Wednesday, March 12, 2003
The House of Delegates met at 6:00 p.m., and was called to order by the Speaker.
Prayer was offered and the House was led in recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.
The roll being called (698), and 93 members having answered to their names, the Speaker
declared a quorum.
The Clerk proceeded to read the Journal of Tuesday, March 11, 2003, being the first order
of business, when the further reading thereof was dispensed with and the same approved.
Chairman Spencer, from the Joint Committee on Enrolled Bills, submitted the following
report, which was received:
Your Joint Committee on Enrolled Bills has examined, found truly enrolled and, on the 12th
day of March, 2003, presented to His Excellency, the Governor, for his action, the following bills,
signed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Delegates:
(Com. Sub. for H. B. 2001), Restricting public access to military discharge forms recorded
in the county clerks office,
(Com. Sub. for H. B. 2190), Permitting certain farm vehicles to use the highways between
sunset and sunrise,
(Com. Sub. for H. B. 2357), Authorizing the aeronautics commissioner to expense funds,
(Com. Sub. for H. B. 2443), Relating to the assessment of banking institutions,
(Com. Sub. for H. B. 2500), Clarifying the authority of the courts to continue protective orders during certain proceedings,
(Com. Sub. for H. B. 2529), Relating to the licensure and regulation of psychophysiological
detection of deception examiners,
(Com. Sub. for H. B. 2556), Requiring the insurance commissioner to issue an annual
communication to increase awareness of certain flood insurance issues,
(Com. Sub. for H. B. 2615), Authorizing the department of military affairs and public safety
to promulgate legislative rules,
(Com. Sub. for H. B. 2625), Authorizing the department of health and human resources to
promulgate legislative rules,
(Com. Sub. for H. B. 2648), Authorizing the department of transportation to promulgate
(H. B. 2669), Hazardous waste management,
(Com. Sub. for H. B. 2733), Increasing funds in the special revenue accounts for the
criminal investigation division and the special audits division,
(Com. Sub. for H. B. 2868), Allowing alcohol beverage control commissioner to enter into
contracts for sale and promotion of certain proprietary scanner technology,
(Com. Sub. for H. B. 2870), Specifying the jurisdiction of the PSC over, and the application
of public utility laws to, certain described electric generating facilities,
(Com. Sub. for H. B. 2910), Establishing an "Amber Alert" system to be utilized to rapidly
disseminate information with regard to abducted and missing children,
(Com. Sub. for H. B. 2965), Authorizing the division of corrections and the state fire
marshal to retire, transfer or dispose of canines used within these departments,
(H. B. 3077), Authorizing the tax commissioner to enter into agreements with the internal
revenue service for offsetting tax refunds against tax liabilities,
(H. B. 3108), Making all business entity filing requirements consistent with the corporation
requirements under the new corporation laws,
(Com. Sub. for H. B. 3117), Requiring contractors bidding on public works construction
projects to submit valid bid bonds in their proposals and to direct how public bids are received,
(H. B. 3199), Relating to reduced telephone service rates for qualified low-income residential
Messages from the Executive
Mr. Speaker, Mr. Kiss, presented a communication from His Excellency, the Governor,
advising that on March 11, 2003, he approved S. B. 164, S. B. 166, S. B. 205 and S. B. 414.
Leaves of Absences
At the request of Delegate Staton, and by unanimous consent, leaves of absence were granted
Delegates Faircloth, Ferrell, Frederick, Manuel, Perdue, Trump and Wakim.
Delegate Caputo asked and obtained unanimous consent that the remarks of Delegate
Manchin regarding S. B. 652, Renaming Marion health care hospital John Manchin, Sr., health care
center, be printed in the Appendix to the Journal.
Delegate Frich asked and obtained unanimous consent that her questions and the responses
of Delegate Mezzatesta regarding H. B. 2224, Relating to higher education reorganization, be printed
in the Appendix to the Journal.
At 6:08 p.m., on motion of Delegate Staton, the House of Delegates adjourned until 6:00 p.m.,
Thursday, March 13, 2003.