02/16/2017 Senate Proceedings

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SJ369—00:10:31
HB1922—00:00:56
HB2253—00:00:14
HB2291—00:02:48
HB1394—00:02:56
HB1453—00:01:14
HB1471—00:01:00
HB1554—00:00:36
HB1596—00:09:29
HB1656—00:00:29
HB1825—00:00:48
HB1853—00:01:01
HB2025—00:01:12
HB2077—00:09:53
HB2108—00:00:37
HB2105—00:00:40
HB2108—00:00:32
HB2109—00:00:40
HB2108—00:00:48
HB2109—00:00:40
HB2108—00:00:34
HB2105—00:00:40
HB2108—00:00:22
HB2267—00:02:07
HB2303—00:00:46
HJ875—00:00:24
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—02:48
Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)—00:00
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:03
Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke)—00:03
Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)—00:02
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:02
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)—00:00
Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)—00:00
Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico)—00:00
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)—00:03
Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)—00:00
Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-Dale City)—00:02
Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)—00:00
Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)—00:00
Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)—00:43
Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)—00:00
Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)—00:00
Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)—00:00
Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)—00:02
Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)—00:00
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)—00:00
Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville)—00:00
Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-Dale City)—01:17
Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)—01:05
Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)—00:00
Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)—00:38
Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield)—00:02
Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)—02:19
Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)—00:58
Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-Dale City)—00:00
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)—00:02
Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield)—00:00
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)—00:00
Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield)—00:00
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)—00:00
Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield)—00:02
Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)—00:00
Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)—00:00
Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)—00:00
Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)—00:02
Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)—02:40
Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-Dale City)—00:00
Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)—00:00
Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)—00:00
Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico)—00:00
Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)—00:03
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—02:27
Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)—00:00
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—04:07
Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)—00:00
Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)—00:03
Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)—04:36
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Minutes

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

Prayer offered by The Reverend Nathan Smith, Heritage Baptist
Church, Lynchburg, Virginia

ROLL CALL OF MEMBERS: quorum present

Motion of Senator Newman dispensed with reading of Journal (36?Y
4?N)

COMMUNICATION FROM HOUSE (HN20215): reading waived (36?Y 4?N)

The House of Delegates has passed with amendments the following
Senate bills: SB 1160, 1202, 1296, 1322

The House of Delegates has passed with substitutes the following
Senate bills: SB 1300, 1312, 1415, 1561

The House of Delegates has passed with a substitute with amendments
the following Senate bill: SB 1154

The House of Delegates has insisted on its amendments and has
requested a committee of conference on the following Senate bill: SB 856

The House of Delegates has insisted on its substitutes and has
requested committees of conference on the following Senate bills: SB 899, 907

The House of Delegates has rejected the amendment proposed by the
Senate to the following House bill: HB 1747

The House of Delegates has rejected the substitutes proposed by the
Senate to the following House bills: HB 1536, 1675, 1852, 2282

The House of Delegates has agreed to the following House joint
resolution: HJ 952

The House of Delegates has passed the following Senate bills: SB
829, 912, 949, 960, 961, 1032, 1086, 1116, 1205, 1248, 1320, 1447, 1479, 1523,
1534, 1555

The House of Delegates has agreed to the amendments proposed by the
Senate to the following House bills: HB 1468, 1474, 1484, 1512, 1548, 1610,
1625, 1761, 1763, 1798, 1799, 1888, 1911, 2019, 2040, 2072, 2167, 2241, 2290,
2355, 2457

The House of Delegates has agreed to the substitutes proposed by
the Senate to the following House bills: HB 1746, 1748, 1791, 2163, 2257, 2276

Senate bills with House amendments, substitutes and substitute with
amendments placed on Calendar

House joint resolution laid on Clerks Desk: see February 17 Senate
Calendar

BILLS REPORTED

From Courts of Justice: HB 1524A, 1546A, 1579S, 1586A, 1590S, 1609,
1654, 1689A, 1691, 1692A, 1737, 1811, 1816, 1845 rereferred to Finance, 1941S,
1996A, 2066, 2289S, 2327S, 2350A, 2429

From Education and Health:

From Transportation: HB 1519, 1606A, 1687A, 1836, 1929A, 1960A,
1993, 2015, 2016A, 2022, 2023, 2026S, 2136, 2137, 2138, 2139A, 2149, 2239,
2269A, 2336, 2362, 2367, 2423, 2453, 2463, 2474

BILL REREFERRED

From Transportation: HB 1595 rereferred to Rules

Rules suspended, privileges of the floor given to distinguished
guest (39?Y 0?N)

Rules suspended, privileges of the floor given to distinguished
guests (39?Y 0?N)

On motion of Senator Norment, the Senate recessed at 1:05 p.m. to
reconvene at 1:30 p.m.

The Senate reconvened at 1:30 p.m.

CALENDAR

UNFINISHED BUSINESS - HOUSE

HB1874 - Conferees appointed: Senators Norment, Peake and Petersen

UNFINISHED BUSINESS - SENATE

SB1251 - Passed by for day

SB 872 - House amendment agreed to by Senate (21-Y 19-N),
Reconsideration of House amendment agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N), House
amendment agreed to by Senate (21-Y 19-N)

SB 919 - House amendments agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)

SB 950 - House amendment agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)

SB1104 - House amendments agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)

SB1173 - House amendment agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)

SB1230 - House amendments agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)

SB1254 - House substitute with amendment agreed to by Senate (40-Y
0-N)

SB1299 - House substitute agreed to by Senate (26-Y 14-N),
Reconsideration of House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N), House
substitute agreed to by Senate (26-Y 14-N)

SB1403 - House substitute agreed to by Senate (39-Y 1-N)

SB1455 - House amendments agreed to by Senate (21-Y 19-N)

SB1487 - House amendments agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)

SB1533 - House substitute agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)

SB1553 - House amendments rejected by Senate (2-Y 37-N)

SJ 284 - House substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 40-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. Those persons not entitled to the privileges of the floor will kindly retire to the gallery. The senators and all in attendance will please stand and be led in prayer by the Reverend nathan Smith, heritage baptist church, Lynchburg. Reverend Smith, welcome.
[Unknown]
Let's pray. Gracious and heavenly and just father, on a beautiful day such as this, we're reminded that truly the heavens do declare your glory and the skies proclaim your handiwork. The heavens are your thrown. Earth your footstool. Your maggesty is unsearchable and there is no one beside you. There is no one holy like you. We look at the heavens and we consider their majesty. What is man that you consider him, that you think of him? Indeed all men bear the fingerprints of your creative genius and are valuable in your sight regardless of skin scholar, ethnicity or heritage. We hold fast in the belief that all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable lives. Father, I pray this morning that you would give these men and women who have been endowed with awesome responsibility the wisdom, grace and insight to govern our great commonwealth. Give them mercy and strength and unity of heart and mind to be led according to what you would have them do. I pray for our nation, oh, God. Question ask that you bring about a sweeping grace that brings a healing to the brokenness, the racial divides that have ravaged us and the hatred and division that has inflamed so many sections of our country. But we know you are good, oh, God. Our hope is in you. We cry out to you to open reservoirs of grace and pour them out on your land. And would you bless this day and this session, would you bring much fruit and profit so that this state might be well. By your great mercy, I beseech you, oh, God. 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 15th, 2017.
Bill Howell
The Senator from Bedford, Senator Newman moves that the reading of the journal 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.
Steve Newman
Ayes 36, nos 4.
[Unknown]
Ayes 36, nos 4. The reading of the journal is waived. The clerk will please report any communications from the House of delegates.
Steve Newman
The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President. I respect police 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 4.
[Unknown]
Ayes 36, nos 4. The reading of the communications is waived. The clerk will please report any communications from the governor.
[Unknown]
We do not have any, sir.
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk.
[Unknown]
I move that we waive the communication from the governor.
[Unknown]
We just need a motion for privileges of the floor, Senator .
[Unknown]
Okay.
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for purposes of two motions, sir.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
Tommy Norment
First I would move that the rules of Senate be suspended and that the privileges of the floor be extended to a former distinguished congressman.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the rules be suspended and the privileges of the floor granted to a distinguished person? 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 39, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 39, nos 0. The rules are suspended. The privileges of the floor are granted. The Senator from James city county.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, while it perhaps is a little out of sequence, I would appreciate it if you would extend a very warm welcome to former congressman James Moran who had a long and distinguished career as one of the senior members of Virginia 's congressional delegation and literally gave us decades of service in congress and we are indeed very privileged to have him join with us today, sir.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Congressman, thanks for being with us this afternoon, and thanks for your service to this country and to the commonwealth of Virginia, and I know you're here today on some business as the chairman of the fort man royal authority, and we certainly appreciate all of your efforts in that regard. I ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering congressman jim Moran the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise again and respectfully request the rules of the Senate be suspended and that the privileged of the floor be extended to certain persons.
Bill Howell
Thank you. The question is shall the rules of the floor be suspended and the privileges of floor granted to certain 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? Change? The clerk will close the roll.
Tommy Norment
Ayes 39, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 39, nos 0. The rules are suspended. The privileges of the floor are granted to our distinguished persons. The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you very much, Mr. President. This is one of those moments that periodically share on the floor on the Senate. I am confident that each and every member of the Senate over the last year has followed with very emotions and reactions to how our public safety and law enforcement officials have gone through a very challenging year on many levels in many jurisdictions across this country. Unfortunately, there are those in their line of duty that are providing for our safety and our security that make the ultimate sacrifice in their line of duty, and this morning, we are, in fact, recognizing one of those individuals. Today, we are recognizing trooper door meyer. Chad had a very interesting history before he joined the Virginia state police. He, in fact, had served in the united states marines as a machine gunner for four years, was a member of the marine corps platoon 2074, and following his tenure with the marine corps, he entered into the public service career. He relocated to the commonwealth of Virginia and joined the Newport News police department, and as I have previously said, I had the opportunity to know and to have cases with trooper durmeyer while he was in that particular area, and I can say that he always prevailed and I always finished in a close second with the cases that he handled, but I know from not reading things but from personal experience he was an extraordinary young trooper. He upheld the highest ideals of a public safety officer in the commonwealth of Virginia. After he left Newport News, he went on to graduate in the Virginia state police academy of a member of the 122nd basic session in November of 2014. Upon graduation, he was assigned to area 46, which is the Chesapeake division, which he came back to the Newport News and Hampton area where once again I had the opportunity to be engaged with him professionally. In 2016, trooper durmeyer was selected for the counter-terrorism and criminal interdiction unit for area 61 team. I am confident that awful you know -- confident that all of you know from media accounts that on March 31st, 2016, it was a very dark day in the history of the Virginia state police, but more so, it was a tragic and unforgettable day for the dur meyer family. The specializing training was taken place at the bus station with his fellow officers. As part of that training, he approached a suspicious person in the bus station. When trooper durmyer began to peek with him, and he pulled a gun and shot him multiple times. He was evacuated to the medical center where it was pronounced that he had passed. He was a consummate professional. He loved his job. He loved the fact that he was defending and taking care of the citizens of Virginia, and probably the only thing that he loved more than his job was, in fact, his family. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, son and brother who left us far too soon. He will forever be missed by his wife michelle, who is with me today. Her children, paige and phillip, are also with us along with michelle's best friend, laura polk. We also have first sergeant cliff ken cade, sergeant Mason Edwards, sergeant Lee s scvment olar and former state police superintendent well known to all of us. Wayne huggins. In the gallery, we have a number of trooper durmeyer's colleagues. Trooper logan saunders, trooper jamel Johnson, trooper brian trickle, lieutenant colonel subtle, major tim lyon, and the photographer on the floor, dorothy bernstein. After session, as a result of the assistance and support from the transportation committees, Senate bill 855 has been passed and a state route 143 bridge in the city of Newport News at exit 255 on interstate 64 will be officially dedicated as trooper chad phillip durmyeyer memorial bridge. With those comments, I respectfully ask the clerk of the Senate if she would be so kind to read Senate resolution no. 369 in tribute, celebrating the life of trooper chad phillip durmeyer.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Madam clerk.
Tommy Norment
Senate joint resolution no. 369, celebrating the life of trooper chad phillip dur meyer, a dedicated and highly respected law enforcement officer with the Virginia state police was killed in the line of duty on March 31st, 2016, and whereas a native of jackson, michigan, trooper durmeyer proudly served the nation as a decorated member of the united states marine marine corps for four years and then began his law enforcement career with the jackson police department, and whereas trooper durmeyer relocated to the commonwealth and joined the Newport News police department, then graduated from the Virginia state police academy as a member of the 126th basic session on November 21st, 2014. Upon graduating, he was assigned to area 46 in the Chesapeake division to patrol the cities of Hampton and Newport News, and whereas in 2016, trooper durmeyer was selected for the counter-terrorism and criminal interdiction unit area 61 team and whereas while taking part in a training exercise at the Richmond bus terminal with his fellow cci officers, trooper durmeyer approached a suspicious male subject who subsequently shot and killed trooper durmeyer, and whereas trooper durmeyer was a great man of integrity, protecting the residents and visitors to the commonwealth of Virginia in his capacity of one of Virginia 's finest and whereas a resident of Gloucester County, trooper dur meyer was known by many for his valiant selfless actions actiond determination to make a difference in the lives of others both on and off duty. He will be finely remembered and forever missed by his wife michelle, his children, paige and phillip, his mother ann barnett and her husband Scott, his father john and his wife chris and by his siblings, grandparents, numerous other family members, friends, and fellow public safety officers nationwide, now therefore be it resolved by the Senate, the House of delegates concurring that the general assembly hereby note with great sadness the loss of trooper chad phillip durmeyer, a revered public safety professional and be it resolved further that the clerk of the Senate prepare a cop he oo of this -- copy of this resolution for presentation to the family as an expression of the general assembly's respect for his memory and years of service to the commonwealth.
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk. The Senator from James city county.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I was remiss that I also had invited Delegate keith Hodges who represents the Gloucester area where the durmeyers were residents at the time of his death. Thank you.
[Unknown]
Thank you. While the durmeyer's family and guests are escorted to the clerk's desk, I would ask the Senate to please join me in offering them the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause). >> Ms. Durmeyer and paige and phillip, thank you for being with us this afternoon. On behalf of the Senate, we are all tremendously respectful of our law enforcement agencies, our state police, what they do for this commonwealth to keep our streets and our communities safe, and we appreciate that, and we thank your husband chad for his service not only to Virginia but to our country, and we are sorry for your loss. I just want you to know that your fine memories of chad will help you through these difficult times and to paige and phillip, thank you for sharing some time with us and I know you must have been very proud of your father and the thing that would make him proudest of you all is to continue do well well in school and then to be able to help others, just like he helped the commonwealth of Virginia. So thank you all so much for sharing some time with us. Again, I would ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering the durmeyer family the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
Senate will please stand at ease.
[Unknown]
The Senate will come to order. The Senator from Lynchburg, Senator Newman .
Steve Newman
Mr. President, I 'd like to stand for an introduction.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
Steve Newman
Mr. President, on behalf of the Senator from Lynchburg and I, I 'd like to introduce to you our pastor today who gave our prayer, the Reverend nathan Smith. Reverend Smith is from heritage baptist church in Lynchburg, and he's accompanied today in the gallery by his wife jessica. Also he has three children, camden who is 8, lydia who is 5, and also jason who is 4, and I would hope that you, Mr. President, would give them the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
I will. Thank you, Senator. Would Reverend Smith and his wife, jessica, and your children cayden, lydia, jason, please
[Unknown]
What a beautiful family you rise. Have. Thank you all so much for being here. Thanks for making the trip from Lynchburg and getting us off to a good start during today's session. We hope you have a wonderful stay here and safe travels back to Lynchburg. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering Reverend Smith and his family the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
The Senator from Williamsburg, Senator Mason .
Monty Mason
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for two introductions.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Monty Mason
Thank you. We're joined today by a group from christopher newport university and their social work program. Their professor, Dr. Diane Griffith has brought them to Richmond, and they were very interested in the Senator 's school expulsion bill and had some ideas for conference. A bright young group, Mr. President. I hope you'll give them the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you. Would members from christopher newport university please rise. Thank you all for making the trip from Richmond today from Newport News, and thanks for all the great work you're doing in the area of social work. What a great university you have. President tribble has really done a university job there, and you have much to be proud of. Thank you for being here today, and we wish you the best in your educational endeavors. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members from christopher newport university the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
The Senator from Williamsburg .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, members of the Senate, I 'm always remiss at including the Senator from Hampton and the Senator from James city county in joining me. I'm certain that they have a part of newport and one of my next guests. One of my enjoyable days of the year is when the winners of the district wide art contest joins us. We have several families. I believe they are enjoying a tour of the capital. We still have one family, Madison and her family who are professors, and so Mr. President, if you would give the winners of our art contest, these bright young students, the welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
I will, Senator. Would Madison and your family please rise? Madison, thanks for being here and congratulations, and to your parents, thanks for all the great worm you do -- work you do at vims. We appreciate the great work. Congratulations. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering Madison and her family the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Richmond, Senator Sturtevant .
Glen Sturtevant
Mr. President, I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Glen Sturtevant
Mr. President, on behalf of Senator Dance, Senator Dunnavant and Senator McClellan, I want to extend a warm welcome of the Senate to representatives of family lifeline who are visiting us today in the Senate gallery. On January 31st, Mr. President, we passed a resolution commending family lifeline for their service to the commonwealth and to the Richmond area. Family lifeline is celebrating their 140th year as a nonprofit in Richmond, working to enhance the quality of life of local residents by providing food, shelter, clothing, hope and support. Family lifeline was established as city mission in 1877 to aid in rebuilding from the devastation of the civil war, and they continue to this day providing intensive in-home early childhood support to hundreds of families in Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Henrico, Richmond and Petersburg. Mr. President, I hope we would offer the members of family lifeline the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would members from family lifeline please rise. Thank you all for joining us this afternoon and thanks for all the work that you do, especially with the home visits and helping these families get off to a great start. So we really appreciate that, and it's so important in Virginia. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members from family lifeline the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
The Senator from Hanover, Senator McDougle .
Ryan McDougle
Thank you, Mr. President. Rise for the purposes of an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Ryan McDougle
Mr. President, in the gallery today, we have Dr. Lewis manneran and his wife joanne. You might recognize them from the book that's been placed on your desk. The office of the Senate of Virginia from 1776 to 2016. Mr. President, Dr. Manneran has written that book and they have published the book. It was such a great read that the national Senate for state legislators gave it the lie -- brie -- librarians' award in 2016. We wanted to make sure everybody had a copy of the book, but if you would like to have it autographed, he will be here today on the third floor autographing books from 2 to 4. Mr. President, if you would like to have additional copies for your libraries at home and in your other office, you can purchase them there as well. With that, Mr. President, we would ask that you have the Senate give Dr. Manneran and his right hand editor, copy editor, joanne, the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would doctor and Mrs. Lewis manneran please rise. Thank you for being with us today and the effort on this book and your generosity. We thank you for sharing it with us. We look forward to reading it. Hopefully we can get our books autographed by you as well. Thank you for being with us today. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering them the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause). The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for purposes of an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Tommy Norment
Mr. President, earlier this morning in recognition and tribute to officer durmeyer, I made some comments about public service and how many are called upon to defend this nation and its citizens in times of challenges. In the gallery this morning, we have a number of cadets from the Virginia military institute who many of whom are -- while embarking on an academic career are also beginning their journey in the armed forces of the united states to defend not just the citizens of the commonwealth of Virginia but also the citizens of the united states of america, and Mr. President, you and I both know having spent some quality years in Lexington, at Virginia military institute, that over the jackson arch there remains the infamous motto that you May be whatever you resolved to be, and these outstanding young women and young men are pursuing that which they resolve to be, a credit not just to vmi but to their family and to the commonwealth of Virginia, and I would appreciate it if you would extend a very warm welcome to the cadets from the Virginia military institute.
[Unknown]
I will. Thank you, Senator. Would the men and women from Virginia military institute please rise.
[Unknown]
Thank you for visiting with us today. It was great to be able to spend a little time with you all earlier in the day, and it's so important to get around and tell the vmi story to our senators and delegates. It's a very important part of Virginia 's process of education, working toward economic development and also a tremendous amount of history in Virginia, and I would like to thank you all personally. I don't know if general p is with you presently. But I have heard so many comments on the performance that you all gave in the inauguration that just made Virginia proud. Your lines were straight, and everybody was looking good, and we are very proud of vmi in the commonwealth, and we appreciate you making us proud, and we certainly wish you the best in your academic endeavors and for those of you that are going on to serve, we wish you the best and safeness as well. So I would ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering the men and women from the Virginia military institute the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
The Senator from Hampton ,
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Senator Locke. I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. In the gallery today, we have three interns and legislative aid from my office, and they wrote this part. And they have worked with curiosity and eagerness this session in my office. First, we have Ms. Alexis briggs, a senior psychology and african american studies major from Virginia commonwealth university. She is active on campus as the vice president of the Black psychology student association, and she's a member of delta sigma theta sorority she's excited to spend her last incorporated. Semester here as a volunteer intern in my office. Secondly, we have Mr. Myles gordon, a political science graduate from Hampton university and on the football team. He was also on the losing basketball team for the Senate. He has been a member of the lock team for two sessions now, and he was a recipient of the govern fellowship. Next we have Ms. Very valerie. She hopes to pursue a career in public service in the future. And finally we have Mr. Benjamin Lambert, a sophomore pure suing his -- pursuing his bachelor's degree. He served as a student representative on the school board during his time in high school. He was inspired to embark on the calling of public service by his long-time mentor, the late Senator john Miller. Please join me in giving a warm welcome to these wonderful people who serve my office this session.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would alexis, myles, valerie and ben please rise. We've got two of you, right? So thank you. (applause).
[Unknown]
Thank you very much for being part of Senator Locke 's team. As I 've told folks before, we couldn't drop this by ourselves, and we appreciate your help, and we appreciate you spending some time with us this afternoon in the gallery. So we wish you all the best. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering Senator Locke 's team the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
The Senator from Henrico, Senator Dunnavant .
Siobhan Dunnavant
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for the purpose of an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Siobhan Dunnavant
I'd like to introduce two of my constituents today, one of my youngest, and we have hadley and her father kendall that are here. Hadley and her father visited the capitol last summer and took a tour and came to the gallery and found that we were not here. She was gravely disappointed and asked her father to bring her back when we were in session so she could see us at work, so we all better do well today. So I hope you will welcome them to the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would kendall and hadley manyon please rise. Good afternoon. So wonderful to have you here. What a beautiful young lady you are, and we're so glad you could come visit us today. We hope have you an enjoyable stay here in Richmond. Thank you for coming to say hi to Senator Dunnavant today. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering kendall and hadley the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
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
Mr. President, I would like to have you turn your attention in the gallery to a number of people who are here. They are the six class of valley protein's fellows along with the third class of potomac health foundation fellows. These are prestigious scholarship programs for high achieving second year students at Virginia 's community colleges. Members come from all across the commonwealth of Virginia. They participate in a unique curriculum designed to hone their leadership skills, strengthen community involvement and develop strong foundation for future successes. We had a wonderful meeting this morning, and they are a very impressive group. With gratitude to valley proteins, which is a wonderful business in my district, family owned company based in Winchester, for their commitment and general generosity to theses and to Virginia 's colleges for sponsoring this program. In the gallery today we have christian balely, cody Phillips, katie bogs, giovanni, angela graves, todd hill, graceen, megen purdue, matthew wilson, iya, brent mcdonald, and then also from Virginia 's community colleges, we have ann mccaffrey, who is here with her son thomas mccaffrey who is sixth grader. He is 11, and then also kristen Johnson is here from our community colleges. With that long list, I would ask that you and the members of the Senate please extend to them the very warm welcomes of the Senate .
[Unknown]
I will. Thank you. Would members of the valley protein fellows and the potomac high school fellows please rise. Thank you all so much. Two great groups. Thank you so much for being with us today, and as the good Senator from talk ear said, congratulations on all of your accomplishments, and we certainly wish you the best in your academic endeavors. We hope you have a wonderful stay this afternoon in Mr. Jefferson's capitol, and thanks very much for visiting us. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members from the valley protein fellows and the pa potoc high school fellows the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
The Senator from Alexandria, Senator Ebbin. The senior Senator from Loudoun, Senator Black .
Adam Ebbin
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Adam Ebbin
Today we are joined by a long-time friend of the Senate, Mr. Jack Vogel, who is the son, one of the children of my seat mate, the gentle lady from Fauquier County. Jack Vogel is at hill school. He's 11 years old. He's in the fifth grade, and I am told that he is a great skier and outdoorsman and has a tremendous sense of humor. And he has been greatly looking forward to this day with the Senate. So I would ask that we extend to him the warm invitation of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would master jack Vogel please rise. Jack, you're growing up into a young man and you're so hand some. We appreciate you being with us today and keeping an eye on your mother. I hope things are going well for you in the fifth grade. Just so you know, we have this Page program, and just in a couple years, we want you applying and want to see you here on the floor of the Senate, and we'll get you into action. Thanks for being here, and keep up your great work in school, and we wish you the best. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering master jack Vogel the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause). The Senator from western Fairfax County, Senator morrison.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for the purpose of an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
You it, Mr. President. Today I am pleased to introduce representatives of the Virginia cofl gores superintendents association, mark coat, Scott, pete, and steven are with us today. I think they chose me to introduce them because the recovery and resale of my golf balls is a major source of revenue for this $2.5 billion industry that employs over 30,000 virginians. The association members are environmental stewards who work with state agencies and who follow best management practices and conserve water they also monitor water quality, and seek to protect pollinators. I think that means bees. So Mr. President, I would also like to say that the senior Senator from Virginia beach belongs to a golf club, I think bayville, that I was introduced to as the poster child for responsible nutrient management here in the commonwealth, and they took me for a tour. It was fantastic. These folks are doing a great job. Mr. President, I 'd ask that you give them the warm welcome of the Senate .
[Unknown]
Thank you, senators. Would members from the Virginia golf course superintendents please rise. Thank you all for joining us today, and thanks for what you provide across the commonwealth with just some great golf courses. It's great for people's quality of life. It's also great for tourism, as you know, in the commonwealth, which is a large part of our economy. So we appreciate all that you do across the commonwealth, and thanks so much for being with us today. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members from the Virginia golf course superintendents the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause). >> The Senator from Mecklenburg, Senator Ruff .
Frank Ruff
Thank you, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Frank Ruff
Today in the gallery, we have recipients from the century forest program. In 2016, we passed legislation that created the nation's first ever century forest program to earn the century forest designation. The property must be owned by the same family for at least 100 consecutive years, include at least 20 contiguous acres of managed forest, be lived on or actively managed by the decedent of original owners and have a history of timber harvest or forest management activities. Joining us in the gallery today are the first recipients theta and larry gilmore, patricia and john hale, linda and clay Jones, linda and Scott mcdonald, shackelford, and pat shale and ann, representing the shale family farm, as well as the secretary and others involved in the legislation. I ask you to give them a warm welcome.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would members from the century forest program please rise.
[Unknown]
Thank you all so much for visiting us this afternoon, and I appreciate your patience, and after we get through some introductions, we'll show you how some policy is made in the commonwealth of Virginia. Appreciate what you do for the protection of our forests as well across Virginia. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering members from the century forest program the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
The Senator from Chesterfield, Senator Chase .
Amanda Chase
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for the purposes of several introductions.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Amanda Chase
Thank you, Mr. President. In the gallery today I would like to direct your attention to two very distinguished guests in the gallery today from Chesterfield. They are both retiring constitutional officers. I'm very pleased to welcome the honorable richard cordial and the honorable joe cordial to the gallery today. I and the rest of the Chesterfield, Senator Dunnavant -- I mean Sturtevant, Senator Dance, and I 've had the pleasure of getting to know these gentlemen during their long service to our community, and I just can't highlight enough their integrity, their character. You know, I 've never seen so many people go into an office so upset and unhappy and come out with a big smile on their face because they just do such a wonderful job, and their commitment to excellence is just inspiring. They are true public servants who are very respected. The honorable richard cordial has served as Chesterfield treasurer for 28 years, strengthening Chesterfield County 's financial standing, but he was known for connecting with Chesterfield residents on a personal level. He cultivated trust among members of the public through his efficient and innovative management. We are grateful for his service, his dedicated service to Chesterfield, Chesterfield, and we wish him well in his retirement. Joe has served as commissioner of revenue since 2003, and he has served Chesterfield for the past 36 years. His record is one of consistency and fairness, and it's no surprise, Mr. President, that he was recognized by the university of Virginia center for public service for his outstanding professional achievements as a constitutional officer of Chesterfield County. We're grateful for his dedicated service to Chesterfield, and we wish him well, as well, in his retirement.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Would the honorable richard cordial and joe horbal please rise and your guests as well. Thank you for being with us today. Thank you all so much for your service. There are good days and days that aren't so good in serving the public, but it's such an important job that both of you have and it sounds like you did it just very well. So we appreciate your service. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering richard cordal and joe horbal the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
The senators from Portsmouth, Senator Lucas .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise for the purposes of an introduction.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I 'm a product of the civil rights movement, first woman to be president of the Portsmouth branch naacp. But it was because I had an excellent mentor and a true drum major for justice in the person of jack gravely. On January 12th this, body passed Senate resolution 100 in memory of jack, and it was cosponsored by Senator rosalyn Dance. Today we're joined by his family and friends in the Senate gallery. Mr. President, jack was born in pocahontas, Virginia, and on February 6th, 1944. He earned a degree in history and government from fayetteville state university in fayetteville, north carolina, and received a law degree from the university of Virginia school of law. Between earning these two degrees, he fought for our country in vietnam. Jack was appointed to direct diversity at the commission led by Virginia state conference naacp twice and hosted the jack gravly show. His commentary appeared regularly, in local and national newspapers. He was a sought off speaker delivering over 600 speeches across the country. Throughout his life, he held many positions, but one of his most important was that of a sculptor. With a sculptor's precision, he examined society's imperfections and envisioned a way to make it better. Then he went to work. Scripture tells us, my dear brothers and sisters, remain strong in the faith. Don't let anything move you. Always give yourselves completely to the work of the lord. Because you belong to the lord, you know that your work is not worthless. Mr. Gravley knew this well and lived the truth of these words in his life and work, and like a sculptor, Mr. Gravley made a beautiful mark and left a lasting legacy. Now he has given us his tools so that we May continue his work. His example of faithfulness, demonstration of dignity and grace will forever inspire the lives of all of those who he touched, especially his children and family. Mr. President and members of the Senate, I ask that you would extend to the gravley, his wife and other members of his family, and I 'm sure members of the nape as -- naacp, as well the very warm welcome of the Senate on behalf of Petersburg and myself. And I thank you.
[Unknown]
Thank you. Would the family and friends of Mr. Jack gravley please rise. Thank you all so much for joining us this afternoon. Wow, what a great group you have. So many lives that have been touched of touched by Mr. Gravley. He certainly appreciate that. Thanks for letting us share his work. I'd ask the members of the Senate to please show the friends of family the warm welcome of the Senate. (applause).
[Unknown]
Is there any other business for the morning hour? Certainly there perhaps are some guests that have joined us in the gallery that I haven't recognized, but we certainly welcome you this afternoon and hope you all have a great stay in Mr. Jefferson's capitol. The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President. I respectfully ask that the Senate now stand in recess until 1:15 and the Senate republicans are invited to their normal prayer meeting room.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senate will stand in recess until 1:15.. >> The Senate will come to order. The clerk will please call the calendar.
Tommy Norment
Senate calendar for Thursday, February 16th, 2017, Page 4. Unfinished business House, House bill 1874, the House exceeded to a request for a committee of conference, and conferees on the part of the Senate as named by the chair of courts of justice, Senator Obenshain, senators Norment, peak and peterson. Unfinished business Senate, Senate bill 1251 has passed the House with a substitute.
[Unknown]
The Senator from southern Fairfax County .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, could that bill go by to the day, please.
Bill Howell
Without objection, Senate bill 1251 will go by for the day.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 872 has passed the House with amendments.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Russell County, Senator Chafin .
Ben Chafin
Chase. The Senator from Chesterfield ,
[Unknown]
I apologize. Senator Chase, false alarm there, Senator .
Ben Chafin
Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the amendments be agreed to.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the Senate concur with the House amendment? Senator, if you could just griff give us a brief explanation, that would be great.
[Unknown]
Okay. This bill has to do with -- relating to absentee voting and the amendment is basically matching the House version, which if I remember correctly also includes exemptions for folks over 65, the military, and folks with disabilities.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is, shall the Senate concur with the House amendment? Record their votes aye; those all in favor of the motion will 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 21, nos 19.
[Unknown]
Ayes 21, nos 19. The Senate concurs with the House amendment.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 919 has passed the House with amendments.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Roanoke city, Senator Edwards .
John Edwards
Mr. President, this is the blight bill we had. The House made a word change that's almost identical to what we did in the Senate. The language is a little different, but I think it's fine, and with that, I recommend that the Senate concur and -- on the House amendments.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is, shall the Senate concur with the House amendments. 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.
John Edwards
Ayes 40, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos 0. The Senate concurs with the House amendments.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 950 has passed the House with amendments.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Mecklenburg, Senator Ruff .
Frank Ruff
Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the Senate concur with the House amendment which changes an enactment date from June 30th to July 1st.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is, shall the Senate concur with the House amendment? 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.
Frank Ruff
Ayes 40, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos 0. The Senate concurs with the
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1104 has passed House amendment. The House with amendments.
[Unknown]
The Senator from eastern Fairfax County, Senator Surovell
Scott Surovell
Mr. President.
Bill Howell
The question is, shall the Senate concur with the House amendments? 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.
Scott Surovell
Ayes 40, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos 0. Senate concurs.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1173 has passed the House with amendments.
[Unknown]
Senator from Rockingham .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move that we concur with the House amendment. What the House did, this is a vested rights bill and the House made an amendment to address some of the concerns that local government had, so if you were listening to local governments, Fairfax in tech, you're going to like this amendment, and I think it's a reasonable middle the road approach that makes sense so that local government can't lose one of these vested rights cases on the basis of uncorroborated testimony about what a local official told them if that local official is no longer available.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is, shall the Senate concur with the House amendment. 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 40, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos 0. The Senate concurs with the House amendment.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1230 has passed the House with amendments.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Henrico, Senator Dunnavant .
Siobhan Dunnavant
Thank you, Mr. President. I move the Senate concur with the House amendments. Speaking to those amendments.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Siobhan Dunnavant
This is really just a little bit of technical changes to clean up about some lek -- electronic prescribing kinds of mechanisms. It doesn't change the substance of the bill at all. Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the Senate concur with the House amendments. 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 40, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Senate concurs with House amendment.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1254 has passed the House with a substitute with amendment.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Rockingham .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move we concur with the House amendment. What the House did to this outstanding bill which relates to annual audits of ballot scanners, it gives local governments a little bit more time to prepare to start these audits. It doesn't become effective until July 21 of 18 under this amendment. With that, I renew my motion to concur.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the Senate condition occur with the House amendment. All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye; those opposed, no. 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.
[Unknown]
The Senate concurs with the House amendment.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1299 has passed the House with a substitute.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Fauquier, Senator Vogel .
Jill Holtzman Vogel
Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the Senate accept the substitute and speaking to that motion.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Jill Holtzman Vogel
Thank you. The House simply conformed my bill to the bill that was introduced on the House side. Mine had omit add code session reference. So I would ask the body to please accept the substitute.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is, shall the Senate concur with the House substitute. All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye; those opposed, no. Are the senators ready to vote? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 26, nos 14.
[Unknown]
Ayes 26, nos 14. The Senate concurs with the House substitute.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1403, passed the House with the substitute.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Henrico, Senator Dunnavant .
Siobhan Dunnavant
Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the Senate concur with the House substitute. This is the bill regarding rescheduling can cannabidiol. They had been working to change the actual process for any drug that was rescheduled by the fda and approve that process statewide. So I urge you to approve the substitute.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the Senate concur with the House substitute? 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.
Siobhan Dunnavant
Ayes 39, nos 1.
[Unknown]
Ayes 39, nos 1. The Senate concurs with the House substitute.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1455 has passed the House with amendments.
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Loudoun, Senator Black .
Dick Black
Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the Senate concur with the House amendments and speaking briefly to that, this is a bill that passed out of here narrowly, and it basically criminalizes the payment of individuals to register to vote, which is a precursor to unlawful voting. What they have done in the House is they have reduced the penalty from felony to misdemeanor in view of the budgetary situation that we face, and I think it's one of those things. I'd prefer that we didn't do it, but I understand the necessity, and so I ask that you concur with the House amendments.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is, shall the Senate concur with the House amendments. Record their votes aye; those all in favor of the motion will 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.
Dick Black
Ayes 21, nos 19.
[Unknown]
Ayes 21, nos 19. The Senate concurs with the House amendments.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1487 has passed the House with amendments.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Accomack County, Senator Lewis .
Lynwood Lewis
Mr. President, Senate bill 1487 dealt with the automatic suspension of constitutional officers upon conviction of a felony. The House amendments make that applicable to all public officials, and the House also added an emergency clause. I would ask that we adopt the House amendments.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is, shall the Senate concur with the House amendments. 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.
Lynwood Lewis
Ayes 40, nos 0.
[Unknown]
The Senate concurs with the House amendments.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1533 has passed the House with a substitute.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Rockingham, Senator Obenshain .
Mark Obenshain
Mr. President, I move that we concur with the House substitute uncharacteristically I stand here espousing the wisdom of the House. In this regard, they have narrowed the application of this bill, have allowed hunters who happen to be convicted of a nonviolent felony to use a smaller subset of muzzleloading Black powder rifles than had been allowed under the investigation that passed out of here 40 to nothing. So if you liked it as it left here, you'll like it even more now that the House has narrowed its application and has limited the number of muzzleloading Black powder rifles that folks can use to Chase whitetail deer.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is, shall the Senate concur with the House substitute. 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.
Mark Obenshain
Ayes 38, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 38, nos 0. The Senate concurs with the House substitute.
[Unknown]
Senate bill 1553, passed the House with amendments.
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Chesapeake, Senator Cosgrove .
John Cosgrove
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. It would be my recommendation that we reject the House amendments.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Could you speak to that just briefly?
John Cosgrove
Absolutely. The bill that went over to the House had term limits for the different authorities of the city of Chesapeake. That was by unanimous vote of the city council who does all of the appointing. The House started monkeying with the bill and ended up having three terms instead of two, which would make it 12 years, and I just think that's too long.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. With the recommendation that it be rejected, the question is, shall the Senate concur with the House amendments? All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye; those are the senators ready to vote? Opposed, no. Have all the senators voted? Do any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 2, nos 32.
[Unknown]
Ayes 2, nos 37.
[Unknown]
The Senate does not condition occur with the House amendment.
[Unknown]
Senate joint resolution 284 has been agreed to by the House with a substitute.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Stafford, Senator Stuart .
Richard Stuart
Thank you, Mr. President, with the recommendation that the substitute be rejected, I move the substitute adopted. Speaking to that. This is the real property tax exemption for surviving spouses of veterans killed in action, which I think everybody in here supported going over I think they got confused again, so I 'd like to get this in conference if we can. So I 'd ask you to reject it.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Franklin County .
Richard Stuart
Thank you, Senator. Thank you. With the recommendation that it be rejected, the question is shall the Senate concur with the House substitute. 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 0, nos 40.
[Unknown]
Ayes 0, nos 40. The substitute is no agreed to.
[Unknown]
We are awaiting House action on the remaining bills in that section. Uncontested calendar, House bills on third reading.
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
I'm sorry. The Senator from Roanoke .
Tommy Norment
Before moving on, having voted on the prevailing side by which we adopted the House amendment on Senate bill 872, I ask that that be reconsidered.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is, shall the vote by which the amendments were concurred with on Senate bill 872 be reconsidered. 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 40, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos 0. The motion is agreed to. The Senator from Chesterfield, Senator Chase .
Amanda Chase
Thank you, Mr. President. Again, I move to accept the House amendments and ask the bill pass.
Bill Howell
That is fine. Thank you, Senator. The question, shall the Senate concur with the House amendment. 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.
Amanda Chase
Ayes 21, nos 19.
[Unknown]
Ayes 21, nos 19. The Senate concurs with the House amendments.
[Unknown]
Mr. President?
[Unknown]
The Senator .
[Unknown]
Having voted on the prevailing side by which we adopted, I believe, adopted the House substitute to Senate bill 1299 on Page 8, I move that we reconsider that vote.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is, shall the vote by which the Senate concurred with the House substitute on Senate bill 1299 be reconsidered? Senator, you voted no. So we're going to need someone else.
[Unknown]
I apologize.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Fairfax city.
[Unknown]
Having voted on the prevailing side by which we accepted the amendments to Senate bill 1299 on Page 8, I move we reconsider that vote.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is, shall the vote by which the Senate concurred with the House substitute be reconsidered on Senate bill 1299. 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 40, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos 0. The motion is agreed to. The Senator from Fauquier, Senator Vogel .
Jill Holtzman Vogel
Thank you, Mr. President. Once again, I would like to move that we accept the House substitute. It conformed my bill to Delegate Gilbert 's bill. My had omit add code section reference -- omitted a code section reference. With that, I ask it be agreed to.
Bill Howell
The question is shall the Senate concur with the House all in favor of the motion will substitute. 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.
Jill Holtzman Vogel
Ayes 26, nos 14.
[Unknown]
Ayes 26, nos 14. The Senate concurs with the House substitute.
[Unknown]
Once again, uncontested calendar, House bills on third reading.
[Unknown]
Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President. I now move that all the House bills on the third reading on the uncontested calendar, which would include all House bills on pages 13 through 38, including House bill 1922 through House bill 2471, be placed on their final passage in the block after the adoption of any amendments. Any Senator who desires to remove a House bill from the block should please do so after the clerk has read the number of that bill. The question is, shall House
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Bills on the uncontested calendar third reading pages 13 through 38, House bill 1922 through House bill 2471, be placed upon their final passage in the block after the adoption of any amendments thereto. With the understanding 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 say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The motion is agreed to. The bills are before us in the block. The clerk will please read the number of the bills.
Tommy Norment
House bill 1922, the committee amendment has been adopted by the Senate and there is a floor amendment.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Prince William County, Senator McPike .
Jeremy McPike
Mr. President, can this come out of the block, House bill 1922?
Bill Howell
Without objection, House bill 1922 will come out of the block temporarily.
Jeremy McPike
House bill 1525, reported from the committee for courts of justice and there are two floor substitutes.
[Unknown]
Mr. President?
[Unknown]
The Senator from Hanover, Senator McDougle .
Ryan McDougle
Can 1525 come out of the block? Without objection, House bill 1525 will come out of the block.
[Unknown]
House bill 1851, reported from the committee for courts of justice with a substitute.
Ryan McDougle
The Senator from Rockingham, Senator Obenshain .
Mark Obenshain
Can that come out of the block? Without objection, House bill 1851 will come out of the block.
[Unknown]
House bill 1855, reported --.
Mark Obenshain
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Senator from Hanover, near McDougle .
[Unknown]
1855 out of the block.
Bill Howell
Without objection, 1855 will come out of the block.
[Unknown]
House bill 1475, reported from the committee on general laws and technology, House bill 1532, reported from the committee on commerce and labor.
[Unknown]
The near from Prince William County .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, can House bill 1553 come out of the -- 1532 come out of the block and by for the day.
Bill Howell
Without objection, House bill 1532 will come out of the block and by for the day.
[Unknown]
House bill 1547 reported for the committee on general laws and technology. House bill 1539, reported from the committee on general laws and technology. House bill 1540, reported from the committee on general laws and technology. House bill 1542, reported from the committee on commerce and labor with a substitute.
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Virginia beach.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move adoption of the committee substitute.
[Unknown]
The question is, shall the substitute be agreed to. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The substitute is agreed to.
[Unknown]
House bill 1547, reported from the committee on general laws and technology. House bill 1556, reported from the committee on general laws and technology. House bill 1571, reported from the committee on commerce and labor. House bill 1628, reported from the committee on general laws and technology. House bill 1650, reported from the committee on finance. House bill 1659, reported from the committee on commerce and labor. House bill 1671, reported from the committee on commerce and labor. House bill 1693, reported from the committee on general laws and technology.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Rockingham .
[Unknown]
Can 1693 come out of the
Bill Howell
Without objection, House bill block. 1693 will come out of the block.
[Unknown]
House bill 1712, reported from the committee on general laws and technology. House bill 1719, reported from the committee on commerce and labor. House bill 1720, reported from the committee on general laws and technology with amendments.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Mecklenburg, Senator Ruff .
Frank Ruff
Thank you, Mr. President. I move the committee amendment.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the committee amendment be agreed to. All in favor of the motion will say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The amendment is agreed to.
Frank Ruff
House bill 1738, reported from the committee on finance. House bill 1754, reported from the committee on commerce and labor. House bill 1812, reported from the committee on commerce and labor. House bill 1835, reported from the committee on commerce and labor with amendment.
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Virginia beach.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move the committee eement be agreed to.
[Unknown]
All in favor of the motion will say aye. Those opposed, no. Ment ayes have it. The amendment is agreed to.
[Unknown]
House bill 1858, reported from the committee on general laws and technology. House bill 1869, reported from the committee on general laws and technology. House bill 1909, reported from the committee on finance. House bill 1943, reported from the committee on general laws and technology. House bill 1952, reported from the committee on general laws and technology. House bill 1965, reported from the committee on finance. House bill 1968, reported from the committee on general laws and technology. House bill 196 # 69, reported from the committee on general laws and technology. House bill 1998, reported from the committee on general laws and technology with amendments.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Mecklenburg .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the committee amendments be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The question is should the committee amendments be agreed to. All in favor of the motion will say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The committee amendments are agreed to.
[Unknown]
House bill 2006 reported from the committee on general laws and technology with a substitute.
[Unknown]
The near from Mecklenburg .
[Unknown]
I move the committee substitute be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the committee substitute be agreed to. All in favor of the motion will say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have. It the substitute is agreed to.
[Unknown]
House bill 2033, reported from the committee on general laws and technology. House bill 2034, roared from the committee on general laws and technology with amendments.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Mecklenburg. The question is, shall the committee amendments be agreed to. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. I ayes have it. The amendments are agreed to.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, can House bill Mr. Hanover. 2034 come out of the block.
Bill Howell
Without objection, House bill 20344 come -- 2034 will come out of the block.
[Unknown]
House bill 2037, reported --.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Virginia beach.
[Unknown]
Can House bill 2037 come out of the block and go by for the day?
Bill Howell
Without objection, House bill 2037 will come out of the block and by for the day.
[Unknown]
House bill 2045, reported from the committee on general laws and technology. House bill 2053, reported from the committee on commerce and labor with a substitute.
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Virginia beach.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move the committee substitute be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the committee substitute be agreed to. All in favor of the motion will say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The substitute is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Fairfax city.
[Unknown]
Could House bill 2053 come out of the block please.
Bill Howell
Without objection, House bill 2053 will come out of the block.
[Unknown]
House bill 2090 reported from the committee on general laws and technology. House bill 2096, reported from the committee on general laws and technology. House bill 2102, reported from the committee on commerce and labor. House bill 2105 reported from the committee on finance with a substitute.
[Unknown]
Senator from Augusta, Senator Hanger .
Emmett Hanger
Mr. President, I move the committee substitute be agreed to.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the committee substitute be agreed to. All in favor of the motion will say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The substitute is agreed to.
Emmett Hanger
House bill 2106, reported from the committee on commerce and labor. House bill 2107, roshted from the committee on commerce and labor. House bill 2111, reported from the committee on commerce and labor.
[Unknown]
House bill 2143, reported from com the committee on general laws and technology. House bill 2146, reported from the committee on general laws and technology. House bill 2177 rps reported from the committee on general laws and technology. House bill 2203, reported from the committee on general laws and technology. House bill 2206, reported from the committee on finance. House bill 2217, reported from the committee on general laws and technology with amendments.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Mecklenburg, Senator Ruff .
Frank Ruff
Mr. President, I move that the amendments be agreed to.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is, shall the committee amendment be agreed to. All in favor of the motion say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. Ment amendment is agreed to.
Frank Ruff
House bill 2219 reported from the committee on finance. House bill 2230, reported from the committee on commerce and labor. House bill 2244 reported from the committee on finance with amendment.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Augusta, Senator Hanger .
Emmett Hanger
Mr. President, I move the committee agreement be agreed to.
[Unknown]
All in favor of the motion say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes it. The amendment is agreed to.
Emmett Hanger
Mr. President, the Senator from Rockingham .
[Unknown]
Can 2230 come out of the block on Page 31.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. Without objection, 2230 will come out of the block.
[Unknown]
House bill 2248, rornlted from the committee on finance with a substitute.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Augusta, Senator Hanger .
Emmett Hanger
Mr. President, I move the committee substitute be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the committee substitute be agreed to. All in favor of the motion will say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The substitute is agreed to.
Emmett Hanger
House bill 2274, reported from the committee on general laws and technology. House bill 2278, reported from the committee on general laws and technology. House bill 2281, reported from the committee on general laws and technology with amendment.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Mecklenburg, Senator Ruff .
Frank Ruff
Thank you, Mr. President. I move the committee amendment be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The question is, shall the committee eement be agreed to. All in favor of the motion say aye. The amendment is agreed to.
Frank Ruff
House bill 2285, reported from the committee on general laws and technology. House bill 2291, reported from the committee on commerce and labor and there is a floor amendment.
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Virginia beach, Senator Wagner .
Frank Wagner
Thank you, Mr. President, I move the committee amendment be agreed to.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
Frank Wagner
The Senator from Fairfax city.
[Unknown]
Could that bill come out of the block before the adoption of the floor amendment?
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. This is House bill 2291. Without objection, it will come out of the block.
[Unknown]
House bill 2318 reported from committee on commerce and labor with amendment.
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Virginia beach, Senator Wagner .
Frank Wagner
Thank you, Mr. President, I move the committee amendment be agreed to.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is, shall the committee amendment be agreed to. All in favor of the motion will say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The committee amendment is agreed to.
Frank Wagner
House bill 2319, reported from the committee on commerce and labor. House bill 2332 reported from the committee on finance. House bill 2347, reported from the committee on finance. House bill 2358, reported from the committee on commerce and labor. House bill 2374, reported from the committee on general laws and technology. House bill 2391, reported from the committee on general laws and technology. House bill 2396, reported from the committee on general laws and technology. House bill 2422, reported from the committee on commerce and labor. House bill 2425, reported from the committee on general laws and technology. (captions will resume shortly)
[Unknown]
Has agreed to. The question is shall the House bills pass in blocks? That is all bills except for House bill 1922, 1525, 1851, 1855, 1532, 1693, 2034, 2037, 2053, 2230, and 2291.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The junior Senator from Virginia beach.
[Unknown]
Can 2281 be pulled from the block?
Bill Howell
Without objection, House bill 2281 will come out of the block. All in favor of the motion to pass the bills in block will record their votes, those opposed have the right to vote. Have all the senators voted. The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye 39, no 0.
[Unknown]
The bills in the block pass. Returning to Page 13 of the calendar.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Hanover .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move at this point that House bill 1855 on Page 14, House bill 1851 on Page 14, House bill 1525 on Page 13, House bill 1693 on Page 18, House bill 2034 on Page 25, and House bill 2230 on Page 31 be rereferred to the committee on courts of justice for a more in-depth conversation with the patrons.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator, the Senator from Rockingham .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I confer with the Senator from Hanover and the courts committee is happy to take another look at this piece of legislation.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator .
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Yes, the Senator from
[Unknown]
I missed one number, 2281 on Hanover. Page 33.
[Unknown]
Senator, what Page was that on?
[Unknown]
33.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, we would be happy to look at this one too. [laughter]
[Unknown]
We're going to be looking at a lot. The question is, shall House bill 1525, 1851, 1855, 1693, 2034, 2230, and 2281 be re-referred to the courts of justice. All in favor will say aye.
[Unknown]
Aye.
[Unknown]
Those opposed no. The ayes have it. The bills are re-referred to the courts of justice.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, one of our members pressed the button and didn't go. I ask that we reconsider that vote.
[Unknown]
All right Senator. Let me do a little House cleaning. >> Yes. [no audio]
[Unknown]
The question is, shall the vote by which the bills in the block were passed, be reconsidered. All in favor of the motion will record their votes, those opposed. Have all the senators voted? Do any senators decide to change their vote, the clerk will close the vote.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, no 0.
Bill Howell
All bills except 1922, 1525, 1851, 1855, 1532, 1693, 2034, 2037, 2053, 2230, 2281, and 2291. Shall those bills pass? All those in favor of the motion will record their votes aye, and those opposed no no. The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, no 0.
[Unknown]
The bills in the block pass. Returning to Page 13. House bill 1922, the Senator from Prince William County, Senator McPike .
Jeremy McPike
I move to reconsider the vote which we adopted the committee amount to House bill 1922.
Bill Howell
Thank you Senator. Shall the vote by which the amendment was adopted by reconsidered? All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Have all the senators voted? The clerk will close the roll.
Jeremy McPike
Aye 40, no 0.
[Unknown]
The motion is agreed to. The Senator from Prince William .
[Unknown]
With recommend that the committee amendments be rejected, I move that the committee amendments be agreed to.
[Unknown]
Would the recommendation that the committee amendments be rejected, the question is shall they be concurred with. All in favor of the motion will say aye.
[Unknown]
Aye.
[Unknown]
Those opposed no.
[Unknown]
No.
[Unknown]
The amendments are rejected.
[Unknown]
I move House bill 1922.
[Unknown]
Shall the reading of the floor amendment be waved? All those in favor of the motion say aye.
[Unknown]
Aye.
[Unknown]
The ayes have it. It's waved, and the Senator from Prince William .
[Unknown]
I move that the substitute be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
What this does is that it conforms bills we agreed to with Delegate Bell in committee, on the House side, so now both the Senate version of this bill and Delegate Bell 's bill now conform. With that Mr. President, I move the acceptance of the substitute.
[Unknown]
All in favor of the motion say aye.
[Unknown]
Aye.
[Unknown]
The eyes have it. Senator Reeves .
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President. Speaking of the bill and the passage of the bill.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
We heard this bill come out of the community before. It basically has to do with the substitute with regard to exploitation of adults, limits to the amounts and money, and Mr. President, as the Senator from Prince William County state is in the proper order, I ask that the bill pass.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator .
Bill Howell
The question is shall House bill 1922 pass. All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye. Have all the senators voted? Any senators desire to change their votes, the clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye 38, no 0.
[Unknown]
The bill passes. Moving forward to Page 26.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Arlington .
[Unknown]
Having voted on the prevailing side of House bill 1922, I ask that we reconsider that vote.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator .
Bill Howell
The question is shall the vote which 1922 passed be reconsidered. All those in favor record their votes aye. Have all the senators voted? Any Senator desire to change their vote, the clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye 40, no 0.
[Unknown]
Senator Reeves .
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President, I ask the bill pass as previously explained.
Bill Howell
The question is shall House bill 1922 pass? All those in favor of the vote. Have all the senators voted? Any Senator desire to change the vote, the clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, no 0.
[Unknown]
The bill passes, on Page 26, House bill 2053. The senior Senator from Virginia beach, Senator Wagner .
Frank Wagner
Thank you Mr. President, what House bill 2053 does is establish some direct primary care agreements. This is not an insurance, but this is an agreement between a physician and patients to provide services. There would be a fee for that service, and anything performed outside of the agreed upon services will come at an extra cost. With that explanation, I move that the bill pass.
Bill Howell
Thank you Senator. Shall House bill 2053 pass. All in favor of the motion record their vote aye. Have all the senators voted? Any Senator desire to change their vote, the clerk will close the roll.
Frank Wagner
Aye 39, no 0, rule 361.
[Unknown]
The bill passes. On Page 34. House bill 2291. The senior Senator from Virginia beach.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President. I believe there are four amendments that have been distributed.
[Unknown]
Yes Senator .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I would wave the reading of the floor amendments.
[Unknown]
Shall the reading of the floor amendment be waved? Those in favor say aye.
[Unknown]
Aye.
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Virginia beach.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President, as I explain the bill and the floor amendments will come into a vote here. The bill provides for rate adjustment clauses for upgrades to extend the life of our nuclear plant to significantly extend the life of our four existing power plants. What the floor amendments do is make it clear that none of these costs in terms of a rate adjustment clause, you can read the list of parts, will incur prior to January 1st, 2020. It also makes it clear that the normal maintenance, and things associated with the up keep of the existing nuclear power plants will not be included as part of the rate adjustment clause. With that explanation, I move that we adopt the floor amendment.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Fairfax city.
[Unknown]
Will the Senator yield for a question.
[Unknown]
I would ask the gentleman, the work that he described that will take place on these two nuclear plants, when will that work begin?
[Unknown]
The senior Senator .
[Unknown]
My explanation would be this, I don't believe the work would occur until after 2020, but the certainty of having a rate adjustment clause will allow all the prior planning and engineering that goes into a significant application into the regulatory commission, in order for these improvements to be put in a timely matter, that needs to start right now.
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
Will the design and engineering that goes into the application, will they be put into the rate adjustment clauses in 2020.
[Unknown]
The senior Senator .
[Unknown]
Not if we adopt it in here because it makes it clear that any costs cannot be incurred until after January 1st, 2020. So whatever work goes in to getting these applications ready to go in, to complete the engineering, will not be applicable, as I read the floor amendments.
[Unknown]
Further question Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Does the Senator yield.
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
After 2020, will they be put on as a rate adjustment clause to the customers or folded into the base rates?
[Unknown]
The senior Senator .
[Unknown]
As it's written right now, what will happen is as they conclude what it is they need to do, how much the estimated cost will be, they would then put an application into the state corporation commission, who would fine tooth comb that to determine whether those costs are part of the upgrade to extend the life of the nuclear power plants, and that would be the explanation.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator .
[Unknown]
The question is shall the floor amendment be agreed to, all those in favor say a aye aye.
[Unknown]
Aye.
[Unknown]
I move that the bill pass.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Fairfax city.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
This is an issue we talked about a little bit, but considering how much is at stake, it really deserves probably a lit -- little bit more conversation. I thank the Senator for explaining this amendment, because it takes it slightly less bad, we're adding what is called a rate adjustment clause or an r.A.C. Which will be put on every customer, and the bottom line is these adjustment costs are added on to their bills, even when we're on a rate that dealt with only base rates. Freeze. All other costs, including the underground bill we had earlier, the nuclear bill, the solar bill, excuse me, the bill with the hydro, they are cost increases, and that's about 40% of the bill that your customers will receive. Now why is this relevant? Well, because we suspended base rate review, and we suspended it when it was above market position. In 2016, dominion captured 300 million in excess profits, that ordinarily would be returned to customers by a way of a refund. We're trying to mitigate damages but moving these to after 2020. What we need to do is go back to the system we had before when the bill you received for your electricity actually match up the cost that it cost to produce it. So I 'm not saying this is a terrible bill. Frankly it's a vehicle to the governor in some cases to do the right thing. I'm going to vote against it, because I think we're adding on additional charges to our customers, when we stuck them with an above market Price. I know they say they get the cheapest prices in the mid atlantic area. I think they pay the highest pricing in the area, but we need to go back to the s.C.C. Rate review to make sure we're getting the best prices for our constituents.
[Unknown]
Thank you, the senior Senator .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I hope you will support this bill. If we don't move ahead with these extensions of the nuclear power plants, stand by for a huge rate adjustment clause. If we don't extend the life, and I understand it's extend the life by 40 years of these 4 existing power plants, then the clause will read something else. Give me the money to decommission all four nuclear reactors, and by the way, give me a rate adjustment clause to build four new power plants, four new, I might add, coal or natural gas fire power plants to replace these four clean nuclear power plants. So, you want a rate adjustment clause, you vote against this one, and look at the Price tag that will have to come in to replace four nuclear reactors, with four combined cycle plants, and then the cost to decertify and decommission four existing nuclear reactors. I hope you will support this bill.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. The Senator from northern Chesapeake .
[Unknown]
Will the senior Senator yield for a question.
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
With the rate adjustment you're talking about for these four plants, the Senator who spoke about this, it will pass on to the customer, once the plants are up, and those, whatever it is, the rates will drop back down.
[Unknown]
The senior Senator .
[Unknown]
I can't speak of what the rates will do in the future. I will say this, either way, there will be a rate adjustment clause. You're talking about ,200 to 1,400 generaing plants, which we will decommission, which comes at a big Price tag and that rate adjustment clause will be much larger. I will say to the gentleman that a rate adjustment clause does factor into the overall bill.
[Unknown]
Senator.
[Unknown]
A question for the Senator .
[Unknown]
Do you yield?
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
Question about dominion power, I said who pays for this? They said it will be passed on to the customer. So once you do this, you pass it on to the customer, I know I 'm in agreement with the bill that we have to upgrade, you upgrade those four, and now you say in order to upgrade those four, it's going to cost this much, to pass on to the customer. Then I asked you the question, okay, it's done. Now, you tag that fee to my bill, to everybody's bill to pay for these things. Now after 10 years or 12 years, this is paid for, then will they reduce it? The question is, now that it's paid for, I paid for it out of my light bill, everybody's light bills, after 10 or 12 years, will they drop that fee off my bill?
[Unknown]
Senior Senator .
[Unknown]
If we're around here 40 years from now, or 50 years from now, when what happens, and I 'll speak to the gentleman, there will be a rate adjustment clause associated with the cost to extend the life of these four nuclear reactors. Then they'll take that cost and look at the 40 years of the life cycle of the plant and that will represent the dollar figure that the bill will be spread across the entire kilowatt or usage base across the entire when it's a big number when you commonwealth. Look at it, it shakes out to be a relatively small number added to the bill. Either way, you have to make up the generation of four 1,200 megawatt plants. It's going to be in our generation stream and remember that Virginia is the largest importer of electricity, next to california, in other words, we do not generate enough power to supply Virginia, we have to buy a significant amount, 25% of our power off the grid, power that's generated in other states, in other locations, to the extent which we can control our rates, and that is generated within the boundaries of Virginia. So by extending -- by insuring we have this capability in Virginia, that at leasts gives the commission more control over the rates, over the long-term. So with that explanation, I renew that motion to pass the bill.
[Unknown]
Thank Senator. The Senator from Fairfax city.
[Unknown]
I like to speak twice briefly. First of all, I want to thank my colleague from Virginia beach, he knows his stuff. Engineering-Wise, he is exactly right. We need to have these assets to have significant generation in our state. We have one arm tied behind our back. We cannot get a cost efficient Price to our constituents. That's the issue. It's not whether or not nuclear is good or bad, it's not whether or not we have sufficient generation. Quite frankly, a combined cycle plant is cheaper to construct than a nuclear plant. We need the s.C.C. To determine this issue. So again, I renew my opposition to this bill until the utilities come to the table and bring back rate review.
Bill Howell
Thank you Senator. The question is shall House bill all in favor of the motion 1922 pass. Record their votes aye. Are the senators ready to vote? Any senators desire to change their vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye 37, no 3.
[Unknown]
The bill passes.
[Unknown]
Regular calendar has bills on third reading, bill 1934, the status of our franchise, fran cheese -- franchisee.
[Unknown]
The senior Senator, Senator Wagner .
[Unknown]
I move adoption of the committee substitute.
[Unknown]
Shall the committee substitute be agreed to? All in favor of the motion say aye.
[Unknown]
Aye.
[Unknown]
The substitute is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President, what 1394 does is make it clear that the employees of a franchisee will not be considered the employees of the franchiser. That means the parent company that's the franchiser, the employees that work for the
[Unknown]
Thank you.
[Unknown]
The senior Senator yield for a quick question.
[Unknown]
Will the senior Senator yield?
[Unknown]
I yield.
[Unknown]
My recollection is that we passed a similar bill last year and it was vetoed by the governor. I haven't had a chance to compare this. Is this different than the bill franchisee. That the governor vetoed last year.
[Unknown]
No it's not.
[Unknown]
I thank the gentleman.
[Unknown]
Senator from Fairfax .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, members of the Senate, this bill is probably much needed as a bill that would say in order for elephants to fly, they would need to get a permit from d.M.V. I ask the sponsor of this bill twice, does he know of anywhere in america where this situation has arisen? Anywhere, any place in this country, twice I asked him. He said he didn't know of any. I asked him, well, if you can't, as a sponsor, tell me anywhere in america where this is ever occurred, and some of you know that I dealt in a business where you have a franchiser and franchisee relationship, there was no doubt who's employer was who. If I was paying them, they were mine. No dispute anywhere. You might as well put in a bill saying elephants need a permit to fly here in Virginia. I don't know how many trees had to give up their lives for this bill, but if one did, it was one too many because this bill is definitely not needed and the governor ought to veto it.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator .
Bill Howell
The question is shall House bill 1394 pass. Those in favor vote aye. Have all the senators voted? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 20, no 19.
[Unknown]
The bill passes.
[Unknown]
House bill 1450. A bill relating to pharmacy freedom of choice, pharmacies, intermediary, reported on commerce labor.
[Unknown]
Senator Wagner .
[Unknown]
I move House bill 1450 pass.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
What it does is that it provides that a pharmacy has provided notice to accept reimbursements, and they can respond directly to the pharmacy instead of the intermediary. It's a trick word but I got it out. With that motion, I move that the bill pass.
[Unknown]
Shall the motion 1450 pass? Have all the senators voted? Any senators desire to change their vote, the clerk will close their roll.
[Unknown]
Aye 39, no 1.
[Unknown]
The bill passes.
[Unknown]
House bill 1463, a bill relating to delinquent taxes by treasurers.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Augusta .
[Unknown]
Let the can lender reflect I voted against this bill, but I will presents it in an unbiased way. It will allow local treasurers to pleasure lists from delinquent taxpayers for real property and other personal property lists that they're required to put together within 60 days of the end of the fiscal year. The difference with this one, the local treasurers requested that the treasurers will be able to publish the list without approval from the governing body. That is the bill Mr. President.
Bill Howell
Thank you Senator. The question is shall House bill 1453 pass. All those in favor record their votes ayes. Are the senators ready to vote? Any senators desire to change their vote, the clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye 34, no 5.
[Unknown]
The bill passes.
[Unknown]
House bill 1471, a bill related to credits. Reported on the committee on commerce and labor.
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Virginia beach, Mr. Wagner.
Frank Wagner
It deals with credits that authorizes to adopt regulations specifying the requirements setting forth the evaluation of reserved credits and what they will take and be. Also, allow for circumstances pursuant to which the credit and evaluation May be reduced or eliminated. This measure is to keep in compliance for a reinsurance model law, adopted by the insurance commissioners, and I move that the bill pass.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. The question is shall House bill 1471 pass. All those in favor will record their votes aye, are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Any senators desire to change their votes.
Frank Wagner
Aye 39, no 1.
[Unknown]
The bill passes.
[Unknown]
House bill 1554, a bill relating to the property owner. Reported to committee on general laws and technology.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Mecklenburg .
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President, I move that the bill pass and speaking to that motion.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
The bill provide in a declaration of property owners association, a declaration May be amended by two-thirds vote.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Franklin
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President, I county. Don't mean to interrupt my friend.
[Unknown]
House bill 1554 will go by for the day.
[Unknown]
House bill 1596, a bill relating to the procurement act, prohibited terms. Reported to the committee on general laws and technology.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Mecklenburg, Senator Ruff .
Frank Ruff
Thank you Mr. President, I move passage of the bill and speaking on the bill.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Frank Ruff
It prohibits state agencies from having subcontractors, contractors, of those performed to base on wages prevailing and corresponding classes of workers, corresponding prohibition is applicable to state agencies providing grants for public works projects. The measure further states that it's the policy of the commonwealth not to require any program that requires a public works contract, for the payments of wages based on the prevailing wage.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator .
[Unknown]
The Senator from Prince William County, Senator McPike. The Senator has the floor.
Jeremy McPike
We addressed a legislation like this last year, and I think I highlighted some important points of investment that this body is approved year after year. Our c.T.E. Program, our dual enrollment program, all pointing to opportuniies to our youth. This really limits our ability to partner, in partnering many ways, we're putting our dollars into things we're investing in, on the right hand, on the left hand, we need to think about how we coordinate these efforts. This is a bill that enables folks that run and down the east coast, and you have a lot of folks from southeast united states who run up the east coast, and this is a bad bill. I encourage the members to vote against it.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator .
Jeremy McPike
The Senator from Rockingham .
[Unknown]
Speaking on the bill.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
We talk about being parsimonious, and trying to stretch government dollars, and balance our budget and in one effort to do that, we privatize a number of government functions. We used to have government workers building government buildings, building bridges and roads but we privatize was the private sector can build roads better than the government can bid -- build roads. When we put in our solicitation for proposal, you have to do all the stupid things the government does in the administration of contracts, and we wind up spending a lot more than government does and acting a lot less efficient. If we're going to enter into contracts with the private sector, let them be the private sector, instead of telling them they can't hire people that want to work for less than government is going to pay.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. The senor -- Senator from Fairfax .
[Unknown]
Will the Senator yield for a couple questions?
[Unknown]
I will be delighted.
[Unknown]
I bet you would. [laughter]
[Unknown]
As the good Senator from Rockingham ever heard of an item called the Davis bacon act.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Rockingham .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I have heard of the Davis bacon act and I 'm aware of what the Davis bacon act was. It was a pretty reprehensible piece of legislation that was adopted in the early part of the last century, in order to prevent companies from hiring Black workers from the south, who wanted to work. It was the worse of the worse kinds of legislation that was
[Unknown]
Will the Senator from Rockingham mind telling the other 38, exactly what that Davis bacon act says?
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I 'll be happy to. The Davis bacon act winds up motivated by terrible policy. Telling people who are in different areas of the state, different areas of the country, what the prevailing wages are for those areas of the state. I live in an area of the country, in an area of Virginia, where I can tell you that pipe fitters and plumbers can be hired for less than the $80 per hour that the federal government says is the prevailing wage rate for those workers in that area of Virginia. It's an outrageous effort by the federal government to tell the private sector what they should be paying our employees.
[Unknown]
I'll speak to the bill.
[Unknown]
Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Let me tell you about this outrageous labor wage that you just heard. The project at 495, 395, and 95 was done without a project labor agreement. It was suppose to be about $535 million. It was over $800 million, and several workers were killed, all right? 500 million, I think, is what it was done for, and they overran it by 280 or 290. It was pretty high. The h.O.T. Lanes were done with the project labor agreement. Ahead of schedule and under budget. Nobody got killed. When we had a bill a few years ago, it said that you couldn't use a project labor agreement, one of the senior executives who built the metro, said "from what I was told, ask those geniuses in Richmond who voted for this, where I 'm supposed to find 450 electricians" he had a good point Mr. President. The fact is, you can't. They know it. This bill is simply a poke in the eye at organized labor. If that's what you want to do, fine. Let's call it for what it is. He didn't save in Virginia, one darn penny. Not one darn penny. It's insuring that one contract somewhere, is going to be run out of site. By the way, our p-3's are almost all on projects, that have federal dollars. This bill is absolutely worth the less -- worthless. Let me repeat that, absolutely worthless, all our p-3 projects involve federal money, Senator from Rockingham knows it, and there's no way that you're going to get out of this thing. Quite frankly, this bill is guaranteed to run the Price of these projects sky high.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. The Senator from western Fairfax .
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President, I rise to speak against the bill.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President, when I was running Fairfax County 's juvenile detention center, the company low bid the project. Then they flew all their workers in from south carolina to pay them less than the prevailing wages in our area, to get the job done. The whole basis of the contract is the money they made was based on change orders. If you moved, where you were going to put a nail by 6 inches. It's in an area, which could be a good thing. I think often it could be a right thing to do for citizens, for our projects to get them done right, but this bill is definitely not needed.
Bill Howell
Thank you Senator. The question is shall House bill 1596 pass? All in favor of the motion will record their votes ayes. Any Senator desire to change the vote, the clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye 21, no 19.
[Unknown]
The bill passes.
[Unknown]
House bill 1556, relating to health insurance, proton radiation therapy. Reporting on the committee on commerce and labor and there's a floor amendment.
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Virginia beach.
[Unknown]
Yes, I move that House bill 1556 pass, first I would move the waving of the floor amendment.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. Shall the reading of the floor amendment be waved? All in favor of the motion say aye.
[Unknown]
Aye.
[Unknown]
The ayes have it.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, what the floor amendment does is provide an emergency clause. It ensures that no health insurance policy or plan May hold proton radiation therapy to a higher standard than they do with other forms of radiation therapy treatment. Without explanation, I move the floor amendment be agreed to.
[Unknown]
Shall the floor amendment be agreed to? All those in favor say aye.
[Unknown]
Aye.
[Unknown]
The floor has agreement.
[Unknown]
I move that the bill pass.
Bill Howell
Shall House bill 1556 pass. All those in favor of the motion record their votes aye. Are the senators ready to vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye 40, no 0.
[Unknown]
A bill relating to state corporation approval of utility facilities. Reporting on the committee on commerce and labor and there is a floor amendment.
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Virginia beach.
[Unknown]
I move that the bill pass and I yield the floor to my seat mate.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. Senator Stuart .
[Unknown]
Before we go to passing it, I would move that we wave reading of the floor amendment.
[Unknown]
Shall the reading of the floor amendment be waved? All in favor of the motion say aye.
[Unknown]
Aye. The ayes have it. The reading of the floor amendment is waved.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I would move that the floor amendment be adopted in speaking to that.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, this bill, the underlying bill is designed to assist with some projects in southwest Virginia and the floor amendment I offered just cuts out the area that I represent in planning district 8, and with that, I ask that the floor amendment be adopted.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the floor amendment be agreed to? All those in favor say aye, the ayes have it. The noes have it. Seeing at least 8 hands, there will be a recorded vote. The question is, on the floor, should the floor amendment be agreed to? 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? Any Senator desire to change their votes? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye 26, no 13.
[Unknown]
The floor amendment is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President, what the underlying bill does is provide that they issue a certificate of public conveyance for the construction of electrical transmission lines of 138 and any other associated facilities should be deemed to satisfy the comprehensive plan. I think it ensures areas outside of there, doubly makes sure because they don't have the kb lines, makes sure this bill only applies to a specific area and those areas that do have 138kba transmission. I renew my motion that the bill pass.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator .
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Franklin County, Senator Stanley .
Bill Stanley
Speak to the bill.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Bill Stanley
Thank you Mr. President. This is a bill I had and this is a bill you May find in your e-mail backs. People from Prince William think this is an evil bill that will cause massive problems. Let me remind members of the body that it won't. The dominion in our area does not use 138 kb lines. We were actually trying to have the localities being involved in transfer stations, so we can build our industrial parks in a more quick manner, so we would not lose prospects to north carolina, because it was taking 11 to 14 months in the state corporation commission to get these approved. That's it. For those in Prince William County to think there's a boogie man in this bill, this is not your bill. For those in Prince William County that want to seek higher office, to beat up a company like dominion, this is not your bill. This is a bill for southern Virginia. [laughter]
[Unknown]
Not dominion. Now let us have our way and be gone. I am tired. I am sick and tired of people in northern Virginia trying to come down in our backyard and push us around. This is not your bill. This is a southwest Virginia bill Mr. President, and I like to keep it that way. Dominion is not going to come around and change this bill. Nothing like this is ever going to happen. For us to put the voodoo doll to make sure it doesn't come to Prince William County, it's not going to happen. So even Mr. President, the amendment that's been put on it, it's as we say down here, where we live, ridiculous. Ridiculous. Ladies and gentlemen, pass this bill. Ladies and gentlemen, there is no boogie man, and for those people that I know that represent a little bit of Prince William County, I see them throw a couple reds up there, the voodoo doll is not going to help you.
[Unknown]
Senator Newman .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, that was good. [laughter]
[Unknown]
However, voting on the prevailing side, I will move that we reconsider that vote.
Bill Howell
Thank you Senator. The question is shall the vote by which the amendment, the floor amendment was adopted be reconsidered. All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye, are the senators ready to vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, no 0.
Bill Howell
Ayes 40, no 0. Shall the floor amendment be agreed to. All those in favor of the have all the senators voted? Any senators desire to change their vote, the clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye 22, no 18.
[Unknown]
Ayes 22, no 18, the floor amendment is agreed to. Amendment. The Senator -- the senior Senator from Virginia beach.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I renewed motion one more time that the vote pass.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator .
Bill Howell
The question is shall House bill 1766 pass? All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye, those opposed no. Any senators desire to change their vote, the clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 32, no 8.
[Unknown]
The bill passes.
[Unknown]
House bill 1790, a bill relating to the administrative process act, development, and periodic review of regulations report. Reported on the committee on general laws and technology.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Mecklenburg, Mr. Ruff.
Frank Ruff
This bill requires agencies to develop regulations and is in the least burden some and intrusive manner as possible, and the development of adoption and repeal of regulation. The bill also requires each agency to establish a schedule over a 10 year period for the review of all regulations for which the agency is the primary responsible agent. It shall provide for an annual review of 10% of the regulation by July 1st of each year. I renew my motion to pass.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. Shall House bill 1790 pass. All those in favor record their votes aye. Have all the senators voted? Any senators desire to change their votes, the clerk will change the roll.
Frank Ruff
Ayes 20, noes 20.
[Unknown]
The chair votes no, the bill does not pass.
[Unknown]
House bill 1825. The bill relating to limitations on re --
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Chesapeake .
[Unknown]
Having voting on the prevailing side, I ask that the vote be reconsidered.
Bill Howell
Thank you Senator. The question is shall the vote which House bill 1790 failed, be reconsidered. All those in favor of the motion will record the vote aye, those opposed no. Have all the senators voted? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Aye 40, no 0.
[Unknown]
The motion is agreed to. The Senator from Mecklenburg .
[Unknown]
I renew my motion to pass.
[Unknown]
Shall House bill 1790 pass.
Bill Howell
All those record their votes, are the senators ready to vote? Any senators desire to change their votes, the clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 21, no 19.
[Unknown]
The bill passes. House bill 1825. A bill relating to limitations on reselling tickets on the internet ticketing platform.
[Unknown]
The senior ten or from Virginia beach.
[Unknown]
I move that the committee amendment be agreed to.
[Unknown]
The question is, shall the committee amendment be agreed to? All those in favor say aye, the ayes have it. The motion is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, this is an important south side Virginia bill, because the Senator from Franklin carried this bill because in south side Virginia, they want a hard ticket in their hand. They want to be able to sell that ticket and give that ticket away. That's why the Senator from Franklin carried that Senate version of the bill. This bill is identical to the Senate version. I move that we agree to pass the bill.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator .
Bill Howell
Senator Lewis. The question is shall House bill 1825 pass. All those in favor record their votes aye. Have all the senators voted? Any senators desire to change their vote, the clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 36, no 4.
[Unknown]
The bill passes.
[Unknown]
House bill 1853. A bill relating to victims of domestic violence, firearms safety, or training course. Reported for the committee with the substitute and the committee on finance.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Rockingham .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move that the courts of justice substitute be agreed to.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator, shall the substitute be agreed to. All those in favor say aye. Though opposed no.
[Unknown]
Aye.
[Unknown]
I move that the bill pass. This is a companion to the bill with the same title providing for firearm safety training for victims of domestic violence.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Alexander .
[Unknown]
Could that bill go by for the eye. Day.
Bill Howell
Without objection, House bill 1853 will go by for the day.
[Unknown]
House bill 2025. A bill relating to religious freedom, participation and beliefs. Reporting to the committee on general laws and technology with amendment.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Mecklenburg, Senator Ruff .
Frank Ruff
Shall the committee amendments be agreed to? All in favor of the motion say aye.
[Unknown]
Aye.
Frank Ruff
The committee amendments are agreed to, the Senator from Mecklenburg .
[Unknown]
Thank you Mr. President, I move that the bill pass and speaking to that motion.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
This provides that no person shall be required to participate in the solemn sayings of any marriage or subject to any penalty to the commonwealth, solely on the account of such person's belief, speech, or actions, in accordance with the sincerely held religious belief. Any religious organization, organization supervisor controlled by a religious organization, individual employed by a religious organization, while acting in the scope of his pay or voluntary employment, or clergy member or minister. I renew my motion to pass.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator .
Bill Howell
The question is shall House bill 2025 pass. All those in favor record their votes aye. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 20, no 19.
[Unknown]
The bill passes.
[Unknown]
House bill --
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator Vogel .
[Unknown]
Having voted on the prevailing side in which we just passed if bill, can that bill be reconsidered.
Bill Howell
Shall the vote which House bill 2025 was passed be reconsidered. All those in favor record their votes aye. Are the senators ready to vote? The clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, no 0.
[Unknown]
The motion is agreed to. The Senator from mention -- Mecklenburg, Senator Ruff .
Frank Ruff
I renew my motion to pass.
Bill Howell
Shall House bill 2025 pass? All in favor of the motion will record their votes aye. Are the senators ready to vote? Have all the senators voted? Any Senator desire to change their vote, the clerk will close the roll.
Frank Ruff
Ayes 21, no 19.
[Unknown]
The bill passes.
[Unknown]
House bill 2027, a bill relating to emergency services and disaster law of 2,000
[Unknown]
The Senator from Mecklenburg, Senator Ruff .
Frank Ruff
I move passage of that bill and speak on that motion. This eliminates any government entity to prohibit the lawful possession, carrying firearm emergency shelter. Transportation or sale of firearms in a facility used as an emergency shelter during a disaster. The bill does not impact current underlying law, as firearms prohintation from schools, college campuses, et cetera.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. The Senator from Prince William, Senator McPike .
Jeremy McPike
Will the Senator from Mecklenburg yield for a question.
[Unknown]
I yield.
Jeremy McPike
Is the gentleman aware that our network of emergency shelters and preparedness, multiple public, private partners.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Mecklenburg .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I didn't catch some noise.
[Unknown]
Thank you Senator. Will the Senator repeat your question.
[Unknown]
I ask the Senator from Mecklenburg, is he aware that our organization on how we manage emergency services relies on partners, both public and private, and non-profit working together.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I do. [captions will resume shortly]
[Unknown]
To clarify that previous question, those seeking shelter, not those managing, but seeking shelters, they come voluntarily.
[Unknown]
I agree.
[Unknown]
I thank the gentlemen. Mr. President, speaking to the bill.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
I'm probably one of a few folks in this body and indeed in the general assembly whose national incident management system incident commander. I have dealt with hurricanes, earthquakes, desh raros, many other things and when we're dealing with this as commonwealth and as local governments, we very limited resources. We rely on our network of public partners and for me, this is really something that should not be about a right to carry issue or anything else, simply about the infrastructure respectfully of our incident management post 9/11, we have a very rigid structure. Process. We rely on partners such as the red cross. We rely on a structure of an incident command system that's related -- that relies on having a safe and secure sector, have a logistics sector, having very specific roles and responsibilities. Our entire system that we worked on for the last 15 years post 9/11 builds on partnerships based on frameworks that our folks and police and fire have worked on and agreed upon for many, many years and has worked very well. This starts to throw a monkey wrench in a lot of process and time that we've put into this. Further, I would say to the body that our emergency shelter sites are selected based on the structural soundness, many of the things, whether they can withstand hurricanes, they have backup generators, the reliability of the utilities, natural gas and others are to the sites. They support elderly oftentimes and other things. These sites voluntarily agreeing, but they also agree based upon the rules. Likewise, we have a great partnership with the american red cross. They also wisely prohibit firearms within the shelters because they have many different folks that participate, stresses are high in these shelters and many other things. The responsibility for safety and security in an incident command system is under the incident commander in these instances. These type of situations across the commonwealth are serious and they need to be treated seriously and they shouldn't be a political football, respectfully. I don't think that was necessarily the intent of the patron, but this is a serious incident management structure issue and I urge the body to gently vote red on thises would.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Rockingham, Senator Obenshain .
Mark Obenshain
Mr. President, speaking briefly to the bill.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Mark Obenshain
Mr. President, with great respect for the Senator from Prince William and some of the others who have spoken out with respect to this bill, it just doesn't do an a lot of things that it's ak abused of doing. I've heard people say that, you know, this is going to have -- put guns in schools, it's going to require the red cross or the salvation army to allow people in and it just doesn't do that. That's why we have these committee meetings, that's why we read these bills. The bill says that it only addresses the otherwise lawful possession of a firearm. So we have laws that say you can't bring a firearm in a school. We have well-established trespassing laws in the commonwealth of Virginia, and we've talked a lot about private property rights and we all know, after years of discussion, that private property owners can define what categories of people can and cannot come on to their property. If you put a sign on your door and say you can't come into my business with a gun, you can't come into my business with a gun and if the red cross hosting one of these shelters or the salvation army or school, it doesn't change that. Because it's otherwise in the lawful to carry on those properties. So, you know, I understand what the patron is tryinged to. The patron is simplying to to address some of the, you know,some of the I don't have reach. This -- overreach. This bill doesn't do some of the dramatic things that our friends are suggesting that it does.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Hampton, Senator Locke .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I appreciate the Senator from Rockingham offering those clarifications. But the red cross has actually come out with a statement saying that they will not staff shelters that allow guns and they are not -- and they're the primary organization that will provide staffing at local government shelters. And quite frankly, the absence of red cross staff means that local governments would have to train and hire contractors to staff shelters that would be -- and that's going to be very costly and May reduce the number of citizens that shelters can accept. And another concern is that this could jeopardize public safety during a disaster. Emergency shelters are high stress. They're low privacy environments which heightens the potential for conflict, confrontations with armed citizens May arise and food, water and medical services are rationed out, and added security would be needed at shelters which takes needed public safety personnel away from the present disaster. The presence of firearms could deter some citizens, particularly those with families, from evacuating their homes to take refuge in the shelter, which would be an unsafe decision so I think is in setting a very dangerous precedence, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator from article thank you. Arlington, Senator Favola .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Speaking to the motion.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
I'm speaking in opposition to the bill. This is an authority governments don't need to have, and I would just say that the Virginia association of police believes that this actually will be an unfunded mandate for local governments because more police will be needed in the shelters to offer that additional level of protection if people are in the shelters with firearms. And you have to remember, people in our shelters are in a very vulnerable state, very traumatic state. They're at a low point in their lives and they really don't want to be -- and should not be challenged or addressed with people who are walking around with a firearm. So for those reasons and for the reasons mentioned about I my colleagues, I certainly ask that we defeat this measure. Thank you.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall House bill 2077 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 21, nos 19.
[Unknown]
Jaes 21, nos 19, the bill passes.
[Unknown]
House bill 2108, a bill relating to the Virginia wireless services authority act, rates and charges. Reported from the committee on commerce and labor with amendments.
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from vaech.
[Unknown]
Thank you m president. I move the bill pass and speaking to the motion. Move the committee amendment be agreed to.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the committee amendment be agreed to. All those in favor of the motion will say aye, those opposed no.. The ayes have it. The committee amendment is agreed to. The senior Senator from Virginia beach.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move the bill pass and speaking to the bill.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, let me tell you this bill is just a shad toe of what it was originally put in. Right now all the bill does is provide that the authority -- and that May be a locality or those -- locality or jurisdiction of the state that chooses to put up broadband internet access where there May not be any available, that they will have to fix and revise rates, fees and schedules and the record shall be made available for inspection and copying by the public pursuant to the Virginia freedom of information act, but Mr. President, ij assure you when this bill was first pit in, this was a bill to basically lock out anybody but the for-profit cable companies from providing internet service around the commonwealth of Virginia. It was directly aimed at many of the municipal broadband internets have that gone up and I would say to you, Mr. President, that access to broadband has become a utility throughout Virginia. We ought to not be about anything that restricts any type of access going up to provide broadband around the state. And the bill in its original forges I believe, would have had a -- form, I believe, would have had a significant impact on the ability for localities to provide broadband to their citizens and this is just a mere shadow of itself. I've been around here long enough to know that a mere shadow of itself will come back next year and come back the following year and come back the following year, and until they get where they're trying to go. So for that reason, although I made the motion to approve the bill, you notice by the calendar that I did vote against it. I May be the lone voice crying in the wilderness on this section, but I just think that we as a body ought to look forward to the day where broadband internet access is available to every virginian regardless of where they live and we move forward with this in as rapid as possible and for that reason, I voted no, but I renew my motion that the bill pass.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall House bill 2108 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? Their vote? Do any senators desire to change the clerk will close the roll.
[Unknown]
Ayes 35, nos 3, rule 36-1.
[Unknown]
Ayes 35, nos 3, rule 36-1, the bill passes.
[Unknown]
House bill 2267, a bill relating to health benefit plans, coverage for hormonal contraceptives. Reported from the committee for commerce and labor.
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Virginia beach, Senator Wagner .
Frank Wagner
Thank you, Mr. President. I move that House bill 2267 pass and speaking to the motion.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Frank Wagner
Mr. President, I 'd say to you that what House bill 2267 does is require that any health benefit plan that is amended, renewed or delivered after the 1st of January, 2018 that, they make available contraceptive prescriptions available for a 12-month supply. That's what the bill does and I move the bill pass.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Henrico, Senator Dunnavant .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Speaking to the bill.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
I just wanted to take an opportunity to have a conversation with the body about this bill and similar bills. I thought this was going to come to one of the committees that I was on and it did not, so I did not have an opportunity to participate in the committee discussion, but I want everybody to know that I believe everybody here is very concerned about the cost of healthcare and we're very concerned about cost of healthcare in Virginia specifically, and as of 2009, Virginia had 60 mandated benefits that we as legislators have involved ourselves in the contract that insurance companies issue and mandated that those benefits be paid. That puts us in the top three of the states. So if we're really genuinely interested in controlling and reducing the cost of healthcare for everybody in Virginia, we have to stop passing feel-good wouldn't thb great, wouldn't bills. Have been love to not have to go to the pharmacy, all my patients will love this bill. But this is not the right thing for Virginia and we need to think through a little bit more carefully as we look at mandated benefits going forward and maybe review some of the ones we have.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall House bill 2267 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 34, nos 6.
[Unknown]
Ayes 34, nos 6. The bill passes.
[Unknown]
House bill 2303, a bill relating to small agricultural generators, sale of electric power, net metering. Reported from the committee on commerce and labor.
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Virginia beach, Senator Wagner .
Frank Wagner
Thank you m president. I move House bill 2303 pass and speaking to that motion.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Frank Wagner
Mr. President, this bill is identical to a bill that we passed that I carried earlier, deals with agricultural net metering and the ability of folks to generate a new stream of income off their farms and that would be to generate solar electricity off their farm and actually derive a stream of income from that. With that explanation, I move the bill pass.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall House bill 2303 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 36, nos 2, rule 36-1.
[Unknown]
Ayes 36, nos 2, rule 36-1. The bill passes.
[Unknown]
House bill 2390, a bill relating to pilot programs for third party power purchase agreements, institutions of higher education. Reported from the committee on commerce and labor.
[Unknown]
The senior Senator from Virginia beach, senatoring with.
[Unknown]
Mr. President k that bill go bye for the day?
Bill Howell
Without objection, House bill 2390 will go bye for the day glune contested calendar, House bills on second reading.
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Mr. President, I would respectfully move that all the House bills on the second reading on both the uncontested and regular calendar, dh would include all House bills on pages 44 through Page 67 including House bill 1396 through House bill 2351, that the rules of the Senate be suspended and the second constitutional reading of the titles be dispensed with.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the rules be suspended and the second reading of titles on the House bills on uncontested and regular calendars, House bill 1396 through House bill 2351 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 39, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 29, nos 0, the reading of the titles is dispensed with. The Senator from James city county.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I would now ask that all the bills be passed bye for the day, sir.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the haebs on the uncontested and regular calendars now on third reading go bye for the day. All those in favor of the motion will say aye, those opposed no. The jaes have it. The bills will go bye for the day.
[Unknown]
Uncontested calendar, House joint resolutions on second reading.
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I now respectfully move that all the House joint resolutions on the second reading on both the uncontested and regular calendar, which would include all resolutions on pages 68, including House joint resolution 562 through 693, that the rules of the Senate be suspended and the second constitutional reading of the titles be dispensed with.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the rules be suspended and the second reading of the titles of the House jietions on the uncontested and regular calendars on Page 68, hjr 562 through hjr 693, 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.
[Unknown]
Ayes 39, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 39, nos 0. The reading the titles is waived. The Senator from James city county.
[Unknown]
Thank you m president. I now move that all the resolutions be passed by for the day, sir.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the House joint resolutions on the uncontested and regular calendars no uh-oh third reading go bye for the day. Will say aye, those opposed no. All those in favor of the motion the ayes have it. The resolutions will go bye for the day.
[Unknown]
Uncontested clerpd, Senate joint resolution on first reading. Senate joint resolution 390, confirming appointments by the governor of certain persons communicated February 7th, 2017.
[Unknown]
The Senator from falk keer county, Senator Vogel .
[Unknown]
Thank you m president. I move we suspend the rules and waive the second reading.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the rules be suspended and the second reading 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.
[Unknown]
Ayes 39, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayeses 39, nos 0, the motion is agreed to. Keer. Period of time Senator from falk -- falk keer.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I move that we advance and engross the bill to its third reading.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the resolution be engrossed and advanced to third reading. All those in favor of the motion will say aye, those opposed no. The ayes have it. The resolution is engrossed and advanced to third reading.. The Senator from falk keer.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I move we suspend the rules and waive the third reading.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall the rules be suspended and the third reading be 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 40, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos 0, the motion is agreed to. The Senator from Fauquier .
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. I move that sjr 390 pass and speaking to the motion.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Thank you m president. We moved this all the way through because these of the governor's appointments that I was carrying and weented to move them off the floor today and with that, I would ask that the body meese vote for the resolution.
Bill Howell
Thank you, Senator. The question is shall sjr 390 be agreed 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 40, nos 0.
[Unknown]
Ayes 40, nos 7. The resolution is agreed to.
[Unknown]
Memorial resolutions.
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Mr. President, I would now move that all the memorial resolutions on Page 69 through 71, 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 69 through 72, hjr 601 through sr 146 be considered in the block in the usual manner, waiving the reading of the resolutions thereof with the understanding that any Senator desiring a resolution removed from the block would do so after the clerk has read the title of the resolution. All in favor of the motion say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The motion is agreed to. The resolutions are before us in the block. The clerk will please read the titles of the memorial resolutions.
Tommy Norment
House joint resolution 601 celebrating the life of herman j. Obermayer. House joint resolution 851 celebrating the life of elie wiesel. House joint resolution 864 celebrating the life of ann creighton collar broder. House joint resolution 869 celebrating the life of anthony pearly tucker, jr. House joint resolution 871 celebrating the life of w. Alvin hudson, jr. House joint resolution 873 celebrating the life of mary Jones baldwin. House joint resolution 875 celebrating the life of the honorable john c. Miller.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Hampton, Senator Locke .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, could House joint resolution 875 be removed from the block.
Bill Howell
Without objection, hjr 875 will come out of the block.
[Unknown]
House joint resolution 881 celebrating the life of paul bankit. House joint resolution 892 celebrating the life of homer constantine eliades. House joint resolution 893 celebrating the life of Carroll ray hawkes. House joint resolution 897 celebrating the life of eugene h. Farley, jr. House joint resolution 898 celebrating the life of patricia ann thomas-semonian. House joint resolution 899 celebrating the life of lucien e. Conein. House joint resolution 902 celebrating the life of wayne f. Geisert. House joint resolution 905 celebrating the life of the Reverend won sang Lee .
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Fairfax city.
[Unknown]
Could hjr 905 come out of the block and go bye for the day.
Bill Howell
Without objection, hjr will come out of the block and bye for the day.
[Unknown]
House joint resolution 910 celebrating the life of the honorable frank medico.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Fairfax city.
[Unknown]
Could sj -- hrj 910 come out of the block, please.
Bill Howell
Without objection, hjr 910 will come out of the block. Celebrating the life of stephen
[Unknown]
Senate joint resolution 382 winston bricker. Senate joint resolution 384 celebrating the life of thomas paul dean. Senate joint resolution 391 celebrating the life of adelaide marie payne griffin. Senate joint resolution 396 celebrating the life of john robert rilling. Senate joint resolution 401 celebrating the life of george steven bilidas. Senate joint resolution 404 celebrating the life of the Reverend won sang Lee .
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Fairfax
[Unknown]
Can sjr 4504 come out of the city. Block.
Bill Howell
Without objection, it will come out of the block and bye for the day.
[Unknown]
Senate joint resolution 410 celebrating the life of earl hamner, jr. Senate joint resolution 411 celebrating the life of Carroll schumann savage. Senate resolution 142 celebrating the life of sue ella boatright-wells. Senate resolution 144 celebrating the life of richard edward cornwell. Senate resolution 146 celebrating the life of juan dip.
[Unknown]
Thank, madam clerk.
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The Senator from Petersburg .
[Unknown]
Can hjr 892 come out of the block and bye for the day?
Bill Howell
Without objection --
[Unknown]
Page 70.
[Unknown]
Yes. Without objection, hjr 892 will come out of the block and bye for the day. The resolutions will be agreed to in the usual manner. With the exception of hjr 892, hjr 875, hjr 905, hjr 910, and hjr 404. All those in favor of agreeing to the memorial resolutions will please rise. [ gavel banging ] the resolutions are agreed to. Returning to Page 70, hjr 875, the Senator from Hampton, Senator Locke .
[Unknown]
Mr. President, I move that hjr 875 be agreed to.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The resolution will be agreed to in the usual manner. All those in favor of agreeing to the memorial resolution will please rise. [ gavel banging ] the resolution is agreed to. On Page 71, hjr 910, the Senator from alexandra, Senator Ebbin .
Adam Ebbin
Thank you m president. This resolution honors the life of frank medico much mount vernon, a member of the House of delegates, and he authored numerous important pieces of legislation, including bills to provide tax relief for the elderly and disabled and increase the number of slots available at public colleges and universities for in-state virginians. He also in his wisdom authored numerous letters to the editor holding the Senator from eastern Fairfax accountable for a variety of his actions. With that, I move the resolution pass.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The resolution will be agreed to in the usual manner. All those in favor of agreeing to the memorial resolution will please rise. [ gavel banging ] the resolution is agreed to.
Adam Ebbin
Commending resolutions. House joint resolutions.
[Unknown]
The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President. I would move that all the commending resolutions on pages 72 through 79 of the calendar, which would include House joint resolution 558 through Senate resolution 147, be grady to in a block by a voice vote, waiving the reading of the resolution. Any Senator who desires to remove a commending resolution from the block should please do so after the clerk has read the number of that resolution.
[Unknown]
The question is shall the commending resolutions on pages 72 through 79, hjr 558 through sr 147, be considered in the block by voice vote, waiving the reading of the resolutions with the understanding that any Senator desiring a resolution removed from the block would do so after the clerk has read the number of the resolution. All in favor of the motion will say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The motion is agreed to. The resolutions are before us in the block. The clerk will please read the number of the resolution.
Tommy Norment
House joint resolutions 558, 559, 751, 752, 850, 853, 847, 860, 861, 862, 863, 866, 868, 870, 872, 874, 876, 877, 878, 879, 880, 883, 884, 885, 886, 887, 888, 889, 890, 891, 894, 895, 996, the00, 903, 904, 906, Senate joint resolution 380, 383 --
[Unknown]
Mr. President.
[Unknown]
The junior Senator from Virginia beach, Senator destaff.
[Unknown]
Can sjr 380 be stricken and reintroduced?
[Unknown]
Senator, if you would like it stricken, we can do that.
[Unknown]
That would be fine then. Thank you.
[Unknown]
The question is --
[Unknown]
Mr. President, if we could pull that out of the block and strike it, please.
[Unknown]
Senator --
[Unknown]
I think that is -- I 'm sorry.
[Unknown]
Senator, can you tell me which one you would like --
[Unknown]
Senate joint resolution 380.
[Unknown]
The question is shall sjr 380 be stricken. All those in favor of the motion will say aye, those opposed no. The ayes have it. The resolution is stricken.
[Unknown]
383, 385, 386, 387, 389, 394, 395, 397, 398, 399, 400, 402, 403, 405, 406, 407, 408, 409, 412. Senate resolutions 140, 141, 145, 17.
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk. The question is shall the resolutions be agreed to. All in favor of agreeing to the resolutions will say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The resolutions are agreed to. The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Mr. President, inquiry of the clerk, does that complete today's calendar?
[Unknown]
Yes, sir.
Tommy Norment
Thank you, madam clerk. Is there any other business to come before the Senate ? The Senator from Fauquier .
[Unknown]
Thank you m president. Can we please return to the morning hour.
[Unknown]
Absolutely, Senator. The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
I would like to direct the body's attention to several people in the gallery, one is my friend and her daughter and I know, yes, I actually have friends from home who -- hard to believe, I know. It's ali and her daughter kiara, and they live in middleburg, Virginia, and in fact, kiara's older sister is a Senate Page, so they're here today to see the Senate in action and I 'm glad -- I hope they got to hear the boogieman floor speech. If they didn't, maybe we can do that again tomorrow, but with that, Mr. President, ski that you please extend to them the very wblg of the Senate .
[Unknown]
I will. Thank you, Senator. Would ali and kiara please rise? Thank you for being with us today. I guess you're here to see the pages in action during their mock session. It's always exciting and entertaining, so we appreciate you coming and seeing your sister. I would ask the members of the Senate to please join me in offering ali and kiara the warm welcome of the Senate. [ applause ] the Senator from Hampton, Senator Locke .
[Unknown]
Thank you m president. I rise on a point of personal privilege.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Mr. President, in this month of celebration of african american history, I stand to recognize two women of living history who are no longer hidden figures and two hidden figures whose lives were brought to light in the oscar nominated movie hidden figures. Katherine Johnson was born August 26th, 1918, in Wise Suffolk springs, west Virginia. By the age of 13, she was enrolled in the high school on the campus of west Virginia state college, enrolled in the college itself at 18. She graduated with highest honors with a degree in mathematics in 1937 at age 19. She took a job teaching in the public schools of Virginia. After a short time in graduate school at west Virginia university in 1953, she took a position at the all Black west area computing section at the national advisory committee for aeronautics, langley laboratory in Hampton, Virginia. The lab was headed by dorothy vaughn. Just two weeks into her tenure, dorothy assigned her to a project the in flight research division. The 1957 launch of the soviet satellite changed history and katherine jn's life. Her genius became legend. She did the trajectory for alan shepherd's late 1961 mission, freedom 7. In 1962, she was called upon to do the work that she was most known for, the trajectory for john glenn's orbital mission. As part of the pre-flight checklist, glenn asked engineers to, quote, get the girl to run the same numbers through the same equations that had been programmed into the computer, but by hand. On her desktop technical calculating machine. Glenn said, and I quote, if she says they're good, then I 'm red do to go. Glenn's flight was a success and marked a turning point in the competition between the yunes and soefrt union in space. Katherine Johnson worked on project apollo and the space shuttle before retiring after 33 years at nasa. In 2015 at age 97, she received the presidential medal of freedom from president barack obama. She is a resident of the city of Hampton and remains in good spirits at age 98. Mary winston jackson was a native of Hampton, Virginia, graduating from Hampton institute in 1942 with a degree in math and physical science. She began her career at nasa at the west area computing section in 1951, reporting to dorothy vaughn. She was assigned by vaughn to work in the super sonic pressure tunnel in 1953. Her engineering supervisor provided her opportunities to engage in hands-on experience, conducting experiments in the facility and suggested she enter a training program that would allow her to be promoted from mathematician to engineer. Trainingees had to take -- trainees had to take graduate level courses in nat and physics managed by uva at the segregated Hampton high school and she needed a special permission from the city of Hampton to take the she overcame that challenge, classes. Finish the courses, earned the promotion and in 1958, became nasa's first Black female engineer. And co-authored her first report that same year. The title of the report was "the effects of nose angle and mach number on transition of cones at super sonic speeds." in the 1950s, she was the only Black female aeronautical engineer in the field and for decades enjoyed a productive engineering career. However, she could never break the management glass ceiling. She retired from langley in mary jackson died in 2005. 1985.
[Unknown]
Dorothy vaughn came to nasa in 1943 during the height of the world war ii, leaving her teaching job in farmville, Virginia, and was assign to the segregated west computing unit. Sthefrs promoted to lead the group in 1949. When the transition was made from naca to nasa, the west computing unit was abolished and she was assigned to a new racially and gender integrated group that would take a lead in electronic computing. She became an expert fortran programmer and contributed to the scout launch vehicle program. She sought but never received another management position at langley. She retired from nasa in 1971. Her legacy was her promotion of west computing alumni mary jackson and katherine Johnson, and the second generation of mathematicians and engineers like Dr. Christine darden. Dorothy vaughn died in 2008. Finally, Dr. Christine darden, who currently resides in hatch, Virginia, was added to the pool of human computers in 1967. She is a graduate of Hampton institute and has a doctorate degree in mechanical engineering from george Washington university. She served as the technical leaders nasa's sonic boom group, a vehicle integration branch of the high speed research program, a role in which she was responsible for developing the sonic boom research program at nasa. Her over 40-year career at nasa, she became deputy manager of the tu-144 experiments program and degree in the program management office of the aerospace performance center where she was responsible for langley research and air traffic management and other aeronautics programs management at other nasa centers. As a retiree, she is a much sought after speaker. The author of the book "hidden figures" was also born and raised in the city of Hampton as well. If you have not read the book or seen the movie, I encourage you to do so. This is not Black history or a Black story. This is american history and these figures are no longer thank you, Mr. President. Hidden.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from James city county, Senator Norment .
Tommy Norment
Thank you, Mr. President. I rise on a point of personal privilege.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
Tommy Norment
Mr. President, I 'm always entertained when the Senator from Franklin puts on his amusing personality and shares with us some of his articulations. I was interested that today in his characterization of a boogieman, and he is wrong. Sometimes there are boogie men. I would say m president, in the 26 years that I 've been in the Senate of Virginia, I really have not ever taken this approach, but I think sometimes unusual circumstances dictate unusual responses. I was thinking about the 26 years that I have spent in the Senate of Virginia and I was hearkening back to what sometimes we refer to as the good old days, and perhaps sometimes the good old days were neither, but we do like to characterize them as that. I recall when I first came in 1992, that I think there was a greater sense of collegiality, comity and civility that prevailed in this body, and it prevailed regardless of political affiliations or ideological affiliations, and there was much more collegiality, I believe. I was also reflecting over the years that it has become much more frustrating, I think, for us as part-time citizen legislators to serve. The demands on our personal time, the demands on our professional times, the ideological divide that seems to have expanded can create quite a bit of frustration at times. I learned a long time ago from a fairly legendary democratic member of the House of delegates not to bring any bills or any ideas or concept to Richmond that I had to take home and I became invested in myself. And the reason for that is that the can be very frustrating, even to the most brilliant attorneys from northern Virginia when a majority of their I suggest to you, Mr. President, that there are appropriate and inappropriate ways to deal with the frustration that results from the leanne gregg lafesh I think -- legislative process. Process. I think one inappropriate way is to act like a petulant child who needs to go back to legislative colleagues. Kindergarten to learn the words of comity, collegiality and civility, but making criticisms publicly that are directed at the press against another member is totally unacceptable. Let me share a couple of points with you. There was some questions raised about why educational bills were going to the Senate finance committee, and I do appreciate, Mr. President, that some of us that are involved in the budget process perhaps are better armed with information than others, but that information is readily available to anyone that wants to make a diligent inquiry. Some of the bills that were sent to Senate finance out of education and health were sent there for this reason. One approach was that it was going to cost william & mary $693,000, cost the university of Virginia 2.6 million. Another bill that was sent to Senate finance was going to cost william & mary 3.5 million, the university of Virginia 20.7 million. Another one that was September to the Senate finance committee, in order to try to balance out the finances, would require another 700 in-state students to be taken to william & mary and 2600 more students from in-state to be taken to the university of Virginia. Another approach was going to cost william & mary $2.3 million and the university of Virginia $8.6 million. So in spite of what May have appeared to be something of a cavalier referring of these bills to the Senate finance committee, there was a nexus and there was a financial reason for that. I would further say, Mr. President, that there was a suggestion, not an innuendo, but a suggestion that it was inappropriate for someone who had a relationship with a college to chair finance and to be dealing with pieces of legislation that impacted the college and universities. Had someone approach me and asked me that, I would have said I had an opinion from the attorney general's office eight years ago that said there was no conflict of interest, no conflict of interest. And part of the reason, Mr. President, was that there are 24 community colleges and 15 four-year colleges in this university and as long as legislation that is impacting the institutions of higher learning as a universe, there is no conflict. I would further say, think about this for a minute. Suppose you are a retiree from a telecommunications company, getting a pension. Should you be voting on legislation? Suppose you are an active member of a college that has a medical treatment facility that is pending before the general assembly. Should you vote on that? Should you be voting on legislation if you are a doctor and there are copns or other healthcare issues pending before the general assembly. And then let's take the large universe. Should you as a lawyer, who's voting on judges, who is voting on legislation that you May specialize in as a plaintiff's attorney, should you be voting on that? There are a lot more professions that could be carved out, but let me remind you, we are a part-time citizen legislature. And consequently, those of us that cannot live comfortably on the salary and compensation that we received from our legislative responsibilities have other careers that we have to pursue. And it is almost impossible to any of us to sit through a legislative session and not have some piece of legislation come before us that does not in some way touch or incidentally come in contact with what we do professionally or what we do so I suggest to you that that is personally. One of the inherent challenges that we have in a part-time citizen legislature, and we rely upon the personal integrity of each member of this body to determine when it is appropriate to exercise the rule 36. But I can say that that is a matter of personal conscience and we do not need a conscience of the body suggesting to us what May have been inappropriate in their myopic eyes. So I suggest to you, Mr. President, there were empirical financial reasons that the bills were referred to the finance committee dealing with higher education. There is no conflict of interest, and I suggest to you that there are many, many opportunities that come before us where we have to exercise our good judgment. And I say this, Mr. President, not with any degree of pride that I make these comments, but I have never done something like this in 26 years, but I 've never had a shot taken at me like that in the media either.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The Senator from Fairfax city, Senator peterson.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Mr. President. Ladies and gentlemen, speak to the measure as point of personal privilege. Ladies and gentlemen, I was the person that's being referred to in the speech. I noted that Senator Norment, the gentleman from James city county, has a position teaching at william & mary university, or college of william & mary, and I noted the fact that the bills will being sent to the subcommittee he was chairing. I'll take the blame, I 'm the petulant child, but at the end of the day, I don't mind taking blame sometimes. I came down here to represent the people in my district and access to college, access to higher education, affordability, those are critical issues. And those issues didn't get a fair hearing. I'm sorry, but they didn't. You want to throw me under the bus, throw me under the bus, but at the end of the day, it really doesn't matter. I got to go home and explain to people, did I fight for you or I did not? Yeah, I took some hits. You know what, I apologize. I probably said something I should have, I lost my tem perk but I 've also served with people that have gotten in trouble. Not for this, but let's not public radio tend this body has never -- pretend this body has never been touched by investigations that call into questions our morals and our ethics. Let's not pretend that everything is self governance. At the end of the day, with ever to answer for ourselves, I understand that, and I agree completely with the gentleman that we have to make a living, but when you work for an employer and then put yourself in a position of supervising that employer, that puts you in an inherently ticklish position. I congratulate the gentleman for negotiating that. I don't know if I could, and I 'll take the blame for using the words conflict of interest and speaking to the media. I'll take the blame. I'll take the hit. I don't apologize for representing my constituents, not at all. I've tried to raise this issue. I don't feel like the issue haed a fair hearing. I'll be back here next year and we'll try it again, and again, my apologies to the gentleman.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. Is there any other business to come before the Senate ? The senior Senator from Fairfax County, Senator slaus.
[Unknown]
Point of personal privilege.
[Unknown]
The Senator has the floor.
[Unknown]
Let me just inform the Senator from Fairfax city, every one of us in here is here representing our constituents. You're not the only one, and quite frankly, I 've never in all the years I 've been here run into a situation like this, but I can tell you, I 'm pretty conscious and I 'm pretty sure the other 39 of you are on representing your constituents. And quite frankly, my constituents want to go through college in four years. They don't want to trap these universities -- strap these universities so they can, you know, wind up having to cut courts, which is what happened in 1998 when we froze tuition and they started cutting courses and I got calls from my constituents saying, my kid's got to go nine semesters, where is my savings? There wasn't any, all right? And the universities don't need us micro managing them. And the Senator from James city county knows this. And quite frankly, he's done a pretty darn good job of making sure that these universities are viable and functioning well. So I would just say to you or anyone else in here that no one Senator has a lock or a monopoly on just representing their constituents. Thank you, Mr. President.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The clerk will please report any announcements on the desk.
[Unknown]
Today, Thursday, February 16th, 2017, the committee on agriculture, conservation and natural resources will meet one -- is a minutes after adjournment in science -- 15 minutes after yourment in Senate room b. The education and health subcommittee on public education will not meet. This is a change. Education and health subcommittee on public education will not meet. The committee on finance will meet at 4:30 p.M., Senate room a. The Virginia legislative Black caucus will meet at 5:00 p.M., sixth floor Senate leadership conference room. The Senate Page mock session will be held tonight at 5:30 in the Senate chamber and they're recruiting members to be pages. They have a lot of work for you. Tomorrow, Friday, February 17th, 2017, the committee on rehabilitation and social services will meet at 8:30 a.M., Senate room b. One half hour before session, in the republican caucus will meet Senate room two. The democratic caucus will meet one half hour before session, Senate room one.
[Unknown]
Thank you, madam clerk. The Senator from Bedford, Senator Newman .
Steve Newman
Mr. President, I move that the Senate do now adjourn until 9:30 tomorrow.
[Unknown]
Thank you, Senator. The motion is shall the Senate stand adjourned until 9:30 tomorrow. All those in favor of the motion will say aye, those opposed no. The ayes have it. The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30 tomorrow. Until 9:30 tomorrow.