A searchable audio archive from the 2013-2016 legislative sessions of the North Carolina General Assembly.

searching for


Reliance on Information Posted The information presented on or through the website is made available solely for general information purposes. We do not warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of this information. Any reliance you place on such information is strictly at your own risk. We disclaim all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on such materials by you or any other visitor to the Website, or by anyone who may be informed of any of its contents. Please see our Terms of Use for more information.

Senate | August 6, 2015 | Chamber | Senate Session

Full MP3 Audio File

The Senate will come to order. Without objection the Senate will stand in recess until 11.30, will stand at recess based on standard stipulations set forth in 24.1 and the ratification of bills. The ratification of bills, the Clerk will read. Enrolled bills. The Enrolling Clerk reports the following bills duly ratified for presentation to the Governor: SENATE BILL 273,  AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE FLEXIBILITY IN WAIVING PENALTIES AND INTEREST FOR MOTOR VEHICLE TAXES FOR TAX YEARS PRIOR TO JULY 1, 2013. HOUSE BILL 538, AN ACT TO AMEND AND CLARIFY THE POWERS OF WATER AND SEWER AUTHORITIES, TO AUTHORIZE COUNTIES AND CITIES TO PLEDGE A SECURITY INTEREST IN AN ESCROW ACCOUNT UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS, TO ALLOW THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMISSION TO AUTHORIZE A THIRTY-YEAR Maturity Date for the Financing of Certain Water System Project, to Authorize Metropolitan Water Districts and Metropolitan Water and Sewer District to Enter into an Installment Contract Financing Agreement and to Require Public or Community Waste Water System. To Accept liquid condensate generated by residential heating and cooling system. The following bill duly ratified, properly enrolled and prepared for presentation to the office of secretary House Bill 512, an Act to Annex Certain Described Properties through the City of Gunn and to Annex Certain Described Property to the Town of Holly Ridge. Senate will come to order, Sergent-at-Arms close the doors, members to get to their seats Members and guests in the gallery please turn off all kinds of devices, leading the senate in prayer is Reverend Carl Wood of Wendell, Reverend Roach is the Senate assistant Sergeant-at-Arms. All members and guests in the gallery please stand. Would you please Pray with me. Almighty and gracious God, we come to you today thanking you for your goodness and your mercy and your grace to us, we are grateful for all that you've done and our doing in this body and in the lives of these dear servants. Lord we come asking for a special blessing today upon representative Becky Corney and her family, especially today during her surgery and in the recovery period to follow. We pray  that you will give the doctors and nurses wisdom, to provide the kind of care that she would need recognizing however that you indeed are the great. and that healing comes from your hands. We ask that you comfort the family with the calm assurance of your presence during this time. For today and the days to come, we pray for your contended guidance, wisdom, understanding and patience in order to complete the task for which this body has been called, now father may your unfailing love and righteous blessing rest upon each person, their homes and families today and always and I make this prayer in the name of Jesus and all God's people said Amen. Senator Berger is recognized for a motion. Thank you Mr. President, the journal of Wednesday August the 5th, 2015 has been examined and is found to be correct. I move that we dispense with the reading of the journal and that it stand approved as written. Without objection the journal for August stand approves as written. Seems we have leaves of absence granted today for Senators Blue, Cook, Curtis, Foushee, Lee, Lowe, Robinson, Smith-Ingram and Tillman Mr. President. Senator Apodaca for what purpose do you rise. Mr. President motion please.  Senator Apodaca [xx] for a motion.  Mr. President since we have a large calendar today House bill 173, Omnibus criminal law bill is on today's moved that it be removed in today's calendar and referred to committee on roles. Without objection so ordered senators upon the motion of Senator Pate of Wayne county the Chair is happy to extend courtesies of the gallery to the new secretary designee of health and human services Rick No Rick please stand up and recognized, thanks for joining us thanks for serving our state. Senators the Chair is happy

to extend the courtesy of the floor to bow hinds[sp?] Bow, stand up. Bo was the leading receiver at NC State last year, and he is transferring to play football at Yale this year and is interested in politics. So welcome Bow Senator Roberts is here. Senators, we'll move right into our calendar for the day. Mr. President. Senator Rucho, for what purpose do you rise? To send forward a finance committee. You can send forward your report, Senator clerk will read senator [xx] for the finance committee to make the [xx] senate bill 607 [xx] substitute bill title [xx] tax bill of rights house bill 117 committee substitute number two unfavorable as committee substitute bill number two, but favorable as to the senate committee substitute bill NC compete act. Senate bill 607 calender and house bill 117 appropriations based budget Senator Pait for what purpose of your rise? To send fourth a conference committee report Mr. President. You can send up your report senator. Clerk will read the president of the senate speaker of the house conferees upon result different [xx] the House Representatives. Bill 512, bill being to entitle an act to allow its time extend frame from a [xx] of backup PSA requirements from buying uniforms standards for backup PSA PS2 and to prohibit the double taxation of city residents from nine 11 dispatch services Moving on to our calendar senators, we have one bill on the calendar today for concurrent Senate Bill 581. Clerk will read. Senate bill 581. Subdivision streets, traffic, calming devices. Senator Paice is recognized. Thank you Mr. President the house amended a part of this bill that that has to do with general statute 136-102.8 sub 4 to change the margin of approval for installing speed bumps in neighborhoods from 70% to 60% of the property owners of that neighborhood. I think that is a good amendment to this bill and I would recommend that we concur. Senator Pate ask that you concur any discussion or debate on the motion? Hearing none the question before the Senate is the motion to concur in the House Committee Substitute to Senate Bill 581. All in favor vote aye, oppose will vote no. Five seconds to be allowed for the voting, clerk record the vote. 42 having voted in the affirmative and 0 in the negative the Senate concurs in House committee substitute to Senate Bill 581. It will be enrolled and sent to the governor. At this time Senators we'd like to say thank you to this week's pages. Pages we hope you've had a great week with us, we appreciate your service to the Senate. Thanks so much. Do we have any notices or announcements? Senator Van Duyn for what purpose do you rise? like to make an announcement. Senator [xx] you have the floor. The Democrats will caucus after session. Any other notices or announcements? Senator McKissick for what purpose do you rise? Point of personal privilege. Senator Mckissick you have the floor for point of personal privilege. Of course today is kind of a historical mile stone for two things actually the past week of course of the signing at the voting rights act which radically transform access the ballot box here in the United States and you no longer have to worry about poll taxes, literary C test or the like and I think it might transform the political landscape of our country to make it more inclusive so I think that's appropriate that we recognize 50 years ago that in fact occurred because seven years go there was Hiroshima, of course later Nagasaki

but the conclusion to world war II of course Senator Alexander made remarks about that yesterday, back in 1968 I met one of those victims from Hiroshima in West Port Connecticut homeless in Greek dear friends [xx] only at that point did I realize that it had city western annihilated you could see the replica, everything that it had occurred on that particular occasion if you spoke to one of those survivors who spoke of the horror, who you could see the lasting burns upon, you began to quickly realize why nuclear weapons is something we need to control. When occurrence of nuclear proliferation we need to be smart, we need to be strategic, there is a period in our history where we talked about making sure that the Soviet Union as it was called in that day and time, host China later, United States all had nuclear arsenals that were well prepared, for launch missiles but all of those super powers knew that if they were launched be mutually assured distraction. As we look today in what's going on in Iraq and the compacts that are coming out of there that are going up for public discussion and dialogue, I hope that we recognize that while we won World War II by the use of a nuclear weapon that we can never want to ever see one used again, but more importantly to understand the compassion of Americans and and the General MacArthur to help rebuild Japan. The point for today Japan is one of our strongest allies, financially and politically, hopefully many of those powers that have nuclear arsenal's today, we can become, we can start a civil relationship with them so that we don't have another Hiroshima, another Nagasaki, ought keep those nuclear materials out of the hands of those that would do us harm, and that perhaps some of those that are our enemies today we can establish bonds and friendships of mutual respect to ensure that just doesn't happen in in the future, Thank you. Any further notices or announcements? Senator Rabin, for what purpose do you raise? A moment of personal privilege. Senator Rabin you have the floor for a moment of personal privilege. With regard to World War II I'm probably closest in age to remembering a lot about that war that others may not be aware of. It wasn't us who attacked them it was them who attacked us. With regard to Hiroshima and Nagasaki yes that's too bad that happened, but they brought it on themselves and I'm going to quote President Reagan, paraphrasing a little bit more than a quote, he said that he had lived through three wars and never had one happened when America was too strong. A weak America will lead to more use of nukes if we're not careful. I don't think we're moving in the right direction right now nationally with regard to our national security, I do agree that nuclear weapons ought to be controlled, but I think we have to hold the hammer weight if we want the world to stay free, if we want the world to stay on even keel. We are the best in the freedom in this country. God made us that way, we ought to want to stay that way, and I don't apologize to anyone for Hiroshima and Nagasaki, that saved over a million US service peoples' lives and casualties. We didn't it start it, we ended it, I'm glad we ended it the way we did, and the final lesson is yes they are our friends, I agree, but what we really did was their minds and then win their hearts, you can't win their hearts until you do it the other way around, thank you. Any further business coming before the Senate? Senator Wade for what purpose do you rise? A moment of personal privilege. Senator Wade you have the floor. I just wanted to remind everyone in here that we have a special birthday coming up on Saturday, I was feverish to find that when I was leafing through our little directory today and I think we all know this person and he is near and dear to us, Senator Berger has a birthday on Saturday and I

did want to say I was distressed when I found out that he was younger than I am, so I just want to wish you a happy birthday Senator Berger. Any further business coming before the Senate? Now the Chair recognizes Senator Berger for a motion Thank you Mr. President. I move that the senate now adjourn subject to the standard stipulations set forth in senate rule 24.1 ramification of bills the appointment of conferees receipts and re referral on committee reports, received the conference reports, and receive house messages to reconvene on Monday, August 10th, 2015 at 1:30 P. M and members the 1:30 P. M is simply to allow for some administrative things to take place, so we will not have a voting session until 7 P. M. motion is that the Senate do now adjourn subject to the stipulations stated by senator Berger to reconvene Monday, August 10th at 1:30 seconded by Senator Brock. All in favor say aye oppose no the ayes have it senate stands adjourned.