Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Votes to Remember in November

Yesterday, I referred to three bills of special interest to VEA. Today, I’ll let you know where these three bills stand as we reach crossover. On the House side is the HB2410, Delegate Putney’s bill to create a defined contribution option; and HB2314, Delegate Massie’s voucher bill.

Delegate Jennifer McClellan led the debate against the voucher bill yesterday, and the 55-44 vote to pass the bill in the House was close.

YEAS--Abbitt, Albo, Anderson, Athey, Bell, Richard P., Bell, Robert B., Byron, Cleaveland, Cline, Cole, Comstock, Cosgrove, Cox, J.A., Cox, M.K., Garrett, Gilbert, Greason, Habeeb, Howell, A.T., Iaquinto, Ingram, Janis, Joannou, Jones, Kilgore, Knight, Landes, LeMunyon, Lingamfelter, Loupassi, Marshall, D.W., Marshall, R.G., Massie, May, Miller, J.H., Morgan, O'Bannon, Oder, Orrock, Peace, Pogge, Poindexter, Pollard, Purkey, Putney, Robinson, Scott, E.T., Sherwood, Stolle, Tata, Villanueva, Ware, R.L., Wilt, Mr. Speaker--54.

NAYS--Abbott, Alexander, Armstrong, BaCote, Barlow, Brink, Bulova, Carr, Carrico, Crockett-Stark, Dance, Ebbin, Edmunds, Englin, Filler-Corn, Herring, Hope, Hugo, James, Johnson, Keam, Kory, Lewis, McClellan, McQuinn, Merricks, Miller, P.J., Morefield, Morrissey, Nutter, Phillips, Plum, Rust, Scott, J.M., Shuler, Sickles, Spruill, Surovell, Torian, Toscano, Tyler, Ward, Ware, O., Watts, Wright--45.

We will now go to work in an effort to kill this bill in the Senate.

The House vote on HB2410, the bill to weaken VRS by creating a defined contribution option, was as follows:

YEAS--Abbitt, Albo, Anderson, Athey, BaCote, Barlow, Bell, Richard P., Bell, Robert B., Brink, Byron, Carrico, Cleaveland, Cline, Cole, Comstock, Cosgrove, Cox, J.A., Cox, M.K., Dance, Edmunds, Garrett, Gilbert, Greason, Habeeb, Howell, A.T., Hugo, Iaquinto, Ingram, Janis, Joannou, Jones, Keam, Kilgore, Knight, Landes, LeMunyon, Lingamfelter, Loupassi, Marshall, D.W., Marshall, R.G., Massie, May, McQuinn, Merricks, Miller, J.H., Miller, P.J., Morgan, O'Bannon, Oder, Orrock, Peace, Pogge, Poindexter, Pollard, Purkey, Putney, Robinson, Rust, Scott, E.T., Scott, J.M., Sherwood, Shuler, Spruill, Stolle, Tata, Torian, Villanueva, Ware, O., Ware, R.L., Wilt, Wright, Mr. Speaker--72.

NAYS--Abbott, Alexander, Armstrong, Bulova, Carr, Crockett-Stark, Ebbin, Filler-Corn, Herring, Hope, James, Johnson, Kory, Lewis, McClellan, Morefield, Morrissey, Nutter, Phillips, Plum, Sickles, Surovell, Toscano, Tyler, Ward, Watts--26.

Englin’s no vote should be recorded later. He said his “Nay” button malfunctioned.

We will need to work our hardest to defeat this bill in the Senate.

On the Senate side, SB1031, Senator Barker’s bill to allow school boards to retain unspent funds at year’s end failed on a close vote (17-23):

YEAS--Barker, Colgan, Edwards, Herring, Houck, Howell, Locke, Marsden, McEachin, Miller, J.C., Miller, Y.B., Petersen, Puller, Reynolds, Saslaw, Ticer, Whipple--17.

NAYS--Blevins, Deeds, Hanger, Lucas, Marsh, Martin, McDougle, McWaters, Newman, Norment, Northam, Obenshain, Puckett, Quayle, Ruff, Smith, Stanley, Stosch, Stuart, Vogel, Wagner, Wampler, Watkins--23.

Please plan to attend the “Repair the Damage” rally in Richmond on February 14th.

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