02/09/2017 Senate Proceedings

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HB1565—00:00:12
HB1454—00:00:18
HB1589—00:00:16
HB1415—00:00:21
HB1681—00:09:23
HB1927—00:01:00
HB1565—00:00:32
SB900—02:41:05
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:00
Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)—00:00
Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico)—00:00
Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)—00:02
Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth)—00:00
Sen. Ben Chafin (R-Lebanon)—00:02
Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania)—00:00
Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)—00:02
Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta)—00:02
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:00
Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)—00:24
Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)—00:00
Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)—00:00
Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)—00:00
Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)—00:03
Sen. David Suetterlein (R-Salem)—00:02
Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg)—00:00
Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)—00:00
Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)—00:00
Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)—00:00
Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)—00:00
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—01:28
Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico)—00:03
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—06:11
Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)—00:00
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—06:00
Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)—00:00
Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg)—00:02
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—03:00
Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)—00:02
Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)—00:02
Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)—00:00
Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)—00:02
Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)—00:00
Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)—05:03
Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)—00:00
Sen. David Suetterlein (R-Salem)—00:00
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:02
Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)—01:48
Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)—00:02
Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)—03:11
Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)—00:02
Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)—00:02
Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)—00:04
Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)—00:04
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—02:33
Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)—00:05
Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)—00:05
Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)—00:04
Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg)—00:00
Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)—00:06
Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico)—00:05
Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)—00:06
Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico)—00:02
Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)—00:05
Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)—04:24
Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)—00:05
Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)—00:00
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—01:12
Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)—00:00
Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)—01:12
Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)—00:07
Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)—00:04
Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)—00:00
Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)—01:10
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—01:32
Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg)—00:04
Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania)—00:31
Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)—00:07
Sen. David Suetterlein (R-Salem)—00:04
Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)—00:03
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:37
Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta)—00:04
Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville)—00:00
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—01:10
Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville)—00:02
Sen. David Suetterlein (R-Salem)—00:03
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:02
Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)—00:02
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Minutes

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

Prayer offered by The Reverend Gerry Creedon, Holy Family Catholic
Church, Dale City, Virginia

ROLL CALL OF MEMBERS: quorum present

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

COMMUNICATION FROM HOUSE (HN10208): reading waived (36?Y 3?N)

The House of Delegates has agreed to with amendments the following
Senate joint resolutions: SJ 308, 309

The House of Delegates has agreed to the following House joint
resolution: HJ 851

The House of Delegates has agreed to the following Senate joint
resolutions: SJ 307, 310, 342

Senate joint resolutions with House amendments placed on Calendar

House joint resolution laid on Clerks Desk: see February 10 Senate
Calendar

BILLS REPORTED

From Courts of Justice: HB 1392S rereferred to Finance,
1466, 1468A, 1604, 1699, 1746S, 1748S, 1791S, 1852S, 1853S rereferred to
Finance, 1903, 1951, 2024S, 2084, 2287, 2324, 2325, 2328, 2329, 2369

From Education and Health:

From Transportation: HB 1405, 1440, 1494, 1504, 1559, 1705,
1732, 1741, 1761A, 1763A, 1785, 1878, 1888A, 2019A, 2032, 2075, 2201, 2214,
2241

BILLS REREFERRED

From Courts of Justice: HB 1514 rereferred to Education and
Health, 1832 rereferred to Commerce and Labor, 2002 rereferred to
Rehabilitation and Social Services, 2113 rereferred to Finance

From Transportation: HB 1525 rereferred to Courts of
Justice, 1622 rereferred to Courts of Justice, 2467 rereferred to Courts of
Justice

CALENDAR

UNCONTESTED CALENDAR

HOUSE BILLS ON THIRD READING

HB1422 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

HB1433 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

HB1455 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

HB1478 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

HB1505 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

HB1529 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

HB1591 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

HB1623 - Read third time, Committee substitute agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed, Passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

HB1626 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

HB1629 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

HB1668 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

HB1787 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

HB1810 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

HB1884 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

HB1889 - Read third time, Committee amendment agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed, Passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

HB1913 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

HB1940 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

HB1979 - Read third time, Committee amendment agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed, Passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

HB2151 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

HB2169 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

HB2302 - Read third time, Committee amendments agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed, Passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

HB2377 - Read third time, Passed Senate block vote (40-Y 0-N)

HB1476 - Read third time, Out of block, Passed Senate (37-Y 3-N)

HB1565 - Read third time, Out of block, Passed Senate (33-Y 6-N)

REGULAR CALENDAR

HOUSE BILLS ON THIRD READING

HB1454 - Read third time, Committee substitute agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed, Passed Senate (33-Y 7-N)

HB1589 - Passed by for day

HB1415 - Read third time, Passed Senate (30-Y 9-N)

HB1681 - Read third time, Committee amendment agreed to (voice
vote), Passed by for day

HB1927 - Read third time, Passed Senate (32-Y 7-N)

UNCONTESTED CALENDAR

HOUSE BILLS ON SECOND READING

HB1518 - Constitutional reading dispensed block vote (40-Y 0-N)

HB1665 - Constitutional reading dispensed block vote (40-Y 0-N)

HB1814 - Constitutional reading dispensed block vote (40-Y 0-N)

HB1961 - Constitutional reading dispensed block vote (40-Y 0-N)

HB2058 - Constitutional reading dispensed block vote (40-Y 0-N)

HB2193 - Constitutional reading dispensed block vote (40-Y 0-N)

HB2246 - Constitutional reading dispensed block vote (40-Y 0-N)

HB2460 - Constitutional reading dispensed block vote (40-Y 0-N)

REGULAR CALENDAR

HOUSE BILLS ON SECOND READING

HB1950 - Constitutional reading dispensed block vote (40-Y 0-N)

HB2198 - Constitutional reading dispensed block vote (40-Y 0-N)

MEMORIAL RESOLUTIONS

HJ 838 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 839 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 843 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 847 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 852 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 855 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 856 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 858 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SJ 347 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SJ 360 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SJ 366 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SJ 369 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SJ 376 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SR 124 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SR 134 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SR 136 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

SR 137 - Agreed to by Senate block vote

HJ 845 - Out of block, Agreed to by Senate

COMMENDING RESOLUTIONS

HJ 815 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 816 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 817 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 830 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 831 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 832 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 833 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 834 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 835 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 836 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 837 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 840 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 841 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 842 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 844 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 846 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 848 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 849 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 854 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 859 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 359 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 361 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 362 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 363 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 364 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 365 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 367 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 368 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 370 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 371 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 372 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 373 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 374 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 375 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 377 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 378 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 379 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SJ 381 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SR 130 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SR 135 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SR 138 - Agreed to by Senate block vote (voice vote)

HJ 751 - Out of block, Passed by for day

HJ 752 - Out of block, Passed by for day

HJ 850 - Out of block, Passed by for day

HJ 853 - Out of block, Passed by for day

SJ 380 - Out of block, Passed by for day

Rules suspended, privileges of the floor granted to the
Senate Finance Committee staff (40-Y 0-N)

 

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. The privileges of the floor will those persons not entitled to kindly retire to the gallery. The senators and all in attendance will please rise and be led in prayer by the Reverend gerry creedon, holy family catholic church, dale city.
[Unknown]
Reverend creedon, welcome.
[Unknown]
Thank you. The word was made flesh and to dwelt amongst us as pastors and as representatives, our trade is in words. Words can be stones. Stones can injure and destroy. Stones are used to build walls. Walls can protect. They also divide. A House divided against itself cannot stand. Is it time to throw away stones or to use them to build a bridge of understanding? Lord, you are the word. Send us a word that will heal. Bring us a word that will unite. Take away our hearts of stone. Give us hearts of flesh, amen.
[Unknown]
Amen.
Bill Howell
The clerk will call the roll. All those present will please vote aye. The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Clerk: you have a quorum, Mr. President. Senate journal for Wednesday, February 8th, 2017.
Bill Howell
The Senator from pins william county, Senator McPike, moves that the reading of the journal will be waived. All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye; those opposed, no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
Jeremy McPike
Ayes 37, nos 2.
[Unknown]
Ayes 37, nos 2. The clerk will please report any communications from the House. The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr .Ment, I respectfully move that we waive the reading of any communications received from the House of delegates.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the reading of the communications from the House of delegates be waived? All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye; those opposed, no. 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 36, nos 3.
[Unknown]
Ayes 36, nos 3. 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 the gallery and take up other matters for the morning hour. To those of you that are visiting in the gallery, we certainly appreciate your patience this morning. Today is when we discuss the budget, so there were some last minute things we were taking care of, so we appreciate your patience, and I hope you enjoy your visit with us today. The Senator from northern Chesapeake, Senator Spruill. Your light's on, Senator. Thank you, Senator. The junior center from Richmond city, Senator McClellan .
Lionell Spruill
It is, Mr. President. I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Lionell Spruill
Thank you, Mr. President. Joining us in the gallery today, we have members of the national association of social workers, the Virginia chapter, more than 300 members and students of the association are joining us and have been here all day. Today americans enjoy privileges bayh because early social workers such as jane Adams saw misery and injustice and took action, inspiring others along the way. Social workers advocate for the civil rights of all people regardless of gender, race, faith, sexual orientation, class or ability to the advancement of dignity and justice. Social workers support the mental, physical and spiritual health and rights of all individuals and communities in countless ways. You can find social workers practicing in a variety of arenas, such as counseling, case management, fundraising, research, program development, community organization, policy and planning, and they make terrific legislative aids. I ask that you join me in welcoming the members of the national association of national social workers that are joining us today.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would members from the national association of social workers please rise. Welcome to our gallery in the Senate, and thank you so much for being here today, and also thanks for all the great work that you do to help those in need across the commonwealth. We certainly appreciate that. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members from the national association of social workers the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
The Senator from Prince William County, Senator McPike .
Jeremy McPike
Mr. President, I rise for the purpose of an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Jeremy McPike
This morning, our opening prayer was provided to us by father gerry creedon of holy family catholic church. It happens to be the parish where I was baptized a couple days ago. Father greed onhas -- creedon has been for nearly 50 years a catholic priest, serving for the good shepherd parish, st. Charles parish, holy family. He is also the founding pastor of the mission in the dominican rep public, a founder of catholics for housing, which I had the privilege of working with, working in the community as a representative on the board of the Virginia interfaith center of public policy and so many other things. Father creedon is truly an individual that helps us all understand how to live the faith, and he is one who does it himself. Mr. President, I 'd ask you to give the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would father creedon please rise, and your guests, as well, please. Thank you so much, father, for being with us. (applause).
[Unknown]
This afternoon. And what a wonderful message you gave to get us off on a good foot today. I know you've been here numerous times, and we certainly appreciate all of your visits, and we hope to see you many more times in the future, so thank you so much for being with us. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering the Reverend gerry creedon the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
The Senator from Petersburg, Senator Dance .
Roz Dance
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for the purpose of an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Roz Dance
Thank you. Today in the gallery we have a group of students visiting from the Virginia state university school of social work. They are all juniors. They are here today as part of their annual lobby day with the national association of social workers. The mission of the department of social work is to prepare traditional and nontraditional students for professional, entry level, generalist, social work practice, who are committed to social, economic, and environmental justice throughout the surrounding urban, suburban and military based communities in central and southern Virginia. As entry level practitioners, students are capable of delivering social services in a manner that is consistent with the values, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, the importance of human relationships, integrity, competence, human rights and scientific in -- inquiry and ethics of the social work profession. Ultimately students recognize their responsibility to continue their professional growth and development in research and incorporation of the latest technologies in their practice. So Mr. President, on behalf of the other Senator from Chesterfield County, Senator Chase, the seniors senators from Richmond city, Senator sturdivant and I, we ask that you would give them the warm welcome of the Senate .
Amanda Chase
Thank you, Senator. Would members from Virginia state university please rise? I know you're up there. Y'all stand up. Oh, my goodness. Senator, I think they maybe are watching from another viewing area, but we certainly are glad they're here today and to members of the Virginia state university, congratulations to you. Please join me, senators, in over members from the Virginia state university the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
Snoart -- Senator Ebbin .
Amanda Chase
We have a special group with us today. The parent leadership training institute works to help parents become strong leaders for children and families and expand the capacity of parents as change agents. They facilitate systems for change for parental involvement with increased utilization of parents in both policy and process decisions and ultimately they improve child outcomes through parent involvement. In Alexandria, we had one member run and become a member of the school board, and they've become real leaders in our community. I would hope you would give them a warm welcome.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would members of the parent training leadership institute please rise. Welcome this afternoon. We appreciate your patience, and thanks for making the trip down from northern have Virginia. I hope you have a great afternoon in Mr. Jefferson's capitol. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering the members of the parent training leadership institute 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 members of the 200 plus men incorporated of Hampton roads. The Hampton roads committee has brought young men and their chaperones from various high schools to examine the legislative process. The areas are education bills, specifically driver's education, and bills that involve interaction with police officers. During their visit, they will meet with your legislative representatives, attend a presentation at vcu and tour our state capitol. I applaud them today as they mark their 17th annual caravan trip to Richmond. Please extend a warm welcome to them from the Senate of Virginia .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would members of the Hampton roads committee of 200 plus men please rise.
[Unknown]
Welcome to our gallery this afternoon, and thank you for all that you do across the I 'm very familiar with your commonwealth. Work, and we certainly appreciate your advocacy and hope you have a wonderful visit this afternoon in Richmond. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members of the Hampton roads committee of 200 plus men the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
The junior Senator from Virginia beach, Senator DeSteph .
Bill DeSteph
Good afternoon, Mr. President. I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Bill DeSteph
In the gallery today is students from James Madison university. Joining us are mckenna huntly from Virginia beach and Chase action, we're adopting her from Virginia beach, but she's really from that other side, northern Virginia. Both are juniors studying social work at jmu. I hope we give them the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would Chase and mckenna pleas -- please rise. Welcome to the gallery. We had your football team here yesterday, the mighty dukes. We're very proud of the season they had this year. Excuse the chatter that we have here. But we hope you have an enjoyable day, and best of luck in your educational endeavors.
[Unknown]
I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me inning offering Chase action and mckenna huntly the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
The Senator from Henrico, Senator Dunnavant .
Siobhan Dunnavant
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for two introductions.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Siobhan Dunnavant
So this morning we have in our gallery visitors and young ladies from saint gertrude high school here in Richmond. They're with us at the general assembly for catholic advocacy day and we are thrill to have them here. There is one special attendant who happens to be the younger sister of my assistant mallory. Please join me in wishing 18-year-old a happy birthday.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would members of st. Gertrude high school and eleanor please rise. All right. Raise your hand, birthday girl. All right. Well, thank you all for being here and what a great educational opportunity you all have as well. We thank you for visiting with us today in Mr. Jefferson's capitol, and we certainly wish you a happy 18th birthday and many more to come.
[Unknown]
I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members from st. Gertrude high school the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
The Senator from Henrico .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Today we also have visiting with us here at the capitol and I hope visited you in some of your offices, parents, students, teachers and administrators from the Virginia virtual academy. The virdal cad caddo owe -- the virtual academy is a full-time k-8 students. You might notice at least one virtual academy student resides in 122 of our 132 school divisions. Virtual education is important, as we've talked about in this body, because it really gives students an opportunity to thrive in an environment that works for them. I'd also like to share with you that all 100% of eligible virtual academy students took the sol test this year, and results, they net or exceeded state average in 10 of the 13 testing areas. So I would like the Senate to welcome virtual Virginia academy and all of the parents, teachers and support staff here with them.
[Unknown]
Thank you. Would members of the Virginia virtual academy please rise. What a great group. We can recognize you in your yellow scarves. They look very good. Thank you for being with us today. We are blessed in Virginia to have so many educational opportunities, and we certainly hope you all are getting the most out of your opportunity, and best of luck to you in your educational endeavors. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members from the Virginia virtual academy the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause). The Senator from Accomack County, Senator Lewis .
Lynwood Lewis
I rise for two introductions, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Lynwood Lewis
Mr. President, you May not have a green sheet on this, but visiting with us today in the gallery are some students from matthews county, karen lloyd is their teacher, and she's here with her honors business class from matthews high school. They have been visiting the capitol both today and yesterday. Visiting with legislators, and had a meeting with governor mcauliffe and have been watching procedures in both chambers. I hope we give them the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Would members of the matthews blue devils please rise. Welcome. I enjoyed visiting with you yesterday and hope you had a wonderful stay here in Richmond and learned a lot about how policy is made and have been able to take in all the wonderful history in our capitol city. I know Senator Lewis is doing a wonderful job representing you. That's the area that I used to represent, and I certainly enjoyed all my visits to matthews and interacting with the wonderful people there. So please give everybody our regards when you go back to matthews. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members from matthews high school the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause). The Senator from Accomack County, Senator Lewis .
Lynwood Lewis
Mr. President, also visiting with us today is a group of citizen add veects from the Chesapeake bay foundation. They've been meeting in our offices to advance the cause of a cleaner and healthier bay. I hope we would give them the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would members of the Chesapeake bay foundation please rise. Welcome, and thanks for all the great work that you do. As you know, my wife pam works side by side in lynnhaven no. 9. Just a great working relationship you all have. The brock environmental center, for all of you in here, with you haven't had a chance to tour that in Virginia beach, it's just a wonderful place and grade educational tool for our youngsters to encourage them to be good stewards to our environment. Thanks for all you're doing for the Chesapeake bay. It's a large part of our economy, as you know. I'd ask the members of the Senate to offer the members of the Chesapeake bay foundation the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause). The senior Senator from Bath County, Senator Deeds .
Creigh Deeds
Mr. President, I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Creigh Deeds
There are 12 students, and I think some of them are down the Hall, from Mr. Tanner's government class. They're students with their advisor up there, too. She May be in the House. They're from the renaissance school in Charlottesville. They're participating in model united nations and model general assembly teams in Charlottesville and Norfolk. Renaissance school is a college preparatory high school for high ability students in the arts, sciences and mu han advertise. The school focuses on interdisciplinary learning through a balanced program equally strong in the arts and academics. Mr. President, I 'd appreciate it if you would give them the warm greetings of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would members from renaissance school in Charlottesville please rise. Welcome to the gallery, and I enjoyed visiting with you all earlier today. You all have great futures ahead of you, and you're at a great school there at renaissance. So take advantage of your educational opportunity and best of luck to you. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members from renaissance school in Charlottesville of the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause). The Senator from Fauquier, Senator Vogel .
Jill Holtzman Vogel
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for purposes of an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Jill Holtzman Vogel
Thank you, Mr. President. It's my pleasure to direct your attention in the gallery to natalie young blood, who is here. Natalie is a freshman at James wood high school in Winchester. She's an honor roll student, Mr. President and president of her class. Currently she has been working with a moose use awareness program, where she delivers antibullying talks to local elementary schools. She is an extraordinary young person, and I would ask that you please extend to her the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would natalie young blood please rise. Accomplishments at such a young thank you for your age. Thanks for being here today. I hope you're enjoying your experience and learning about how policy is made and please tell everybody we said hello back in -- it's Winchester, correct? Yes. Thanks for being here. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering Ms. Natalie youngblood the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
The Senator from Arlington, (applause). Senator Favola .
Barbara Favola
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for purposes of an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Barbara Favola
Thank you, Mr. President, in the gallery, we have ted gold and margaret Herring. Ted and market receipt -- margaret gehrig. They're from maclaine down here to observe the general assembly working. Please give the grandparents of Senator keesing a warm welcome.
[Unknown]
Thank you all for being with us. You all have been very attentive and patient, and the Senate is doing a great job as well as our entire Page class. The youngsters have a wonderful experience and learn so much and make such great friends, and so we're very thankful that we have such a program and thanks for being here to see us in action today. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering Mr. Ted gold and Ms. Margaret gehring the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
The Senator from Portsmouth, Senator Lucas .
Louise Lucas
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for the purpose of an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Louise Lucas
I don't know if they all have convened in the gallery, but today we have joining us to see how legislation is created in the Virginia general assembly a group of students from Norfolk state university. They're called the empowered group, and they are accompanied by their coach, Mr. Worley. I would appreciate it if you would extend to them the very warm welcome of the Senate. Some of them May be downstairs in committee room, but I hope some of them have made it to the gallery.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Are there members from the empowered group from new York folk state with us in the gallery. Oh, great. Thank you all for being here. Just as the good Senator from Portsmouth said, it's a great day to be here and watch how policy and laws are made in your capitol. So I hope you have a great afternoon in Mr. Jefferson's capitol. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members from Norfolk state university the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause) the Senator from Russell County, Senator Chafin .
Ben Chafin
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for announcement and an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Ben Chafin
I hope that each of you today had time to stop by and pick up your beef sandwich, steak sandwich and dairy products, delicious dairy products they were out beside the capitol earlier today and probably still there if you haven't gotten them. They were provided to us by the Virginia cattleman's association and the Virginia beef industry council. You probably don't notice this, but some of my most splendid and peaceful moments are spent walking around and talking to and working with my cattle when I 'm out on my farm. And so it does my heart good to see so many cattlemen and dairy men here in the capitol here to greet us and to actually feed us some nourishing food. Over $1 billion in economic return -- at over $1 billion in economic return to farmers annually and a multi-billion dollar impact for the commonwealth, the Virginia cattle and dairy industries are a significant contributor to both the Virginia agriculture and general economies. In fact, production of cattle is Virginia 's largest use of private land in agriculture in the production of beef and milk asel with as milk products, contribute to both the safe, secure and wholesome food supply. I hope that you have enjoyed that. I don't know if any of the cattlemen are actually present here today in our gallery, Mr. President, but I would ask that we offer them our thanks.
[Unknown]
Absolutely.
[Unknown]
And the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Senate, when you talk to the cattle, do they talk back to you?
[Unknown]
Mr. President, they communicate in a most beautiful way with me, they really do. And they're more mindful of my intentions than some members of this body. (laughter).
[Unknown]
It's always good to have the last word. Would members from the cattlemen's association, if you're in the gallery with us, please rise. Senator, they're probably out and probably still preparing and providing food for everybody, but if they are watching, we look forward to this each year, and we certainly appreciate all that you do for the economy of Virginia and also for the nourishment that you provided to our senators and staff today. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members from the cattleman's association the thanks and the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
The Senator from Grayson County, Senator Carrico .
Bill Carrico
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
Bill Carrico
Visiting us today in the gallery is my seat mate's lovely wife laura Stanley. Fortunately, we have the ability to put up with my seat mate for 60 days one year and 45 the next, and if we could give her a resolution today for putting up with him for the other 300 days of the year, over 300 days, I think it would be appropriate. But she is visiting us today. Though he's not feeling his best today, she's going to take good care of him. The good doctor from Henrico and I have already checked to see if he had a fever just to make sure he could go home if he did. But he's doing better, and we're glad that she's here to watch over him today, so if you would give her a warm welcome of the Senate, I would appreciate it.
[Unknown]
I will. Thank you, Senator. Laura would you please rise. Welcome again. It's always good to see you. You know, we had a discussion the other day when you were here about his directional issues. Today it's about timeliness, and as you know, he wondered in 15 minutes after we were supposed to go, and so please, if there's anything you could do, get him a new watch or or alarm or do something, but it is always a pleasure to see you. I know that a lot of spouses were in Richmond today, so we hope you have a wonderful visit today and safe travels to you. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering Ms. Laura Stanley the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Richmond city, Senator sturtivant.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I rise for two introductions.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, joining us in the gallery today is isabel longstaff, a senior and stellar student at James river high school in midlothian and Chesterfield. Isabel is currently completing an internship with maria. For isabel's senior capstone project, she organized a fundraiser for camp comfort zone, a resource to help children to help them cope with grief and trauma. Please join me in recognizing isabelle and extend her the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would isabelle longstaff please rise. Thank you for being with us today. What great work you did for your fundraiser for children. We certainly appreciate that. You have so much to be proud of. I hope you're having a wonderful experience here. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering Ms. Isabelle longstaff the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
The senior Senator .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, also with us in the gallery today are a group of students from orchard House school. Orchard House is located in the historic fan district in the city of Richmond and outstanding females grades 5 through 8. Students focus on curriculum that focuses on leadership, building connections, resilience and engagement. With the group today is danielle, who got a firsthand look at the election process, Senator Dunnavant 's and my own. Also with the group is Morgan, who is serving as Delegate peter ferrell's Page this year. Please join me in offering the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Members of orchard House school, if you're with us, please rise. Thank you for being with us this afternoon and what a great educational opportunity you have. We appreciate you visiting with us today. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members of the orchard House school the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
The Senator from Spotsylvania, Senator Reeves .
Bryce Reeves
Thank you, Mr. President, I rise for an production.
[Unknown]
Senator plas the -- has the floor.
Bryce Reeves
Mr. President and the body, it's a pleasure to introduce somebody who has been around my office this whole session, and some folks are wondering why, because Ms. Virginia jordan of Orange County is a graduate of uva, distinguished attorney in her own right, countless committees and everything else, but she took this session, Mr. President, to really come down and understand what it is that I do each and every day to serve our constituency, and she really wanted to understand that, how we make those laws, but more importantly, how do we help the constituents in Orange County where I currently represent, but I think she epitomizes that age is just not on loss of youth, Mr. President, but a new stage of opportunity and strength. She's embraced that and hung with all the young people in the gab, those late hours, and she's just been an unmeasurable help to me this session. If you would give the warm welcome of the Senate to Ms. Virginia jordan, I would greatly appreciate.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would Ms. Virginia jordan please rise. Virginia, thank you so much for being with us, and thanks for helping the good Senator from Spotsylvania. I hope you've had a great experience. I know he's relied heavily on your help. And we couldn't do what we do without folks that come and help us like you. So thanks for all your hard work. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering Ms. Virginia jordon the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Fairfax County, Senator Saslaw .
Dick Saslaw
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for an introduction. We're joined here in the gallery today by a former member, state Senator, emily Miller, from Fairfax County. Emily represented the 34th Senate district, which is now represented by state Senator Petersen. She's been involved in a lot of activities in Fairfax, and I would ask that you please extend the warm welcome of the Senate to a former member.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Senator Miller, please rise. Welcome to the gallery and welcome back. I travel around the commonwealth a lot. So thank you so much for what you continue to do for our community and for our commonwealth. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please welcome and join me in thanking the former Senator, emily Miller. Welcome her to the gallery of Virginia. Thank you. (applause).
Dick Saslaw
The Senator from Bedford, Senator Newman .
Steve Newman
Mr. President, I stand for the purpose of an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Steve Newman
Mr. President, we have in the gallery today a group of leaders that have been put together by commissioner holcomb. It's the division of motor vehicles executive leadership program. They have been here at the capitol and hearing from many individuals. They go back and help and lead in that important division. I would hope that you would give them the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Will members of the dmv executive leadership program please rise. Welcome to the gallery. If paige brothers is there, if you could raise your hand, we'll give you a special shout-out. Clark mercer asked me to do that for you. That's what happens when my chief of staff knows you. Thanks. As the good Senator from Bedford said, thanks for all that you do across the commonwealth for the dmv, and we certainly appreciate your efforts, and thanks for visiting with us today. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members from the dmv executive leadership program the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
It looks like we have the Senator from Franklin County, Senator Stanley .
Bill Stanley
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for purposes of an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor. I hope you're feeling better, Senator .
Bill Stanley
Thank you, doctor. I May need your advice and good counsel in a little bit.
[Unknown]
I am always available, depending on what type of insurance you have.
[Unknown]
I believe, Mr. President, I have the same time of insurance you have, so I think we're good.
[Unknown]
All right.
[Unknown]
Mr. President and members of the Senate, in the gallery today is somebody sitting next to my beautiful wife who is very special to me. Actually I used to make a joke that it was my longest nonfamilial female relationship I 'd ever had with one single woman. In 1996 as a young attorney, I was hired by a very large firm in Arlington, Virginia, and got to know a paralegal who didn't work for me necessarily, but actually just kept looking at me as I hung around her desk and kept asking her questions about what she did. She was our personal injury paralegal, and she had all these great and beautiful files. She taught me more about law in those two years at that big firm than I ever learned probably at law school in the three years that I spent there. And in 1998, big guy over here got the Wise idea that he would start his own firm with his mom. My mom became a lawyer at age 59 after my dad passed away. I encouraged her to go to law school and made a promise I would leave where I was and start a law firm. That was a hope and a prayer, but deborah daily trusted with me to leave from that big firm security and take a chance on what that future May hold, and ever since, she has worked with me, and not just worked with me and taught me so many things and saved my behind more times than I can count. I have taken credit for stuff that she has done. I have blamed her for things I have done. But I can tell you there is nobody more loyal, more loving, more caring, more dedicated to her job and someone that really, when you get to know somebody, now it's 21 years working with me. So either she's crazy or she's just a very special person who had a lot of sympathy for her in the past five years, she has boss. Been my legislative aid at home, and very blessed. She takes care of all of our constituents there at the same time and has just been an incredible part of my life, and I could not be here without her and others, but she is certainly family to me, so I 'm so proud to finally have her up here. She knows what I 'm like when I came home after these session sessions. She's heard about it but never seen it, so this is the first time in Richmond at our capitol. If you would extend her the warm welcome, I would very much appreciate it.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would Ms. Daily please rise. Welcome. Glad you're joining us today. Withwhat a wonderful relationshp you all have. I tell this story, I have a nurse that has worked with me for 15 years. I have told her, when she leaves, I leave. So we couldn't do what we do without special people like you, so we appreciate that relationship, relationship, and thanks for all that you've done for Senator Stanley, and I 'm sure he's done much for you, as well. We wish you many years of contentment and happiness as you all move forward. I would ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering Mrs. Debby daily the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause). >> Any other business for the morning hour? Seeing none, the clerk will please call the calendar.
[Unknown]
Senate calendar for Thursday, February 9th, 2017. Uncontested calendar, House bills on third reading.
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Good evening, Mr. President. I would respectfully move that all of the House bills on the uncontested calendar on the third reading, including all House bills on pages 1 through 10, including House bill 1422 through House bill 2377, be placed on their final passage in the block after the adoption of any amendments. If any Senator desires to remove a House 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 House bills on pages 1 through 10, House bill 1422 through House bill 2377, be placed upon their final passage in the block after the adoption of any amendments thereto with the understanding that any Senator desiring a bill removed from the block will do so after the clerk has read the number of the bill. All in favor of the motion will say aye. Those opposed, no. Ayes have it. The motion is agreed to. The bills are before us in the block. The clerk will please read the number of the bills.
Tommy Norment
House bill 1422, reported from the committee on general laws and technology. House bill 1433, reported from the committee on finance.
[Unknown]
House bill 1455, reported from the committee on finance. House bill 1476, reported from the committee on finance.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Senior Senator from Loudoun .
[Unknown]
Could that come out of the block?
[Unknown]
Senator which number was that?
[Unknown]
1476.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. Without objection, House bill 1476 will come out of the block.
[Unknown]
House bill 1478, reported from the committee on finance. House bill 1505, reported from the committee on education and -- sorry. Reported from the committee on general laws and technology. House bill 1529, reported from the committee on finance. House bill 1565, reported from the committee on finance.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Loudoun .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, could House bill 1565 come out of the block?
Bill Howell
Without objection, House bill 1565 will come out of the block.
[Unknown]
House bill 1591, reported from the committee on general laws and technology. House bill 1623, reported from the committee on general laws and technology with a substitute.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Mecklenburg, Senator Ruff .
Frank Ruff
Mr. President, I move the committee substitute.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the committee substitute be agreed to. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The substitute is agreed to.
Frank Ruff
House bill 1626, reported from the committee on finance. House bill 1629, reported from the committee on general laws and technology. House bill 1668, reported from the committee on finance. House bill 1787, reported from the committee on general laws and technology. House bill 1810, reported from the committee on finance. House bill 1884, reported from the committee on finance. House bill 1889, reported from the committee on finance with amendment.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Augusta, Senator Hanger .
Emmett Hanger
Thank you, Mr. President. I move the committee amendment be agreed to.
[Unknown]
All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The amendment is agreed to.
Emmett Hanger
House bill 1913, reported from the committee on finance. House bill 1940, reported from the committee on general laws House bill 1979, reported from and technology. The committee on general laws and technology with amendment.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Mecklenburg, Senator Ruff .
Frank Ruff
Mr. President, I move the committee amendment.
[Unknown]
The question is shall committee amendment be agreed to. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The amendment is agreed to.
Frank Ruff
House bill 2151 reported from the committee on general laws and technology. House bill 2169 reported from the committee on finance. House bill 2301 reported from committee on technology with amendments.
[Unknown]
Senator Ruff .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move the committee amendments.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the committee amendments be agreed to. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The committee amendments are agreed to.
[Unknown]
House bill 2377, reported from the committee on finance.
Bill Howell
Thank you, madam clerk. The question is shall the House bills pass in block? That is all bills except for House bill 1476 and House bill all in favor of the motion will 1565. Record their votes aye; those opposed, no. Are the senators ready to vote? In 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 bills in the block pass. Returning to Page 2, House bill 1476, the Senator from Augusta, Senator Hanger .
Emmett Hanger
Thank you, Mr. President. I move that House bill 1476 pass. I'd like to speak to that.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Emmett Hanger
Thank you, Mr. President. House bill 1476 prohibits any locality from requiring any taxpayer who is a lessor of real property from having to produce the lease for purposes of determining whether the property is eligible for special assessment for land preservation. I move that the bill pass.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall House bill 1476 pass. All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye; those opposed, no. Those opposed,are the senators ? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 37, nos 3. Ayes 37, nos 3. The bill passes. Moving forward to Page 4, House bill 1565. The Senator from Augusta, Senator Hanger .
Emmett Hanger
Mr. President, I would ask that that bill go by temporarily.
Bill Howell
Without objection, House bill 1565 will go by temporarily.
Emmett Hanger
Regular calendar, House bills on third reading. House bill 1454, a bill relating to James river, designation as component of Virginia scenic rivers system. Reported from the committee on agriculture, conservation and natural resources with a
[Unknown]
The Senator from Stafford, substitute. Senator stewart.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I move the substitute be oo adopted.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the substitute be agreed to. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The substitute is agreed to. Senator from Stafford .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move the bill pass and speaking to that.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, this just adds certain designated portions of the James river to the scenic river designation.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is, shall House bill 1454 pass. All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye; those opposed, no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 33, nos 7.
[Unknown]
Ayes 33, nos 7. The bill passes.
[Unknown]
House bill 1589, a bill relating to order of publication, use of electronic medium. The committee amendment was adopted by the Senate .
[Unknown]
Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Mr. President, I respectfully ask the bill pass by for the day.
Bill Howell
Without objection, House bill 1589 will go by for the day.
Tommy Norment
House bill 1415, a bill relating to local transient occupancy tax; Goochland County, Powhatan County and Warren County. Reported from the committee on finance.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Augusta, Senator Hanger .
Emmett Hanger
Thank you, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
I move the bill pass and would like to speak to that.
Emmett Hanger
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. House bill 1465 -- whatever the number is, 1415, is a transient occupancy tax which adds Goochland County, pow has he on owe pow has tan counties, and Warren counties a tax being allocated to promotion of tourism. I move the bill pass.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall House bill 1415 pass. All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye; those opposed, no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 30, nos 9.
[Unknown]
Ayes 30, nos 9. The bill passes.
[Unknown]
House bill 1681, a bill relating to transient occupancy tax; state parks. Reported from the committee on finance with amendment.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Augusta, Senator Hanger .
Emmett Hanger
Mr. President, I move that the committee amendments be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The question is, shall the committee amendment be agreed to? All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The eyes -- ayes have it.
Emmett Hanger
Mr. Hanger.
[Unknown]
Thank you, p Mr. President and members of the Senate. This bill would allow localities, not require localities, but it would allow localities to impose a transient occupancy tax on lodging in Virginia state parks, lodging, so that would mean that if you stay in a cabin at first landing or any lodging places throughout the commonwealth in state parks that the locality could impose a lodging tax. I move that the bill pass.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Fairfax city, Senator Petersen .
Chap Petersen
Gentleman yield for a question?
[Unknown]
He yields.
Chap Petersen
I know that a number of state parks, for example, permit camping where you stay in a tent. Would that also be subject to a transient occupancy tax?
[Unknown]
The Senator from Augusta .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, members of the Senate, it's my understanding and I would need to look at it again, but it would not include pitching your tent. It include yurts and it would include cabins, lodges, things of that nature.
[Unknown]
The Senator from.
[Unknown]
One other question.
[Unknown]
Would the Senator yield for a question.
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
I would ask the gentleman, the state park currently, is it under the jurisdiction of the locality, for example, police and fire and rescue serve those state parks?
[Unknown]
The Senator from Augusta .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I would say that while there May be, you know, instances where there is some shared policing of state parks, that we as a commonwealth maintain our own law enforcement within the boundaries of the state park.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Fairfax .
[Unknown]
That would be my next leading question. Don't we pay for the policing of the state parks?
[Unknown]
The Senator from Augusta .
Bill Howell
Mr. President, I would say to the gentleman from Fairfax city that, yes, we, the taxpayers, of the commonwealth pay for the policing of the state parks.
[Unknown]
Final further question.
[Unknown]
Would the Senator yield for an additional question.
[Unknown]
Yes.
[Unknown]
He yields.
[Unknown]
And the cost of that policing, aren't we able to factor that into the cabin rentals and everything else that we do right now when we charge the consumer?
[Unknown]
The Senator from Augusta .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Yes, Mr. President, I would say that that is factored in, although I would use this moment to basically point out the fact that we simply undersupport our state parks system, which is routinely ranked as the no. 1 state park system in the nation. There the -- the concern here is what is viewed as unfair competition from our state parks, which we have expanded, which used to not have such nice lodging facilities that some view as competing directly with private enterprise.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Fairfax city.
[Unknown]
No further questions.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Accomack County, Senator Lewis .
Lynwood Lewis
Mr. President, let me preface this by saying this is not my bill. However, I think the Senator from Augusta made the point that this is aimed at trying to put our campgrounds, our state parks, on an equal footing with a private enterprise. Specifically I think what brought this to attention is there are three camp yowndz in Northampton County, which is not a rely off county and two campgrounds that are private entities that are trying to compete with a very popular, very well attended state park there, which has yurts and cabins and other camping facilities there, and this is an attempt to put everybody on an equal footing. That's all. I hope the bill passes.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Fairfax city.
Lynwood Lewis
Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen of the Senate, I don't usually associate with kind of the anti-tax side. But a tax has to actually be related to a benefit, and the reason why we have transient occupancy tax is because when people come and visit a jurisdiction, there needs to be extra policing and fire and rescue. Here we have a state park system, and when you rent a cabin at a state park, and I do it every summer, that cost is factored in. I understand we're trying to create more revenue for local governments, and that's great, but this isn't going to help state parks. This money is going to local government, but it's for a state park, not a local park, so I don't know if this bill is so well thought out. I'm voting against it.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Roanoke County, Senator suitor line.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I just want to direct the body's attention -- speaking to the bill.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor. Surprise you.
[Unknown]
This is probably going to I oppose this bill, but I direct your attention to 2007, House bill 1714 which was introduced by then Delegate from Accomack putting this tax on Northampton County, so what we're essentially hearing today is, because we started taxing the private sector on this several years ago and then we also started doing things at the state parks that our long lost friend tom Garrett spoke so strongly against, we now need to raise a tax on the folks going to the camps there as well. We hear all the time about why these taxes are so great, but now we're saying maybe they're not so helpful to the private sector in competing. We're told that these taxes are welcomed by the private sector, because they're going to promote the area, but now we're being told, well, it appears that it actually puts the private sector at a disadvantage. So I 'm not sure which way it is. I would have voted against the tax in '07, and I 'm voting against this one today. And also I would invite the Senator from Fairfax city -- I love these speeches. You can always come over here and take my seat if you want.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The senior Senator from Loudoun, Senator Black .
Dick Black
Thank you, Mr. President. Speaking against the measure.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Dick Black
Ladies and gentlemen, of course, you know, I 'm always against taxes. This is no different. But this is a little bit unique, because we -- you know, we're always wanting ordinary folks to go out to our state parks. We want people from the inner cities to go out there. We want people -- we want our elderly people to go out. We want everybody to be able to go out there and to do it at the lowest possible cost, and part of the reason that we've got state parks is because, you know, we keep them basically free for people, or at least as close as we can. And this seems to just sort of fly in the face of the whole theory behind having state parks in the first place. My friend, Senator pierce, is giving me the eye over here, but I think he sees a little bit of what I 'm saying. We're trying to keep these things cheap for people, and I just think we ought to be consistent with that theory that we have of our state park. Let's keep 'em cheap so that people who don't have a lot of money can go out and they can have recollectionation. They can take the boy scouts, and they can take the girl scouts and take school groups and things like that without having to pay a transient occupancy tax. So I would ask you to oppose the bill.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Augusta, Senator Hanger .
Emmett Hanger
Thank you, Mr. President. Just to close out, Mr. President, with a couple quick remarks, and certainly I agree with the senior Senator from Loudoun in terms of the imposition of taxes, but there are two points on this one. One, there's no state tax dollars involved here. We're talking about a local option tax that we would extend to a locality for transient occupancy. And the other issue is an issue of fairness, and that will probably split my caucus a bit here, because we have been concerned in the past. We all want to promote the use of our state parks and private parks and facilities, as well. This is an attempt to basically level the playing field so that we don't give our state parks, as great as they are, a competitive advantage against private enterprise. So that would be the only speaking point that I would add, Mr. President, so I would move that the bill pass.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Stafford, Senator Stuart .
Richard Stuart
Thank you, Mr. President. Speaking to the measure.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Richard Stuart
To only add one thing, because this has been well debated, but it is a local option to allow localities to collect this. The problem with is it, not just for Northampton County, it goes all across the state, and it's actually going to cost the state parks out of their budget 75, $80,000 a year, because they've got to hire somebody now to take this transient occupancy tax and then remit it back to the localities. So while the state parks are paying for all the infrastructure and everything and we try to continue to keep the cost cheap at the state parks, we now will be dipping into that budget upwards of $100,000 a year, to pay someone to take that tax and remit it back to the localities, and I personally oppose it, and I hope you all will, too.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator .
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Accomack County, Senator Lewis .
Lynwood Lewis
Through the magic of texting, can that bill go by for the day.
Bill Howell
Without objection, House bill 1681 will go by for the day.
Lynwood Lewis
House bill 1927, a bill relating to official emblems and designations, song of the mountains, state television series. Reported from the committee on general laws and technology.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Mecklenburg, Senator Ruff .
Frank Ruff
Thank you, Mr. President. I move this bill pass, and speaking to that motion.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Frank Ruff
This is the companion bill to the gentleman from Grayson counties, Senate bill 1332 which designates song of the mountain as the state television series.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The senior Senator from Chesapeake, Senator goes -- Cosgrove .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Chairman, being one of the semi-professional musicians in the body, I was wondering if Senator Ruff could sing us a few bars of song of the mountains. Senator Grayson refused to do so.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I would be delighted to when you want to clear the House .
[Unknown]
I thank the gentleman.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is, shall House bill 1927 pass? All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye; those opposed, no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 32, nos 7.
[Unknown]
Ayes 32, nos 7. The bill passes.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Augusta, Senator Hanger .
Emmett Hanger
If we could return to Page 4, House bill 1565, I would be prepared to address that one.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. You have the floor.
Emmett Hanger
Thank you, Mr. President. Members of the Senate, I first move that House bill 1565 pass, and speaking to that.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you. House bill 1565 was developed through a group of dell -- delegates that have been working on reduced regulation and incentives for business. This one was authorize localities to create green development zones that provide certain tax incentives and regulatory flexibility for up to ten years to a business operating in an energy efficient building or to a business that produces products used to reduce negative impact on the environment with green technology or development zone. So I move the bill pass.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is, shall House bill 1565 pass. All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye; those opposed, no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 33, nos 6.
[Unknown]
Ayes 33, nos 6. The bill passes.
[Unknown]
Ununcontested calendar, House bills on second reading.
[Unknown]
Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President. I now respectfully move that all of the House bills on the second reading on the uncontested calendar, which I think would include all bills on 12 through 14, including House bill 1518 through House bill 2198, that the rules of the Senate be suspended and the second constitutional reading of the title be dispensed with.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the rules be suspended in the second reading in the titles of House bills on the uncontested and regular calendars, pages 12 through 14, House bill 1518 through House bill 2198, be dispensed with. All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye; those opposed, no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
Tommy Norment
Ayes 40, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos 0. The reading of the titles is dispensed with.
[Unknown]
Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President. I now ask that the bills be passed by for the day.
[Unknown]
Thank you. The question is shall the bills on the uncontested and regular calendars now on third reading go by for the day? All in favor say aye., those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The bills will go by for the day.
Tommy Norment
Uncontested calendar, Senate bill on second reading, Senate bill 900.
[Unknown]
Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Mr. President, along with the Senator from Augusta, I 'd ask that that bill be passed by temporarily.
Bill Howell
Without objection, Senate bill 900 will go by temporarily.
Tommy Norment
Memorial resolutions.
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President. I would now move that all of the memorial resolutions on pages 15 through 17, includes House joint resolution 838 through Senate resolution 137, be agreed to in the block in the usual manner, waiving the reading of the resolution. Any Senator who desires to remove a memorial resolution from the block should 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 15 through 17, hjr 383 through sr 137, 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 in the motion say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have. It the clerk will please read the titles of the memorial resolutions.
Tommy Norment
House joint resolution 838, celebrating the life of steven charles buschor. House joint resolution 839, celebrating the life of gus george pappas. House joint resolution 843, celebrating the life of roberta Lee tyner naranjo. House joint resolution 845, celebrating the life of david a. Kaechele.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, would you mind pulling House joint resolution 845 out of the block for me, please.
Bill Howell
Without objection, hjr 845 will come out of the block.
[Unknown]
House joint resolution 847, celebrating the life of Madison Montgomery shinaberry. House joint resolution 852, celebrating the life of crosby Carroll forrest. House joint resolution 855, celebrating the life of James a. Lewis, junior. House joint resolution 856, celebrating the life of the hore hore -- honorable robert mark mark -- yacobi.
[Unknown]
House joint resolution 858, celebrating the life of joelle willis richert. Senate joint resolution 347, celebrating the life of the oliver rodney hunt singleton. Senate joint resolution 366, celebrating the life of fannie wilkinson fitzgerald. Senate joint resolution 369, celebrating the life of trooper chad phillip dermyer. Senate joint resolution 376, celebrating the life of michael moore skinner. Senate resolution 124, celebrating the life of david a. Kaechele. Senate resolution 134, celebrating the life of Madison Montgomery shinaberry. Senate resolution 136, celebrating the life of wayne f. Geisert. Senate resolution 137, celebrating the life of caramalita vicars.
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk, with the exception of hr 845, the resolutions will be agreed to in the usual manner. All those in favor of agreeing to the memorial resolutions will please rise. The resolutions are agreed to.
[Unknown]
Commending resolutions.
[Unknown]
Madam clerk, did you -- Senator, are you prepared to -- if we return to Page 15, House joint resolution 845, the Senator from Henrico .
[Unknown]
Thank you so much, Mr. President. I wanted to take just a minute of this body's time to talk a little bit about Mr. David kaechele who served 35 years as a board of supervisor for us in Henrico. Excuse me. After graduating with an engineering degree from michigan state, he served in korea with the u.S. Army. In the 1960's, he settled into Henrico where he began his 30 year career with Reynolds metal company. In 1980, dave was first elected to the Henrico board of supervisors as our representative for the three top districts. He retired in 2015 as the longest serving member of the board to date. During his time as three chopt supervisor, using his engineering background, he oversaw incredible growth and development and helped shape the county as we know it today. He's predee ceased -- predeceased by his wife marilyn and greatly missed by his daughters karen and kathy and his long time companion I irma. I join you today remembering david kaechele, forever a pillar of our community.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The resolution will be agreed to in the usual manner. All those in favor will please rise. The resolution is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Commending resolutions.
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President. I respectfully move that all the commending resolutions on pages 17 through 22 of the calendar, including House joint resolution 751 through Senate resolution 138, be agreed to in the block by a voice vote waiving the reading of a resolution. Any Senator who desires to remove a 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 17 through 22, h.J.R. 751 through s.R. 138, be considered in the block by voice vote, waiving the reading of the resolutions with the understanding that any Senator desiring a recent -- resolution removed from the block would do so after the clerk has read the number of the resolution.
Tommy Norment
All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have. It the resolution is agreed to. The clerk will please read the numbers of the resolutions.
[Unknown]
House joint resolutions 751, 752, 815, 816.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Chesterfield, Senator Chase .
Amanda Chase
Thank you, Mr. President, May j. R h.J.R. 751 and 752 go by for the day please.
Bill Howell
Without objection. 751 and 752 go by for the day.
Amanda Chase
817, 830, 831, 832, 833, 834, 835, 836, 837, 840, 841, 842, 844, 846, 848, 849, 850.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The junior Senator from Richmond city, Senator McClellan .
Jennifer McClellan
Could 850 and 853 on Page 20 go by for the day please.
Bill Howell
Without objection. Hjr 850 and 853 will go by for the day.
Jennifer McClellan
854, 859, Senate joint resolutions 359, 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 367, 368, 370, 371, 372, 373, 374, 375, 377, 378, 379, 380.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The junior Senator from Virginia beach.
[Unknown]
Can sjr 380 be pulled from the back and go by for the day.
Bill Howell
Without objection, sjr 380 will come out of the block and by for the day.
[Unknown]
381, Senate resolutions 130, 135, 138.
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk. With the exceptions of ajr 751, 732, 850, 835 and rjr 380, the question is shall the resolutions be agreed to. All in favor of the motion 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
Thank you, Mr. President. If we could now return to the budget bill, which is Senate bill 900 on Page 15 of your calendar, I would respectfully move that the rules of the Senate be suspended and that the privileges of the floor be granted to our distinguished members of the Senate finance committee staff.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is, shall the rules be suspended and the privileges of the floor granted to distinguished persons. All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye; those opposed, no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
Tommy Norment
Ayes 40, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos 0. The rules are suspended. The privileges of the floor are granted. The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Mr. President, just to refresh our recollection, what we are dealing with today is the governor's introduced budget and the Senate amendments that have been recommended to you after much deliberation by the Senate finance committee. We will take up the committee amendments in a block, but any individual who wants to remove an amendment from the block, please do so after the clerk has read the number of that resolution. We will then proceed to vote on the uncontested Senate budget amendments that have not been removed from the block. After we have voted on those uncontested Senate amendments, then we will return to the committee amendments that have been taken out of the block and take them up individually in order. Following that, if there are any floor amendments, which I hope there are not, we will take those matters up in -- and the Senate finance staff can answer any questions that you May have in the meantime.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Madam clerk.
Tommy Norment
Senate bill 900, a bill for all amendments to chapter 780 of the 2016 assembly, which appropriated funds for the 2016-18 biennium and to provide a portion of revenues for the two years ending respectively on the 30th day of June, 2017, and the 30th day of June, 2018, submitted by the governor of Virginia to the presiding officer of each House of the general assembly of Virginia in accordance with the provisions of section 2.2-1509 code of Virginia, reported from the committee on finance with amendments.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Senator from James city county.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, if the body would be so tolerant to allow the Senator from Augusta and myself to make a few comments.
[Unknown]
Absolutely, Senator. You have the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. We are here today, obviously under a special continuing order. The budget recommendations before you today are the result of some thoughtful choices about how to best use the resources of the commonwealth. The members of the Senate finance committee worked diligently and collaboratively to bring forth for your consideration a structurally balanced budget that reflects the Senate 's priorities. If you can recall last year, we adopted a budget that I characterized as being excellent that addressed compensation, fully funded k-12, prebenchmarking and provided incentives to stimulate growth in our economy, and it did so in a very common sense call way. The conference committee report was overwhelmingly supported by this body, and so I would suggest, if you like that budget last year, this one is also very good, albeit much smaller in scope. Our primary task this year has been to modified the budget to address the downturn in revenues over $1.2 billion. The committee members carefully scrutinized the strategies proposed to address this shortfall, as well as any discretionary spending items in the budget that were introduced. In doing so, we were able to redirect some resources to the top priorities of the committee, namely supporting mental health, avoiding spending cuts for public education, and safety net programs, and most importantly, providing an overdue pay raise for all state employees and teachers. As we indicated in November at the Senate finance retreat, we were committed to providing meaningful compensation package, if at all possible. Our recommendations include the following, a 3% salary increase for state classified employees, a 2% increase for college faculty, which they can enhance with their own resources, a 2% increase for state supported local employees, and funding of the state's share of a 2% salary increase for public school teachers. Senator Hanger will now share with you some other details about our salary action and other actions in the budget.
[Unknown]
Senator Hanger, you have the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President, members of the Senate. Just some brief objections. I think Senator Norment, Senator from James city county, has given you an appropriate overview, and indeed, all of you had an opportunity to have a briefing from our finance staff on individual matters of concern and an overview of where our priorities are. Indeed, as we began this process, Mr. President, I would say that we outlined those priorities. Those priorities were to correct theen -- the inequity that we created last year when we predicated state salary increases on revenue. We were able to adopt a strategy, and that was the overriding principle that guided our actions, was to basically cut through and working with the governor's proposed amendments into the budget that we bought off on last spring that had a lot of good elements in it that we all worked hard on to achieve, that we basically went through that and made sure that we accumulated enough savings to fund the priorities, that being, as the Senator from James city county indicated, the 3% across the board salary increase for state employees, the special incentive package that we created for the state troopers, which the basic essence of a portion of it was going from roughly 36,000 to 43,000 per year for our troopers, with that moving on up through the ranks, with a significant funding package. Further, we basically reinstated our decision last spring when we adopted the budget for the support of k to 12 education with our support for a 2% salary increase for our teachers and other school supported employees. We also addressed the 2% increase for local state supported employees, which included constitutional offices. We also included the career development programs for those constitutional offices as well. In the area of mental health, which was our other priority that we collectively signaled as a priority at the beginning of the year, we were able to par it back and make sair we folk -- sure we focused the monies necessary to address those needs for critical same day access services for our community service boards and for permanent supportive housing for those that are in a position to come out of our institutions and reside in the community. With that, president Mr ., I would just like to make a couple remarks about a culture, a culture that I think is moving in a very positive direction here in the Senate, and it's one that I hope that we can improve on from year to year, and that culture is this. Each member of this Senate represents concerns, as we all prepare to come down here. When we're asked what we're going to do, we say the top priority is the budget. There are certain members than have a seat on the finance committee and certain members who don't. The culture that I certainly hope to be a part of is basically creating opportunities for everyone to have significant input from the bottom up as we develop this budget. And I think if you look back over a period of many years, you'll find that that's a culture that is changing, evolving, and I hope it will continue to evolve in that as we approach in the subcommittee work, the subcommittees were somewhat autonomous with their building their budgets within their individual areas of concern in that they had an overall charge to basically reduce where they could so we could address and fund our top priorities, but then they could make decisions upon their own. With that, I 'll point out one thing, they made decisions that I don't agree with in part. But the collective judgements of those subcommittees is sustained in this budget. And if they were individually isolated on this floor, I might have trouble individually voting for some of the decisions that they made. Be what it May, we have a certain amount of revenue that we need to protect and we're going to be conservative with this budget. So as I have reservations with certain items, if you bring them individually to this floor and not part of a total package, I May have difficulty with those, but Mr. President, I would say today that my bottom line will be to preserve those revenues as we go into conference so we can make some decisions, which will change some of the outcomes of our subcommittee work as we assimilated this budget. Some it will reinforce and sustain. Because quite frankly, Mr. President, I think in total this budget is a more conservative budget than the House, more directed at our priority needs than the House, and one that we should by a large margin support here today. And so with that, Mr. President, I would yield to the majority leader or at this time, if there are no further comments, I would yield to madam secretary for the individual items. I think the majority leader outlined the procedure in that we will walk through the amendments that have been offered with the one exception rule. They can be pulled out. If there are members who, after looking at this, feel that areas that the governor proposed in his introduced budget that you want to reach back and amend with a floor amendment, I would advise you the protect procedure is walk over to the general assembly building, go to the tenth floor, write out longhand your amendment and come back within an hour and if there is somebody still here, we'll entertain your amendment. That wasn't serious, Mr. President, as you know, but if you do have -- we do have staff here on the floor to address those floor amendments, and they will be helping us. But I would also advise you that the individual subcommittee chairs, whom I want to thank for their good work, are very much -- very knowledgeable about their subject matter and with that staff support will be able to address your questions. Thank you, Mr. President.
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[Unknown]
The Senator from Fairfax city, Senator Petersen .
Chap Petersen
Could item 53, no. 1 come out of the block please.
Bill Howell
Without objection, item 53, no. 1 will come out of the block.
Chap Petersen
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[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Alexandria, Senator Ebbin .
Adam Ebbin
Could numbers 86, no. 1, no. 2, and then on the next Page, 86, no, nos 3, 4, and 5, and following Page, 87 -- 86 and 87 come out of the block.
Bill Howell
Without objection, the items will come out of the block.
Adam Ebbin
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[Unknown]
Item 109, no. 1.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Roanoke County .
[Unknown]
On Page 26, can item 109, 1 s please come out of the block.
Bill Howell
Without objection, item 109o 1 will come out of the block.
[Unknown]
Page 27, item 109, no. 2. Page 28, item 110, no. 1, item 11, no. 1.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Richmond city.
[Unknown]
On Page 28, can item 11, no. 1 come out of the block please.
[Unknown]
Without item, item 111, no. 1 will come out of the block.
[Unknown]
Page 30, item 115, no. 1; item 120, no. 1.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Alexandria, Senator Ebbin .
Adam Ebbin
Could item no. 1 16, no. 1, come out of the block.
Bill Howell
Without objection, item 116, no. 1 will come out of the block.
Adam Ebbin
The Senator from Hampton .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, is item 120, no. 1 could come out of the block, please.
[Unknown]
Without objects, item 120, no. 1 will come out of the block.
[Unknown]
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[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Roanoke County .
[Unknown]
Can item 139, no. 2, please come out of the block.
Bill Howell
Without objection, item 139, no. 2 will come out of the block.
[Unknown]
Page 39, item 139, no. 3; item 139, no. 4. Page 40, item 139, no. 5; item 139, no. 6; item 139, no. 7. Page 41, item 139, no. 8; item 139, no. 9. Page 42, item 144, no. 1; item 144, no. 2. Page 43, item 144; no. 3; item 146, no. No. 1; item 146, no. 2. Page 44, item 146, no. 3; item 162, no. 1. Page 45, item 189; no. 1; item 203, no. 1. Page 46, item 213, no. 1; item 216, no. 1. Page 47, item 216, no. 2; item 219, no. 1. Page 48, item 299, no. 1; item 299, no. 2. Page 49, item 229, no. 3; item 230, no. No. 1; item 235, no. 1. Page 50, item 237, no. 1, item 237, no. 2; item 238, no. 1. Page 51, item 238, no. 3; item 240, no. 1.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Chesterfield, Senator Chase .
Amanda Chase
Can 238 no. 3 come out of the block, please.
Bill Howell
Without objection, item 238, no. 3 will come out of the block.
Amanda Chase
Page 52, item 243, no. 1; item 247, no. 1; item 249, no. 1. Page 53, item 257, no. 1. Page 54, item 274, no. 1; item 275, no. 2. Page 55, item 275, no. 3. Page 56, item 275, no. 4; item 278, no. 1. Page 57, item 278, no. 2; item 281, no. 1.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Richmond city.
[Unknown]
On Page 57, could item 281, no. 1 come out of the block please.
Bill Howell
Without objection, item 281, no. 1 will come out of the block.
[Unknown]
Page 58, item 284, no. 1. Page 59, item 284, no. 2; item 284, no. 3. Page 60, item 28 4, no. 4. Page 61, item 284, no. 5; item 284, no. 6. Page 62, item 285, no. 1.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator from eastern Fairfax County .
[Unknown]
Could item 285, 1 s on Page 62 come out of the block?
Bill Howell
Without objection, item 285, no. 1 will come out of the block.
[Unknown]
Page 63, item 288, no. 1; item 291, no. 1. Page 64; item 292, no. 1; item 294, no. 1. Page 65, item 294, no. 2; item 295, no. 1.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Arlington, Senator Favola .
Barbara Favola
Thank you. Could item 295, no. 1 come out of the block please?
Bill Howell
Without objection, item 295, no. No. 1 will come out of the block.
Barbara Favola
Page 66, item 295, no. 2; item 296, no. 1. Page 68, item 300, no. 2, item 302, no. 1. Page 69, item 306, no. 1. Page 70, item 306 no. 2, item 306 no. 3. Page 71, item 306, number 4. Page 72, item 306, no. 5. Page 73, item 306, no. 6; item 306, no. 7. Page 74, item 306, no. 8; item 306, no. 9. Page 75, item 306, no. 10.
[Unknown]
Item 306, no. 11. Page 76, item 306, number 12. Page 77, item 306, no. 13; item 306, no. 14. Page 79.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Bath County .
[Unknown]
Could item 306, no. 14 come out of the block.
Bill Howell
Without objection, item 306, no. 14 will come out of the block.
[Unknown]
And Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Prince William County .
[Unknown]
Page 73, item 306, no. 6 s.
[Unknown]
I'm sorry, Senator. Repeat that one time. Page 73?
[Unknown]
Item 306, no. 6 s come out of the block.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. Without objection, item 306, no. 6 will come out of the block. (captions will resume shortly) flush
[Unknown]
Page 98. Item 348 number three, item 363, number one. Item 364, number two. Page 99. Item 364, number five. Page 100. Item 356, number two. Item 365 number four. Page 101. Item 369 number one.
[Unknown]
Mr. President?
[Unknown]
Senior Senator from Richmond city.
[Unknown]
Could item 365 number four come out of the block?
Bill Howell
Without objection, out of the block.
[Unknown]
101, item 376, number one. 102. Item 378, number one. Item 380, number one. Item 381, number two. Page 103. Item 383, number one. Item 386, number one. Page 104, item 387, number one. Item 391, number one. Page 105. Item 393, number one. Item 394, number one. Page 106, item 394, number two. Item 394, number 10. Page 107, item 394 number 19, item 394, number 20. Page 108 item number four. Page 109, item 422, number one. Item 422 number three, item 422 number four. Page 111. Item 422, number five. Item 423, number one. Page 112. Item 423, number two, item 433, number one. Item 434, number one. Page 113. Item 434 number two. Item 434 number three, item 437 number one. Page 114. Item 437 number two, item 438 number one. Page 115, item 442, number one. Page 116, item 442 number two. Item 442 number three, item 442 number four. Page 117, Page 442 number eight.
[Unknown]
Senator from James city county.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President, Page 116, item number 442, 4 s if you would remove that from the block, please.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator, without objection, item 442 number four will come out of the block.
[Unknown]
Senator sfr James city county.
[Unknown]
I have disciples looking out for me
[Unknown]
I yim 442 number eight will come out of the block.
[Unknown]
Page 118, item 449 number one, item 450, number one. Item 453, number one. Page 119, item 453 number two, item 453, number three. Page 120. Item 466 number one.
[Unknown]
Mr. President?
[Unknown]
Senator from eastern Fairfax County .
[Unknown]
Pages 119, 120 could item 453, 3 s come out of the block.
Bill Howell
Without objection, item 453 number three will come out of the block.
[Unknown]
Page 121, item 470, number one. Item 470 number two.. Page 122 item 472, number one. Item Page 123, item 475, number one. Item 475, number two. Page 124, item three. Item 475, number four. Item 475, be number five.
[Unknown]
Mr. President?
[Unknown]
Senator from Fairfax city, Senator peterson.
[Unknown]
Can number 475 number five out of the block?
Bill Howell
Without objection, out of the block.
[Unknown]
Page 126, item 475 number six. Page 127, item 475 number seven. Item 475 number eight. Page 128. Item 475 number nine. Page 129, item 475 number 10. Page 130, item 476 number one. Page 131, item 476, number two. Page 132, item 476 number three. Item 476 number four. Item 476 number five. Page 133, item 476 number six. Item 478.20, number one. 134. Item 478.30 number one. Item 488 number one.
[Unknown]
Mr. President?
[Unknown]
Senator from Chesterfield, Senator Chase .
Amanda Chase
Can item 478.30 be pulled out of the block?
Bill Howell
Without objection, item 478.30 will come out of the block.
Amanda Chase
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[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk. The Senate will stand at ease for just a second. [ Senate is at ease ] noor will be whether these committee amendments will pass in bloc. If there are any you'd like to add at the end, please let me know. Number 53 number one, Page 13. 86, number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, the question is, shall the floor amendments pass in block? >> Senator from Fairfax city.
[Unknown]
I have one addition
[Unknown]
So, Mr. President, I request we do not pass item 53 1 s. It is going to create chaos and think about this. If we want to start down that road, I can realize that it May chagrin you but it is nothing unique to you, sir.
[Unknown]
I thank the gentleman.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator .
[Unknown]
Junior Senator from Loudoun, Senator Wexton .
Jennifer Wexton
Mr. President, parliamentary inquiry.
[Unknown]
Yes.
Jennifer Wexton
When there is a floor amendment pending and also in the amendment folder what is the --
[Unknown]
They're not in conflict. So we'll make a motion to pass this and I 'll call on you, after
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. That. Speaking to the motion.
[Unknown]
Yes.
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county is correct. Very a floor amendment on today to restore funding to 20th circuit which is for our circuit court judge. That is for a vacancy left when our most-senior judge retired January 1. Bringing us back to five judges in the circuit instead of four. So he would still have another six years on the term. I don't know what this body would have done if he had not done us the courtesy of when retiring on January 1, did retiring. He that with intention, I believe this would body would be able to appoint a successor for him. We have now taken money away, taking away his judgeship altogether. We will unwitnessing -- unwittingly create where judges don't want to retire or give an opportunity to appoint successors, and they can just retire in off season and governor can appoint a different judge to take their place. Now, we seem to rely on this weighted case load study as if it's flawless. I submit, unfortunately it is not. It does not take into account a lot of factors, or at all, use of interpreters in cases. And I know in my nurse diction, and northern Virginia we use interpreters. They can double the time it takes for cases to be heard. I disagree strongly with the Senator from James city county's assessment of our case load in Loudoun County. Our population was 170,000 in 2010. 310,000 in 2000, it was 170,000. 310 in 2010. It's 380,000 people now. And our cases have kept pace with it. We were fortunate to have a little dip back in the great recession, because people were -- couldn't afford to get a divorce, guess what? Now, they can. And their cases are taking up quite a bit of time. Loudoun was a 4.7 in the weighted case load study. I would submit that that was a flawed study. We have trial issues in our criminal cases and civil cases are always double and were, before we got the fifth judge, sometimes, triple books. If you didn't get heard, you went right to the back of the line. Another issue is that we is suffered a great deal of opoid and heroin deaths in my jurisdiction as I am sure many of you had. It was really the hope of the judges to be able to stand up to drug r drug court this year. We're not going to be able to do that if we don't have that fifth judge. I submit to the gentleman from James city county, I did like last year's budget because it funded our judge, but in taking it away makes no sense at all. I would ask the amendment fail.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from eastern Fairfax County, Senator Surovell .
Scott Surovell
Speaking to the amendment.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
Scott Surovell
Thank you, Mr. President, I read the weighted case load study when it came out. The reality is that the study has a lot of problems. First of all, half of the counties in Virginia, local governments pay for law clerk. For each circuit court judge. Each costs $50,000 or $60,000 per judge, something like that. Maybe $45,000. Having a law clerk there to support a judge mean that's judge spends more time on the bench and hearing cases instead of pushing paper which in half the state that doesn't happen. I believe the next study law clerks might be getting counted I 'm not really sure. In half of the state, localities are investing a lot of money to make the system go faster which doesn't go into account and I would submit the way cases are litigated in parts of the state are different than other parts of the state because cases are bigger, more complex, and there is more money at issue. People are going to afford to pay more. I don't say that to say lawyers are better, just people spend more money and it takes longer. And it's just different. That is why we're here to partly for the judges and not part of a group that is very objective in trying to figure it out and doesn't practice law in this state. And I submit there are some jurisdiction that's gain the study and open new cases and others we don't open a new case. They keep it under the same filing number. There are lots of things that go on. So that is why we've got elected to make the decisions not to defer it to another third party. So in terms of two more things I just want to say really quick, you know, I think a lot of times when lawyers get up, and I want to make more money, or something like that, in Prince William County, the study said Prince William County should get another circuit court judge I think it was two years ago. Prince william was authorized a new judge two years ago. For some reason, this year, the judge got taken away using the same data. That happened. But before Prince William is authorized two years ago, I had cases in Prince William County. I would go to court, get there at 10:00 a.M. They'd tell me, get in line. I'd wait around until 1:00, they'd say we can't hear you today, this is after spending hours of time prepping my client, getting ready, come back the next day, the next day, get in line. Wait around, noon rolls around. We can't hear you today. Come back next week. I'm making plenty of money sitting around not getting my case heard, we sit around and get paid to sit there. The reason we want these to get funded is so our clients aren't having to have their lives and stuff put on hold because the system is incapable prof is hessing problems. So a lot of us want to see this work. And that is why we want to do it. In having that real life intelligence, makes this decisions I think is better than having a system that does it. And Fairfax County authorized a judge in I think 1993, that study recommended it wasn't merited. In 1993, according to google, Fairfax County had 866,000 people. Today, it's grown by more than 300,000 people. Fairfax county today has grown by almost the same size as the entire common wealth of Virginia and said it's still should go backwards. I don't think that is because Fairfax County was great at getting judges. But I would submit, that the study isn't coming for the result. Unhappiness is people have to practice in this world to know it isn't working. That is why we need to fund the positions. And in absence of Prince William spot being funded and Fairfax spot not being funded I can't support this aechlt thank you.
[Unknown]
Thank you. Senior Senator from Loudoun, Senator Black .
Dick Black
Speaking -- I 'm not sure, do we have the amendment before us?
[Unknown]
You're speaking to the committee amendment.
Dick Black
Okay.
[Unknown]
Let me just say I am concerned about the way that we're doing the judges and validity of some of the data and I am aware in the areas that I represent, they're very hive growth. And you have really massive land use issues. And as you have it, we've got data centers. Anybody around out there can see these garganuan data centers. There is going to be litigation, construction litigation coming out of that. It's going to be extensive. This is is something that takes time. The case differs in some of these areas. We had in Loudoun County, we have had very senior judge we lost and we had three junior judges who, you know, they had two years or less and it put us in a pinch. So I do hope that at some point, along the process, that some of the thoughts that you're hearing today are taken into account and perhaps, if possible, this could be adjustments made. Thank you.
[Unknown]
Senator from northern Fairfax County, Senator Howell .
Janet Howell
Thank you, Mr. President. I would like to associate myself with comments from the Senator from James city county. When everything was done by politics, and it mattered how senior you were or which committee you shared or which party what you're with. What we're trying to do is get policy out and good public policy in. And have a standard to use when determining which judges to have. I was somewhat disappointed with the last study. I think it did not have all of the considerations that should have happened. New study for one that will be completed I believe in the end of October. My suggestion sfor those who don't have faith in our efforts to do this, is that they engage themselves from the members of their judiciary in suggesting it was updated and there is a how to make this study better. Alternative is going to be going fwook a political rotten system. I believe that this organization is sincere. This is what they do. It's small. It's a nonprofit. It's highly regarded around the country. And there are things they May be willing to change. One, for example, I 've noticed is that they can take what I think is too much attention to the distance of travels by judges and too little credit for those circuits that have got good docket controls. If you have bad docket controls, you do better than if you have good docket controls. Perhaps, looking at that would be helpful. And I think the approach to take is how to make this a better study, not to slam it.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President, if no one else cares to speak, sir.
[Unknown]
You have the floor.
Tommy Norment
I listened attendively to arguments that are affected and there are lots of retorts I can make about the inaccuracy of your comments. Let me just say this. There has been no owed voe indication of the athentication of the funding of judges by a third party. We hired state courts to do an independent analysis for us. The Senate finance committee and subcommittee dealing with the subject matter made a determination that it was the only data that was available to us to make an informed decision. I appreciate your antidotal comments but I say to you your situation is not unique. I probably get around to commonwealth of Virginia as much as any attorney in this body. Because the nai tour of what I do for 100 lawyers. And there is a wide difference of approaches and as the Senator from northern Fairfax suggested some of it is a docket control some are sow fis ti cited and system. Others are not. I appreciate very much what you're saying but you're asking us to pass over five other judgeships that have a better score than this particular judge, and say to them, tough. You don't get funded. You're going to say your case loads are higher but we don't do that in Loudoun. I suggest to you that this is not the end of the discussion. In November, we'll have the updated demographical information from the national center of state courts. You can scrutinize it. As hard as you want. You can try to find additional imperical data that May refute or support what is in there. But I would respectfully ask that the Senate amendment be agreed to which does not include the funding of the judgeship, sir.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the committee amendment be agreed to? Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. The ayes have it. Amendment is agreed to. And Senator there are several floor amends. I'm going to go these and we'll come back.
[Unknown]
Mp, yes.
[Unknown]
I appreciate but those floor amendments are in contradiction to the amendment we just adopted. So they'd not be appropriately before the body and I 'd like to make a parliamentary inquiry at the moment.
[Unknown]
The Senate will stand at ease.
[Unknown]
Moving forward to Page 19. Number 86, numbers 1 through 7. Don't all stand up at once. Senator Vogel .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. Chair. Item 86 number one asked pulled out of the block. I move passage of the amendment. Speaking to that.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Do you want to do them in block?
[Unknown]
I'm happy. To explain each one?
[Unknown]
Yes.
[Unknown]
That is more efficient
[Unknown]
I yim 86 number one s. The committee removed funding to $570,000 that the governor included maintain a system to deliver ballots to military overseas and overseas voters. We want to continue to make it easy for them to vote. However, this $570,000 is already paid for by department of defense funds, and so in this case, we believe that was unnecessary so we moved that $570,000 from the budget.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator .
[Unknown]
Moving to item 86, 2. This removed funding from introduced budget of $50,000 which is included to print additional voter registration and absentee ballot applications. It's a believe there were sufficient resources will be to provide applications within the existing budget. Item 86 3 one there was $1 million added in the produced budget for enhancement to the system. It gets us into the land we've enjoyed in great detail when we had a joint meeting in the fall. We heard from registrars and department of elections. It is not the case that this subcommittee or finance committee wishes to frustrate what it is the department of elections would do to carry out an orderly election. It is not in the interest of anybody to make it more difficult, however, it is clear that the enhancements to varis and amount of resources going to be required to be spent on that are a resource question as well as management issue. And many challenges arose, many believe part of the process for the challenge of that process was that it was undertaken in a presidential election year. And so, I think, to that end, there are concerns about trying to undertake that process, again, in a statewide election year. As somebody who repeatedly introduced budget amendments to provide funding to department of elections and holds that in a high priority, I had mixed feelings about how we're addressing this. I know it will be part of a larger discussion. And this will be part of a larger discussion in conference, I am sure, there are some under lying concerns about the execution of this in this election year. Moving on to item 86, # 4 s the governor introduced $217,000 for one additional full time employee for changes to voter system. And item 86, number 5 16789 pulled out of the block was incluesed in the governor's budget, $2 million in the second year to continue with the haba fund, this is reduced and I will tell you it's a sense of the committee as we're sitting down the other responsibility of the general laws and technology subcommittee was compensation. And so when you squeeze one side, it impacts another f we're going through the line items, we made it our highest priority to focus on compensation. That meant we had to remove items from that election. And that means department of elections took a big hit. So again, this is one of thoegs areas where funding was removed and that moves us to item 86, number 6 s. The governor included $105,000 for one time funds for a call center. And going through larger section of funding items asked for by the governor and those identified before the committee this, is our understanding that most of the calls related to elections were often received and handled by local registrars offices. That is one of the areas we thought we can take back money. That is -- there is one more amendment. Item 86, number 7 s. The governor had included five additional general funded positions over the bienium. Three in 17, and 2 in 18. Looking to recapture resources, and our our rationale is that department transitioned to full time, classified staff positions. This is to administer election systems and programs part of the ongoing transition process they've undertaken. We believe the department can continue to hire contract employees and deploy existing staff to administer these current systems so there are aggressive efforts to bring back legislation and this is one of the departments where we took a hit. That is my explanation of what our actions were.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Senator Ebbin .
[Unknown]
Can we vote on number 1 s separate from the block of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7.
[Unknown]
That would be fine, Senator .
[Unknown]
Would the Senator rise for a question?
[Unknown]
Would the Senator yield for a question?
[Unknown]
I'm happy to yield.
[Unknown]
She yields, Senator .
[Unknown]
I ask the gentlewoman when we had our marathon meeting, the joint cne committee was this note a consensus that the system was not working the way it should?
[Unknown]
Mr. President, it is true. And I will tell you that among the issues that major changes being made, concerns about having to hire outside people to come in and revamp the system in the middle of a presidential election year, there are hits to the system from the outside. One concern is trying to rebuild the system in the middle of an election year was a challenge and it had cost more because it was necessary they had to go hire outside contractors to do much of the work. So I think much of what the take away from that was is that we not only have a resource issue but a management issue in terms of timing and execution. I have great sympathy for many of you heard, matt, who came and testified before that committee and before our subcommittee. Incredible work that he has done in House, there are huge complications with what it is we've been trying to undertake this year. It is the case that in previous years, I have said I have carried budget amendments to try to make sure they had money they need. And I am confident this will be the subject of a lot of discussion in conference.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator .
[Unknown]
Would the Senator yield for an additional question?
[Unknown]
Yes. I'm happy to yield.
[Unknown]
She yields, Senator .
[Unknown]
The Senator
[Unknown]
It was clear that was unnecessary, but important to take into my mind resources to put them back later in the year put them back in next year when it might be a more-appropriate time to revamp varis. It was my view it was better to allocate as much of the resources as we could to address urgent issues in order to fully fund that. It was a requirement to make money from other categorys.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator .
[Unknown]
Snore from Alexandria .
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
I want to thank the Senator for explanation one, which made sense to me. But numbers 2 through 7. The Senator acknowledge there'd is a lack of resources and I agreechl I hope there will be bipartisan support to defeat 863 to receive because fundamental to our democracy is a fair, open, and efficient election system this, is what most people come into contact with this their government and we need it to be smooth and efficient. Now, the Senate budget cut funding for the department of elections by over $4 million. That was 28% of the proposed funding from the governor if I compute right. This is a drastic cut that will undermine the ability of the department to complete it's mission of ensuring the integrity of the election process. There should be bipartisan consensus because there are many on the other side of the aisle who believe there are problems now with secure statewide voter registration data base. There are people who talked about fraud. Let's prevent voter fraud if to occur, and with personal information of voters, and prevent it from occurring. I note varis, this system that is proposed not that we're not fixed in today, it does list maintenance activities when ensuring integrity of the lists, including removal of deceased individuals, felons, and checking for duplicate registration as cross state lines and monitoring for voter who's moved in and out of the state. We want to make that better not break. And we know what happens the night that the deadline was for the voter registration in Virginia. The system broke. Some people went to court to stop it from being extended and it was extended but confusing to voters. Let's let people register to vote easily. Let's have security. The federal help america vote act covers 60% of the department's operating budget. And those funds will be depleted by the third quarter of year 2018. Maintaining varis is the main system used by local registrars to conduct their legally-required functions. I would say without this funding, functionality of the system is at risk. Voter registration improvements are cut in by $1 million. Ladies and gentlemen of the Senate I h
[Unknown]
They had $9 million going to bump up. So that is important. We left some money there for them. It is the case that they'll lose their money that will have to be replaced. So thank you, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Alexandria .
[Unknown]
Will the Senator from Fauquier yield for one question?
[Unknown]
So happy to yield.
[Unknown]
I apologize.
[Unknown]
I'm proud to represent both. I would just say while it May not cut state funding, I believe that the Senator acknowledge that had we're going to lose our federal hava funding so in effect we'll be department not have less opinion to do the same functions when we pass, if we're to pass the Senate amendments?
[Unknown]
Senator from Fauquier .
[Unknown]
What we have is the current budget. Governor adding additional resources into this budget. It's true they have additional funding come aring from the funds that we'd like to back fill and hopefully will back fill but that is the decision made, so you're right. They're losing some funding.
[Unknown]
Thank you, senators. Thank you.
[Unknown]
The question is shall item 86 number one be agreed to? Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Ayes have it. Amendment is agreed to, moving to 86 number 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. The question is shall those items be agreed to? Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Ayes have it. The amendments are agreed to. Moving to Page 26.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I move the amendments be agreed to. Speaking to that.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
The governor's proposed budget reduced
[Unknown]
To accept the budget amendment. I'm mindful of what the Senator just shared with us. It's important to share with you as of this date, the private sector has put more of their personal money into this go Virginia initiative than the commonwealth of Virginia has.
[Unknown]
This is not an idea that perculated up from the legislative body. It came out of willingness to to put their own money in to help undertake the transformation of the economy of Virginia and approaches nine regions which covers the state. I ask you to support the amendment.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall item 109 number one be agreed to? Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Ayes have it. Motion is agreed to. Page 28.
[Unknown]
Mr. President?
[Unknown]
Senator from Roanoke County .
[Unknown]
I see hands and request a recorded vote.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator .
Bill Howell
There being eight hands there will be a recorded vote. The motion is whether item 109-1 will be agreed to. All in favor will record votes aye. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all senators voted? Have any senators desired to change the vote? Clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 36, no, four. Item is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Page 28. Item 111 number one. Senator from meclanberg, thank you. I move the amendment be agreed
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. To. This restores funding for enterprise zone program. The governor introduced budget reduced funding by $1 million the first year and $835,000 second year. Committee restored funding, removed by the governor. And in order to mitigate the need for pro rating grant awards. Enterprise zone program provides grants to qualified business that's locate or expand in designated areas. Eligibility is based on capitol investment, job creation, in wages, pay with lower thresholds to areas of high unemployment. The program is consistently oversubscribed with qualified recipients on pro rated grants. And again, examples, in the year 2014, only 69% was paid. In 2015, 66% was paid. Speaking to the former issue of whether, how we should do economic development, if we're not going to do it, we need to do it right as we commit to do.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall item 111 number one be agreed to? Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Ayes have it. Motion is agreed to. Page 30. Item 116, number one. Senator from meclanberg, Senator Ruff .
Frank Ruff
I move that the amendment be agreed to. This removes increase for occupational safety compliance. Introduced budget included additional $1.5 million for thes second year to fund 15 positions in the department of labor and industry. Six proposed in Virginia occupational safety and health program. Three in the Virginia voluntary protection program. And six positions are proposed in consultation services. The committee reversed funding and proposed would be an increase over funding levels and totals $10 million. The committee did not see current levels of inspection are inadequate. The committee is not able to fund new program, new spending initiatives unless a pressing need is identified.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Senator from Alexandria .
Frank Ruff
Thank you, speaking to the amendment.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
The department of labor and industry's occupational safety and health program is administered and enforced as safety and health activities for general industry and construction, and so they didn't seem important to a lot of us, May seem like overregulation. But this includes response to life and safety, work-related fatalities. Imminent danger, nonfatal accidents. And high hazard industries. You know. In 2016, inspected 43 work-related fatalities. 39% more than in the previous year, and highest number of work related fatalities in over a decade. I venture to say the number of personnel has not increased over the last decade or at least the last decade or so.. And I think these fatalities do show a need to fulfill some of the seven open, one closed, I should say inspections need to be done. Now, there are seven open and one closed inspections in response to four fatal accidents, two nonfatal accidents involving an amputation burn victim as well as comprehensive safety and health inspections within a year. And that is not isolated. This is happened for a number of years with these positions and it's easy to say it's a dramatic increase, it's getting back what they should have had years ago, as well as dealing with fatalities. We do not want to have 39% more fatalities in another year. I hope we'll defeat the amendment.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall item 116, number one, be agreed to? Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. The ayes have it. Item is agreed to. Moving to still on Page 30. Item 120, 1. Senator from meclanberg.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move the amendment be agreed to, this removes funding from the solar energy department program. The governor introduced budget included $1.1 million for the second year to fund energy development programs. Getting current fiscal constraints, the committee is not in the mood to fund new spending initiatives unless an immediate, or pressing need is identified. Proposed funding was intended to provide funding for low interest funds and reduce the cost of capital and incentivize additional projects. There are a number of solar projects that are being negotiated with local planning committees without this effort.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is, shall item --
[Unknown]
Yes. The Senator from Hampton, Senator Locke .
Mamie Locke
Mr. President, I think we need to get in the mood. The House and Senate eliminated $1.1 million of general funds support, included in the introduced budget bill to support development of solar industry. And what the governor's introduced budget did was to put in $1.1 million for a total industry by deploying two low-interest loan strategies. The two strategies were a low-interest resolving loan program and loan loss reserve fund. The introduced budget included these funds for the two low-interest loan strategies in order to have the two programs providing support with local public school divisions and small businesses and commercial institutional and individual customers respectively. It does not have a program to support the development of this industry in the common wealth. And until Virginia makes an investment, the industry will not consider Virginia a player. The industry has developed and matured in surrounding states, placing Virginia in a advantageous position. Solar contractors will believe 2017 will see solar cells because of decreasing and expiring tax credits for 2017 is at 10%. These contractors are expressing a need for a loan product with customers in to support their growth. This will put the Virginia edited advantage until we do so. Thank you, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator .
Mamie Locke
Senator from meclanberg, Senator Ruff .
Frank Ruff
The currently, there is an applicant approved to build a farm in meclanberg county. A second company putting plans in for Halifax and a third company in greenville county. So I think that the -- we have an active market and it's not necessary.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
Frank Ruff
Senior Senator from Virginia beach, Senator Wagner .
Frank Wagner
Thank you, Mr. President, I point out to members this is a tough decision to have to take this out, there is a permit being filed across the James river from nuclear power plants to ensure the peninsula has sufficient power, in that request and course of negotiations, the $170 million power line project also has additional $85 million that the state negotiated in for engagement. There is a also of the projects but the permit has not yet been issued and I suggest to the governor, I hope they're looking at it, $85 million is a lot of money. It's going to come to the state. Right now, it's being allocated for other projects, trails, and things like that. Lands. But I would say that this is direct hi related and probably qualified under the permit application. I hope they'd be more creative looking at this mitigation money. And perhaps mitigate the need for next power line, Mr. President.
Bill Howell
Thank you, snore. The question is shall item 120, number one, be agreed to. Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. The chair is uncertain. We'll have a recorded vote. All in favor of item 120 number one will record votes aye. Opposed, no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all senators voted? Have any senators desired to change their vote? Clerk will close the roll.
Frank Wagner
Aye, 25, no, 15. The item is agreed to. On Page 32, item 125.10. Senator from meclanberg.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move the amendment be agreed to this. This reverses funding to create Virginia international trade corporation, including 7.2 million to create the corporation. And that would be transferred from the economic development partnership. Committee reversed a transaction. Helped build 858 last year, created a new economic development agency by proposing to separate international trade from the rest of the vdp. Creating a new state agency and determined there would be additional cost of more than $1 million per year, finance committee chose not to fund the new agency at this time. Related amendments reversed transfers from the economic development partnership to the international trade.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Senator from Fairfax city. Senator Petersen. .
Chap Petersen
I think the gentleman summarized it correctly. We've created this last year, seems hike we're pulling the mug immediately. We have economic development agencies and I think the gentleman from Roanoke County pointed this out. We have go Virginia, commonwealth opportunity fund, former known as governor's opportunity fund. Nobody know what these entities do separately. They do the same thing, then, Virginia international trade corpsation. For years, I carried Virginia free advisory board, which would been an all volunteer board which would have worked on a trade relationship that had been a no brainer for our community in northern Virginia. And the bill would spike last year because we're going to put the international trade corporation in place it's ironic to see it going down the tubes so fast. Ill say international trade remains the future of the economy. Some biggest cases are international firms that do business in Virginia. And wood do well to bring them in. I guess it won't be international trade corps.
[Unknown]
Senator Hanger ?
Chap Petersen
Thank you, Mr. President, speaking to the amendment.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Gentleman from Fairfax city raises valid points. We did have legislation that that authorized this. What happens as we're aware? The we can develop the support of Virginia economic development partership. We have legislation to correct concerns and a new executive director hired and there is an additional money that's would have been required to stand up this entity. So it was judgment, collective judgment of the Senate finance leadership and House appropriations leadership and governor's office that we'd hold back on implementing from until the corrective actions were taken with edp. That we then had an opportunity with that, to put moneys in place to stand it up. It's not a done deal that it will not happen. It's just been delayed so we can do corrective actions with leadership, management, before we stand up this particular entity. So I hope the body would support the amendment.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall item 125.10 number one be agreed to? Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Ayes have it. Item is agreed to. Page 37. Item 139, number two. Senator from Bedford, Senator Newman .
Steve Newman
I move the item pass and speaking to that motion.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
Steve Newman
Mr. President, this is an amendment that removed $55.5 million that governor had in his budget for a one-time teacher fwoenus and replaced it with an $8.4 million teacher increase that includes instructional personnel. Mr. President, it was determined after some review that the flexible spending we placed in last year could be used to assist in this way. I know that some areas of the commonwealth further through east, you May have heard that somehow, that one and a half is more than two. It is not. You May have heard that 55 is more than 84. It is not. And one-time is more than permanent in a teacher raise. So, Mr. President, I think this is the best approach for both teachers and support personnel throughout the commonwealth and I hope we pass the amendment.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator .
[Unknown]
Question is shall item 139 number two be agreed to? Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Ayes have it. Motion is agreed to. Page 51. Item 238-3.
[Unknown]
Senator from James city county, Senator Norment. Ask the body to agree to item
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President, I 230 number three and speaking to that motion.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
Tommy Norment
Ladies and gentlemen of the Senate, for a number of years, we have embarked on the planning of the 400th anniversary of 1619 where four defining events took place in Virginia. I won't reiterate those moments. But it was a long-term strategic planning and significant amendment of moneys have already been spent in hiring an executive director and bringing on individuals to assist with that commemoration. For those of you that were around in 2007, I think you'll recall that that was certainly a rather historical event. That is a massive understatement. The governor removed $5.2 million from that commemoration, I think it's a commemoration that is going to bring visitors to the commonwealth of Virginia and not just to historic triangle but all over Virginia. The jamestown, yorktown foundation, inc, which is the private arm has been successful in getting private contributions and I suggest to you, Mr. President, that importance of that is if we're to script this money out of the jamestown yorktown foundation, had it been involved in 2007 and raising money for that commemoration, it's going to be very difficult to continue to raise funds. So I think it's a good stewardship of our money and I want to ask athat amendment be agreed to.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall item 238 number three be agreed to? Those in favor say aye. The ayes have it. Opposed, no. Item is agreed to, Page 57. Item 281 number one. Senator Norment .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Speaking to the motion that the body adopt item 281 number one. This is perplexing to me from a policy standpoint. I know there has been conversation about higher education. A number of years ago the general assembly on a bipartisan basis May a decision that out of state students would have to pay 100% of the costs of their education and for the first time, we embodied in statute and budget they'd have to pay towards the capitol projects. And over the years what we have done is that we have very they'd pay. What this does is that it provides that $1 per credit hour will be increased for capital expenses and for those of you that cannot reflect to the good old days in college, that will modestly increased the amount come out probably between $30 and $32 per year for out of state student. The good thing is that that money would be used for the capital expenses, and go back to the treasury board. I ask that we agree to that amendment, sir.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall item 281, number one be agreed to? Those in favor say aye. Motion is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Page 62. Item 285 number one. Senator from Augusta .
[Unknown]
I move the amendment pass and speak to that.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President, members of the Senate. This amendment is a addressing comp hences services act. We have experienced significant growth in the cost of this program. Many of you recognize this is a worth while program and important program, but we've taken measures to curtail growth and had accomplished that for a while. There is a particular sector of growth that caused us to have to put in an additional -- we don't see it today because it was in the introduced bu -- I would sa to the Senator, that that is of concern expressed and in fact, have had a conversation over the last 24 hours with an individual who was representing the interests of one of the most exyefrp marie schools serving autistic schools in this region. We set up a meeting to maybe fine tune the language here there, has been a growth in spending due to additional services for autistic children but I would hope that that concern can be addressed because that is not the intent to deny services of these children and inhibit the ability of the children to attend a school such as the one I 'm familiar with in the greater Richmond area, hopefully, we can work out the language so it won't pose a threat for the programs.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
[Unknown]
Junior Senator from Loudoun, Senator Wexton .
Jennifer Wexton
I just add to hopefully allay some of the concerns of the Senator from eastern Fairfax County, that have Virginia is one of two states in which children are placed purse unite to an iep. Parents maintain a veto in a decision to change that on
[Unknown]
So I hope you'll support this amendment. The Senator from Arlington, Senator Favola .
Barbara Favola
Thank you, Mr. President, I rise to speak in opposition to the committee amendment. I do appreciate efforts to thread the needle. My concern here is that it is interfering with a doctor's decision on what the appropriate lark should be. That is why I have a problem witness. I am loathe to have politicians continue to get involved in these very personal decisions that a doctor and patient should make. I appreciate the fact what you'd call the patch on the arm is perhaps a very good contraceptive approach but May not work for everybody and the options are limited with this amendment. So, that is why I asked the body to vote against it. Thank you.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Henrico .
Barbara Favola
This is not a patch. It's an implant that lasts three and I think that certainly there years. Are conversations that have to happen between patients and physicians but taxpayers have a little bit of a say on what we spend our tax dollars on. There are 50% of the population uncomfortable with spending on something that can be an aborted patient. This is a good way to go.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Arlington .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I appreciate the comments but I don't think low income women should be demied certain options that those women can afford whatever other medical treatment they might want so again, I understand the point. I want to advocate we should not be limiting options for low income women. Thank you.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The item shall item 295 number one be agreed to? Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Ayes have it. Item is agreed to. Moving forward to Page 73. Item 306 number six.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President, I move the amendment pass. Speak to that.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President, this particular amendment speak tz to the prohibition on overtime funding for personal care attendants. This is a policy we implemented this past year, and the governor basically put money in there to provide overtime payments. The committee amendment reverses that. The committee restores prohibition and so that limiting the hours these personal care attendants can work for 40 hours per week, generating savings of $8.5 million in general funds and $8.5 million in nongeneral funds as well. What happened, Mr. President, in response to the prohibition, the number of live in attendants that we can see here increased from 5,913 in May, to 8285 in November, 2016. What does that mean, Mr. President? Means that that 40% increase that we've seen in live in attendants is an adjustment individuals are making in order that appropriate services can be provided because there is an exemption in place for live in care attendants. I hope the body would support this amendment.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall item 306 number six be agreed to? Those in favor say aye. Ayes have it. Item is agreed to. Item 306 number 14 on Page 77.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move the amendment pass and speak to that.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President, members of the Senate. Item 306 number 14 on Page 77 is the Senate finance committee's response to the j lark report on medicaid reforms. You'll recognize there are a number of recommendations made this year I tell you after completing that two-year study that had been commissioned by the general assembly. As a result of that, your committee, the health and human services committee of finance waded through those recommendations and the other end of the Hall you'll find the findings or interpret dayings of the findings were more harsh. And I disagreed at that time. Because for the most part, I 'd submit to this body we have a very well-managed medicaid program here in the common wealth. There are recommendations that I think we can agree that would be helpful and can help us ensure we're delivering property services to citizens. At the lowest possible cost. And this is where we are. I'd be pleased to respond to anyone who May have concerns about these.
[Unknown]
Shall item 306, number 14 be agreed to? Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Ayes have it. Item is agreed to. Page 79. Item 306 number 15.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I move amendments pass and speaking to that.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
As we looked at this, I 'm sure we're familiar with this we have had long conversations about this particular subject over an extended period of time. The governor chose the year as background in Washington would indicate that there are perhaps going to be significant changes made in the affordable care act. And there is an extreme effort out there for an intense effort to repeal it. I'm one would like to see them work on it a little bit. And mend and fix it. But there is possibility it will be repealed. As much as I thought we should access federal dollars we must recognize where we're at in this debate. And the gf to say, okay, if they come up with something that we can go ahead to get us in there, it won't be prohibited from general assembly, that he'd like to offer authority to do it. That says no. We'll have that conversation on another day, and general assembly will have input into it. I hope the body supports it.
Bill Howell
The question is shall item 306 number 15 be agreed to? Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Chair is uncertain. There is to be a recorded vote. All in favor will report votes aye. Opposed. No. Have all of the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change votes? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 24, no, 15.
[Unknown]
The item is agreed to. Moving forward to Page 100. Item 365, number four. Page 100. Senator from meclanberg. Senator Ruff .
Frank Ruff
Thank you, Mr. President. The I move the amendment be agreed to. Committee moves to clarify the fee applies to all instruments properly filed in each jurisdiction where Virginia outdoor foundation holds an easement. Currently, some localities are sending in $1 a year. The primary objective is to improve application of the fee to the appropriate instruments but standardized to match other fees.
[Unknown]
The question shall item 365 number four ab agreed to? Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Ayes have it. Item is agreed to. Page 116. Mr. President? >> Having voted on the prevailing side by which we've adopted item 306, 15s I move we reconsider that vote so that we can get the right vote recorded. We just did it.
Frank Ruff
206.
[Unknown]
The question is shall vote on which item 306 number 15 was approved are -- be -- be reconsidered? Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their votes?
[Unknown]
Aye, 40, no, 0. The motion is agreed to. Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Mr. President, parliamentary inquiry.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, would you share with me what the rule is as it pertains to the chair being in doubt on a verbal vote?
Tommy Norment
I'm sorry. What is the rule when I 'm in doubt?
[Unknown]
Exactly.
[Unknown]
I call for a vote. Recorded vote.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, further inquiry.
[Unknown]
Yes.
[Unknown]
When it is abundantly clear there is a significant minority that verbally is voting against an amendment and there is a overwhelming verbal response for those that support it, how does Mr. President make that determination objectively abs a presiding officer whether or not to put people on the board?
[Unknown]
Sir, when I can't determine, when I couldn't in that case, I call for a recorded vote.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I know you're a pediatric neurologist. But I have a good friend that is an audiologist, sir.
[Unknown]
Senator from Augusta, Senator Hanger ?
Emmett Hanger
Thank you, Mr. President. Though today is the governor's birthday, I don't want to do him this big of a favor, so I still move the amendment pass.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator .
Emmett Hanger
Question, shall item number 306, number 15, be agreed to? Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. The chair is uncertain. There will be a recorded vote. All in favor will record their votes aye. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all of the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their votes? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 21, no, 19. The item is agreed to. >> Moving forward to Page 116. Item 442, number four.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Senior Senator from Virginia beach
[Unknown]
I s does it brings fees for reregistration on a par with fees of registration, recognizing it takes a significantly more work to do reregistration. Than it does to issue an initial registration.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall item 442 number four be agreed to? Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. Ayes have it. Item is agreed to. Page 119. Item 453 number three. Senior Senator from Virginia beach.
[Unknown]
Yes, this item basically on if any major contract, if pla doesn't used in scoring, it is just making it clear. I move the amendment pass.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from eastern county. Senator suvovell.
[Unknown]
I appreciate it is there. Plas have been proven to be a good tool. They improve training and safety standards. So we've made a policy decision. We're going to use p 3s to fund megaprojects and I think we need to leave this up to whoever is negotiating these p 3s to make this decision. I ask we reject the amendment.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question shall item 453, number three be agreed to? Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. The ayes have it. Item is agreed to. Page 124. Item 475, number five. Senator from Augusta, Senator Hanger .
Emmett Hanger
Mr. President, the particular amendment and I hope everybody will support it. Is the one that provides details for 3% increase for state employees paychecks. So I move the amendment pass.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator .
Emmett Hanger
Mr. President?
[Unknown]
Yes. Senator from.
[Unknown]
Would the Senator yield?
[Unknown]
Pleased to yield.
[Unknown]
He yields, Senator .
[Unknown]
And this is a friendly question. I ask it's a 3% pay raise except for faculty gets 2%. Why do faculty only get 2%?
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I would say as we examined this with limited resources we wanted to restore ourselves of the position we're in last spring when adopting this. That was the action we took at that time. Many colleges and universities were able to go ahead with increases. Some didn't. We felt it was a collective judgment of the committee to.
[Unknown]
As we're focusing on state pay for employees. It was an affordable number.
[Unknown]
Thank you.
[Unknown]
Question is shall item 475, number five, be agreed to? Those in favor say aye. Opposed no. On Page 134. Item 47 #.30 number one. Senator from Augusta .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I call attention to this amendment to members of the Senate as we position ourselves to defend our budget, hope any as we pass it here and deal with the body down the Hall. We were aggressive within our subcommittees to we can address our priorities. We had staff looking 04:19:06.639 --> 04:19:22.186 >> Thank you, Mr. President.#.3. Senator from au I call attention to this amendment to members of the Senate as we position ourselves to defend our budget, hope any as we pass it here and deal with the body down the Hall. We were aggressive within our subcommittees to we can address our priorities. We had staff looking on areas where we can produce additional resources without a new economic analysis. We didn't intend to rebench mark and one of the bills, the amnesty bill which the city is carrying, we had one of our staff members working on that, a spread sheet for three weeks making assumptions and looking at assumptions the administration made and determined with a pretty significant comfort level that that bill would yield an additional $30 million. So we came up with a concept which I sthi an excellent one, that we'd put aside a reserve account with no strings attached. At this point we're not getting first call on it. We May have to give up some over there. Maybe not. Idea is that it's a buffer for separate and apart from a rainy us. Day fund. This will allow us to be a comfort zone so we can continue to be able to fund what our priorities were. That is delivering on state employee salary increases, 2% for colleges and universities and significant rebench marking of effort for state police and efforts to improve our mental health delivery system. This money is set aside if we need it. Hopefully, we don't need it. It's a good way to set aside money for the future.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Senator from James city county.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I thank the Senator from August kwa made an articulate presentation and it is a responsible approach. But there is another component of it. Virginia has been vigilant in maintaining it's triple a bond rating which represents a significant saving of taxpayer dollars if we can retain that rating. Every year, three rating agencies do an examination of the process. One concern is the repeated reliance on the rainy day fund. Yes, we continue to have access with the rainy day fund and also, this does give us something of a cushion. Depending upon the economy in the next year.
[Unknown]
The question, shall item 478.30 number one be agreed to? Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. The item is agreed to. That is all of the amendments that we're taken out of the there are three. Block. Senator from James city county.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. If we can return to item 442, number 8s on 117. Our respectfully ask that that be passed by for the day, sir.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. Without objection, item 442 will be passed bye for the day. We have three floor amendments. Junior Senator from Loudoun County, Senator Wexton .
Jennifer Wexton
Thank you, Mr. President, it's been a long afternoon. And rather than require this body to endure what we who spent time in these courts call a slow plea, I would withdraw that at this time.
Bill Howell
Without objection, that amendment will be withdrawn.
Jennifer Wexton
Senator from Spotsylvania. Senator Reeves .
Bryce Reeves
I have two floor amendment that's go in tandem. Do you want to take them separately or combine them.
[Unknown]
Your call, Senator .
Bryce Reeves
Two floor amendments, one.
[Unknown]
It I move that the reading of the amendments be waived.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the reading of the floor amendments be waived? Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no ayes have it. Reading is waived.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move that the amendments be agreed to and speaking to that.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Ladies and gentlemen, this was in the governor's proposed budget and I just wish to speak a little bit about our restaurants and what they're faced with now with the increase of the fee going from $40 to $285. Just a little bit of information. There is 17,000 restaurants in the commonwealth. 10,000 more in food service in schools and hospitals and hotels and our restaurant industry brings in $16.3 billion in sales in 2016. What I find odd about this, is that if you calculate what $40 fee was, it's about $680,000 to the commonwealth. When you tack on this $285 fee, you're looking at a revenue from commonwealth of $4,845,000. That is a difference of $4,165,000. To makeup the difference in short fall. Mr. President. I just don't think that is reasonable or fair. To have a seven fold increase on an industry that provides so much to the commonwealth. I make the motion to pass these amendments.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Senator from meclanberg, Senator Ruff .
Frank Ruff
Thank you, Mr. President. I would recommend that we do not pass this. And I would say that none of us were enamored with the idea of the governor's proposal, however, we tried to address the amendments as best we could with the cost of it is $5 million. It's needed to take that money to deal with the gray issues and all of that. As we go through the process, with the House, I hope we can come up with a graduated program. That won't need 1 or 2 categories but several different categories because this includes supermarkets which go I May run from $11 million to $33 million a sfoer so there ought to be some differences.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Senator from Roanoke County, Senator seutterlein.
[Unknown]
I want to associate myself with the remarks of the Senator from Spotsylvania. This is not just restaurants. This is very small mom and pop shops. Same one that's get hit by meal taxes. And I hope that if we're not able to prevail on this amendment today, I wish our conferrees all the best in the event the House comes out with a different budget, I hope they'll prevail upon them to address this significantly, thank you.
[Unknown]
Senator from Augusta, Senator Hanger .
Emmett Hanger
Thank you, Mr. President. Speaking to the amendment. Floor amendment.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
Emmett Hanger
Thank you. I have some level of support but here is where we are with this. As he indicated, the amount of money that would be raised by this is also the amount of general fund dollars that we'll leave on the table here in we do not, if we accept this floor amendment. So very to speak in opposition to it. Merit there is that the history is that weaved had a $40 fee sometime now. If we look, there is another significant issue. That is public safety in our food supply. That is a critical public public city issue. We require an inspection in the costs of these inspections is $16 million to $17 million a year. So in this area, while we don't like tax increases we're also supportive of if you call a cost to be extended, a yuer fee is appropriate this, is a very appropriate user fee. Again, we're spending $16 million to $17 million per year. The current fee raises less than $1 million per year. So some adjustments should be made in terms of a user fee adjustment here, I hope we defeat the floor amendments but suggestions have been talked about as far as graduated scale May be appropriate. If we implement $285 that would take care of 25% to 30% of the cost through the rest of the commonwealth. I hope we reject the floor amendment.
[Unknown]
The question shall the floor amendments be agreed to? Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. The nos have it. The floor amendments are rejected. The Senator from -- James city county. Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Madam clerk does that complete Senate amendments and floor amendments we need to address on Senate bill 900?
[Unknown]
Yes, sir.
Tommy Norment
I resfekt fully move the rules of the Senate be suspended and that the constitutional reading of the title be waived and that we place Senate bill 950 on final passage.
[Unknown]
The question shall rulings be suspend and third constitutional reading be dispensed with? Are the senators ready to vote? Have all senators voted? Do any senators desire to change votes?
[Unknown]
Aye, 40, no. Scory. The Senator from James city county. Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Mr. President, I respectfully move Senate bill 900 pass and I would say, Mr. President, that I think we've had an earnest and spirited dialogue, but considering limitation of resources that we have met priorities of the Senate as a whole. I ask everyone to please support the budget.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Franklin County .
Tommy Norment
Mr. President, I intend to vote in favor of the bill but must state that I am abstaining purse unite to rule 36 on item 249 number one due to funding implications for new college institute.
Bill Howell
The journal will so reflect.
[Unknown]
Senator stewart.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President, I, too, look forward to supporting the budget but purse unite to rule 236 I ask the journal reflect I 'm obtaining on item c-25 number one.
[Unknown]
Thank you. Senator. Senator from Hanover, Senator McDougle .
Ryan McDougle
Thank you, Mr. President, I 'm on staining on item 3-1.01 number 10 s.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Portsmouth, Senator Lucas .
Louise Lucas
Thank you, Mr. President. I'm abstaining item 306 and as a whel.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is, shall Senate bill 900 pass? All in favor will record their votes aye. Opposed, no. Are the senators ready to vote? All senators voted? Do any senators desire to change votes? The clerk will close the roll.
Louise Lucas
Aye, 40, no, 0. The bill is agreed to. The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Mr. President, I would like to thank the entire body on their support. I think it does represent a collaborative effort and sometimes, as you know, in the practice of law, unlike medicine, when everyone is not happy, generally you've done something pretty good. I appreciate if the members would join me in extending our heart felt appreciation for the Senate finance staff that worked incredibly hard and works hard to make mediocre senators like myself look pretty good. If you would please join me on that. [ applause ].
[Unknown]
Senator from gyms city county.
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President. Does that mercy you willy conclude today's calendar?
[Unknown]
Yes, sir.
[Unknown]
Is there any other business for the Senate ? Senator McDougle ?
[Unknown]
Mr. President, rise for a purpose of a couple
[Unknown]
Clerk is going to repeat announcements. Them. Mr. President, good news is that we're after crossover, and we've now finished first leg of the budget. Bad news is that we have a lot of House bills. So with that, Mr. President, on your calendar, you'll see the committee for rehab and social services is set for 8:30 tomorrow morning, and that committee is actually going to meet at 8:00 tomorrow morning. So you hues 30 minutes and committee on rules going to meet at 9:00. So we're trying to work through as many of thes House bills as we can at this juncture because next week will move to be extremely busy in the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you.
[Unknown]
Senator from Roanoke County .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Having voted on the prevailing side in which we've passed Senate bill 1476, I ask that vote be reconsidered.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the vote by which House bill 1476 passed be reconsidered? All in favor will record their votes aye. Opposed, no. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all senators voted? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 39, no, 0. The motion is agreed to. Senator from James city county. Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Mr. President, I respectfully move the bill pass.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator .
Tommy Norment
Question is shall House bill 1476 pass? Those in favor say aye. Are the senators ready to vote? Do any senators desire to change votes? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye, 40, no, 0. The bill passes. Is this any other business to come before the Senate ? The clerk will record announcements on the desk.
[Unknown]
Today, Thursday, February 9th. The committee on agriculture, conservation and natural resources will not meet. Agriculture will not meet. Education and health subcommittee on public ed being will not meet today. It has been rescheduled for Monday, February 13th, 9:00 a.M. Thchl is a change. Monday, February 13th, 9:00 a.M., third noor east conference room. And Virginia legislative Black caucus meets at 5:00 p.M. In sixth floor Senate leadership conference room. Tomorrow, Friday, February 10th. Committee on rehabilitation and social services meeting at 8:00 a.M., in Senate room d. Committee on rules, meeting at 9:00 a.M. In Senate room a. Republican caucus meets one half hour before session in room two. Democratic caucus will meet one half hour before session in Senate room one.
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk. The Senator from Bedford .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move the Senate do now adjourn until 10:30 tomorrow.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the Senate stand adjourned until 10:30 a.M. Tomorrow morning? Those in favor say aye. Opposed, no. The Senate stands adjourned until 10:30 a.M. Tomorrow. Until 10:30 a.M. Tomorrow.