01/15/2018 Senate Proceedings

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Minutes

Called to order at 12 m. by Lt. Governor Justin E. Fairfax

Prayer offered by The Reverend Dr. Vernon C. Walton, First Baptist
Church of Vienna, Vienna, Virginia

ROLL CALL OF MEMBERS: quorum present

Motion of Senator Saslaw dispensed with reading of Journal
(33?Y 5?N

COMMUNICATION FROM HOUSE (HN10112): reading waived (37?Y 3?N)

The House of Delegates has agreed to the following House joint
resolutions: HJ 9, 10, 14, 18, 20, 22, 23, 36, 43, 44, 45, 50, 51, 52, 53, 57,
61, 62, 63, 65, 67, 78, 79, 119, 121

House joint resolutions laid on Clerks Desk: see January 16 Senate
Calendar

BILLS REPORTED 

From Courts of Justice: SB 1S rereferred to Finance, 48A
rereferred to Finance, 105S, 669, 715S rereferred to Finance

BILLS REREFERRED

From Courts of Justice: SB 56 rereferred to Finance, 253
rereferred to Commerce and Labor, 320 rereferred to General Laws and
Technology, 362 rereferred to Education and Health, 716 rereferred to
Rehabilitation and Social Services

Bills and resolutions presented, ordered printed and referred under
Senate Rules 11(b) and (26)g: see January 16 Senate Calendar

CALENDAR

UNCONTESTED CALENDAR

SENATE BILLS ON SECOND READING

SB 76 - Read second time, Committee substitute agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SB 103 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB 227 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB 269 - Read second time, Committee substitute agreed to (voice
vote), Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice vote)

SB 287 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB 295 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB 304 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate block vote (voice
vote)

SB 330 - Out of block, Passed by for day

REGULAR CALENDAR

SENATE BILL ON SECOND READING

SB 134 - Read second time, Engrossed by Senate (voice vote)

UNCONTESTED CALENDAR

SENATE BILLS ON FIRST READING

SB 89 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 121 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 174 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 218 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 306 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 340 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 382 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 450 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 470 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

REGULAR CALENDAR

SENATE BILLS ON FIRST READING

SB 36 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 61 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 81 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 267 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 344 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Passed by for day

SB 414 - Rules suspended, Constitutional reading dispensed block
vote (40-Y 0-N), Out of block, Motion to rerefer to Finance agreed to (voice
vote)

On motion of Senator Norment, the Senate recessed at 12:57 p.m. to
reconvene at 6:30 p.m.

The Senate reconvened at 6:50 p.m.

The Senate proceeded at 6:50 p.m. to House Chamber for Governors
State of the Commonwealth Address

On motion of Senator Newman, the Senate adjourned in Memory of Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. at 7: 53 p.m. to convene Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at
12 m.

 

 


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Transcript

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[Unknown]
This is the life of the mother exception that they had right there. Mr. Speaker, carol everett who came here one time in support of a bill, ran an abortion clinic in tennessee -- I 'm sorry, texas, she acknowledged faking manage records to protect an abortionist who wants to leave on a date with his girlfriend and let a woman die because of a punctured uterus. Mr. Speaker, there is no moral content to this, there is no reason to support this amendment. I will vote "present." I can't in conscience do this, so I intend to vote "present" on this. >> Mr. Speaker? Will the gentleman yield for a question? >> Will the gentleman yield?
[Unknown]
Yes.
[Unknown]
The gentleman yields.
[Unknown]
I know our president voted "present" many times in the illinois legislature. I'm not sure what the equivalent of that is here, but I would ask the gentleman, I noted this amendment does not represent what he or I would consider perfect language. But is the gentleman telling the body that even if we can save one unborn child from being killed in the womb, that because this is not the perfect language he would like, if he is willing to not support this language, especially in light of the fact that this amendment also stops taxpayer resources from being used to achieve those ends. Is that what the gentleman is telling us, that he is not support the amendment?
[Unknown]
No, the gentleman is reading into my statements, which I never intended. Mr. Speaker, in 2011, on Senate bill 1366, introduced by the minority leader from Fairfax, this body accepted an amendment of mine and the gentleman supported it, to disallow any funding of any abortion. That amendment passed this body with about 55 votes. The gentleman from Fairfax, the Senator from Fairfax, declined to go on record. Now, had he had the votes to defeat my amendment, he would have voted it. He knew he was going to lose because nobody could get out of voting on that amendment on the other side and it's a great effort here to avoid dealing with this issue. So, Mr. Speaker, I would challenge the gentleman or recall for him the statement in the new testament. It must -- which lincoln used in reference to slavery. But the point is this. If must needs be that evil will come in this world, but woe to those to whom it shall come. If you put your name on this amendment, you yourself are authorizing this fraud because it is a fraud and I 'm telling you, any abortionist can abort any baby at any time with this pathetically drawn language. I have to be accountable to my conscience, not the gentleman's conscience. I have no way, no window to his soul. I don't view his motives, I don't know them. I cannot -- knowing that, I spent my life on this. All five laws in congress banning the use of abortion funding can be traced to my intervention or my initiation. When I have the -- an abortionist who presided at the killing of 60,000 children tell me that this is not necessary, that it's a fraud, I 've got to pay attention to him. This is a deception on pro-life virginians and I am ashamed that this is being offered here. This is a political ploy to get people off the hook. We successfully ducked all these votes this year, even refusing to go on record, on sex elected abortions which the democrats in illinois will willing to outlaw. This is a fraud, I cannot be part of it.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker? Would the gentleman yield for a further yes? >> Yes. >> The gentleman yields.
[Unknown]
I know where the gentleman is on this, which is why I was sort of -- I understand what he has offered to us today in terms of an explanation, but if he truly believes that this amendment will not save one life, then I certainly understand that that is a valid argument, but if he