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Senate | May 5, 2016 | Chamber | Senate Session

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[BLANK_AUDIO] The Senate will come to order. The Sergeant-at-Arms will close the doors, and members will to go to their seats. Members and guests in the gallery, please silence your electronic devices. [BLANK_AUDIO] Leading the Senate in prayer is The Reverend Nate Wilks of Calvary Presbyterian Church in Raleigh. All members and guests in the gallery will please stand. [BLANK_AUDIO] >> Would you pray with me? Our great God, you are king over all the earth. You reign over the nations and sit on your holy throne. We ask today that you would endow these your servants with great wisdom, to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with you. You call upon your people to pray for kings, and all who are in high positions. Would you encourage these your servants with the knowledge that many people are gathered throughout this nation, on this very day to lift them up in prayer. And you invite us to be anxious for nothing, but in all things by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving to make our requests known to you. Would you encompass these your servants with the peace that passes all understanding, that their hearts and minds might be fixed on you. We pray all these things in Jesus name. Amen. >> Amen. [BLANK_AUDIO] >> Senator Apodaca is recognized for a motion. >> Mr. President, the Journal of Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 has been examined and is found to be correct. I move that the Senate dispense with the reading of the Journal, and that it is stand approved as written. >> Without objection, the Journal for May 4th stands approved as written. Senators, we have leaves of absence granted today for Senators Bryant, Woodard, Robinson, Lowe, Newton and Brent Jackson. Senators, upon the motion of Senator Dan Blue of Wake County, and Senator Smith-Ingram of Northampton County, the Chair is happy to extend courtesies of the gallery to Trinity Primary Christian Academy. Trinity Primary Christian Academy, if you're with us please stand so we can welcome you. There they are up in the corner, thank you for being here today. >> [APPLAUSE] >> We have a fine-looking group of young men up there, thanks for joining us. Upon the motion of Senator Tamara Barringer of Wake County, the Chair is happy to extend courtesies of the gallery to Robin and David Tate, parents of Senator Barringer's intern Susan Tyler, who are visiting from Florida. So if you'll please stand and be recognized, thank you for joining us today. >> [APPLAUSE] >> Ratification of Bills, 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 Jr., as Director of the State Bureau of Investigation, Resolution 2016-4. [BLANK_AUDIO] >> At this time we'd like to say thank you to our Pages, who served us here in the Senate this week. We hope it's been a valuable experience for you, and we've enjoyed your presence. So thank you so much for sacrificing your time to be with us. >> [APPLAUSE] >> Do we have any notices or announcements? Is there any further business? Senator Brown, for what purpose do you rise? >> Quick announcement. >> You have the floor, Senator. >> Republicans will caucus immediately after session. >> Any other announcements? Any further business to come before the Senate? If not, the Chair recognizes Senator Apodaca for a motion. >> Mr. President, I move that the Senate do now adjourn subject to the standards and stipulations set forth in Rule 24.1, and the receipt of House messages, to reconvene in skeletal session on Monday, May 9th at 11:30. Mr. President, there will be no votes taken that day, we hope to have committees starting on Tuesday. So pay attention, and have a good weekend, and get healthy. >> The motion is that the Senate do now adjourn subject to the stipulations stated by Senator Apodaca, to reconvene Monday, May 9th at 11:30 AM, seconded by Senator Sanderson. All in favor say aye, >> Aye. >> Opposed no. The Ayes have it. The Senate stands adjourned. [SOUND] [BLANK_AUDIO] >> Introductions. Senate Bill 812,

an act to protect the citizens of North Carolina from the Ferry Tax, and to appropriate funds to the Department of Transportation for ferry vessel replacement. It's referred to Appropriations. I'm sorry, it's referred to Transportation, with a sequential to Appropriations. Senate Bill 813, an act to disapprove revisions to the Groundwater Corrective Action Rule adopted by the Environmental Management Commission. It's referred to Rules. Senate Bill 814, an act to provide that the State Chief Information Officer may also be referred to as Secretary of the Department of Information Technology. It's referred to Rules. Senate Bill 815, an act to authorize Longleaf School of the Arts to elect to participate in the State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees. It's referred to Insurance. Senate Bill 816, an act to increase teachers salaries. It's referred to Appropriations. Message from the House. Senate Bill 726, an act to update the reference to the Internal Revenue Code, and to decouple from certain provisions of the Federal Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015. It's received for a concurrence in House Amendment number 2, Calendar May 10. [BLANK_AUDIO]