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Senate | July 17, 2013 | Chamber | Session

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not nuisances under certain circumstances and provide for the ward of costs and attorney’s fees. When appropriate action is taken by both chambers, the bill has been ordered and read. Respectfully, Denise Weeks principal clerk. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Reports of standing committee. Senator Apodaca for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To send forth a committee report. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator, you can send forth your committee report. The clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca for the rules and operation of the senate committee submits a passage. Senate Bill 381, unfavorable as the bill but favorable as a committee substitute bill entitled an act to transfer the gates correctional facility to the gates county board of commissioners. House Bill 692 committee substitute number one. Amend predatory lending law unfavorable as the committee substitute bill number one but favorable as Senate committee substitute bill. House Bill 870 committee substitute number one. Record closed sessions of public bodies entitled an act to amend North Carolina anti-predatory lending law and to limit the provision of the state mortgage lending law to being no more restrictive than federal law. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Bill 381 calendar, House Bill 692 and 870 calendar. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] The clerk read in the Gates county prison bill, was that Senate Bill 381. [SPEAKER CHANGES] That’s correct, Senator [SPEAKER CHANGES] I’d like to move it. It’d be placed on the end of today’s calendar, please. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Objection, so ordered. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Rucho, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To send forward a finance committee ?? order please. [SPEAKER CHANGES] You can send forward your report. The clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Rucho for the finance committee submits the passage of House Bill 269 Senate committee substitute number one, Children with disabilities scholarship grants favorable, House Bill 857 Senate committee substitute number one, public contract construction method DBP3 unfavorable as to Senate committee substitute bill number one but favorable as to Senate committee substitute bill number two. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 269 and 857 calendar. Senator Davis, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To send forth a committee report. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator you can send forward your report. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Davis, make info to state and local committee submits to passage House Bill 523 committee substitute number one, Pitt county board of education favorable [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 523 calendar. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Multiple motions. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca has the floor for his motions. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President. Members, Senate Bill 315, municipal serves on today’s calendar has to be removed and re-calendared for tomorrow Thursday, July 18th. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Without objection, so ordered. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Listen to this, Senate Bill 337 North Carolina Charter School Advisory board, currently on today’s calendar, I move that it be removed from today’s calendar and put on Saturday, July 20th. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Without objection, so ordered. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Bill 581, Study operation of historical boilers. Currently committee on Ag, asked that it be re-referred to the committee on finance with a serial referral to appropriations base budget. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Without objection, so ordered. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President, two additional motions relative to today’s calendar. House Bill 614, North Carolina Agricultural and Forestry Act is towards the end of the calendar, I ask it be moved to the front of today’s calendar. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Without objection, so ordered. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Along with House Bill 998, tax reduction act. Bring it up second, if we could, on today’s calendar. [SPEAKER CHANGES] 614 and 998.

Senators, that moves us right into the calendar for the day. We’ll be starting with public bills, conference reports for adoption, House Bill 614. Clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 614: North Carolina Agriculture and Forestry Act. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Jackson is recognized to explain the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Hello Mr. President. Members of the House took our bill that we sent over to them, and the conference report basically come [sic] back on we changed in the last section on the attorney fees for both the plaintiff and the defendant, the judge could determine if they were to pay, and that’s basically what it done [sic] and it also changed the date that this bill will become effective when it becomes law. And I would ask for your support and be glad to answer any questions. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any discussion or debate? Senator Jackson asks that you adopt the Conference Report. If there is no further discussion or debate, the question before the Senate is the Motion to Adopt the Conference Report for House Bill 614. All in favor vote aye, opposed vote no. Five seconds will be allowed for the voting and the clerk will record the vote. Forty-nine having voted in the affirmative, and zero in the negative, the Conference Report for House Bill 614 is adopted and the House will be notified. Roll call, House Report for adoption, on its third reading, House Bill 998, clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 998, Tax Reduction Act. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any discussion or debate? Senator Berger, for what purpose do you ask? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Hey Mr. President, just…we had a full discussion yesterday on this; I think everyone had an opportunity to say what they wanted to say; I would urge you to vote yes on the motion to adopt. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Berger urges you to adopt the Conference Report; is there any further discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question before the Senate is the motion to adopt the … [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator McLaurin. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President. I’d like to speak on the bill, please. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator McLaurin, you have the floor to speak to the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you very much . I agree, Senator Berger, we did have a very good debate yesterday about this bill, and it’s an important bill, no question about it, and I think that everybody here certainly acknowledges that, and we’ve worked very hard on it over the last few months. You know as I thought about this last evening, each of us kind of comes to this place with different life experiences, different perspectives on how we think North Carolina can be a better place to live, a better place to work, a better place to educate our children and raise our families. My perspective is frankly based on a business perspective. For over thirty years I’ve been a part of the business community; I’m very proud of that, and, despite what some may think, I think that everybody in this room agrees that we need to do what we can to support our business community. They are the ones that create jobs, they’re the ones that help keep our economy growing, and we need to do what we can and certainly, being able to remove and reduce tax burdens is certainly something very positive. And I’m very proud of that business experience—I’ve worked for a large corporation for over twenty years and now currently I manage a small business with about forty employees. So I know what it means to grow a business. I know what it means to have to sign my name on a bank note and be responsible for paying that note back. And I know what it means to create jobs, because I’ve done that and I’m proud of that. My concerns, however, about the tax plan are related specifically to the small businesses across the state of North Carolina. I'm not gonna [sic] try to cite a whole lot of research except I did receive some information from our non-partisan staff that I think is relevant for all of us to think about as we move forward and implement this plan and I think there’s some very good features in this bill. As you know, this tax plan does eliminate this fifty thousand dollar deduction on small business-related income that was implemented last session. Those businesses that … [end of data]

Received that income or that tax deduction just received it really this year as a result last 2012 business related income. So large corporations under this plan certainly are going to benefit and I think there is a positive to that no question about it.But many of the small businesses we all know, our S corporations, Sole proprietorship's, partnerships, they are not subject to that corporate income tax rated, because they pass their income through to the business owners who are taxed as individuals on their business income. According to our staff, under this plan 60% of those small businesses or three hundred and ninety thousand returns would actually see a tax increase under this plan, and the amount would average about eleven hundred and fifty dollars. When you put all that together it comes to over four hundred million dollars. Only those filers, as I understand it from discussions we've had or I've had over the last day with fiscal research, only those filers who have over two hundred and fifty three thousand in business income would see a tax decrease. I know many small businesses who have incomes much much less than that.So I'm concerned about the impact of this tax plan, only small businesses. Many have said that that deduction that was given last session would lead to creation of jobs. If that's the case then maybe we need to give it a chance. Cutting the corporate income tax is a good thing, but I want to help the small businesses who are the bread and butter of our communities. And I'm sure this tax plan will accomplish some positive things, but for our small businesses, I pledged to them as I talked to them over the past last months and said I'd support a fair and balanced tax plan and I'm afraid they are going to come up on the short end, the small businesses, in many cases. So I have many concerns about the plan and I just want to voice that today from the floor. Thank You [Speaker Changes] Mr. President [Speaker Changes] Mr. President [Speaker Changes] Senator Apodaca what would ? your eyes [Speaker Changes] Senator Rucho yield to a question please? [Speaker Changes] Senator Rucho do you yield? [Speaker Changes] Yes sir [Speaker Changes] Senator Rucho I want to turn the clock back a couple of years. I know you are getting old, your memory's not good, but do you remember a time when the whole back row voted to rip that fifty thousand dollars out of the budget that we gave the small break, the break to small businesses. Am I correct? [Speaker Changes] On many Occasions [Speaker Changes] Follow Up [Speaker Changes] Senator Rucho do you yield? [Speaker Changes] So that was more than one occasion they voted to do that and railed quite eloquently against it. Is that not correct? [Speaker Changes] Yes sir. And I think the most important part is the fact that you need to look at not just the rates, but you need to look at the fifteen thousand dollars and all the simplification that's being done. You need to look at the entire package to determine it's actual tax liability and I don't believe that Senator McLaurin will actually see that tax increase that he is describing. Again, its the first step towards making it better, and we look forward to him joining us in future efforts to make it better for all large and small businesses and the individual tax payers. [Speaker Changes] Senator Tillman ? what would ? your eyes [Speaker Changes] Mr.President who ask Senator Mclaurin a question [Speaker Changes] Senator Mclaurin do you yield? [Speaker Changes] I certainly do, thank you [Speaker Changes] I don't think you were a part of the crowd who voted against that because I don't think you had the chance to, however your party did. If we were to restore that, would you vote for the budget, I guess is what I need to know since that seems to be your only concern. Tax reform, excuse me. not the budget that's another day. [Speaker Changes] Sir, that's a difficult question to answer, I would want to take a look at, but I think that's a very positive question to ask and I certainly would want to take a look at the positive impact that would have on our small businesses, yes. [Speaker Changes]Is there any further discussion or debate? Senator Nesbitt what would ? your eyes. [Speaker Changes] Thank you Mr. President, to speak on the bill. [Speaker Changes] Senator Nesbitt has the floor to speak to the bill. [Speaker Changes] Thank you Mr. President, and I appreciate Senator Apodaca's point of view on how that fifty thousand came about. My recollection is the last time we tried to take it off for millionaires and people in very high income tax brackets that were getting it because there was just no showing that it could be done. But nevertheless with this tax bill, the whole front row is voting to do away with it. That....

The point of Senator Mclaurin's statements to you. I listened to the debate yesterday and left here and thought about it a little bit. I couldn't quite figure out in my mind why there was so much enthusiasm on your side. Your people were speaking loudly and vociferously about that tax package and I was wondering if we had missed something. I picked up the newspapers today and read them and I don't think we missed anything. You said it loud enough and long enough to get everybody's attention and they looked at it and the conclusion around the state is much the same as ours was. This just doesn't hit the mark. I had a very wise man send me a little statement today that I think is appropriate here. Its attributed to Abraham Lincoln. "You can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some the time, but you can't fool all the people all the time." We've done this four times now and we know that you said this is just the first step and you intend to do everything else you tried to do later and I think the public knows that and your scaring them to death. [Speaker Changes] Senator Apodaca Thank you Mr. President, members you can fool some of the people some of the time, sometimes you can fool them for one hundred and forty years but they wake up eventually and they come through. I think I said yesterday during my remarks that I didn't care what the New York Times wrote I cared what the wall street journal wrote and I'll be doggone if I didn't open a wall street journal up this morning and they were praising this package. Now I know the n and o Nashville citizen didn't I'm shocked I really am shocked. No, I thought they would see this for what it was, but they didn't we can hope that one day they'll see the light. but the other thing is this morning some of us had an interesting meeting with secretary Decker of commerce and she put it all in perspective for us. She said last night at their home she received three phone calls from three companies ready to come to North Carolina because of our tax package. So I guess that's why were a little giddy. I guess that's why we're excited. I think what we did was the right thing and it's already bearing fruit so I encourage you to vote for this. [Speaker Changes] Any further discussion or debate? Senator Meredith Senator Nesbitt you had commented that this would scare people to death this plan they will not have to pay taxes on their death. Is there any further discussion or debate. Any further discussion or debate? Hearing none The question for the senate is the motion to adopt the conference report for house bill 998 on its third reading all in favor vote aye, opposing vote no five seconds will be allowed for the vote and the clerk will record the vote. Thirty two having voted the affirmative and seventeen in the negative the senate adopts the conference report for bill 998 and the house will be notified. Senators were going to move back to the beginning of our calendar today with local bills. next bill up is second reading roll call local bill house bill 191. clerk will read house bill 191 ?? Deannexation is there any discussion or debate? hearing none question before the senate one second please question for the senate....

Is the passage of House Bill 191 on its second reading. All in favor vote "aye", oppose the vote "no" . 5 seconds will be allowed for the voting and the clerk will record the vote. Right. Aye. 48 having voted in the affirmative and zero in the negative House Bill 191 passes its second reading and will remain on the calendar ?? and aye. 49 having voted in the affirmative and zero in the negative. House Bill 493, clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 493 Robbinsville Graham Occupancy Tax. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any discussion or debate? Hearing none. The question for the Senate is the passage of the Senate Committee Substitute for House Bill 493 on its second reading all in favor of the vote aye oppose the vote no 5 seconds will be allowed for the voting and the clerk will record the vote. /?? 44 having voted in the affirmative and 5 in the negative Senate Committee Substitute to House Bill 493 passes its second reading and it will remain on the calendar. Moving into non-roll call local bills. House Bill 186 clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 186 Towns and Forest Noise Ordinances ?? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any discussion or debate. Hearing none question for the Senate is the passage of the Senate Committee substitute for House Bill 186 on its second reading all in favor vote aye, or say aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] aye [SPEAKER CHANGES] oppose no. the ayes have it . The Senate Committee substitute to House bill 186 passes its second reading that objection to be read a third time. [SPEAKER CHANGES] North Carolina ?? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Any discussion or debate? Hearing none the questions for the Senate is the passage of the Senate Committee Substitute to House Bill 186 on its third reading, all in favor say aye [SPEAKER CHANGES] aye [SPEAKER CHANGES] opposed no the ayes have it. Senate Committee Substitute to House Bill 186 passes its third reading and it will be sent to the House for concurrence in the Senate Committee Substitute. House Bill 530 clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 530 welcome NPO membership. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any discussion or debate? Hearing none question for the Senate is the passage of the Senate Committee Substitute to House Bill 530 on its 2nd reading all in favor will say aye [SPEAKER CHANGES] aye [SPEAKER CHANGES] opposed no the ayes have it Senate Committee sub to House Bill 530 passes its 2nd reading without objection, will be read a third time. [SPEAKER CHANGES] North Carolina ?? Act [SPEAKER CHANGES Is there any discussion or debate? Hearing none question for the Senate is the passage of the Senate Committee Substitute to House Bill 530 on its third reading all in favor will say aye [SPEAKER CHANGES] aye [SPEAKER CHANGES] opposed no the ayes have it. Senate Committee Substitute to House Bill 530 passes its third reading it will be sent to the House for concurrence in the Senate Committee Substitute. House Bill 537 clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 537 edenton ?? school board terms. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any discussion or debate? Hearing none the question for the Senate is the passage of House bill 537 on its second reading. all in favor will say "aye". [SPEAKER CHANGES] aye [SPEAKER CHANGES] Opposed no the ayes have it House bill 537 passes its 2nd reading without objection it will be read a third time. [SPEAKER CHANGES] [SPEAKER CHANGES] North Carolina ?? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Any discussion or debate? Hearing none the question for the Senate is the passage of House Bill 537 on its third reading all in favor will say aye [SPEAKER CHANGES] aye [SPEAKER CHANGES] Opposed no the ayes have it House bill 537 passes its third reading and it will be enrolled. Moving on to 2nd reading roll call for concurrence. Senate Bill 81. The clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Bill 81. Charlotte Douglas International Airport. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Rucho is recognized to explain the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President and members of the Senate. We passed this bill a number of months back. It had a long stay in the House. They were very doing a lot of due diligence in trying to give this city an opportunity to do their study which they invested $150,000.00 in had it consulted and ?? to what the best method of governance there would be and the report came back from their consulting that an authority was the very best way to go and with that being said there was some additional due diligence Representative Samuelsson and Representative Bralley worked very diligently with the members of the City Council and the new City Manager. In trying to work out some solutions the bill that we passed has been altered. We've gone from 13 to 11 members as was recommended by the study. There were also some changes...

In the selection of the members of the, 11 members of the committee, again the county surrounding it because of the regional approach still had their one vote, one member on there. City Council had 2, the mayor had 2, county commission in Mecklenberg County had one and there was one at large, a member as selected by the group. There were some provisions put in there, being concerned about the fact that the new authority would be required to honor all of the contracts that the city was obligated to perform so that there was no question about the fact that everything that was owed would be there and there was some questions about whether if and when any type of compensation was to occur for the fact that they transferred it from the city to the authority. There was a mechanism to establish that level of that provision for any type of compensation. It really is a good bill. It is something that will guarantee the future of the Charlotte Airport, which is a very critical component, not just for the city and the region but for the state of North Carolina. We have a large number of fortune 500 companies in our state that have the luxury of flying from Charlotte to anywhere in the world. That gives us a tremendous opportunity to attract top-level businesses to our state, along with that tax reform package we just passed today. But also what it does is it will allow us to grow the intermodal park or intermodal yard and many of you don’t know this as of yet but as soon as that Panama Canal operations are finished, a lot of the Canal traffic will end up either going to Charleston hopefully to Savannah, Wilmington and Norfolk and then in to Charlotte as the inland port, for the entire east coast. That will mean huge dividends to the state of North Carolina, and jobs and in revenue, including Charlotte and the entire region and the entire state. The future is very bright. It allows under that authority who are very competent individuals in aviation, logistics, and in handling airport bonds, finance, and legal issues. They’ll have a board of directors that will provide first-rate advice for the new director. I will tell you, members of the Senate, this gives the Charlotte Airport the best chance of growth for the future and would urge you to support this bill and it will provide certainty and nothing breeds better business and climate than certainty in how we operate. That low-cost hub will be maintained. That’s the key component of the entire airport. And that will allow us to continue in that and actually improve upon it, with efficient business policy. I do urge you to support this bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Graham, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To debate the concurrence motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Graham has the floor to speak to the motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President. I stand today on behalf of the citizens of Charlotte, the owners of Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Ralph Ellison, the invisible man, said that if you want to see how something’s going to end, you just take a look at how it starts. Senator Berger yesterday mentioned, he said it several times since I’ve been here that facts are stubborn things. That while this chamber’s not a court of law, he basically said that facts should matter. And I agree. Charlotte Douglas International Airport started in the 30s with a dream by our former mayor Ben Douglas, to build an airport not only for the city of Charlotte but for the region. A regional airport. And that’s what we have in Charlotte today. In January of this year, when this year started, the beginning, Charlotte Douglas International Airport was humming along, fulfilling its mission, providing air travel not only for the citizens of Charlotte, for the region. For the region.

Enterprise Division of the city of Charlotte, the city has grown that airport to the 6th busiest airport in the world. According to the city’s financial officer, the value of that airport is somewhere between $3.5 and $4 billion, that the citizens of Charlotte invested in, first through general obligation bonds and later the revenue bonds. The regional impact of that airport is $12 billion. In January, in the beginning, there was certainty about the future of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Independent consulting found that, “Charlotte has been a spectacularly successful airport in most regards, including its low-cost service, quality and prudent financial management.” Whether you agree with the Enterprise Division for the city, or you want an authority, no one can disagree that the Charlotte Douglas International Airport has been efficiently run. It’s effective, it’s efficient, and it serves the region. It was stable in January, no conflicts at all, in the beginning. The city of Charlotte should know that they shouldn’t take this personally because, this year, this general assembly has really picked on cities a lot, not just Charlotte. Taking over the Ashwell water system, changing the way Wake County School Board members are elected, taking away authority of cities and towns to relegate their boards, prohibiting cities from implementing stronger environmental rules than the state and, just recently, telling cities the type of insurance benefits they can provide a woman. The city of Charlotte shouldn’t take it personally, but this is a pattern of this general assembly, picking on cities. This is different. This is significantly different. This is Major League Baseball and, right from the very beginning, no one can answer a very simple question: what’s wrong with the operations at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport that warrants a governance change? Why would we intentionally break something that’s working, that is effective, that is efficient? In the beginning, the mayor and the city council didn’t even know that this bill was coming. Then they started hearing whispers about something in the city of Raleigh concerning Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, the business community, knew nothing about this bill until they started hearing whispers about something happening in Raleigh concerning Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Our regional partners and our regional partnerships, Union and Mecklenburg, Cabarrus and other surrounding counties, no one ever complained about the service, the effectiveness, the efficiency, or the regional cooperation on the part of the Charlotte City Council, in reference to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Not one. No regional disturbance. No one talked about transparency. There was no transparency in reference to this issue, from the beginning. This issue was supposed to be

Brought to our attention because business leaders said they wanted a change. No business leader has stood by this proposal that I know of, and claimed it as their own, and explained to the community, in a public way, why this governors change was needed. I serve as chairman of the ?? delegation and I've been here eight years, Senator Clodfelter longer than that. And we have a tradition of bringing local bills to our delegation meetings, not for an up or down vote, but for courtesy and consideration. This bill when it left here in the beginning was never heard by the ?? delegation, by the bill sponsor, never attended a meeting, never presented this bill in the beginning. This bill in, the beginning, came through this chamber though two committees, the Rules and Finance, and its flight time was less than 55 minutes. Seventy years to build, support, invest in the airport by the citizens of Charlotte and 55 minutes to take it away. The state treasurer gave her comment. In the beginning our partners, and they are a great partner, US airways said they knew little or nothing about this squabble that was happening in Charlotte, about whether or not we should have an authority or it should be an enterprise of the city. That we are neutral. Here we found out that executives were swapping emails about this bill a year ago. In the beginning, sixty five percent of the citizens of Charlotte, by a poll by the Charlotte Observer, opposed an authority. The people who payed for the airport, the people who invested in the airport, the people who own the airport, and share the airport with the region since its inception opposed an authority. The former mayor of the city of Charlotte now our governor in response to that New York Times editorial said something very telling. And I quote because I want to be factual, because facts matter, "My reforms", and I'm quoting, "have stepped on the toes of the political right and the left who are vested in the old ways of doing business." now hear this. "But in my fourteen years as mayor of Charlotte I learned that it didn't matter whether a good idea came from a republican or a democrat, what mattered was whether it solved the problem and did so at a cost taxpayers could afford". What problem are we trying to solve with this bill? And how much will this cost the taxpayers if things go awry? I served with the governor for five years as a member of the Charlotte city council and I can tell you if the democrat majority had tried to take away the Charlotte-Douglas international airport when he was mayor he would be fit to be tied, he would be screaming and hollering defending Charlotte-Douglas international airport. Governor I'm asking you to defend Charlotte-Douglas international airport today. In the beginning

His predecessor Republican Governor Jim Martin, had something to say about the airport situation in Charlotte. And I quote Jim Martin, former Governor of the state of North Carolina. Quote, it smells. Unquote. It smells. And it’s amazing half of Charlotte and Mecklenberg County delegation is trying to take this thing away, Martin said. Martin said here, it’s written a backer of an independent authority, telling them to back off. The city was blind-sided, he said, and supporters still haven’t built a consensus that they are convincing public, then it reasons to make a change. He says, how is this a local bill? The Governor ought to be veto it. He ought to at least try, he said. He knows who built that airport. It wasn’t the state, unquote. The bill was bad when it left there. When it landed in the House, it got a lot worse. Now my colleagues in the House talked a little bit about the Charlotte way. How we conduct ourselves in doing business. And she said the city council was not dealing the way we do business in Charlotte. The Charlotte way. The end is in the beginning. There was no trust. There was no transparency at the very beginning, with this thing. The Charlotte way is that there was a problem right from the very beginning that community leaders, business leaders, elected officials, airport advisory committee, all would have gotten together from the beginning to solve the problem together. That’s the Charlotte way. It’s not solving the problem at the end, saying we’re going to come together and solve the problem. Pardon the pun, but the plane had already left. The end is in the beginning. So here we are, at the very end, about to bring chaos, confusion and uncertainty to a twelve [AUDIO LOST] billion dollar enterprise because well, I don’t know why. Because it’s an effective, efficient, well-managed, well-organized enterprise, owned by the citizens of the city of Charlotte. The bill as it is written and amended in the House would make the transfer effective immediately. Like once the speaker signs it and the president signs it, it becomes law and takes effective immediately. Like maybe Thursday. With a whole host of unanswered questions. Too many to go through today. And I dare not ask anyone to answer those questions because as Senator Berger said, I don’t want opinions, I want facts. And that’s going to take time. It’s going to take some due diligence. It’s going to take an opportunity to do some research. That’s reason enough to vote not to concur. The transfer takes effect immediately. There is issues in reference to insurance. The bill says that the insurance is transferred with the bill. Well you know the city can’t do that. The insurance carrier has to do that.

a whole host of issues that has to be answered in an effective and efficient manner to protect the region. The city of Charlotte under the Fox administration, the McCoy administration the ?? administration, the Gann administration . Democrats and republicans alike have supported, invested and took care of Charlotte Douglas International airport. All have invested in that airport and it pains me today, as a former member of the Charlotte city council, to see it go away. To see the citizens who own it literally lose their investment. Generally when someone takes an ownership or a governs change there is a problem. Now with all the glory remarks and accolades that goes to the airport and they are all well deserved, any twelve billion dollar enterprise is going to have some issues and problems. And when issues and problems show their heads the city council fulfilled their fiduciary responsibility. they took care of business. They made the investments that was necessary. We talk about the yard being built. We were talking about that yard when I was on city council ,when Dan was on city council. We're now building it today. Runways, towers, concourse areas. Billion dollars of investment by the cities of Charlotte on behalf of the region. Ladies and gentlemen, I ask you not to concur. [Speaker changes] Mr. President. [speaker changes] Senator Clodfelter for what purpose do you rise ? [speaker changes] to make a motion under rule twenty nine. I have sent forward my statement reasons. [speaker changes] Thank you Senator. is there any other discussion or debate? Senator Curtis for what purpose do you rise ? [speaker changes] Mr. President, the surrounding counties initially had concerns about their airports being involved in this authority. all those concerns have been addressed so I commend the bill to you. [Speaker changes] Senator Rucho , for what purpose do you rise? [speaker changes] Just to debate a second more time. [speaker changes] Senator Rucho has the floor to speak a second time[speaker changes] I think it's important and Senator Berger alluded to them yesterday and I'll clarify that facts are pesky little rascals and the reason being is Senator Graham says that tit was sprung upon the city council and the like and he fails to understand and is probably not knowledgeable of the fact that representative Brawley and I spent a four or five hour session at the ?? fire department with the commissioner Howard, commissioner Mitchell and the mayor and the then manager discussing this issue well in advance of the time that this bill was submitted forward and they asked can we get a copy of this and just to set the facts because facts are little pesky rascals especially if you don't talk about them when they're supposed to be discussed but yes we forwarded it to them and commissioner Howard asked can I share this with the other commissioners and yes we'd like it so that we can have a chance to discuss it and the next thing we know we get a call from one of the TV stations saying how this is there. Apparently there was no desire to talk any further about this. They just felt that it should be in the media. so i think its important to understand that an effort was made prior to the bill being submitted, afterwards to try to find some common ground. I think alot of it was established. The other fact was that senator graham talks about all the other administrations mayor Gant, Ben Route, Myrick, McRory. Each of them treated that airport with the ability to say " we're going to let

that operation since those are the experts on how to manage and operate in your point in Mister Lord, I have at this Birmingham. the really good job in doing so no thanks to our city Council people because none of them know anything about aviation of business for that matter, but they managed it as far as he was concerned, and then the results were evaluated in the performance of the appointment measured and that's why goes in ministration, said there's no reason for us to get involved with the micromanagement, but then all of a sudden this last initiation comes in and starts telling the experts in operation of the airport how to run and how to hire and who to put people in those places in regards to finance eighteen, police, fire and you know that rather than allowing the store and the experts in operation to do the job they have done well for many years of this administration under the Fox decided they will to micromanagement and under that concern. there were some changes, and maybe not in the best interest of the airport in the low-cost top. I will say to you that this is the right decision for the long-term future of the low-cost hub airport is long as we remain low cost. we will have American Airlines will i.e.. US Airways American and other airlines coming in allowing us to have eight hundred plus flights out of Charlotte on this on a daily basis and allow us to have what is a huge economic engine for the state and for the city, and I urge you to support me the stress is under grandpa overthrows the for are knowledgeable as for [SPEAKER CHANGES] that the members. this shows the castle. the manner, many members of the delegation. we came here for the first session talking about an airport bill is being sponsored that I know that I let you know if it was succulent airport bills on about a year ago. that's the fact enough of that. but the city Council and therefore Oxfam America wants now, US transportation Secretary Fox interest. they are earning. I know that I that he didn't know enough that the young man jumped the fence at the Charlotte international international Airport. it was trespassing on as well in the world without problem sat in the wheel well of a dying that shut off valves on thirty thousand feet from the sky and as a result, the city of Charlottesville 's fiduciary responsibility by making sure that every passenger every client that anyone who came to that airport would save by providing additional police protection. now maybe you has Aaron, I was there like that, but the city at False ministration to fill their fiduciary responsibility. I know with some certainty, there was some financial issues that need to be cleared up in the city of Charlottesville, the fiduciary responsibility of providing a layer of of financial support for airport director to ensure that the state him at the False ministration. the filled with fiduciary responsibility as well as entitled to their opinion, which is certainly entitled to your facts straight. [SPEAKER CHANGES] further discussion or debate hearing the question presented is the motion to concur in Houston, a subject number due to Senate Bill eighty one, all in favour about. I was about no five seconds ago out of voting for report about thirty two having voted in the affirmative and sixteen in the negative bill passes. the second reading will remain on the calendar moving onto non- roll call local bills for concurrence suitability twenty nine Marine

Ocean beach sea turtles sanctuary. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any discussion or debate? Hearing none. Senator Rabin, would you like to speak to this? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you sir, having a senior moment. Yes, I request to concur. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Rabin asks you to concur. Is there any further discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question before the Senate is the motion to concur in the House Committee Substitute to Senate Bill 229. All in favor will vote aye. Opposed will vote no. Five seconds will be allowed for the voting. The clerk will record the vote. [PAUSE] Ford, Bryant, Aye, Aye. 49 having voted in the affirmative and zero in the negative, the Senate concurs in the House Committee Substitute to Senate Bill 229. It will be enrolled and sent to the Governor. It will be enrolled, not sent to the Governor. Senate Bill 288, clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Bill 228, Wake commission of vacancy and Aberdeen zoning. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Barringer is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I ask that you concur. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Barringer asks that you concur. Is there any discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question before the Senate is the motion to concur in the House Committee Substitute to Senate Bill 288. All in favor will vote aye. Opposed will vote no. Five seconds will be allowed for the voting and the clerk will record the vote. [PAUSE] Pate. Pate, Aye. Wade, Aye, Harmon and Bryant, Aye, Aye. 49 having voted in the affirmative and zero in the negative, the Senate concurs in the House Committee Substitute to Senate Bill 288 and it will be enrolled. Moving on to public bills. Second reading roll call. House Bill 14, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 14, amending a law, technical clarifying and administrative changes. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Rucho is recognized to explain the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President and members of the Senate. This is our annual revenue law technical corrections and clarifying administrative changes. I think each of you have a copy of this. There are roughly 60 provisions in here. I think we initially had 23 of them coming out of revenue laws and a number of them came back over from the House. I have studied every one of them and feel confident that each of them are achieving their goals in trying to clarify and make the operations of the Department of Revenue more efficient, and also allowing and being sure that the public or the tax payers are having an opportunity to be treated fairly in the operations of the Department of Revenue. There are other specific issues that are here, but Mr. President, a second time, I think everyone’s had an opportunity to review this in Finance yesterday, and also if there are specific questions, I’ll stand to answer for them. I urge you to pass House Bill 14. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any further discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question before the Senate is the passage of the Senate Committee Substitute to House Bill 14 on its second reading. All in favor vote aye. Opposed will vote no. Five seconds will be allowed for the voting. Clerk will record the vote. [PAUSE] 49 having voted in the affirmative and zero in the negative, Senate Committee Substitute to House Bill 14 passes its second reading. It will remain on the calendar. Moving on next, to non-roll call public bills, second reading. House Bill 194. The clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 194, allow PAVE certification veterinary license. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Wade is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President. All this does is allow the veterinary board to accept the PAVE certification in order to meet the requirements for a veterinary license. The veterinary medical board of North Carolina is in favor of this and I would ask your support. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Pate, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To speak on the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Pate has the floor to speak on the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President. Ladies and gentleman, this is a military friendly bill, because a lot of spouses come in or military members who have been trained in veterinary under this other procedure and

…and our state does not currently recognize that. This would be great for them and I urge your support [SPEAKER CHANGES] Do I have any further discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question before the senate is the passage of House Bill 194 on it's second reading. All in favor vote aye. Opposed vote no. Five seconds be allowed for the voting. The clerk will record the vote. Forty-nine having voted in the affirmative and zero in the negative, House Bill 194 passes it's second reading without objection. It will be read a third time. [SPEAKER CHANGES] North Carolina General Assembly Enacts. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Any discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question before the senate is the passage of House Bill 194 on it's third reading. All in favor will say aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Opposed no. The ayes have it. House Bill 194 passes it's third reading. It will be enrolled and sent to the governor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Meredith, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President. I need to change my vote on House Bill 493 from aye to no, please. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you senator. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] One second senator. What's the final count on that? Forty-three to six, final count. Senator Goolsby, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I would like to do likewise. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Goolsby changes his vote as well. Forty-two to seven, final vote. House Bill 359, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 359, Retirement Administrative Changes Act of 2013. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Barefoot is recognized to explain the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Goolsby, you may want to turn off your microphone. Excuse me Senator. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 359 is the Retirement Administrative Changes Act of 2013. This bill came to us from the Department of the Treasurer. It contains various changes sought by the department. We had a good discussion in Senate Penssions on this. For example, section three changes bring us into compliance with the Internal Revenue code. Section five of the bill corrects a long standing unintentional error in how disables state employees are treated for purposes of retirement benefit calculations. Section six clarifies, on a going-forward basis, the authority of the State Department agencies to settle claims for retroactive retirement credit. This bill is also supported by the state employees. I ask that you vote yes. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any further discussion or debate? Hearing none the question before the senate is… [SPEAKER CHANGES] I'm sorry, excuse me. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Barefoot. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President, I would like to send forth an amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Barefoot, you can send forth your amendment. The clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Barefoot moves to amend the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Barefoot is recognized to explain the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] This amendment just changes the effective date for section four to September 1, to allow for the department to change the website and get the forms necessary for compliance for section four. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question before the senate is the passage of amendment one. All in favor vote aye. Opposed will vote no. Five seconds to be allowed for the voting. The clerk will record the vote. Forty-nine having voted in the affirmative and zero in the negative, amendment one is adopted. The bill as amended is back before the body. Is there ant further discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question before the senate is the passage of the Senate committee substitute to House Bill 359, as amended, on the second reading. All in favor vote aye. Opposed will vote no. Five seconds will be allowed for the voting and the clerk will record the vote. Bryant, aye. Rucho, aye. Forty-nine having voted in the affirmative and zero in the negative, senate committee substitute to House Bill 359 as amended passes it's second reading without objection. It will be read a third time. [SPEAKER CHANGES] North Carolina General Assembly Enacts. [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 359, as amended, on it's third reading. All in favor will say aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Opposed, no. The ayes have it. Senate committee substitute to House Bill 359, as amended, passes it's third reading. The amendment will be engrossed and it will be sent to the house for concurrence on the senate committee substitute. House Bill 399. The clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 399, Amending Laws Pertaining to [??] [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Hise is recognized to explain the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President and members of the Senate. This bill is the agency bill coming from the department to clarify some laws that are existing, to make the eligible and compliant with federal laws. It addresses a couple other issues including recovery of Medicaid benefits, adding some providers to provider screening lists, those type of things. It also clarifies for [??]…

Some board governor's challenges they were having if they are merging. Moving forward, I'd be glad to answer questions an individual has. But also, Mister President, I need to send forth an amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] You can send forth your amendment Senator and the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Hise moves to amend the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Hise is recognized to explain the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mister President. This amendment came from staff to clarify some references and statutes that they ?? be correct in the first bill and also actually aligns the effective dates moving forward so that even though it was amended at different times, they are now lined up. So, I'd ask for your support. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any discussion or debate? Hearing none. The question before the Senate is the passage of amendment one. All in favor vote aye, opposed will vote no. Five second will be allowed for the voting and the clerk will record the vote. 49 having voted in the affirmative and 0 in the negative. Amendment one is adopted. The bill, as amended, is back before the body. Is there any further discussion or debate? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I had a question. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Bryant, would you like to ask a question to Senator Hise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes sir [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Hise, do you yield for a question? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Hise, I've been scrolling through here and I haven't had a chance to check it completely. Does this affect what appointments the County Boards of Commissioners have on the boards of these larger management care organizations and is it reducing the numbers they will have per county in some way? [SPEAKER CHANGES] No. What this specifically references is, there was a separate governance change that went through the legislature last year. This was designed for a time period to deal particularly with Smokey Mountain and Western Highlands, who were in the process of merging, so that they don't have to create brand new boards separately under the new structure and then if they merge, have to create a new board a second time under the new structure. This allows them to hold off on that process and keep their current boards until they merge and then they'll have to be under the new structures. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Any further discussion or debate? Hearing none. The question before the Senate is the passage of the senate committee substitute number two to House Bill 399 as amended on it's second reading. All in favor vote aye, opposed will vote no. Five second will be allowed for the voting. The clerk will record the vote. 49 having voted in the affirmative and 0 in the negative. Senate committee substitute number two to House Bill 399 as amended passes it's second reading without objection. It will be read a third time. [SPEAKER CHANGES] North Carolina General Assembly enacts. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any discussion or debate? Hearing none. The question before the Senate is the passage of the senate committee substitute number two to House Bill 399 as amended on it's third reading. All in favor will say aye, opposed no. The ayes have it. Senate committee substitute number two to House Bill 399 as amended passes it's third reading. The amendment will be engrossed and it will be sent to the House for concurrence in the senate committee substitute. House Bill 476 the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 476 Rewrite Underground Damage Prevention Act [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca is recognized to explain the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mister President and members. This is a consensus bill from all the stakeholders. They got together, I think. Those of us who live with underground utilities often see all the paint on the roads identifying where telephone lines, gas lines, electrical lines. I don't know what other kind of lines they bury but it seems to be multicolored. This is an agreement reached with all the pertinent parties on how and when and what is supposed to be done. I know of no opposition, but I'd be more than happy to try to answer any questions. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any discussion or debate? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Hearing none. The question before the Senate is the passage of senate committee substitute number two to House Bill 476 on it's second reading. All in favor will vote aye, opposed will vote no. Five seconds will be allowed for the voting. Clerk will record the vote. Tucker, aye. 48 having voted in the affirmative and 0 in the negative. Senate committee substitute number two to House Bill 476 passes it's second reading. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Without objection [SPEAKER CHANGES] Will be read a third time. [SPEAKER CHANGES] North Carolina General Assembly enacts. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any discussion or debate? Hearing none. The question before the Senate is the passage of senate committee substitute number two to House Bill 476 on it's third reading. All in favor will say aye, opposed no. The ayes have it. Senate committee substitute number two to House Bill 476 passes it's third reading. It will be sent to the House for concurrence in the senate committee substitute. House Bill 636 the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 636 Creek Name Change. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senators, Senator Jackson has an excused absence for the remainder of the day. Senator Ford is recognized to explain the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mister President, ladies and gentlemen of the Senate. I want to thank Senator Tucker for moving this along

This is a technical bill in the sense that it is a name change for a creek. I am not aware of any opposition and I urge you to support the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion or debate. Hearing none, the question before the Senate is the passage of House Bill 636 on its second reading. All in favor will vote aye, opposed will vote no. Five seconds will be allowed for the voting and the clerk will record the vote. 47 having voted in the affirmative and 1 in the negative. House Bill 636. Parmon, aye. 48 having voted in the affirmative and 0 in the negative. House Bill 636 passes its second reading without objection to be read a third time. [SPEAKER CHANGES] North Carolinian General Assembly Act [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any discussion or debate. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Tillman! For what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I have a burning question for Senator Ford. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Ford, do you yield? [SPEAKER CHANGES] This is not a local bill I don’t guess. It should be. But it’s, I’m curious nobody asked, what was the name of that creek before, and what is the new name? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I knew you would ask. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I know you probably don’t know either. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I do know. Because the current name is Negro Head Creek. Negro Head Creek. We’re changing it to Salem Creek. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I understand, thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Senators, is there any further discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question before the Senate is the passage of House Bill 636 on its third reading. Come to order. All in favor will say aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Opposed, no. The ayes have it. The House Bill 636 passes its third reading. It will be enrolled and sent to the Governor. House Bill 646. Clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 646 Airports exempt from local tree ordinances. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Davis is recognized. Senator Goolsby is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President. This bill allows airport authorities to cut trees exclusive of any city or county ordinances. It’s been about 22 years since I was an air traffic controller In the Marine Corps, but one thing I do remember from going to Air Traffic Control School is that planes and trees don’t mix. Please support this bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President, will Senator Graham yield to question? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Graham, do you yield? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Only for a friend. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, my friend. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Do we have any problems with trees at Charlotte airport? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any further discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question before the Senate is passage of the Committee Substitute to House Bill 646 on its second reading. All in favor will vote aye, oppose the vote, no. Five seconds will be allowed for the voting. Clerk will record the vote. Bryant, aye 48 having voted in the affirmative and 0 in the negative. Committee Substitute to House Bill 646 passes its second reading without objections to be read for a third time. [SPEAKER CHANGES] North Carolina General Assembly Act. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any further discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question before the Senate is passage of Committee Substitute to House Bill 646 on its third reading. All in favor will say aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye [SPEAKER CHANGES] Oppose, no. The ayes have it. Committee Substitute to House Bill 646 passes its third reading it will be enrolled and sent to the Governor. House Bill 701. Clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 701, IT purchasing convenience contracts. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Tarte is recognized. Explain the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President, and members. At the request of our state CIO they would like the ability to implement convenience contracts which will enable them to purchase IT products across agencies. I urge your support. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question before the Senate is passage of Committee Substitute to House Bill 701 on its second reading. All in favor will vote aye, all those opposed will vote no. Five seconds will be allowed for the voting, clerk will record the vote. Graham, aye. Woodard, aye. Bryant, aye. Curtis aye. Tucker, aye. 48 having voted in the affirmative, and 0 in the negative, Committee Substitute to House Bill 701 passes its second reading without objection to be read a third time. [SPEAKER CHANGES] North Carolina general Assembly Act. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any further discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question before the Senate is passage of the Committee Substitute to House Bill 701 on its third reading. All in favor will say aye, [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Oppose, no. The ayes have it. Committee Substitute to House Bill 701 passes its third reading. It will be enrolled and sent to the Governor. House Bill 936. Clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House.

Bill 936, Wildlife Poacher Reward Fund. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Cooke is recognized to explain the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES]This bill establishes a wildlife poacher reward fun to pay rewards to folks who provide information to the Wildlife Resource Commission resulting in the arrest and conviction of people who commit serious wildlife violations. The money for the fund will come from a small portion of the compensation currently payed to the commission. It will also come from all the monies paid by the defendant to compensate an agency for any reward paid leading to their arrest or conviction and also gives grants or contributions to this fund. The bill also allows the court to require a defendant to compensate an agency for any reward paid for information to their conviction. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Is there any discussion or debate? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Newton, for what purpose do you rise?[SPEAKER CHANGES]To speak to the bill.[SPEAKER CHANGES]Senator Newton has the floor to speak to the bill.[SPEAKER CHANGES]Thank you Mr. President, thank you members. I think this is a good bill. I heard it in committee. I think there's have been a lot of bills that we've taken up here in this chamber here from the House and sent a lot of good bills to the House from the Senate, specifically wildlife bills. But for some reason, the House, in its infinite wisdom, decided to take the Wildlife Penalties Bill, that this body passed 48-0, and decided it wasn't good enough over there that they needed to insert a constitutional amendment into it, which is something we haven't even considered or debated. So this time, Mr. President, I would like to send forth an amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Senator, you can send forward your amendment. Clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Senator Newton moves to amend the bill.[SPEAKER CHANGES]Senator Newton is recognized to explain the amendment.[SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President. Members, this amendment simply takes the bill that we passed 48-0, the Wildlife Penalties Bill, which was an agency bill, and inserts it into this bill as well. I think it's an appropriate subject matter to insert it. It's a good bill that should have been passed in the House and so I hope you'll support this amendment and we'll go ahead and take care of these important things for our states. I'll be happy to answer any questions.[SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question for the Senate is the passage of Amendment One. All in favor vote aye, opposed vote no, five seconds will be allowed for voting. The clerk will record the vote. Davis, aye. Raven, aye. 48 having voted in the affirmative and 0 in the negative, Amendment One is adopted. The bill as amended is back before the body. Is there any further discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question for the Senate is the passage of the committee substitute number 2, the House bill 936 on its second reading. All in favor will vote aye, opposed will vote no, five seconds will be allowed for voting. The clerk will record the vote. Woodard, aye. Ford, aye. Hise, aye. Nesbitt, aye. Stein, aye. Davis, aye. 48 having voted in the affirmative, 0 in the negative, committee substitute number 2, the House Bill 936, passes its second reading without objection, will be read a third time.[SPEAKER CHANGES]North Carolina General Assembly enacts.[SPEAKER CHANGES]Is there any further discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question for the Senate is the passage of committee substitute 2, the House Bill 936 as amended, on its third reading. All in favor will say aye, opposed no. The ayes have it, committee substitute 2, House bill 936, as amended, passes its third reading. It will be sent to the House for concurrence in the Senate amendment. Moving onto public bills for concurrence. Second reading roll call bill, Senate bill 103. Clerk will read.[SPEAKER CHANGES]Senate Bill 103: A Main Assessment for Infrastructure Needs.[SPEAKER CHANGES]Senator Apodaca, for what purpose do you rise?[SPEAKER CHANGES]Mr. President, motion please.[SPEAKER CHANGES]Senator Apodaca has the floor for motion.[SPEAKER CHANGES]Evidently, none of us know anything about Senate Bill 103, so I move it be moved from today's calendar and let's put it on Saturday the 20th's calendar.[SPEAKER CHANGES]Objection, so ordered. Senate Bill

bill 159 Clerk will read [SPEAKER CHANGES] State bill 159 requires certain general reappraisals. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Tarte is recognized. Explain the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] This bill is in accordance with the bill that came through the house to enable the reevaluation to be re-performed in Rutherford county in 2011. I ask for your support. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Tarte asks, do you concur? Is there any further discussion or debate? Hearing none question for the senate is a motion to concur in the house committee to substitute senate bill 159 on a second reading. All in favor vote AYE, opposal vote NO. Five seconds will be allowed for the voting clerk to record the vote. Cook, AYE Forty Eight having voted in the affirmative and zero in the negative, senate concurs, in house committee substitute senate bill 159 on its second reading, and it will remain on the calendar. Moving on to public bills, non roll calls for concurrence. Senate bill 73. Clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate bill 73, Local Workforce Development; dislocated workers. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca what perks do you ask? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Speak on the motion [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca has the floor to speak on the motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President; members. This was simply a clarifying. They did one thing basically. They moved an apprentice program from the department of commerce to the labor department. That's all this did. I ask for your concurrence. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I think that's, senator, the other way around. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Are you sure? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I'm sure. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Would you like to do this? [SPEAKER CHANGES] No, I'm sure. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I was just checking. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any further discussion or debate? Hearing none, question for the senate is the motion to concur in the house committee to substitute senate bill 73. All in favor vote AYE, opposals vote NO. Five seconds will be allowed for the voting. Clerk will record the vote. Cook AYE, Nesbitt AYe, Clark Aye Forty Six having voted in the affirmative and two in the negative, the senate concurs, and the house to committee substitute senate bill 73, and it will be enrolled and sent to the governor. Senate bill 488; the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate bill 488; Amend Nursing Home Administrative Act Fees. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Tucker is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President; members of the senate. The house did make some changes. It moved it from having a four year degree to be a Nursing Home Administrator, back to a two year degree, and it changed the date. But I would ask you to concur. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Tucker asks do you concur. Is there any discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question for the senate, is the motion to concur in the house committee substitute senate bill 488. All in favor vote AYE, opposals vote NO, five seconds will be allowed for the voting. Clerk will record the vote. Bryant AYE, Clark AYE, Kinnaird AYE. 48 having voted in the affirmative, and zero in the negative, the senate concurs in the house committee substitute senate bill 488, and it will be enrolled and sent to the governor. Moving on to conference reports. For adoption house bill 232, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House bill 232, State Health Plans Statutory Changes [SPEAKER CHANGES] Apodaca is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President. This does one thing, and one thing only. Changes an effective date due to the outline parts of the Affordable Health Care Act. The changes that conforms to that date. That's all it does. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question for the senate is the motion to adopt the conference report for house bill 232. All in favor will vote AYE, opposal vote no, five seconds will be allowed for the voting. Clerk will record the vote. 48 having voted in the affirmative, and zero in the negative, the senate adopts the conference report, the house bill 232. And the house will be notified.

Speaker: Moving on to senate bill 381, it is a public nonrole call bill. Senate bill 381, the clerk will read. Clerk: Senate bill 381, state to convey against correctional facility. Speaker: We have a floor manager. Senator Cook is recognized to explain the bill. Representative: This bill is pretty straightforward. All we are doing is transferring the former Gates County correctional facility to Gates County. The facility has not been used for about three years. The county can use this property to good use. They are going to use the facility for emergency services, from what I understand. I recommend this bill to you. Speaker: Senator Blue, for what purpose do you rise? Representative: Senator Cook, will you yield for a question? Speaker: Senator Cook, do you yield? Representative: Certainly. Representative: Senator Cook is this prison being transferred for fair market value? Representative: It is being transferred fro $1. Representative: Follow up? Speaker: Senator do you yield? Representative: Is that all the prison is worth - $1? Representative: I don’t know. Representative: Thank you. Speaker: Senator Apodaka, for what purpose do you rise? Representative: Senator Cook, do you yield for a question? Speaker: Senator Cook, do you yield? Representative: With great trepidation. Representative: Senator Cook, is this going to be used for this great park that everybody in NC will come down to Gates County, and it will be the greatest thing in years? Representative: If I may respond, no. Representative: Follow up? Speaker: Senator do you yield? Representative: What will this prison be used for going forward, Senator Cook? Representative: Emergency services, services for the county. Speaker: Senator Heist, for what purpose do you rise? Representative: Senator Cook, will you yield for a question? Speaker: Senator Cook, do you yield? Representative: Of course, I can hardly wait. Representative: Senator Cook, are you aware of that when this property was acquired by the state, if there were any requirements of the property, of if it was given a particular use to uphold? Representative: No. Representative: Thank you very much. Speaker: Further discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question before the senate is the passage of the senate committee substitute 2 of senate bill 381 on its second reading. All in favor will vote aye, all opposed will vote no. Five seconds will be allowed for the voting. The clerk will record the vote. McKissick, aye. Bryant, aye. 48 having voted in the affirmative, 0 in the negative. Committee substitute senate bill 381 passes its second reading and will, without objection, be read a third time. Clerk: NC [xx] Speaker: Further discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question before the senate is the passage of the committee substitute senate bill 381 on its third reading. All in favor will say aye. [aye] All opposed will say no. The aye’s have it. Committee substitute senate bill 381 passes its third reading and it will be sent to the house. That wraps our calendar for the day. Senator Apodaka, for what purpose do you rise? Representative: Mr. Speaker, I need to send forth a verbal committee report. He and I had a committee meeting of the ox meter committee earlier. Senator Brunsletter did a little research for us and I did not know if they hosue of representative in Washington allowed filibusters. They do not, it is only in the senate, but it looks like we may be losing a member who seems to be immensely qualified after the floor speech today. So Senator Graham is now the recipient of the ox meter. Congratulations. [clapping] Speaker: Do we have any notices or announcements? Senator Apodaka, for what purpose do you rise? Representative: An announcement. Speaker: Senator Apodaka has the floor for an announcement. Representative: Mr. President, the rules committee will meet tomorrow morning at 9 o’clock, in room 533, where it hopefully is a little cooler and a little room. Watch for the

Our schedule of what we want to here is kind of fluid right now; we're still trying to get agreement on some of the voting matters with, negotiating with the House. There seems to be an issue, but we're still trying. Thank you. The President Pro Tempore: Senator Nesbitt, for what purpose do you rise? Sen. Nesbitt: Thank you, Mr. President. An announcement. The President Pro Tempore: Senator, you have the floor for your announcement. Sen. Nesbitt: Democrats will caucus briefly after the session. The President Pro Tempore: Senator Gooosby, for what purpose do you rise? Sen. Goolsby: An announcement. I will be holding a chair meeting tomorrow; all Members watch your emails. The President Pro Tempore: Senator Pate, for what purpose do you rise? Sen. Pate: I have an announcement, Mr. President. The President Pro Tempore: Senator, you have the floor. Sen. Pate: Senator Berger appoints the following conferees for House Bill 321, amends local solid waste planning: Chairman, Senator Jackson; Senator Tucker, Senator Wade, and Senator Brown. Further appointments to the Senate Bill 553, LME/MCO, enrolling grievances and appeals: Senator Hise, Chair; Senator Pate and Senator Kinnaird. The last one, Mr. President, is conferees for Senate Bill 571, authorize various special plates: Senator Brock, Chair; Senator Ron Rabin, Senator Bill Rabon, Senator Harrington, Senator Hise. Thank you, Mr. President. The President Pro Tempore: Do we have any other notices or announcements? Senator McKissick, for what purpose do you rise? Sen. McKissick: Point of personal privilege. The President Pro Tempore: Senator McKissick has the floor for a point of personal privilege. Sen. McKissick: I just wanted to bring to the attention of my colleagues here something I came upon today in the newspaper dealing with a wonderful facility we have over in Durham called the Durham Performing Arts Center. And it's really become a unique jewel for all of North Carolina. And of course they've had a polling done by Poll Star, which is a national organization that looks at all these entertainment facilities throughout the United States, and of course, the number one entertainment venue for ticket sales was Caesar's Palace, out in Las Vegas, followed by Fox Theater in Atlanta, but number three was the Durham Performing Arts Center. And last year I guess they had over 11,200 season ticket holders, they had 50 sellout shows, 187 performances, and my gosh, just a long list of shows that would probably top anyone's list in terms of entertainment. Since you come here so regularly to Raleigh, and we are part of this body, the Durham Performing Arts Center is only about a half-hour drive from here, the parking is extraordinary, and it's very, very reasonable. I would encourage each and every one of you, try to make one of the events, try to make one of the performances, whether there's a Broadway show, or it's a comedy show, what have you, it's a wonderful facility, and I'm proud to have it in Durham. The President Pro Tempore: Thank you, senator. Senator Tillman, for what purpose do you rise? Sen. Tillman: Point of personal privilege. The President Pro Tempore: Senator Tillman has the floor for a point of personal privilege. Sen. Tillman: This for you city folks is a German Johnson tomato. It's probably the best-tasting tomato, it has less acid in it than the other tomatoes. Rick Gunn, his staff, and at Rick's initiative brought all these cases of tomatoes and the white loaf bread, because on a tomato sandwich, you've just got to have the white bread, and he also brought the mayonnaise and the salt and pepper was provided by somebody and the water. You may or may not know that the Germans brought, the Johnson family from Germany brought these tomatoes over to America in the, I guess, late 1800s, Senator Gunn, and since then they have been all over the state now, but they started in the great county of Alamance, and I farmed them, and I raised these tomatoes and a few other thinks until I went broke farming, but they really do taste great, so I thank Senator Gunn for doing that for us. Sen. Rucho: Mr. President. The President Pro Tempore: Senator Rucho, for what purpose do you rise? Sen. Rucho: A point of personal privilege. The President Pro Tempore: Senator Rucho has the floor for a point of personal privilege. Sen. Rucho: There was a comment made yesterday about my not necessarily understanding what a 'mata was, and I want to assure Senator Gunn that he's welcome to walk on my little garden of 'matas at the house, any time you'd like to come by. Sen. Brock: Mr. President. [chuckles] The President Pro Tempore: [chuckling] Senator Brock, for what purpose do you rise? Sen. Rucho: Will the senator yield for a question? The President Pro Tempore: Senator Rucho, do you yield? Sen. Rucho: Yes, sir. Sen. Brock: Senator Berger wants to know, What is a 'mata? [laughter] [laughter] Sen. Rucho: It's something that grows in my yard. [chuckles] [laughter] The President Pro Tempore: Senator Apodaca, for what purpose do you rise? Sen. Apodace: Mr. President, I...

announcement caused a lot of confusion as I do most of my life with everyone. The meeting for rules will be tomorrow at 11:00 in room 544. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. Bingham, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President. I just wanted to also mention to all of you that Sen. Jackson had our cantaloupe and watermelons today and he's not here, and I'd hate to have him left out. But we appreciated that too, I'm sure all of you got a taste of it. Thank you much. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. Nesbitt for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. Nesbitt has the floor for a point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President. I just wanted to thank the Republican party for lunch today, and Sen. Gunn and Sen. Jackson did an outstanding job, but we didn't hear an announcement for tomorrow. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. Gunn, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Moment of personal privilege? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. Gunn has the floor for a point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] That just shows how easy entitlements become in this Senate. I would like to let everyone- Thank you, it was a privilege today, and I just want you to know that we went through 770 tomato sandwiches today, and those tomato sandwiches did not get and sliced by themselves, so Mr. President, if I may, in addition to the great LA's Debbie ??, Karen John, from Sen. Meredith and myself along with interns Rebecca Bradley and Daniel Gunn for myself, and Sen. Hise, I have some folks in the audience from Alamance county that came down here today to help us out, and if they would, I'd love to have them stand and recognized. I've got Tori Apple, she's my full time and loyal for some reason real estate assistant, Tori, Wendy Lunsford and her son Al, our dear friends from Burlington, and my loving, caring wonderful, smart, did I say loving and caring? Wife Gail Gunn is also in the audience. Give them a big hand. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Do we have any business to come before the Senate. If not, the chair recognizes Sen. Berger for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President. I move that the Senate do now adjourn, subject to the receipt of committee reports, the re-referral of bills and resolutions, the receipt of messages from the House and the Governor, the ratification of bills, the appointment of conferees, and the receipt of conference reports to reconvene on Thursday, July 18th, 2013 at 2 PM. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The motion is the Senate do now adjourn, subject to the stipulations stated by Sen. Berger, to reconvene Thursday, July 18th at 2 PM, seconded by Sen. Gunn. All in favor say "aye"? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Opposed, "no"? The "Aye"s have it, the Senate stands adjourned.