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Senate | February 19, 2016 | Chamber | Senate Redistricting, Part Two

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[BLANK_AUDIO] So we'll come to order. Sergeant at arms close the doors members gather your seats members and guests in the gallery we ask if you silence all your electronic devises at this time [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] Do we have any reports to send to the committees [CROSSTALK]. >> I would like to send forward the registering committee report. >> You can send forward your report senator [BLANK_AUDIO] vocal aid. >> Senator Ruccho/g for the redistricting committee submit for passage, house bill number two except for number unfavorable as to committee substitute bill number one but favorable as to senate committee substitute bill 2016 US House of representative primary. >> House bill two calendar. Senators we have leaves of absence are grated today for Senator Jim Davis and Senator Van Dine/g, we also have some courtesies here. Several school groups with us today, upon the motion of Senator Blue of the [INAUDIBLE] county, the chair is happy to extend courtesies of the gallery to LongLee/g School of the Arts Chatter School of the county, and they asked to be present during the debate on redistricting matters, would you please Please stand and be recognized thanks for joining us in the gallery today. >> [APPLAUSE] >> Also upon the motion of the senator Josh Steiner wake county the Chair is happy to extend courtesies to the gallery to follow the [INAUDIBLE AUDIO] Miss Stephanie Austin. Who's the leader of the group, please stand up and be recognized. Thank you. >> [APPLAUSE] >> [BLANK_AUDIO] And upon the motion of Senator the chair is happy to exchange the courtesies to the fourth grade class at Eazely/g Elementary School, would you please stand? [APPLAUSE] >> [BLANK_AUDIO] Takes us right into our calendar for the day. [BLANK_AUDIO] Senator Apidaca/g Mr. President moved the [UNKNOWN] staff make joint members on the floor. >> Objection so horn. [BLANK_AUDIO] House Bill two, local Hayden/g. >> Act Bill two, inactive revive procedure. is for the conduct of the 2016 primary election to comply with the court order, in Harry B McCorrey/g. >> Senator Hais/g is recognized to explain the bill. >> Thank you Mr. President. Following what we did yesterday on voting to change the districts, it's also clear that several requirements are necessary to change our election laws. As we're going forward it is what this bill represents. To begin with we will be holding now, a primary election for members of congress to be held on June 7th under the new districts that we've had, [UNKNOWN] are not stayed by court or change that process, the following period will run from March 16th until March 25th between noon on both days for those seats the time period to be registered with a party in order to run for that party seat 75 days consistent with what we change when we shorten the, when we backed up the time period of March election we left that as 75 that at 75 days would have the option those who have filed for other races do have the option of filling for this race. I think than consistently in the past as well. However they would not be able to once the primaries are over actually have to choose which one of those two seats they would run for and create a vacancy in the other, that was moving forward. Run offs are eliminated for 2016 for all races under this primary and elections will be determined by polarity of voters that is simply the create the chaos to prohibit the chaos of trying to determine

who is eligible to vote in which part of which race when they come in at those times so we just eliminate that process for this election season I would be happy to answer any other questions members might have but I think it's gonna place this on this. There's chaos still on this process and the courts have chosen to give us that by not having ruled at this point or issued a stay or said they're not gonna issue a stay, I'd like to wish we can get rid of that but until they do their job, I don't think there's much we can do We are having a discussion or a debate? [BLANK_AUDIO] Hearing none. Senator O'Brien what purpose your eyes. >> [LAUGH] To speak of the- >> Senator O'Brien. Before I speak to the bill [LAUGH] >> I was working to try to understand what the process could look like that we're going through, and also understand what my thoughts are about Senate bill two and the plan set out for the new schedule and this is my concern it appears that we should have the authority because we were order by the court to enact this new plan and we have set this new plan to take effect on march 16th If we get no ruling to the contrary. Meanwhile the lawyers. the state lawyers are obligated to submit this plan to the court because they ordered it to be done in an ongoing law suit so they'll submit this his plan to the core I guess what the lawyers only side with their comments or say and the court will ultimately, I'm told will say something we don't know what that something will be. My concern is if depending on that something we could be back here a third time with a new schedule that would be even more confusing to our constituents. It would see to me although it's not ideal that it would be worth while to at least remove one or two of the variables from this process before we set this march date. Perhaps pushing it further out, perhaps a journey and coming back having received some of this rulings. We know what the Supreme court what they are doing, they are barring appropriately one of their own I don't know how much is affecting their ongoing work but I'd have to assume it's creating a little bit of a slow down. At that level so So for that reason I'm concerned I think the things we thought out in senate bill 2 the strategy is a good one, I'm just concerned about obligating ourselves to that date and using our authority which appears that we have to make that change. Absolute that time regardless of the ruling of the middle district of course if they enjoin it we have to start all over. But without hearing from them or the Supreme court. I think is troublesome and for that reason I'll be voting no. [BLANK_AUDIO] >> Any further discussion or debate? [BLANK_AUDIO] Hearing none, question for the senate is the passage of substitute for house built to on a second reading on favorite I, possible no, five seconds will be allowed for the voting so we clerk will call the vote [BLANK_AUDIO] 29 having voted in the affirmative and 15 in the negative center committee the hospital too passes the second reading will be read the third time. >> Okay [INAUDIBLE] be next? >> In the discussion debate. Moving on. All in favor of the pass center community substitute Five seconds be allowed for the voting, clerk will record the vote. [BLANK_AUDIO] >> Lee, Senator Lee. >> Aye. >> Aye, [INAUDIBLE] Having voted in the affirmative, and 15 in the negative [INAUDIBLE] Substitute House Bill 2 passes its third reading, And it will be sent to the house, for occurrence in the substitute, we would like to send that by special message. Senator Abudaka/g. [BLANK_AUDIO] >> Mr. President, if we could stand at ease. These for ten minutes please. >> Senate will stand at ease until ten after 12.

[BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] Mr President. >> Senator Apodaca/g for what purpose do you rise? >> I'm sorry Mr President I neglected this move that we We send the bill we just approved over by special messenger please. >> So ordered Senator thank you. [BLANK_AUDIO] Senators a little update here, we're go and stand in recess until 1:30. [BLANK_AUDIO]