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Senate | May 5, 2016 | Chamber | House Session

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[BLANK_AUDIO] May I have your attention please? Visitors, please retire from the chamber as the House prepares for Session. Thank you. [BLANK_AUDIO] [SOUND] [BLANK_AUDIO] The House will come to order. [BLANK_AUDIO] Members will take their seats. Visitors will retire from the chamber. The Sergeant-at-Arms will close the doors. Members and visitors will please silence all electronic devices. The prayer will be offered by Representative Warren. Members and visitors in the gallery will please stand, and remain standing for the Pledge of Allegiance. [BLANK_AUDIO] >> Before I begin, I'd just like to say that when I volunteered to do the prayer, I wonder if anybody else thinks it's coincidental they assigned me Cinco de Mayo. >> [LAUGH] >> Today is also Holocaust Remembrance Day, and I wanna mention that in our prayer, but I wanna ask us all to keep those who've lost their lives during the worst event in our history, the history of our existence, to keep those folks in mind. Please bow your head and pray with me. Our Father, who watches and rules from heaven. It seems arrogant of us that at random times that we stop in our activities to call upon you to address our needs, as if you were only available to be at our beck and call. We ask you to bless our food, get us that promotion, help our team win, or give us the right six numbers for the lottery. Rather than recognizing that having food to eat, a job to earn a living, a team to cheer for, and sufficient means to survive, are wonderful blessings in themselves, we unabashedly ask for more. You have blessed us, and we implore you to bless the blessing. Still, others turn to you with earnest hearts and tear-filled eyes pleading for relief from persecution, for a miracle of healing for themselves or a loved one, for food to eat, clothes to wear, for the gunfire to stop and their children to be safe. Sincere petitions offered in desperation and hope. Today, we pause to remember a moment in time when millions of such voices were silenced. Systematically and methodically silenced forever in the most horrendous act of inhumanity in the history of mankind. We have proven throughout our very existence, our ability for creating marvelous, lasting beauty in music, sculpture, art and architecture. We have impressed ourselves with our achievements in science and medicine. And we have also consistently demonstrated our capacity for unimaginable acts of cruelty and deprivation, immorality. We cannot deny that we are conflicted creatures. We thank you Almighty Lord for your patience, your tolerance, and your forgiveness. Now Lord, as we prepare to work together on behalf of those whom we represent, enlighten us. Encourage us, and enable us to use the talents that you've already

blessed us with, to collaborate for the betterment of our charges, to glorify you. I and many among us, ask this prayer in the name of our Lord and our Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen. >> Amen. I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands. One nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. >> Representative Lewis is recognized. >> Mr. Speaker, the Journal for May 4th, 2016 has been examined and found to be correct. I move that it stand approved as written. >> I heard a second to that. Representative Lewis moves that the Journal from May 4th be approved as written. Those in Favor will say aye, >> Aye. >> Those opposed say no. The Ayes have it, and the Journal is approved as written. >> Mr. Speaker? >> Representative Torbett. >> Inquiry of the Chair please. >> State your inquiry. >> Would it be appropriate to have a moment of silence for those lives lost during the Holocaust? >> We'll do that right now. [BLANK_AUDIO] We're back in order. Ratification of any bills. Ratification of bills and resolutions. The Clerk will read. >> The Enrolling Clerk reports the following resolution duly ratified, properly enrolled ->> They're not here now, we'll do that a little later. Chapter of bills will be noted. >> Can we do the introduction of bills now, or go ahead with the calendar? >> Introduction of bills and resolutions, the Clerk will read. >> Representatives Dollar, L. Johnson, Lambert and McGrady, House Bill 1030, 2016 Appropriations Act. >> Finance, and if favorable to Appropriations. >> Representative Meyer, Hanes, B. Richardson and Salmon, House Bill 1031, Help Educators With Loan Payment, Special Fund. Education, Universities, and if favorable to Appropriations. >> Representatives Insko, Michaux, W. Richardson and Meyer, House Bill 1032, Online Voter Registration. >> Elections. >> Representatives Hardister, Lewis, Avila and Bryan, House Bill 1033, Identification Card Fee Waiver, Disability. >> Finance. >> Representative Pierce, House Bill 1034, Restore Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver. >> Education, Community Colleges. >> Representative McNeil, L. Johnson and Iler, House Bill 1035, Local Government Commission, training for local government and finance officers. >> Local Government. >> Representative Saine, House Bill 1036, State Information Technology Contracts, Contractor Liability. >> Judiciary I. >> Representative Saine, House Bill 1037, Lincolnton Airport Authority, Contract Length. >> Local Government. >> Representative Saine, House Bill 1038, Lottery - Joint Legislative Oversight Committee Recommendations. >> Appropriations. >> Representatives L. Bell and Brisson, House Bill 1039, Increase Sampson County Occupancy Tax. >> Finance. >> Representatives Dobson, Horn, Earle and Malone, House Bill 1040, Costs Associated with NC Pre-K Slots, Study. >> Health. >> Representative Saine, House Bill 1041, Designate State Chief Information Officer As Secretary of Department. >> Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House. Representatives Saine and Bishop, House Bill 1042, Require Disclosure of all Candidate Donations. >> Elections. >> Representatives Davis and Howard, House Bill 1043, Zip Line and Challenge Course Safe Act. >> Judiciary III, and if favorable, Finance. >> Representative Hager, House Bill 1044, Law Enforcement Omnibus Bill. >> Appropriations. Calendar. [BLANK_AUDIO] Senate Bill 725, the Clerk will read. >> Senator Rucho, Senate Bill 725, a bill to be entitled an act to make technical, administrative, and clarifying changes to the unemployment insurance laws, as recommended by the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on unemployment insurance. The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts. >> This is on third reading, who is seeking recognition? Representative Howard is recognized. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I think we had a good vote yesterday, and I would ask for the folks to continue, stay the course. >> Further discussion or debate? If not, the question before the House is the passage of Senate Bill 725 on its third roll call reading. The Clerk will open the vote. [BLANK_AUDIO] One, two, one. Are you ready?

The Clerk will unlock the machine, and record the vote. The Ayes are 100, the Noes are 0. The bill has passed its third reading, and will be enrolled and sent to the governor. [BLANK_AUDIO] Members, on motion of the gentleman from Rutherford, Representative Hager, the Chair is happy to extend the courtesies of the gallery to a group of students from Pinnacle Elementary School in Rutherford. Would you all please stand so we can welcome you? Thank you for being here with us today. >> [APPLAUSE] >> We also have a group of students joining us from Morgan Elementary School in Clemens in Forsyth County. Would you all please stand so we can welcome you as well? Thank you for being with us. >> [APPLAUSE] >> Additional motion of the gentleman from Union County, Representative Arp, the Chair is happy to extend the courtesies of the gallery to Tim, Lynn and Grace Gentry, parents and sister to Tyler Gentry who is serving as a House Page this week, as well as Representative Arp's wife, Anne who's with them. Where are you all sitting? Thanks for being here. >> [APPLAUSE] >> Senate Bill 729, the Clerk will read. >> Senators Rucho, Rabon and Tillman, Senate Bill 729, a bill to be entitled an act to make various changes to the revenue laws. The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts. >> For what purpose does the gentleman from New Hanover, Representative Davis rise? >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Could I please be recorded as voting yes on the last vote? >> The gentleman will be recorded as having voted Aye on third reading of Senate Bill 725. >> Thank you, sir. >> Further discussion, further debate to Senate Bill 729? If not, the question before the House is the adoption of Senate Bill 729 on its third reading. Those in favor will vote aye, those opposed will vote no. Just a moment, the Chair will hold the vote. For what purpose does the gentleman from Durham, Representative Hall rise? >> It can't work, I need it unlocked for me sir. >> Was the gentleman's machine locked at the time the Chair was calling for the vote? >> The machine was locked, yes sir. >> Then the Chair will rescind the call for the third reading vote since it does the appear the gentleman's machine was showing up as an excused absence. For what purpose does the gentleman from Durham, Representative Luebke rise? >> Well, I was the one on this bailed vote. I couldn't, >> Does the gentleman wish to debate the bill? >> No, sir. I just wanna vote. >> Okay, all right. >> I had an excused absence sir, and I'm - >> Thank you, very good. >> No longer absent. >> All right. Now if the gentlemen would allow us to vote. Further discussion, further debate? If not, the question before the House is the passage of Senate Bill 729 on its third reading. Those in favor will vote aye, those opposed will vote no. The Clerk will open the vote. [BLANK_AUDIO] Do the following members wish to record on this vote? Representatives Martin, Baskerville, Ager, Collins or Boles? [BLANK_AUDIO] The Clerk will lock the machine and record the vote. 86 having voted in the affirmative, 21 in the negative, Senate Bill 729 passes its third reading. It is ordered enrolled and sent to the governor. Ratification of bills and resolutions, the Clerk will read. >> The Enrolling Clerk reports the following resolution duly ratified, properly enrolled and prepared for presentation to the Office of the Secretary of State. House Joint Resolution 982, a joint resolution confirming the appointment of Robert L. Schurmeier as Director of the State Bureau of Investigation. >> Chapter bills will be enrolled. For what purpose does the lady from Orange, Representative Insko rise? [BLANK_AUDIO] Representative Insko, did the lady intend to activate her? Okay. Notice and announcements. For what purpose does the gentleman from Rockingham, Representative Jones rise? >> For a point of personal privilege. >> The gentleman is recognized to speak to a point of personal privilege. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, I would like for us to observe that today is the 65th Annual National Day of Prayer. The National Day of Prayer was established by Joint Resolution of

Congress back in 1952, and was signed by President Truman. And it is pretty well established that probably millions of people in this country, and tens of thousands of events, public and private will be held today in observance of the National Day of Prayer. We all know that you can pray every day. For those of us that are married, we're married every day, but we generally observe one day a year that there's an anniversary to that day. And I would just like for us to join with the United States Congress in prior proclamations, in observance that today is the National Day of Prayer. And encourage North Carolinians that choose to participate to do so, as I know many are doing in my district today. So thank you very much. >> For what purpose does the gentleman from Wake, Representative Dollar rise? >> Announcement. >> The gentleman has the floor for an announcement. >> This is just a reminder. All of the Area Appropriation Chairs, the Area Appropriation Chairs, meet immediately, immediately after recess in Room 306B. >> For what purpose does the gentleman from Buncombe, Representative Turner rise? >> For a moment of personal privilege. >> The gentleman is recognized to speak to a point of personal privilege. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. And thank you for a quick session today, so I can go home and celebrate my daughter's ninth birthday today. So wishing her a happy birthday. Happy birthday, Eleanor. Thanks. >> [APPLAUSE] >> For what purpose does the gentleman from Cabarrus, Representative Pittman rise? >> Point of personal privilege. >> The gentleman is recognized to speak to a point of personal privilege. >> Thank you, sir. We've been honoring teachers this week, and I didn't wanna get out of here this week with that in mind without remembering my eighth grade English teacher, Marjorie Rice at Central Elementary School down in New Bern. And she taught me really, what I know about the proper use of the English language, and I don't always follow that as well as I should, but at least I know how to use it. Now I'm not gonna talk about teachers I had in high school expect to say, they didn't do the job, and if it hadn't been for Marjorie Rice, I wouldn't have known what I know. And we need to honor our teachers, and especially excellent people like Miss Rice Was. I knew since I was six years old, I was gonna go into the ministry. When I went to college I chose to major in English, and the fact that Miss Rice had taught me so well, and inspired me in the importance of proper use of the English language had a lot to do with that. And what success I've had, and being able to communicate well and preaching, whatever it is that I have to do. Sometimes I aggravate Miss Denise because, she's not really aggravated, but I pester her about bad grammar in some of our bills. But I know the difference between good grammar and bad grammar, and how to use the language properly mainly because of Marjorie Rice. And I just wanted to stand up and speak her name, and honor her today. Thank you. >> For what purpose does the gentleman from Cumberland, Representative Floyd rise? >> Inquiry of the Chair. >> The gentleman may state his inquiry. >> Mr. Speaker, perhaps you or Representative Dollar can give me some assistance. Representative Dollar mentioned that after recess, he wanted the committees to meet. At this recess or? No, it's an adjournment. He just misspoke. >> Thank you, sir. >> And for your planning purposes, members it does appear at this point that Monday's calendar will be a non voting session. We are of course in the throes of the Appropriations Committee going through its process, and the Chair is not aware of any bills coming out of any committee that would be heard at this point. So Monday is a non voting session, and Monday's session will be at three. So those of you who want to be here are welcome to, but it should be very short with no action being taken. We'd ask our Pages to come forward, if you all would make your way up to the dais. [BLANK_AUDIO] Pages, I wanna thank you for your good work you did this week. I've heard a lot of reports from our colleagues of the great work you did, and I hope this was a great experience.

I know it's never a bad idea to get out of school for a week, but I hope it was also a great learning experience and a great chance to make some friends. I would ask my colleagues to please join me in thanking our Pages for their hard work this week. >> [APPLAUSE] >> Thank you for your service, you are excused. For what purpose does the lady from Mecklenberg, Representative Carney rise? >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Point of personal privilege. >> The lady is recognized to speak to a point of personal privilege. Again, members we are still in session. I would ask the members to keep conversations down. The lady has the floor. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. This is actually in praise of our Pages this week, and some of you, there were five of you that worked very hard on a project out of my office. And I say to the members, I am impressed with the Pages that we have been getting, and their work ethics. And I'm loving the fact that they're on learning curves, and they're not just here sitting in committee rooms. I was very impressed, and I wanted to thank those young Pages personally on the floor. Thank you. >> Thank you. And members, we have another school group that's come in. We have a group of students from Page High School in Guilford County. Would you please stand so that we can welcome you? Thank you for being with us today. >> [APPLAUSE] >> For what purpose does the gentleman from Durham, Representative Hall rise? >> For an announcement, Mr. Speaker. >> The gentleman has the floor for an announcement. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The Democratic Caucus will meet for 10 minutes immediately after session in the committee room. >> Further discussion, strike that. Further notices or announcements? If not, the gentleman from Harnett, Representative Lewis is recognized for a motion. >> Mr. Speaker, I move that the House adjourn in memory of Anne Cole, the former Director of House Legislative Assistants. And it adjourn subject to receipt of messages from the Senate, committee reports and the re-referral of bills and resolutions, to reconvene Monday, May 9th at 3 o'clock PM. >> Representative Lewis moves, seconded by Representative Bell, that the House adjourn in memory of Anne Cole, former Director of House Legislative Assistants, subject to the re-referral of bills and resolutions, to reconvene Monday, May 9th at 3 PM. Those in favor will say aye, >> Aye. >> Those opposed, no. The Ayes have it, we stand adjourned. [SOUND] [BLANK_AUDIO] The adjournment is also subject to receipt of committee reports, and messages from the Senate. [BLANK_AUDIO] [SOUND] The House Pages will come to order, and take their seats. Pages, when the Chair recognizes you, it will be by the desk number in which you sit. If you look, each of you has a desk number assigned, and the Chair would ask that all debate go through the Chair. The first matter for consideration today is a bill entitled, a bill to redesign the North Carolina license plate.