01/23/2017 Senate Proceedings

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Index

SB879—00:00:44
SB1055—00:22:39
SB898—00:00:15
SB864—00:01:34
SB783—00:00:12
SB1126—00:00:41
Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)—00:02
Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)—00:02
Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)—00:00
Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac)—00:00
Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth)—00:07
Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta)—00:05
Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania)—01:31
Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)—00:05
Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)—00:00
Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)—00:03
Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)—00:00
Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield)—00:00
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:14
Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)—00:00
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)—00:00
Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)—00:00
Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)—00:00
Sen. Ben Chafin (R-Lebanon)—00:00
Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)—00:00
Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)—00:00
Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke)—00:00
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)—00:00
Sen. Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg)—00:00
Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)—00:00
Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg)—00:00
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:55
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)—00:00
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:00
Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)—00:00
Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)—00:02
Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville)—00:00
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:04
Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth)—00:03
Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-Dale City)—00:03
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Minutes

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

Prayer offered by The Reverend Michael Honaker, River of Life
Pentecostal Church, Dublin, Virginia

ROLL CALL OF MEMBERS: quorum present

Motion of Senator Chafin dispensed with reading of Journal (37?Y
3?N)

COMMUNICATION FROM HOUSE (HN10120): reading waived (38?Y 2?N)

The House of Delegates has passed the following House bills: HB
1451, 1474, 1505, 1541, 1567, 1610, 1688, 1751

The House of Delegates has agreed to the following House joint
resolutions: HJ 626, 662, 663, 664, 665, 666, 681, 683, 718, 721, 722, 724,
725, 726, 729, 730, 731, 732, 733, 734, 735, 736, 737, 738, 739, 740, 741, 742,
743, 746, 747, 751, 752, 753, 754, 755, 756, 757, 758, 759, 760, 761, 768, 769,
770, 771, 772, 773, 774, 775, 776, 777, 778, 785

The House of Delegates has agreed to the following Senate joint
resolutions: SJ 218, 219, 228, 235, 236, 237, 238, 244, 245, 252, 256, 258,
259, 261, 262, 264, 265, 267, 271, 273, 275, 276, 277

House bills referred and joint resolutions laid on Clerks Desk:
see January 24 Senate Calendar

BILLS REPORTED

From Courts of Justice: SB 816S, 825A, 862A, 889 rereferred
to Finance, 1039S rereferred to Finance, 1047, 1091, 1273, 1298, 1347S, 1377S,
1453A rereferred to Finance, 1465, 1474A

CALENDAR

REGULAR CALENDAR

SENATE BILLS ON THIRD READING

SB 879 - Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 2-N)

SB1055 - Read third time and defeated by Senate (14-Y 26-N)

SB 898 - Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N 1-A)

UNCONTESTED CALENDAR

SENATE BILLS ON SECOND READING

SB 786 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB 804 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB 843 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB 864 - Read second time, Stuart floor amendment #2 withdrawn,
Stuart floor amendment #1 agreed to (voice vote), Engrossed by Senate block
vote (voice vote)

SB 912 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB 919 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB 926 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB 936 - Read second time, Committee amendments agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SB 960 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB 961 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB 964 - Read second time, Committee substitute agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SB 977 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB1001 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB1025 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB1083 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB1104 - Read second time, Committee amendments agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SB1135 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB1225 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB1254 - Read second time, Committee amendments agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SB1304 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB 855 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB 894 - Read second time, Committee substitute agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SB1041 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB1046 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB1069 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB1085 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB1101 - Read second time, Committee amendment agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SB1169 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB1178 - Read second time, Committee amendment agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SB1180 - Read second time, Committee amendment rejected (voice
vote), Dunnavant floor amendment agreed to (voice vote), Engrossed by Senate
block vote (voice vote)

SB1211 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB1221 - Read second time, Committee amendments agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SB1230 - Read second time, Committee amendment agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SB1242 - Read second time, Committee amendments agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SB1250 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB1279 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB1323 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB1366 - Read second time, Committee amendment agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SB1006 - out of block, passed by for day

REGULAR CALENDAR

SENATE BILLS ON SECOND READING

SB1126 - Read second time, Surovell floor amendment agreed to
(voice vote), Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

SB 901 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

SB1073 - Read second time, Committee amendment agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

SB1084 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

SB1134 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

SB1236 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

SB1302 - Read second time, Committee substitute agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

SB1303 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

SB 865 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

SB1024 - Read second time, Committee substitute agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

SB1027 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

SB1148 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

SB1299 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

SB1362 - Read second time, Committee substitute agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

SB1403 - Read second time, Committee substitute agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

SB1415 - Read second time, Committee substitute agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

UNCONTESTED CALENDAR

SENATE BILLS ON FIRST READING

SB1108 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1127 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1144 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1216 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1306 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1313 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1325 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1448 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1469 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

REGULAR CALENDAR

SENATE BILLS ON FIRST READING

SB1150 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1204 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

UNCONTESTED CALENDAR

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION ON SECOND READING

SJ 241 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

On motion of Senator Newman, the Senate adjourned at 1:34 p.m. to
convene Tuesday, January 24, 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 michael honaker, river of life pentecostal church, dublin. Well, Reverend. Thank you for being here.
[Unknown]
Good afternoon. Let us pray. Heavenly father we are honored and humbled to gather in these Senate chambers today knowing that each of us are appointed to your kingdom for such a time as this as we look upon the world in which we find ourselves living we hear the words of the great patriot thomas payne ringing ever true in our ears. These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will in this crisis shrink from the service of their country. But he that stands by it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny is not easily conquered. What we obtain too cheap we esteem too lightly. It is dearness only that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper Price upon its goods and it he would strange indeed, if so celestial an article as free come should not be highly rated. With this great calling we have accepted with the tremendous responsibility with which we are entrusted and with the appropriate accountability to which we are held May be put aside partisan division, overcome yesterday's offenses, May we rise up and prevail over personal ambition. May we put aside political strategy and May we come together in unity and harmony for the citizens of Virginia and May we find answers to hard questions and generate solutions to seemingly impossible problems. In the course of the passionate deliberations that take place among our chosen and entrusted leaders who serve and work and sacrifice in these chambers, May they work to discover the shared good that will benefit all virginians. May each of these dedicated men and women remain steadfastly committed to the professional bearing, the civil politeness and the intelligent insight which is commensurate with the highly respected positions our senators hold. It is in these stations of trust and honor and respect that we the citizens of the commonwealth of Virginia have placed our faith and our hope. Understanding that these men and these women will represent not only their respective constituents, but will also strive to find the necessary leadership and stewardship that will serve as a facilitator for safer communities, improved standards of living and abounding opportunities for all of the citizens of this commonwealth. As these men and women carry out their sacred duties and their solemn obligations I pray that you will in still courage and impact intellect as you the good who created, sustains and protects will lead God and direct the path and the decisions of this body. And May this be done for both your glory and oured advancement. Give to us who are gathered in this place as well as to all people elsewhere an unmistakable sense of your presence. That with it we May learn to understand each other, to respect each other, work with each other, to live with each other and to both be good and to do good by and for each other. Because in this, so shall we make our commonwealth and our nation great in its goodness and good in its greatness. May all that have done this today -- May all that is done today and in the days to come by our legislateors and our leaders be for your greater honor and for your glory. And all of this we pray in the name that is above every name, the name of your son and our savior, jesus christ, we pray, amen.
[Unknown]
Amen. [no audio]
Bill Howell
The clerk will call the roll, all those present will please vote aye. The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
You have a quorum, Mr. President. Senate journal for Friday, January 20th, 2017.
Bill Howell
The Senator from Russell County, Senator Chafin moves that the reading of the journal be waived. All in favor of the motion will. Are the delegates ready to vote? Have all the delegates voted? Do any senators desire to cha nge their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
Ben Chafin
Ayes 37, nos 3. The reading of the journal is waived. The clerk will report any communications from the House of delegates.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I respectfully move we waive the reading of any communications from the House of delegates.
Ben Chafin
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the reading of the communications from the House of delegates be waived. All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Have all the senators voted? Are the senators ready to vote? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll. Ayes 38, nos 2.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 2. The reading of the journal is waived. The clerk will report any communications from the governor.
[Unknown]
We do not have any, sir.
[Unknown]
The time has come to welcome visitors to the matters of the morning hour. Gallery and take up other the Senator from eastern Fairfax County, Senator Surovell .
Scott Surovell
I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Scott Surovell
Joining us in the gallery today, connor slocum visiting me in my office. A student in Washington university. A business major looking to focus on policies helping small business in the community. He is also a member of the university of mary Washington chess club intermural soccer player. Down here observing us to see how we make policy in Virginia and see how he can make his community a better place. I ask you give the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you for soming to visit. You have a great university there in Fredericksburg. I ask the members of the Senate to join me in offering connor slocum the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
The Senator from Fauquier County, Senator Vogel .
Jill Holtzman Vogel
Thank you. I rise for purposes of two introductions.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Jill Holtzman Vogel
I would like to direct your attention in the gallery to some of the smartest people in the gallery. The mountain vista governor's school in warrenton Virginia is here. They serve Winchester city, clark county, Fauquier County, Frederick county, Rappahannock and Warren counties. They provide a challenging curriculum in the area of I science, mathematics. I had a great opportunity to meet with them this morning. Joining us in the gallery is the director Dr. Rose ann williamson and seven students. Alley riley, molly childers. James mcsroa and jake gaudreau. >> What a great group you have and thanks for visiting Mr. Jefferson's capitol. I know I 'm preaching to choir but the jobs are in stem related areas. We appreciate you promoting those directions. I ask the members to join me in offering members from mountain vista governor's school for science, math and technology the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
Senator the Fauquier, Senator Vogel .
[Unknown]
Also in the gallery today are some of our most engaged and supportive people here from one Virginia 2021. I know many of you are familiar with their work and hear from them frequently. They are virginians for fair redistricting and they are larry heath, eddie say, a.
[Unknown]
Lisa: alise, nancy, patty and susan and her two daughters. They are a group as you know of very dedicated virginians from across the political spectrum who believe congressional and state legislative districts belong to the citizens of the commonwealth and they advocate for a fair process and not a particular political outcome. We appreciate their hard work and time here in the legislature. And Mr. President, I would ask that you please extend to them the very warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would members from one Virginia 2021 please rise. Thank you so much. And just as the great Senator from Fauquier County said, this is so important to democracy in Virginia that what you all are advocating for. And believe it or not, 2021 will be here shortly. Thanks for being here in the capitol today and thanks for giving your message and letting people understand how important this is for our democracy. I would ask the members of the Senate to join me in offering members from one Virginia 2021 the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
The Senator from Bedford, Senator. >> We would like to draw your attention to students in the gallery from two colleges in our area. One is from liberty university and another from Lynchburg college along with kenneth Craig who is here with the students and I hope that you would give them the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
I will. Thank you, Senator. Would members from liberty university and Lynchburg college if you are with us in the gallery please rise. A great group. A lot of great things happening in Lynchburg and things are growing every time I go back the schools are getting larger. Great educational opportunities at Lynchburg college and liberty university. Thanks for being with us here today to visit Mr. Jefferson's capitol. I would ask the members of the Senate to offer the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
The Senator from Accomack County, Senator Lewis .
Lynwood Lewis
I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Lynwood Lewis
Visiting with us is councilman from Norfolk. She is here today in her gassity as a Hampton roads board member for one Virginia 2021 and the organization is doing as the fantastic work that that president just spoke to. I would ask that the Senate extend a warm welcome to councilwoman McClellan .
[Unknown]
What councilwoman andrea McClellan rise. Welcome. I would remind the Senate and madam clerk that not only one but two children in our Page program here. We are always recruit. And madam clerk, she has a third son that will hopefully be with us in the next year or so. Thank you for being here and thanks for your great work in the city of Norfolk. I would ask the members of the Senate to join me in welcoming councilwoman andrea McClellan the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
The Senator from Portsmouth, Senator Lucas .
Louise Lucas
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Louise Lucas
Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, members of the body, delta sigma theta soresory was founded by 22 collegat women a tos a focus on sisterhood, leadership and service. For over 106 years they have used their collective strength to advocate for the most challenging issues of our time nationally and internationally and as prove ton be a powerful force. Against the back drop of the women's March that we witnessed this weekend, this year's delta days event holds special significance. This March was a powerful example of resilience that unite the more than one million women in the united states and around the world against a political climate that exposes this divisive against women. Delta has been pursuing this mission since our founding in I 'm proud to be a part of a 1913. Collective of strong woman a advocating for woman's rights and human rights. I would like to give them a warm Senate welcome but I yield to Senator Locke .
[Unknown]
The nor from Hampton, Senator Locke .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Among the members of delta sigma thetasorority is lisa Lucas beck. She was recently sworn in as a member of the city council of Portsmouth and most importantly the daughter of the Senator from Portsmouth. If you would give her the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Would lisa Lucas burke and members of the sorority please rise. Thank you for being with us this afternoon. Not only are you lovely in your red but I had the opportunity to meet with you this morning. You are all wonderful beautiful people. Thank you for being here and traveling around and talking to your delegates and senators and advocating for what is important to women. We welcome you. Thanks for being with us. I would ask the members to join me in welcoming members from the sorority the warm welcome of the [applause] Senate .
[Unknown]
The Senator from Franklin County, Senator Stanley .
Bill Stanley
Good afternoon, Mr. President. I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Bill Stanley
I would like to remind the members of this body and those in the gallery today is Virginia electic cooperative legislative day in rich Monday. More than -- in Richmond. More than 200 members are here with us today from Fairfax to Halifax, Lee County to the ear shore, electric co-ops provide affordable reliable electricity to more than 1.2 million virginians Mr. President. Our electric co-ops are the leaders in my part of the area and all of rural Virginia working towards innovative solutions to members' needs here in the 21 season try. Deploying broadband and offering the first true community solar program here in Virginia. Our electric cooperatives are true community advocates. They May be in this chamber, watching in another room. Whether they are here or not, I ask that you extend to them the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would members from the co-op program please rise. I believe they May be watching from another room. As you said, they are very important to the commonwealth and especially with energy and as we know, anybody that we talk to that wants to come to Virginia the cost of energy is very important to them. We appreciate what the electric co-ops are doing especially in rural Virginia. I would ask the members of the Senate to join me in offering the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
The Senator from roanokecy, Senator Edwards .
John Edwards
Mr. President, I call your attention in the gallery to a group of educators from Roanoke County here. I don't see them but they are supposed to be here. They are here in the capitol promoting our schools, advocating for our schools and our children. I ask you to recognize the Roanoke County educators here in the gallery.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would the members please rise. Thank you for being here and all you do for the city and county of Roanoke. Appreciate you being here and wish you safe travels later in the day. I ask the members to join me in offering members from the Roanoke County association the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
John Edwards
The Senator from Hanover, Senator Reeves. Thank you for expanding my district as well. I would like to stay in Spotsylvania if I could.
Bryce Reeves
I know you are trying to move statewide.
[Unknown]
Yes, Mr. President. It is my honor and privilege to introduce our pastor, Reverend who gave the fire in the belly sermon in morning. From the river life pente coastal church. As he put on the full armor of God, he puts on body armor, not only a Reverend a first sergeant with the state police and a highly decorated marine. I can't thank him enough for coming here today. Know several of the members from southwest know the dear Reverend quite well and I want to give him the warm welcome of the
Bryce Reeves
Would the Reverend and also Senate. Your guest steve lowe please rise. Great seeing you and as we had a nice discussion down here, thanks for getting us off to a good start and thank you for your service to our country in the marines and as a state trooper. We truly appreciate it. I ask the members of the Senate to join me in offering the Reverend and also a sergeant and state trooper association in Virginia and also his guest steve lowe the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I also have another group of visits that have done a lot for our country as you are well aware, Mr. President. Having worn the cloth. And that is the member of the military officers association. They are highly organized and dedicated group to make sure that our 850,000 veterans continue to get the things that they need to come back from the wars in afghanistan and iraq. Mr. President, I would ask that you give a warm welcome to the group.
[Unknown]
Would members of the military officers of america please rise. Thank you for being with us and for your service to the country and being here advocating for not only folks in active duty but also veterans across the commonwealth. I would ask the members of the Senate to join me in offering the members of the military officers of america the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
[Unknown]
The Senator from Fairfax County, Senator Saslaw. Mr. President. We are being visited today. I don't know whether they made it into the gallery or not. 17 students from jefferson high school for science and technology. They are here with their principal, Dr. Glaser and other faculty members and parents. Thomas jefferson high school has students from most of the municipalities in northern Virginia. Not all, but most. And they are consistently ranked by national publications as the top high school in america. I know a couple of years ago their -- their -- their graduating class average on the s.A.T.S was higher than the average freshman at harvard. This was their average student. Although they don't have any average students. The average students are here on the floor. I know that will be in the paper. [laughter]
Dick Saslaw
Any way, three students that visited my office and they visited a variety of offices, I asked them what projects they were doing and a young lady named violet is designing a finance system for the high school using it is called don't ask me what it means my sql python php and html and shae is the young lady who has been sending us e-mails to try to change the law to allow the science high school and other schools in Virginia to have electric charging systems at the school. One of the gentlemen steven is designing a mobile app for george Mason university and it will have statewide application. As you walk by the building, you bring up on your screen what goes on in the building, what the inside of the building looks like, and this also as I said will be applicable to all of the colleges ultimately in Virginia. The third gentleman danny, he is working with a small group of other students they are going to send a satellite into space later this year. And he is designing the software and website for that. This is not out the ordinary. Two years ago, one of their seniors who only got 2390 out of 2400 on the s.A. T.S, she developed an application for an iphone that was 96% accuracy that could tell by speech patterns whether an adult had parkinson's disease. You wonder why she is brothering with under graduate school. Ultimately going to go to med the labs there are just school. Something that everyone in the room should see. When john casstine was president at u of a, he said the labs there were well equipped if not better than some of the ones at the university of Virginia. The construction on the school will be complete this year and odd of the school is a dome just like you see at Charlottesville and monticello. I would hope that -- I ask you to please extend a welcome from the Senate of Virginia and us average students.
[Unknown]
Thank you. An excellent job describing the projects they are working on. I'm very impressed. Would members from thomas jefferson high school for technology and science please rise. What a great group you all have. The work that you all are doing is commendable and makes us feel good about our future. Take advantage of the educational opportunities you have right here in the commonwealth of Virginia and keep doing great work and keep driving Virginia in a positive direction. We thank you for being here today and advocating for what you are working on in cool is and best of luck. I ask the members to join me in offering members from thomas jefferson high school for technology and science the warm welcome of the Senate. [applause]
Dick Saslaw
Is there any other business for the morning hour? Seeing none, the clerk will please call the calendar.
[Unknown]
Senate calendar for Monday, January 23, 2017. Regular calendar Senate bills on third reading. 87 the relating to retired circuit court judges under recall qualifications by committees for courts of justice.
[Unknown]
Senator steward.
[Unknown]
I move the bill pass and speaking to the bill.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, members of the Senate, what the bill does is requires the substitute judges for the circuit court that are on the supreme court recall list to also be qualified by the general assembly, the Senate courts and House courts committee just as we require all other judges to be qualified. It requires that they be qualified every three years. I think if the bill passes there will be a policy where the vast majority would be qualified without even having to come down here. As it stands now we have judges that actually are substitute that are retired and increased the age and they could be sitting fairly frequently but there is no qualification of them as we do with all other judges. Is what the bill does. I am happy to answer any questions if there are any.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall Senate bill 879 pass. All in favor of the motion wills aye, those opposed no. Are the delegates ready to vote? Have all the delegates voted? Do any senators desire to cha nge their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 2.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 2. The bill passes.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1055. A bill to remaining at place of riot or unlawful assembly after warning to disperse. Penalty.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Stafford, Senator stewart.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
It increases the penalty from a class three miss demeanor to class one. Currently if you are participating in unlawful assembly or riot which is already a crime it is only a class three misdemeanor if you refuse to move. This increases the punishment and hopefully this will -- this is a public safety bill for us and the protesters.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Roanoke city, Senator Edwards .
John Edwards
Mr. President, I was not present when this bill passed the courts of justice committee on Martin luther king day. I was attending to personal business. Mr. President, this is one of the worst bills I think I have ever seen. Demonstrating and marching and expressing the views of citizens and first amendment rights is the hallmark of our democracy. We saw over the weekend many people demonstrating, marching, expressing their views. This is what american democracy is all about. What this bill does is say if you remain in the place, oddly enough it says a riot or unlawful assembly after having been warned to disburse you can go to jail. All you have to do is stay in one place and not move and you can go to jail. I recall back in 1963 Martin luther king jr. Was jailed in birmingham for the same thing. He wrote a letter to his calendar byman -- clergyman in the south. It is one of the most remarkable pieces of literature and ranks up with some of the best writings in religion in the history of religion. I would rank it up there along the lines of st. Paul's letters to the young churches in the first century. Martin luther king jr. Had the opportunity while in jail to reflect upon why he was doing what he was doing nonviolent resistance, protesting unjust laws in america and trying to explain it to clergymen throughout the south and his rationale for the civil rights movement is the rationale that eventually led to the passage of the civil rights act of 1964 and voting rights act in 1965. I guess you could say the unintended consequences of jailing him led to one of the most remarkable pieces of literature in american history. Mr. President, we know it was unjust for Martin luther king jr. To be jailed in the spring of 1963 in birmingham. This could happen to any of us who protests and marches and told by the police this is an unlawful assembly you have to move and if you don't disburse you do nothing but sit down, you can be jailed for standing still. For sitting down. For doing nothing. This is not what we should do. This is not the kind of legislation we should pass. This is contrary to what we believe in as americans and virginians. I think thomas jefferson would roll over in his grave if he thought we were considering something like this. I hope we vote no on this bad piece of legislation.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Grayson, Senator Carrico .
Bill Carrico
Thank you, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Speak to the bill.
Bill Carrico
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Let's not kid ourselves what this bill does. It is already law. And basically when an unlawful protest is declared it is when people are blocking interstates and doing things that actually present a public safety problem that are existing. What this bill does is give teeth to that law. And ironically the gentleman from Roanoke that just spoke has a lot of initiatives to look at I -81 projects and there is a study conducted on I -81 that tells the duration of an accident that lasts as long as 12 hours results in eight mile backups, delays of vehicle travel by 16,335 hours. It costs the commonwealth somewhere around $612,000. So basically that breaks down to about $50,000 an hour. So what we are saying is every time you see the unlawful assembly take place linking arms and blocking vehicular travel on I -95 we will slap them with a little fine because they failed to disburse. A misdemeanor. This will give some teeth to that. This will into the be declared unlawful assembly as long as it is done peacefully and orderly and done as what they aplayed for the permits to do there is no problems. The problem exists when these get to be unpeaceful and we are seeing that happen all across this nation, even in Virginia. We need to do some things to give teeth to this law. This basically enhances it to a class one misdemeanor and hopefully will defer some of these actions taking place and helps prevent any lagging commerce in Virginia especially when they are blocking these interstate highways for the free travel thereof. I hope that you will support the bill.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from are linkton, Senator Favola .
Barbara Favola
Thank you. I ask the ladies and gentlemen of the Senate to vote against this bill. This is very excessive. We are talking about individuals who could be fined up to $2,500 or put in jail for 12 months. This bill exas per rates the deindividual that already exists among individuals trying to express themselves in a peaceful way and our police department and police forces. We should encourage peaceful demonstrations. The individuals who take the time and energy and have the courage to go out and actually make a statement are very passionate about a social cause. In fact, demonstrations have been a key tool in promoting social change. The civil rights movement. When women were active trying to get the right to vote. These are all examples of how we were able to move the system. Moreover, the people who are passionate about an issue are also the people outside of the system. They are people asking for change. A bill like this in my mind is very dangerous. There is no way that -- I believe an individual who is standing up for his or her rights and asking the government to be more responsive should face a potential jail sentence or fine. Ladies and gentlemen, I ask that we not support this bill. There are already tools in the toolbox and this is not the measure we should take given the situation we face in our country and given our long history of supporting unassembled protests. So thank you very much.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Hampton, Senator Locke .
Mamie Locke
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise in opposition to the measure.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Mamie Locke
I find is ironic Senate bill 1055 was passed on the holiday of Dr. Martin luther king jr. An individual who understood the power of nonviolent direct protests and the power of marching. And Mr. President, while the rule of law is a core value in american society, and has sustained our great society it is created and crafted by other human beings and therefore subject to error. Considering rule of law maintains things as they are to begin the process of change and to establish justice it May be necessary to challenge by committing acts of civil disobedience like african americans did during the civil rights era. And during antiwar protests and currently with the Black lives matter campaign. Civil disobedience is a nonviolent way yet effective way of highlighting a legislative error and or perceived absurdity of an existing law and it has worked. We should not compress the voice of virginians that attempt to highlight injustices and have brought it to the attention of law makers. The crime unlawful assembly does not match the punishment especially if the crime serves as enlightenment to legislators and law enforcement that citizens wish to voice dissent. I would like to end with two one is actually from a movie. Quotes. "the great debaters." and there was the character of James farmer jr. It was based on a real story. If you know James farmer jr. He talked for years at the university of -- taught for years at the university of mary Washington. And his character in his debate made this statement. And he quoted saint augustine. And he said that an unjust law is no law at all. And he ended by saying which means that I have a right even a duty to resist if I find that I 'm being discriminated against. First quarterly in the jim you w south with violence or civil disobedience and you should pray I choose the latter. And I would like to also quote john f. Kennedy. Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. Thank you, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Loudoun, Senator Black .
Dick Black
Thank you, Mr. President. Let me point out this bill relating to remaining in a place of riot or unlawful assembly prescribes a maximum penalty. And I think when we talk about some of the things that have happened in the past with the civil rights movement, those would not be likely. They would be highly unlikely to be punished by the maximum penalty. However, I think it is important to remember that when we talk about this civil disobedience it runs a wide, wide gamut and some of the things that are done border on absolute riot and total breakdown of law and order. And I think that is where we are going to see the maximum punishment come into play and I think it is a good thing. I think we want an orderly state and I think we want a state where people can demonstrate lawfully. But at the same time when demonstrations become riot and become violent, I think we need to have the tools to deal with thank you. Them.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The senior Senator from Fairfax County, Senator Saslaw .
Dick Saslaw
Mr. President and members the of the Senate, I think anybody who has been here more than a year pretty much know hass my ky views are on the topic called law and order. Frankly, it is probably as harshas anybody in here. By the way, I 'm opposed to the bill and I will explain why. What you heard described by the proponents of this is essentially already covered by law and penalties. You May have notice on inauguration day over in Washington, d.C. In about a four block area they had a riot. I don't think that is even in and many are being charged with dispute. A felony and should be. You burn vehicles and break store windows you should be charged with a felony, okay. And they have been. That is a far cry from what we are getting at in this bill. And you know, if you -- if you do what you herein describe that is really not a riot, for the most part that is a felony. This deal deals supposedly is dealing with the topic that is essentially is misdemeanor and you are going to put people in jail because -- you know, because they didn't move on quickly enough? And trust me that invariably is what happens, all right. The other thing, I come from the most populated area of the state. And I in fact live in the most populous jurisdiction. I don't know of any of -- if there has generally been a problem of this type, and I find it, you know, hard to imagine that the speech by Senator Carrico they apparently have a big problem down in his neck of the woods but here in the most populated part of the state where demonstrations are most prone to take part we don't have any problem. I have not had anybody in the Fairfax County, Arlington or Alexandria police tell me we need to strengthen this law because they are having problems. We have disorderly conduct statutes. They can get you for that. I just don't see how increasing this from a class 3 to a class 1 is going to become a deterrent. Over in Washington, they have got a felony law and it is $5,000. The damage that was done and the people arrested did a lot more than that and that is what they are being charged with and should be, a felony. We are not charging these people with felony. We are charging them with a misdemeanor. All we are doing is increasing the penalty and considering the mistakes that from time to time get made, I can't see the need to sweep these people up into this. And that is why in spite of as I said, one of the harsher records here on law and order and those who have been here know what my views are, I am opposed to this bill and I would hope that you would be the same.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Grayson County. Senator Carrico .
Bill Carrico
Speak to the bill.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Bill Carrico
Since the gentleman from Fairfax brought touch. It up.I will make a couple of circumstances that he May have not been aware of. Just recently after the election there was a situation that occurred on I -64/I -95 area in the city of Richmond. I don't know if the news reached Fairfax in time or not or if he didn't see that but where the interstates were blocked. I remember several situations in 1989 during the coal strikes where roads were blocked, arms were blocked and egress and regress was stopped. I can remember in 1989 the same year of the streets of Virginia beach being taken over during a festival called greekfest that we were called in to disburse crowds. There are incidents that May not occur in the georgia from gentlm Fairfax 's back yard but they occur in my district and other districts. I thought I would give a few examples of where it does happen. Thank you.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Stafford, Senator Stuart .
Richard Stuart
I didn't want to give a whole lot of detail in the bill because I wanted to hear what everybody had to say. And always interesting because I 'm not even sure the body was discussing the bill I put in. That is how interesting this topic is. If you actually read the bill it talks about unlawful assembly, I .E., a riot. It is illegal to riot. This has absolutely nothing to do with civil disobedience or peaceful protest nor does it say anywhere in the bill. I'm the biggest advocate for peaceful protest. We had those issues come up in the courts committee and consistently knocked them out. This has to do with a riot. Looting, pillaging, breaking in to people's places of businesses. Creating mayhem. That is what is riot is. Please read the bill. It May not change your mind, because you have already taken your position and given your floor speech. This has nothing do with peaceful protest. Mr. President, I don't enwheels know whatelse to say. What this bill does is gives the same penalty for reckless driving, maximum penalty that you could receive for reckless driving in the state of Virginia if you refuse to stop breaking in someone's store front and move along. I hope it would be the pleasure to pass the bill.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The junior Senator, Senator McClellan .
Richard Stuart
I would like to speak to the bill.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
I want call that we define unlawful assembly in 18-2.40 of. Unlawful assembly is different than a riot. Unlawful assembly is when you have three or more persons assembled, they might be attempting to use force or violence but they also might be intending to break the Peace or order. Now I will give you some examples that weren't riots. Here in the city of Richmond one of our former colleagues mamie participated at the sit-in at what is now the hilton hotel. They were unlawfully assembled at the lunch counter because it was against the law for them to sit there without the owner's permission. And the owner wouldn't let them sit there because they were Black. They peacefully sat there as white students and white patrons of that store through ketchup on them and called them all kinds of names. And that once the store owner or the police told them to disburse if they remained was unlawful assembly and this bill would subject them to jail, a $2,500 fine or both. There are many examples. When we had a protest here in the city of Richmond over a thousand people if the police come and say disburse and you don't hear them, which is very possible, and you remain, you are guilty of unlawful assembly and could be jailed or given a $2,500 fine or both. This bill goes farther than increasing the penalties for a riot. It does subject peaceful protesters to a penalty that, quite frankly, in many circumstances could be too harsh. And I 'm sure a lot of people in the 60's never thought the fines and penalties handed down to of african americans would have happened because they were unconscionable. I have many friends and relatives. This bill is about more than increasing the penalties for a riot and I hope that you vote no.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The senior Senator from Fairfax, Senator Saslaw .
Dick Saslaw
Just quickly, Mr. President. The Senator from Stafford mentioned that we haven't been talking about his bill. It was interesting, he mentioned amongst the many things this would cover is breaking into buildings. I don't know how things are in you break in to something in Stafford. Fairfax county you get charged with a felony. Not a misdemeanor, it is a felony. And if he wants to deal with felonies then the bill should be fashioned differently. This bill is accurately described scribed by the Senator from Richmond. In the past has been used to come down pretty hard on the minority community in the state. I'm not saying that -- certainly that is not what he aimed at now. This is a bill that we simply don't need. It as class three misdemeanor. The people inclined to actually riot, they are not paying attention to this. And more than likely if it is a riot as I knew a riot they will be charged with a felony anyway. I don't see the need to jack this misdemeanor from a class 3 to a class 1.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall Senate bill 1055 pass. All in favor of the motion wills aye, those opposed no. Are all the senators ready to v? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to c their vote? Hange the clerk will close the roll.
Dick Saslaw
Ayes 14, nos 26.
[Unknown]
Ayes 14, nos 26. The bill does not pass. Senate bill 898, a bill to direct compliance with regulations of certain combined sewer overflow outfalls; potomac j. The Senator from Stafford, river watershed. Senator stewart.
[Unknown]
I think this is my -- Senator
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Stuart. I think this is my last one. Mr. President, this is the compromise bill that the Senator from Alexandria and myself and the -- one of the senators from Fairfax worked on to try to get a time certain where Alexandria would stop dumping all of this raw sewage into the potomac. The substitute is the bill they now have until 2025 in order to clean this up and we have taken away the provision that could potentially withhold state funds from them if they reduce to do it. Ask that you support the bill.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall Senate bill 898 pass. All in favor of the motion wills aye, those opposed no. Are all the senators ready to v? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to c hange their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 9, nos 0. Rule 36-1.
[Unknown]
Ayes 9, nos 0.
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county, Norment .
[Unknown]
I move that the Senate bills on pages 2-16 including Senate bill 786 through Senate bill 1300 and 60 be engrassed and advanced to the third reading in the block after the adoption of any amendments. Any Senator who desires to remove a bill from the block please do so after the clerk has read the bill.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the Senate bills on pages 2-16 Senate bill 786 through 1366 be engrossed and advanced to the third reading in the block after the adoption of the amendments there to that any Senator desiring to remove a bill from the block do so after of the clerk has read the numberful bill. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no.
[Unknown]
The notion is agreed to. Senate bill 786, reported from committee on local government. Senate bill 804, reported from the committee on finance. Senate bill 843, reported from the committee on finance. Senate bill 864, reported from the committee on privileges and two floor amendments. Elections.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Stafford, Senator Stuart .
Richard Stuart
First I would ask that amendment number 2 be withdrawn. Yes, that's correct. I put in two just in case.
[Unknown]
You would like number two withdrawn.
Richard Stuart
Please, Mr. President.
Bill Howell
Without objection, floor amendment number two will be withdrawn.
[Unknown]
I ask that we waive reading of floor amendment number one.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the reading of the floor amendment be waived. Nos ayes. The ayes have. The reading is waived. The Senator from Stafford .
[Unknown]
I ask that we adopt floor amendment number one and speaking to that motion.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Quickly, what this bill does is most of our jurisdictions I suspect unlike Fairfax you have a lot of different counties in the jurisdictions in order for the circuit court judge to appoint an electoral board member you have to have every judge in the circuit sign off on it and in in my case in the 15th judicial circuit that is nine counties, I think. So it could take them over a month just to sign the paper work to get an electoral board member appointed. What the bill did was it changed it to the chief judge or his at designee. It makes sense to streamline it. What we anticipate the was that the chief judge would appoint as his desigee the judge who sits in that county. Sometimes there is more than one judge who sits in the quarterback because he knows those in the county. It clarifies that says if you appoint a designee it is the judge who sits in the county.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the floor amendment be agreed to. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The floor amendment is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 912, reported from the committee on finance. Senate bill 919, reported from the committee on local government. Senate bill 926, reported from the committee on local government. Senate bill 936, reported from the committee on local government with amendments.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Arlington, Senator Favola .
Barbara Favola
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise to ask that the amendments be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the committee amendments be agreed to. All in favor say aye.Those oppo. The s1 have it. I amendment is agreed to.
Barbara Favola
Senate bill 960, reported from the committee on privileges and elections. Senate bill 961, reported from the committee on privileges and elections. Senate bill 964, reported from the committee on local government with substitute.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Augusta, Senator Hanger .
Emmett Hanger
I move the committee substitute be agreed to. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The substitute is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 977, reported from the committee on finance. Senate bill 1001, reported from the committee on local government. Senate bill 1025, reported from the committee on finance. Senate bill 1083, reported from the committee on local government. Senate bill 1104, reported from the committee on privileges and elections with amendments.
Emmett Hanger
The Senator from eastern Fairfax County, Senator Surovell .
Scott Surovell
Mr. President, I move the committee amendment.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the committee amendment be agreed to. All in favor say aye. The ayes have it. Those opposed, no. The amendment a agreed to. Senate bill 1135, reported from the committee on local government. Senate bill 1225, reported from the committee on local government. Senate bill 1254, reported from the committee on privileges and elections with amendments.
Scott Surovell
The nor from rocking ham.
[Unknown]
I move that the captains be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the committee amendment be agreed to. Nos ayes. The ayes have it. The committee amendments are agreed to. Senate bill 1304, reported from the committee on privileges and elections. Senate bill 855, reported from the committee on transportation. Senate bill 894, reported from the committee on education and health with substitute.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Arlington. Senator Favola .
Barbara Favola
Mr. President, I move that the substitute be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the substitute be agreed to. Nos ayes. The ayes have it. The substitute is agreed to.
Barbara Favola
Senate bill 1006, rported from the committee on education and health with substitute.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Augusta, Senator Hanger .
Emmett Hanger
I ask that that bill go bye for the day.
[Unknown]
Without object objection, Senate bill 1006 will go bye for the day.
Emmett Hanger
Senate bill 1041, reported from the committee on transportation. Senate bill 1046, reported from the committee on education and health. Senate bill 1069, reported from the committee on transportation. Senate bill 1085, reported from the committee on transportation. Senate bill 1101, reported from the committee on transportation with amendment.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Bedford, Senator Newman .
Steve Newman
I move that the committee amendment shall be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the committee amendment be agreed to. Nos ayes. The ayes have it. The amendment is agreed to. Senate bill 1169, reported from the committee on transportation. Senate bill 1178, reported from the committee on education and health with amendment.
Steve Newman
Senator Chafin .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move the committee amendment.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the committee amendment be agreed to. Nos ayes. The s1 have it. Senate bill 1180, reported from the committee on education and health with amendment. And there is a floor amendment.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Russell, Senator Chafin .
Ben Chafin
Mr. President, I have a colleague here who has the floor amendment and would like to present the floor amendment, I believe.
[Unknown]
Senator, we need to reject your committee amendment first.
Ben Chafin
All right. I can do that. I move with the recommendation that the amendments that the amendment be rejected. The floor amendment and I -- and I will move in a moment that the floor amendment be approved.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. With the recommendation that it be rejected, the question is shall the committee amendment be agreed to. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The nos have is t. The committee amendment is rejected. The Senator from Henrico, Senator Dunnavant .
Siobhan Dunnavant
I move that the reading of the floor amendment be waived.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the reading of the floor amendment be waived. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The reading is waived. The Senator from Henrico .
Siobhan Dunnavant
I move that the floor amendment be agreed to. Basically all that this dose is to add to the study that we have asked the prescription monitoring program to present to the joint commission on healthcare annually to include benzodiazipines in addition to opiates. Senate bill 1211, reported from the committee on transportation. Senate bill 1221, reported from the committee on education and health with amendments.
[Unknown]
The Senator from southern Fairfax County, Senator barton.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move that the amendments be adopted.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the committee amendments be agreed to. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The amendment is agreed to. Senate bill 1230, reported from the committee on education and health with amendment. I move that the amendments be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the committee amendments be agreed to. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. S1 have it. Senate bill 1242, reported from the committee on education and health with amendments.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Henrico, Senator Dunnavant. Shall the committee amendments be agreed to. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. Senate bill 1250, reported from the committee on transportation. Senate bill 1279, reported from the committee on transportation. Senate bill 1323, reported from the committee on education and health. Senate bill 1366, reported from the committee on transportation with amendment.
Siobhan Dunnavant
The Senator from Bedford, Senator Newman .
Steve Newman
Mr. President, I move that the committee amendment be agreed to.
Siobhan Dunnavant
The question is shall the amendment be agreed to. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The committee amendment is agreed tortion.
Steve Newman
The question is shall the Senate bills be engrossed and advanced to the third reading all bills except 1006 on Page 10. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The bills are engrossed and advanced to the third reading.
[Unknown]
Regular calendar, Senate bills on second reading.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1126. Reported from the committee on commerce and labor and a floor amendment.
[Unknown]
The Senator from eastern Fairfax County. Senator Surovell .
Scott Surovell
Mr. President, I move we waive reading of the floor amendment.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the reading of the floor amendment be waived. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The reading of the floor amendment is waived. The Senator from eastern Fairfax
Scott Surovell
Thank you, Mr. President. County. I move adoption of the floor amendment and speaking to that
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor. Amount.
[Unknown]
This floor amendment if you didn't like the bill, you should really like it now because this adds a reenactment clause which means we to pass it again next year. And secondly, there has been questions raised by not the companies that this intended to regulate, but the companies who are already regulated. And the bureau of financial institutions has indicated they would like to take a deep dive and make recommendations to next year and look at the whole internet lending and make presences. I would hope the body would support the floor amendment.
[Unknown]
All in favor say aye. The ayes have it. Those opposed, no. The floor amendment is agreed to. The Senator from eastern Fairfax County, Senator Surovell .
Scott Surovell
I move the bill be engrossed and advanced to the third reading.
[Unknown]
All in favor of the motion say aye. Engrossed and advanced to the third reading.
Scott Surovell
Senate bill 901, reported from the committee on local government.
[Unknown]
I move that the bill be engrossed and passed on to the third reading.
[Unknown]
All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The bill is engrassed and advanced to the third reading Senate bill 1073 a bill relating to general and operational powers of the town, town elections, appointed officers. Reported from the committee on local government with amendment.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Rockingham. Senator Obenshain .
Mark Obenshain
Mr. President, 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 ayes have it. The Senator from Rockingham .
Mark Obenshain
Mr. President, I would ask that this be engrossed and advanced to the third reading.
Bill Howell
The question is shall the bill be engrossed and advanced to the third reading. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have is it. The bill is engrossed and advanced to the third reading.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1084 provided a charter for the town of herndon related to elections. Reported to the commit initiee on local government.
[Unknown]
Senator section.
[Unknown]
I move that the bill be engrossed and advanced to the third reading.
Bill Howell
The question is shall the bill be engrossed and advanced to the third reading. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have is. The bill is engrossed and advanced to the third reading.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1134 which provided a charter for the city of Williamsburg relating to the redevelopment and housing authority reported from the committee on local government.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Williamsburg, Senator Mason .
Monty Mason
I move the bill engrossed and advanced to the third reading.
Bill Howell
The question is shall the bill be engrossed and advanced all in favor say aye. To the third reading. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The bill is engrossed and advanced to the third reading.
Monty Mason
Senate bill 1236 relating to candidate petitions number of signatures required for statewide candidates.
[Unknown]
Senator Ebbin ?
Bill Howell
I move the bill be engrossed and advanced to the third reading. The question is shall the bill be engrossed and advanced to the third reading. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The bill is engrossed and advanced to the third reading.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1302 relating to write-in votes duties of local electoral boards reported with a substitute.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Fauquier County, Senator Vogel .
Jill Holtzman Vogel
I move that the bill be engrossed and advanced to the third reading.
[Unknown]
Let's pass the substitute first, Senator .
Jill Holtzman Vogel
Sorry. I move that the substitute be agreed to.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the substitute be agreed to. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The substitute is agreed to. The Senator from Fauquier .
[Unknown]
Now I move that it be engrossed and advanced to the third reading.
Bill Howell
The question is shall the bill be engrossed and advanced to the third reading. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The bill is engrossed and advanced to the third reading.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1303. Relating to voter registration deadline for registration by electronic means.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Fauquier .
[Unknown]
I move that the bill be third reading. Engrossed and advanced to the
Bill Howell
The question is shall the bill be engrossed and advanced to the third reading. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The bill is engrossed and advanced to the third reading.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 865. A bill relating to prohibition against furnishing dark switchblade knife or bowee knife. Reported from the committee of courts of justice.
[Unknown]
Senator Stafford .
[Unknown]
I move the bill be engrossed and advanced to the third reading.
Bill Howell
The question is shall the bill be engrossed and advanced to the third reading. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The bill is engrossed and advanced to the third reading.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1024 a bill relating to the reporting of disabilities of drivers reported from the committee on education and health with a substitute.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Henrico, Senator Dunnavant .
Siobhan Dunnavant
I move that the substitute be agreed to.
[Unknown]
Shall the substitute be all in favor say aye. Agreed to. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The substitute is agreed to. The Senator from Henrico .
Siobhan Dunnavant
Mr. President, I move that the bill be engrossed and advanced to the third reading.
Bill Howell
The question is shall the bill be engrossed and advanced to the third reading. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The bill is engrossed and advanced to the third reading.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1027. A bill relating to oil and thca oil permitting a pharmaceutical cow processors to manufactured a provide reported from the committee on education and health.
[Unknown]
The Senator from western
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Fairfax. Move the bill be engrossed and advanced to the third reading.
Bill Howell
The question is shall the bill be engrossed and advanced to the third reading. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The bill is engrossed and advanced to the third reading.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 11148 relating to the authority of commissioner of highs to lease or convey airspace.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Arlington, Senator Favola .
Barbara Favola
I move that the bill be engrossed and advanced to the third reading.
Bill Howell
The question is shall the bill be engrossed and advanced to the third reading. Those opposed, no. All in favor say aye. The ayes have it. The bill is engrossed and advanced to the third reading.
Barbara Favola
Senate bill 1299. A bill relating to carrying concealed handguns protective orders report the from the committee for courts of justice.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Fauquier County, Senator Vogel .
Jill Holtzman Vogel
Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the bill be gross.
[Unknown]
Gross. Engrossed and advanced to the third reading. Gross.
Jill Holtzman Vogel
The question is shall bill be engrossed and advanced to the third reading. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The bill engrossed and advanced to the third reading.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1662. Exemption for nonduty status active military personnel reported to the committee from courts of justice with a substitute.
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Loudoun, Senator Black .
Dick Black
Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the committee
[Unknown]
The question is shall the substitute be approved. Substitute be agreed to. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The substitute is agreed to. The senior Senator from Loudoun .
Dick Black
S.
[Unknown]
I now move that the bill be engrossed and advanced to the third reading.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the bill be engrossed and advanced to the third reading. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The bill is engrossed and advanced to the third reading.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1403. A bill to require the board of pharmacy to deschedule or reschedule cannibidiala upon publication of an interim final rule. Reported from the committee on education and health with a stub substitute.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Henrico, Senator Dunnavant .
Siobhan Dunnavant
Mr. President, I move the substitute be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the substitute be agreed to. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have is.
Siobhan Dunnavant
The Senator from Henrico .
[Unknown]
I move that the bill be engrossed and advanced to the third reading.
Bill Howell
The question is shall the bill be engrossed and advanced to the third reading. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The bill is engrossed and advanced to the third reading.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1415. Reported if the committee on transportation with a substitute.
[Unknown]
The Senator from northern Chesapeake. Senator Spruill .
Lionell Spruill
I move the substitute.
[Unknown]
The substitute is agreed to. The Senator from northern Chesapeake .
Lionell Spruill
I move that the bill be engrossed and advanced to the third reading.
Bill Howell
The question is shall the bill be engrossed and advanced to the third reading. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The bill is engrossed and advanced to the third reading. To its third reading.
[Unknown]
Uncontested satellite and
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The Senator from James county radar. Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
I move that the bills on the uncontested calendar and regular calendar, pages 22-25 including Senate bill 11108 through 1204 that the rules of the Senate be suspendnd and the first constitutional readings of the titles be dispensed.
Bill Howell
With the question is Hall the rules be suspended and first reading of titles of the bills on uncontested calendar and regular calendars be dispensed with. All in favor of the motion will. Are all the senators ready to v? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to c hange their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
Tommy Norment
Ayes 40, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos 0. Reading is dispensed with. Senator Norment .
[Unknown]
I move that all of the bills that find themselves on the second reading be passed bye for the day.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the Senate bills on the uncontested and regular calendars now on second reading be pass the bye for the day. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The bills will go bye for the day.
[Unknown]
Uncontested calendar Senate joint resolution on second reading. Joint resolution 241 confirming appointment by the chief justice of the supreme court of Virginia of the chairman of the Virginia criminal sentencing commission. Reported from the committee for courts of justice.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Rockingham, Senator Obenshain .
Mark Obenshain
I move that the bill be engrossed and advanced to the engrossed and advanced to the third reading.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. All in favor of the motion say eye. Those opposed no. The resolution is engrossed and advanced to the third reading.
Mark Obenshain
The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Inquire of the clerk does that complete today's calendar?
[Unknown]
Yes, sir.
Tommy Norment
Is there any other business to come before the Senate ? Senator Deeds .
[Unknown]
I rise to ask that we return to the morning hour for a brief introduction.
[Unknown]
Thank you, no are. Senator.You have the floor.
[Unknown]
We have a group from tandem school? Charlottesville that has been serving the community for a good number of years and I would ask that you give the group the warm greetings of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. With members from tandem friends in Charlottesville please rise. They May have moved to another viewing area. We welcome them. I ask the members of the that senateto offer the warm welcomee [applause] Senate .
[Unknown]
The Senator from eastern Fairfax County ,. Personal protection order.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Ladies and gentlemen of the Senate a lot of us on this side of the aisle aren't happy about what happened this past November and could spend an entire floor session doing point of personal privilege about everything creeping out of Washington. I read something in the paper right as I came on the floor which grabbed my attention which we should all care deeply about. President trump freezing all federal employment and pay raises. Is important not just for the area I represent, but for everybody here. The percentage of all federal government or all government workers in the u.S., federal, state and local, as part of the national workforce is as low as it has been since 1960. The government bureaucracy is not bloated. The percent arch of federal work ers as a percentage of all employees in america today is under 2% which is lower than it was in 1940. Our federal government workforce is not big. But I tell you where it is big, it is in this state. In the state of Virginia, there is only one other state in the united states of america ha it is a more federal government employees than the state of Virginia. Maryland. Virginia, it is 4.6 of our state. We saw what this meant a couple of years ago when the federal government decided to stop hiring and stop spending. When the sequester came down and the government shut down. It put our state into another recession. Our revenues went flat. It going to happen again. So get ready. I'm kind of wondering if the revenue short falls need to be looked at right now because this is not going to be good for us. The second reason this is bad, from my perspective, this is an attack on 172,000 virginians that all of us represent. Virginia has 172,500 nonmilitary federal workers. These workers are not also all in Virginia. When you look at the chart I pulled a chart off go verning the number one agency are magazine. Civilians that work for the department of navy. 43,851 people. A lot of them aren't all in northern Virginia. They are in another part of the state and it is not going to be good. The workers are not bad people. They are not evil and corrupt government bureaucrats. These are the people that keep us safe, protect our country and keep our air, our water, they keep our environment clean. They keep our children educated. These are attacks on agencies like the fbi, the cia. Ice. These are not agency -- these are agencies that do things that keep our country safe and this move by our president from my perspective is nothing more than grandstanding. And it is grandstanding if you all remember, just about a month ago, one of the things the president said was I intend to help the states that help me and the states that voted against me will find out what it means to vote against me. Now virginians will pay the Price. It is disgusting. When the revenue goes down it will not only be an attack on the federal workers, it will be bad for our teachers and police and children around college students and citizens. I hope we all stand in opposition to this because it affects all of us no matter what party, what part of the state, it will hurt everybody in the state and we ought to be opposed to it. Thank you, Mr. President. The Senator from Arlington ,
[Unknown]
Thank you. Senator Favola .
[Unknown]
I rise on a point of personal privilege.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
I rise to recognize the 44th anniversary of roe vs. Wade. I'm sure many of familiar with that decision. It is worth noting the come position of the u.S. Supreme court at the time the decision was made. Brennan and Marshall were considered liberal. Powell, douglas and stewart were swing votes and blackmon and berger were perceived and served as conservative judges. However, all of them upheld roe vs. Wade and agreed that a woman had a constitutional right to get an abortion. Although white and rehnquist typically dissented did not in this case. A woman's right to make her own medical choices stating this right of privacy whether it be founded in the 14th amendment concept of personal liberty and restrict,s upon state action as we feel it is, or has the district court determined in the 9th amendment reservation of rights to the people in fact it is broad enough to encompass a womans it decision on whether or not to terminate her pregnancy. I just want to remind this body that prior to the 1973 decision 1.2 million women were year were forced to resort to illegal abortions despite the risk of unsanitary conditions, hemorrhaging, infection, disconfiguration and also death. Virginians believe and I would like to believe we have senators and representatives of virginians believe that a woman's choice to terminate a pregnancy and choose adoption, or to make any other choice is really her choice. And it is a decision that a woman should make with her family and with her doctor. But without the help of politicians. I will just say that thomas jefferson I believe would fight today for a woman's right to privacy. We as a commonwealth should respect that individual right. We should leave politics out of the doctor's of offices and leave politics out of healthcare decisions. I hope all of us will take a moment to reflect on the decision of roe vs. Wade and to honor its conclusion and I thank you, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Hanover, Senator .
[Unknown]
Mcdougle.
[Unknown]
Rise for announcement.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
As members are aware, on Friday we pass the the bill introduction deadline. But as members also are aware, we have a lot of new members and technology does not always work perfectly so in an effort to streamline the process and to prevent a myriad of members standing up to ask for unanimous concept to introduce legislation we will try to work all that through tomorrow. So if you are on this side of the chamber, if you could get to us before session tomorrow with bills you would like to be introduced that you missed the deadline for. And on that side of the chamber, get with your leadership because tomorrow will be it. It is not an amnesty day but close to that as we try to work through the process. But then, it will be done and we will be able to get through all of the legislation hopefully in this short session. Again, if you didn't get something in, it was a technical problem or for the newer members who did not have as much time to get things drafted, please get to your leadership and we will come together tomorrow and there will only be win point in time, Mr. President, where you have to listen to motions for unanimous consent.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President. Originally when I had pushed my button it was for purposes of making an announcement but the Senator from Hanover took care of that. With that I 'm appreciative but do I rise on a point of personal privilege.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Tommy Norment
As I listened to the oratory of the Senator from eastern Fairfax County I was reminded in the Senate of Virginia why rarely does a freshman go on the Senate finance committee and I would like to remind the body that fiscal constraint and responsibility is not a synonym for fiscal attack. If you think about fiscal constraint in the federal level there is no constitutional amendment for balanced budget unlike the commonwealth of Virginia. And you might argue the reasons for this but over the last eight years the national debt in the united states has increased 89%. You might want to debate why that has come about. But that is not an example of fiscal constraint. I would suggest to your honor -- excuse me, I would suggest to you, Mr. President, that you May categorize this as a bad thing. But what I really take umbrage at is that I hope that everybody in the body would continue to follow the budgetary process that the Senate finance committee is undertake. We are working diligently trying to figure out a way to give our state employees salary increases within our fiscal constraints. We are looking to see how we can give teachers an increase within our fiscal constraints. We are looking very hard to see how we can help our Virginia state police in a fiscally responsible manner. That is not an attack, Mr. President. And I would say that the Senate finance committee will continue to move in that direction and I invite every member to monitor and contribute in a positive way to that process.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Portsmouth, Senator Lucas .
Louise Lucas
I rise on a point of personal privilege.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Louise Lucas
For years there was one member of delta sorority and one aka seated to my right. Today when I introduced the deltas in the gallery, I inadvertently omitted two deltas on the floor of the Senate. And it is only because for 20 years there was only one. And now there are three. And so, Mr. President, going forward, be it known by all that there are two other deltas on the floor of the Senate. Senator jennifer mcclelland and Senator rosalyn Dance .
[Unknown]
I rise for the purpose of announcement.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
I ask the members of the Senate to join me tomorrow morning for a breakfast being hosted by distinguished individuals with the muslim association of Virginia. They will be here tomorrow morning at 4 west from 9:30 a.M. To 11:00 a.M. And the muslim association is an active group of citizens engaging in community service including holding food banks and helping the homeless and other civic activities. I appreciate everyone stopping for to say hello.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The clerk will report any announcements on the desk.
[Unknown]
Today, Monday, January 23. Committee for courts of justice 8:00 a.M., Senate room b. Republican caucus, 11:30 a.M. Senate room 2, capitol. Democratic caucus, 11:30 a.M. Senate room 1, capitol. Committee on commerce and labor, 15 minutes after adjournment, 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, Dunnavant and Dance. Northern Virginia delegation, 5:00 p.M. 6 th floor speaker's conference room. Tomorrow, Tuesday, January 24. Finance subcommittee on economic development and natural resources, 7:30 a.M. 10th floor conference room. Senators Ruff, Saslaw, Wagner, Obenshain, and Dance. Education and health subcommittee on health professions, 8:30 a.M. 4th floor east conference room. Senators Dunnavant, Suetterlein, Carrico, Barker, Lucas and peake. Committee on finance, 9:00 a.M. Senate room b. Republican caucus, 11:30 a.M. Senate room 2, capitol. Democratic caucus, 11:30 a.M. Senate room 1, capitol. We have a change on general laws. General laws will meet at 2:00. 2:00 for general laws. Thank you.
[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.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the Senate stand adjourned until 12 12noon tomorrow. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The Senate shall stand adjourned until 12:00 noon tomorrow. Until 12:00 noon tomorrow.