HOUSE MINUTES
William J. Howell, Speaker
Bruce F. Jamerson, Clerk
Wednesday, March 17, 2004

      Called to order at 12 m. by William J. Howell, Speaker

      Mace placed on Speaker's table by Sergeant at Arms

      Prayer offered by The Honorable Ward L. Armstrong, the Gentleman from Henry

      Delegate Griffith led the House in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America

      Attendance roll call - Quorum present

      Leaves of Absence granted: Delegates Abbitt, Amundson, Black, Phillips, Stump, Van Landingham

      Motion by Delegate Griffith that the Rules of the 2004 Regular Session be the Rules for the 2004 Special Session I agreed to (Y-88 N-0)

      House duly organized and ready to proceed to business

      Message from Senate: Senate duly organized and ready to proceed to business

      HJR 5001 (Notifying Governor of organization) offered by Delegate Griffith and agreed to

      Message from Senate: HJR 5001 agreed to

      HJR 5002 (Limiting legislation to be considered by the 2004 Special Session I of the General Assembly) offered by Delegate Griffith and agreed to (Y-94 N-0)

      HR 5001 (Salaries, contingent and incidental expenses) offered by Delegate Callahan and agreed to (Y-88 N-2)

      Motion by Delegate Moran to adjourn in memory and honor of President John F. Kennedy agreed to

      Bills presented, ordered printed, and referred pursuant to House Rule 37

      Resolutions presented and laid on Speaker's table pursuant to House Rule 39(a)

      Motion by Delegate Griffith to recess agreed to

      House recessed at 12:57 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.

      House reconvened at 2:00 p.m.

      Message from Senate: HJR 5002 agreed to with Senate amendments

      Motion by Delegate Griffith to recess agreed to

      House recessed at 2:29 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

      House reconvened at 3:00 p.m.

      HJR 5002 - Senate amendment No. 1 rejected (Y-18 N-68), Senate amendment No. 2 agreed to (Y-87 N-5)

      Motion by Delegate Griffith to recess agreed to

      House recessed at 3:13 p.m. until 4:15 p.m.

      House reconvened at 4:15 p.m.

      Bill reported and read first time

      From Finance: HB 5002

      Motion by Delegate Griffith to recess agreed to

      House recessed at 4:53 p.m. until 5:25 p.m.

      House reconvened at 5:25 p.m.

      Senate communication received

      Senate bill passed: SB 5001

      Senate communication received

      Senate joint resolutions agreed to: SJRs 5001, 5002

      HB 5002 - Motion by Delegate Griffith to dispense Constitutional readings rejected (Y-62 N-28) [requires 72 affirmative votes]

      Motion by Delegate Griffith to adjourn agreed to

      House adjourned at 5:26 p.m. to meet Thursday, March 18, 2004, at 9:00 a.m.


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