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Senate | April 2, 2013 | Chamber | Session

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Senate will come to order. Sergeant ?? will close the doors. Members will go to their seats. Members and guests of the gallery will please silence all electronic devices. Leading senate in prayer is reverend Jimmy Moore of First Baptist Church of Washington, North Carolina Reverend Moore is a guest of Senator Cook all members and guests of the gallery will please stand and upon completion of the prayer if you will remain standing for the pledge of allegiance in honor of our veterans in the gallery [SPEAKER CHANGES] would you pray with me Almighty and internal God we pause to give you thanks today for this great nation and state where we are privileged to live and work we thank you for the plan you gave to our four bearers by which to govern our nation and state for the division of power so that our destiny does not rest in the hands of one person or even just a few. We acknowledge today your sovern power overall in praying for those in authority we therefore lift up today our elected leadership to you oh Lord we pray today for the governor the lieutenant governor ?? the judicial branch the general assembly and in particular those senators who sit in this very chamber we pray that by your holy power our legislative bodies will make laws that are fair and just. Father we ask you to give them the wisdom to make decisions that will strengthen and prosper us as the people we desire that they will make right decisions concerning the politics and the social welfare of the economics of this great state and God we pray today that all of us will be motivated by your hand and not our own personal concerns. And we offer this pray in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen [SPEAKER CHANGES] will you please join me in the pledge of allegiance 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. Please be seated. Senator ?? recognize for motion thank you Mr. President the journal of Monday, April 1 2013 has been examined and found to be correct. I move that we dispense with the reading of the journal and that it stands approved as written [SPEAKER CHANGES] without objection the journal for April 1 stands approved as written. The leave of absence is granted today for Senator Stein. On the motion of Senator Bill Raven of Brunswick County the Chair is happy to extend courtesies of the gallery to Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Olla Lewis Judge Lewis if you are with us today please stand and be recognized thank you for your service. Reports of standing committees Mr. President ?? I have a report committing report from ?? one [SPEAKER CHANGES] you can send it forward Senator [SPEAKER CHANGES] ?? will read in a ?? a judiciary one committee submits the pass with senate bill 358 guarantees asset protection waiver on favorable the bill and favorable committee substitute bill house bill 139 adopt uniformed deployed parent custody visit act unfavorable to bill but favorable to senate committee substitute bill [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate bill 358 commerce house bill 139 calendar [SPEAKER CHANGES] senator Meredith ?? your eyes [SPEAKER CHANGE] mr president send forth the commerce committee report

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Representative: …served our country, the veterans of this country and nation. I am proud to be one. I hope that this day goes down well with them, and I wish them in the great good fortune in the future. Thank you. Speaker: Thank you Senator. Senator Water, for what purpose do you rise? Representative: To comment on the resolution. Speaker: You have the floor senator. Representative: Thank you. Just a personal note of personal privilege and personal pride: among the veterans today, my father, Master Sargeant James E. Water, retired from the air force, who is the guiding force in my life. I honor his service with the other veterans. Thank you. Speaker: Thank you Senator. Any other discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question before the senate is the adoption of senate resolution 543. All in favor will vote aye, all opposed will vote no. Five seconds will be allowed for the voting. The clerk will record the vote: 49 having voted in the affirmative, 0 in the negative. Senate resolution 543 is adopted. The chair would like to extend courtesies of the gallery to all the veterans present with us today. If you are a veteran with us today please stand so you may be recognized. Thank you for your service to the U.S. [clapping] Speaker: Senator Apodaka, for what purpose do you rise? Representative: The resolution we just handled, I believe, needs to go by special messenger to the house, either way. Speaker: thank you Senator. Senators we are going to move into public bills, second reading. Senate bill 208, the clerk will read Clerk: Senate bill 208, affective operation of 1915 GMC waiver Speaker: Senator Tucker, is recognized to explain the bill. Representative: Thank you Mr. President. Members of the senate, senate bill 208 started out to be a relatively simple bill. Senator Hartsville had worked many years here trying to get the PBH [xx] renovations model started to enter into managed care, which most states have gone to for their mental health, developmental disability, and substance abuse needs. As we move through this process, it ended up being a committee hearing of about 30 people, that I finally got in a room, and sat down and we hammered out in agreement. Everyone did not get what they wanted, but in summary, the bill gives new definition to the MCO, which is local management entity and managed care organization. Also, in the bill, it requires certain actions by the secretary of health and human services. The secretary is to certify each LEMCO. The secretary, if she is unable to provide the LEMCO as certified, meaning that it is solvent and in compliance with the requirements as certified in this bill, that she move to have that local LEMCO absorbed into another LEMCO that is successful, in compliance. Also, it does not state, but was implied in all the meetings, that all LEMCO’s should adhere to the PBH Carolinas model, to do what it can tot become one standard entity within the state, with multiple locations. Currently, the have 11. The secretary has to certify every six months that the LEMCO’s are in compliance because, as Senator Nesbitt has reminded on several occasions, the state is on the hook for this money and we need to move forward and stand against any risk of insolvency against those folks. It also requires that the LEMCO give timely provided payments, and that the young LEMCO exchanges billing payment and transaction information with the proper entities. So, it gives the secretary of health and human services all the latitude she needs to maintain

Saying responsibly the ?? set, or set out forth for her. Mr. President, at this time I have an amendment to the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Senator, do the members have copies of the amendment? [SPEAKER CHANGE] Yes, Sir. They do. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Then you can send forward your amendment. The clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Senator Tucker moves to amend the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Ladies and Gentlemen, or Senate's, there are a couple of corrections that were made. One was notes that were taken during that committee meeting that were included in the bill. We are moving to amend the bill on page three, lines four and five and to rewrite that and state, necessary services to medicaid recipients. Also, on line four, page three, lines fourteen and sixteen, by rewriting the lines to read, uninterrupted provision of medically necessary services to medicaid recipients. Everybody has a copy and I appreciate your support on this. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Is there any discussion or debate? Hearing the none, the question for the Senate is the passage of amendment one. All in favor will vote, aye, opposed will vote, no. Five seconds will be allowed for the voting. The clerk will record the vote. Blue, aye. 49 having voted in the affirmative and zero in the negative amendment one is adopted. Now, the bill as amended is back before the body. Is there any further discussion or debate? Senator Barringer, floor purpose of your ?? ? [SPEAKER CHANGE] To speak on the bill, please. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Senator, you have the floor to speak on the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGE] I'm very proud and pleased to be apart of this bill. I think its part of our obligation as the representatives of the people of North Carolina to safeguard the monies, the funds for the people who are mentally ill. For those who are vulnerable, and can not speak for themselves; the foster children, the elderly, the veterans who have traumatic brain injuries, and so many others who have these kinds of problems. I want to thank Senator Tucker for his patience with me in this learning process. Going through this bill he's been a very good mentor. I appreciate the stakeholders in their respectful discussion of the bill, and I would appreciate your support. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Is there any further discussion or debate? Senator Nesbitt, floor purpose for your ayes. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Thank you, Mr. President, to speak on the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Senator you have the floor to speak on the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Thank you, Mr. President and members of the Senate. I'm not sure where exactly to start on here. I'll start at the end. I know that everyone involved on this bill has good intentions. I think that everybody that's dealt with mental health for the last 15 years has had good intentions. We have about every time the system starts to get going and starts to work, somebody in Raleigh discovers another good idea and destroys it. This bill should be short titled, the state consolidation of mental health. If you read this bill it says, from on high the department will have these ?? and all these forms that everybody's got to turn in. You've got to turn them in on time and they've got to be right, and they got to be perfect, and if you don't . . . Or, if the secretary doesn't think you did, or doesn't want to think that you did they don't certify you, and within 30 days you will be transferred to another LME. The words out around the state that they don't think there needs to be this many LME's. There were 20 some, 25, I guess. I don't know how many we're down to now, it's about 11, because of people taking over other people. A lot of it is encouraged by the department, and why they want to have a state run system, I don't know. They tried it. We were down here one year, we had just fired up the LME's, and we were trying to get them going, and get them stabilized. Low and behold, we went home in August and before we got back in May the secretary had taken all medicaid away from all the LME's and given it to a company called Valueoptions to operate. Valueoptions operated it for a year and a program that was suppose to cost 300 Thousand cost a Billion dollars.

And I had to spend the next thee years, instead of building mental health, getting that thing back under control. Because it was syphoning all the money out of mental health into this boondocks. And what we had were 62$ an hour babysitters for everybody involved in the mental health system. It was breaking us. The secretary dreamed up a definition called "community supports" and it was a blended rate. That meant a Ph.D. got paid the same amount as a high school graduate providing services, 62$ an hour. Well guess who was providing all the services -it wasn't the PhD's. We were under instructions from Senator Bassnight at the time, and others, to fix that, now we didn't create it, remember the secretary did this. Demcy Benton at the time was kind of an interim secretary of human resources, so he didn't have a dog in the fight. So he put his shoulder to the wheel, we put our shoulder to the wheel, and we fixed it. We did away with that definition, put new definitions in, scaled that thing back, and thats the reason that we started the appeals process at OAH because we had like 10,000 appeals a year for two or three years as we took people off of this service, that nobody needed and weren't getting any benefit out of, and moved them to services that they needed. And as part of that appeals process we said we'll have mediation. And mediation was so we could move them into the service they needed and get them out of the service they didn't need. Now thats the history of the state running this system. And its a sorry history. We moved the LME system in moving medicaid back into the communities. And that was started when we were democrats, and the waver program was started when we were democrats, that were in control of this system, so we're not in disagreement over that. But the concept was, get everything back to the local level where they're closest to the people, where they can manage these providers, and where you wont have a runaway system. Under value options by the way, they were so overwhelmed, they simply dropped all the fail safes to catch even fraud and abuse, and approved everything, at the direction of the secretary. And by the way, when the secretary left the summer after we discovered the boon doggle, they tried to interview her and she wouldn't submit to an interview. We're left with a problem. Now, here we are with the bill, thats saying you can be good for five years, but you fail to get one certification from the secretary, in thirty days you're gonna be under somebody else. There's a rumor up our way that they want to put Western Highlands under Smokey. Well Smokey's already got about 20 counties or something like that. If you do all of this, we will have almost 30 counties under and LME. That is not local control and supervision. And I'm gonna tell you something. This would be a great bill if it were aimed at DHHS. They are the failure in this whole bill. And if you bring me a bill that says they gotta behave and do it right tomorrow or they're fired, I'll co-sponsor it with you. Because thats what keeps happening. And those people over at DMA and Mental Health want to put these people out of business and run this thing themselves. Its gonna be like trying to run your local health departments with no health departments. Its just everybody will write to Raleigh or call Raleigh or whatever to get their services. Now what they did, Western Highlands was the first LME that was supposed to go to the waiver system. What they did was took a good idea...

Which was we're gonna get you a waiver to where you can design your own local system. And this department over here said it's not really to design your own system, you must be exactly like Piedmont Behavioral Health. And I'm telling you, there's nothing magic about Piedmont Behavioral Health except they had this waiver to begin with. But they weren't an exceptional ??, they didn't provide services better than everybody else. They were able to avoid that boondoggle with community supports because they had control of Medicaid and said no to people, but so would the other ?? had they had the power. It was ?? that mucked that up. When you are dealing with the mental health system it requires more and closer attention than anything you'll do in state government. You have prices services, you have individual needs of these people, you have providers that have their own agenda and are trying to make money and somebody's got to keep control of that. It needs to be done at the local level. Now for those of you who don't believe anything I said, you think it ought to be a state wide system, I'm telling you, your local ?? is going away. They're going to be down to two or three in about a year or two and your people don't want that. If you go talk to your advocates for the people that need the help, if you go talk to your ?? folks, they're trying to do the best they can. What they did with western ??, I started to tell you this a while ago, they took that idea, okay you can form your own ??, you're the first one under the waiver. Oh, by the way you can't really do that because you've got to look just like Piedmont. Oh, and the system we ran last year, as a state, we're only going to give you 85% of the money we spend and we expect you to come in on budget although Medicaid is an entitlement program. You can't just take it away from people. Our ?? even asked several, can we cut provider rates? No. The only place you can get it from is to take it out of the hides of the people receiving service and I'm telling you, you can't do that in a day. You've got to get a hold of the system and look at who needs what and begin to gradually work down. And my question to the state is, if they want to run this thing, why couldn't they run it for 85% of what they ran it for? Well then they come in six months later and say you're just a failure. You only operated it at 10% less than we did. You're just out of balance, you're a failure, fire your director, and by the way, we're probably going to merge you with somebody else. Took one of the best ?? in the state and broke their back. My people are still fighting and they're trying to sustain themselves. You just passed a bill the other day on trying to hire a new ?? director. We're finding out people won't come there now because the last one got fired, and they can look at this stuff and tell what's going on. So we're going to have to offer severance benefits and this kind of thing to get anybody to even look at it. And my strong recommendation to you is for self preservation that you vote against this bill. This does no good. If they want to require reports, that's fine, but where did we lose the idea that the state, the HHS, has some responsibility for making its system run properly? This doesn't make the system run properly. This says if we don't like what you're doing you aren't going to have a system. We'll run it. We'll run it through two or three ?? that will do our bidding. That's where we're headed and it looks like there's no turning back, but I intend to vote no and I urge you to do the same.

[SPEAKER] Really know what to say to you. Senator Nesbitt and I have had a number of conversations about this. No one will challenge his effort over the years to be for mental health and be an advocate for that. I understand and I think you heard in his comments he’s got a burr under his saddle about Western Hollands. But this bill does exactly what we want it to do. It holds the DHHS Secretary accountable to have the reports and make sure that all of these MCOs which are 11 are left. Whether some will be absorbed or not, I would venture to say you’re probably correct about that Senator Nesbitt. We have ECBH that’s operating well serving 19 counties in the eastern part of the area. I really don’t know so much about local control or the county commissioners and board can have representation. The real problem is for people calling 1-800-GOOD LUCK RALEIGH for mental health services. It’s been that way in the past. You talk about Secretary Odem I think was her name. There’s been Canslor. There’s the new secretary now. There’s been a debacle. You’re correct. But it wasn’t all value options fault. Value options signed a contract in April and is supposed to take on 76,000 cases for providers to pay claims. By September it was about 270,000. People were scrambling. It became unraveled and it cost the state a billion dollars. Now, I’m not going to talk about who was running things then. I’m just going to talk about moving forward. I don’t see the doom and gloom. We have accountability in place to be able to hold these people accountable. Because ultimately Senator Nesbitt, you are correct. The state’s responsible. The Department will be responsible. You know we can’t fire those people over in DHHS. The State Personnel Act won’t allow that unless they’re incompetent. The people that have been in place a number of years have now retired and moved on so they’re new players. Yes, it is a fresh look at this and yes, the boat has left the dock. And actually it got out to sea and it got burned. There’s no turning back here. Either the MCOs make this work, ladies and gentlemen of the Senate, or we’ll go to a privately handled mental health development on disability and substance abuse provider. We want the state to maintain it for as long as we had, as long as we can and to move forward in this process. So what I’m just saying, ladies and gentlemen, we have worked very hard on this bill to bring all parties together. Senator Nesbitt does have some good points but it s a new day. I would appreciate your support on this bill. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Any further discussion or debate? Senator Barringer, for what purpose do you rise. [SPEAKER CHANGE} To speak on the bill a second time. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Senator Barringer has the floor to speak a second time.] [SPEAKER CHANGE] I would like to share and clarify that this bill’s intention is not to trip up the local folks who are trying hard to deliver mental health services. The bill really provides three standards. One is that these organizations have to remain solvent. Number two, these organizations have to pay the providers that are spending special services and time on the mentally ill so that they can continue to provide those services. And finally, that these organizations must comply with Federal law, less we as a state be penalized by the feds for their misdoings. I certainly support the local organizations. I hope that they are able to comply with these three very simple basic business requirements. But my job here is to protect those that cannot speak for themselves, the vulnerable. And I think those three standards are not too much to ask of the folks that are delivering those services. I do appreciate your support. Thank you, Mr. President. [SPEAKER] And further discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question for the Senate is the passage of the Committee Substitute Senate Bill 208 as admitted on its second reading. All in favor vote aye. Opposers vote no. Five seconds will be allowed for the voting. The clerk will record the vote. Thirty-five having voted in the affirmative and fourteen in the negative. The Committee Substitute Senate Bill 208 as amended and passes its second reading. Without objection, it will be read a third time. [SPEAKER CHANGE] North Carolina General Assembly enact. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Is there any further discussion or debate? Hearing none, all in favor of the passage of the Committee Substitute Senate Bill 208 has amended on it’s third reading will say aye. [aye] Opposed no. [no] The ayes have it. Committee Substitute Senate Bill 208 as amended passes its third reading. The amendment will be engrossed and sent to the House. Senate Bill

316 the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate bill 316 pre-trial release, rebuttal, resumption. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator McKissick is recognized to explain the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] This is a pretty straightforward bill it came to Durham delegation from Mayor Bill Bell our Mayor over in Durham. As unanimous support of city council, the unanimous support of our county commissioners, and Durham crime cabinet. It's pretty straightforward what it basically says if there is a person who was charged with a crime involving a gun related offense such as illegal use, possession or discharge of a firearm if that person is on pre-trial release or if that person has been convicted of a similar type crime within five years it gives the magistrate, the district court judge, the superior court judge the opportunity to increase that person's bond. What we have seen is kind of a revolving door with many people involving gun related offenses who are coming back and getting out on relatively minimal bonds in many instances. I request your support for the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any discussion or debate. Hearing none. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Send forth an excuse. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator you can send forth your excuse. Is there any further discussion or debate? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Rucho for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To see if Senator McKissick would answer a question please. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator McKissick do you yield for a question? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes I do. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator McKissick, could explain in a little more detail what this bill actually does? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sure, what it essentially does at this point in time, magistrates are in some instances allowing people out on relatively low bonds, it does not take into consideration say of setting those bonds where that person is being charged with a firearms type related offense, illegal use or possession of a firearm, doesn't take into account whether they might have been at that present time charged with an offense that has not yet gone to trial, so in that instance they call that pre-trial release so if somebody is out at the point in time on bond for whatever the charge might be, it might be a gun related offense or if they have been convicted within that five year period of a similar type charge it gives the opportunity for the magistrate, the district court judge, the superior court judge to take those factors into consideration and setting perhaps a higher bond because of that person's unique history, we've gotten, I'm aware of no opposition to the bill whatsoever. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any further discussion or debate. [SPEAKER CHANGES] ??? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Goolsby for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] See if the bill sponsor would be willing to answer a question. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator McKissick do you yield? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator McKissick I know that we set bonds in criminal cases to assure that someone will show up, to make sure that if there is a person who might do harm to the community, themselves or destroy evidence that we're able to set a cash bond otherwise under our state law, you're supposed to be given an unsecured bond. Is there any other case that you are aware of other than this new law that you have put forward to us that in any way restricts and sets up new ground rules for people put on bonds? [SPEAKER CHANGES] There are similar type provisions underneath law today in creating the same type of rebuttable presumptions, I know when the J2 committee, we were able to go through several of those which were identified by Harold Pell, I don't have all that information together before me today but certainly be willing to share it with you after today's session. There is precedence for it. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President, I just object to third reading. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Any further discussion or debate. Hearing none the question for the Senate is the passage of the committee substitute Senate bill 316 on it's second reading, all in favor will vote "aye" all opposed will vote "no." Five seconds will be allowed for the voting. The Clerk will record the vote. Tucker "aye", Barefoot "aye", 48 having voted in the affirmative and zero in the negative committee substitute senate bill 316 passes it's second reading and with objection of Senator Goolsby will be placed on the calendar. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] We have a concurrence bill up next Senate bill 33. The clerk will read.

...33, "Use of Criminal History Records By Licensing Boards." [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Hartsell is recognized to explain the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mister President. Members of the Senate, the only change the House made was to the effective date so that there would be notice to the various licensing boards of its implementation. It makes the effective date July the first as opposed to upon enactment. I recommend concurrence. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Hartsell recommends concurrence. Is there any further discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question before the Senate is concurrence in the Committee Substitute Senate Bill 33. All in favor will vote aye. Opposed will vote no. Five seconds will be allowed for the voting. The Clerk will record the vote. 49 having voted in the affirmative and zero in the negative, the Senate concurs Committee Substitute Senate Bill 33. It will be enrolled and sent to the Governor. Senators, we do have a nurse of the day with us today. Dustin Williams of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Dustin, thank you for your service. Thank you for being with us. At this time I would like to ask the Pages to come to the front of the Chamber to be introduced. The Clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Pages serving in the Chamber this week: Haley Ashley from Burlington; Courtney Baptiste, Chapel Hill; Garret Boyd, Pinetown; Derek Brooks, Raleigh; Reanna Burton, Raleigh; Elizabeth Fischer, Charlotte; Alec Harbden, Gastonia; Dina Higgins, Linville; Sam Jones, Winston-Salem; [SP]Kash Kaderi, Concord; Caroline Kerns, Burlington; Jordan Keys, Raleigh; Griffin Matsuo, Cary; Desmond McNeil, Raleigh; Sierra Mitts, Mooresville; Arielle Perry, Raleigh; Shawna Pointer, Durham; Katherine Potter, Wilson; Harrison Rhodes, Raleigh; Miles Wiggins, Nashville; and Leah Wills, Burlington. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Pages, we thank you for your services to the Senate this week. We hope you have a great week and we thank you for your time. Do we have any notices or announcements? Senator Nesbitt, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mister President. To make an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] You have the floor, Senator. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes sir. The Democrats will caucus immediately after session. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Brown, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] An announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] You have the floor for your announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Republicans will caucus immediately after session. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Jackson, for what purpose to you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Make an announcement, please. [SPEAKER CHANGES] You have the floor, Senator. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mister President. Ladies and gentlemen, we'll be having our [??] caucus meeting tomorrow morning in room 414 beginning at seven-thirty and Doctor Richard Linton, the Dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State will be joining us and he will be discussing his strategic plan. Join us if you can. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Walters, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] For a personal privilege, Mister President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator, you have the floor for appointed personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen of the Senate, you have a Senatorial statement before you, memorializing Constable Thomas Buck. He served the Constable in the town of Milton for many years and actually died 50 years ago to the date and the day tomorrow while he was serving the town of Milton. Tomorrow, along with DOT officials, members of the Milton Town Council and the Council County Board of Commissioners, we will be renaming and dedicating the County Line Creek Bridge in honor of and in memory of Constable Thomas Buck. Thank you, Mister President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Senator. Any further notices or announcements. Senator Parmon, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Moment of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] You have the floor, Senator. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I would like for us to adjourn today in the honor of and the memory of veterans who have and are still serving us today, and I must say, Senator...

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