The House will come to order. Members please take your seats, visitors please retire from the chamber. The Sergeant at Arms will close the doors. The prayer will be offered by Representative John Bell. Members and visitors in the gallery, please stand, and please remain standing for the Pledge of Allegiance. Speaker Change: Well, to look in the gallery today, and see veterans who served our country, and Memorial Day on Monday, I thought this was very appropriate today. Please bow with me. Dear Lord, as we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy every day, we think of how they have followed in your footsteps. Please hold our service men, women and their families in your strong arms. Look over them with your sheltering grace, and your presence as the stand the gap to protect our freedom. Thank you Lord, for their service to our country. In your name I pray, Amen. Speaker Change: Representative Moore is recognized. Speaker Change: Mr. Speaker, the journal for Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 has been examined and found to be correct. Move to approve as read. Speaker Change: Representative Moore moves that the journal for May 22nd be approved as written. All in favor say aye. All opposed say no. The ayes have it, the journal is approved as written. Petitions for memorials or papers addressed to the General Assembly or the House? Ratification of bills and resolutions, the Clerk will read. Speaker Change: The enrollment clerk reports the following bill due to ratify for presentation to the Governor. Assembly Bill 430 an act exempt from permitting requirements for persons installing remote control switches on electrical loads switching ?? regulating electrical contacts make the void to changes in laws that pertain to building and inspection permits for counties and cities. Speaker Change: Chapter bill is to be noted. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, the Chair would like to extend a courtesies of the floor, and a thank you to the nurse of the day. The nurse of the day is Lucerene McZie, from Raleigh, North Carolina. Lucerene, thank you for being with us today. Reports of standing committees and permanent sub-committees Representatives McElraft and West are recognized to send forth the report the Clerk will read. Speaker Change: Representatives McElraft; West for the environment Senate Bill 234 Hunter Education and ?? Permit. Favorable. Speaker Change: Ladies and gentlemen of the House, upon motion of Representative Paul Tine, from Dare County, the Chair is happy to extend the courtesies of the gallery to Jim Perry, Chairman of the Dare County Education Foundation. Jim, please stand and let us welcome you. Messages from the Senate, the Clerk will read. Speaker Change: Mr. Speaker, pursuant to messages received today, May 22nd, that the House of Representatives fails to concur in a sitting sub-committee upon an act to remove a restriction on selection of cargo locations. Allow for extension for Project North Carolina 540 and request conferees on points such as ?? on the part Senate confer would like. Committee requests the difference. Sarah Lane, Principal Clerk. Mr. Speaker, you may receive the 21st the House of Representatives failed to concur the sub-committees to Senate Bill 243, the map to authorize ?? such short sale of property. The President of the Senate Pro Tempore wants Senator Brown’s Chair to show the parts needed to confer with like committee in your honorable Body, in the end the differences may arise to be resolved. Respectfully, Sarah Lane, Principal Clerk. Speaker Change: Noted.
[SPEAKER CHANGES]: ?? message received on May 21st, that the House ?? fails to regard the Senate Committee Substitute Number 2 to House Bill 433, a bill ?? to support the activities of the Armed Forces, to maintain and enhance the military's presence in North Carolina by regulating the height of building and structures located in areas that surround military installations, and requests conferees President Pro Tempore appoint Senator Brown chair, Senators Pate, Sanderson, Meredith, and Clark on part of the Senate to confer with a like committee appointed by the honorable body, in the end the difference ?? may be resolved, Respectfully, ?? principal Clark. [SPEAKER CHANGES]: Noted. Ladies and Gentlemen of the House, upon motion of the member from . . . I almost lost your member, or you're- from Lincoln County, Representative Saine, and on behalf of all the members, the Chair is happy to extend the courtesies of the gallery to the Ambassador of Kosovo, Akan Ismaili. Am I right? Please stand and let us welcome you. [SPEAKER CHANGES]: Calendar, House Bill 169, the Clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES]: Committee Substitute for House Resolution 169, a House resolution expressing gratitude to the members of the military for their service, and honoring the memory of those killed in the line of duty, the House resolves: Whereas Memorial day was first observed as Decoration Day on May 30th, 1868 as an occasion to decorate the graves of Civil War soldiers, and whereas after World War I, Decoration Day was expanded to honor service members killed in all of our nation's wars, and after World War II, Decoration Day became known as Memorial Day, and whereas in 1971, Congress established Memorial Day as a federal holiday to be observed on the last Monday of May, and whereas as we observe Memorial Day in 2013, it is important to remember and reflect upon the contributions and sacrifices the men and women of our Armed Forces have made in upholding the principles which are the foundation of our democracy and liberty while in service to our nation. And whereas it is fitting to honor and commend the North Carolinians, as well as men and women who served in the military units based in North Carolina, who were killed in the line of duty, and thus paid the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the freedom which we enjoy. Now, therefore, be it resolved by the House of Representatives; Section 1: The House of Representatives expresses it's profound gratitude and appreciation to all the men and women of the United States Armed Forces for their selfless service. Section 2: The House of Representatives wishes to honor the memory of all of the members of the military from North Carolina who lost their lives while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation New Dawn since May 25, 2012, as follows: Army Specialist Trevor B. Atkins, Spring Lake, North Carolina; Army Staff Sergeant Rayvon Battle, Jr., Rocky Mount; Navy Master at Arms 2nd Class Sean E Brazaz, Greensboro, North Carolina; Army Sergeant Thomas J. Butler IV, Wilmington, North Carolina; Army Sergeant Jeremy F. Hardison, Maysville, North Carolina; Army Corporal Darrion T. Hicks, Raleigh, North Carolina; Army Sergeant Donna R. Johnson, Raeford, North Carolina; Army Specialist James A. Justice, Grover, North Carolina; Marine Corporal Daniel L. Linnabary II, Hubert, North Carolina; Army Staff Sergeant Justin C. Marquez, Aberdeen, North Carolina; Army Specialist Joshua Nelson, Greenville, North Carolina; Army Specialist David T. Proctor, Greensboro, North Carolina. Section 3: The House of Representatives wishes to honor the memory of all of the veterans of past wars who have died since the last Memorial Day. Section 4: The House of Representatives extends the deepest sympathy . . .
to the families of the service members named above who have made the ultimate sacrifice to help secure the freedom of the United States of America. The people of the state of North Carolina owe a debt to these brave service members and solemnly pledge that they shall never be forgotten. Section 5, this resolution is effective upon adoption. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Blust is recognized to debate the resolution. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. Speaker, members of the House and distinguished gallery guests. In June of 1963 in COBO Hall in Detroit in an earlier version of what later became known as the speech ‘I Have a Dream’, Martin Luther King told the crowd “There are some things so dear, some things so precious, some things so eternally true that they are worth dying for.” At the height of the Cuban missile crisis, President John F. Kennedy addressed the nation and concluded by saying “The cost of freedom is high, but Americans have always paid the cost, but one path we will never choose is one of surrender or submission. We seek not the victory of might but the vindication of right, not peace at the expense of freedom, but both peace and freedom here in this hemisphere and we hope around the world. God willing, that hope will be achieved.” We come today with this resolution to attempt, in the way we can attempt, to honor those who achieved the goal of peace and freedom, those who went and put their lives on the line and willingly went into the valley of the shadow of death to secure the freedom which unfortunately we all too often neglect to cherish enough to honor these people’s memories, and this is no small thing that we ought to do; it’s a big thing. Jesus himself said “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends,” and they laid down their lives so that we can enjoy all the things that we enjoy. We should never forget this because we know that it’s the soldier, not the newspaper editor, that’s giving us freedom of the press. It’s the soldier, not the network news anchor, that gave us freedom of speech. It’s the soldier, not the pastor, priest or rabbi, who’s giving us freedom of religion. It’s the soldier, not the protester, who is giving us the right to peaceably assemble, and it’s the soldier who saluted the flag, who serves beneath the flag and whose blood-soaked coffin is draped by the flag who makes it possible for the protester to burn the flag, and it’s the soldiers, be they army, air force, navy or marine, who throughout our history, from sea to shining sea, from every mountain top have let freedom reign. So how can we really repay the debt we owe to them? Lincoln told us at Gettysburg that really, mere words are inadequate. Lincoln said “It’s for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion, that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have dies in vain, but that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom.” The cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion was that of protecting and defending freedom. That cause will always be an unfinished work. In a republic there will always be a great task remaining before us because Ronal Reagan told us that freedom is always only one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it onto our children in the bloodstream. The only way they can inherit the freedom we have know is if we fight for it, protect it
Defend it and hand it to them with the well taught lessons of how they and there lifetime must do the same. And if you and i do not do that then you and i may well spend our sunset years telling our children or our children's children what it was like to be free once in america. And in this time of great national angst about the future of America what we must do to honor those who have fallen is clear, we must do what it takes to give this nation a new birth of freedom. And i think the answer can be found as to what we must do in a little insert i got in a fundraising appeal from the Wounded Warrior Project. It has 7 attributes listed that almost universally those who go and volunteer and defend America possess. and its duty honor, courage, commitment, integrity, country service. And we all know from there deeds that they possess these characteristics and i think its incumbent upon those of us who have the high honor and distinct privilege of serving in the offices of the institutions that these soldiers go and defend, and die to save, to start to use these attributes as a code that we absolutely go by at all times. And i think that part of the reason those in the political realm are not held in the esteem that those that go and serve us are held, is because the public compares us and they see us lacking but we can start today to change it, it matters how we conduct the business of the people that went to put there lives on the line to give us this chance ya know. it is a great honor and privilege to serve someone like Sean Brazos, named in this resolution. He went to the high school i went to so he walked the same halls, went and took classes in the same classrooms, studied in the same library, played on the same athletics fields i did. Yet he is gone, and i get to live a life here free in America, now that to me confers an enormous responsibility and obligation to do it in a way that honors Sean Brazos and all of those who came before us. So i think if we start today to do this, i think there would be a new birth of freedom as Lincoln referenced in the Gettysburg address. And that way we would truly honor those who in the words Lincoln, have laid such a costly sacrifice upon the altar of Freedom. (SPEAKER CHANGES)Representative Floyd please state your purpose (SPEAKER CHANGES)To debate the bill (SPEAKER CHANGES)Gentleman is recognized to debate the resolution (SPEAKER CHANGES)Mr speaker as i stand before you here today in this chamber, recalling my young years when i was stationed in Paris, France. Walking down ?? and one person walked up to me and showed me a newspaper with the protest that was taking place in the south. And they asked a question of me, "Why are you in this uniform." I didn't respond, i did not respond to that person because i was proud to wear the uniform of the United States Army. Well 5 years later one of my classmates that always goes to funerals, always called me to tell me when one of my classmates gave all to this great nation. Gave all, for this great nation. As i said before so i could stand here in this chamber and debate between the 119 and stand very proudly because they gave all what this great nation, and this great state, and im proud as the speaker before me talked about the Gettysburg Address. The world will long remember what we have said here, but it can never forget, the sacrifice in the men and woman have gave for this great nation. We in Cumberland county, our representative of the tenth largest military installation in the world. We are going to pay tribute to those individuals.
...maybe we'll start dad or uncle. Some of us, I'm sure, remember taxicab maybe or a staff car pulling up down the street. Seeing some officers get out and head up to a doorway. Here in the street you know what the message was they delivered. We are so blessed to be here today. We stand on the shoulders of giants. Real giants, real people. Common folk who did uncommon things in terrible places sometimes, and under really terrible conditions. Can't help but read you just a few lines from a poem, comments if you will, that came to mind instantly when I sat down here this afternoon. "Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there. I do not sleep. I am the 1,000 winds that blow. I am the diamond glints in snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. As you awake this morning touch, I am the swift uplinging rush, of quiet birds encircling flight. Do not stand at my grave and cry. I am not there. I did not die." The people that we honor this Memorial Day, this Memorial Weekend, did not die. They left us with a challenge, an opportunity and an honor that we shall carry forward. Thank you. On behalf of my family and the people here, thank you, very much. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Representative Hall, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Speak on the resolution. [SPEAKER CHANGE] The gentleman is recognized to debate the resolution. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and members of the House. It's certainly an honor to be here and to be in the presence of great warriors for our country who have, some have given all, all have given some and we have some here today and certainly I'm honored to be in their presence as they look over us and try to see the fruition of the sacrifices they made and certainly we have a responsibility. I talk about it almost every time I get an opportunity because we do have a great responsibility. No matter how much they risk, no matter how much they achieve, it's only through us living out the promise that they create that there were acts, really become valuable. They work for us. We have a unique form of government where civilians determine what policy our military carry out. And we have an undeniable duty to fulfill our end of the bargain to them. I have thought about many times the sacrifices members of my family have made, members of our community. As I think one of the most interesting moments I had in my career as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps., we were on an operation in Norway and it was the first time since World War II that American forces had been in Norway in this particular valley. We did an aerial assault off of helicopters. And it was a great operation. And the embassies and everyone had to notify the countryside so that everyone would be safe and not get in the way of the operation. And we had a division going in. I was privileged to be on the advance unit, some of the first helicopters to hit the ground in Norway since World War II. And of course, as Marines do, we were camouflaged to the hilt. You couldn't tell black from white. All you could see was green from our helmets to our boots, all you could see was green. Might have been different shades of green, different camouflaged patterns. But all you could see was green. And so very interesting, when we landed, and the birds took off and we secured the LZ's and started to move to strategic locations. And of course, this was a big deal so you had to let the civilian populous be involved. But little kids began to run up to us...
And grab our faces. They were intrigued by the fact that all of us were green Americans. They grabbed our faces to see, was it real? Were we real? How could we all be green Americans? There were no black, there were no white, we were all green Americans. And so, as you think about our responsibilities, being the leading country in the world. When you think about our military who go out and ambassadors for us, folks see them as Americans, and I hope we'll pursue policies so they're treated with respect as Americans and looked upon as being green. Not looked upon as one color or another, but just green marines. I commend a resolution to you. Representative Faircloth please state your purpose. To debate the bill. The gentleman is recognized to debate the resolution. The resolution. I am reminded by Representative Blust's comments and the others that have spoken, about an experience that always comes to my my mind on Memorial Day, that says a lot about our, how our troops are viewed overseas, or have been viewed overseas over the years. We hear a lot of Americans who say, "Those folks over there don't understand what we did for them. I wanna tell you about a little experience that always comes to mind. 1989 my wife and I finally saved up enough coins to take a trip over to Europe. My family gave two soldier, two Army Air Corps soldiers to World War Two and their resting place is in [San a bow?], France. And I had seen pictures of the graves and been told stories about them as I grew up, and I just wanted to see what it looked like over there. And I have to say I went over there with mixed emotions because I'd heard so much about, "They don't respect what our country gave to Europe and to Asia and to other places in these wars." We landed and rented a car. We drove across country to [San a Bow?], France and located the entrance to the cemetery. And this was in December, it was cold. Europe is cold in December. And we pulled up and parked, walked up to the entrance. Nice modern-looking entrance, very well kept. The big doors opened, doors something like these doors on our chamber here. And I went inside and there was a gentleman who came walking up and introduced himself, he was a retired British Army Sergeant. And he was employed by our country to run that cemetery. And he said, "Whom are you here to visit?" And I said, "We're here to visit the [ Peretty?] brothers." And he said, "Follow me, I know exactly where they are." We walked to another set of big doors, and those doors opened. December, cold, almost freezing weather, and the greenest grass you could ever see, as far as you could see. It looked like spring in North Carolina, it was so green. I couldn't believe it. And sticking out of that grass as far as you could see, white crosses as far as you could see. And he said, "Follow me over to a section [hill?]," or whatever it was. And we walked with him over there. He said, "We have 17 pairs of brothers buried in this section." And we walked down the little walkway and he said, "The [Peretty?] brothers rest here." There were flowers on those two graves. There were flowers on some of the others, but there were flowers on those two graves. And I couldn't imagine what that was. I asked him if they had a program, if they happened to know someone was coming, if they put flowers on. He said, "We didn't know you were coming." He said, "But I can tell you what happens. There is a family in this town that, ever since World War Two, when those two soldiers were buried here, they have come on every holiday that is a military holiday in America, they have come and put flowers on these two graves. And somehow they found out that you two were coming, and they came today and put them there.
And, so when we got back home I couldn’t get over that, and so I started asking some questions of some of my relatives and they said, “Oh yeah, that’s the family over in France, and they’re now in their fourth generation of doing this.” The ones who started in World War II, putting in there after World War II, have died away but that family has continued this tradition just for those two soldier and others do, many more. Every holiday, they remember, and they put a flower on there. I hope all of us remember on every holiday. I commend the resolution to you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Presnell is recognized to debate the resolution. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, sir. I’ve been inquiring the last year and a half or two years in trying to find my cousin, Ronald Everett Osborne. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam, and he was a Green Beret. And he was stationed in and out of Fayetteville a lot, and I knew he lived there. I saw him about twenty years ago, and I found him yesterday. My ?? found him, and I just want to honor him. He passed away about three weeks ago on May the second. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Bill Brawley, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] To speak on the resolution. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized to debate the resolution. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sometimes one feels the need to steal the words of others, and this is an old ballad. “His forty dollars on the drum for those who’ll volunteer to come, enlist, and fight the foe today. Over the hills and far away.” Veterans are people that wrote a check, payable to the United States of America. “When duty calls me I must go to stand and face another foe but part of me will always stay, over the hills and far away.” The value of that check is for any amount up to and including the life of the writer. “If I should fall, to rise no more, as many comrades did before, and ask the fifes and drums to play, over the hills and far away.” The names we have listed here today and the others in that long line are the people to whom that check was presented and who honored it with all that they had. I commend the resolution to you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion, further debate. If not the question before the House is the adoption of the House committee substitute to House Bill 169. All in favor vote aye. All opposed vote no. The Clerk will open the vote. The Clerk will allot the machine record the vote. 111 having voted in the affirmative, none in the negative. The House committee substitute to House Resolution 169 has been adopted and ordered printed. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, if all members will be seated except for members who have served in our armed forces, please stand, and the members in the gallery, any member in the gallery who’s actually served in the military please stand. Members, let’s show them all our gratitude. Representative Mobley, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Inquiry of the Chair. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The lady may state her inquiry. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I would like to know if all of the comments made today could be spread over the journal. [SPEAKER CHANGES] So ordered. Members if you have prepared comments if you will submit them to the Clerk. If you do not, we’ll have them transcribed from the audio record.
Senate Bill 189. The clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Bill 189: A bill entitled an act to amend the law defining home schools. The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Malone, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Speak on the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized to debate the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Good afternoon, everybody. Senate Bill 189 is simply the companion piece to HB 230, which we passed in February, 118 to nothing. It amends the law defining home schools. I’ll give you a real quick rundown. I don’t want to take away from today. It’s been a moving a few minutes here. Senate Bill 189: It gives parents more tools to choose from when educating their children in core subjects. It offers them online course such as SA Pathways; allows a friend, neighbor, or family member to teach a subject in a core subject area; allows important instruction offered to home-schooled students with learning disabilities by trained professionals; and allows home school parents to take advantage of future education when they are developed. The parents always are in control of the curriculum. That’s something I wanted to say. I simply ask that we commend the bill and we concur with the Senate. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Adams, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Question for the bill’s ?? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Malone, do you yield? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I do. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman yields. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you. I remember hearing this bill in committee. Is this Senate Bill any different? You said it was a companion. Were there any changes to this bill? [SPEAKER CHANGES] There are no changes. It’s the exact same bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] You’re welcome. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion? Further debate? If not, the question before the House is the passage of Senate Bill 189 on its second reading. All in favor vote, “Aye”. Opposed vote, “No”. The clerk will open the vote. All members, please record. Representative Faircloth? The clerk machine will record the vote. 109 having voted in the affirmative and none in the negative. Senate Bill 189 is passed in second reading. Without objection, it will be read a third time. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion? Further debate? If not, the question before the House is the passage of Senate Bill 189 on its third reading. All in favor will say, “Aye”. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] All opposed say, “No”. The “Ayes” have it. Senate Bill 189 is passed on its third reading. The bill be enrolled and sent to the governor. Pages, can we have you all come to the front of the chamber, please? To those of ??, please step down. Pages, I want to thank you for your service to the House this week. We’ve had a fairly light week as things go. We had a few debates along the way. I hope you were able to learn something in the committee work, moving through the chamber. I hope you had a good time. I hope you had a chance to meet a few people and make friends. I hope you will bring your experience back to your family members, your brothers and sisters and friends, and encourage them to come and serve with us. I think we’re getting pretty close to some end of school years here. I know a lot of you are sad about that, but I hope you’ll make the best of your free time in the summer. We thank you very much for serving this week. Members, let’s show our appreciation. Again, thank you. You may now return to your stations. Ladies and gentlemen, we have caucus to recognize. The clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Agriculture and rule caucus. March 2013, the caucus adopted bylaws and voted on chairs and co-chairs as follows. Chairs: Representative J.H. Langdon and Senator Brent Jackson. Vice Chair: Senator Norman Sanderson and Representative Jimmy Dixon. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Noted. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, just for planning purposes, after the weekend and next week, we will have a no-vote skeleton session tomorrow at 9AM. All those who Phil called to be here tomorrow, please feel free to do so. I will not be one of them. We will have no votes.
Doing that because by Constitution we have to meet at least one time and therefore we will not have a skeleton session on Monday. I’m also told that at this time we really only have a handful of bills that we need to take up on Tuesday, and so the Chair’s decided we will also have a skeleton session on Tuesday. Now, that’s good news and bad news. The good news is you won’t be distracted by walking into the Chamber on Tuesday. The bad news is there is a lot of committee work including committee announcements for Finance and Appropriations. So, if you’re not on Finance or Appropriations, you’ve got a pass. To my knowledge, I’m the only one who’s not on Finance or Appropriations. So, we do encourage you to try and get in and participate in the committee meetings, but there will be no session that you need to prepare for or even appear for on Tuesday. Then, we’ll probably be back to a regular calendar, a limited calendar. Again, I have deferred to Representative Dollar. If there is a committee meeting set for Appropriations sometime after this session time is set then you can count on the fact that that session will be limited so that we can carry on the prompt execution of those meetings. In other words, we will not go over substantially next week, indifference to the Appropriations Committee Chairs. Representative William Brawley, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For an announcement, Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES] This is an announcement. The gentleman is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Since we’ll all be here for Finance and Appropriations, the House committee on transportation will meet at noon on Tuesday. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Jones, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I have something here I wanted to- I’d like to ask that the members of the North Carolina General Assembly basketball team would please stand, if they can. And I would also like to ask if our cheerleaders would stand. I would like to also note that the Speaker of the House is standing, and he is a member of the basketball team as well. And ladies and gentlemen, I just wanted to announce that the trophy for the Carolina’s Basketball Championship is back in North Carolina where it belongs as of last night. I want to thank everybody that participated. I want to thank our team that we just mentioned including our four Senators and our honorable Governor. They participated as well if you were there. I want to thank all of our fans that came out and supported us. It was, I think a good time was had by all. I do want to once again thank the folks at North Carolina State University and Reynolds Coliseum. They were absolutely wonderful and really hosted a tremendous event for us. I want to thank our friends and competitors that came up from South Carolina and made the trip, and we had good fellowship with them, before and after the game and during as well. I also wanted to mention many of you participated with the food bank, and I want to thank everybody that did that. I am told from the leader from the food bank that we raised enough food and donation last night to provide for more than two thousand meals for people in our state. And I think that was a good cause. And finally, Mr. Speaker, I’m not going to mention all of our players, but I do want to especially thank our team captain, Representative Holloway. I can tell you he did so much work behind the scenes. If it had not been for Representative Holloway, this thing would not have happened so thank you to him, and we’re happy to have the trophy back in North Carolina. And let’s plan to keep it here for a while. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Members, one thing I would observe having been at the game, the cheerleaders did a great job. The members did a great job. It was interesting, too, that in the first half, everybody was up and running and cheering, and in the second half, there were a few people kind of not running and cheering quite so much. Towards about the end of the second half, I actually saw players playing from the bench and cheerleaders cheering from the bench, but it was a great time. Representative Faircloth, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] To make an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized for an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I’d like to announce that the JBS Appropriations sub-committee will meet at ??
30 on Tuesday the 28th. We also will meet again Tuesday afternoon and just watch your email and we'll notify you what time that will be. Will be in our regular room. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further notices and announcements. Representative Jordan, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized for a point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. Speaker. Memorial day is a federal holiday that occurs every year on the final Monday of May. It's a day to remember the men and women who died while serving the United Stats Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American civil war, to commemorate the union of confederate soldiers who died then. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. And it typically marks the start of summer vacation season while Labor Day marks its end. This weekend I'll be attending Memorial Day celebrations in my district, and I hope you will in yours as well. Although this year it falls on May 27th, very often, Memorial Day falls on May 26th. May 26th is an auspicious date. In 1538, the city of Geneva expelled John Calvin and his followers. In 1805, Napoleon Bonaparte assumed the title of king of Italy. In 1864, Montana was organized as US territory. In 1868, a hundred years from a certain date, the impeachment trial of US president Andrew Johnson ends with Johnson having been found not guilty by one vote. In 1896, Nicholas the second became Czar of Russia. In 1940, in World War II, the battle of Dunkirk occurred, and the allied forces began a massive evacuation from Dunkirk France. 1972, the United States and the Soviet Union signed the anti-ballistic missile treaty. And in 1962, the honorable representative from Rockingham county, Dr. Burt Jons, my seatmate behind me, was born. Representative Jons and I seem to share many things in common. Except he's older. His last name, Being J-O-N, and mine being J-O-R, we're often seated next to each other in committee. Our voting records are very similar. In fact last session, there were identical until late in the long session. I don't recall what he voted wrong on, but I'm sure it was an honest mistake. We're primary sponsors together on many bills, and on even more you'll find us as co-sponsors together. We both have one son, and one daughter. It seems that we find similarities every week. So I just want to ask Chamber, to recognize his birthday, which will be Sunday, May 26th. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Jons is recognized for a point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. Speaker. Now it's my turn. You know, often times when you have a birthday coming up, it's kind of a time that you reflect back in, and you reflect back on times of your early childhood, if you will. So I want to take you back for a few moments, if you will, back to the late 1960s. A time of my early childhood. You know it was a time that the world was changing. Technology was advancing. America put a man on the moon, one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. You think about the world with sports, things were changing. The American Football League came of age. The Jets made good on Joe Nemechek's promise to win the Superbowl. The miracle Mets won the world series and for a young Tarhill fan such as myself, there was a young coach named Dean Smith that took his Tarhills to the third straight NCAA final four, only to see UCLA win the title once again as they did for many years. Now representative Jordan has already told you about things that have happened on May 26th over the years. But I just want to tell you of a few things that you may not be aware of that happened, perhaps, with a little extra zest, if you will, in the lives of some of our members here during that time in the late '60s. For instance, you may not be aware that young Pat Hirley won her school systems contest for best cursive writing. Now while most of the other third graders were learning to play checkers, young Tom Tillis was playing chess. And the youngest student ever to win the county wide chess championship in his school system. My friend Jaime Bowls got his driver's license about that time driving his Hirsch flawlessly. A passenger in the back of the Hirsch never complained once. Two of our own gave member...
Speeches at their graduations that your high school, Alexander recited Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address at his graduation. Skip Stam recited the Magna Carter at his. Young Pricey Harrison attended the Sierra club camp for the first time. She met teenager Chuck McGrady who was serving on staff. Beginning a journey that would later lead him to start his own camp. And our own Deborah Ross, graduated as valedictorian of her kindergarten class, for her reward her family honored her request to take the family summer vacation to Woodstock. And on May 26th as I was celebrating my sixth birthday and [??] was just a few miles down the road, my friend Jonathan Jordon was born. I'm proud to share my birthday with him and count him as my friend. if you would please join me in wishing Representative Jonathan Jordon happy birthday. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Michaux please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The house will come to order, then gentleman is recognized for a point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I will not be as loquacious as the two gentlemen who appeared before me, but I would ask that you find the square root of 48, divided by the Q root of 35, add it to 364, divide it by 5, subtract from that 83, and on May the 27th you will know my seat mates age. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Shepard please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For a matter of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized for a point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I think I've already been outdone by representative Jordon here and representative Burr [??] but anyway, I did want to say my seatmate was born in tar heel red and will be tar heel blue until the day he is dead, but he's not dead yet so there's no reason for representative Bowes [SP] or Alexander to rush right over. However he is another year older so with that being said, happy birthday from your seatmate [??]. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further notices and announcements. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Stam is recognized from representative Moore's desk. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker I move that the house do now adjourn to reconvene on Friday May 24th at 9:00 A.M. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Moore moves, seconded by representatives Jones, Jordon and Adams that the house will now adjourn to reconvene on Friday May 24th at 9:00 A.M. All in favor say aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] All opposed say no. The aye's have it, the house stands adjourned.