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House | January 9, 2013 | Chamber | Session

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From Wednesday, January 9th, 2013, the following is voterradio.com's coverage of the daily session in the North Carolin House of Representatives. [SPEAKER CHANGES]I ask all members and guests in the chamber to rise for our opening prayer, which will be offered by our Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest. If you will, please remain standing for the presentation of the colors. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Please bow with me in prayer. Our gracious and merciful heavenly father, we humble ourselves before you in this solemn occasion, as we acknowledge you are the sovereign God of the universe. We acknowledged you ordained this motion before the face of the Earth, and even before the beginning of time. And we acknowledge Lord, that for your purposes, you establish leaders, and you dispose leaders. And thank you God, for this day you created, and we ask that you lead, guide, and direct the representatives that you have appointed for such a time as this. You tell us in Romans, Chapter 12, to offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, that this is our spiritual act of worship, and we are not to conform to the patterns of this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Lord, these men and women whom you have called, have made great sacrifices to be in this position of leadership, and we ask that you bless them with a great wisdom as they perform their duties in the House. As your word tells us, if we lack wisdom, all we have to do is ask you, and you will give us wisdom, generously, and without reproach. We ask that you protect these leaders from the failings and temptations of this world, and you protect their families, especially during times when they are separated from one another. Lord, will you establish new relationships, build friendships, and grant understanding that stretches beyond political boundaries in the time frame of this session, and break down any walls of political instability. Now Lord, we pray that your hand in favor will be upon this North Carolina House of Representatives during this 2013 session, and that the decisions they make, and the laws they establish will honor you, and bless the people of this great state. I offer this prayer in the name of my Lord, savior and redeemer, Jesus Christ. Amen. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Amen. [SPEAKER CHANGES]The presentation of colors will be by the North Carolina National Guard Color Guard. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Please join me in the pledge of allegiance. [SPEAKER CHANGES]I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Please remain standing for the National Anthem that will be sung by Miss Emma Thornes of Wake County [SPEAKER CHANGES]Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light. What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming. Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight. O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air. Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave. O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Please be seated. The Secretary of State, being the custodian of the North Carolina election returns, has deposited in the principle clerk's office, for inclusion in the journal, a complete certification

Information of all members, I let as evidenced by the abstract of votes of votes filed in the office under the hand and seal of the clerks of the jurist court of several counties of the state and the state board of elections. This will eliminate the necessity of individual filing of election credentials with the clerk. The names of persons so certified as being elected shall be called in the numerical order of house district. As your name is called please stand and answer present and remain standing until the oath is completed and the oath of office is administered. The clerk will read the certification. [Speaker Changes] I Marshall secretary of the state of the state of North Carolina do hereby certify that the state board of elections met on Tuesday 27th day of November AD 2012 in accordance with the chapter 163 of the general statute of North Carolina at which time the board did open canvas and judicially determine the return of votes cast in the elections held on November 6th 2012 and certified to me that persons duly elected as members of the house of representatives from various representative districts comprising of from more than one county and all others have been certified to me in the abstracts by the state board of elections as having the highest number of votes cast in the election for the house of representatives from the districts composed of one county only for the General assembly of 2013. First district Bob Steinberg, second district W.A Winkie Wilkins, third district Michael Speciale , Forth Jimmy Dickson, Fifth Anne Ward Mobley, sixth Paul Tine, Seventh Angela R Bryant, Eighth Susan Martin, Ninth Bryan Brown, Tenth John Bell, Eleventh Dwayne Hall, Twelfth George Graham, Thirteenth Patricia Pat McElraft, 14th George G Cleveland, Fifteenth Chris Sheppard, 16th Chris Millis, 17th Frank Iler, 18th Susie Hamilton, 19th Ted Davis Junior, 20th Rick Caitlin, 21st Larry M Bell, 22nd William Brisson, 23rd Joe Paulson, 24th Jean Farmer-Butterfield, 25th Geoffrey L Collins, 26th Leo Daughtry, 27tg Michael H. Ray, 28th James H JH London Jr, 29th Larry D hall, 30th Paul Luebke, 31st H.M. Michaux, 32nd Nathan Baskerville, 33rd Rosa U Gill, 34th Debrah K Ross, 35th Chris Malone, 36th Nelson Dollar, 37th Paul Stam, 38th Yvonne Lewis Holley, 39th Darren Jackson, 40th Merlyn Avila, 41st Tom Murray, 42nd Martin K Lucas, 43rd Elmer Floyd, 44th Rick Glacier, 45th John Szoka, 46th Ken Waddel, 47th Charles Graham, 48th Garland Pierce

00:00 present. 49th Jim Fulghum. present. 50th Valerie Foushee. present. 51st Michael Mike Stone. present. 52nd James L. Jamie Boles, Jr. present. 53rd David Lewis. present. 54th Deb McManus. present. 55th Mark Brody. present 56th Verla Insko. present. 57th Pricey Harrison. present. 58th Alma Adams. present. 59th Jon Hardister. present. 60th Marcus Brandon. present. 61st John Faircloth. present. 62nd John M. Blust. present. 63rd Stephen M. Ross. present. 64th Dennis Riddell. present. 65th Bert Jones. present. 66th Ken Goodman. present. 67th Justin P. Burr. present. 68th Craig Horn. present. 69th Dean Arp. present. 70th Pat B. Hurley. present. 71st Evelyn Terry. present. 72nd Edward Hanes, Jr. present. 73rd Mark W. Hollo . present. 74th Debra Conrad . present. 75th Donny C. Lambeth. present. 76th Carl Ford. present. 77th Harry Warren. present. 78th Allen Ray McNeill. present. 79th Julia Craven Howard. present. 80th Jerry C. Dockham. present. 81st Rayne Brown. present. 82nd Larry G. Pittman. present. 83rd Linda P. Johnson. present. 84th Rena W. Turner. present. 85th Mitch Gillespie. present. 86th Hugh Blackwell. present. 87th Edgar V. Starnes. present. 88th Rob Bryan. present. 89th Mitchell Smith Setzer. present. 90th Sarah Stevens . present. 91st Bryan R. Holloway . present. 92nd Charles Jeter. present. 93rd Jonathan C. Jordan. present. 94th Jeffrey Elmore. present. 95th C. Robert Brawley. present. 96th Andy Wells. present. 97th Jason R. Saine. present. 98th Thom Tillis. present. 99th Rodney W. Moore. present. 100th Tricia Cotham. present. 101st Beverly Miller Earle. present. 102nd Becky Carney. present. 103rd Bill Brawley. present. 104th Ruth Samuelson. present. 105th Jacqueline Schaffer. present. 106th Carla Cunningham. present. 107th Kelly Alexander. present. 108th John A. Torbett. present. 109th Dana Bumgardner. present. 110th Kelly E. Hastings. present. 111th Tim Moore. present. 112th Mike Hager. present. 113th Chris Whitmire. present. 114th Susan C. Fisher. present. 115th Nathan Ramsey. present. 116th Tim Moffitt. present. 117th Chuck McGrady. present. 118th Michele Presnell. present. 119th Joe Sam Queen. 120th Roger West. 05:00

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Chamber when the question is put to the body. The floor is now open for nominations. What purpose does the lady from Davy [??] rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] [??] [SPEAKER CHANGES] The lady may proceed to the well. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Fellow members of the house, distinguished guests, ladies and gentleman, today I have the distinct honor of placing into nomination for speaker of the house an individual who was born to be a leader. Our next speaker's leadership skills have been recognized throughout his entire adult life. In high school he was elected student body president. In the business world he became a partner in one few the worlds largest [AUDIO DROPS]. Microphone problems. In the business world he became a partner in one of the worlds largest accounting and management consulting firms in almost record time. In the world of public service his leadership and consensus building skills have allowed him to rise form serving on his local town council to serving as minority whip [??], to now serving as a speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives. Leadership is the ability to transform vision into reality. Over the last two years our next speaker has done just that. he has set a bold vision to move North Carolina form great to greatest. He has championed bipartisan solutions to some of the toughest problems facing our state. These successes including helping this house address a historic budget deficit by prioritizing state spending on our most pressing needs while at the same time protecting taxpayers. His leadership has also resulted in common sense problems that will create jobs and put people back to work. Our next speaker will continue to reach across the aisles to find the best ideas from both parties that will help us solve the challenges facing our great state. He has the right leadership qualities at the right time in our state's history to help North Carolina back on the right track. Ladies and gentleman it is my honor and great privilege to place in nomination fro speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, my friend, the gentleman from Mecklenburg county the honorable Tom Tillis. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the gentleman from Johnston, Representative Daughtry rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I rise to move the second nomination for Tom Tillis. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman has the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] It is a high honor and a privilege to second the nomination of Tom Tillis for speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives on this historic occasion. Tom Tillis is not a silver spoon man.

He arrived here on the wings of hard work and fair dealings. He knows the struggle of everyday North Carolinians because he lived them in full. He understand the cost of success and the value of family. He is an honest and decent person with a forged vision and a determination to make our state government work. He will keep us from getting side tracked on matters that are not germane to our important work. He will push us to do the people's business with a clear understanding that we all, regardless of political party, love this state. And we can, with good ideas, put our collective shoulders to the grindstone of this state and work for the good of everyone: Rich and poor; sick and well; young and old. For our wonderful state, these are not altogether the best of times. It is easy to look around government and find a plethora of difficult problems that involve almost every facet of our deliberations and require our collective skills. Providence has sent us a leader who can stand on the mountain and see what is best for our state. That leader is Tom Tillis and I unequivocally second his nomination as Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives. [CHANGE SPEAKER] Are there further nominations? The gentleman from Cleveland County, Representative Moore is recognized. We continue to have microphone problems. You may come to the well. [CHANGE SPEAKER] For a motion, Madame Clerk. [CHANGE SPEAKER] The gentleman has the floor. [CHANGE SPEAKER] I move that the nominations for Speaker be closed and that Representative Tom Tillis be elected by acclimation. [CHANGE SPEAKER] Representative Moore has moved that the nominations be closed and that Representative Tom Tillis be elected by acclimation. Is there objection? Hearing none, the Chair declares the nominations are closed. As required by the North Carolina Constitution, Article 6, Section 5, all elections by the General Assembly shall be viva voce. All in favor of the election of Representative Tom Tillis as Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives will say aye, opposed no. The ayes have it and Tom Tillis is elected as the Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives 2013 Session. The following members are appointed to escort the honorable Tom Tillis, Speaker of the House, to the well of the House. Representative Arp, Avila, Catlin, Hager, Hurley, McElraft, Samuelson and Starnes. If you will please retire to the rear of the chamber.

The oath of office will be administered to Speaker Tillis by Senior Associate Justice Mark Martin North Carolina Supreme Court. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Do you, Thom Tilis, solemnly and sincerely swear that you will support the Constitution of the United States. That you will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the State of North Carolina, and to the constitutional powers and authorities which are or may be established for the government thereof, and that you will endeavor to support, maintain and defend the Constitution of said State, not inconsistent with the Constitution of the United States to the best of your knowledge and ability; so help you God. And do you swear that you will well and true execute the duties of the office of Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives according to the best of your skill and ability according to law, so help you God. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I do, so help me God. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Congratulations, Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Congratulations, Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you. That’s for my dad. Before I get started on my comments, I wanted to tell you I as thinking as I as coming up with the Escort Committee I was a freshmen in 2007 and we entered the freshmen class with I believe 6 ladies and 5 men, no that’s not right now. It was 4 ladies and 5 men. Well I’m the only man standing so I can only affirm from that I was a faster member than the other 4 who are no longer in the Chamber. But my friends a colleagues and freshmen mean a lot to me. And Representative Avila and Representative McElrath, I know how to properly pronounce your last names. Thank you Madam Principal Clerk, and Governor McCrory, Lieutenant Governor Forest, Justices Martin, Edmunds, Newby and Jacson. State officials and other distinguished guests. Thank you for honoring us with your presence today. Now Governor McCrory and Lieutenant Governor Forest come to us today in their new capacities as the top two constitutional officers in North Carolina. But these two gentlemen have come to me many, many times before as personal friends. And I want to welcome you to the House. To the returning members of the House, welcome back. I look forward to continuing the work that we started two years ago. To the freshmen class, 40 strong, fully one third of our body. Thank you for your willingness to serve. And welcome to the People’s House. We are thrilled to have the experience that you all represent. Teachers, small business owners, business executives, engineers, doctors, school board members, just to name a few of the skills that you have graced us with by being willing to serve and I want you to know from the bottom of my heart that I appreciate it and we’re going to work ya. Now to the spouses of all members, I want to thank you for sharing your loved ones.. With the people of North Carolina, with their colleagues here and all the other people that they serve back in their districts. You too are public servants and your sacrifice is to be commended and I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart I’m also blessed to be joined today by my greatest supporter. My chief advisor and the love of my wife, Susan. Along with our daughter, our son, my mama and many other family members. Welcome and I’m so thankful.

?? Two years ago I stood before you and accepted to the highest honor of my professional and political career. I’m deeply moved and doubly honored by unanimous support given to me today. To the minority leader, Representative Hall and all the democratic caucus, thank you for your statesmanship. I pledge to you and all members of the democratic caucus that we will work together and in times when we disagree we will ensure civil and respectful discourse. Now for the freshmen members, particularly the members of the democratic caucus I have a special message for you. I was sitting where you were just six years ago, a freshman member in the minority caucus, the so called back-bencher. I also got into office in what was considered one of the worst in the legislative building, sorry about that Representative Jeter. But when I received my office assignment and my seat assignment I have to tell you I did utter two words, thank you. I tried to figure out how I could focus on legislation how I could get the support of the leadership and I worked within the political realities of the time and four years later I was blessed to be elected speaker. Now I tell you this to to brag, I tell you this to demonstrate that you have tremendous potential and?? Many opportunities to do great things and you have my personal commitment to work with you on legislation consistent with our policy direction because I owe it to you. I owe it to you because it was help from the democratic majority members like representative Wilkins and Representative Lucas, the true gentlemen of the chamber and former Representative Grier Martin that helped me have an impact early in my tenure. And I could go on with another long list. I see Representative Luebke back there in the finance people and a number of other people who treated me with respect and we owe it to you to do the same. Now their approaches may vary. Our views are driven and their driven by different ideologies. I firmly believe that we all have a common goal. We all want to improve North Carolina and make our Great state even greater. In fact I think we all want to make North Carolina the greatest state in the union. Over the past two years we have made significant progress but there is much more to do. We made hard choices in the face of economic uncertainty and we've governed responsibly despite heated rhetoric and political battles. And I have to say that the doomsday predictions of those who opposed our decisions truly have not come to pass. North Carolina is doing just fine. In fact, there are clear indications that the state’s economy is beginning to move in the right direction, yet, we have a lot more work to do. So how do we make North Carolina truly the greatest state? I think we’ll do it by continuing to implement policies that position us to deliver the best possible service to our constituents in a professional business-like manner. You know, the best businesses have the best products the best services, the best paid employees and the best employee morale. And while the democratic processes of the general assembly are not a business. Its messy, its noisy, and a lot times inefficient there is the business of government and there is substantial room for improvement in North Carolina and we simply must commit to advancing an agenda that will transform our business, our state with the goal of being the very best of everything we do. We must be willing to make tough decisions and we have to implement forward thinking policies that result in better education outcomes, better health care outcomes, improved public safety, reduced tax burdens, and responsible, I call it right sized, regulations. We must continue our work on sound fiscal management by passing responsible budgets that force us to live within our means and that minimize the tax burdens on citizens and businesses. We must fully exploit North Carolina’s position as the home to the best workforce in the nation. North Carolina workers are experienced, diverse, and their dedicated. They’re our greatest asset and their success

as will secure our future prosperity. We must protect out workers and their right to work, and we must send a very clear messages to businesses already in North Carolina, and those considering expanding here, and North Carolina will continue to be the least unionized state in the United States. We also have to place a priority on securing our leadership position in higher education, and we must step up our efforts to improve traditional K-12 education. Education counts for over 60% of our state budget, or just almost 60%, and therefore deserves a ??? of our time, and our best efforts. North Carolina's higher education system is truly a national standard, our community colleges and universities are second to none, and they produce some of the brightest minds in the nation, but we cannot rest on our laurels. Our community college and university systems must preserve their leadership position in the nation, and in fact we need to put more distance between North Carolina and the rest of the pact. That's very important, but to me this is one of the most important things. Many of you know this is my last term, this is my last time to be elected speaker. There's a legacy we all have an opportunity to leave behind, and that is meaningful change in K-12 education. And we're gonna do that, we have to redouble our focus on traditional K-12 education. The problems with our K-12 system didn't begin a year or so ago. The problems have existed for decades, and the state and federal government have made it even more difficult for educational professionals to pursue their passion. Have you ever seen a teacher or principal that just wasn't thrilled about trying to teach a kid? That's all they want to do. What we must do is open our minds, and our eyes, and our ears, and we gotta each out to hardworking teachers and principals and superintendents, and implement policies based on their experience in the classrooms, practical experience, the enormous training that they have. We can, and we must give teachers and principals more flexibility to run their schools and their classrooms and they see fit. We must continue a tradition started in 2011, incidentally, to give local school districts budgeting certainty, by passing our budget, before we expect them to pass their budget, which depends on us. We must cost efficient innovation in our schools by focusing on new technology, such as digital learning, and we must reward school systems for becoming more efficient, allowing them to keep the money that they save, and reinvest in into areas that they believe will improve education outcomes. About a month ago, I had a discussion with the superintendent, one of our largest schools systems in the state, and he said that he and many of his colleagues were considering applying for a charter school within their public school system. And when I asked him why he would do that, he said that he thought that that added flexibility would provide more opportunities for them to innovate, and do some good things for those traditional K-12 kids. And I asked him, rather than simply giving you one or two schools in your district that you can have that flexibility, why don't we work on what we have to do to give every school in your district that flexibility. Now, thousands of children are receiving education that do not live up to our high standards, not a single parent in this room can look at the education outcomes today for every child in this state, and say that it truly lives up to the standards that we know we're capable of achieving. So, what he have to do is get rid of the list and list of regulations, controls, and other impediments that just get in the way of teaching. They get away from teaching, they get away from the student, and we must find meaningful ways to deregulate K-12 public schools, to put the power back into the schools, and back into the classroom. Now, we will continue to advocate for charter schools, and parental involvement in where their children go to school, but I firmly believe North Carolina can build on many promising efforts already underway in traditional public schools. There are many success stories that have received national, and international attention, and I have visited many of these schools to see it

Speaker: exciting projects like mission possible from ?? county project lift in ?? county which is just being connect and onslaught county ?? there examples are born ideas great innovative and hard work of our educational professionals on the ground.We must encourage and reward ?? like these we also make sure that every single student state is blessed with the opportunity and the future that comes by that access those hides a programs and we can do it by the way i have to tell you that I'm proud of it and wouldn't know that you will go out in school systems and see it for yourself and understand that we have three influence superintendents in our school that has been at least runner up for the national ?? superintendent of the years and the one who have won national superintendent just a couple of years ago and we have one mark Edwards ?? mark Edwards this week and as announced one of the four finalists for national superintendent of the year we need to celebrate those success now I'll add ground work for long terms of success and education all other in various governments ?? reliable budget cannot be overstated over the last years we passed state budget over counties and schools to part and finalize their budgets ?? to that school system that have not seen that in years and may sound like a monitor point but it is not if you are ever in the position that you have to make hard set of decision on the budget and you really know that the money was going to be there ?? assumptions we are confined with ?? billion dollar ?? yet we passed the budget and record time we manage to deliver it to our means and we lived up to our promises to cut taxes some one hundred one and a half billion taxes that returned to the private sector last year and this year as long as I'm here ever you here after back to ?? the physical challenges we now face am ore stable foundation and ?? challenges this year budget ?? to the budget that the house had gone we gave the senate the highlight load ?? internet governor we must find to increase the efficiency of the cost of the government we must protect against pa and must protest against the system and must ?? taxes in fact we must fight up the system to lower taxes and most importantly we must pass the budget that out the interest to tax payers ahead of interest of those we want to expand the scope and cost of the government we must also make progress on major issue that were depending ?? far too long North Carolina taxes were out dated and it is built out of economy that existed gates ago the high level tax and the complexity of our taxation system weaken North Carolina competitors ?? we must implement compensation reform and ?? that provide relief to North Carolina business and citizens and it's stimulator economy ?? expansion we must proceed ?? though and we must be sensitive to the implications of tax reforms ?? and considering both simple and complex approaches from streamlining the tax returns to reconstructing tax coed all options need to be on the table like so many others that we tackle so far i know e could tackle this task because i believe in you and your ability to lead every single one of you and we gotta get i done now we also ?? to bill on progress we made in the last three years and regulatory reform i personally believe it's truly our key to our competitive position job creation and economic development some regulations and necessary but many are burdens some and represent nothing more than ?? we must eliminate unnecessary regulations let's try for growth and job creation right size regulation have another great effect the few regulations the few are regulators through these efforts i sincerely believe that North Carolina

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Mr. Speaker, honored guests, ladies and gentlemen, and members of the House, it is my honor and distinct privilege to place a nomination the name of Paul Stam of Wake County for the office of The Speaker Pro Tempore of the North Carolina House. Paul Stam has a long and distinguished record of service. He has served his country as a Marine. He has served his church as a Sunday school teacher. He has served his community and profession as a noted attorney. He has served his party as a local and state leader and Paul Stam has served this House as both its Minority and Majority Leader. Over the years, Paul Stam has been one of the leading conservative republican activists in North Carolina. He has worked tirelessly for the enactment of conservative principles and drafting of our [??] platform in the election of Carolina state and local officials and in his service as a caucus leader. Paul Stam is a legislator's legislator. Long respected on both sides of the aisle for his knowledge of the issues and the law, his ability to craft legislation and his steadfast honesty and integrity. Paul Stam is an open book and his word is his bond. He is a man of unshakeable character. After difficult legislative battles with rhetoric can often become heated, Skip Stam is quick to offer a smile and a handshake to his adversaries as he is his allies. He serves as an example in our democratic process that you can fight passionately for deeply held beliefs and when the battle is over, win or lose, hold no grudges or ill-will for his opponents in a campaign in court or in this chamber. The best compliment and highest recommendation I can make on behalf of Paul Stam is simply this. He lives, works, and serves with the Christian ideals he believes in. Allow me just a moment to close with a true story. Jack Veach was a prominent businessman and community leader in Western North Carolina, and also a national leader in the forest products industry. One year after helping a young man get elected to Congress, Mr. Veach went to see the new Congressman Elect. His advice was brief and to the point. "Son, when a person gets elected to Congress and goes to Washington, they have two choices. You can grow or you can swell". After a moment of silence Mr. Veach leaned forward and said "grow". Jack Veach's words challenge us all, newly elected members and veteran members alike. Over the years, Paul Stam has become a trusted and valued servant leader in this house. He chose to grow and this body has benefited from that choice. I finally ask the members of this house to choose him today as our Speaker Pro Tempore Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES]: The lady from Carteret County Representative McElraft is recognized to state her purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES]: I pushed that button. Thank you Mr. Speaker. I rise to second the nomination of Representative Paul Stam. [SPEAKER CHANGES]: The lady is recognized for that purpose and may approach the well of the house. [SPEAKER CHANGES]: Ladies and gentlemen of the house. It is my honor to second the nomination of Representative Paul Stam as The Speaker Pro Tempore. Representative Stam has served seven terms in our house serving as the house republican leader since 2007, and the House Majority Leader since 2011. He has been a strong and steadying force in the legislature. As a true statesman, Representative Stam is someone who can respect opposing views without wavering from his consistently conservative principles. These are just a few of the reasons why I encourage you, my colleagues, to join me

Me in voting for Representative Paul Stam for Speaker Pro Tempore of the North Carolina House of Representatives. [Speaker]: Are there further nominations? Seeing none. Representative Moore please state your purpose. [Representative Moore]: For a Motion Mr. Speaker. [Speaker]: The gentleman is recognized for a motion. [Representative Moore]: Mr. Speaker, I move that the nominations be closed and that Representative Paul Stam be elected Speaker Pro Tempore, by acclimation. [Speaker]: Everybody has heard the Motion. Is there any objection? Hearing none, The Chair declares that the nominations be closed. Those who are in favor of the election of Representative Paul Stam as Speaker Pro Tem, will say aye. All opposed say no. The ayes have it. Representative Stam is elected Speaker Pro Tem by acclimation. [applause] [Speaker]: The Chair appoints Representatives Blackwell, Brody, Conrad, Duane Hall, Hardister, Jeter and Terry as the Escort Committee. The Committee may proceed to the Well of The House. [applause] [Speaker]: The Oath of Office will be administered by Senior Associate Justice Mark Martin, North Carolina Supreme Court. [J. Mark Martin]: Do you Paul Stam solemnly and sincerely swear that you will support the Constitution of The United States? That you will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the State of North Carolina and to the constitutional powers and authorities which are or may be established by the government thereof and that you will endeavor to support, maintain, and defend the constitution of said state, not inconsistent with the constitution of the United States to the best of your knowledge and ability to help you God? And do you swear that you will well and truly execute the duties of the office of speaker pro tempore of the North Carolina House of Representatives according to the best of your skill and ability according to law so help you God? [Representative Stam]: I do. [J. Mark Martin]: Congratulations. [Representative Stam]: Thank you Justice. [Speaker]: I understand that Representative Stam and Speaker Pro Tem and Justice Martin have some history. A telephone intern or something at one point, helping him out? So your service continues. Representative Stam is recognized. [Representative Stam]: I accept your election. Your excellencies, Governor McCrory and Lieutenant Governor Forrest, Mr. Speaker. Madam Clerk, Members, families, visitors and especially my wife Dottie, who went somewhere at the back. She has supported me faithfully for almost 30 years in this effort, legislative efforts and especially she is a wonderful grandmother. She brought along two of my seven grandchildren today and I would like to speak about the way the House should operate, but by using three examples from my grandchildren. This is because, first of all, any grandfather

Talk about grand children and second and if you didn’t hear about would not be here because you here because you want to show the feature your grand children and great grand children of your community. my older my grand children has go for seven six by four two and one year also.the order boys like to watch over and over and over and over again the musical version of the panthom of the ??. they like music and the romeyats but specially but they like in us the bad guys and the good guys. The bad guy wont be shrewd but shrewd is the good guy to shrewd they always want to know how you tell their efforts. Fortuly that music he usually wont ask so easy to tell. But sometimes we can tell the good guys else the members of the public can be believe in which ones cannot. We have to earn the flavor. All the boys also believe the oxfords context books. Whether its swimming or basketball or for example on Christmas day we offer choclates and dozens of ?? including the food, the flowers. 17 tackling each other and on the ground you caused the vein. You on the assembly you need representative to meet disperse and you are the spend this concept. There is no need to engage in a grasip conquer especially with the members of the 17 that is members of the hours. We can say for themselves. Their favourite. One of the favourite things they like to do with me is to play chess. The younger boys age 2 and 4 like to challenge me the play by saying a just play chess . iam to take all your peaces. That challenge make to get me out of my tear to take a month and some of them we have different ways to play and some of ows here. As in the order they realize they can end our taking all other peaces and this is harshly meant stratergy and also manner character. What about the boys challenges to play the chess by very well in it. They two of most comparative people I know they were four year old at that time is realities my brother was fifty they were doing ?? emails perhalf fee each other and chase and they got together. They finally begin this, this game and I notice my four year old grand son was giving the way his speeches. We ask him, well why are you doing, why are you doing this. Why are you giving was this speeches not trying to win and he says he was trying to be kind and within all learned that number one we gone all ways have to take all our bonus speeches and secondly as we speak them. We can be kind. that is true in the halvs will and asembly all our government I wish you all everyone here well is we impark on what I think will be a great and spork session thank you for this opportunity to speak. [PEAKER CHANGES] Ladies and gentleman the next hour ?? the agentas the election of the principal clerk. Question before the hours is the election of the principal clerk.

Representative Samuelson, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] To place the name of Denise Weeks before the House as our nominee for Principle Clerk. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The lady is recognized and may approach the will of the House. [PAUSE] [SPEAKER CHANGES] I want to say nice things about her. I want her here. [PAUSE] ?? [SPEAKER CHANGES] It would be just like her, principle clerk, to be out working while we’re trying to elect her. [LAUGHTER] [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, and all our friends and family gathered with us this special day. It is my honor to place into nomination Denise Weeks as our principle clerk. We often hear folks talk about the ideal of servant leadership in our society. Yet we also often hear those same folks lament that they believe they see so little of it. Well, this chamber in this great state of North Carolina has been blessed for the last 20 years with the servant leadership of Miss Weeks. Her generous and faithful service to us has been and will continue to be the model for how we should treat each other and the people we serve. In a very tangible way, she has loved us. So if you chose the Christian Bible today for your swearing in, you’ll see in I Corinthians 13 the type of love I have in mind. It says love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy. It does not boast. It is not proud. It is not rude. It is not self-seeking. It is not easily angered. It keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Mr. Speaker, I believe this describes Miss Weeks and qualifies her in every way for another term as our House principle clerk. And members, I urge your continued support and encourage you to emulate her leadership as we work with one another. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Hall, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] To second the nomination of the House principle clerk. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized for that purpose and may approach the will of the House. [SPEAKER CHANGES] [PAUSE] To all who are present. To all who would be here in here, I want to tell you about our House principle clerk, and why she should be elected to another term. You know, service spans generations and from my 88 year old mother who’s in the gallery to my nephew who’s on the floor, to all of you and your children and families who are throughout this chamber, we have benefited from the service of Denise Weeks. As I sat there and we by acclimation elected the speaker for another term, it came to me that the person probably most qualified to lead the House and who leads this House without that distinction, has been Denise Weeks. The person who’s probably most responsible for legislation is not any of you, whether you’re long-serving members or freshmen. Or anyone you replaced. But the principle clerk who has guided so many of you through both training and through the movement of your bills. And so as we continue to look for our official leader, and our unofficial leader who really makes things happen, regardless as to the party in charge, we still look to Denise Weeks for her leadership. She’s the referee on the field, she’s the guardian of the game that goes on here sometimes, but she’s the one who has the credibility to keep us all in bounds on every play. So again, I would second and commend to you Denise Weeks as House principle clerk.

Are there further nominations? Seeing none, Representative Moore, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker, I move that the nominations be closed, and that Denise Weeks be elected by acclimation. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Everybody has heard the motion, is there objection? Hearing none, the chair declares nominations closed. Those in favor of the election of Denise Weeks as Principal Clerk will say aye, all opposed say no. The ayes have it, and Denise Weeks is elected Principal Clerk by acclimation. [APPLAUSE] Pursuant to General Statute 120-5, the Speaker of the House is authorized to administer oaths for all officers of the House, we will administer the oath for the Clerk at this time. Place your hand on the Bible and raise your right hand. Do you, Denise G. Weeks, solemnly and sincerely swear that you will support the Constitution of the United States, that you will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the state of North Carolina, and to the constitutional powers and authorities which are, or may be established for the government thereof, and that you will endeavor to support, maintain, and defend the Constitution of said state? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I do ??? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Not inconsistent with the Constitution of the United States, to the best of your knowledge and ability, so help you God? And do you swear that you will well and truly execute the duties of the office of Principal Clerk of the North Carolina House of Representatives according to the best of your skill and ability, according to the law, so help you God? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I do, so help me God. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Congratulations. [APPLAUSE] [SPEAKER CHANGES] I would just like to say thanks again to all of you, thank you for the nomination and the ??? speech, thanks to my family for being here, and the people that make everything happen behind the red curtain back here that are in the office, they are the ones that really do all the work, and I appreciate the opportunity to serve, beginning my 11th term with you, thank you. [APPLAUSE] [SPEAKER CHANGES] To give you some sense of just how efficient our Principal Clerk is, she's put together a line-by-line to follow the agenda today, and the entry for her remark, she says, Weeks makes very brief remarks. [LAUGHTER] Now we'll move to the appointment of officers in the House, pursuant to House rule 45, the chair appoints Clyde Cook to serve as the Sergeant-at-arms for the 2013 session of the House of Representatives. Clyde, please step forward so we can administer the oath. Do you Clyde Cook Jr. solemnly and sincerely swear that you will support the Constitution of the United States, that you will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the State of North Carolina? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I do. [SPEAKER CHANGES] And to the Constitutional powers and authorities which are, or may be established for the government thereof, and that you will endeavor to support, maintain, and defend the Constitution of said state, not inconsistent with the Constitution of the United States, to the best of your knowledge and ability so help you God, and do you swear that you will well and truly execute the duties of the House of Sergeant-at-Arms of the North Carolina House of Representatives according to the best of your skill and ability, according to the law, so help you God? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I do, so help me God. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Congratulations. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Starnes, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker, I move that Rule 52 be suspended to the end, that I might extend courtesies of the foreign gallery to some special guests

Without objection, so ordered. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker, members and guests, it’s my honor to extend the courtesies of the floor to Mrs. Susan Tillis, Ryan Tillis, Lindsay Tillis, David Hixson, Margie Tillis, Ron Tillis, Carrie Pullis, Ken Pullis, Jeanette Campbell, Richard Campbell, and to other family, friends and guests of the Speaker of the House. Welcome. [APPLAUSE] [SPEAKER CHANGES] And I assume you all know the story, I named my gavel up here, is named after my father. And after someone out of western North Carolina heard about that, I had a friend of mine turning the wood out of heart pine. He heard the story and I’d mentioned that I guess in some article that I’d like to have one named after my mother. And sure enough, a couple months later, this beautiful gavel turned out of dogwood, the state flower, came to my door. And I named it Margie. And y’all may not have noticed it but my mother’s name is Margie. You may have not have noticed it but I presided over the short session with it. Now I thought I told my mom about that but one day I just offhandedly said Margie was doing good in there and she said what are you talking about? And I said Mom I’ve got a gavel named after you. And I think Mom, that has finally secured me as your favorite son, or favorite child. [LAUGHTER] But welcome. And ladies and gentlemen, we also wanted to extend the courtesies of the gallery to every family member and every friend who’s done everything to bring these wonderful people to this chamber. We appreciate y’all. We’d like for you to stand so that we can welcome you. [APPLAUSE] We’ll now move to the announcement of caucus leadership. Representative Starnes is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House. The Republican caucus has met. We are organized and prepared to do business for the people of North Carolina. Our elected leadership positions are as follows. Representative Edgar Starnes of Caldwell County will be the majority leader. Representative Mike Hager of Rutherford County will be majority whip. Deputy whips will be Representative Pat McElraft of Carleet County and Representative Jamie Boles of Moore County. Representative Rick Catlin of New Hanover County will be the freshman leader. Representative Dean Arp of Union County will serve as the freshman whip. And we have a new position this year. Representative Ruth Samuelson of Mecklenburg will be the Republican conference leader. We look forward to serving the people. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Hall, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] To announce the organization of the Democratic caucus. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized for that purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I’d like to announce that the Democratic caucus has met and has elected the following leadership. As Democratic leader, Representative Larry D. Hall. Deputy Leader, Representative Michael Ray. Democratic Whips, Winkie Wilkins of Person County, Susan Fisher of Buncombe County, Rosa Gill of Wake County, and the Democratic conference co-chairs, Deborah Ross of Wake County and Marvin Lucas of Cumberland County. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The 2013 House of Representatives being organized, and ready to proceed with public business, the Chair orders that a special message be sent to the Senate, so advising that honorable body. Messages from the Senate, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Special message from the Senate. Mr. Speaker, it is ordered that a message be sent to the House of Representatives, informing that honorable body that Senate is organized and now ready to proceed with public business of the state. For your further information, the following officers have been elected to 2013 session: Senator Phil Berger, president pro tempore, Senator Lewis Pate, deputy president pro tempore. Miss Sarah Lange Clapp principle clerk. Mr. Lee Settle, reading clerk. Mr. Phillip King, sergeant at arms. Further be advised, the city has been notified of the election of the following party officers. Senator Harry Brown, the majority leader. Senator Jerry Tillman, majority whip. Senator Fletcher Hartsell, majority caucus secretary, Senator Andrew Brock, majority caucus leader

[Speaker Change] Senator Martin Nesbitt Minority Leader, Senator Josh Stein Minority Whip, Senator Dan Blue Minority Caucus Co-Chair, Senator Dan Clodfelter, Senator Caucus Co-Chair, Senator Elli Kinnaird Majority Caucus Secretary, Senator Gladys Robinson Deputy Minority Leader, Floyd McKissick Deputy Minority Leader, Senator Clark Jenkins Deputy Minority Leaders, respectfully Sarah Clap Principle Clerk. [Speaker Change] Noted. [Speaker Change] Special message from the Senate. Senate Chamber January ninth, two thousand thirteen, Mr. Speaker, it is ordered that it amendments be sent to your Honorable Body at that [??] to a proclamation issued by Governor Pat McCrory January seven, two thousand thirteen. Angela R. Bryant has been appointed to fill the vacancy created by the death of Senator Ed Jones from the fourth district. Respectfully Sarah Clap, Principal Clerk. [Speaker Change] Noted. Senate Joint Resolution. The clerk will read. [Speaker Change] Senate Joint Resolution Two, A joint Resolution adjourning of two thousand thirteen regular session. The journal assumed it to a date certain as provided body by law. [Speaker Change] For certain House Rule thirty two, the Resolution is placed on the calendar for immediate consideration. The clerk will read. [Speaker Change] Senate Joint Resolution Two, A joint Resolution adjourning the two thousand thirteen regular session of General Assembly to the date of certain as provided by law. [Speaker Change] Senator Moore is recognized to debate the resolution. [Speaker Change] Thank you Mr. Speaker. Members of the House, this Joint Resolution simply adjourns todays organizational meeting, for us to reconvene at twelve noon, Wednesday, January the thirtieth, two thousand thirteen. We urge the Body’s support. [Speaker Change] Further discussion, further debate. Hearing none, the question before the House is the passage of Senate Joint Resolution Two on its second reading. All in favor will vote aye. All opposed will vote no. The clerk will open the vote. All members wishing to vote please do so at this time. The clerk [??] machine will record the vote. One hundred and sixteen having voted in the affirmative and none in the negative. The Resolution has passed its second reading and without objection will be read a third time. [Speaker Change] Senate resolves, House concurring. [Speaker Change] Further discussion, further debate. If not, the question before the House is the passage of Senate Joint Resolution Two on its third reading. All those in favor will say aye. All opposed no. The ayes have it. The Resolution is ordered and enrolled. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, we, with the votes [??] of two of the, or all three of the offices, we thought we would make use of our time while we have friends and family here to go ahead and announce and pass out the gavels for Chairmanships. You should have available, any member who does not we ill get it to you, the list of committee assignments. This complete list will be entered into the journal. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, as the reading clerk reads the names of the Chairs, please come to the well of the House to receive your gavel. The clerk will start reading slowly while I get downstairs. [Speaker Change] Representative Howard, Finance Senate Chair and Ethics. Representative Daughtry, a Profession Sub Committee on Justice and Public Safety and Judiciary. Representative [??], Insurance. Representative R. [??], Finance. Representative T. Moore, Election Law and Rules. Representative Lewis, Election Law and Finance. Representative Johnson, Appropriations and Education. Representative Setzer, Finance.

Rep West appropriation Sub committee on natural and economic resources and environment, Rep Dollar appropriation CG chair, Rep Holloway Appropriations, Rep Hollo sub committee on Health and Human services, Rep Bird Appropriations, Rep Langdon Agriculture and Education, Rep Cleveland Appropriation sub committee on General government, Homeland security and Military and Veteran Affairs, Rep Dickson Agriculture, Rep Stevens Judicial Sub Committee C, Rep Carney Ethics, Rep Brisson Appropriation sub committee on health and human services, Rep Hurley appropriation sub committee on justice and public safety, Rep McElraft Appropriations sub committee on Natural and economic resources and transportation, environment excuse me, Rep Illor Transportation, Rep Hastings, Homeland security, Military and Veteran Affairs, Rep Collins State Affairs, Rep Hager Public utilities, Rep W Brawley Transportation, Rep Horn appropriation Sub committee on Education, Rep Boles appropriation sub committee on justice and public safety, Rep Stone Government, Rep Faircloth appropriation sub committee on justice and public safety, Rep McGrady appropriation Sub committee on Education and judicial sub committee B, Rep Torbett appropriation Sub committee on Transportation

Representative Jordan, Judiciary Subcommittee B. [PAUSE] Representative Samuelson, Banking. [PAUSE] Representative Saine, Appropriations Subcommittee on Information Technology. [PAUSE] Representative Moffitt, Regulatory Reform. [PAUSE] Representative Murray, Commerce and Job Development. [PAUSE] Representative Pittman, Homeland Security, Military and Veterans Affairs. [PAUSE] Representative Shepherd, Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation. [PAUSE] Representative Jones, Health and Human Services. [PAUSE] Representative R. Brown, Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government. [PAUSE] Representative Warren, Government. [PAUSE] Representative Blust, Judiciary Subcommittee A. [PAUSE] Representative Avila, Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. [PAUSE] Representative Blackwell, Appropriations Subcommittee on Education. [PAUSE ] [SPEAKER CHANGES] Ladies and gentlemen of the House, we will be adjourning here shortly and the Chairs having received their gavels and in consultation this week, there are a couple that may announce a committee meeting. I know that Finance may seek the Speaker’s Office approval to hold a committee. And for all members, members of both caucuses, any member even if you’re not on the committees that are meeting, the primary objective of these committee meetings that would occur before the 30th are going to be informational. The Chair does not anticipate any votes being taken. There will be information, therefore if you’re interested in attending these meetings, the Chair will authorize per diem to cover your expenses to come up and you are welcome to attend. The Chair would also like to thank Representative Murray’s daughter for creating this beautiful artwork commemorating the event. He just handed this to me when I handed him his gavel. So Ella, thank you very much for the pretty piece of art. The Chair would like to take a point of personal privilege to extend the courtesies of the floor to some special people, people who have served in this chamber and in other areas of government. Representative Mike ??

?? Former Representative Bonner Stiller, former Representative Greg Thompson. And also, to Commissioner Barry, who is seated up here with Representative Howard. Welcome back, and thank you for all that you do, Commissioner. [applause] [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Blust. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker, we also have former Representative Russell Capps here with us. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The chair was just about to ask, and as always, Representative Blust is just a little bit ahead. I want to make sure, if there are any other members who are here or joining us, please stand and let us welcome you and Representative Capps. Great to see you back. Oh, and Karen Ray. Please stand, let us welcome you. [applause] And, ladies and gentlemen, there's one other that I have to provide a special acknowledgement for, there's a couple, before we close out. Two years ago, when I was nominated Speaker and I had everybody asking me what we were going to do on opening day. Oh, we got another one we got to recognize, a good friend. But on opening day, I had people- Most people that know me know that I'm not a whole lot about protocol and pomp and circumstance, probably to a fault. But I had everybody asking me all these things we needed to do on opening day. I said, "Guys, I don't know. Do we have somebody who really understands protocol and the proper respect that we should be showing our elected officials and others in the room?" And everybody said, "Yeah, Theresa Esposito." She was the protocol officer in DOD, in fact, I understand that she used to practice funerals before people were dead. [laughter] And, I'm serious. And so we ask her to do it, and it really was a special day, as today, I think, has proven to be special as well. This lady is just a lioness and a wonderful friend that I have come to know over the past few years, and she served in this body, and I think she probably counted everybody in this chamber her friends when she was here. So, Theresa Esposito, from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for making this day a truly memorable day. Please stand and let us welcome you. [applause] And there are two other members. One is Senator Presnell, whose wife is now in our chamber. Finally, the family got it right. [laughter] And also, a good friend who's moved on and a good friend of ours and was just here in the last term, Representative Efton Sager, over by Representative Ross. Please let us welcome you as well. [applause] I'm going to do this one more time, but I swear we're just going to start having people call off, because how could I miss someone who's coming back to work and help us out in a very important part of government, I believe in the Treasurer's operations. This is Representative Bill McGee, the man in the bow tie up top. [applause] Ratification of resolutions, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Enrolling court supports following resolutions duly ratified, properly enrolled and presented to the office of Secretary of State: Senate joint resolution 2, "A Joint Resolution Adjourning the 2013 Regular Session of the General Assembly to a Date Certain, as Provided by Law." [SPEAKER CHANGES] Ladies and gentlemen, before we go to notices and announcements, one thing I'd like to do- I think that most of you are in your offices now, and I know there were a lot of movements going on. If any of you need anything, please contact my office. I try to walk around, and I saw a number of members in both caucuses and tried to get my own punch list a couple of days ago. But if you're still waiting on a computer or you haven't been informed when you're going to get it, I understand that you'll all be receiving updated computers very soon.

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