01/19/2017 Senate Proceedings

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HB347—00:00:40
HB367—00:02:55
HB71—00:00:50
HB325—00:01:00
HB416—00:00:20
HB351—00:00:40
HB3—00:00:15
HB351—00:00:40
HB344—00:00:30
HB3—00:06:10
HB58—00:02:10
HB24—00:00:25
HB361—00:00:30
HB359—00:00:45
HB382—00:01:15
HB391—00:02:05
HB54—00:01:50
HB24—00:04:20
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:00
Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)—00:03
Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)—00:09
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)—00:10
Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg)—02:04
Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico)—00:03
Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania)—00:02
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—04:38
Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta)—00:00
Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)—02:48
Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)—00:00
Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)—00:02
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—01:16
Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)—00:05
Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)—00:00
Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield)—00:00
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—07:57
Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke)—00:02
Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico)—00:00
Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)—00:00
Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)—02:55
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Minutes

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

Prayer offered by Bishop Darren L. Gay, Sr., Higher Way Ministries,
Petersburg, Virginia

ROLL CALL OF MEMBERS: quorum present

Motion of Senator Norment dispensed with reading of Journal (38?Y
2?N)

COMMUNICATION FROM HOUSE (HN10118): reading waived (38?Y 2?N)

The House of Delegates has passed the following House bills: HB
1571, 1582

House bills referred: see January 20 Senate Calendar

BILLS AND RESOLUTION REPORTED

From Courts of Justice: SB 791 rereferred to Finance, 865,
1049S rereferred to Finance, 1072S rereferred to Finance, 1299, 1300 rereferred
to Finance, 1362S, 1378 rereferred to Finance, 1440 rereferred to Finance, 1444
rereferred to Finance; SJ 241

From Education and Health: SB 894S, 1005 rereferred to
Finance, 1006S, 1024S, 1026 rereferred to Finance, 1027, 1046, 1064A rereferred
to Finance, 1178A, 1180A, 1221A, 1230A, 1242A, 1323, 1330 rereferred to Courts
of Justice, 1403S

From Transportation: SB 855, 1041, 1069, 1085, 1101A, 1148,
1169, 1211, 1250, 1279, 1366A, 1415S

BILLS REREFERRED

From Courts of Justice: SB 953 rereferred to Agriculture,
Conservation and Natural Resources, 1424 rereferred to Education and Health

From Education and Health: SB 955 rereferred to Finance, 985
rereferred to Finance, 986 rereferred to Finance, 987 rereferred to Finance,
1087 rereferred to Finance, 1088 rereferred to Finance, 1379 rereferred to
Finance, 1482 rereferred to Rehabilitation and Social Services

From Transportation: SB 805 rereferred to Finance

Bills presented, ordered printed and referred/joint resolutions laid
on Clerks Desk under Senate Rules 11(b), (26)g and HJR 555: see January 20
Senate Calendar

CALENDAR

UNCONTESTED CALENDAR

SENATE BILLS ON THIRD READING

SB 796 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

SB 817 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

SB 867 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

SB 874 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

SB 903 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

SB 913 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

SB 935 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

SB 1068 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

REGULAR CALENDAR

SENATE BILLS ON THIRD READING

SB 870 - Read third time and passed Senate (33-Y 6-N 1-A)

SB 879 - Passed by for day

SB 1055 - Passed by for day

UNCONTESTED CALENDAR

SENATE BILLS ON SECOND READING

SB 873 - Read second time, Committee substitute agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SB 891 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB 896 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB 905 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB 988 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB 989 - Read second time, Committee amendments rejected (voice
vote), Stanley floor substitute agreed to (voice vote), Engrossed by Senate
block vote (voice vote)

SB 994 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB 1003 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB 1037 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB 1042 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB 1113 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB 1237 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

REGULAR CALENDAR

SENATE BILLS ON SECOND READING

SB 898 - Read second time, Committee substitute rejected (voice
vote), Ebbin floor substitute #1 withdrawn, Stuart floor substitute #2 agreed
to (voice vote), Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

SB 1126 - Passed by for day

UNCONTESTED CALENDAR

SENATE BILLS ON FIRST READING

SB 786 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 804 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 843 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 864 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 912 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 919 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 926 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 936 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 960 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 961 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 964 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 977 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 1001 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 1025 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 1083 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 1104 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 1135 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 1225 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 1254 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 1304 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

REGULAR CALENDAR

SENATE BILLS ON FIRST READING

SB 901 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 1073 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 1084 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 1134 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 1236 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 1302 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 1303 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

MEMORIAL RESOLUTIONS

HJ 539 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 553 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 554 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 561 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 566 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 600 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 602 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 613 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 647 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 654 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 667 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 668 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 669 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 670 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 671 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SJ 283 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SJ 301 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SJ 302 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SJ 304 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SR 104 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SJ 239 - Out of block, Agreed to by Senate

SJ 249 - Out of block, Agreed to by Senate

SJ 250 - Out of block, Passed by for day

SJ 293 - Out of block, Agreed to by Senate

COMMENDING RESOLUTIONS

HJ 550 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 557 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 560 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 563 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 564 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 565 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 567 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 574 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 582 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 583 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 584 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 591 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 592 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 593 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 594 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 595 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 596 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 598 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 599 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 603 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 604 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 605 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 606 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 608 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 620 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 621 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 623 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 624 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 625 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 632 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 643 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 644 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 645 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 653 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 655 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 657 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 658 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 659 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 660 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 661 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 687 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 713 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 714 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 715 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 716 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 723 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 286 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 287 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 288 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 294 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 303 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 306 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 313 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 314 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 316 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SR 103 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 631 - Out of block, Passed by for day

SJ 315 - Out of block, Passed by for day

On motion of Senator Newman, the Senate adjourned in Memory of
Robert E. Lee at 1:19 p.m. to convene Friday, January 20, 2017 at 10:00
a.m. 

 

Transcript

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[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 please rise and be led in prayer by bishop darren l. Gay, sr., from higher way ministries in Petersburg. Bishop gay, thank you so much.
[Unknown]
Let us pray. Our God and our father, we come to you today. We thank you for being here. We thank you for being our maker and our creator. We pray for this session as it convenes today. We pray for our president, for these united states of america, we pray for our president elect. We pray for a peaceful we pray for our congress, transition. Senate, elected officials of our state. Lord, we pray that they will vote the voices of those that cannot be heard, the spirit of compassion. Pray for those that are least, lost and left out. We pray that you will bless them to make sound decisions concerning our state. We pray that you will bless our troops and our men and women in our armed forces that serve and protect our democracy. It is in jesus' name we pray, amen.
[Unknown]
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. Senate journal for Wednesday, January 18th, 2017.
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk. The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment, reads the reading of the wave will be waved. All in favor of waiving the record their votes aye, opposed reading of the journal will 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 vote.
Tommy Norment
Clerk: ayes 30, nos
[Unknown]
The reading of the journal is waived. The clerk will report any communications from the House of delegates. 2 the Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you. I respectfully move we waive any reading.
Bill Howell
Thank you. The question is should it be waived? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
Tommy Norment
Clerk: ayes 38, nos 2.
[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]
The time has come to recognize visitors to the gallery and take up other matters of the morning hour. The Senator from Petersburg. Senator, I May come back to you and let him make his way up to the gallery. Thank you. The senior Senator from Loudoun County, Senator Black .
Dick Black
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
Dick Black
Today the Senate gallery is graced by miss olivia Vogel, who has been with us now I think several times in recent years. She's 4 years old, and she has a tremendous sense of humor, a great personality and she loves being here with her mom, and we are delighted to have her here.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Olivia, would you please stand, please?
[Unknown]
Good afternoon. It's so good to see you again, and you are looking just more beautiful than ever. So we appreciate you being here with your mom and helping her get through the day and doing all the important work that she does. I'm going to ask the Senate to please join me in offering you a round of applause and welcome. Let's do that for young miss olivia Vogel. (applause). The Senator from Richmond city, Senator McClellan .
Jennifer McClellan
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Jennifer McClellan
Thank you, Mr. President. In the gallery today, we are joined by volunteers from the american heart association who have traveled from all over Virginia, including my constituent chandra hurs from Richmond, to share the aaa's lifesaving mission of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the united states while stroke is the no. 3 killer right here in Virginia. The american heart association and the american stroke association supports and advocates for public policy that will improve the cardiovascular health of americans by 20% while reducing deaths by coronary heart disease and stroke by 20% by 2020. As the granddaughter of both grandmother and grandfather who died of heart attacks, I ask that you join me in welcoming them to the Senate today.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would members from the american heart association please rise. Thank you all. You all are easy to recognize in your beautiful red. We probably should have had you come down before session and and inspect what these senators are eating for their lunch. As you all know, a lot of heart disease can be prevented, and so it's important that we help folks at a young age and give them good habits as they move on through life. We appreciate all that you all do for heart disease and prevention across the commonwealth. So thanks for being here today. I'd ask members of the Senate to please join me in offering members of the american heart association the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause). The Senator from Fauquier, Senator Vogel .
Jill Holtzman Vogel
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Jill Holtzman Vogel
I apologize, Mr. President. I don't think you have a sheet on this introduction, but I would be reremiss if he did not take this opportunity to recognize a very distinguished guest in the gallery, and that is my legislative aid, patricia styles. Trisha has worked in my office now -- this will be her tenth year as my legislative aid, and there is nobody who is more gracious, meets with more people or works harder both during the time we are here in Richmond and also when we're not, because she keeps our Senate office in Winchester on pick deli street open almost every day of the year and she meets with people on every subject that you can conceive of and helps me solve every problem that you can ever dream of. And so she has helped me help the constituents in my district and done an incredible amount of work, and here is the great tragedy. That is, trisha believes that she's going to retire at the end of this year. Now, I 'm not exactly sure that I 'm going to let that happen, but that's what she thinks, and so this could be the last time I have the opportunity to introduce trisha stiles on the Senate floor as my legislative aid. And over the last ten years, I 've made all kinds of remarks that she has never let me live down about her age, her birthday. So I will refrain from making any little jabs and just say that she has been an extraordinary friend and a wonderful, wonderful person to the folks in our community, and I would ask that you please extend to trisha the very, very warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
I will, Senator. Thank you. Trish, I should have said I was recognizing two lovely ladies when I introduced olivia earlier. That was my mishap. But thank you for being here, and as the Senator from Fauquier said, thank you for all you've done to help her over the years. We all know what it takes, and we couldn't do what we do without great people at our side like you. So thanks for everything. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering trish the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause). The Senator from Rockingham, Senator Obenshain .
Mark Obenshain
(inaudible).
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
Mark Obenshain
Mr. President, members of the Senate, we have all kinds of chamber of commerce groups that come to the capitol every year. The Harrisonburg Rockingham chamber of commerce has a leadership program that's really been outstanding in bringing up young leaders in our community and business community who are actually stepping up and assuming some real public leadership roles throughout the she know -- shall know -- shenah valley a group of those are here today in conjunction with the chamber of commerce, and they are accompanied by the director/president of the chamber of commerce, frank. Mr. President, I would ask that you extend the warm welcome of the Senate to this nice group.
[Unknown]
I will. Will members of the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County leadership please rise. Thank you so much for being with us this afternoon and thanks for working with all of us will in here to advocate for all virginians. That's all we're trying to do, is move this commonwealth forward. We appreciate what you do with the business community, especially small businesses, which are the backbone of our economy. So I would ask the Senate to please join me in offering members from the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County leadership the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
The Senator from Petersburg, Senator Dance .
Roz Dance
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for the purpose of two introductions.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
Roz Dance
Thank you, Mr. President. This afternoon, we were fortunate enough to have bishop darren gay senior of higher way ministries in Petersburg offer the opening prayer. Bishop gay is a man after the heart of God who has been chosen, ordained, anointed and set apart for the ultimate work of God. He has been preaching the word of God for over 26 years with 18 of those years serving as a senior pastor of high way ministries. Bishop gay is a product of Sussex County school system. He attended baptist seminary and received his doctorate degree of divinity in jacksonville, florida. He is married to the former danielle Bell of maryland, and they have been blessed with three children, darren junior, deshaun and grace. I would like to thank bishop gay for offering the prayer today. His lovely wife danielle and around 20 members of his congregation have joined him in the gallery, and Mr. President, I would ask that the national give them all a warm welcome.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator .
[Unknown]
Would bishop gay and your wife danielle and your guests please rise. Wow, you brought a lot of folks with you. Welcome to the Senate this afternoon. Bishop gay, as I said down here, thank you so much for your wonderful message. Thanks for getting us off to a good start today. We really appreciate you bringing folks from Petersburg to visit the capitol and see your Senator in action. So we hope you can come back soon and often and wish you safe travels. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering bishop gay and his wife danielle and all the guests the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Today in the gallery, we also have members of alpha fraternity incorporated visiting us as part of their annual lobby day. After fa phi after fa -- alpha phi alpha fraternity has a rich history of advance of the of african american and civil rights issues through collaboration with other organizations. Alpha phi alpha has influenced public policy and affect effect effect -- the chapter of alpha phi alpha incorporated is hosting their second day on the hill. The purpose of alpha day on the hill at the general assembly is to galvanize the brotherhood to participate in the political affairs of the commonwealth of Virginia. And Mr. President, I would ask that we give them all a warm Senate welcome.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would men's from alpha phi alpha fraternity please rise. Thank you all for being with us this afternoon and thanks for your advocacy for social justice across the commonwealth of Virginia and appreciate you being here, being the guest of the Senator from Petersburg and the guest of all of us here in the Senate, so thank you all and safe travels to you all. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members from the alpha phi alpha fraternity the warm welcome of the snait. Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
Today I want to welcome advocates of the alzheimer's association throughout Virginia. This is an exceptional honor for me as this group has a very special place in my heart. My mother survived with alzheimer's for 13 years until we lost her a couple years ago, so I personally want to thank you for your unwavering support of families throughout the commonwealth.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would members from the alzheimer's association please rise. Thank you all for being with us this afternoon and as you all know, there are so many virginians and americans that are affected with alzheimer's, and I think the good news is that we're not -- there are some very smart people out there, and we're not far from finding a cure. We know it's genetically based, so we appreciate all of your hard work. I think what all of us would like to see is when we find that cure, we would like to do it right here in the commonwealth of Virginia, and it's something that we can all be proud of and help a lot of folks at the same time. So thanks for your advocacy. Thanks for being with us in the Senate today. I'd ask members of the Senate to please join me in offering members of the alzheimer's association the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Loudoun, Senator Black .
Dick Black
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for an announcement. Mr. President, it has been my great joy and honor for several years now to join the pages when they go to the war memorial each evening. They go there -- the war memorial is a wonderful place, just tremendous experience for our young people, and I have always gone and spoken, which has been a great joy to me, not to glorify war, but to honor the people who have fought. I regret to say that while I was scheduled to do it tonight, I am on my way to Washington, and is I 'm going to miss it, and so my apologies to the pages, because this is -- for me, it's one of the high points of my time down here in the Senate to get to visit with you all, and I 'm sorry that you won't be able to, so anyway, I hope that you enjoy it very much.Ñw I 'm going to be on my way to Washington to help make america great again.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator, and safe travels to you. The Senator from Spotsylvania, Senator Reeves .
Bryce Reeves
Thank you, Senator, rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
Bryce Reeves
Ladies and gentlemen today, as you noticed, there's some military apparatus on the garden area today. As I mentioned yesterday, today is Virginia national guard day. In the gallery today, we are blessed to have some folks in uniform there. Corporal regina harris, sergeant James holloway and tech sergeant James wearing the cloth of the country. Mr. President, as you have done and many of us in this chamber have done the same thing, I 'd like you to welcome them to the chamber. I will mention that at 6 p.M. Tonight at the library of Virginia, they have a little reception and if the members, before they go down and get their cars, maybe stop by and say hello and thank you, I 'd greatly appreciate it. Thank you, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would corporal regina harris, text holiday and corporal James please rise. Thank you all. We know what role the Virginia national guard plays. We appreciate you wearing the uniform and keeping us safe, not only here in Virginia but around the world. So we are indebted to your services and we appreciate you coming by and visiting with us I would ask the members of the today. Senate to please join me in offering members from our Virginia national guard the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause). >> The senior Senator from bass county, Senator Deeds .
Creigh Deeds
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
Creigh Deeds
It's my pleasure to introduce a group of people from the largest and most diversely funded of the 56 state humanities councils in the nation, the Virginia foundation for the humanities. The board and staff members of the foundation and their founding president are in the many of you are familiar with gallery. The excellent work of the Virginia foundation for the humanities, but this year marks an important milestone in the organization's impressive 43 year history. In June, Dr. Rob vaughn, who founded the organization in 1974 will step down as president. William bro Adams, chairman of the national endowment for humidity said Dr. Vaughn is one of the most highly respected and gifted state hue he on -- humanities leaders in the indeed, our foundation has country. Produced more than 40 how humanities programs, including festivals, public radio programs, conferences and digital resources and contributed to more than 3500 grant projects and 350 fellowships. A trailblazer in the field of public humanities, the Virginia foundation for humanities is the only state council to produce its own radio programs and the only humanities organization in the world to partner with google to produce street view virtual tours of historic sites, including the capitol and the governor's mansion. Rob's leadership has prioritized not only the spirit of innovation but also a commitment to diversity and inclusion in the telling of Virginia 's stories. Early in the organization's history, rob and the vfh board established to focus on the history and cultural contributions of women and african americans in Virginia. That focus has continued and broadened to include Virginia indians and the increasingly diverse immigrant populations of the state. Last week, we passed hjr 684, commending rob for his stead fast and indeed prolific leadership. The resolution was presented to him this morning down the Hall, and I hope, Mr. President, that you will welcome rob and join me in thanking rob for his leadership at the Virginia foundation for the humanities for more than four decades. He's joined in the gallery by his wife ellen, his daughter hailey robertson, and vfh board members, including the chairman barbara freed, and I understand there's some foundation members who May be viewing in Senate room 3. I'd appreciate it if you would give them the warm greetings of the Senate .
[Unknown]
I will. Thank you, Senator Deeds. Would members from the Virginia foundation of humanities, Mr. Rob vaughn, ellen vaughn, hailey robertson and Ms. Barbara freed and other guests please rise? Wow, what a great group. Just as the Senator just articulated, thank you all so much for all that you've done around the commonwealth, especially promoting the history of this great state that we live in and we appreciate you being in here today. Rob, thank you so much for all of your work. We appreciate that and hope you all have a wonderful day here in Mr. Jefferson's capital and continue to promote all the great things that we have here in Virginia. So I would ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members of the Virginia foundation of the humanities the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause). Is there any other business for the morning hour? Petitions, resolutions and bills are now in order. The Senator from Williamsburg, Senator Mason. Senator from Prince William. Senator McPike. Senator from western Fairfax County. Senator Morris. The Senator from Arlington, Senator Favola. We're going to return to the morning hour. Senator Barker, you had the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I rise for an
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor. Introduction.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, in the gallery today, we have ed dites, who is a constituent and also a member of the humane society of the united states. He's a compassionate animal lover, exhibited in many ways. I hope you give him the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would Mr. Ed dikes please rise. Sir, thank you very much for being here. We have a lot of animal lovers among us in the Senate today, so we appreciate you looking after their best interests. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering Mr. Ed dice the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause). The clerk will please call the calendar.
[Unknown]
Clerk: Senate calendar for Thursday, January 19th, 2017, uncontested calendar, Senate bills on third reading.
[Unknown]
Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President. Just before I make a motion, I 'd like to share an observation. If the body will recall that there have been very few instances in the past 8 days where members have filed bills and petitions from the floor. Most of us have been doing it electronically. There was a watershed this afternoon in the bills that were submitted personally. You might also note that the calendar is getting progressively thicker. So I would just ask you to reflect on that as you share your eloquence with us. Mr. President, I respectfully move that all the Senate bills on third reading on uncontested calendar, which would include all Senate bills on pages 1 through 3, include Senate bill 796 through Senate bill 1068 be placed on their final passage in the block. Any Senator who desires to remove a bill from the block, please do so after the clerk has read the number of that bill.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is, shall the Senate bills on the uncontested calendar, third reading, pages 1 through 3, Senate bill 796 through Senate bill 1068, be placed upon their final passage in the block with the understanding that any near desiring a bill removed from the block would do so after the clerk has read the number of the bill. As many as favor that motion, say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The motion is agreed to. The bills are before us in the block. The clerk will please read the number of the bills.
Tommy Norment
Senate bill 796, national bill 817, Senate bill 867, Senate bill 874, Senate bill 903, Senate bill 913, Senate bill 935, Senate bill 1068.
Bill Howell
Thank you, madam clerk. The question is, shall the bills in the block pass. All in favor of the passage of the bills will record their votes aye, no opposed. 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 40, nos 0.
[Unknown]
The bills in the block pass.
[Unknown]
Regular calendar, Senate bills on third reading, Senate bill 870, a bill relating to the electronic filing of land records, fee for paper filing.
[Unknown]
Senator from staff arrested, Senator stewart.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President, I move that the bill pass, and speaking to the bill.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, we had a policy here not long ago that actually charged five dollars by the clerks to file documents electronically. What this bill does -- and that was to pay for the electronic filing system, not the clerk of the Senate, but the clerk of courts throughout Virginia. Madam clerk was giving me a frown. What we're doing now is flipping that policy, and it's charging $5 if you want to file a paper copy versus the electronic, because it's so much easier to file electronic now that a lot of these courts have that system. So if they had the electronic filing system, it will charge you $5 to file by paper. If they do not have the electronic system, then it would not be in place.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is, shall Senate bill 870 pass. All in favor of the motion, will record tho their votes aye. 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. Gleark ayes 33, nos 6. Rules 36-1.
[Unknown]
The bill passes.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 879, a bill relating to retired circuit court judges under recall; qualifications by committees for courts of justice.
[Unknown]
Senator from Stafford, Senator stewart.
[Unknown]
Mr. President I 'd ask that that bill go by for the day, please.
Bill Howell
Without objection, Senate bill 879 will go by for the day.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1055, a bill relating to remaining at place of riot or unlawful assembly after warning to disperse personality.
[Unknown]
Senator from Stafford, Senator stewart.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I would also ask that that bill go by for the day.
Bill Howell
Without objection, Senate bill 1055 will go by for the day.
[Unknown]
Uncontested calendar, Senate bills on second 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 second reading on the uncontested calendar, which would include all Senate bills on pages 5 through 8, including Senate bill 873 through Senate bill 1237, be advanced to their engrossment and third reading in the block after adoption of any amendments. Any Senator who desires to remove a bill from the block, please do so after the clerk has red the number of that bill.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The qui, is shall all Senate bills on second reading on the uncontested calendar on pages 5 through 8, Senate bill 873 through Senate bill 1237 be engrossed and advanced to their third reading in the block after the adoption of the amendments thereto, that any Senator desiring to remove a bill from the block would do so after the clerk has read the number of the bill. As many as favor that motion, say aye. Those opposed, no. The motion is agreed to. The ayes have it.
Tommy Norment
Senate bill 873, report from committee on general laws and technology with a substitute.
[Unknown]
The Senator from western Fairfax County, Senator morrison.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I move the committee substitute be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The question is, shall committee substitute be agreed to? All in favor of the motion, say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it.
[Unknown]
Report from committee on general laws and technology. Senate bill 896, reported from the committee on general laws and technology. Senate bill 905 reported from the committee on general laws and technology. Senate bill 988, reported from the committee on commerce and labor. Senate bill 989, reported from the committee on general laws and technology with amendments and there is a floor substitute.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Franklin County, Senator Stanley .
Bill Stanley
Thank you, Mr. President, with the recommendation that the committee amendments be rejected, I move the committee amendments at this time.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. With the recommendation that they be rejected, the question is, shall the amendments be oo grade to. All if favor of the motion say aye. Those opposed, no. The nos have it. The amendments are rejected. The Senator from Franklin County .
Bill Stanley
Thank you, Mr. President, I now move that we waive the reading of the floor substitute.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is, shall the reading of the floor substitute be waived? All in favor of the motion say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The reading of the floor substitute is waived. The Senator from Franklin .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I now move the floor substitute and speaking to that motion.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, and members of the body, this bill, Senate bill 989 was to amend a previous piece of legislation passed last year which recognized the top 20 marks men in Virginia. At that time, the language of the bill that became law was unclear, so I then filed another bill to make that more clear. That was not clear, so the substitute makes that unclear more clear, so I move that this clarity be moved as a substitute as part of this bill now. Thank you. I hope that was clear.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the floor substitute be agreed to. Say aye. As many as favor that motion,, those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The floors substitute is agreed
[Unknown]
Senate bill 994, report from to. The committee on commerce and labor. Senate bill 1003, report from committee on commerce and labor. Senate bill 1037, report from committee on general laws and technology. Senate bill 1042, report from the committee on general laws and technology. Senate bill 1113, report from committee on general laws and Senate bill 1237, reported from technology. The committee on general laws and technology.
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk. The question is, shall the Senate bills be engrossed and advanced to their third reading? All in favor of the motion will record their votes ay, those opposed no. The bills are advanced and engrossed to third reading.
[Unknown]
Regular calendar, Senate bills on second reading. Senate bill 898, a bill to direct compliance with regulations of certain combined sewer overflow outfalls, potomac river watershed. It was reported from the committee on agriculture, Chesapeake and natural resources with a substitute, and we now have two floor substitutes.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Stafford, Senator stewart.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, first, I would move that we reject -- I would move that we agree to the committee substitute with the recommendation that we reject it.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. With the recommendation that it be rejected, the question, is shall the committee substitute be agreed to. All in favor of the motion will record their votes ay, those opposed no. The nos have it. The committee substitute is rejected.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I would defer to the Senator from Alexandria, at this point.
[Unknown]
Senator Ebbin .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I would move to withdraw floor substitute no. 1.
Bill Howell
Without objection, floor substitute 1 will be with withdrawn. Senator from Alexandria .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I would now move that floor substitute no. 2 be agreed to.
[Unknown]
Waive the read.
[Unknown]
Guest: thank you, Mr. President. I move we waive reading of the floor substitute no. 2.
[Unknown]
Thank you. The question is shall reading of floor substitute no. 2 be waived? All in favor of the motion will record their votes ay, those opposed no. The waiving of the reading of the floor substitute is waved. That's not good english, but we'll keep going. The Senator from Stafford .
[Unknown]
I think I 'm having an effect you on, Mr. President. Mr. President, I would now move that floor substitute no. 2 be agreed to. Speaking to that motion.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, members of the body, as you recall recall, this is the bill to deal with the vast amounts of sewage that the city of Alexandria continues to put into the pa potomac river. The Senator from Alexandria and I have worked together to come up with a compromise bill which I think gives the city is reasonable but aggressive timeline to clean this mess up, and I really appreciate the Senator from Alexandria working with me on this. We've been through it. We've come up with an aggressive but realistic schedule to get it done, and I think that we now have a good bill and we have an end date which will clean the thing up and stop them from dumping all of that stewage into the river. The date is now 2025 when they've got to have it done. We've also removed from this substitute the provision that would allow us to take away their state funds, if we ever could have if they failed to I do want to tell you, comply. Mr. President, I appreciate the Senator from Alexandria working with me to get this done, but it is a little bit frustrating, because despite the fact that we across aisles have worked together to come up with a compromise, the city of Alexandria has vowed to still fight this. And so it took us to get their attention -- I thought we had their attention. We worked out something that was reasonable and doable, and they have vowed to fight us. And I just want them to know that I 'm ready, willing and able and will continue to fight on this issue if I have to as I hope every member of this general assembly is ready, willing and able to. So with that, I 'd move that the floor substitute be adopt glood thank you, Senator. The near from Alexandria, Senator he in.
[Unknown]
Thank Senator Ebbin .
Bill Howell
Thank you, Mr. President, I just want to thank the gentleman from star Stafford. This is a huge step forward. I hope you'll join me in voting for it.
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Senator. Senator from Virginia beach, Senator Wagner .
Frank Wagner
Thank you, Mr. President. Speaking to the floor amendment. I'm on the Chesapeake bay commission, as I know some members of this body have been on. We've literally been to hours and hours and hours of meetings of what we can do to meet our nitrogen and fos us from -- phosphorous levels throughout the state. I I believe there's 19 million in the budget this year just to keep cows out of the streams. You want to keep cows out of streams for reasons that are obvious, because cows really don't mind where it is they do their business. That's why it's really disturbing that it was not brought to my attention until my seat mate brought it to my attention of what's gone on in Alexandria for a long, long time and apparently unaddressed. We've spent with state help in our area, but programarily through the Hampton roads area literally billions of dollars to upgrade every one of our sewage treatment plants in our area so we could start to do our bit in Hampton roads to help us meet the limits that we're under almost consent order. The Senator from Augusta has been in those meetings with me and sat there and watched every state try to do everything that they possibly can to meet these limits. When we go to some of the extent to where we're spending so much money to get just a little more nitrogen and aplñ?Ñ littlsetñ?Ññ streams so week meet these goals to, find out that the city such an -- Alexandria has this problem, ladies and gentlemen, what are we doing here? We are spending a lot of money in other areas where it seems to me that the biggest impact we could have is start to go where we know raw sewage and millions and gallons of levels are entering a bay or the potomac river which feeds directly into the bay. We're not talking about an upstream upstream creek. That's the kind of problems you want to focus on. As an engineer, you try to go to the biggest problems and you fix those problems first, and then you start to go to diminishing things. I think it's a place where you have a big bang on return on investment to help clean up the I know it's a start. Bay. I know my seat mate here will be following it very closely, as I hope the legislators from northern Virginia do also. I support this reluctantly. I thought the original bill was a better bill, but hopefully we can move forward with this.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from eastern Fairfax County, Senator Surovell .
Scott Surovell
Thank you, Mr. President. Speaking to the floor substitute.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
Scott Surovell
Thank you, Mr. President. Ladies and gentlemen of the Senate, this issue is one I 've been living for now since August. The 36th district lies just to the south of Alexandria, and of course, as many of the folks who live along the river have a lot of people who get out there and use it and have to smell it, fish in it and swim in it and everything else. I appreciate the gentleman from Stafford 's interest in this issue, and I think his involvement and I also appreciate the Senator from Alexandria helping us to reach a compromise on this, because he not only represents people that use the river but people that have to pay for this, and having his involvement and this discussion is critical in moving this forward. Since I began the discussion in August, the one and only thing I was looking for in Alexandria was the date the problem was going to be solved. We started a discussion in August, and I didn't get a date or proposed date from the city until Monday. And so it's because of the Senator from Alexandria 's involvement, gentleman from Stafford 's involvement that we're finally getting some movement on this problem. I think it's an excellent example of bipartisan cooperation to make our environment better in this state, and I would urge the body to support the floor substitute.
[Unknown]
The question, is shall the floor substitute be agreed to. All in favor of the motion will record their votes ay, those opposed no. The Senator from Stafford, Senator Stuart .
Richard Stuart
Thank you, Mr. President, I move the bill be engrossed and advanced to its third reading.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question, is shall the bill be engrossed and advanced to its third reading? All in favor of the motion say aye. Those opposed no. The bill has been advanced to third read.
Richard Stuart
Guest: Senate bill 1126, a bill relating to consumer finance companies internet loans, report from committee on commerce and labor.
[Unknown]
Senator from eastern Fairfax County, Senator Surovell .
Scott Surovell
Mr. President, I move that bill go by for the day.
Bill Howell
Without objection, Senate bill 1026 will go by for the day.
Scott Surovell
Uncontested calendar, Senate bills on first reading.
[Unknown]
Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Mr. President, I respectfully move that all the Senate bills on the first he reading on bothe uncontested and regular calendar, 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 in the first reading of the titles of Senate bills on the uncontested and regular calendars pages 9 through 17, Senate bill 786 through Senate bill 1303 be dispensed with. All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye. Those opposed, no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
Tommy Norment
Ayes 40, nos 0.
[Unknown]
The reading of the titles is dispensed with.
[Unknown]
The Senator from names city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Mr. President, I would now ask that all of the bills on the second reading be passed by for the day.
[Unknown]
Senator, the question is, shall the Senate bills on the uncontested and regular calendars now on second reading go by for the day? As many as favor that motion, say aye. Those opposed, no., the ayes have it. The bills will go by for the day.
Tommy Norment
Memorial resolutions.
[Unknown]
Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Mr. President, I would now move that all of the memorial resolutions on pages 17 through 20, which would include House joint resolution 539 through Senate resolution 104, be agreed to in the usual manner in the block, waiving the reading of the resolution with the understanding that any Senator who desires to remove a memorial resolution from the block will please do so after the clerk has read the title of that resolution.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is, shall the memorial resolutions on pages 17 through 20, hjr 539 through sr 104, be considered in the block in the usual manner, waiving the reading of the resolutions thereof with the understanding that any Senator desiring a resolution removed from the block would do so after the clerk has read the title of the resolution. All in favor of the motion will say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The motion is agreed to, the resolutions are before us in the the clerk will pleas read the block. Titles of the memorial resolutions.
Tommy Norment
House joint resolution 539, celebrating the life of eleanor tart harrison. House joint resolution 553, celebrating the life of eloise burn debt coin. House joint resolution 554, celebrating the life of jean Alexandria glump.
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House joint resolution 561, celebrating the life of carrie Lee jarvis. House joint resolution 566, celebrating the life of hairy gilly penally. House joint resolution 600, celebrating the life of patricia ann logan riley. House joint resolution 602, celebrating the life of thomas michael bellows. House joint resolution 613, celebrating the life of James hunter talbot senior. House joint resolution 647, celebrating the life of charles b. Whitehurst senior. House joint resolution 654, celebrating the life of william thomas horner. House joint resolution 667, celebrating the life of eleanor tall bert Williams. House joint resolution 668, celebrating the life of jennifer ophelia brewer rooney. House joint resolution 669, celebrating the life of phyllis Anderson Blevins. House joint resolution 670, celebrating the life of don flannery May. House joint resolution 671, celebrating the life of lea balm hopper. Senate joint resolution 239, celebrating the life of the honorable beverly roller.
[Unknown]
Senator Hanger .
[Unknown]
I would ask that Senate joint resolution 239 come out of the block.
[Unknown]
House resolution 239, Senate joins resolution 239 will come out of the block.
[Unknown]
Senate joint resolution 249, celebrating the life of the honorable john c. Miller.
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Senator from Hampton, Senator Locke .
Mamie Locke
Mr. President, I ask that Senate joint resolution 249 come out of the block.
Bill Howell
Without objection, sjr 249 will come out of the block.
Mamie Locke
Senate joint resolution 50, celebrating the life of the honorable johnny s. Joanna.
[Unknown]
The Senator from northern Chesapeake, Senator Spruill .
Lionell Spruill
I move that Senate joint resolution 250 come out of the block.
[Unknown]
Senate joint resolution 282, celebrating the life of Stuart h. Mcelroy. Senate joint resolution 293, celebrating the life of the honorable Warren e. Berry.
Lionell Spruill
Senator from Fairfax city, Senator peterson.
[Unknown]
I'd ask that sjr 293 come out of the block please.
Bill Howell
Without objection, sjr 293 will come out of the block.
[Unknown]
Senate joint resolution 301, celebrating the life of frank rspedia. Senate joint resolution 302, celebrating the life of James b. Rickets. Senate joint resolution 304, celebrating the life of riley thomas Warren. Senate joint -- Senate resolution 104, celebrating the lives of the victims of the imperial airlines flight 201/8
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk. Crash.
[Unknown]
The resolutions will be agreed to in the usual manner, that is all but 239, 249, 250 and 293. All of those in favor of agreeing to the resolutions will please rise. The resolutions are agreed to.
[Unknown]
Returning to Page 19, sjr 239, the Senator from Augusta, Senator Hanger .
Emmett Hanger
Thank you, Mr. President, members of the Senate. Beverly roller was a former member of the House of delegates. He was also an educator, an agricultural instructor. He actually taught me in high school parliamentary procedure which has helped me. And he inspired a lot of young people to do and be more than they thought they could do and be. Thank you, Mr. President. I move we pass the resolution.
[Unknown]
Sjr 239 will be agreed to in the usual manner. All those in favor of agreeing to the memorial resolution will please rise.
Emmett Hanger
The resolution is agreed to. Senator from Hampton, Senator sjr 249. Lock.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
In April, we lost john Miller n Hampton roads, everyone knew john Miller as a reporter. When he decided to run for the Senate, I said, well, who are we talking about, john Miller ? And then everybody said, well, you know, the reporter, and I said, oh, yeah, yeah, I know him, because everybody knew him as a reporter with channel 13, and thin as I came to know him as a member of this body, I found him to be an individual who is very passionate about everything that he supported, an individual who is very passionate about education, whether that passion related to sol reform or whether that passion was about fiscal education for students. He was also very passionate about having soldiers' names go up on the wall at the war memorial irrespective of how that soldier died. He was very passionate about individuals in the first Senate district. And he was passionate about his family and his friends, and I just regret that john did not live to see the chicago cubs win the world series, because he loved the chicago cubs. Mr. President, we would certainly miss his presence here on the floor of the Senate, and I move that the resolution be agreed to.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Sjr 249 -- excuse me. I'm sorry. I'm sorry. The Senator from Arlington, Senator. >> Thank you, Mr. President, speaking to the motion.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. When I first entered the Senate six years ago, john Miller was my seat mate, and I can tell you he absolutely was an exemplary public servant. He never spoke ill of anyone. He always devoted himself to the issues he cared about, and he did it in a bipartisan way. He was one of those senators that always looked at the dispacts tried to come up with a solution that worked. I thought he was a wonderful role model. He was a wonderful role model for our youth. I think the commonwealth has lost an incredibly talented and great leader. So I certainly join my colleague, Senator Locke, in asking that this motion pass, that this memorial resolution pass.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Sjr 249 will be agreed to in the usual manner. All those in favor of agreeing to the memorial resolution will please rise. The resolution is agreed to. Returning to Page 19, sjr 250, the Senator from northern Chesapeake, Senator spriewls.
[Unknown]
I ask this resolution go by for the day.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. Without objection, sjr 250 will go by for the day. Page 20, sjr 293, the Senator from -- senior Senator from Fairfax County, Senator Saslaw .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I 'm rising to speak about Senator Warren barry. I first met Warren when I ran for the House of delegates back in 1975. That's 1975. Not 18. And Fairfax County at the time had 10 delegates, and they were divided kind of down the middle of the county on the little river turnpike. Northern Fairfax had five delegates and southern Fairfax had five delegates, and I was in the same district as Warren, so you had 10 people running for five seats, so I got to know him really well. Warren was there for about -- and I left the House in '79, and incidentally, johnny joanna's resolution, you'll hear at another time, and I came to the House at the same time in January of '76. But Warren was quite an he was a successful interesting guy. Entrepreneur. Virtually everything that guy touched turned to gold. He got tired of serving in the House, which often is the case, and he ran for clerk of the court, Fairfax County, in 1983, and he defeated the incumbent. Warren, for some of you who didn't serve with him, Warren was a republican, and he defeated the democratic clerk, and Warren called me up the second day on this job and he said to me, Saslaw, I made a horrible mistake. He said, when you all redistrict in 91, get me a district. That was 8 years away, and so, you know, I told him, I said, I warned you about doing that. So anyway, he was there for 8 years. The first district that we drew essentially started at the beltway, and Senator Vogel will find this interesting. This district couldn't have been more than 2 miles wide and went all the way to the other side of rap -- rap -- Rappahannock County from the belt way. We were told this isn't something the justice department would buy into, never mild governor wilder. So we eventually got it worked out and he came back. Warren used to give out -- he had a pretty good sense of humor, and he used to give out this chicken award. The chicken award was short for something else. And it usually went to the person who he thought either put in the strangest bill or gave the worst defense of a bill in a presentation or whatever on the floor. I was a very close friend, and this is the things used to be. Warren would come to my fundraisers and introduce me, and I 'd go to his and introduce him, because as you could pretty much imagine, it was the same people at both fundraisers. So anyway, he left the Senate in 2002 and became an abc commissioner. Warren and I, his spouse cheryl and eleanor and I, we went on several vacations together, and we were business partners in some ventures. Like I said, I mean, you know, it was a different day, and quite frankly, we ought to get back to those days, because we used to get problems solved in a real hurry. We then invested in -- lack of a better description, a restaurant, slash, nightclub at tyson's corner, did extremely well. And Warren just stayed on as abc commissioner through the warner term, and then he more or less retired and then later came down with some health issues. But this guy was a heck of a good elected official in virtually every capacity that he ever served in. I miss having around people like that. Like I said, I mean, it wouldn't be all bad to get back to those days. So anyway, I would hope, Mr. President, that we would agree to the resolution in the usual manner.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise in support of agreeing to the resolution, sir.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
Tommy Norment
The Senator actually touched on some of the extraordinary qualities that Warren barry had, and actually I was thinking about him this morning. As you May recall from the media that Virginia conducted an execution last night. Warren had a very unusual sense of human and each year in my law class that I teach at william mary, I invite several of the attorneys from legislative services to come and speak to the class, and in -- invariably, they bring a piece of legislation that Warren introduced. Warren was a supporter of capital punishment. He put in a piece of legislation that said if, in fact, you do not believe that someone should receive death under capital punishment but life in prison, then you should bequeath your estate to the commonwealth to pay for the care of that individual while they are incarcerated. You can imagine some naive eyed law students hearing this and trying to figure out what in the world is going on. For those of you that have had the misfortune to come to my office invariably someone inquires, what is that pink pig doing over there in the corner? That pink pig was given to me the last day of one of the sessions by Warren when he handed out his chicken awards, but he also handed out other awards, and he gave me that award because the Senator from Portsmouth and I had exchanged some dialogue on the floor of the Senate over payday lending. She made the comment that, well, you can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig, and my response was, you know what? If you're starving to death, even bologna tastes good from a pig. But I actually keep that pig in my office because it really is a fond recollection of Warren barry. And the last thing that I remember about Warren and the Senator alluded to it, that they had been in business for a while and that made its profits off of abc sales. And Warren, every now and then, would take a very modest drink, very modest drink. But I remember Warren had accompanied the former Senator stally and the current sheriff of Virginia beach and I to maine to go duck hunting in December. And for those of you that have never done that, I can assure that you maine in December hunting in the atlantic ocean is a very exhilarating experience. And we used to hunt on these islands that were about a mile and a mile and a half off shore, and the way you got to the island is you would go out in a cabin cruiser, and then you would get in a little run about, and when the surge came up on the island, you had to jump out on this little boat with your gun, your ammunition box, your backpack and everything else you had, and so I remember Warren went out with us the first morning, and they had the surge, and we went up. Well, Warren was not the most agile guy or the most athletic person. And the water started to recede and there was nothing but yield grass covering all of these rocks. It took Warren about two seconds before he was on his face, and here comes the next surge of water. And there was a deputy sheriff with us who was -- he was a big guy, and bike -- big ike, reached down and picked Warren up by one hand just as the water was coming up. Warren got up on that rock and he said, tomorrow morning, I 'm staying in and drinking. And the good thing about Warren, he was as good as his word about that. So I would respectfully ask that we agree to the resolution.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Sjr 293 will be agreed to in the usual manner. All those in favor of agreeing to the memorial resolution will please rise. The resolution is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Commending resolutions.
[Unknown]
Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President, I respectfully move that all the commending resolutions on pages 20 through 26 of the calendar, including House joint resolution 550 through Senate resolution 103 be agreed to in the block by voice vote waiving the reading of the resolution. Any Senator who desires to remove a commending resolution from the block will please do so after the clerk has read the number of that resolution. The question, is shall the
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Commending resolutions on pages 20 through 26, hjr 550 through sr 103, be considered in the block by voice vote waiving the reading of the resolutions with the understanding that any Senator desiring a resolution removed from the block would do so affair the clerk has read the number of the resolution. All in favor of the motion will say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have. It the motion is agreed to. The resolutions are before us in the block. The clerk will please read the numbers of the resolutions.
Tommy Norment
House joint resolutions 550, 557, 560, 563, 564, 565, 567, 574, 582, 583, 584, 591, 592, 593, 594, 595, 596, 598, 599, 603, 604, 605, 606, 608, 620, 621, 623, 624, 625, 631.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, can we take hjr 631 out of the block and pass it by for the day.
Bill Howell
Without objection, hjr 631 will come out of the block and by for the day.
[Unknown]
632, 641, 644, 645, 653, 655, 657, 658, 659, 660, 661, 661, 687, 713, 714, 715, 716, 723, Senate joint resolutions 286, 287, 288, 294, 303, 306, 313, 314, 315.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Alexandria .
[Unknown]
Could sjr 315 come out of the block and go by for the day?
Bill Howell
Without objection, sjr 315 will come out of the block and by for the day.
[Unknown]
316 and Senate resolution 103.
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk. The question is, shall the resolutions be agreed to. All those except for 631 on Page 23 and 315 on Page 26. All in favor of agreeing to the resolutions will say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The resolutions are agreed to. Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Inquiry of the clerk, Mr. President. Does that complete today's calendar?
[Unknown]
Yes, sir.
Tommy Norment
Is there any other business to come before the Senate ? The Senator from western Fairfax County, Senator morrison.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for an introduction if we could return to the morning hour?
[Unknown]
Absolutely, Senator .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. In the gallery is the 2017 miss Virginia, Ms. Julie wilson, who is here visiting us in the Senate today, and she is, of course from the 37th district, which is not surprising, and I would like us to give her the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Ms. Virginia, it's an honor to have you with us this afternoon, and I thank you for your patience. I hope you've found some interest in how we pass policy here in the commonwealth of Virginia and congratulations to you on your accomplishments and we certainly wish you the best in your endeavors in the future. I would ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering Ms. Virginia 2017 the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause). The Senator from Henrico, Senator Dunnavant .
Siobhan Dunnavant
Thank you, Mr. President. Rise for personal privilege.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Siobhan Dunnavant
I would like to invite everybody to join me and several others at the 26th annual wild game chili cook-off, hosted by the Virginia sportsman it begins at 6 p.M. Foundation. It's open to everybody. It's held at the office of the lieutenant governor. Thank you, which is located on the first floor of the oliver -- wait for it -- tale building.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Just as a little enticement, this year we will be add something oysters to the menu at the chili cook-off. I know there are a the love -- are a lot of activities in the evening, but if you could stop by, we'd like to say see you. The Senator of Stafford, Senator Stuart .
[Unknown]
Brief point of personal privilege.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I rise today to ask you all to join with me and celebrate the 210th birthday of robert e. Lee, as he is the son of wes mooreland as much as I am. Last year I talked about general Lee as an educator, but this year I 'd like to talk a little bit about him as a philosopher. Lee lived by a personal philosophy, which served his family, his community, his state and his nation, and that philosophy was very simple. It was do your duty in all things. You can never do more, and you should never wish to do less. Duty and honor are the words that defined his adult life, but what do these words mean? In his words, there is a true glory and a true honor. The glory of duty done and the honor of the integrity of principle. He knew that the test of truth was whether we were bee honest with ourselves as well as others. He said the trite saying that honesty is the best policy has met with the just criticism that honesty is not policy. The real honest person is honest from the conviction of what is right, not from policy. For Lee, humility was also a state of knowing who you are and how you treated others. He genuinely believed that as he said, the forebearing of the use of power does not only form a touchstone, but the manner in which an individual enjoys certain advantages over others is a test of an honorable person. Lee was also a spiritual man. He saw God as central to what mankind was and what he could be. God's will ought to be our own, he said, and I 'm quite contented that his designs should be accomplished and not ours. Lee understood that life was not always fair and that perseverance was the key to achievement. He believed that we must expect reverses and even defeats. They're sent to each of us and give us wisdom and prudence to call forth greater energies and to prevent our falling into greater disasters. Patriotism for Lee was a selfless commitment to the greater good. He believed to be the duty of everyone to unite, to put forth all their ability, regardless of self in the restoration of the country and the reestablishment of Peace and harmony. Education became his lifetime endeavor, and he reminded us that the education of a man or woman is never completed until we die. One of my favorites, Mr. President, the old axiom that nothing changes but that it stays the same. General Lee seemed to have a mosquito earn view of the -- modern view. He's quoted as saying, they seem to sewing discord. Not necessarily known for his humor, Lee made a great observation and one of my favorite quotes. I've been up to see congress. They don't seem to be able to do anything except eat peanuts and chew tobacco. Mr. President, finally, he understood that we were making and he was making way for a new generation before everybody's hopes could be realized, and he assured that the passage of time would heal things and the greater good would unite. He's known for saying, Mr. President, that the truth is this: the March of providence is so slow and our desire so I impatient, the work of progress is so immense and our means of aiding it so feeble. The life of humanity is so long, that of an individual so brief. We often only see the ebb of the advancing wave and are thus discouraged. Mr. President, it's history that teaches us to hope. Mr. President, when we adjourn today, I would ask that we adjourn in honor of robert e. Lee's 2,010th birthday.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from -- Senator Hanger .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President, I rise for an announcement.
[Unknown]
Senators has the floor.
[Unknown]
The meeting of the finance committee that madam clerk will be announcing in a moment is for the expressed purpose of hearing member amendments. I hope a few of you all will show up. Thank you.
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President. Rise for an observation as I was listening to the Senator relate some of the history of robert e Lee. I think he is perhaps in some venues of political correctness one of the most misunderstood citizens in the commonwealth of Virginia. When I was a cadet at vmi I knew very little about robert e. Lee other than what I had just learned from osmosis, but as you well remember, it was very difficult to get off of the vmi post without walking past the Lee chapel where he lays in repose. It was as a result of that that I took the opportunity to read more about his life, and I also would walk past the Washington and Lee law school. The students at Washington Lee law school would be enormously proud of us. You recall that I mentioned the other day that 280-some bills had been put in the hopper for us to consider. At least the tsunami and lessening a little bit. So far today, only 88 have been put in. So I just ask for the body to keep that in mind. Dominion Virginia power is probably going to love us as we have all of the lights on in the evening hours. So I would just say be prepared, please.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The clerk will please report any announcements on the desk.
Tommy Norment
Clerk: today, Thursday, January 19th, committee on agriculture, conservation and natural resources will meet one half hour after adjournment in Senate room b. The education and health subcommittee on public education will meet one half hour after adjournment, third floor east conference room. Senators Carrico, Dunnavant, Howell, Locke and peak. The finance subcommittee on education will meet at 3 o'clock p.M., tenth floor conference room, senators Norment, municipal man, Howell, Saslaw, Hanger, roof and Dunnavant. The committee on finance will meet at 4 p.M. In national room a. The Virginia legislative Black caucus will meet at 5 p.M. In the sixth floor Senate leadership conference room. Tomorrow, Friday, January the 20th, the finance subcommittee on general government, technology will meet at 8 a.M. On the tenth floor conference room, senators Vogel, Hanger, Lucas, McDougle and Obenshain. The committee on rehabilitation and social services will meet at 8:30 a.M., Senate room b. The republican caulk cause will meet one half hour before session in Senate room 2. The democratic caucus will meet one half hour before session in Senate room 1.
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk. The Senator from bed ford Bedford, Senator Newman .
Steve Newman
Mr. President, I move that the Senate do now adjourn until 10 a.M. Tomorrow, and when we do so, we do so in memory of robert e. Lee.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question, is shall the Senate stand adjourned until 10 o'clock noon tomorrow, and that when we do so, we do so in memory of the 210th anniversary of robert e. Lee. All in favor of the motion will those opposed, no. Say aye. The ayes have it. The Senate stands adjourned until 10 a.M. Tomorrow. Until 10 a.M. Tomorrow.