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.
Committee Reports

     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 legislative rules,
     (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 consumers.
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.
Miscellaneous Business

     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.