ laughter ] to accomplish this. He's a hard worker. He's determined, he's very persistent because he never gave up hope of one day being able to be in this distinguished chamber. Sitting in the seat of the one that he said that he was the mentor and she the mentee. Mr. Speaker, things have changed. I called you Mr. Speaker instead of Mr. President, didn't I ? I was back in the House for a minute. Things have changed, but he has done well to get here. I could tell you all the things he's accomplished in his long long years of struggling to get here, but I will tell you over time, you will get more than you ever expected or can handle. He's just that great a guy. Mr. Speaker -- Mr. President -- I 'm still over there. I'm trying to send him back. I'm not trying to send him back. Mr. President, I will tell you that he is one that will be referred to differently than any others that have come this way because he shares his home city with another, but after 23 years of working his way over here, we have to make sure we refer to the south of -- north, not the south of Chesapeake, so he is the gentleman from the northern part of Chesapeake, known as the honorable lionell Spruill sr. Let's welcome him, give him a warm welcome to the Virginia him, he came from the norkt not Senate that he worked so hard to get to.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. [ applause ] the Senator from southern Chesapeake, Senator Cosgrove. >> Thank you. Mr. President, I would also like to say a couple of words about my good friend, the Senator from northern Chesapeake, since I 'm from southern Chesapeake. He and I have been friends for a long time and he is a man of great passion, a man of great humility, and a man of his word. Now, if he tells you he's going to do something, you can take that to the bank and that's really important in what we do. I am very, very pleased that Senator Spruill is with us here. I know he'll do a great job for his district and for the cities that he represents, and lionell, welcome. But please don't tell everybody I 'm a good republican anymore, okay? Thanks.
John Cosgrove
Thank you, Senator. A behalf of the Senate, I 'd like to welcome you to the upper chamber of this legislature, so please join me in a round of applause for Senator Spruill. [ applause ] the next order of business is the election of pages of the Senate for the 2017 session. The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President. I plays in nomination for pages of the Senate of Virginia the following names annual move that the nominations be agreed to.
John Cosgrove
Thank you, Senator. We'll give them just a second to file in.
Tommy Norment
That's why I paused, thank you. Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Great minds think alike.
[Unknown]
Ah, Mr. President, what an impressive-looking group, and a large group as well, sir. Numerically speaking, sir. Mr. President, I 'd like to place the following names into nomination for pages from the first district, Morgan gross of Newport News. From the fifth district, faith elizabeth Leftwich of Chesapeake. From the sixth district, maxwell willette of Norfolk, Virginia. Of the 8th district, ainsley elizabeth proctor of Virginia beach. From the tenth district, oliver joseph buckner of midlothian. From the 11th district, wyatt stead carter of Chesterfield. From the 12th district, abigail rebecca gray of Richmond. From the 17th district, joshua Austin cutright of Louisa. From the 18th district, faith alexis Page of Franklin. From the 19th district, phoebe noel Price of abingdon. From the 22nd district, olivia Lee shores of farmville. From the 25th district, elizabeth audrey slaughter of Charlottesville. From the 26th district, audrey louise fisher of Fauquier. From the 29th district, joshua ethan lim of dumb fris. From the 30th district, lauren loesch of Alexander. From the 31st district, senna hailey keesing of mclane. Of the 34th district, brianna nicole Keam of vienna. A name of some familiarity that we embrace. From the 36th district, cynthia mclane brooks of Alexandria. From the 39th district, andrew brigman poe of lorton and from the 40th district, Virginia rachel Pillion of abingdon.
[Unknown]
Senator McDougle .
[Unknown]
I rise to second the nomination.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Lynchburg .
[Unknown]
I move the nominations be closed.
Bill Howell
Without objection, the nomination for pages of the Senate are closed. As many are in favor of the nominees' names for pages will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 0. Those nominated are declared duly elected pages of the Senate for the 2017 session. The chair requests the announcements of Page appointment many. The Senator from Lynchburg, Senator Newman .
Steve Newman
I with issue to announce the appointment of abigail ruth rice of forest Virginia as a Page of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, the Senator from Hanover .
Steve Newman
I wish to announce the appointment of emily swisher of mechanicsville as a Page .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President. I wish to announce the appointment of gunnar Phillips -
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Fairfax, Senator Saslaw .
Dick Saslaw
Easy on that senior. I wish to announce the appointment of lillan claire hallock of Richmond as a Page of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. I wish to announce the appointment of jacob thomas ellis of Virginia beach as a Page for the Senate. The chair recognizes the chair of the Senate rules committee, the Senator from Hanover, Senator McDougle, for the purpose of announcing the appointment of Senate pages.
Ryan McDougle
Thank you, Mr. President. You know this is the job I relish the most, being chairman of rules, but it's my pleasure to announce additional individuals to be appointed as pages. First we have sarah allen of mecklenberg. Nathan alpin of Fredericksburg. Megan beasley of Richmond. My seat mate bill Stanley of -- oh, no, sorry. Philip bolick of Fredericksburg. Eban ebssa. Emily eppard. Lilly ann Freitas of Culpeper. Lucy griffin of Winchester. Wyatt herman of Waynesboro. John keane iii of gainesville. Hope Leftwich of Chesapeake. I'm not sure southern or northern there, Mr. President. Amya matthews of Henrico. Keeley mess sick of Henrico. Sara murray of Middlesex. Madison owe dal la of Hampton. Tatiana pej jack seven vich. Jack Reeves of spot sill vein gentleman. Meredith vick of Williamsburg. Addison Villanueva of Norfolk. William Vogel of Fauquier. And stephen wiecek of Hanover .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. To all the pages, welcome. I think that you will find this to be a wonderful experience. It's going to be hard work, but you're going to learn a tremendous amount, and I would just like to say on behalf of Ms. Schar and her staff who have made this the best Page system in the world, literally, we are very proud of the program and we look forward to great things from you all. So welcome. On behalf of the Senate and our guests in the gallery, let's give all of our pages a warm welcome to the Senate. [ applause ] the Senate will stand at ease.
Ryan McDougle
The Senate will come to order. The Senator from Hanover, Senator McDougle .
Ryan McDougle
Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, just to add the Page class, I want to really commend madam clerk and her team. This was the largest number of applicants we've ever received in the history of the Senate and I will tell you, it was excruciating through the holiday season trying to make decisions. So this group of individuals that are serving as pages and messengers are truly outstanding and I would say any other year, we could have had another group just as large that could have been here. So her team -- her and her team's program is just amazing and the word has gotten out. And so one of the things we're going to have to talk about next year is there are a lot of House members in this age group and whether there continue to be a lot of House members in the Page groups in the follow-up because it has become so -- in the future because it has become so popular. With that, I move the rules be suspended, the committee on rules be discharged from further consideration of the resolution, the readings of the title and engrossment be waived and Senate resolution 102 be taken up for med consideration.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the rules be suspended, the committee of rules be discharged from further consideration of the resolution, the readings of the title and engrossment be waved and Senate resolution 102 be taken up for immediate consideration. As many as would favor the motion will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
Ryan McDougle
Ayes 38, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes the.
[Unknown]
The rules are suspended to take up the resolution for immediate consideration. The clerk will please report the resolution.
[Unknown]
Senate resolution number 102, the 2017 operating resolution.
[Unknown]
Senator from Hanover, Senator McDougle .
Ryan McDougle
Mr. President, I move that the resolution be agreed to and speaking to the motion.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
Ryan McDougle
Mr. President, this is the first in a his of resolutions, about -- list of resolutions, but this is the only Senate -only resolution and what it does is direct that the comptroller pay all the individuals that work for the Senate and it sets up our procedure to be able to make sure that the Senate can operate for this session. It is the same as we have done in each year and there are no changes from previous sessions.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the resolution be agreed to. All in favor of agreeing to the resolution will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 0. The resolution is agreed to. The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment. Will advise the House of delegates that the Senate is duly organized and ready to proceed to business. The time has come to recognize visitors to the gallery. I'd like to start the introductions by having Reverend calvin Jones and terri gaskins, your guest, please rise. Thank you all so much for making the trip from the eastern shore of Virginia and pastor Jones, I know you've been here before and we certainly appreciate that. I would just also like to take the opportunity to personally thank you. I know what you do for your church. I know what you do with your congregation, and I know what you do for the community on the eastern shore and it is much appreciated. You have touched a tremendous number of lives and we just wish you the best and hope you can continue to serve others. So thank you all for being here today. Thanks for getting us off to a good start. I'd like the Senate to please join me in offering Reverend calvin Jones and his guest harry gaskins the warm welcome of the Senate. [ applause ] I would also like to introduce a friend of mine that I see in the gallery today, and as you all know and you've witnessed the operations here in the Senate, the most powerful person in Virginia government is the lieutenant governor. We have lieutenant governor john hager in the gallery and it's also great to see you. Thanks for what you've done for the commonwealth and all you do for politics in the communities across the commonwealth. Please join me in offering lieutenant governor john hager a warm welcome of the Senate. [ applause ] the Senator from Chesterfield, Senator Chase .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President. We were actually going to have an introduction of Senator Reeves ' family, but they had important and pressing business that they had to attend to, so they have had to leave, but we wanted to thank the Reeves family for being here and he's a small business owner and their kids here and, of course, jack is second as a Senate Page and I think he's already left as well, but we did want to acknowledge that they were here.
[Unknown]
Absolutely. Thank you, Senator, and on behalf of your family, please join me in giving his family a warm welcome. Thank you. [ applause ] the Senator from Hampton, Senator Locke .
Mamie Locke
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
Mamie Locke
I would like to introduce the family of Senator Mason in the gallery are his wife pam Mason, his daughters Taylor Mason and holly Mason, and other family members, robert Mason and daphne Mason. Please give them the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would pam Mason and Taylor and holly and robert and daphne please rise. Welcome to the -- [ applause ] if you all can, for protocol, let me make the introduce and I 'll ask you for a warm welcome of applause. Thank you for that, but pam, it's great seeing you again and your beautiful young ladies and I know this is an exciting day to have your father sworn in as the Senator from Williamsburg, and we appreciate you all being here with us as well. I'd ask the Senate to please join me in offering the Mason family the warm welcome of the Senate. [ applause ] the Senator from Franklin County, Senator Stanley .
Bill Stanley
Good morning, Mr. President. I rise for the purposes of an introduction.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
Bill Stanley
Thank you, Mr. President. Members of the Senate, in the gallery, you May have noticed a very well dressed man sitting up there who's a friend of mine. I'm proud to call him friend and he does the people's business at the local level, which is so important, Mr. President. He's a city councilman for the city of Danville, a very good friend of mine, he has a beautiful life and an incredibly adorable son kingston who he likes to show off in the cutest pictures ever on facebook, but if you would extend the warm welcome of the Senate to my very good friend, councilman Lee Vogel, I would appreciate it.
[Unknown]
Would councilman Lee Vogel please rise. Thank you for being here and thanks for all you do for the great city of Danville and wish you safe travels and many happy returns to the Senate. I'd ask the members of the science to please join me in -- Senate to please join me in offering councilman Lee Vogel the warm welcome of the Senate. [ applause ] the Senator from Fairfax city, Senator Petersen .
Chap Petersen
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
Chap Petersen
Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen of the Senate, I hope I still have two friends here, bob floodhouse and jim Moran, my friends from Fairfax County, and if they could rise, please.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Are bob and jim here with us? They are, Senator .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, these have been great friends of mine for the past five years and worked very hard on the issue of homeowner association reform. Came to me with the idea of the homeowner bill of rights three years ago which we enacted into law, and have been great advocates on that issue and I thank them for it.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Bob and jim, welcome to the gallery of the event of Virginia. Thanks for -- Senate of Virginia, thanks for all the great work you've done up in appreciate you being with us Fairfax city. Today and safe travels back to offering them the warm welcome of the Senate. [ applause ] the Senator from Lynchburg, Senator Newman .
Steve Newman
Mr. President, I rise for the purposes of three introductions.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Steve Newman
Mr. President, first I 'd like to introduce the sheriff of Campbell county who's come to join us today, steve hutcherson along with two of his captains, darren Bowling and also dwyane wade. I ask that you extend to them the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. I know we have several members from the sheriff's departments. Would you all please rise. Thank you all for being with us today and especially thank you for what you do for keeping our streets and communities safe. As we say, when others are trying to get out, you all are the ones that go in and keep us safe, and I know you have a lot of friends here in the Senate and I 'm sure in the House as well. We appreciate you being in Richmond today to advocate for what you all are doing and to let us know what we can do to better help you serve all of Virginia. So thank you for your service, be safe out there, and we hope you come back and visit often. I'd ask the Senate to please join me in offering members from the sheriff's department the warm welcome of the Senate. [ applause ] Senator from Lynchburg .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I 'd also like to have you extend the warm welcome of the Senate to the family foundation of Virginia who is visiting with us today at the capitol.
[Unknown]
Yes, thank you. Would members of the family foundation please rise. Thank you all for being here today and thank you for advocating on the needs of families across the commonwealth of Virginia, so important to all of us. We all have families. So we appreciate that. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members of the family foundation the warm welcome of the Senate. [ applause ] Senator Newman .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, the last introduction today, this gentleman will get a formal introduction hopefully within the next couple of days when he is officially certified, but today, we have with us Senator elect mark peake in the gallery who won his election last night and look forward to introducing you to him in more detail later on, but he has with him three of his quad zrup lets and one of his other children which includes, Anderson, mark jr., laura and also lillian. We hope you will introduce his family to the Senate .
[Unknown]
I will. Will Senator elect mark peake and his family please rise. What a beautiful family and congratulations. We've been down this road before and we know what you've been through and it's a lot of work and I know you're glad to have that in your rear view mirror now and we look forward to having you sworn in and being a new member of the Virginia Senate. We welcome you and welcome your family to the Senate of Virginia. I would ask the members to please join me in offering the peake family the warm welcome of the Senate. [ applause ] the Senator from Portsmouth, Senator Lucas. >> Thank you, Mr. President. Seated in the gallery, Mr. President, members of the Senate, are two young men both of whom have volunteered at one time or another in my local legislative office. One, vernon tillage, graduated with his degree in political science from old dominion university last year and is now the new addition to my legislative staff. With him, of course, is rob Jones, who is a local business person from business cut and I 'd like for you to welcome both of them to the Senate of Virginia .
Louise Lucas
I sure will. Thank you, Senator. Would members of Senator Lucas 's staff please rise. Welcome to the gallery of the Senate and I hope you're ready to get off to a good start in 2017 and I know Senator Lucas appreciates all your help. Thank you for gheerg to assist her -- being here to assist her in her work. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering Senator Lucas 's staff the warm welcome of the Senate. [ applause ] the senior Senator from Fairfax, Senator Saslaw .
Dick Saslaw
Mr. President, I rise for purposes of an introduction.
Louise Lucas
Senator has the floor.
Dick Saslaw
Visiting here today with us in the gallery is the Virginia school counselors association led by mary Robinson and I would ask that you extend the warm welcome to the Senate of Virginia .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would mary Robinson and other members of the Virginia school counselor association please rise. Welcome, what a great group you have this morning. Glad you're here with us, actually this afternoon now, but thanks for all that you do for education. We want to make sure that all our children in Virginia have access to a world class education. That's what keeps Virginia moving forward. Thanks for all your efforts and thanks for being here today. I would ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members of the Virginia school counselor association the warm welcome of the Senate. [ applause ] the Senator from Petersburg, Senator Dance .
Roz Dance
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for two introductions.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
Roz Dance
First, I would like to introduce -- and I know that the sheriffs have been introduced, but I should have a sheriff up there by the name of the honorable vanessa crawford if she has not already left out, I wanted to make sure I called her out so I can go back home later on this evening.
[Unknown]
Thank you. I think she has left the gallery.
[Unknown]
Okay, thank you. That was number one. Number two, we have in the gallery the deputy secretary of transportation, Ms. Brenda Lee Johnson, and she's accompanied by the -- I guess you'd say the hopeful chief of staff of one of our new senators, not the young one, and her name is susan row land, so I would ask you -- roland, so I would ask you, Mr. President, to give both deputy secretary of transportation and the chief of staff of one of our incoming senators the warm welcome of the
[Unknown]
Absolutely. Senate. Thank you. Would deputy secretary Johnson and susan ro land please rise. It's great to see you, susan. You finally played ut down to the -- made it down to the upper chamber and we certainly welcome you here. I know you have a job on roar hands to keep the good Senator from northern Chesapeake doing his work. Thanks for everything you do for Virginia and thanks for being with us today. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering the deputy secretary and susan roland the warm welcome of the Senate. [ applause ] the Senator from Arlington, Senator Favola .
Barbara Favola
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for purposes of a introduction.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
Barbara Favola
Today in the gallery is someone who I consider a friend, a community leader, and an awesome person, and she happens to be the wife of lieutenant governor ralph Northam. Kim, would you please stand so we can acknowledge your wonderful work. Pam and ralph have been married for 30 years. Pam originally comes from san antonio, texas, and she was an elementary school science teacher. She now is the education and safe outreach coordinator for the conservation group lynnhaven river. Pam and ralph live in Norfolk, they are two beautiful children. Aubrey is a graduate of the university of Virginia and ralph as graduate of william and nare and earn Virginia medical school. Please join me in welcoming pam more that many.
[Unknown]
Please stay standing. I would ask the Senator from Franklin County, I would yield to him and he could just remind my wife and other visitors here and the members of the Senate what my profession is when I 'm not lieutenant governor of
[Unknown]
Yes, Mr. President, if I May Virginia. Have the floor.
[Unknown]
You have the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you very much. First off, Mr. President, May I say you way outkicked your coverage, as we say in football. [ laughter ] my goodness. I mean, if I was to ask a question of Ms. Northam, my question would be are there no other men where you live? [ laughter ] but I am reminded, Ms. Northam, that we have the honor of not only having Mr. President be in our presence, but he is also, and let us say it together as a congregation, a pediatric neurologist. Thank you very much, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Thank you. Pam, thank you for being with us today. It's great to see you and we'll chat soon. I would ask the Senate to please offer pam the warm welcome of the Senate. [ applause ] thank you. Being procedural, the resolution will be taken up for immediate consideration. The clerk will please report the resolution.
[Unknown]
House joint resolution number 717, noifrgt governor of organizations. Resolved bit House of delegates, the Senate concurring, that a committee be appointed composed of six on the part of the housing of delegates and five on the part the Senate to notify the governor gnat general assembly is duly organized and ready to receive any communication he May desire to make.
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk. The question is shall the resolution be agreed to. All in favor of agreeing to the resolution will say aye. [ ayes expressed ]
[Unknown]
Those opposed no. The ayes have it. The resolution is agreed to. County, Senator Norment will the Senator from James city inform the House of delegates of the action of the Senate. Pursuant to the foregoing resolution, the chair of a points the Senator from James city county, Senator Norment, the Senator from Lynchburg, Senator Newman, the Senator from Hanover, Senator McDougle, the senior Senator from Fairfax, Senator Saslaw, and the Senator from Hampton, Senator Locke, as the committee on the part of the Senate together with members of the House to inform the governor that the general assembly is duly organized and ready to receive any communication he May desire to make. The Senate will stand at ease.
Tommy Norment
The Senate from come to order. The Senator in Lynchburg, Senator Newman .
[Unknown]
The committee reported to -- wishes to report they have pched the duty assigned to them and the governor would be pleased to address a joint assembly of the legislature.
Tommy Norment
The time that is come for resolutions, petitions and bills. Thank you. Seeing none, the Senate will stand at ease.
[Unknown]
The Senate will come to order. Sergeant-at-arms.
[Unknown]
I have an announcement.
[Unknown]
Please refer it. -- please receive it. [ inaudible ]
[Unknown]
Thank you, Delegate Cox. You're getting your steps in today, aren't you? I'm proud. Thank you. The desk will receive it. Thank you, Delegate Cox. Senator from Hanover, Senator McDougle .
Ryan McDougle
Mr. President, I move the rules be suspended, the committee on rules be discharged from further consideration of the resolution, the readings of the title be wavered and hjr 555 be taken up for immediate skrtion.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the rules be suspended, the committee on rules be discharged from further consideration of the resolution, the readings of the title be waived and hjr 555 be taken for immediate consideration. All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
Ryan McDougle
Ayes 38, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 0. The rules are suspended to take up the resolution for immediate the Senator from Hanover. Consideration.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Move that the resolution be agreed tos a speaking to the motion.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, if you look in your amendment pack on your desk, you'll see the procedural resolution and I 'm just going to draw a couple of the dates that are present there to your attention. The first is on line 42, you will see that if you want to be removed as a copatron on a bill, we've put that date as February the 17th, which is the Friday before the end of -- a week before the end of session, chibl is earlier than what we've done historically and we moved that time frame from 5:00 p.M. To 3:00 p.M. To allow the clerk's office to effectuate those more efficiently. I'll draw your attention to a couple other places on rule number 7, line 110 and 111, it is no bill or resolution shall be offered after January -- Friday, January 20th, so next Friday, all bills have to be in place. I know that it comes up quickly, so remind everybody that that one is in place, particularly in a short session. And then, Mr. President, if you look on Page 3 of the document, rule number 17, you will see that judicial elections, the first one will be held on February 17th and the second one on February the 20th, so we put that in place. And I want to draw to it everybody's attention because those days tend to be a little longer as you're trying to do your schedule. Then, Mr. President, you will see on rule 18, line 151 and 152, no commending or memorial resolution shall be offered after February the 20th, so the same day we do judges is the last day to do commending resolutions that are joint. And then, Mr. President, if you look on down rule number 22, lines 170 and 171, you'll see that resolutions for memorial or commending that are just Senate resolutions, the last day is Thursday, February 23rd. And I draw those attentions -- those dates to your attention because I know they tend to sneak up on us and we'll remind you of those. But those are really -- some of those were changes. We moved them a little farther forward than previous years to make sure we can operate in the last days a little more efficiently. And with that, Mr. President, I will renew my motion that the resolution pass.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the resolution be agreed to. All in favor of agreeing to the resolution will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 0. The resolution is agreed to. The clerk will please read the title of hjr 556.
[Unknown]
House joint resolution number 556, establishing a schedule for the conduct of business for the prefiling period of the 2018 regular session of the general assembly of Virginia .
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk. The Senator from Hanover, Senator McDougle .
Ryan McDougle
Mr. President, I move the rules be suspended, the committee on rules be discharged from further consideration of the resolution, the reading of the title be waived, and hjr 556 be taken up for immediate consideration.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the rules be suspended, the committee on rules be discharged from further consideration of the resolution, the reading of the title be waived, and hjr 556 be taken up for immediate consideration. 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? Their vote? Do any senators desire to change the clerk will close the roll.
Ryan McDougle
Ayes 38, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 0. The rules are suspended to take up the resolution for need consideration. The Senator from Hanover, Senator McDougle .
Ryan McDougle
Mr. President, I move that the resolution be agreed to and speaking to the motion.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
Ryan McDougle
Mr. President, this 556 is also in your yellow packet and this is setting the time frames for the next session and prefiling, so draw your attention that prefiling for next session will be Monday, December 4th, 2017, and then session next year will begin on January the 10th, 2018, so all bills will have to be in before 10:00 on that day.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the resolution be agreed to. All in favor of the agreeing to the resolution will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 0. The resolution is agreed to. The Senator from Hanover, Senator McDougle will inform the House of delegates of the action of the Senate. [ no audio ] Senator McDougle will inform the
Ryan McDougle
The Senate will come to order. The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President. I'm confident that each of you, as you've exhaustively reviewed the calendar today, fote on the front Page of it Senator Saslaw, that, of course, the prefiling deadline was 10:00 a.M. This morning, but this is also the last day to file vrs bills and continuing studies, and so those are first day bills. Would any of you that please are holding a first day bill be so generous as to raise your hand so that the clerk's office May take note of it. Vrs continuing studies. Madam clerk, it looks like everyone has been extremely efficient today, and therefore, when 5:00 comes, the hammer will drop and they will not be accepted. So thank you very much.
Ryan McDougle
The Senator has the floor.
Tommy Norment
For the purposes of a question. This would not apply to vrs budget amendments, is that correct?
[Unknown]
It does not apply to the vrs budget amendments. It applies to legislation that would be introduced that would impact vrs.
[Unknown]
I thank the gentleman.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, as you are aware, 5:00 on Friday is the deadline for budget amendments and Senator Hanger May address that in further detail later on.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Senator, you still have the floor.
[Unknown]
Madam president -- I mean Mr. President, other than -- [ laughter ] boy, that was almost a freudian slip, wasn't it? Madam clerk, is there any other business to come before the body?
[Unknown]
Nos.
[Unknown]
Is there any other business to come before the Senate ?
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Yes, sir, Senator .
[Unknown]
Regretfully I have the opportunity to start the year off with the first request of a point of personal privilege, sir.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Ladies and gentlemen of the Senate, earlier I am sure that each of you had the opportunity to see the exuberance on the face of our two new senators, Senator Mason and Senator Spruill, and the excitement and pride that was being exuded from their family in the gallery, and that was as a result of not just their success in the election cycle, but that they were being sworn in officially to the Senate of Virginia today. And I rise to bring to the attention that the exuberance and excitement of the senators-elect in the ninth Senate district and in the 22nd district, have not been able to exhibit that exuberance and the pride of their family in quite a timely planner as Senator Mason and Senator Spruill. And I rise, Mr. President, to bring to the attention of the body that we had two Senator -elects that were chosen by their respective citizens yesterday and the elections were significant, and I don't say that in a disingenuous way. I just pointed out they're not elections that are subject to any type of alteration from provisional ballots which can be done in three days or absentee ballots. There are not enough of either to impact the outcome of this election. Regretfully the state board of election has curiously communicated to us that they will not be able to meet for approximately a week to certify the election of these two senators, and I would just share with the body that that is perplexing to me. There is one particular Senator that comes to my mind who is here about six seats over to my right, not to be identified, who was elected one day and certified the next day and was sworn in and we were delighted to welcome him to the Senate of Virginia in a timely manner, and I know that all 38 of us are very anxious to go ahead and complete the complement of our body of 40 so that we can move forward with other business with some dispatch. And I say that, Mr. President, that it would be presumptuous for the body to take up some other considerations, not the least of which would be committees, until that certification from the state board of elections takes place and that they in fact are sworn in as a member of the body. So I am very hopeful on reflection that the very efficient state board of elections will reflect on their decision to postpone the certification of our two senators for approximately a week and I would further say, Mr. President, that on reflection, if in fact there is a delay, there perhaps May be other procedural opportunities for fill the two remaining seats, and so I am hopeful that the state board of elections on behalf of all 38 of us will move forward with some dispatch so we can welcome the other new members and share in their exuberance and the pride of their families as they are sworn in.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Augusta, Senator Hanger .
Emmett Hanger
Thank you, Mr. President. Point of personal privilege.
[Unknown]
Senator has the throor.
Emmett Hanger
Thank you, Mr. President. Members of the science. Just to speak briefly to our budget deliberations, I think all of you as you were preparing to come here and had inquiries from the press when they asked you what you'll be doing, you say our primary focus this short session will be on the budget and certainly all of us will be focused on the budget, although we will probably be introducing a couple thousand other items to think about in the short time we're here as well, which May divert our attention some from the budget. But on the budget specifically, I would just advise the members that we will be receiving member amendments up until 5:00 p.M. This coming Friday and it's a quick turnaround this year. I would suggest we already have a budget, it's a biennial budget and the governor has offered amendments to that budget. It will be the position of the finance committee that we -- based on that budget that we adopted, anything the governor has offered as amendments, whether revenue resources or reductions or increases in spending, will be on the table, so it will not be necessary for you to individually address those items. However, if you do want to address those, if you feel that you need to, if you want to, as an example, ask for a certain percentage of state employees salary increase, that's fair to do and it will be on the table. The point I would make with you is we still have limited resources and a lot of uncertainty in our budgeting process, so it's not like we're opening up the can so we're going to do a lot of individual initiatives. There will be some big ticket focus items that we'll have and obviously anything that our members of the finance committee or other members therefore body put on the table will get due consideration in the committee process. Also would share, because I think we all have it in the back of our mind that, there's a lot of uncertainty with the work we're going to be doing here over the next few weeks. We have to turn out a budget actually the first Sunday in February, which is a very quick turnaround, but at the same time, there's a lot of potential change going to be happening in our partners across the potomac at the federal level, so it's our intention or at least we're in the discussion process and I think, hopefully both bodies will concur that, we set up within our money committees some type of committee to work jointly, the House and the Senate, to basically monitor what's going on in Washington and it's not unthinkable that once we leave here at the latter part of February that, we May have to return if some things that impact our revenue flow significantly, policy changes that impact our deliver riff services here in the commonwealth come about. So with that, I certainly encourage you to work with staff. We have a very capable staff to help you address the amendments you want to make and then we'll begin our work which will proceed fairly quickly this session. Thank you, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Yes, sir. Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Portsmouth, Senator Lucas .
Louise Lucas
Thank you, Mr. President. Return to the morning hour.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
Louise Lucas
I've been waiting all morning for this green sheet I could introduce a group in the gallery. It's the Surry County sheriff's office and I hope they have not left. If they're still here --
[Unknown]
They're here.
[Unknown]
Thank you. I've been waiting for the green sleet. Could you please extend to them the very warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
I will. Would members of the Surry County sheriff's office please rise. Thank you so much for your patience. I know you've been with us for a little while to watch the proceedings of the Senate and we had some members from the sheriff's departments earlier in the session today and we just want to extend our thanks for all that you do to keep our communities, our streets, our schools safe. We couldn't do this without your help. So we appreciate that. We ask that you please be safe and we thank you for being here with us today to advocate for what the sheriffs and deputies across the commonwealth need. So I would ask the members of the Senate to please join me in aufg members of the Surry County sheriff's office the warm [ applause ] welcome of the Senate. Is there any other business for the Senate ? Seeing none, the clerk will please report any announcements on the desk.
[Unknown]
Today, Wednesday, January 11th. The joint Senate committee for courts of justice and House committee for courts of justice will meet one half hour after recess of the House and Senate in House room c for judicial interviews. Tomorrow, Thursday, January 12th, 2017, the Hampton roads caucus will meet at 8:00 a.M., sixth floor speaker's conference room. The committee on education and health will meet at 8:30 a.M., Senate room b. The republican caucus will meet at 11:30 a.M., Senate room 2. The democratic caucus will meet at 11:30 a.M., Senate room one.
[Unknown]
Thank you, dam clerk. The Senator from Petersburg, Senator Dance .
Roz Dance
Thank you, Mr. President. Can we go back to the morning hour?
[Unknown]
Absolutely, Senator, that's fine.
Roz Dance
Thank you. I do see now in the gallery, my sheriff, the honorable vanessa crawford from the city of Petersburg, but I see that there's a delegation and they might have the state president here as well. Could I ask you to give them all a warm Senate welcome.
[Unknown]
Will all of our sheriffs please rise. Thank you. And Mr. Jones, I would like you to rise as well. Thank you, all, so much for being here. Again, we appreciate all that you do and thanks for being with us today and advocating on behalf of the sheriffs and deputies across the commonwealth and to john Jones, the executive director, you're a friend to all of us and vice versa, and we respect you and we appreciate all that you do for the sheriffs and all that you do for the commonwealth of Virginia. So I 'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering the sheriff, john Jones, the warm welcome of the Senate. [ applause ]
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President. I would now respectfully move that the Senate stand in recess until 6:30 p.M. This evening for purposes of referring the state of the commonwealth address from his excellency the governor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the Senate stand in recess until 6:30 p.M. Tonight. All in favor of the motion will say aye. [ ayes expressed ]
[Unknown]
Those opposed no. The ayes have it. The motion is agreed to. The Senate stands in recess until 6:30 p.M. Tonight, at which time it will convene to proceed to the House of delegates to receive the state of the commonwealth address by the governor. [ gavel banging ] [ gavel banging ]