Thursday, January 29, 2015

3 Person Panel Reported by Subcommittee, Something Stinks!

Delegate Hugo’s HB1744, a VEA initiated bill to allow local school boards to use a three person panel in teacher dismissal cases rather than a hearing officer, was reported by the Elementary and Secondary Subcommittee of House Education with direction to the full committee to re-refer the bill to the House Committee on County Cities and Towns.

YEAS--Bell, Richard P., Lingamfelter, LeMunyon, Farrell, Hester, Preston, McClellan--7.

NAYS--Cole, Pogge--2.

The same subcommittee reported Delegate Farrell’s bill, HB1320, making it so that teachers don’t have to take college courses at their own expense for re-licensure.

YEAS--Bell, Richard P., Cole, Pogge, LeMunyon, Farrell, Hester, Preston, McClellan--8.


They also reported Delegate Bacotes HB 2020, which allows retired teachers to return to teaching at a school identified as at-risk and to receive both their retirement and their pay without accruing additional retirement benefits.

YEAS--Bell, Richard P., Pogge, LeMunyon, Farrell, Hester, Preston, McClellan--7.


As it did last year, Delegate Rob Bell’s Tebow bill, HB1626, cleared the House on a 57-41 vote.  It will be harder to defeat this bill in the Senate this year.
YEAS--Adams, Anderson, Bell, Richard P., Bell, Robert B., Berg, Byron, Campbell, Cline, Cole, Cox, Davis, DeSteph, Fariss, Farrell, Fowler, Garrett, Gilbert, Greason, Habeeb, Head, Hodges, Joannou, Jones, Kilgore, Knight, Landes, LaRock, Leftwich, LeMunyon, Lingamfelter, Loupassi, Marshall, D.W., Marshall, R.G., Massie, Miller, Minchew, Morris, Morrissey, O'Bannon, O'Quinn, Peace, Pogge, Poindexter, Ramadan, Ransone, Robinson, Rush, Scott, Stolle, Taylor, Villanueva, Ware, Webert, Wilt, Wright, Yancey, Mr. Speaker--57.

NAYS--Albo, Austin, BaCote, Bloxom, Bulova, Carr, Edmunds, Filler-Corn, Futrell, Helsel, Herring, Hester, Hope, Hugo, Ingram, James, Keam, Kory, Krupicka, Lindsey, Lopez, Mason, McClellan, Morefield, Murphy, Orrock, Plum, Preston, Rasoul, Rust, Sickles, Simon, Spruill, Sullivan, Surovell, Torian, Toscano, Tyler, Ward, Watts, Yost--41.


NOT VOTING--McQuinn, Pillion--2.

Yesterday, I reported to you that as Henry Howell used to say, “There’s more sneaking around in the middle of the night in Richmond than Santa Claus.”  Well, the House Education Committee killed HB2238 yesterday on a 10-10 vote, but the vote was never recorded.  Please see Tuesday's post for a description of the bill.  Now the rumor is that the bill will be resurrected, and there is great pressure on delegates voting no to switch their votes.  Do you smell something?