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House | January 30, 2013 | Chamber | Session

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From Wednesday, January 30th, 2013, the following is a replay of voterradio.com's coverage of the daily session in the North Carolina House of Representatives. [NEW SPEAKER] The House will come to order. Members will take their seats. Visitors will leave the chamber. Sergeant at Arms close the doors. Members and visitors in the gallery, please silence all cell phones, personal electronic devices, and anything else that will make noise. The prayer will be offered by Representative Larry Pittman. Members and visitors in the gallery please stand and please remain standing for the Pledge of Allegiance. [NEW SPEAKER] God's blessings on one and all. Let us pray. Almighty God our Father who alone rules over all creation. We thank and praise you for all your many blessings to us. We thank you for the love and your spirit which sustains us day by day. And Lord, we need that power in our lives as we have been chosen to govern this great people in the state of North Carolina. There are things we need to remember from your word, oh God, and we pray that you help us to remember them this day. Particularly when the Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 13 that there is no power except what is ordained of God. That there is no authority but from him. Help us to remember that that authority that is given to us is limited, that you only give us authority for that which is good and right in your sight. You do not give us authority to violate the rights of our citizens, but rather the authority to uphold their rights. Your word also tells us in Proverbs 25:26, that “like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain, it is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.” Help us to be righteous. Help us to draw closer to you, to be filled with your spirit, your truth, with your love, for our fellow human beings that their blessingness. Their best interest will always be in our hearts and minds and all that we do and say. That in all things we may please you first, knowing that Jesus Christ is the one to whom we shall give account for how we govern. Help us, in his name we pray. Amen. [NEW SPEAKER] 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. [NEW SPEAKER] Representative Moore, please state your purpose. [NEW SPEAKER] Mr. Speaker, the journal for January the 9th has been examined and found to be correct. I move it's approved as read. [NEW SPEAKER] Representative Moore moves that the journal for January 9th be approved as written. All those in favor say aye. All opposed say no. The ayes have it. The journal is approved as written. Petitions, memorials and papers addressed to the General Assembly of the House. The clerk will read. [NEW SPEAKER] State of North Carolina, the appointment of Joshua R. Dobson, 2013-2014, by the Governor of the State of North Carolina proclamation. Where as the Honorable Mitch Gillespie, elected representative from House District 85, 2013-14 General Assembly, has resigned, and where as the provisions of General Statute 163-11 require that the vacancy created by the resignation of the Honorable Mitch Gillespie be filled by appointment of the person recommended by the 85th State House District Executive Committee of the Republican Party, and where as the 85th State House District Executive Committee of the Republican Party has notified me of it's recommendation of Joshua R. Dobson of McDowell County, North Carolina to fill the unexpired term. I do by these presidents appoint Joshua R. Dobson as member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, 2013-2014 General Assembly. In witness where of, I hereunto sign my name and affix the great seal of the State of North Carolina, at the capitol in the City of Raleigh, this 29th day of January in the year of our Lord 2013, and of the independence of the United State of America, 237. Pat McCrory Governor attest, Elaine F. Marshall Secretary of State. [NEW SPEAKER] Representative Stam, Starnes, Hall, Samuelson, Hager, Catlin, Floyd and Presnell, will escort Representative Dobson, his wife Valerie, their daughter Kennedy, to the well of the House.

Members may be seated. Just an awkward moment, I was trying to help y'all out. First welcome. You'll place your hand on the bible, left hand, and raise your right hand please. Do you, Josh Dobson, 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 the said state, not inconsistent with the constitution of the United Stated to the best of your abilities, knowledge and abilities, so help you God, and do you swear that you will and truly execute the duties of the office of a member of the House of Representatives according to the best of your skill and ability according to the law so help you God? Welcome. The escort committee will now escort Representative Dobson to seat 91. And ladies and gentlemen of the house, the chair wishes a warm welcome to Representative Dobson and his family. The chair is also against the wishes of this person would also like to recognize a friend of this chamber who is in the gallery today. The former representative from McDowell county, Representative Mitch Gillespie. Welcome back to the chamber Mitch. He said he was gonna run out if I did that, I think he beat me to it. Here you go Mitch. Messages from the Governor, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] ?? It is written to comply with section 1 and 2 of the executive order number 107. This shall serve as my official designation of room 1038 withing the department of administration building as the office of the Governor's affairs office under the provisions of section 1. I hereby designate the following employees of the Governor's office as officials to whom delivery of bills can be made under provisions of section 2. ?? Morgan Beam, Nicole Heinz, Fred ?? will serve as the official liason and will lobby on behalf of this office. Fred's office will be located in room 1038 of the administration building and his phone number is 7335811. Sincerely, Pat McClory, Governor [SPEAKER CHANGES] Noted [SPEAKER CHANGES]?? Prinicle clerk of the house, ?? week of pursuant to North Carolina general statute 115C-10, I hereby appoint Rebecca H Taylor, Gregory M Alcorn, and William W Colby Jr to 8 year terms on the North Carolina state board of education and submit their names or confirmation by the North Carolina general assembly. Their terms shall begin upon confirmation and will expire as listed below. Rebecca H Taylor through 03/31/2019 first educational district representative. Gregory M Alcorn through 03/31/2017 seventh educational district representative

William W. Coby Jr. threw 331 2019 at large seat. Enclosed is a ?? information on these ?? with best regards ??. [Speaker Change] The message will be referred to the committee on rules calendar and operations of the house. [Speaker Change]Ladies and gentleman of the house upon motion of the member from Mecklenburg County, Representative Brawley, and all members from Mecklenburg County, including the Chair. Happy to extend the courtesies of the gallery to the chairman of the Mecklenburg board of education, Mary Mackray, and Vice-chair of the Mecklenburg board of education Tim Morgan. Please stand all and let us welcome you. Also upon motion from Moore County, Representative Bowles. The chair is happy to extend the courtesies of the gallery to Linda Bowles. Jamie you’re gonna have to help me with this mother of Jamie Bowles and her husband Bill Park, I'm sorry it was the last name I missed. Linda Bowles Park his mama, and his daddy Bill Park, please stand and let us welcome you. The following committee appointment were made, the clerk will read. [Speaker Change] Changes to the house committee appointments, January 30, 2013. Commerce add Richardson, environment remove Hanes and Queen, add Carney, Ray, and Luebke. Military Whitmeyer add, public utilities Dockham make vice-chair, Richardson remove. Finance, Brandon remove, R. Moore Add, appropriations R. Moore remove, Brandon Add. Appropriations sub-committee on ?? R. Moore remove, Brandon Add. Josh Dobson added to the following committee’s appropriation, ?? Sub-committee on natural and economic resources, banking, education, environment, regulatory reform, and transportation. [Speaker Change] Ladies and gentleman of the house we have been in consultation with various members and some of the committee assignment changes that you've heard were a result of those consultation. If there are other members who have interests and there's a way for us to accommodate your request on committee assignments we will. We would like to get that done as quickly as possible as we enter what I think will be a very busy committee meeting. ?? early as, as early as next week. Upon motion the representative from Edgecombe, and Martin Counties, Joe Tolson. The chair is happy to extend the courtesies of the gallery to students with the Global Classroom Alliance under the leadership of ?? Director, Kyle Johnson assistant director. The students are here to visit various areas and I think they were in Fayetteville yesterday, and their gonna be heading to the mountains tomorrow, and they're also working with host families, some of whom are here today, we welcome you as well. With the opportunity to potentially come back and attend some of our fine intuitions, universities in the state. Please stand and let us welcome you, they're behind the chandelier. And ladies and gentleman the chair would also like to extend a courtesies of the gallery to family members of our newest, our freshest freshman Representative Dobson, who are up in the gallery with us. So welcome and I'm sure you're very proud, we're proud to have your son, and your relative come and serve this great body. Please stand and let us welcome you. The chair would also like to extend a welcome and a thank you for both the doctor and the nurse of the day

The doctor of the day is Dr. Michael Mooten from Wilmington and the nurse of the day is Pat Campbell. She is also the President of the North Carolina Nurses Association and she hails from my neck of the woods, actually lives in Morrisville, works in Charlotte, welcome. Members, we're about to conclude session through the day. There are a couple other courtesies that I would like to offer right before we move into notices and announcements. One, is a extension of the courtesies of the gallery to someone I consider a friend and welcome to the galleries. That is ex-Sheriff Philip Beyers from Rutherford County. Please stand and let us welcome you Philip. The Chair also applying now the motion for the member from Brunswick County, Representative Frank Iler. The Chair is happy to extend the courtesies of the gallery to John and Helen Pinulo. John is Vice-Chair of the Brunswick County Republican Party and Helen is the Vice-President of the North Carolina Federation of Republican Women. They are over here to my right. Please let us stand and welcome you. I'm sorry, they were to my other right. I could've sworn I saw y'all come in over there, so welcome. And, get a little rest on yourself after about nine months of being out here. Members, just to give you an idea of how the rest of the week will go, we'll be adjourning here shortly. We are in discussion with the Governor. One of the second message that was read and was a message regarding the appointments to the Board of Education. The Board of Education has a meeting on Wednesday and the Governor is trying to expeditiously see these new board members and they've requested to do that and we will have to have a Joint Session and we're in discussion with the Senate now to determine whether or not that will occur on Monday night or Tuesday. We will most likely have a committee meeting. I think we will have an announcement, potentially a meeting of the Rules Committee tomorrow. I do believe we have other committee meetings scheduled for tomorrow and those also will be announced. For the purposes of planning, tomorrow afternoon, I think that we're planning on coming into session at 9:00 a.m. purely for the purposes of reading in Bills that will then be referred to committees that will meet after that. We will then come back. I think our planned time to come back into session is still 11:30. We want to do 12:30, okay, I tried to do it earlier, so we're at 12:30 and we will be taking out two resolutions and it is our goal to also try and take out the Bill that addresses the group home fix and without objection we'll try and move that Bill out of the chamber tomorrow and move it onto the Senate so we can get, what I believe, is a consensus matter. We can only go with the consensus of the Minority Caucus. Notices and announcements: Representative Starnes please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES]: For an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES]: The gentleman is recognized for an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES]: The republicans will caucus at two o'clock in the auditorium. [SPKEAKER CHANGES]: Representative Hager, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES]: For an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES]; The gentleman is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES]: I would like to announce that we will have a house conservative caucus in Room 315 at 4:25. [SPEAKER CHANGES]: Representative Samuelson please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES]: To make an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES]: The lady is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES]: Tomorrow after the second session, whether it's at 11:30, noon or 12:30, we're still trying to get that nailed down, 15 minutes after that session there will be Committee Chair Training, so if you are a Chair or a Vice-Chair of a committee, we will have that training. Denise Weeks has got things together for us, as well as some notebooks to help, so please note that on your calendar and plan to attend. [SPEAKER CHANGES]: Ladies and gentleman, I think one of the reasons that we may have to move the session back is that with the request from the Governor taking up the additional matter there's going to be a fair amount of activity in the morning and I think it's giving us more cushion for getting that done. The Chair does not anticipate a lengthy session, so I think if we go in at 12:30 I would expect an hour or less for session for your planning purposes.

Representative Hall, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Two announcements. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] First announcement, the democratic freshmen have met and have elected as their leader Duane Hall, representative from Wake County. [APPLAUSE] For a second announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The Democratic Caucus will meet a half hour before session tomorrow, whatever time that might be. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Pierce, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Make an announcement, Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] It's loud this year. [SPEAKER CHANGES] We're going to work on that. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Members of the black caucus, don't forget our 3:00 meeting. Members of black caucus, 3:00 meeting. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Could you imagine if Representative Faison were here today just how loud that would be. Representative Moore, please state your purpose. Are there any further notices and announcements? Representative Luebke, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] A question for Representative Howard, Senior Chair Finance. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Does the lady yield? The lady yields. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Howard, there's, on the grapevine there is talk of the Unemployment Benefits Cut Bill being on the agenda tomorrow for finance. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes sir, that's correct. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Follow-up, Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Does the lady yield? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes, sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES] There is, by my understanding, an Upjohn Report by that association that talks about the costs and benefits of that bill. Is that report available to members at this point? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I'm not sure of that [??], Representative Luebke, we've asked about it. Upjohn usually takes a good amount of time to do the reports. That report was requested by a senator in Revenue Laws meeting and we have promised that that senator will have that information when the bill goes to the Senate. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Follow-up. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The lady yields. [SPEAKER CHANGES] This bill that we are taking up then tomorrow, it has been filed? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes, sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES] And is it, did I hear right that it's about 70 pages? [SPEAKER CHANGES] It's a rather lengthy bill, yes sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES] One final question. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Does the lady yield? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes, sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The lady yields. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Would you consider giving us members time to read the bill before tomorrow, and that is to say not have the committee meeting tomorrow but have it on Tuesday so that we actually have time to analyze the bill and make comments? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Luebke, I don't want to sound difficult but the bill has been out there since November. All of the slides and all of the information is public information. It is a 70 page bill but there's a lot of boilerplate information in the bill. I have a summary that I believe is very easy to examine and understand and I'll be glad to have our staff to email that to you as soon as we adjourn session today so you will have that. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I'm sorry, Mr. Speaker, she's led to one other query. Could you email that bill summary to all of us on the House Finance Committee? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Absolutely. Yes, sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, ma'am. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further notices and announcements? Representative Catlin, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] To make an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] To remind our republican freshmen that we will have a freshman meeting after the Republican Caucus this afternoon in the legislative auditorium. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further notices and announcements. Representative Moore is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker, I move that the House do now adjourn to reconvene on Thursday, January 31st at 9:00 AM. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Moore moves, seconded by Representative Dobson, that the House do now adjourn to reconvene on Thursday, January 31st at 9:00 AM. All those in favor say aye. All opposed say no. The aye's have it. The House stands adjourned.