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Senate | July 11, 2013 | Chamber | Session

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[GAVEL UP] The Senate will come to order. Sergeant at Arms, close the doors. Members, go to their seats. Members and guests in the gallery, please silence all electronic devices. Leading the Senate in prayer is the Rev. Peter Milner?, Senate Chaplain. All members and guests in the gallery will please stand. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Let us pray together. Heavenly Father, we draw close to you because you are the one who's drawn close to us. You've sought us out. We were lost sheep, and you brought us home. We thank you that is your character, that you chase after us, even when we're like Jonah and run to Nineva. Lord, we thank you that you meet us where we are. Lord, we thank you for the service of Zeb Alley? today and how he served this place, and we ask you to comfort his family in his loss and comfort those in western North Carolina, especially Waynesville, where he served with the news of his death. Lord, we draw close to you because you are the only one who can comfort us in loss. And it's in your name, Jesus, that we pray. Amen. [ANSWERS IN AUDIENCE] [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator -- Senator Pate is recognized for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President. The journal of Wed., July 10, 2013, has been examined and is found to be correct. I move that the Senate dispense with the reading of the journal and that it stand approved as written. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Without objection, the journal for July 10 stands approved as written. Senator, we have leaves of absence granted today for Senators Berger and Meredith. We do have Nurse of the Day with us. Our nurse Day is Donna Fields from Stanley, NC. Nurse Fields, please stand and be recognized. Thank you for your service to the Senate. [APPLAUSE] [PAUSE] [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. Apodaca, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President, good morning. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Good morning. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I would like to make a motion, please. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. Apodaca has the floor for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] On Senate Bill 315 on today's calendar, I move that it be removed from today's calendar and put on Saturday morning, I mean, excuse me, Monday night's calendar. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Without objection so ordered. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The Senators will go ahead and move into the calendar for today, starting with our local bills. Second reading, House Bill 512. The Clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 512: The Central Carolina Community College Trustee Elections. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question before the Senate is the passage of the Senate committee substitute to House Bill 512, on its second reading. All in favor say Aye. [AYES ANSWER] All opposed No. The ayes have it. The Senate committee substitute to House Bill 512 passes its second reading without objection to be read a third time. [SPEAKER CHANGES] North Carolina General Assembly acts. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question before the Senate is the passage of Senate committee substitute to House Bill 512 on its third reading. All in favor will say Aye. [AYES ANSWER] Opposed no. [NOS ANSWER] The ayes have it. The Senate committee substitute to House Bill 512 passes its third reading and will be sent to the House for concurrence in the Senate committee substitute. [PAUSE] Senators, we'll move into our Public Bills Conference reports. For adoption, Senate Bill 200. The Clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Bill 200 extends time for forensic [CUTS OFF]

Senator Bingham is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President. I would urge that we concur, we made some minimal changes but they were for the better and we got our wishes in this, and so if the Senate would please concur. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. Bingham asks that you would adopt the conference report. Is there any discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question before the body is the adoption of the conference report for Senate bill 200. All in favor vote "aye", opposed to vote "no", five seconds will be allowed for the voting, and the clerk will record the vote. Woodard, "aye". 48 having voted in the affirmative and 0 in the negative, Senate bill 200 conference report is adopted and the House ill be notified. House bill 255, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House bill 255, UNC tuition surcharge to advance notice. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. Tillman is recognized, Sen. Soucek is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President. This bill, we have no opposition. Rep. Glazier and I put together good compromise where it just instructs the board of governors that they need to have a uniform system on how to inform parents and students about the surcharge for tuition after 140 credit hours. And it has an August 15th date, that's going to start everything, so everyone is notified as to what's going on and when. And I know of no opposition, I urge your support. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. Apodaca, what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Does Sen. Soucek wanted us to vote yes for this? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Okay, thank you, I was confused. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. Walters, what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To ask Sen. Soucek a question. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. Soucek, do you yield for a question? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I do. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. Soucek, does anywhere in this bill if you went to school for over four years you can retroactively charge the folks 30 years ago? [SPEAKER CHANGES] There is not, I'm sorry. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any further discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question for the Senate is the adoption of Senate committee substitute for House bill 255 conference report, all in favor vote "aye", opposed to vote "no", 5 seconds will be allowed for the voting, clerk will record the vote. Woodard, "aye". 48 having voted in the affirmative, and 0 in the negative, Senate committee substitute to House bill 255 conference report is adopted, the House will be notified. House bill 649, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House bill 649, small group health insurance technical changes. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. Hise is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President, members of the committee. The conference report came back changed the limit on the surcharge for smokers to be 20% as it moves forwards the compromise with the House fixed some other technical languages and I ask for you to concur. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. Hise asks that you concur. Is there any discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question before the Senate is the adoption of Senate committee substitute to House bill 649 conference report. All in favor vote "aye", opposed to vote "no". 5 seconds will be allowed for the voting, the clerk will record the vote. Woodard, "aye". Rucho, "aye". 48 having voted in the affirmative in 0 in the negative, Senate committee substute to House bill 649 conference report is adopted and the House will be notified. House bill 662, clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House bill 662, limited license to install back flow assemblies. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. Gunn is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President. We're all in agreement, I'd ask you to concur. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. Gunn asks that you concur, is there any discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question before the Senate is the adoption of Senate committee substitute to House bill 662 conference report. All in favor vote "aye", opposed will vote "no", 5 seconds will be allowed for the voting, clerk will record the vote. Nesbitt, "aye". Woodard, "aye". Ford, "aye". Harmon, "aye". 48 having voted in the affirmative and 0 in the negative, Senate committee substitute to House bill 662

?? the House will be notified. Senators that completes our calendar for the day. At this time we'd like to thank our pages for their service to the Senate this week. Thank you pages for being with us, we hope you come back to see us. Thank you so much. We have any notices or announcements. Senator Brown ?? [SPEAKER CHANGES] An announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Brown has the floor for announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Republicans will caucus immediately after session for a short period. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator ?? for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President announcement, please sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator ?? has the floor for announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Let me try to give you some indication of where we are and where we're going. The folks will be working over the weekend to deal with the budget issues and we're working diligently on tax reform, hopefully, and I will underline hopefully, we can get these things worked out by the first of next week. Hopefully stay here next week and get wrapped up, so we can go home fairly soon after that, maybe next weekend. That's what we would love to do, or what we are going to try to do, so maybe we can all get together and get there. Mr. President if we could, OK we're good, thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator ?? for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] For a personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator ?? has the floor for a point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President, members of the Senate. We have three very special individuals who are with us here today who are some of the finest of State workers who work for the department of transportation in Marion. Particularly, just shortly back, they were laying asphalt on a street in Marion called Lucky Street. And for some people that day it was quite a lucky day because they happened to notice smoke coming out from a house nearby. And individuals who indicated from the front porch that there were people trapped in the house. They were able to break out a window to get the father and son out of the house and help individuals after calling 911 and instructing them to cut off the propane from the house so that everyone could get out safely. And so, I know the President is going to do a recognition formally but Ricky, Chris, and Jason who are with us here today, just on behalf on the State, thank you for your service, thank you for being alert, and thank you for exemplifying the best of those who represent the State of North Carolina. And I will send forth the senatorial statement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Senator. And those individuals in the gallery are Ricky Bradely, Chris Paner, and Jason Way and they are DOT employees from ?? county. Thank you again for your heroism and thank you for being here with us today. Is there any other announcements or any further business to come forth the Senate? If not, the chair recognizes Senator Pate for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President. I move that the Senate is now adjourned in memory Zeb Alley. Subject to the receipt of committed reports, the reading and referral of bills and resolutions. The receipt of messages from the House and the Governor and the ratification of bills to reconvene on Monday July 15th at 7 PM. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Motions to Senate due now adjourned subject to stipulations stated by Senator Pate to reconvene Monday July 15th at 7 PM seconded by Senator Robinson. All in favor say aye. Oppose no. The ayes have it. Senate stands adjourned.