01/13/2017 Senate Proceedings

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Minutes

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

Prayer offered by The Reverend Dr. Dennis R. DiMauro, Trinity
Lutheran Church, Warrenton, Virginia

ROLL CALL OF MEMBERS: quorum present

Motion of Senator Stuart dispensed with reading of Journal
(34?Y 3?N)

Rules suspended, privileges of the floor given to distinguished
guests (38?Y 0?N)

Oath given to Senators-elect by Clerk of Senate

BILLS REPORTED

From Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources: SB 852S, 856,
898S, 899, 906, 909, 910, 911, 948S, 968, 1097A, 1196A

From Rehabilitation and Social Services: SB 868S rereferred to
Finance, 876S rereferred to Finance, 897S rereferred to Finance, 933S
rereferred to Finance, 940, 941, 1063S rereferred to Finance, 1122, 1149
rereferred to Finance, 1164

BILLS REREFERRED

From Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources: SB 1079
rereferred to Finance

From Rehabilitation and Social Services: SB 1152 rereferred to
Courts of Justice

Bills presented, ordered printed and referred/joint resolutions
laid on Clerks Desk under Senate Rules 11(b), (26)g and HJR 555: see January
16 Senate Calendar

CALENDAR

UNCONTESTED CALENDAR

SENATE BILLS ON FIRST READING

SB 880 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 922 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block vote
(40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 974 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 999 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1009 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1031 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1032 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1062 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

REGULAR CALENDAR

SENATE BILL ON FIRST READING

SB 981 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

On motion of Senator Newman, the Senate adjourned at 11:13 a.m. to
convene Monday, January 16, 2017 at 12 m. 

 

Transcript

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

[Unknown]
The Senate will come to order. The senators will please take their seats. Those people 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 Dr. Dennis r. Di mauro from trinity lutheran church in warrenton. Reverend di mauro, welcome sir.
[Unknown]
Thank you. Oh, lord, in romans 13, you tell us that you ordained the power of government, and so we know that you ordain and appoint the leaders of our great commonwealth. Leading the people of Virginia is a God -given responsibility. We also know that leadership is not always easy. The members of our Senate work long, stressful and often thankless hours for the people of our commonwealth. They must balance the needs of their constituents, their leadership, and the pressures of the press, and so they need your help, lord. Shower them with all your love and grace so that they May perform their duties, knowing that you love them and will be with them through it all. But we also know that each gift of leadership requires a reciprocal response of faithfulness, a willingness to follow your holy will as found in sacred scripture to defend the most vulnerable in our society. So we ask you, lord, this day, to guide this body in respecting human life from the moment of conception until natural death, in shielding our young people from the I will -- illicit drugs and health care and protecting the marginalized, the immigrants, the needy from exploitation. And to accomplish all of that, grant us your power and grace to work in mutual respect and abiding love for one another, imitating the one who sacrificed everything on calvary so that our world might be healed, jesus christ, or lord. 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]
Thank you, madam clerk, the Senator from staff -- Stafford, Senator Stuart, makes a motion to waive the reading of the journal. All in favor of waiving the reading of the journal will record their votes aye, opposed are the senators ready to vote? No. Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the vote.
Richard Stuart
Clerk: ayes 34, nos 3.
[Unknown]
The reading of the journal is waived. The clerk will report any communications from the House of delegates.
Richard Stuart
Clerk: we do not have any, sir. The clerk will report any communications from his our governor.
[Unknown]
Clerk: we do not have any, sir.
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you. I respectfully move that the rules of the Senate be suspended and that the privileges of the floor be extended to a distinguished forum, a member and his family, also suspend the rules as it relates to our senators elect and their respective families who finally will be sworn in as members of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is, shall the rules be suspended and the privileges of the floor granted to two distinguished persons and their guests. All in favor of the motion will record their votes. Those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote?
Tommy Norment
Ayes 38, nos 0.
[Unknown]
The rules are suspended. The privileges of the floor are granted. The Senator from Rockingham, Senator Obenshain .
Mark Obenshain
Mr. President, I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
Mark Obenshain
Two, and a half.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I wish to draw your attention to our distinguished guests. Behind me to the left, former member of this body, good friend, nathan Miller. Nathan Miller served as state Senator in the late 1970's and early -- I wasn't supposed to say that, was I ? Mostly in the 1980's. He married a much younger woman, much more attractive than he. Nathan actually also is distinguished by virtue of the fact that he's a member of a club that is being joined or has members in this body in growing numbers. That is lieutenant governor candidates, present and past, but nathan is a good friend and he and his wife, kim Miller, are here, and Mr. President, I would ask you to extend to nathan and kim Miller the warm welcome back to the chamber. Thank you, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Please have the Senate join me in welcoming Senator Miller and your lovely wife to our chamber. Thank you. (applause).
[Unknown]
Near from Fauquier, Senator Vogel .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for purposes of an introduction.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
It is my honor to call your attention in the gallery to Dr. Dennis di mauro who offered our beautiful invocation and opening this morning. Dr. Di mauro has a really impressive background. He's a graduate from my alma mater, the college of william and mary. He got his mba from george Mason and ph.D. From catholic university. He is currently the pastor at trinity lutheran church, and I would ask is that the members of the Senate please extend to him their very warm welcome.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would Reverend di mauro please thank you so much for being with rise? Us this morning and help us get off on the right foot. What a wonderful message you gave us. Thanks for being here and safe travels to you. I would ask members of the Senate to join me in offering Reverend dennis di mauro the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
The time has come for our swearing in ceremonies. If Senator mcclennon, if you could come forward to the desk with your family, please. (baby screams) (laughter).
[Unknown]
Good morning, Senator elect. Good morning. If you would raise your right hand and repeat after me. I do solemnly swear.
[Unknown]
I do solemnly swear.
[Unknown]
That I will support the constitution of the united states.
[Unknown]
I that will support the constitution of the united states.
[Unknown]
And the constitution of the commonwealth of Virginia .
[Unknown]
And the constitution of the commonwealth of Virginia .
[Unknown]
And that will I faithfully and I am spar shallly discharge.
[Unknown]
And that I will faithly and impartially discharged.
[Unknown]
All the duties incumbent upon me.
[Unknown]
All the duties incumbent on me as a member of the Senate of Virginia to the best of my ability, so help me God. Congratulations. (applause). >> Senator elect peek, if you could come forward with your family, please.
[Unknown]
Future senators. I know they take direction well. (laughter).
[Unknown]
If you'll raise your right hand, put your left hand on the bible and repeat after me. I do solemnly swear.
[Unknown]
I do solemnly swear.
[Unknown]
That I will support the constitution of the united states.
[Unknown]
That I will support the constitution of the united states.
[Unknown]
And the constitution of the commonwealth of Virginia .
[Unknown]
And the constitution of the commonwealth of Virginia .
[Unknown]
And that I will faithfully and impartially discharge.
[Unknown]
And that I will faithfully and impartially discharge.
[Unknown]
All the duties incumbent upon me.
[Unknown]
All of the duties incumbent upon me.
[Unknown]
As a member of the Senate of Virginia .
[Unknown]
As a member of the Senate of
[Unknown]
According to the best of my Virginia. Ability.
[Unknown]
According to the best of my ability.
[Unknown]
So help me God .
[Unknown]
So help me God .
[Unknown]
Congratulations.
[Unknown]
Thank you. (applause). >> The Senate will stand at ease.
[Unknown]
The Senate will come to order. The newly admitted senators will sign and the Page will collect them and put it on the deck. The chair recognizes the Senator from northern Fairfax County, Senator Howell .
Janet Howell
Thank you, Mr. President, it's my great honor to introduce to you our new Senator, jennifer mcclen lon. It's a great -- McClellan. A great honor to do this, but I feel a little silly. Everybody already knows jen McClellan. She's one of the most admired and respected members of the legislature. She served in the House since 2006, where she sponsored numerous legislation and serves on many of the commissions, really the most substantive commissions, where she always made a great impact. One of the things I most admire about jen is that she, more than certainly my generation, has been able to work out that work-home-family balance. She is able to work full time at verizon as an attorney. She is one of the most productive legislators, and you see she has an absolutely fabulous family. Part of that family is here today. Her mother is here. I have her name on one of these pages. Lois McClellan is here, as well as her husband david mills, who actually she met and married while she was serving in the legislature. And her son jackson, jack, and her daughter samantha, sam. I believe they're on the floor. Maybe not. But also in the gallery is cheryl sando, eric pane, tyrone Williams, ashley arc no, hertz,d abbey Phillips. Please, Mr. President, welcome our new member who is -- well, if you read the paper, you know how the House responded to her leaving them, so it's to our great benefit that we have jennifer McClellan with us.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Senator McClellan, congratulations, and thank you so much for all you've done with the commonwealth, and we look forward to serving with you. I'd ask the Senate to please join me in welcoming Senator McClellan to the Senate of Virginia. (applause).
Janet Howell
The Senator from Bedford, Senator Newman .
Steve Newman
Mr. President, it's my honor to introduce the newly elected Senator, mark peak from the 22nd district. Mr. President, I 've known and been a friend of mark peak for over 30 years, and for about 10 of those years, he's attempted to come down here, and it's great to have that successful. Mr. President, he is a graduate of Virginia tech and also a graduate of Washington Lee law school. He is a partner in one of the larger firms in the Lynchburg area, and he's been there for 26 years. As you saw earlier, his wife lala is here. If she would stand in the gallery, clearly he married up, and she is with us as well. Also, mark, as I mentioned yesterday, has five children, four of them came all at once in quadruplets. He has mark, who is at vmi. He has john who is at rhodes. He has also Anderson who is at baylor. He has lillian and loren who is a senior at ec glass high school. Also he has with him today also pete and elizabeth luxo, who are here, if they would stand. Also Lindsey Ward, josh bacehette and nancy peak and walter peak who are all in the gallery to support mark. Mr. President, mark has many interests, one of them, of course, is tech, and the other is golf. If you know very long, you know the other one is cigars. He is also the past president of the Lynchburg bar association and many of you, especially on the transportation committee, know him as a former member of the common well transportation board. Mr. President, with the election of mark peak, the Lynchburg delegation iq goes up substantially, and as a result of that, we've determined not to make him the junior Senator from Lynchburg, as today I become the representative from Bedford so that he can have that honor to himself, which is much deserved. Mr. President, I 'm pleased to introduce to you and to the body and hope that you would give a warm welcome to the Senator from Lynchburg, Senator mark peak.
[Unknown]
I will. Thank you, Senator. Would Senator peak's family and friends please rise? Yes, thank you. Senator peak, congratulations to you. Wow, quadruplets. You know, the only thing I can -- a lot of things come through your mind when you hear that, but four in college? It's like really, wow. Having two, I feel for you, but what a beautiful family you have and I know what you've been throughout there on the campaign trail. Congratulations to you, your team, your family. We look forward to working with you here in the Senate of Virginia. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in welcoming Senator peak's family and friends and Senator peak to the Senate of Virginia. Thank you. (applause)
Steve Newman
If there are other guests that you would like to introduce, this would be the appropriate time. The Senator from Chesterfield, Senator Chase .
Amanda Chase
Thank you, Mr. President, I rise for the purposes of an
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor. Introduction.
Amanda Chase
Today we are very pleased to welcome representatives from the various career and technical student organizations located around the commonwealth to this these organizations provide a meeting. Crucial service to our young people by training them for the jobs of the future. I can safely say that they're all very thankful to these organizations and these young people for taking an interest in their government and for practicing civic responsibility. I also want to personally thank andy stevenson who is a constituent and just happens to also be the Virginia tsa state advisor, for making this visit possible today. Thank you all for being here.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would members from the career and technical students organization please rise. Thank you all for being here this morning. You've seen some history in the making this morning, so you picked a great day. We appreciate you advocating for your causes. I'd ask the members of the Senate for please join me in offering members of the career and technical students organization the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause) the time has come from resolutions, petitions and bills. Seeing none, the clerk will please call the calendar.
[Unknown]
Senate calendar for Friday, January 13, 2017. Uncontested calendar Senate bills on first reading.
[Unknown]
Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President, I respectfully move that all the Senate bills on the first reading on both the uncontested and regular calendar, which would include all Senate bills on pages 1 through 4, including Senate bill 880 through Senate bill 981, that the rules of the Senate be suspended and that the first constitutional reading of the titles be dispensed with.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is, shall the rules be suspended and the first reading of the titles of Senate bills on the uncontested and regular calendars, pages 1 through 4, Senate bill 880 through Senate bill 981 be dispensed with. All in favor of the motion, record their votes aye. Those opposed, no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change the clerk will close the roll. Their vote?
Tommy Norment
Ayes 40, nos 0.
[Unknown]
The reading of the titles is dispinsed -- dispensed with. Senators from James city county.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I would now move that all said bills be passed by for the day, sir.
[Unknown]
The question is should the bills now on second reading be passed by for the day? All in favor of the motion say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The bills will go by for the day. The Senator from James city county.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, inquire of the clerk, does that complete today's clen calendar.
[Unknown]
Clerk: yes, sir.
[Unknown]
Is there any other business to come before the Senate ? Seeing none, the clerk will please report any announcements on the calendar.
[Unknown]
Today Friday, January 13th, the committee on privileges and elections will meet needly upon adjournment to certify the auditor of public accounts and take up the oath for senators nathan and Spruill. Judicial nomination forms are available at the clerk's desk. Please see either tara or sarah. Monday, January 16th, the committee for courts of justice will meet at 8 a.M., Senate room b. The republican caucus will meet at 11:30 a.M. In Senate room 2. The democratic caucus will meet at 11:30 a.M. In Senate room 1. Weekend weather report, a cold front will bring sub-freezing temperatures Friday evening and overnight. There is a chance of snow, sleet and freezing rain in portions of the north and west sections of the commonwealth on Saturday. Temperatures on Sunday should warm to above freezing after sunrise. Safe travels home.
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk. The Senator from Bedford, Senator Newman .
Steve Newman
Mr. President, I move that the Senate do now adjourn until 12 noon on Monday .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is, shall the Senate stand adjourned until 12 o'clock noon on Monday. As many as favor that motion, say aye. Those opposed, no. The Senate stands adjourned the ayes have it. Until 12 o'clock noon on Monday. Until 12 o'clock noon on Monday .