01/16/2017 Senate Proceedings

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SB981—00:00:34
HJ728—00:00:48
HJ727—00:00:34
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:08
Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)—00:05
Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)—00:00
Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg)—00:02
Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)—00:00
Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)—00:00
Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)—00:05
Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)—00:00
Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania)—00:02
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:00
Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta)—00:03
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:00
Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)—00:00
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:00
Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)—00:00
Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)—02:50
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Minutes

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

Prayer offered by The Reverend Michelle C. Thomas, Holy and Whole
Life Changing Ministries International, Lansdowne, Virginia

ROLL CALL OF MEMBERS: quorum present

Motion of Senator Deeds dispensed with reading of Journal
(37?Y 2?N)

COMMUNICATION FROM HOUSE (HN20113): reading waived (36?Y 3?N)

The House of Delegates has agreed to the following House joint
resolutions: HJ 539, 550, 553, 554, 557, 560, 561, 563, 564, 565, 566, 567,
574, 582, 583, 584, 591, 592, 593, 594, 595, 596, 598, 599, 600, 602, 603, 604,
605, 606, 608, 613, 620, 621, 623, 624, 625, 631, 632, 643, 644, 645, 647, 653,
654, 655, 657, 658, 659, 660, 661, 667, 668, 669, 670, 671, 687, 713, 714, 715,
716

House joint resolutions laid on Clerks Desk: see January 17 Senate
Calendar

BILLS REPORTED

From Courts of Justice: SB 790 rereferred to Finance, 796, 797
rereferred to Finance, 817, 833S rereferred to Finance, 867, 870, 874, 879A,
903, 913, 935S, 1055, 1060S rereferred to Finance, 1067S rereferred to Finance,
1068S, 1090 rereferred to Finance, 1138A rereferred to Finance, 1154S
rereferred to Finance, 1278A rereferred to Finance

BILLS REREFERRED

From Courts of Justice: SB 848 rereferred to Education and Health,
920 rereferred to Local Government, 939 rereferred to Finance, 1004 rereferred
to Transportation, 1189 rereferred to Local Government, 1217 rereferred to
Commerce and Labor

Bills presented, ordered printed and referred/joint resolution laid
on Clerks Desk under Senate Rules 11(b), (26)g and HJR 555: see January 17
Senate Calendar

CALENDAR

UNCONTESTED CALENDAR

SENATE BILLS ON SECOND READING

SB 880 - Read second time, Committee amendment agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SB 922 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB 974 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB 999 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB1009 - Read second time, Committee substitute agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SB1031 - Read second time, Committee amendment agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SB1032 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB1062 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

REGULAR CALENDAR

SENATE BILL ON SECOND READING

SB 981 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

UNCONTESTED CALENDAR

SENATE BILLS ON FIRST READING

SB 852 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 856 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 909 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 910 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 911 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 940 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 941 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 968 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1122 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1164 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

REGULAR CALENDAR

SENATE BILLS ON FIRST READING

SB 898 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 899 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 906 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 948 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1097 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1196 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (39-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

HJ 727 - Rules suspended, taken up for immediate consideration
(39-Y 0-N), Agreed to by Senate (voice vote)

HJ 728 - Rules suspended, taken up for immediate consideration
(39-Y 0-N), Agreed to by Senate (voice vote)

On motion of Senator Newman, the Senate adjourned in Memory of Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. at 12:58 p.m. to convene Tuesday, January 17, 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 persons not entitled to the privileges of the floor will retire to the gallery. The senators and all in attendance will stand and be led in prayer by the Reverend michelle c. Thomas, holy & whole life changing ministries international, lansdowne. Reverend thomas, welcome.
[Unknown]
Let us pray. Eternal God, our father, the one who is known by many names. Bread of life, gilead, wonderful counselor. Everlasting father. Prince of Peace. Light of the world. Lord, we honor you this afternoon. We invite your presence, your Peace and your power into this sacred place where life changing decisions are made on behalf of your people. Although this is certainly a different time this morning from the days of civil rights, our petition this morning is very similar. So in the words of your son Dr. Martin luther king jr. Once prayed help us to seek that which is high, that which is noble and good, help us in the moments of difficult decisions, help us to work with renewed vigoor for a warless nation both domestically and foreign. Help us to have a better distribution of wealth and a brotherhood that transcends race and color. God grant that right here in the commonwealth of Virginia. Let us choose the high way which man will live together as brothers. A way in which men will respect the dignity and worth of every human life. A way that allows justice to roll down like waters and righteousness in a mighty stream and live mercy and love mercy and work humbly without God. A way in which men will be able to stand proudly and love thou. Help the law makers modellal new day of unity where white people, african americans, agent three wrists, sikhs, hindus and his muslims will join together and stretch across the divide and we will say to ourselves free at last, free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last. God grant the law makers in the House and Senate the courage to be prosecutor tase pants -- participants in the renewed commitment with one nation under God liberty and justice for all indivisible.
[Unknown]
Amen. Name we pray, ahelp.
[Unknown]
Amen.
[Unknown]
You have a quorum. Senate journal for January 17, 2017.
Bill Howell
The senior Senator moves that the reading of the journal be waived. 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, no, 2.
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
I respectfully move that we waive the reading of any communications from the House of delegates.
Bill Howell
The question is shall the reading of the communication be waived. Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
Tommy Norment
Ayes 36, nos 3.
[Unknown]
The reading of the communication is waived. The clerk will please report any communications from the governor.
[Unknown]
We do not have any, sir.
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk.
[Unknown]
The time has come to welcome visitors to the gallery and take up other matters from the morning hour. The Senator from Alexandria, Senator Ebbin I rise for an introduction.
Adam Ebbin
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
We are visited by Virginia young democrats. One is working with us on legislation. The young democrats are from 13 to 35 and the largest partisan youth organization in the commonwealth. In the past 2016 election they contacted thousands of voters and supported and elected young democrats including the Richmond new mayor. The host annual high school leadership academy to equip high schoolers to be effective advocates for the issues they care about and give back to the communities in their charitable work including food drives, fundraisers and other events. Know in are Arlington they partnered with the young republicans to do similar charitable work. They are advocating to prevent opioid overdoses to prevent young teen pregnancy.
Adam Ebbin
Would members from the young democrats please ryder? Thank you all for being with us and thank you for advocating on the opioid overdose. As you all know there will be over a thousand deaths in Virginia if we tonight wrap our arms around the problem. It will take all of us working together. Appreciate you being here and all have done to get folks elect. I ask members to offer the young democrats the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
The junior Senator from Virginia beach, Senator DeSteph .
Bill DeSteph
I rise for three introductions.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Bill DeSteph
They are led by bruce and connie meyer. We also have captain tina mapes and her grandchildrenaidan and elizabeth. And I have a special visitor. Our Virginia beach Page .
[Unknown]
Let me come back to that one if you don't mind. I have you covered. We will to this one at a time. I would like to have the folks from the republican professional network if you are in the gallery, please rise.
[Unknown]
Thank you all for being here this afternoon. I think some more are joining us as we speak. Appreciate you all getting around and advocating for those things important to you. I would ask the members of the Senate to join me in offering the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
The junior Senator if you could introduce your second group of guests, thank you.
[Unknown]
Our second guest is captain tina mapes and her grand children aidan and elizabeth.
[Unknown]
Please rise. What a great looking group. Thank you for being with us. A tremendous amount of history here in Virginia 's capitol. We appreciate you visiting us. I ask the members of the Senate to join me in offering Ms. Tina mapes and your grand children the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
The junior Senator from Virginia beach.
[Unknown]
One of our pages from Virginia beach, ainsley prove tore, when most pages went home this weekend she stayed here in Richmond and participated in the miss cardinal teen pageant. Not only did she participate, she won. I would like to introduce miss cardinal teen.
[Unknown]
Congratulations on your great win this weekend. We are very proud of you. Join me in offering the warm welcome and congratulations of the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Virginia beach, Senator Wagner .
Frank Wagner
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for purposes of introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Frank Wagner
On behalf of myself and the senior Senator from Richmond city I would like to introduce a group of visitors. Relatives of Senator steward. Mr. O.T. And Mrs. Christian mull lins and hank mullins and walker mullins. I believe they are up in the gallery, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Would Mr. O.T. And Patrick mullins and walker mullins please rise if you are with us. Good afternoon and thanks for being here. We will not get too much into the details of your relationship to Senator steward. We appreciate you being here to support him. As you know, we are great friends and if there is time in the upcoming year if you could work on his fishing skills a little bit, we would appreciate I would ask the Senate to join that. Me. Payback is not good sometime, I understand. I ask the members of the Senate to please join Senator Stuart 's family to the gally. [applause]
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Loudoun. Senator Black I rise for an introduction.
Dick Black
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
We are joined by thomas Vogel who is 8 years old. He is a tennis player, a skier, a soccer player. And the fastest kid in the family. [laughter]
Dick Black
So, he is also accompanied by abbey bruce who is a student at Fauquier high school. And we certainly offer them our welcome.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator Black. Would thomas Vogel and abby bruce please stand. Welcome to the gallery and thomas you have grown up so nicely and you are so happenedsome and thank you -- handsome and thank you for being here to spend some time with your mom. We look forward to seeing you. I would ask the Senate to join us in welcoming young master thomas and abby the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
The junior Senator from Loudoun, Senator Wexton .
Jennifer Wexton
Thank you Mr. President. I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Jennifer Wexton
Today's in vocation was provided by one of my favorite people, pastor michelle thomas. She is joined by her family and members of the congregation. I cannot think of a better day to join us than on the day when we celebrate the legend of Dr. Martin luther king. Holy and whole ministries just celebrated its 10th anniversary. And pastor michelle doesn't just preach about serving the community and doing God 's work on earth. She walks the talk. She founded the Loudoun freedom center for education and information of african american resources and communities. As a part of that a year ago she learned that the toll brothers development was planning to build a highway off ramp on the site of the largest cemetery in Loudoun County land that was part of the plantation built by the Lee family in the early 1700s. Pastor thomas wasn't about to let that happen. If you know her at all, you know the developers did not stand a chance. She took them on and after intense negotiations they agreed to turn over the almost three acre site to pastor thomas' church and the new cemetery board and the site will be protected in perpetuity. I feel honored to have here today as one of my con at this constituentsand friends. Give them the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Would Reverend thomas and your guests please rise. Thank you for being here to get us off to a good start on Martin luther king day. We are excited in Richmond. Most people know on Friday our governor and attorney general and myself announced that our newly renovated building has been named after barbara johns. A very courageous 16-year-old african american teen ager who said I deserve the same education that all virginians deserve and led to the case brown vs. The board of education, oliver hill argued the case. The office that I sit in. So we are very proud of that. Thank you all for being here today on this special day. And Reverend thomas, thanks for getting us off to a great start and safe travels to you back to northern Virginia. I would ask the members of the Senate to join me in offering Reverend thomas and her friends and family the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
The Senator from Hampton, Senator Locke. Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for two introductions.
Mamie Locke
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Joining us in the gallery are members of kappa alpha psy founded January 5, 1911 son the campus of bloomington university the fraternity motto is in indiana. Achievement in every field of human entiver. They are celebrating 106 years as a t. Fraternity. They are here supporting legislation on civil rights, healthcare, improving public education and mentoring programs for our youth. Please welcome the members of the kappa alpha to the Senate of Virginia .
Mamie Locke
I would. Thank you, Senator. Would members of fraternity please rise? Thank you all for being in the gallery with us today. I enjoyed visiting with you all early this morning and the ninth year we appreciate you coming back and advocating for the issues important to you, I ask the members of the Senate to join me in offering the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
The Senator from Hampton, Senator Locke .
Mamie Locke
Thank you, Mr. President. I also have the privilege of introducing the members of the baptist general convention of Virginia. They represent 29 associations and over 500,000 Virginia church members. The convention was organized in 1899 at the historical first african baptist church in rich Monday. Their mission is to unite and equip churches, ministries, associations and constituents to do wholistic ministry to propagate the gospel and support education and mixes in Virginia and beyond. The current presidents Reverend Dr. Steven blount. They are here today to meet and express support of gun violence prevention legislation and their commitment to making communities safer and healthier. Please join me in giving them a warm welcome to the Senate .
[Unknown]
Would members from the baptist general convention please rise. Welcome and I enjoyed visiting with you. I'm a member of first baptist on the eastern shore. You touch many lives across the commonwealth of Virginia. Thanks for being with us today. I would ask the members of the Senate to join me in offering the warm welcome to the baptist general convention. [applause]
Mamie Locke
The Senator from Fauquier, Senator Vogel. Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for an introduction.
Jill Holtzman Vogel
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I would like to draw your attention in the gallery to matt colt Hall. He is a force in southwest Virginia. He grew up in far southwest Virginia and moved far north to Roanoke where he lives now where he has worked in the legal field and now in the banking field. He is a very talented writer and a frequent contributor to bearing drift. But here is really the tragic start to his involvement in politics and that is I 'm told that in 2011 his first political job ever was as a field director for a young well maybe not so young Senator Stanley for the Senate. And that probably ruined him forever. But with that, I would like to tell you that he is a very accomplished person and a good friend and I would ask that my colleagues please extend to him the very warm welcome of the Senate .
Jill Holtzman Vogel
Thank you, Senator. Would matt Hall please rise. It is great to have you with us here today. I won't make any comments on what was just said. [laughter]
[Unknown]
But thanks for the work you are doing for the commonwealth and the bearing drift. Thanks for being here. I would ask the members of the Senate to join me in offering Mr. Matt colt Hall the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
The Senator from Bedford, Senator Newman .
Steve Newman
I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Steve Newman
Mr. President, Virginia is blessed in so many ways but one of those ways is our Virginia state Senate Page program. And throughout the years we have seen that program not only become more accomplished, maybe a bit more people in it, but also that it has received state and national attention as being a high quality program. To the credit of the clerk and the many people who work behind the scenes it is a program that often changes young people's lives. I have two children that went through the program and it was extraordinary for them. One quick note is that when they sent my two children home, we went out to eat with them. Each one of them the same, and they both said that they wanted water instead of tea and we said what changed, something down in the Senate. Well, we found out that for tea you have to pay for it. Well, that is true. [laughter]
[Unknown]
Amazing things happen during that process and it is such a joyous experience. Mr. President, today we have the honor of having a number of former pages with us and I would ask that you give the warm welcome of the Senate to the former pages.
[Unknown]
Thank you so much, Senator. If we can and I don't know how far have to go back. I will go year for year and recognize you all. Would the class of 2016 please rise. All right. You all are well represented. It is great having you all back. And just as the good Senator from Bedford said, we are so proud of our Page program here and it is a great young scholars like yourselves that make this program so successful. So we appreciate what you contribute and thank you all for being here today. I would ask the members of the Senate to join me in offering the class of 2016 pages the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
Would the class of 2015 please rise? All right. Y'all are holding up and doing all right. Looking good. But thank you all for being here today. And I appreciate you all coming by the office and saying hello. It is to wonderful to see you all grow up and mature and be a wonderful young adults. I would ask the Senate to join me in offering the Page class of 2015 the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
Would the class of 2014 please rise? Wow. Okay. We're getting a little lower in numbers. But appreciate you all taking time. I know you all have missed a lot of school because of the snow, but certainly appreciate you all coming by and visiting. I see we have a former lieutenant governor with us this morning. So -- or this afternoon. So it is always great seeing you. I would ask the Senate to please join me in offering the Page class of 2014 the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
All right. Any other classes up there? All right. That is good. That's good. All right. Thank you all for being here. The Senator from -- ex-cause me, the senior Senator -- excuse me, the senior Senator, Senator Saslaw .
[Unknown]
I think one Page became governor and that was jared bellaisles. Might be a future governor up
[Unknown]
I would just ask you all there. Please don't run for governor in 2017. [laughter]
[Unknown]
The Senator from Arlington, Senator Favola .
Barbara Favola
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Barbara Favola
Thank you, Mr. President. In the gallery with us is the wife and family of my seat mate erin maiden is also Mrs. Surovell. A tax lawyer and I understand even a more renowned lawyer than Senator Surovell. Along with four of their children some maybe in the gallery. Eva Surovell, age 16 was actually a Page in 2015. And madam clerk gave her the title of the first Senator Surovell. So I don't know if eva is there. Leah Surovell is 14. She was a Page just last year in 2016. Mara Surovell, age 10. And then a young man colin Surovell is also age 10. Mara is age 11 and colin is age 10. Would the Surovell family please stand. And I ask that the Senate give the Surovell family a fine welcome.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would Senator Surovell 's family please rise? Thank you all for being here today to keep an eye on your husband and your dad. He is doing great work. And we appreciate you as a family letting him come and serve the commonwealth of Virginia. I would ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering Senator Surovell 's family the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
The Senator from Hampton, Senator Locke. Thank you, Mr. President. I have one more introduction.
Mamie Locke
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Please join me in welcoming a group from the state naacp who are present in the gallery accompanied by joseph fryerson.
Mamie Locke
Would members from the naacp please rise? Good afternoon. And thank you all for being here today and thanks for all of the great work that you have done over the years. It is always a pleasure to work with you and appreciate you being here in Mr. Jefferson's capital today on Martin luther king day. I ask the members of the Senate to join me in offer the members from the Virginia naacp the worm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
The Senator from Portsmouth, Senator Lucas .
Louise Lucas
Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, we have several distinguished groups visiting at the capitol today and I 'm not sure if the two groups arrived yet but wanted to to this while we are still in the morning hour. Seated in the gallery, I hope, forming the coalition, Mr. President is the members of the american cancer society and links incorporated of Southampton and, of course, but hope they arrived from the House and in the Senate gallery.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Are the members from the american cancer society and links with us this afternoon? If you are, please rise. Senator, they May be watching from one of the other galleries but if they are here, appreciate all the work that you are doing and I would ask the members of the Senate to join me in offering members from the american cancer society and links the warm welcome the Senate. [applause]
Louise Lucas
The Senator from Spotsylvania, Senator Reeves .
Bryce Reeves
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
Flood.
Bryce Reeves
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Member of the body, a good friend of mine who I met through the last year throughout Virginia and campaigning. We know there are certain individuals you meet that leave an impression upon you that when they are not around or you don't talk to them, it kind of affects you. And richard is one of those guys I met on the campaign trail. He is here today to help support our second amendment rights but also it is his first time in Mr. President. I would ask for the warm welcome of richard roberts.
[Unknown]
Thanks for being here with us this afternoon and appreciate advocating on those things important to you. We hope you have a great stay and hope you come back often. A lot of history here in Richmond. I would ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering Mr. Richard roberts the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
Any other business for the morning hour? Resolutions, petitions and bills are now in order. Seeing none, I would ask that the clerk please call the calendar.
[Unknown]
Senator calendar for Monday, January 16, 2017. Uncontested calendar. Senate bills on second reading.
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
I would now love that all -- move that all of the Senate bills on the second reading on the uncontested calendar Senate bills on pages 1-4 including Senate bill 880 through Senate bill 1062 be advance to the engrossment in the block to the third reading after the adoption of any amendments. Any Senator who desires to remove one of the bills from the block should do so after the clerk has read the number of the bill.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the Senate bills on second reading on the uncontested calendar on pages 1-4 Senate bill 880 through Senate bill 1062 be engrossed and advanced to the third reading in the block after the adoption of the amendments thereto and any Senator that desires to remove from the block do so. All in favor say aye. The motion is agreed to.
Tommy Norment
Senate bill 880.
[Unknown]
The Senator from northern Fairfax, Senator Howell .
Janet Howell
I move the committee amendment be agreed to.
[Unknown]
All in favor aye.
Janet Howell
The amendment is agreed to. Senate bill 922. Senate bill 974 reported from the committee on education and Senate bill 999 education and health. Health. Senate bill 15099 reported with a sub taut.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Henrico .
[Unknown]
I move that the substitute be agreed to.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
It is a promotion.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the substitute be agreed to. All in favor say aye., those opposed, no. The will is agreed to.
[Unknown]
The Senator from western Fairfax County. Senator Marsden .
Dave Marsden
I move that 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 committee amendment is agreed to.
Dave Marsden
Senate bill 1032. Senate bill 1062 reported from the committee on education and health.
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk. The question is shall the Senate bills be engrossed and advanced to the third reading. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The yaey have it.
[Unknown]
Senate bill on second reading. 981.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 981, a bill. Relating to charity health care services; liability protection for administrators. Reported from committee on education and health.
[Unknown]
Senator Stanley .
[Unknown]
I move that Senate bill 98 be engrossed and advanced to its third reading.
[Unknown]
All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it.
[Unknown]
Uncontested calendar. Senate bills on first reading.
[Unknown]
Senator Norment .
[Unknown]
I move that the uncontested bills including all Senate bills on pages 4 through 9 including Senate bill 852 through Senate bill 1196 that the rules of the Senate be sus spended and that the first constitutional reading of the titles be dispensed with.
Bill Howell
Should the rules be suspended and first reading on the uncontested calendar and regular calendar Senate bill 852 through 1196 be dispensed with. 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 39, nos 0.
[Unknown]
The readings are dispensed with. The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Mr. President I would ask that all of the bills be passed bye for the day.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the Senate bills on the uncontested and regular calendars now on second reading go bye for the day. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The bills will go bye for the day. We have some commending resolutions I will call on the Senator from Arlington, Senator Favola .
Barbara Favola
Thank you, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the rules be suspended and h.J.R. 728 be taken up for immediate
Barbara Favola
Thank you, Senator. Consideration.
Bill Howell
The question is shall the rules be suspended and h.J.R. 728 be taken up for immediate consideration. Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to ch ange their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 39, nos 0.
[Unknown]
The rules are suspended to take up the resolution for immediate consideration. The clerk will please read the title of the resolution.
[Unknown]
House joint resolution number 728. Commending Preston c.Caruthers.
[Unknown]
He worked in a bipartisan way, well known developer and a philanthropist. I'm asking for special consideration because there is an event taking place where we want to present the resolution this evening.
[Unknown]
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 northern Chesapeake. Senator Spruill .
Lionell Spruill
I move that the rules be suspended that h.J. 77 b be taken up for immediate consideration.
Bill Howell
The question is shall the rules be suspended and h.J.R. 727 be taken up for immediate consideration. All in favor of the motion record their votes aye 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.
Lionell Spruill
Ayes 39, nos o.
[Unknown]
The rules suspended pended to take up for immediate consideration. Read the title of the resolution.
[Unknown]
Number 727 commenting Dr. Tony Lee mcnair jr.
[Unknown]
The Senator from northern Chesapeake, Senator Spruill .
Lionell Spruill
Mr. President I move that the resolution be agreed to all in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The resolution is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Nor Norment .
Lionell Spruill
Does that complete today's calendar?
[Unknown]
Yes, sir.
[Unknown]
Is there any other business to come before the --
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Bath .
[Unknown]
I would like to return to the morning hour for a brief moment if I May .
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
I would like to ask leave of absence. Senator Edwards is away on a matter of pressing personal business.
[Unknown]
The calendar will reflect that the Senator from Roanoke city is away from the capital on pressing personal business.
[Unknown]
The junior Senator from Richmond, Senator McClellan .
Jennifer McClellan
Thank you, Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen of the Senate. Today I rise on behalf of Dr. Martin luther king jr. Memorial commission which is pleased to join the nation today in remembering and celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King on the 88th anniversary of his birth. Dr. King was born on January 15, 1929 in atlanta, georgia. A man of many gifts and talents. He entered moorhouse college at the tender age of 15 and earned his bachelor's degree in sociology in June. He saved his degree in 195 at age 22 and earned his b.H.D. From -- p.H.D. At age 26. His calling was uniquely timed to one of the moisture but lentt sometimes in american history. After row have parks was arrested for refusting relinquish her seat on a Montgomery city bus, in anonymous young southern baptist minister was thrust into the public eye when he suck successy led the Montgomery city bus boycott and the 1956 chicago protest for equal housing. In 1957 he organized the southern christian leadership conference an organization devoted to the cause of civil rights. The stance against jim you laws culminated in the August 1928 -- August 28, 1963 March on Washington where he gave his famous "I have a dream" speech which convicted the soul of this nation. Dr. King has been credited with marshaling, galvanizing and unifying african americans and other americans to change the status quo through nonviolent protests commonlily known as the civil rights movement. Unfortunately, too many people know doctor king only as a great civil rights leader. The mlk commission of which I have been proud to serve as chair for the past few years is working to educate virginians concerning Dr. King and the totality of his being as a noted scholar, prolific writer, Peace maker, humanitarian, a lover of history, and advocate for education. The consummate theologian, father, husband and servant who dedicated and dae sided early in his -- decided early in hisself to something eternal and absolute. In the spirit of Dr. King our nonpartisan commission was create the by the Virginia general assembly in response to the federal law that establish the the national king holiday and requested that the states establish state wide commissions to memorialize Dr. King's work and legacy. Virginia was among the first state to create such a commission. It state and local industries and institutions and community groups to continue his work in the commonwealth through educational, historic, cultural and commemorative programs that facilitate public policy analysis through the lens of his principles and philosophy, promote scholarly inquiry, encourage citizen participation, present his life and achievement in historic context and offer discourse on contemporary issues. The commission is one of the busy best legislative agencies. The accomplishments include the start of research in 2004 to identify the first african american legislators to serve in the general assembly during reconstruction. As part of the 150th anniversary of the emancipation proclamation, honored the african american men who served in the underwood convention and in the House and Senate during reconstruction from 1867 to 1890 with the plaques that now hang in the state capitol at the great seal. In 2014 the commission paid tribute to the descendants of the legislators who reside across the nation. The commission hosted a panel of historians, educators and legal dollars to discuss the 50s this anniversary of the 1964 civil rights act and in 2015 the commission led the state commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the 1965 voting rights act. Persons who attended offered cogent observations and ideas concerning the future of voting rights. Today, we continue our work and are deeply involved in continuing to build the african american legislateor database, to which african americans elected to the general assembly since 1967 will be added. Two other major projects include king in Virginia to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King on April 4, 2018. All throw the commonwealth is acquainted with his leadership of civil rights movement and efforts in the deep south, few virginians are aware of his in influence and fight for civil rights right here in the commonwealth. The commission will participate in a national observation of his assassination by working in collaboration with the safe community institutions of higher education and the library of Virginia to assemble, document and exhibit Dr. King's numerous visits to the commonwealth and his influence here in Virginia. The commission was also directed in 2012 to erect the Virginia emancipation proclamation and freedom monument. Brown's island has been select the for the site 69 monument. A design has been selected and jay Warren of oregon is the artist. We anticipate the monument will be unveiled to coincide with the anniversary of the arrival of the first africans to the free world. An assassin's bullet ended Dr. King's life but not his dream for the nation. It is appropriate that we remember today the circumstances and social conditions in our nation that propelled Dr. King this drum major for justice, love, Peace and equality into the social consciousness. During these challenging economic, social and political times for so many citizens especially the poor, the marginalized and disenfran chased the commission renews its commitment to our mission to continue Dr. King's work and perpetuate his legacy in the commonwealth. On behalf of the Dr. Martin luther king jr. Memorial commission we urge all virginians to become involved in their communities. Let's honor Dr. King by accepting others without regard to gender, race, socioeconomic background. We invite you to join us as we recommit ourselves to leadership through service to the people of this great commonwealth. Let us stave for public policies that -- strive for public policies that renext his dream of justice, love, Peace and equality. Let us accept Dr. King's challenge to be great by serving one another, being supportive of one another and sincerely working together to make Virginia a commonwealth of and these united states the land opportunity. Of the beloved country where people are judged by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin. Mr. President, I respectfully move that when the Senate adjourns today, we do so in the honor and memory of Dr. Martin luther king jr.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Fairfax city, Senator Petersen .
Chap Petersen
Rise for an announcement.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Chap Petersen
A few years ago without knowing it you bestowed on me the honor of being the captain of our basketball team and our game comes up quickly on the 24th. This will be done for the benefit of the massey cancer center and playing the folks down the Hall. We have one and only one night for practice, tomorrow evening at vcu at the ordinary gym. We will be installing a motion offense a zone defense, full-court press perhaps. [laughter]
[Unknown]
But really we just need bodies so please bring your shoes and bring your shorts and hope to see you tomorrow evening. And Mr. President, you, also. Thank you.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Augusta, Senator Hanger .
Emmett Hanger
I rise for announcement.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Emmett Hanger
I want to share with the body tomorrow morning finance committee meeting at 9:00 a.M. For the purpose of briefing by our staff on the budget including all of the governor's proposed amendments to the budget. I would encourage all of you to take the taunt to be there for that -- the opportunity to be there for the briefing and we will hear from the secretary of finance with an update as far as where the economy has been in I think it would be useful Virginia through December. Information for all of the members to be there at 9:00 a.M. Tomorrow morning. Thank you, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Mr. President, I rise for a respectful observation about parliamentary procedure in the Senate .
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Tommy Norment
I want to thank the gentle lady for reminding us why this day is commemorated and sharing with us the history and legacy of Dr. Martin luther king. I think many of us have a superficial knowledge of his life, but that she shared some in depth with us. And I have found actually over the years that actually if we pay attention to some of the points of personal privilege that are not based on politics, that you actually can learn something. But in order to learn something, I think it is required that we be respectful of the individual that is speaking. And I realize that it takes a period of time to transition from the raucus of the House of delegates where perhaps they don't adhere to parliament erie spect as much as we do in the Senate of Virginia. Just as a matter of observation I would remind all of us and particularly some of our friends who perhaps picked up some bad habits over in the House of delegates that when one of our colleagues is speaking on a point of personal privilege if you would please be so respectful to stay in your seat and not to carry on a collateral conversation with any of our members thank you, Mr. President.
[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]
Today, Monday, January 16. The committee on commerce and labor will meet one hour after -- at 1:30. Commerce and labor at 1:30 in Senate room b. Committee on general laws and technology, 45 minutes after adjournment, Senate room a. Finance subcommittee on health and human resources, 4:00 p.M., 10th floor conference room. Senators Hanger, Howell, Newman, Barker and Dunnavant. Northern Virginia delegation, 5:00 p.M. 6 th floor speaker's conference room. Tomorrow, Tuesday, January 17. The finance subcommittee on economic development and natural resources, 7:30 a.M. 10th floor conference room. Senators Ruff, Saslaw, Wagner, and Obenshain. Education and health subcommittee on health professions, 8:30 a.M., 4th floor east conference room. Senators Dunnavant, Suetterlein, Carrico, Barker and Lucas. The committee on finance, 9:00 a.M. Senate room b. Staff briefing, republican caucus, 11:30 a.M. Senate room 2, capitol. Democratic caucus, 11:30 a.M. Senate room one. And judicial forms available at the clerk's desk. See tara or sarah for those.
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk. The Senator from Bedford, Senator Newman .
Steve Newman
I move that the Senate do now adjourn until 12 noon tomorrow and we do so in movele memory of the memory of the Dr. Martin luther king jr.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the Senate stand adjourned until 12:00 noon tomorrow and do so in memory of the Reverend Dr. Martin luther king jr. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no.
[Unknown]
The ayes have it. The Senate stands adjourned until 12:00 noon tomorrow. [Senate adjourned at 12:58 p.M.] [Senate adjourned at 12:58 p.M.]