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Senate | January 30, 2013 | Chamber | Session

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From Wednesday January 30th, 2013 the following is a replay of voterready.com's coverage of the daily session in the North Carolina Senate. [Speaker Change] Senate will come to order. The Sergeant at Arms will close the doors. Members will go to their seats. Members and guests of the gallery will please silence all your electronic devices. Leading the Senate in prayer is the Reverend Peter ?? of the Senate chapel. All members and guests in gallery will please stand. [Speaker Change] Please pray with me. Almighty God, you are our light, and our salvation. Lord you have been our dwelling place from generation to generation, grandmother, to grandfather, great grandfather, to great grandmother. And so as we gather here today under the shelter of this building in the hallways of centuries of law making we realize almighty lord that we're actually underneath the sky of your grace. Many saints, many citizens, and many senators have gathered here, they've prayed here for protection, and for wellbeing of citizens in this state. Each of these men and women have been sent here on a mission to represent their constituents. Less we not forget Jesus that even in the midst of the ceremony and sometimes even despite ourselves you are somehow leading us. You are our guide, so lord you God are the chief cornerstone. Help us as we pray to be given a plum line, to be given exactness, accuracy, and direction by your perfect cornerstone. We pray in the name of Jesus, amen. [Speaker Change] Amen (together) [Speaker Change] Senator ?? is recognized for a motion. [Speaker Change] Thank you Mr. President. The Journal of Wednesday January 9, 2013 has been examined and is found to be correct. I move that we dispense with the reading of the journal and that it stand approved as written. [Speaker Change] Without objection, the journal for January 9th stands approved as written. Senators if you will please note on your desk there is a notebook filled with forms and papers on that desk that is usually stuffed into a drawer somewhere below and it may disappear into that drawer after today, and you may not ever see it again. But that notebook contains forms that you will need during the session, like excused absences, and those types of forms. So please take note of that today, open it up, thumb through that journal, and then feel free to place it in your drawer, but know that, that's where it will be. You will also find a copy of the 2013 rules that you adopted on January 9th that should be there on your desk as well. If you don't have a copy please let somebody know and make sure that you do get that copy. Notices and announcements. Do we have any notices and announcements? [Speaker Change] Mr. President. [Speaker Change] Senator for what purpose do you rise? [Speaker Change] Announcement please. [Speaker Change] You have the floor for announcement Senator Brown. [Speaker Change] Republicans will call ?? immediately after session. [Speaker Change] Mr. President. [Speaker Change] Senator Nesbitt for what purpose do you rise? [Speaker Change] Thank you Mr. President, and make an announcement. [Speaker Change] You have the floor for your announcement. [Speaker Change] Democrats will caucus 10 minutes after the session. [Speaker Change] Thank you. [Speaker Change] Mr. President. [Speaker Change] Senator Burr for what purpose do you rise? [Speaker Change] Announce committee changes. [Speaker Change] You have the floor Senator. [Speaker Change] Thank you Mr. President. Members of the Senate several of you have requested some changes in committee assignments. I have handed up to the reading clerk, and the clerk a list of modifications and would ask Mr. President if you have the clerk read at the appropriate time. [Speaker Change] Yes Senator. The clerk will read the announcements now. [Speaker Change] Committee assignments. Agriculture, enviro, and natural resources add Bryant, appropriations base budget remove Jenkins, add Robinson and Bryant. Appropriation health and human services add Nesbitt. Appropriation justice and public safety remove Nesbitt. Commerce add Robinson. Finance remove Robinson.

Add Jenkins Insurance, add Allran, McKissick, remove Bryant Judiciary 1, remove Kinnaird, add Stein Judiciary 2, remove Stein, add Kinnaird State and Local Government, remove Robinson Senator Elect Committee on UNC Board of Governors Chair Senator Apodaca, members Blue, Brown, Soucek, Tillman and Walters. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Speaker Apodaca for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President three announcements please. [SPEAKER CHANGES] You have the floor Senator. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President. Actually there’s gonna be four. The first one members as we go forth in the electronic age, and Senator Allran we go kickingly, I want to let you know that as of March 15th we’re gonna go paperless. So, we have a couple of months to get cranked up if need be your L.A.’s can print it up and put it in a book for you. But as of March 15th they’re no longer gonna be brought around to you from the Sergeant at Arms. In behalf of all the trees that we’re saving, Senator Kinnaird, this is a good thing. You’ve got a couple of months to adjust. I know it’s going to be difficult but we’re all here willing to work with you on this. The second thing, tomorrow at 10 am room 1027 we’re gonna have our first committee meeting. It’ll be the insurance committee. It’ll be emailed out to you today. It’s gonna be dealing with Senate Bill 4. I think there should be quite a bit of interest in Senate Bill 4. It’s on the computer now and I encourage everybody to sign on dealing with healthcare exchange. The last item Mr. President if I may, it’s come to my attention from the facilities management evidently there has been a Senator or someone who has gone into the ladies restroom over on the house side and taken some furniture out of it. We hope we don’t make a habit of this. We are trying to get the house members to learn how to use the restroom and if they don’t have the proper things in there it’ll be difficult. So let’s keep the furniture where it belongs and thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Senator. Any further notices or announcements? The chair would like to extend courtesies of the floor to Senator Wes Westmoreland. I saw the Senator in here earlier today. Senator Westmoreland still in here. Senator if you’ll stand please. Thank you for your service in the State of North Carolina. It’s good to have you with us today. Is there any further business to come before the Senate? If not, the chair recognizes Senator Berger for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President. Members of the Senate I’m going to make the motion to adjourn at this time and you will note when I make the motion that the adjournment will be until 9 am tomorrow morning. Our plan will be to have a skeletal session at 9:00 and then recess until noon. That’s a practice that we started last time towards the end of the session. I think it seemed to work fairly well. I think we’ll continue that practice beginning tomorrow. So with that Mr. President I move that the Senate do now adjourn in honor of the memory of Senator Jean Preston and her service to the children of this state, subject to the receipt of any reading of messages from the house and the governor, the receipt referral and re-referral of bills and the announcement of committee appointments to reconvene on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 9 am. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Senator. The motion’s that Senate do now adjourn in honor of the memory of Senator Jean Preston and her service to the children of our state, subject to the receipt and the reading of messages from the house and the governor, the receipt referral and re-referral of bills and the announcement of committee appointments to reconvene Thursday, January 31 at 9 am seconded by Senator Apodaca. All in favor say aye. Opposed no. The ayes have it and the Senate stands adjourned.