01/26/2017 Senate Proceedings

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SB816—00:00:20
SB825—00:05:58
SB862—00:01:22
SB1047—00:00:43
SB1091—00:04:43
SB1298—00:22:14
SB1347—00:01:39
SB1474—00:01:15
SB783—00:00:25
SB793—00:00:24
SB812—00:00:17
SB822—00:00:15
SB990—00:00:27
SB1128—00:00:12
SB1201—00:00:15
SB1258—00:00:24
SB1261—00:00:24
SB1296—00:00:15
SB1320—00:00:32
SB1332—00:00:22
SB1400—00:00:19
SB1437—00:00:24
SJ250—00:05:05
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:00
Sen. Ben Chafin (R-Lebanon)—00:02
Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)—00:03
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:02
Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)—00:07
Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg)—00:00
Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)—00:00
Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac)—00:05
Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)—00:02
Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta)—00:04
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:02
Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)—00:02
Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg)—00:02
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)—00:03
Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke)—00:00
Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)—00:03
Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth)—00:00
Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)—00:00
Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta)—00:00
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:00
Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)—00:00
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)—00:02
Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg)—00:03
Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield)—00:00
Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)—00:00
Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico)—00:00
Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)—00:02
Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania)—00:04
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:00
Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)—00:00
Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg)—00:00
Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville)—00:00
Sen. Ben Chafin (R-Lebanon)—00:00
Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke)—00:00
Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg)—00:00
Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)—00:02
Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)—00:00
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—02:51
Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)—00:02
Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg)—00:00
Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)—06:24
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Minutes

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

Prayer offered by The Reverend Todd McClure, Centerville Baptist
Church, South Boston, Virginia

Motion of Senator Deeds dispensed with reading of Journal (38?Y
1?N 1-A)

COMMUNICATION FROM HOUSE (HN10125): reading waived (37?Y 3?N)

The House of Delegates has passed the following House bills: HB
1396, 1431, 1461, 1468, 1486, 1537, 1554, 1559, 1623, 1651, 1686, 1696, 1729,
1744, 1797, 1801, 1842, 1849, 1927, 1958, 2006, 2034, 2067, 2077, 2078, 2111,
2185, 2207, 2308, 2325

House bills referred: see January 27 Senate Calendar

BILLS REPORTED

From Courts of Justice: SB 815A, 853S, 854, 861A, 904S, 928,
944S, 946S, 947, 973, 1023, 1054, 1140, 1176S, 1177, 1257, 1260, 1276S, 1280S,
1284A, 1285 rereferred to Finance, 1533

From Education and Health: SB 848S, 907S, 975A rereferred to
Finance, 1020S, 1048S, 1053A rereferred to Finance, 1100A, 1116S, 1159S, 1160,
1232S, 1235, 1243S rereferred to Finance, 1245, 1321S, 1353 rereferred to
Finance, 1376S, 1452, 1484S, 1504, 1527 rereferred to Finance, 1551, 1583S

From Transportation: SB 1021, 1077, 1207S, 1272, 1331S,
1338S, 1339A, 1384A, 1409, 1468S, 1486, 1497A

BILLS REREFERRED

From Education and Health: SB 1565 rereferred to Finance; HB
1505 rereferred to Rehabilitation and Social Services

From Transportation: SB 1406 rereferred to Courts of
Justice, 1506 rereferred to Courts of Justice

CALENDAR

UNCONTESTED CALENDAR

SENATE BILLS ON THIRD READING

SB1216 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

SB1006 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

SB1273 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

SB1377 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

SB1465 - Read third time and passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

SB 919 - Out of block, Passed by for day

REGULAR CALENDAR

SENATE BILLS ON THIRD READING

SB 816 - Read third time and passed Senate (32-Y 8-N), Reconsideration
of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N), Passed Senate (28-Y 12-N)

SB 825 - Read third time and passed Senate (22-Y 18-N)

SB 862 - Read third time and passed Senate (28-Y 11-N),
Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (38-Y 1-N), Passed Senate (29-Y
11-N)

SB1047 - Read third time and passed Senate (22-Y 18-N)

SB1091 - Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 2-N)

SB1298 - Read third time and passed Senate (29-Y 11-N)

SB1347 - Read third time and passed Senate (26-Y 14-N), Reconsideration
of passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N), Passed Senate (23-Y 16-N 1-A)

SB1474 - Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)

UNCONTESTED CALENDAR

HOUSE BILL ON SECOND READING

HB1521 - Read second time

UNCONTESTED CALENDAR

SENATE BILLS ON SECOND READING

SB 798 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB 875 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB 886 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB 916 - Read second time, Committee substitute agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SB1019 - Read second time, Committee amendments agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SB1040 - Read second time, Committee amendments agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SB1074 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB1102 - Read second time, Committee amendment agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SB1136 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB1158 - Read second time, Committee amendments agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SB1175 - Read second time, Committee substitute agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SB1186 - Read second time, Committee substitute agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SB1202 - Read second time, Committee amendments agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SB1205 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB1217 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB1248 - Read second time, Committee substitute agreed to (voice vote),
Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SB1274 - Read second time, Committee substitute agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SB1289 - Read second time, Committee amendment agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SB1369 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB1370 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB1390 - Read second time, Committee substitute agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SB1463 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

REGULAR CALENDAR

SENATE BILLS ON SECOND READING

SB 783 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

SB 793 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

SB 812 - Read second time, Committee substitute agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

SB 822 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

SB 990 - Read second time, Committee substitute agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

SB1128 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

SB1171 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

SB1201 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

SB1258 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

SB1261 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

SB1268 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

SB1296 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

SB1320 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

SB1332 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

SB1400 - Read second time, Committee amendment agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

SB1437 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

UNCONTESTED CALENDAR

SENATE BILLS ON FIRST READING

SB 801 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 868 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 876 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 934 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 962 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 967 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 976 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 992 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1026 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1033 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1045 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1050 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1064 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1145 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1173 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1203 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1308 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1311 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1318 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1319 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1429 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1438 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1467 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1487 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1520 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

REGULAR CALENDAR

SENATE BILLS ON FIRST READING

SB 872 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 897 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 920 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1105 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1189 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block vote
(40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1349 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1350 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1441 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB1455 - Rules suspended, constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

UNCONTESTED CALENDAR

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTIONS ON FIRST READING

SJ 307 - Rules suspended, reading waived block vote (40-Y 0-N),
Passed by for day

SJ 308 - Rules suspended, reading waived block vote (40-Y 0-N),
Passed by for day

SJ 309 - Rules suspended, reading waived block vote (40-Y 0-N),
Passed by for day

SJ 310 - Rules suspended, reading waived block vote (40-Y 0-N),
Passed by for day

MEMORIAL RESOLUTIONS

HJ 724 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 731 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 739 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 740 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 746 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 774 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 775 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 776 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 777 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 785 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SJ 327 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SJ 337 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SR 108 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SR 121 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SJ 250 - Out of block, Agreed to by Senate

HJ 718 - Out of block, Agreed to by Senate

HJ 741 - Out of block, Agreed to by Senate

SJ 338 - Out of block, Passed by for day

COMMENDING RESOLUTIONS

HJ 631 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 626 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 662 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 663 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 664 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 665 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 666 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 681 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 683 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 721 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 722 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 726 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 729 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 730 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 732 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 733 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 734 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 735 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 736 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 737 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 738 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 742 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 743 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 747 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 753 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 755 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 756 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 757 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 758 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 759 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 760 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 761 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 768 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 769 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 770 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 771 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 772 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 773 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 778 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 813 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 318 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 320 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 322 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 324 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 325 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 326 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 328 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 329 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 330 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 332 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 333 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 334 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 335 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 336 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 339 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 341 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SR 106 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SR 107 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SR 116 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SR 117 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SR 118 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SR 119 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SR 120 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 315 - Out of block, Passed by for day

HJ 751 - Out of block, Passed by for day

HJ 752 - Out of block, Passed by for day

HJ 754 - Out of block, Passed by for day

SJ 323 - Out of block, Passed by for day

On motion of Senator Newman, the Senate adjourned in Memory of the
Honorable Johnny S. Joannou at 2:06 p.m. to convene Friday, January 27, 2017 at
10:30 a.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 kindly retire to the gallery. The senators and all in attendance will please rise and be led in prayer by the Reverend todd mcclure, centerville baptist church, south boston. Reverend mcclure, welcome.
[Unknown]
Let's pray. Our heavenly father, I thank you, lord, for this day, beautiful day that you have given to us here in January, and father we thank you, lord, for our lives and what a gift they are from you, and father, I thank you, lord, for these senators here today. Father, thank you, lord, for giving them a desire to serve in this capacity and not only the desire but also the ability. So father, I pray today that you would guide them. I pray, father, you would give them wisdom, give them understanding and give them discernment as they make decisions. And father, I pray, lord, that you would protect them, protect their families, and father, I pray, lord, that you would guide us on this day. We love you. God bless you. In jesus name I pray, 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 25th, 2017.
[Unknown]
The center center from Bath County, sneer Deeds, moves that- Senator Deeds reads that the reading of the journal be waved. Reading of the journal will record their votes aye, 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 vote.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 1, rule 31 won. The reading of the journal is waived. The clerk will please report any communications from the House. The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President, I respectfully move we waive the reading of the communication.
Bill Howell
As many as favor that motion, say aye., those opposed, no. Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
Tommy Norment
Ayes 37, nos 3.
[Unknown]
The reading of the communication is waived. The clerk will please report any communications from the governor.
[Unknown]
We do not have any, sir.
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk. The time has come to recognize visitors to our gallery and take up other matters for the morning hour. The junior Senator from Virginia beach, Senator DeSteph .
Bill DeSteph
Good afternoon, Mr. President. I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor. Today I would like to introduce the Virginia beach restaurant and travel association. They're here at the capital today represent their industry and provide a strong unified voice for tourism. They're meeting with legislators today, discussing the importance of tourism in our economy and in our state. We're happy to have them join us today, and I 'm pleased to introduce them. Let's give them a warm welcome from the assembly.
Bill DeSteph
Would members from please rise. Thank you so much for what you do to contribute to tourism in the commonwealth. It's a large part of our economy. We appreciate you keeping that going for us. Thank you for making the trip up here. We wish you safe travels. I'd ask members of the Senate to join me in offering members from the rlta. The warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
The Senator from Russell County, Senator Chafin .
Ben Chafin
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
Ben Chafin
Thank you. Today in the gallery we have a group of individuals from beautiful tassel county. Tassel county is part of my district and it is a neighboring county to the county that I reside in, Russell County. They're here today to visit with the legislators and other agencies in an effort for economic development and to future the interest of the region in southwest Virginia. And tonight, we have a legislative reception that I would encourage all of the legislators to come to if you have the opportunity. I know you've received invitations, and we're hoping to have a good time, and hopefully you can come, too, Mr. President. At this time, I would ask that the Senate join me in giving the warm welcome to all our leaders and our board of supervisors, members that we have here from tassel county.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would members from the board of supervisors and leadership from tazwell county please rise. It's great seeing you all again this year. Thanks for making the trip. Just as the good Senator from Russell said, we always look forward to your visit here and your reception this evening. I will be there and enjoying good company, great food. Appreciate that. I would ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering the board of supervisors and leadership from tazwell county the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
The Senator from graceen Senator Carrico .
Bill Carrico
Thank you, Mr. President, rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
Bill Carrico
Mr. President, in the gallery today is former Senator william womper, my favorite Senator, probably y'alls. The gentleman from Franklin, it is his favorite Senator. It is my honor and privilege to introduce to you today in the gallery, former Senator whomper who has made the trip up here to see his former colleagues and friends. He's a great asset and knowledge for me and many of my colleagues back home, and I 'd like for you to give him a warm welcome.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would Senator william whomper please rise? Thank you so much for making the trip back. (applause).
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment. Is he coming back with us? Okay. Senator Norment, I 'm going to give you the floor. I was going to give you the floor. I thought you wanted to make a couple comments about our esteemed colleague.
Tommy Norment
When the Senator was my seat mate, he was always causing calamities, so I thought I 'd spill this soup in honor. I had the pleasure for a number of years of being Senator wompler's seat mate. He truly has been one of the most outstanding senators that I 've been in the Senate of Virginia. One of the areas that he had a vast amount of knowledge on, which has continued to challenge all of us, especially Senator Hanger who now does health and human resources. He was ow resource on hhr and fairly grasped that. He obviously was a tireless advocate of southwest Virginia, and even though he May comparatively be diminutive in size, he had the vigor and enthusiasm to advocate tirelessly on behalf of southwest Virginia. Senator Carrico has made up in size for what he May otherwise lack on it. It is indeed a pleasure to have my good friend back with us today, and I would just say to him in somewhat of a no, sir noc era, while you love the Senator from that area, I truly miss his presence.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Senator, if you don't mind, if you would rise again, and thank you for being here. Thank you. Senator, we'll get to the applause in just a second, but you have been a friend and a mentor to many of us in the Senate, and we appreciate what you did for us and what you've done for the commonwealth of Virginia and also for the great southwest. So thanks for being here, and look forward to visiting with I 'd ask the members of the you. Senate and the gallery to please join me in offering Senator william whompler the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
The Senator from Mecklenburg, Senator rough you -- Ruff .
[Unknown]
The Reverend is in the gallery with his wife. I would ask you to give them a warm welcome.
[Unknown]
Would Reverend todd mcclure and kelly mcclure please rise. Thank you for coming from south boston and helping us get a good start to our session. What a message. We appreciate you that and wish you safe travels. Please join me in offering Reverend todd mcclure and his wife kelly mcclure the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
The Senator from Petersburg, senators Dance .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President, I rise for two introductions.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, in the gallery today, we have members of the Virginia affiliate of the american college of nurse midwives. Nurse midwives are registered nurses with two years of graduate education at accredited schools, core competencies of nurse midwifery practice must be met prior to taking a national certification exam. Certification by the american midwife recertification board is required prior to licensure in Virginia. In 2010, there were 102,147 births in Virginia and 7.22% of those were by certified nurse over 85% of certified nurse midwives. Midwives are employed by physicians in their practices. Mr. President, I would ask that the Senate give them a warm Senate welcome.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would members from the Virginia affiliate of american college of nurse midwives please rise. Y'all are well represented today. Who is delivering the babies while y'all are here? We appreciate you being here today to advocate for what you work for every day, and we thank you for all the work that you do across the commonwealth. Just so you know, a midwife delivered one of our children, and it was a great experience, so we appreciate all your good work and thanks for being here. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering the midwives the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
The Senator from Petersburg .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. In the gallery also today, we have Mrs. Julian cod. In 2016, Ms. Cod was recognized as a Virginia lottery super teacher. She is an eighth grade earth and physical science teacher at Richmond 's tc middle school. She was recognized for her dedication to making science hands-on and realistic for her students. Her dedication doesn't end at the school Bell. She spends countless hours engaged in after school programs with her students. I was so honored to have an opportunity to meet with her briefly before coming to assembly today, but Mr. President, on behalf of the junior and senior citizens of Richmond city and I, we ask that you give them a warm Senate welcome.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would July -- julian cod and paula otto please right. Welcome to the gallery, thanks for all the great work and being a wonderful teacher and making sure that our children have access to a world class education. We appreciate that. Senate to please join me in I 'd ask the members of the offering Ms. Julian cod and paula otto the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
The Senator from Accomack County, Senator Lewis .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, rise for the purpose of an introduction the Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Visiting with us in the gallery today is Dr. Noel gabriel. Noel is the vice chairman of the Norfolk school board, having been been appointed of a member of the school board and winning reelection. In addition to her busy professional life as a physician, noel is doing work in the call of advancing public education on the Norfolk school board. I'm pleased to have her with us, and she's accompanied by her brother-in-law nate. I hope the body would give her a warm welcome.
[Unknown]
Would Dr. Gabrielle and nate please rise? Thank you for being here. Safe travels. Tell everybody back in Norfolk we said hi. Would I ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering, Dr. Noel gabriel, vice chairman of our Norfolk school board, and her friend nate, the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
The Senator from Hampton, Senator Locke .
Mamie Locke
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Mamie Locke
Thank you, Mr. President. With us in the gallery today are leaders of the civic leadership institute in the class of 2017. They are visiting with the capitol today to meet with the governor and other members of the executive team and to learn more about the legislative project -- process. It's a prestigious core of leaders committed to a brighter future of the Hampton roads community through collaboration. Civics alum nye serve in elected -- alumni serve in elected office, bringing high level expertise to initiatives. Civic founders include the late joshua p. Darden who helped in the power of regional relies ships to forge regional results. The organization's members are successful, executive level leaders and promising emerging leaders in the corporate, military, entrepreneurial, educational and nonprofit arenas. As a civic class of 2003 graduate, it is my honor to introduce to you kathy lieu ice, sara jane kirkland, and kristin spits and the members of the 2017 class of the civic leadership institute. Please extend to them the warm welcome to the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would members from the civic leadership institute please rise. Thank you all for making the trip here, and thanks for being here to see how policy is made and advocating for what your values and principles are, and I 'd also just like to take a quick brief period of time to recognize kathy Lewis. Kathy, what a leader you've been in our community. For those of you that listen to hearsay, that's kathy Lewis, and we enjoy that. You justen form our community in so many -- you just inform our community in so many ways. I would ask members of the Senate to please join me in offering the leaders of the institute the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
The Senator from Chesterfield, Senator Chase .
Amanda Chase
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Amanda Chase
Mr. President, I 'd like to welcome representatives from the home educators association of Virginia, and with them today is director of development, kevin he ft. He's in the gallery today. Our commonwealth has a rich tradition of home education with many notable virginians who were educated at home, such as george Washington, Patrick Henry, robert e. Lee and booker t. Washington, and I might also add the Chase children. As we speak, there are almost 40,000 home schoolers in Virginia. These students come from a diverse array of backgrounds and economic conditions and utilize a variety of customized education methods, including online tutors and traditional home schooling. Today is a very special day for these home schoolers, because today is the home educators' association of Virginia 's annual day at the capitol, where parents and their students come to our storied capitol to learn more about their state government. I for one, this is how I first got involved in politics and learned about my government, and I for one am so proud of these young civically engaged virginians and would like to welcome them.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would members from the home educators association of Virginia please rise. Thank you all for being with us this afternoon, and we're blessed in the commonwealth to have so many educational options, and we appreciate what you do to advocate for the option of home schooling. Very important. So we appreciate you being here today, and we hope you have a wonderful afternoon in Mr. Jefferson's capitol. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members of the home educators association of Virginia the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause). The Senator from Chesterfield, Senator Chase .
Amanda Chase
(inaudible).
[Unknown]
Can you hear me? There we go. I also have a second introduction. Today I 'd like to recognize the hard work of my team of interns who put in a lot of hours and effort into making this a successful session for my office. We have Madison harry who is attending vcu, will farenhall and daniel whitehead who attends randolph-macon college and will and maya who both attend vcu. We thank them for helping me out this session.
Amanda Chase
Thank you, Senator. Would Senator Chase 's staff please rise. Thank you for all you do to help Senator Chase. We couldn't carry out our mission without help from folks like you, and it's also a great way for you all to learn and see how things are done in the capitol here in Richmond. We appreciate your help and we wish you best in your endeavors. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering Senator Chase 's staff of interns a warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
The Senator from Stafford, Senator Stuart .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President, rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. On behalf of the Senator from Spotsylvania and myself, Mr. President, I 'd like to bring to the attention to the members the presence in the gallery of the folks from jermana community college. There are quite a few students here with Dr. Wesley. Dr. Sam was here earlier. I had the opportunity to meet with them, spend some time with them this morning. They're part of our community college system, and I will tell you in the Fredericksburg region they do a great job, absolutely great job, and they give a lot of young people a great opportunity to get not just a two-year degree, but to move on and get a four-year degree as well. So I would ask that you give them the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
I will. Thank you. Senator. Would members from the jermana community college please rise. Y'all are well represented here this afternoon. Just as the Senator said, we have 23 great community colleges across the commonwealth. We're very proud of all 23 and appreciate what they do to contribute to workforce development that leads to economic development and jobs for the commonwealth of Virginia, so we're glad you're here today to advocate for the the best in your education community colleges and wish you endeavors. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members from the jermana community college the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Richmond city, Senator Sturtevant .
Glen Sturtevant
Thank you. I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
Glen Sturtevant
We representatives from the virginians for the arts today that are here participating in the arts advocacy day at the capitol. Over 100 arts advocates from across the commonwealth have traveled to the general assembly today to visit with their legislators, and they are doing a great job advocating on behalf of the arts. I ask we offer them the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
I will. Would members from the Virginia arts please rise. Thank you all for being here today, and I think I talked to a couple of you earlier, but when you hear people talk about stem, make sure they add that a and include steam. That's really where the jobs of the future are in the 21st 21st century. The arts are such an important part of our education experience and process. Thanks for being here to advocate today. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members of the virginians for the arts the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
Senator from frankston county, Senator Stanley .
Bill Stanley
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for purposes of an
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor. Introduction.
Bill Stanley
Thank you, Mr. President. Members of the Senate and those in the gallery today, I have the great honor of introducing some great people who are working very hard for new college institute in the city of Martinsville. Have you already heard me talk about new college and how much it means to us and that region and also what we're trying to do to transform it into a world class educational institution offering an education that is not offered anywhere else of the kind or type in the commonwealth of Virginia. And we are having today our board meeting. I'm the chairman. They blessed me with the honor of being chairman of the board. And so today up in the gallery, we have some of the finest people, not only members of the board, but also our great staff at new college, and so Mr. President, if I May introduce to you our board members, bob burger, tonya form man, Dr. Well do not -- wheldon hill, naomi, and also welcome Dr. Blevins, our executive director, melanie I am -- Ingram, cristina Reeves and mandy mcgee. If you would, extend to them the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
I will. Do you need to be excused to attend a board meeting?
[Unknown]
Yes, sir, I need to get up there right away if you don't mind.
[Unknown]
To members of the new college institute, thank you all so much for being here. I have toured, just wonderful work that you all are doing, begin, contributing to workforce development in your area, the commonwealth. So thanks for being here today. You have a great leader in Senator Stanley. We tend to nudge each other a little bit. But we love him and he's doing great work here for the commonwealth. So thanks for being here. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members from the new college institute the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
Senator from eastern Fairfax County, Senator Surovell .
Scott Surovell
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Scott Surovell
Sorry. This magically appeared in front of me a minute ago. Ladies and gentlemen of the Senate, joining us in the gallery today is leadership Fairfax, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. It's a wonderful organization that develops all kinds of leaders in Fairfax counties. They have meetings with public officials all over the county. I've attended several of their bipartisan sessions. We have a cup couple very notable alumni, including Fairfax County executive ed long, the former police chief, now deputy account executive, stacey, doug and eileen Filler-Corn, cabinet secretary guy named bill hazel, I think we all know, and they're a wonderful organization, develops excellent leadership in northern Virginia. I would hope the Senate could give them a warm welcome from the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would members from leadership thank you all for making the Fairfax please rise. Trip down 95 to be with us today. Thanks for all that you do for leadership up in Fairfax, up in northern Virginia. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members from leadership Fairfax the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
Is there any other business for the morning hour? Seeing none, the clerk will please call the calendar.
[Unknown]
Clerk: Senate calendar for Thursday, January 26, 2017. Uncontested calendar Senate bills on third read.
[Unknown]
Guest: the Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President. I'm improving. I got the microphone out without putting the soup on the board. I respectfully move that all Senate bills on third reading on the uncontested calendar, which would include bills on pages 1 through 3, including Senate bill 919 through 1465 be placed on their final passage in the block f any Senator desires to remove a bill from the block, please do so after the clerk has read the number of that bill.
[Unknown]
The question is should the uncontested bills on calendar, Senate bill 919 through Senate bill 1465 be placed upon their final passage in the block with the understanding that any Senator desiring a bill removed would do so after the read number. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. Please read the bills.
Tommy Norment
Senator bill 919.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Senator from Rockingham .
[Unknown]
I'd ask that to come out of the block and by for the day. I'm having a floor amendment drawn for that.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. Without objection, Senate bill 919 will come owl of the block and by for the day.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1216, Senate bill 1006. Senate bill 1273. Senate bill 1377. Senate bill 1465.
Bill Howell
Thank you, madam clerk. The question, is shall the bills in the block pass? That is all bills except for Senate bill 919 on Page one. All in favor of the passage of the bills will record their votes ayes. Those opposed, no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos 0.
[Unknown]
The bills in the block pass.
[Unknown]
Regular calendar, Senate bills on third reading. Senate bill 816, a bill relating to grand larceny and certain property crimes; threshold.
[Unknown]
The near from eastern Fairfax County, Senator Surovell .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President, I move the bill pass, and speaking to that motion.
[Unknown]
The near has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. This bill is a bill you've seen several times now. We passed it out of here I think about three or four years in a row now. Last year it came out 29 to 11. It's basically a bill that raises the misdemeanor felony threshold from $200, which is the lowest in the united states of america, up to $500. It's a widely supported bill, and needed. There was a couple of amendments made to it in committee to narrow it down to only larceny crimes, and I would hope the body would pass the bill.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator : question is, shall Senate bill 816 pass. All in favor of the motion will record their votes ay, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Clerk: ayes 32, nos 8.
[Unknown]
The bill passes.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 825, a bill relating to new sentencing hearing; abolition of parole.
[Unknown]
The junior Senator from Loudoun, Senator Wexton .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President, I move the bill pass, and speaking to that motion.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. In Virginia, we are one of only a handful of states where the common well can request a jury, as well as the defendant can, and where the juries actually recommend a sentence for people who have been convicted of felony crimes. In 1995, we abolished parole in favor of truth in sentencing, and the problem with that is that we weren't then truthful with the juries who were doing the sentencing. Judges routinely refused instructions that said that parole had been abolished, and juries were led to speculate about what would happen after they pronounced their sentences. So it wasn't until 2000 when the Virginia supreme court said that it defied reason that this information would be withheld from juries, just as they were performing a significant and appropriate -- this is significant and appropriate information when they were performing this vital function. So from that point forward, judges had to instruct juries that parole had been abolished and that offenders would end up serving a vast majority of their time. But we were left for five years of defendants who had not been instructed. The problem was the court of appeals made it's decision proceed suspective, -- prospective, not retrospective. So the vast majority of those offenders who still remain in prison are in there for violent offenses. This bill does not apply to them. This bill applies to those who were convicted of nonviolent felonies between January 1st January 1st 1995 and 2000, where the jury was not instructed about the app -- abolition of parole and who are presently incarcerated for their offense. That's about 11 people. And what they would get is they would be able to petition for a new sentencing hearing in the original circuit court where the case had been held. The courts messed up when they applied truth in sentencing. It's up to us in the legislature to fix that, and this bill gives us an opportunity to get that process started. So Mr. President, I again renew my motion that the bill pass.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Rockingham, Senator Obenshain .
Mark Obenshain
Mr. President, speaking to the bill.
[Unknown]
Near has the floor.
Mark Obenshain
Mr. President, members of the Senate, I just want to draw your attention to a couple of issues with respect to this bill. First of all, the courts were truthful with the juries. The courts told the juries what the sentencing range was. When we were not being truthful was when we had sentencing ranges and people had no idea how much of the time was going to be suspended or was going to be actually served and so, first of all, the courts were truthful with the juries. They told them what the sentencing range was for these people who were convicted of these crimes. Second thing that I want to point out is that while the court did address this issue, it did not require us to do what this bill is doing. It does not require and did not require, as some other constitutional decisions have, us to go back and revise the sentences for these people, and we have had cases in which the courts have required us to go back and revisit prosecutions, and this is not one of those situations. The third thing I want to point out is that many of these are convictions that are 20 plus years old, and the victims are no longer either around or May not be able to be tracked down, and quite frankly, there is just no way that this is going to practically work. There's no way that anybody can adequately stand up and protect the rights of victims with respect to going back and revisiting sentences in 20 plus-year-old cases. I appreciate what the gentle lady is trying to do, but I just respectfully submit that this is not a prudent way of addressing this.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from western Fairfax, Senator morrison.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President, speak to the bill.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I ran a different version of this bill trying to get at the same solution that the junior Senator from Loudoun has here today. I was presented with someone who presented a situation that took place here in the commonwealth where the jury was not given much information about sentencing and someone on the jury said, well, I know how this works. They only have to do 25% of their time was what he told his other jurors, and I think they all agreed that this person ought to get about 10 years. So they said, well, let's give him 40 years, and that way, heel only have to do 10. He'll be eligible for parole. And if he does well, that will be great. Well, unfortunately, 40 meant 40, and that's what this individual got. It wasn't transparent. It isn't justice, and I realize and I appreciate the gentleman from Rockingham bringing up the fact that there are some technical issues here, but you know, I always grew up and my parents always told me, when you mess something up, you fix it. We messed this up badly, and this is a small measure to provide justice to these individuals, and I 'd urge you to support the bill.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall Senate bill 825 pass. All in favor of the motion will record their votes ay, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Their vote? Do any senators desire to change the clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 22, nos 18.
[Unknown]
Ayes 22, nos 18, the bill passes.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Fauquier, Senator Vogel .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President, having voted on the prevailing side by which we passed Senate bill 816, I would ask that that bill please be reconsidered.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is, shall the vote by which Senate bill 816 was passed be reconsidered. All in favor of the motion will record their votes ay, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos 0. The motion is agreed to. The Senator from eastern Fairfax County, Senator Surovell .
Scott Surovell
Thank you, Mr. President. Having previously explained the bill, unless there are some new questions, I move the bill pass.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is, does Senate bill 816 pass? All in favor of the motion will record their votes ay, 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.
Scott Surovell
Ayes 28, nos 12.
[Unknown]
Ayes 28, nos 12. The bill passes.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 862, a bill relating to driving after forfeiture of license.
[Unknown]
The Senator from eastern Fairfax County, Senator
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Surovell. I move the bill pass and speaking to that bill.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Ladies and gentlemen, this bill, I think it's pretty simple and I viewed it as kind of a code cleanup bill. Basically what happens, right now if you're convicted of driving while intoxicated, you forfeit your license, and usually the court gives you a restricted license, not always, but usually, and if you violate the terms of that restricted license or you drive when you don't -- when you had a dui and you don't have a restricted license, there's a statute they charge you underrepresentation 18.2272, and right now that statute makes it illegal to drive even if you're not on a highway, and the problem that creates is there's lots of motor vehicles you can drive that aren't on a highway, like your riding lawnmower in your front yard, like a golf cart on a golf course or a forklift in a factory. On our regular driving on suspended statute, you have to be on a highway. And so all this does, it adds the on a highway requirement to the dui revocation statute to make them consistent. That's the bill. I would hope the body pass the
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. Bill. The question is, shall Senate bill 862 pass? All in favor of the motion will record their votes ay, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 28, nos 11.
[Unknown]
The bill passes.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1047, a bill related to dcjs training standards; community engaged policing.
[Unknown]
The Senator from supports -- supports -- Portsmouth, Senator Lucas .
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1047 is dcjs training standards regardless community policing, requiring the compulsory training standards for basic training and recertification of law enforcement officers to include fair and impartial policing. Verbal did he escalation and needs of people -- verbal deescalation and needs of people -- again, I are he new my motion to -- renew my motion to have the bill pass.
Bill Howell
The question is shall Senate bill 1074 pass? All in favor of the motion will record their votes ay, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 22, no, sir 18.
[Unknown]
Ayes 22, nos 18. The bill passes.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1091, a bill relating to marijuana census, driver's license forfeiture.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Alexandria, Senator Ebbin .
Adam Ebbin
Thank you, Mr. President. This is a bill that the Senator from Franklin and I jointly chief co-patronned. It mirrors a bill we passed last year with one distinction. Currently under existing law a marijuana defendant loses their driver's license for six months after the offense. This would provide for judicial discretion on whether or not they lose the license. It is supported by the commonwealth attorneys and it will lessen some of the 38,849 times a year virginians lose their license to drug offenses. All boards do not suspend as do the overwhelming majority off other states w that, I move the bill pass.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Franklin County, Senator Stanley .
Bill Stanley
Thank you, Mr. President. Speak to the measure.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Bill Stanley
S a the chief co-patron, I want to, of course, thank my other chief co-patron for this. Look, as an attorney who practices all the time, too often what we see in these situations, and I 've had judges tell me this over and over, is that some young kid has got marijuana on him, not near a car anywhere, and then as part of the 251 punishment, that is first offender status, where we take the case under advisement, they do community service, pay a large fine, and if they do all of those and are successful and complete that and are drug free and screen clean, at the end of that period of time, then the charge is dismissed, but the one thing that is unrelated and does not correct behavior is the suspension of their license for six months. And then they can be granted a restricted license, and that restricted license, as you know, and the same as a dui is to and from work, to and from vsap, to and from church. It doesn't allow you to go to the grocery store. It doesn't allow you to go see your mom. It is very restrictive and on top of that, Mr. President, when you get your license suspended, as you would know, some of you May know, most of you I hope don't know, your insurance not only skyrockets, but you usually have to have what's called an sr 22, and if you get reinsured, then it's a higher rate, and it stays on your record for nothing that had anything to do with driving. Now, the origins of all of this was that way back in the '80s when the federal government was getting tough on the war on drugs, there was, I think, a congressman or Senator who put in the transportation act that said that federal dollars would only be received by states who then agreed to suspend licenses upon drug convictions, drug convictions. The art of the 18.2-251 disposition is that there is no initial conviction. There is a finding of the case is taken under sufficiency of guilt. Advisement. Sometimes the defendant pleads guilty. Sometimes the defendant doesn't plead guilty, but they stipulate to facts that would be sufficient to find them guilty. The case is continued. There is no conviction, because what we're trying to do in this very good statute is give somebody the opportunity of a second chance for making a dumb mistake, because ladies and gentlemen you know as well as I do, and especially Mr. President, that these kind of convictions can affect their very ability to get a job.
Bill Howell
Would the gentleman from Franklin yield for a question.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator .
[Unknown]
Would the gentleman yield for a question.
[Unknown]
He's the majority leader. I have no choice.
[Unknown]
Yield, Senator .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, knowing what a student he is of the law and how astute he is on reading not just the law but the calendar, can you tell me how many negative votes there were against this in committee, sir?
[Unknown]
The Senator from Franklin
Bill Howell
Mr. Chairman, I would answer county. The gentleman from James city by saying, although there was only one negative vote in committee, I like unanimity here, and for that, that is why I stand and speak. Thank you. Thank you, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Does that complete your discussion, Senator ?
[Unknown]
I think it does. I think I 've said what I want to say.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President.
Bill Howell
The question is, shall Senate bill 1091 pass? All in favor of the motion will record their votes ay, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Clerk: ayes 38, nos 2.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 2. The bill passes. The junior Senator from Virginia beach.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, having voted on the prevailing side of Senate bill 862, I request we reconsider it.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator, the question is shall the vote by which Senate bill 872 passed by reconsidered? All in favor of their --.
[Unknown]
That was Senate bill 862.
Bill Howell
Yes. All in favor of the motion record their votes aye, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Do any senators desire to change have all the senators voted? Their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 1.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 1. The motion is agreed to. The Senator from eastern Fairfax County, Senator Surovell .
Scott Surovell
Thank you, Mr. President, having previous will I explained the bill, I would move the bill pass.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall Senate bill 862 pass. All in favor of the motion will record their votes ay, 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.
Scott Surovell
Ayes 29, nos 11.
[Unknown]
Ayes 29, nos 11. The bill passes.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1298, a bill relating to possession or distribution of marijuana for medical purposes; exceptions.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Fauquier County, Senator Vogel .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President, I move passage of the bill and speaking to that motion.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. The members of this body will remember that in 2015 we passed a bill that would have allowed allowed -- that does allow for cbd oil to be prescribed for people who have a very, very narrow need for cbd oil for epilepsy that at the time many of you had heard from constituents around the commonwealth of Virginia who had a very rare seizure disorder for which cbd oil seemed to be the only treatment. And the members of this body and the members of the House were persuaded almost unanimously. I think this body voted 37 to 2 and the House voted 96 to 0 to allow cbd oil to be used for those patients, and it has proved to be remarkable and transformative. For young people who were born entirely healthy who suffered this seizure disorder and then were rendered almost incapable of function, and that cbd oil proved to be lifesaving for them. What my bill seeks to do is expand the use of cbd oil for other very, very severe disorders that are on parity with that kind of a seizure disorder. I want to be clear. This is not a medical marijuana bill. This is a cbd oil bill. Cbd oil does not have any psychotropic effects. It cannot make you high. It is not something that is dealt on the illicit market. You cannot smoke it. It is a compound, though, that has been proven to have many, many medical benefits, and so if you are someone who suffers from lou gehrig's disease, als, or Ms, or you have cancer and you are in need of palliative care, this compound has been proven to have true medical benefits. Now, for those who are in opposition to the use of cbd oil, they will say, well, you know what? We only were willing to allow it in that one narrow circumstance because we were told that there was no other compound or drug that could be prescribed that actually worked. Well, that May be a good argument, but for people who have suffered from some of these other diseases, they have said in the course of their efforts for lobby on behalf of cbd oil, that while there are other drugs that work, they have profoundly devastating side effects that make them horribly sick and that vbd oil does not and that it has has -- not only does it lack side effects, but it also has really healing properties and it has beneficial -- it benefits some of the other negative side effects of the other drugs they take, from chemotherapy and other drugs. So there has been some quibbling over the breadth of the list. Some have said no, it should just be for cancer or just for crohn's disease, but if you have somebody in your family with a debilitating genetic disorder or dying a painful death from one of these diseases, which are you going to pick? That was my struggle. Of the list presented to me, which was I going to pick? Is Ms somehow more legitimate than lou gehrig's disease? If cbd oil is not a harm to the community if there is no public health or safety risk and no one is going to get high ordeal it, why should I say nope, it should just be crohn's. So I understand that for those of us in that body who have strong feelings on one side or the other, this debate is not going to change your mind, but for those friends of mine whom I have seen suffer from painful, debilitating genetic disorders or from long and painful deaths from cancer, whom I believe knew that there were or would have been real benefits from cbd oil or even other things that are not available to us today, I feel really strongly that this is something that this body should consider. So with that, I would move that the body pass the bill. Thank you.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Rockingham, Senator Obenshain .
Mark Obenshain
Mr. President, speaking to the bill.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Mark Obenshain
Mr. President, members of the Senate, last year we did have a discussion about cbd oil and I voted for that bill. I've typically been reluctant to vote for bills like that and bills like this, but last year, what we had was a prolonged debate and discussion about the issue and about intractable epilepsy. We had a significant amount of scientific evidence that was presented to the courts of justice committee, significant peer reviewed material that was brought to the general assembly and shown to us with respect to the impact of cbd oil on intractable epilepsy. Now, you know, I was born at night, but not last night. I understand that winds are blowing in this country. I predict that in five years maybe we're going to decriminalize marijuana, maybe sooner if certain people in here get studies moving along, but the issue here is are we going to be responsible about how we do it or not? This year, this bill came to us in the courts of justice committee, and those of you who were there will attest to the fact that there was not one single witness that came and testified in conjunction with this, not one piece of scientific evidence, not one peer reviewed article, not one person who came and ind indicated that cbd oil is an effective treatment for these items. I don't know. I don't know whether it is or not. And I certainly appreciate the efforts of the gentle lady from Fauquier, but I don't see any peer reviewed articles that she's written either. I would respectfully submit that -- I mean, this list includes small poorly developed nails, we're going to give people the affirmative defense for possession of and use of cbd oil for that. Maybe it is appropriate. Maybe it is a good treatment, but I want to read to you a couple of things. I mean, in 2016 in, August of this past year, the obama dea took a look at marijuana, the continuing effort to take a look at it, and look at its derivatives, its extracts, and what they said is that they determined that they were not going to reschedule marijuana from a scheduled 1 category. And in making that announcement, they said that there are no currently accepted medical uses. The agency, though, did say that it was going to change the policy with respect to marijuana, its derivatives and its extracts so that we could develop the research necessary to make these determinations in an orderly fashion. And what they did was they changed the regulations, expanded the number of places that could grow marijuana and expanded the ability to conduct studies on its value for chronic pain relief. That's the way we ought to be making policy. We ought not be simply throwing in every condition that we can think of just because it might help. To help or not. I don't know whether it's going I mean, this is not our job as legislators. We ought not be making these decisions on the fly. We ought not be deciding we're going to do this in this fashion. Last year, we did it only after mature deliberation and with great reluctance, and now we're going to add small, poorly developed nails to the list of items for which we're going to allow the use of this extract. So you know, maybe it's good. Maybe it's appropriate. But there's been nothing given to us to indicate that we really ought to be making this policy decision. I'd urge the body to vote no.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The senior Senator from Loudoun, Senator Black .
Dick Black
Thank you, Mr. President. Speak to the measure.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Dick Black
Ladies and gentlemen, first of all, I do not disagree with anything that was said by the lady who has introduced the measure. I think all of her points are valid. However, last year, when we did the epilepsy bill, I voted for it with trepidation, because I spoke with others and said, you know what? Next year we're going to have a half dozen bills come in for marijuana. And here we are. We've got a half dozen bills coming in for marijuana. We pass this, next year, we're going to have bills coming in that will not be strictly medical marijuana, but they will be the whole -- the full out weed, and you know, I 've been around long enough to have watched this whole thing play out before. When I went to vietnam, in many neighborhoods, people didn't know what marijuana was. They didn't know what cocaine was. They didn't know what heroin was. They might have heard some rumor about it, but it just was not something that was common. By the time I got back, I remember one of the things that really stunned me is driving down the street, down the road at 1 o'clock in the morning, and there would be 16-year-old girls thumbing by the road, and I suspect there are 10,000 of them buried in pine forest, different places. Drugs have taken over. People have begun to lose their sense of responsibility. And in the military, I will tell you, I was stunned. I had been in the marines, got out, got an accounting degree, went to law school, went into the army jag corps, and it was a mob. I mean, it was not an army. It was a mob. And a major reason that it was a mob was because everybody was on pot. We had an army of potheads. I mean, it wasn't just pot. There was lsd. There was cocaine. But pot was the biggest thing. And we had just simply had a collapse of good order and discipline, same thing that happened in factories around the country. And it wasn't until we started instituting urinalysis tests for marijuana thairs that -- that we began to restore the order within the united states. So as kind of a long explanation, but I 'm just going to tell you, the reason that I oppose it is not for any of the reasons where I disagree with the lady from Fauquier, but because I know where we're headed. I can see a slippery slope. When I 'm cascading down it rapidly, and I do not want to see this country go back where it was in the '60s and the '70s, because believe me, it was not pretty. It was the worst of all times that I have lived through, and I just don't want to see it again, and I think that proceeding down this route takes us in that direction. Thank you.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The senior Senator from Fairfax County, Senator Saslaw .
Dick Saslaw
Mr. President, he must have been in a different army than I was in. I don't remember in the two years I was in, which 19 was overseas, of anybody smoking pot. Okay? Beer and brawls, every weekend. Heck, I told people I was on a first name basis with the police and the mp's, but let me tell you, they weren't smoking pot. But more to the point, this is not a -- what the Senator from Fauquier County has introduced is not something that can be turned into a hallucinogenic, which pretty much discounts everything you heard from the past two speakers. We've had plenty of bills where nobody has showed up to testify, and as far as putting in bills of which we don't have any -- you know, no one showed up or we're heading in new territory, I noticed from some of the bills that have been put in this year, last year and for the last 8 to 10 years, the fact that the u.S. Supreme court has ruled against these bills time and time again doesn't seem to slow anybody down from putting them in every year. If this bill can help, and keep in mind, this is not -- you're not smoking marijuana. By the way, I might mention, it seems to me that three of the last four presidents publicly admitted that they had smoked pot, although one claimed that he didn't inhale. I don't think there's anybody that believes that. But anyway -- and God only knows about the current occupant of the white House. But let me just tell you, it's not a has loose -- it's not an hallucinogenic. If this is help one person, just one person, who are we to tell these people, no, we can't get help. Speaking of the fda, this is a problem they should have solved more than a decade and a half ago. This should have been over and done with by now, and I don't know why they keep sitting on this thing when they have all the evidence in. Okay? They have all the evidence. They've had it for some time. But they've never taken that step. This is not a product that can be turned into hallucinogenic. We're not going to become a nation of potheads because people with Ms and a variety of other ailments are using this type of oil. So I would hope that you all would listen to what the Senator from Fauquier said and vote for the bill.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Arlington, Senator Favola .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise to speak in favor of the bill.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
I think in addition to all the information the ladies and gentlemen of the Senate have received thus far, I think we need to keep in mind that we are suffering from an opioid over use. Some would even call it a crises. There is a center for addictions research, which has done a lot of research on the oil,, and they concluded that if, in fact, you would allow the use of what we would call thc oil that this drug allows for medical purposes that have been out lined in this drug, would you have a 64% lower usage of drugs that would have some type of opioids in them. And in my mind, that is a public health benefit. When you see all the bills that have come forward in this general assembly trying to deal with that crises, the opioid crises, and we have this option, I don't nope why we would not pursue it. And then I guess I would say to the senior Senator from Loudoun, we actually all the time, when we create legislation, put boxes around whatever we're permitting or prohibiting. So we can, in fact, control I mean, that's what lawmakers slippery slopes. Do, and from my brief period in the Senate, I 've seen us do it pretty effectively. So having said that, I 'm proud to co-patron this bill, and I would ask that the Senate approve it. Thank you.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Henrico, Senator Dunnavant .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Speak to the bill?
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
So I cannot prophesy what will become legal and what will not and what the fda will and will not approve although we have reasonable expectation that they are about to rescheduled canabadia oil, which is exactly what we're talking about, but I would suggest to this body that some of this strain in this legislation is the attempt for us legislature as legislators to discern for what certain chemicals should be used. That's really in the realm of medicine. And the evidence and the studies which do exist, they don't have the weight that we would like them too, because this has not been a legalized substance. So in some of the states that have legalized it their state, data is beginning to come in, and it is extremely promising. But I would say that the way to look at this piece of legislation is that last year we heard rigorous testimony that cdb oil and thc oil was not detrimental, that it had medical value, that it did not cause psychogenic effects and that it was safe to use, so safe that we have empowered a pharmacy in our state to compound it and dispense it, and I would suggest we should leave to the doctors for what it should be used, and I hope that you will support this bill.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from northern Chesapeake, Senator Spruill .
Lionell Spruill
Thank you, Mr. President. I'm sitting here, and I 'm reading, and I 'm trying to understand what's going on about this when the Senator said there has not been any proof there's no problem, and then Senator Obenshain says there's no proof of this or that. Then I wonder how many of you have watched on tv when a commercial comes on tv and it says that I have an ear ache, and it says it would take care of that ear ache, but side you could get dizzy, diarrhea, effects. Blind, get a heart attack, 20 things or more they say could happen to you, but your ear is going if be okay, but you could die. And I 'm trying to understand, if that's the case, then the Senator says that it works on one particular case, and it could -- Senator Obenshain said it could not be. So if we've got something that's been proven that will take care of my ear but it could kill me, I go see my doctor. He cannot guarantee that I won't have a heart attack. Let's try it. Give a sister a break. Let's try it. There's no side effects that can happen. It's good. Let's pass this bill. Thank you so much.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall Senate bill 1298 pass. All in favor --.
Lionell Spruill
Mr. President, if no one sells is going to speak, I would like to make one last point, because I regret that one comment was made and I just know that there will be someone who suffers from this disorder who will raise this point, and I feel like I should just address it. To the list of diseases, genetic disorders that are listed in the bill, I want to make the point that these were listed because they are on parity with intractable epilepsy, and one of those is nail patella, which is not known to, I 'm sure, most people in this body, and Senator I object Obenshain -- Senator Obenshain was right. It can result in abnormal fingernails. But to be clear, that is not all that it results in. It is a very, very rare but very serious genetic disorder that can result in all kinds of very horrific other symptomsment you can have no kneecaps. You can have something that appears like webbed elbows, horrible renal disease, renal failure. You can die at a very young age. It is a very serious disorder. I did want to make that clear in case someone who cared about this bill and suffers from nail patella would raise that. It is a very, very serious genetic disorder. Thank you, Mr. President.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall Senate bill 1298 pass. All in favor of the motion will record their votes ay, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 29, nos 11.
[Unknown]
Ayes 29, nos 11. The bill passes.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1347, a bill relating to carrying a switchblade knife; exception.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Spotsylvania, Senator Reeves .
Bryce Reeves
Thank you, Mr. President. I ask the bill pass, speaking to the bill.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the bill.
Bryce Reeves
Ladies and gentlemen of the body, this is a pretty simple bill. It's taking switchblade knife out of the code section where they list a bunch of various other implements that can do damage. The reason that this is coming out is technology has changed, as we heard in testimony, from the american tool and knife manufacturing association that switchblade knives are no longer -- maybe the senior Senator from Fairfax knows of west side story, but more as an implemented tool. As a police officer, I actually carried one, because if you're trying to help someone with your left hand and need to cut a seatbelt with your right hand, anybody that has used a buck knife, they're pretty hard to open. So it's a way to use a tool like this whether you're a fireman or roofer. That's what the bill does. There is an amendment in the House on one of the line items when it talks about recreational use for this type of thing that I know Delegate Ware has that says lawful. We'll make that amendment if the bill is successful today over in the House to make sure. Mr. President, that's the bill in its entirety.
Bill Howell
The question is shall Senate bill 1347 pass? All in favor of the motion will record their votes ay, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Clerk: ayes 26, nos 14.
[Unknown]
Eaz 26, nos 14. The bill passes.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1474, a bill relating to resisting arrest; penalty.
[Unknown]
The junior Senator from Virginia beach, Senator DeSteph .
Bill DeSteph
Mr. President, I ask the bill pass. Speaking to the bill.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
Bill DeSteph
Mr. President, I want to make sure we've moved the substitute. I think we did that yesterday.
[Unknown]
So you're good to go.
[Unknown]
Great.
[Unknown]
What this does is this bill attempts to focus on lawfully applying the resisting arrest bill. So if somebody is in custody and they try to escape the custody of a law enforcement officer in violation of Virginia coat 18.2478 and/or flees from an officer when they're lawfully under arrest and physical force is applied, then it it clarifies what we have currently as resisting arrest. This is one I started with last year, and this year we've worked with the best and the brightest to tweak it and get it to its position where it is today. So with that, I request the bill
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. Pass. The question is shall Senate bill 1474 pass? All in favor of the motion will record their votes ay, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Their vote? Do any senators desire to change the clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Clerk: ayes 40, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos 0. The bill passes.
[Unknown]
Uncontested --.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The junior Senator from Richmond city, Senator mcclelland.
[Unknown]
Thank you, having voted on the prevailing side by which we paid Senate bill 1347.
Bill Howell
The question is shall Senate bill 1347 be railroaded? All in favor of the motion will record their votes ay, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Clerk: ayes 39, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 39, nos 0.
[Unknown]
The motion is agreed to. The Senator from Spotsylvania. Senator Reeves .
Bryce Reeves
Thank you, Mr. President. Having previously explained 1347, I ask the bill pass.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall Senate bill 1347 pass? All in favor of the motion will record their votes ay, 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.
Bryce Reeves
Ayes 23, nos 16. Rule 36-1.
[Unknown]
Ayes 23, nos 16. Rule 36-1. The bill passes.
[Unknown]
Uncontested calendar House bill on second reading, House bill 1521, a bill relating to uniform conformity of the commonwealth taxation system with the internal revenue code. Uncontested calendar. Senate bills on second reading.
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Mr. President, I would respectfully move that all the Senate bills on the second reading on the uncontested calendar, including all Senate bills on pages 7 through 16, including Senate bill 798 through Senate bill 1463, be advanced to engrossment and third reading in the block after the adoption of any amendments. If any Senator 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 all Senate bills on second reading on the uncontested calendar on pages 7 through 16, Senate bill 798 through Senate bill 1463, be engrossed and advanced to a third reading in the block after the adoption of the amendments thereto, that any senators desiring to remove a bill from the block will please 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.
Tommy Norment
Senate bill 798, reported from the committee on finance. Senate bill 875, reported from the committee on finance. Senate bill 886, reported from the committee on finance.
[Unknown]
National bill 916, reported from the committee on general laws and technology with a substitute.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Roanoke city, Senator Edwards .
John Edwards
Mr. President, I move that the committee substitute be adopted.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the committee substitute be agreed to? As many as favor that motion, say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The substitute is agreed to.
John Edwards
National bill 1019 reported from the committee on general laws and technology with amounts.
[Unknown]
The Senator from southern Fairfax County, Senator Barker .
George Barker
Mr. President I move that the committee amendments be adopted.
[Unknown]
The question is, shall committee amendments be agreed to? As many as favor that motion, say aye., those opposed, no. Ayes have it. The amounts are agreed to.
George Barker
National bill 1040, reported for the committee on general laws and technology with amendments.
[Unknown]
Senator from Augusta, Senator Hanger .
Emmett Hanger
Mr. President, I move the committee amendments be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The ayes have. It the committee amendments are agreed to.
Emmett Hanger
Senate bill 1074, Senate bill 1102 reported from the committee on general laws and technology with amendment.
[Unknown]
The Senator from eastern Fairfax County, Senator Surovell .
Scott Surovell
Mr. President, I move the committee amendments.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the committee amendment be agreed to. As many as favor that motion, say aye., those opposed, no. The ayes have it.
Scott Surovell
Senate bill 1136, report from committee on commerce and labor. Senate bill 1158, reported from the commit committee on commerce and labor with amendments.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Spotsylvania, Senator Reeves .
Bryce Reeves
Thank you, president Mr. I move the committee amendment.
[Unknown]
As many as favor that motion, say aye., suppose suppose. The ayes have. It committee amendments are agreed to.
Bryce Reeves
Senate bill 1175, report from committee on commerce and labor with a substitute.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Russell County, Senator Chafin .
Ben Chafin
Mr. President, I move the substitute.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the committee substitute be agreed to? As many as favor that motion, say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The committee substitute is agreed to.
Ben Chafin
Senate bill 1186, reported from the committee on finance
[Unknown]
The Senator from Petersburg, with substitute. Senator Dance .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President, I move the committee substitute be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The question is, should the committee substitute be agreed to. As many as favor that motion, say aye., those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The substitute is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1202, report from committee on general laws and technology with amendment.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Accomack County, Senator Lewis .
Lynwood Lewis
The ayes have it. Committee amendments are agreed to.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1205 reported from comt item owe on finance. Senate bill 1217, reported from the commit owe on commerce and labor. Senate bill 1248, reported from the committee on finance with a substitute.
Lynwood Lewis
The Senator from Stafford, Senator Stuart, right on time.
Richard Stuart
Thank you, Mr. President. I move the substitute be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The question is shall committee substitute be agreed to. As many as favor that motion, say aye., those opposed, no. Agreed to.
Richard Stuart
Senate bill 1274, reported from committee on finance with a substitute.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Hanover, Senator McDougle .
Ryan McDougle
Mr. President, I move the committee substitute be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The question is, shall committee substitute be agreed to. As many as favor that motion, say aye., those opposed, no. Agreed to.
Ryan McDougle
Senate bill 1289, report from committee on commerce and labor with amendment.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Russell County, Senator Chafin .
Ben Chafin
Mr. President, I move the commit amendment be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The question is, shall committee amendment be agreed to, as many as favor that motion, say aye. Those opposed, no. Ayes have it.
Ben Chafin
Senate bill 1369, report from committee on finance. Senate bill 1370, reported from the committee on finance. Senate bill 1390, reported from committee on finance with a substitute.
[Unknown]
The Senator from northern Fairfax County, Senator Howell .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move the substitute be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The question is, shall committee substitute be agreed to? As many as favor that motion, say aye., those opposed, no. The ayes have it. Substitute is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1463, reported from committee on finance.
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk. The question is, shall Senate bills be engrossed and advanced to third reading? As many as favor that motion, say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The bills are engrossed and advanced to third reading.
[Unknown]
Regular complen dar, Senate bills on second reading, Senate bill 783, a bill relating to public employment, prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Reported from the committee on general laws and technology.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Alexandria, Senator Ebbin .
Adam Ebbin
Thank you, Mr. President, I move the bill be engrossed and advanced to third reading.
Bill Howell
The question is shall the bill be engrossed and advanced to third read something as many as favor that motion, say aye. Those opposed, no. The eyes have it. The bill is engrossed and advanced to third reading.
Adam Ebbin
Senate bill 793, a bill to waiver tax penalties for small businesses. Reported from the committee on finance.
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Richmond city, Senator sturdivant.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move the bill be engrossed and advanced to third read.
[Unknown]
Guest: thank you. The question is should the bill be engrossed and advanced to third reading. As many as favor that motion, say aye., those opposed, no. The ayes have it.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 812, relating to the board for asbestos, lead and home inspectors, home inspections required information related to yellow shaded corrugated stainless steel tubing. Reported from the committee on general laws and technology with a substitute.
[Unknown]
Senator from western Fairfax County, Senator morrison.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the substitute be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The question is, shall the committee substitute be agreed to? As many as favor that motion, say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. Committee substitute is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I move the bill be engrossed and passed to third reading.
Bill Howell
The question, is shall the bill be engrossed and advanced to third reading. As many as favor that motion, say aye. Suppose suppose the ayes have it. The bill is engrossed and advanced to third reading.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 822, a bill relating to the Virginia fair housing law, unlawful discriminatory housing practices, sexual orientation and gender identity. Report from the committee on general laws and technology.
[Unknown]
The junior Senator from Loudoun, Senator Wexton .
[Unknown]
Mr. President I move the bill be engrossed and advanced to third reading.
Bill Howell
The question is shall the bill be engrossed and advanced to third reading? As many as favor that motion, say aye. Those opposed, no. Bill is engrossed and advanced.
[Unknown]
Senator 990, a bill relating to the commonwealth always goal of reducing the consumption of electric energy.
[Unknown]
Senator from Dance .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move the committee substitute be agreed to.
[Unknown]
Thank you. Senator. The question is shall committee substitute be agreed to. As many as favor that motion, say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The committee substitute is agreed to. The Senator from Petersburg .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President, I move that have the bill be engrossed and advanced to its third reading.
Bill Howell
The question is shall the bill be engrossed and advanced to third reading? As many as favor that motion, say aye. Those opposed, no., the bill is engrossed and advanced to third read.
[Unknown]
Guest: Senate bill 1128, a
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1128, reported from the committee on general laws and technology.
[Unknown]
The junior center from Virginia beach. Senator DeSteph .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I request we engross and advance to third read.
[Unknown]
Guest: question. The question is shall bill be engrossed and vanned to third reading. All in favor say aye., those opposed, no. Engrossed and advanced to the third reading. The Senator from Petersburg, Senator Dance .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move that 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 third reading? All in favor say aye., those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The bill is engrossed and advanced to third reading.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1201, a bill relating to workers' compensation, employers duty when employee incapable of work. Report from committee on commerce and labor.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Accomack County, Senator Lewis .
Lynwood Lewis
Mr. President, I move the bill be engrossed and advanced on to its third read.
Bill Howell
Guest: the question is shall the bill be engrossed and advanced to third reading. All in favor of the motion say aye. Those opposed, no. Bill engrossed and advanced to the third reading.
Lynwood Lewis
A bill related to conversion of the georgia solar energy development authority to the Virginia solar energy development and energy storage authority. Reported from the committee on commerce and labor.
[Unknown]
Senator Ebbin .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move the bill engrossed and advanced to third read.
Bill Howell
Guest: the question is shall the bill be engrossed and advanced to third reading. All in favor say aye., those opposed, no. The bill is engrossed and advanced to third reading.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1261, a bill relating to official emblems and designations, george Washington 's rye whiskey state spirit.
[Unknown]
Report from anytimey on general laws and technology.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Alexandria, Senator Ebbin .
Adam Ebbin
I move the bill be engrossed and advanced to third read.
[Unknown]
Guest: the question is, should bill be engrossed and advanced to third reading., those opposed, no. All in favor say aye. Ace have it, bill is engrossed and advanced to third reading.
Adam Ebbin
Senate bill 1268, a bill relating to public hearings held by localities on budgets and tax rate increases. Reported from the committee on finance.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Alexandria, Senator Ebbin .
Adam Ebbin
Mr. President, I move the bill be engrossed and advanced to thished reading.
Bill Howell
Thank you. Senator. The question is shall the bill be engrossed and advanced to third reading. All in favor say aye., those opposed, no. Bill engrossed and advanced to third read.
Adam Ebbin
Guest: Senate bill 1296, a bill relating to county food and beverage tax referendum, report from the committee on finance.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Fauquier County, Senator Vogel .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President, I move that the bill be engrossed and advanced to its third reading.
Bill Howell
The question is, shall the bill be engrossed and advanced to third reading. All in favor say aye., those opposed, no. Eyes have it. Senate bill 1320, a bill relating to admission tion tax, Washington County, reported from the committee on finance.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Grayson County, Senator Carrico .
Bill Carrico
Thank you, Mr. President. I ask we engross the bill and advance to third read.
Bill Howell
Guest: thank you, Senator. The question is shall the bill be engrossed and advanced to third reading. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. Ayes have it. Bill is engrossed and advanced to third reading.
Bill Carrico
Senate bill 1332, a bill relating to official emblems and designations, song of the mountain state television series. Reported from the commit of committee on general laws and technology.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Grayson County, Senator Carrico .
Bill Carrico
Mr. President, I ask that we engross and pass it on to its third read.
[Unknown]
Guest: the question is, shall the bill been growinged and advanced to third reading. All in favor of the motion say aye. Oppose, no. Ayes have it. Bill engrossed and advance glood Senate bill 1400, a bill relating to the deaf nis of illegal gambling and charitable gaming, authorization of poker games, regulation of poker tournaments. Reported from the committee on general laws and technology with amendments.
Bill Carrico
The Senator from Portsmouth, Senator Lucas .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I move the committee agreements be agreed to.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The committee amendment is greed to. The Senator from Portsmouth .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. This was one of five bills I was able to get out of that committee, and I tell you, I don't think they like me too well over there, but this gives the definition of -- oh, I 'm sorry. I already did that. Mr. President, I move that the bill be engrossed and advanced to third read.
[Unknown]
Guest: thank you, Senator. The question is, should the bill be engrossed and advanced to third reading? All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. Ayes have it. Bill is engrossed and advanced.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1437, a bill relating to the commonwealth council on aging duties. Report from committee on general laws and technology.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Arlington ,
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Senator Favola. I move that this bill be engrossed and advanced to its third reading.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is, shall bill be engrossed and advanced to third reading? All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The bill is engrossed and advanced to third reading.
[Unknown]
Uncontested calendar, Senate bills on first reading.
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. County, Senator Norment. I would now move all the Senate bills on the first reading on both the uncontested and regular calendar, which would include Senate bills on pages 22 through 33, including Senate bill 801 through Senate bill 1455, 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 22 through 33, Senate bill 801 through Senate bill 1455 be dispensed with? All in favor of the motion will record their votes ay, those opposed no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos 0.
[Unknown]
The reading of the titles is dispensed with.
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President. I now move that all the bills be passed by for the day, sir.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is, shall Senate bills on the uncontested and regular calendars now on second reading go by for the day? All in favor say aye., those opposed, no. The ayes have it.
Tommy Norment
Senate joint resolutions on first read.
[Unknown]
Guest: the Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Mr. President, I would now move that all of the Senate joint resolutions on the first reading on Page 34 and 35 of the calendar, including Senate joint resolution 307 through Senate joint resolution 310 that the rules of Senate be suspended and 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 the Senate joint resolutions on the uncontested and regular calendars pages 34 through 35, sjr 307 through sjr 310 be all in favor of the motion will waived. Opposed no. Record their votes ay, those 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]
Ayes 40, nos 0. The reading of the titles is waived. The Senator from James city county.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I would now ask that all the resolutions be passed by for the day along with the music.
[Unknown]
The question is, shall the Senate joint resolutions on the uncontested and regular calendars now on second reading go by for the day. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. Ayes have it. The resolutions will go by for the day.
[Unknown]
Memorial resolutions.
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Mr. President, I would now move that all the memorial resolutions on pages 34 and 35 of the calendar be placed on their final passage in the block in the usual manner, waiving the reading of the resolution with the understanding that any Senator who desires to remove one of the resolutions 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 35 through 37, sjr 250 through sr 121, 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 will do so after the clerk has read the title of the resolution. All in favor say aye., those opposed, no. Ayes have it. The motion is agreed to. The resolutions in the block, the clerk will please read the titles of the memorial resolutions.
Tommy Norment
Senate joint resolution 250, celebrating the life of the honorable johnny s.Joannuo.
[Unknown]
I ask this be removed from the block.
Bill Howell
Without objection, sjr 250 removed in the block.
[Unknown]
House joint resolution 718, celebrating the life of the honor only ott owe beverly roller.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Augusta, Senator Hanger .
Emmett Hanger
I ask that that resolution come out of the block.
Bill Howell
Without objection, hjr 718 will come out of the block.
Emmett Hanger
House joint resolution 724, celebrating the life of leslie gilliam. House joint resolution 731, celebrating the life of anthony randolph cooke. House joint resolution 739, celebrating the life of James early wood. House joint resolution 740, celebrating the life of colonel day Monday igou, united states army, retired. House joint resolution 741, celebrating the life of honorable johnny smplets s. Joannou.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, can this be removed from the block.
Bill Howell
Without objection, 741 out of the block.
[Unknown]
House joint resolution 746, celebrating the life of roger l. Williams. House joint resolution 774, celebrating the life of connie House joint resolution 775, Henry. Celebrating the life of eric john Franklin. House joint resolution 776, celebrating the life of kenneth a. Lawrence. House joint resolution 777, celebrating the life of alfred c. Anderson. House joint resolution 785, celebrating the life of an shul chimaladinne. Senate joint resolution 372, celebrating the life of Dr. Zeb bra saunders white. Senate joint resolution 337, celebrating the life of colonel john bets, retired. Senate joint resolution 338, celebrating the life of the honorable charles j. Colgan.
[Unknown]
Can sjr 338 come out of the block and pass by for the day.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. Without objection, sjr 338 will come out of the block and by for the day.
[Unknown]
Senate resolution 108, celebrating the life of ralph edmond Stanley. Senate resolution 121, celebrating the life of charles c. Allen.
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk. The resolutions will be agreed to in the usual manner, that is all except for sjr 250, hjr 718, hjr 741 and sjr 338. All those in favor of the memorial resolutions will please rise. The resolutions are agreed to. On Page 35, sjr 250, the Senator from northern Chesapeake, Senator Spruill .
Lionell Spruill
Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President and members, I would like to remember a man who was a long time public servant, the husband of chris, the father of stephanie and a grandfather. Johnny was a personal friend of mine and seat mate. Johnny was a public servant for over 30 years. He served in the House of delegates on two occasions, from 1975 to 1983, again from 1998 to 2016. And in this body, the Senate of Virginia from 1984 to 1992 johnny loved his hometown, port port -- Portsmouth, Virginia, and the commonwealth of Virginia, also. He was very passionate about his beliefs, especially the working class of knows who need help. Johnny never let one party completely define his political beliefs, rather was led by his heart and his attorney mind in making his own opinion. Johnny was a man of his word. If he gives you his word, he was committed to it. Most importantly, I ask that today you join me in honoring the member of our colleagues and friend, the honorable johnny s. Joannou.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Fairfax city, Senator peterson.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President, rise to speak in support of the motion.
[Unknown]
This Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen of the Senate, I came into the House in 2001, and was relatively new to all of this business. Johnny Joannou was my seat mate for four years. He was the same age as my father and had a lot of the same characteristics, which he gave me a lot of advice. Some of it was right. Some of it was wrong. But we became very close friends. I valued his opinions greatly. When I ran for lieutenant governor, I used to stay at his House, and I used to actually stop at his law office and make phone calls when I was down in Portsmouth, and I remember all the pictures he had up on the wall of the campaigns he had run working as a campaign manager for Henry Howell, pictures with doug wilder, pictures with chuck rob, and I was very surprised when I heard that johnny had died. I didn't even know he was ill. I had actually gone to see him a few weeks previous. It really struck me. I remember something he said to me. It's a good piece of advice, especially if you're new for a body. I had gotten discouraged my first year in the House that none of my legislation was passing, and I was mocked sometimes by certain people, and he told me one time, he said, look at all those people out there on the floor of the House. He said, you know what they all have in common? And I said what? And he said none of them live in your district, and boy, that was a great piece of advice. I really miss johnny. He was generous. He was his own man, and I hope we will support this motion.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The senior Senator from loud he, Senator Black .
Dick Black
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise to speak in favor of our friend johnny Joannou. Ladies and gentlemen, johnny was someone who was beloved not only on one side of the aisles but really on both sides of the aisle. You know, when I started my race to return to the general assembly in the Senate, I set out and made a quick list of people that I considered personal friends, not just political, you know, allies or whatever, but personal friends, and I was really surprised that it almost broke out evenly, democrat and republican. And one of the those who was right up at the top there was johnny Joannou. I agree with everything that has been said about him, particularly by the gentleman from northern Chesapeake who was very eloquent in his remarks. Johnny was a kind and decent person. He was very thoughtful in everything that he did, and I think he will be very much missed, and I hope, Mr. President, that when we adjourn we adjourn in honor of our colleague, johnny s. Joannou.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The resolution will be agreed to in the usual manner. All those in favor of agreeing to the resolution will please rise. The resolution is agreed to. Sjr 718, the Senator Augusta, Senator Hanger .
Dick Black
Thank you, Mr. President. Hjr 748 is the companion Senate resolution previously passed, celebrating the life of o beverly roller, who was House of delegates member from Augusta County. I move the resolution pass.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The resolution will be agreed to in the usual manner. All those in favor of agreeing to the resolution will please rise. The resolution is agreed to. On Page 36, r.J.R. 741, Senator from northern Chesapeake .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, as previously state glood thank you, Senator. The resolution will be agreed to in the usual manner. All those in favor of agreeing to the resolution will please rise. The resolution is agreed to.
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Mr. President, I would now move that all the commending resolutions on pages 37 through 44 of the calendar, including House joint resolutions 631 through Senate resolution 120 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 should please do so after the clerk has read the number of that resolution.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is, shall the commending resolutions on pages 37 through 44, hjr 631 through sr 120 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 will do so after 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
753, 754 -- Mr. President. The Senator from -- senior Senator from Loudoun, Senator Black .
Dick Black
Would House resolution 754 come out of the block and bye for the day?
Bill Howell
Without objection, hjr 754 will come out of the block and bye for the day.
Dick Black
755, 756, 757, 758, 759, 760, 761, 768, 769, 770, 771, 772, e7 73, 778, 813, Senate joint resolutions 318, 320, 322, 323,
[Unknown]
Mr. President. 324 --
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Chesapeake, Senator Cosgrove .
John Cosgrove
Mr. President, thank you. I would ask that Senate joint resolution 323 come out of the block and bye for the day.
Bill Howell
Without objection, sjr 323 will come out of the block and bye for the day.
John Cosgrove
324, 325, 326, 328, 329, 330, 332, 333, 334, 335, 336, 339, 341, Senate resolution 106, 107, 111, 117, 118, 119, 120.
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk. The question is shall the resolutions be agreed to. All except for sjr 315 and sjr 323 and hjr 751, 752, and 754. All in favor of agreeing to the resolutions will say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The resolutions are agreed to. The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Mr. President, inquiry of the clerk, does that complete today's calendar?
[Unknown]
Yes, sir.
Tommy Norment
Is there any other business to come before the Senate ? Seeing none, the clerk will please report any announcements on the desk.>> Today, January 26, the 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 in the third floor east conference room. Senators Carrico, Dunnavant, Howell, Locke, and peake. The finance subcommittee on education will meet at 3:00 p.M., tenth floor, conference room. Senators Norment, Newman, Howell, Saslaw, Hanger, Ruff, and Dunnavant. The joint transportation subcommittee on property carrier bills will meet at 4:00 p.M., Senate room one. Senators Carrico, Newman, and Favola. The Virginia legislative Black caucus will meet at 5:00 p.M., sixth floor Senate leadership conference room. Tomorrow, Friday, January 27th, the education and health this is a change. The 7:00 a.M. The education and health subcommittee on certificate of public need will meet at 7:30 a.M., Senate room a. Senators Newman, Saslaw, Lucas, Barker, Cosgrove, Dunnavant, Chase and Suetterlein. The finance subcommittee on general government/technology will meet at 8:00 a.M., tenth floor conference room, senators Vogel, Hanger, Lucas, McDougle, Obenshain, and Dance. The finance subcommittee on claims will meet at 9:00 a.M., tenth floor conference room, senators Carrico, Lucas, Vogel, Obenshain, and Barker. The republican caucus will meet one half hour before session at Senate room 2. The democratic caucus will meet one half hour before session in Senate room one.
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk. The Senator from Lynchburg, -- from Bedford, Senator Newman .
Steve Newman
Mr. President, I move that the Senate do now adjourn until 10:for a.M. Tomorrow and when we do so, we do so in memory of our friend and former Delegate johnny s. Joannou.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the Senate stand adjourned until 10:30 a.M. Tomorrow morning and when we do so, we do so in memory of Delegate johnny s. Joannou. All in favor of the motion will say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The Senate stands adjourned until 10:30 a.M. Tomorrow. Until 10:30 a.M. Tomorrow.