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House | April 16, 2013 | Chamber | Session

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to America and offering our continuing support to our soldiers, the House resolves. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Szoka is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker, I’d ask that the resolution be read in its entirety. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Whereas, in 1908, the nation's leaders knew that the most up-to-date medical experience resided in civilian sector, created the first reservoir of trained officers in a reserve status, known as the Medical Reserve Corps; and Whereas, today over twenty percent of the Army's assets lie within the Army Reserve; and Whereas, in 1916, Congress passed the National Defense Act, creating the Officers' Reserve Corps, the Enlisted Reserve Corps, and the Reserve Officers' Training Corps, later named the Organized Reserve Corps (ORC), all of which are forerunners of the current Army Reserve; and Whereas, in both World Wars, Army Reserve Soldiers answered the call of duty. In World War I, 89,500 reserve officers were mobilized, and during World War II, 200,000 members of the ORC participated, with reserve officers providing twenty-nine percent of the Army's officers; and Whereas, in both World Wars, Army Reserve Soldiers answered the call of duty. In 1952, legislation renamed the ORC as the Army Reserve and then divided it into three reserves: a Ready Reserve, a Standby Reserve, and a Retired Reserve. Legislation also provided that reserve units have twenty-four training days and up to seventeen days of annual training; and Whereas, the Army Reserve has been an integral part of numerous conflicts. More than seventy Army Reserve units were deployed in the Korean Peninsula; well over 120,000 soldiers have provided combat support and combat service support during Operation Desert Shield/Storm; and others provided support in Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Noble Eagle, and Operation Iraqi Freedom; and currently over 12,000 Army Reserve soldiers are currently deployed around the world; and Whereas, the role of the Army Reserve has changed over time. Moving from a Strategic Reserve to an Operational Force, the Army Reserve provides resources and training to first-responder organizations across the nation, trains soldiers, implements national objectives, keeps the Army mobile, and enables the Army to do more with constrained resources; and Whereas, the Army Reserve makes up twenty percent of the Army's organized units, while providing one half of the Army's combat support and one fourth of its mobilization-base-expansion capabilities. Now, therefore, Be it resolved by the House of Representative: Section 1. The House of Representatives honors the memory of the members of the United States Army Reserve who have given their lives while serving our nation. Section 2. The House of Representatives celebrates the 105th birthday of the United States Army Reserve, honors its continuing service to America, and offers the soldiers our thanks and continued support. Section 3. This resolution is effective upon adoption. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Szoka is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It’s my distinct pleasure to speak on this bill in support of it. The Armed Forces stand there to protect all our freedoms. The Army, in particular, is a volunteer force made up of three components, the Active Duty, the Army Reserve, and the National Guard, all three equally important. It’s particularly important for us to recognize the Army Reserve today on their 105th anniversary. These are the citizen soldiers. They’re doing their jobs. For the most part, driving trucks, being medical technicians, all the things in combat service support. They’re the ones who are there who come forward when called in times of nation emergency and national war that leave their jobs. They come support the Active Duty forces and that are there. Without the Army Reserve, we would not be able to project the force that we do overseas, and to fight for our freedoms and to maintain our freedoms. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve served beside National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers. Females, males, it really doesn’t matter because they’re soldiers. They always rise to the occasion. They do their duty when called upon. And I ask you to support this bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Pierce is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Speak on the resolution, Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES] You’re recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I just wanted to join in

In that with the course of others who have spoken and who will speak no doubt, to congratulate the Army Reserves on their 150th Anniversary. I was a part of 824th Quarter Masters at Forth Bragg, a rigging outfit that packed parachutes. But I can assure you that I did not pack any parachutes, but I did jump out of planes. I guess y’all could tell that those of you who met me that I probably bumped my head a couple of times. But I really enjoyed those at 824the Quarter Masters at Forth Bragg North Carolina. Comraderie and the times that we’ve had it’s a great time and I know that you gentleman must be really proud of your contributions. I know I am. And I just want to commend this resolution to you Mr. Speaker and thank you for allowing us to celebrate this anniversary date. Thank you Mr. Speaker. [Speaker]: Representative Shaw is recognized. [Representative Shaw]: To speak on resolution Mr. Speaker. [Speaker]: You're recognized. [Representative Shaw]: I too want to join in the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Army Reserve. When I was invited to join the army in a few years ago, I got an invitation from the President of The United States. To ask me to join the army and I did at the time and at the time he invited me. He even let me stay active for a couple of years and then let me stay in the reserves for six years after that. I did two years active reserve duty and the rest of the time was spent on inactive reserves. But let me tell you what you really have to understand is that the whole experience gave me the opportunity to broaden my experiences to the extent that I was able to interact with a lot of people throughout the world and throughout particularly in the country. When I came back off of active duty, and joined the reserves, I spent those two years in the active reserve with a hospital unit out of Nam. When we had our little training down in Fort Bragg and even down at Camp Gordon Georgia. It was a fascinating experience. I was proud to have been a part of an operation that defended the flag of this country. I was proud to have been a part of an Army that always served to protect and defend and even though there was some problems during that time, but we overcame those problems and now here in this late, late, I’m still happy for the service that I was able to reserve and for the reserve duty that I was able to pull. I commend the resolution to you. [Speaker]: Representative Faircloth is recognized. [Representative Faircloth]: Speak on the resolution please Sir. [Speaker]: You’re recognized. {Representative Faircloth]: Thank you Mr. Speaker and Members of the House. Some of the most pleasant years that I spent were the 11 years that I spent in a combination of active and active reserve. I was in the 422nd Civil Affairs Company in Greensboro. A great group of folks and our company was trained to actually go in and take over a city that might have been captured and to run that city. We had all the training and so forth to hold each of the office within a city government. It was really good education as well as getting chance to meet some very fine soldiers over that period of time. I guess the longest 48 hours we spent was during the Cuban missile crisis when we were wondering whether of not we were going to be managing the City of Havana shortly. Fortunately we didn't have to go there. But it is an experience that I think every young man and now young woman would benefit from to spend time in the Reserve of the National Guard. It’s giving something to your country and it gives back a lot to you as an individual. I commend this resolution to you. [Speaker]: The gentleman from Macklinburg, Representative Brawley in recognized. [Representative Brawley]: Thank you Mr. Speaker. To speak on the resolution. [Speaker]: You’re recognized. [Representative Brawley]: I didn't spend any time in the reserves because I was regular army and served long enough that I didn't have a reserve commitment. A lot of my brothers in arms did. Since then the reserves have continued to serve. I think a lot of people don't realize just how much they have invested in our freedom. I just pulled up a listing of the current U.S. Army Reserve Divisions that are fully staffed and ready to support this country. The 75th, 77th, 78th, 80th, 84th, 85th, 87th, 91st, 95th, 98th, 100th,

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The clerk will lock the machine and record the vote. Ayes are 112 and those are none the resolution is adopted as ordered and printed, order printed. Upon motion of Representative Tim Moore from Cleveland County, the Chair is happy to extend the courtesies of the gallery to members of the Army Reserve, Johnny Dwiggins, if you all would all stand up, just go ahead and stand up and I'll call your names, Johnny Dwiggins, the Army Reserve Ambassador for North Carolina. Colonel Johnston, Army Reserve Command Fort Bragg, Lieutenant Colonel Bates, Army Reserve Command Fort Bragg, Master Sergeant Walker Army Reserve, Staff Sergeant Powell, 210th Mobile Public Affairs Department, Staff Sergeant ?? the Public Affairs Department, First Lieutenant Johnson, SFC Specialist First Class ??, Specialist First Class ??, Specialist First Class Parks, Specialist First Class Potter, Sergeant Duckworth, all of the recruiting battalion. Thank you for being here. And thank you for your service to our nation. Upon motion of Representative McManus, the Chair is pleased to extend the courtesies to the gallery to Joseph Cox and Will Atwater the son of Senator Bob Atwater. These are student-government representatives of Central Carolina Community College if you are here, are you here? No. House Resolution 885, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Resolution 885. A House Resolution recognizing the anniversary of the April 16, 2011, tornadoes that affected many counties in North Carolina, especially Bertie County. The House resolves. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Mobley is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker, would you have the resolution read in its entirety…? [SPEAKER CHANGES] The resolution will be read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Whereas, on April 16, 2011, storms produced tornadoes and flooding swept through North Carolina affecting 30 of the State's 100 counties, including Bertie, Bladen, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Johnston, Lee, Onslow, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Wake, and Wilson; and whereas a total of 28 tornadoes the most recorded in state history affected citizens, property, and businesses across North Carolina; and whereas, the tornadoes caused the deaths of 24 people, half of whom were residents of Bertie County, including: Louis Chamblee, Gayle Hinchey, Barbara Lafferty, Roy Lafferty, Jr., Peggy Leary, Dorothy Mitchell, Robert Perry, Milton Sutton, Mildred Warren, Celia White, Helen Alston White, and Mary Williams; and whereas, as one of the hardest hit counties, Bertie County suffered extensive damage, especially in the surrounding areas in the Town of Colerain; and whereas, due to the destruction of 67 homes and major damage to 20 others in Bertie County, at least 87 families were displaced; and whereas, the storm-related damage in Bertie County was over $2.5 million; and whereas, the residents of Bertie County possess a resilient spirit and quickly came together to help their neighbors after the storms; and whereas, today, the residents of Bertie County have rebuilt their homes and businesses and have shown that they can move forward after a natural disaster; Now, therefore, be it resolved by the House of Representatives: Section 1. The House of Representatives honors the memory of the North Carolinians who lost their lives due to the tornadoes on April 16, 2011. Section 2. The House of Representatives joins the citizens of Bertie County affected by those tornadoes in commemorating April 16, 2013, as Bertie County…

?? Section 3, this resolution’s effective upon adoption. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Mobley is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Members of this great House, it gives me honor and pleasure to recommend this resolution to you. Some of you were not serving in the legislature during that time, and a number of the people who were serving, some of those are not here any longer, but I can ensure whether you’re in the General Assembly or not, you remember how those tornadoes ravaged North Carolina in 2011. Today is the exact date that the tornadoes swept through, and I was fortunate enough to have some of the residents come today, to commemorate and to remember. Often times we try to forget horrible things but that’s a part of the healing process, when we remember. So today some of the residents gave up their time to come and to listen to the resolution that’s been read and their hearing. One of the young ladies up there, don’t want to get to personal with her, and I won’t call her name, but during the storm, she, her mother and children were hubbled together, embracing one another, and her mother died embracing her during that storm. When I first got to meet her, she was down in Bertie County, and when I saw her for the first time to know who I was looking at, she was in a body cast from neck down. She was still not at home. She was at a church where I met her. Shortly after that incident, she also lost her father. So she’s had a lot to endure. When we were meeting in 428 earlier today, she wanted to say a few words, but she said I don’t want to start crying. But we know that in times like these and having to try to remember people who were so close to you, it’s difficult to talk about even now. She has been restored to another place, but there’s still some healing that she has to do. She still suffers from the injuries, and she doesn't feel well all of the time, but she’s still moving about. A number of the Representatives from Burtie County join us today, and we probably don’t have all the names because things got kind of hectic prior to getting here. But one of the former sheriffs spoke today, and he’s talked about the Sheriff’s Department going out to this particular home that he had gotten a call to go to, the address. They went out to the address and the deputy radioed back there’s no house here. We can’t find the house. Well, you got the address, we’re at the address, but there is no house. So those are the kinds of things that they had to deal with. Some of the names you heard in the resolution were husband and wife, husband, wife and a mother in one instance, where they all perished. People were finding their material things in the woods several counties over, and I think I read something in the paper recently about things as far away as Virginia were found that belonged in Bertie County. That was a horrific day, and something that they will always remember. As a dedication, there’s going to be a documentary this evening for those of you who might have an opportunity to listen at 7:30. They’re going to do a documentary on tornadoes, and they will be highlighting Bertie County. I say to my fellow constituents from Bertie County and all of the officials who took the time to come with them, continue to look up and know our troubles are not over.

I heard something on tv this week, being said that, we all have something to work on, and its a constant working on of what the problems are, we don't always solve them, but we pass them onto the next generation for them to continue to work, so i say to my constituents who are there, hold on to god's unchanging hand, because he will sustain you through all of the sorrows you are having to endure at this time, and I certainly commend the resolution to you [speaker changes] representative stone is recognized [speaker changes] yes, speak on resolution [speaker changes] recognized [speaker changes] ladies and gentleman, i want to thank you first and foremost representative for putting this on the agenda, for having this. that was a tough time two years ago, I think we all learned a lot about ourselves, and 24 deaths is terrible, just can never justify that in your mind. We had two deaths in lee county, it was a tough time, and I will tell you, for all that we had a tremendous amount of miracles in lee county. I know a lot of you saw the lowes building in lee county that was completely flattened, we had several hundred in the building and not a single person died, it was a miracle by itself. That afternoon I was actually at my store with a couple of gentleman, and you see it on tv a thousand times and you think "oh, what would you do? what would you do?", and it never really crosses your mind, I'll tell you a kind of story, I walked outside that day and we had heard on the wrl and channel 11 and radio, that potentially we were going to have tornadoes, so you walk around and you spark about it and you never think its going to happen to you, cause I'm 43 and I've never seen a tornado in my life, had no idea what to expect, so I walk outside, in the five blocks from where I'm standing and I look up and say "well that's a crazy looking cloud", and one of the fellows is with me, I look up and I said "what are those birds flying in front of that cloud for?", I had never seen that, well it was houses it was destroyed. It was terrible, I couldnt believe what I was seeing, now I'll tell you the miracles, one of the gentleman was with me, we were trying to figure out what to do, cause I had had no plan, I had never seen anything like this, so I was trying to figure out where i'm going to go, he gets in his vehicle and he goes straight to the lowes where the damage is done, and I had no clue what to do, i'm trying to lock up, trying to figrue out what im going to do, and he calls me as the tornado, you dont know which way its going, as close as you are, you have no idea if the tornado is coming to you or going where, but for some reason he chases it, he gets there and helps people, what i realized was that tornado went right by his house, destroyed every house, but his, it was just amazing at some of the things we saw throughout that period, we had a lady that was in a bathtub and her home land down, she went over 200 yards, destroyed her whole home and she survived, we had so many miracles that we saw that day, that it really touches the community, now for the freshmen here i'll tell you a story from me real quick. I was only in the general assembly about two or three months when this happened and I called my seatmate, well it wasnt my seatmate, it was the gentleman that was in charge to help me which was representative baals. He says "I'll be there in 20 minutes", so he came up from up from moore county and spent the rest of the day with me, and that day noone had a party affiliation, no one even cared, we didnt care, we was just trying to help people, just trying to get out. Our neighbors were working together, our community, as terrible as things were, whole neighborhoods completely destroyed. We were out helping each other, and they came together, it was so much love, its different, its changed us all, it changed me. The way I see things and the what I predicted how to react to a tornado, its not how you think you react, plus you realize its going over and people are potentially dying and theres nothing you can do, it was a terrible day for Lee county, but the other parts I saw, the baptist men, I'd heard about them, I'd never seen them in action before in my life. Ladies and Gentleman its a true honor to see the baptist men. You ever want to make a donation help them, they come to your community they set uop kitchens, they set up food, they go out, they don't ask any questions, they say "what can we do?", I was truly amazed at the effort they made to come to our community and make a difference, and it changed my thought process so much, cause i'd never seen anything like it before, they were getting limbs off of peoples houses, taking warm food in with no power, no water was going to be up for at least a week

and they stayed. The Red Cross came and they helped out. They set up camp at one of our local schools, and people were able to come in. You know, I called my wife and I said you know hon, we're so lucky. These people have lost everything, and are so happy to be here. You know, we don't know how lucky we are. They didn't have a choice. It was never a decision. It came up so quick, and it happened. But saying that, it was a lot to learn. I would also say that the state department of public safety came in, and they did a tremendous job. I don't know what else we could've done. If you don't know, I chaired a tornado committee after that to try to figure out how we could do better response. I mean, they did a great job. FEMA came to town. They set up. I don't know that FEMA could have done anything any different than they did. They were truly responsive to the people in my community, helping every way they can. So, in a terrible ordeal that happened two years ago, with 24 tragic deaths, I'll say I don't know, I'm tremendously, tremendously sorry about those deaths. We learned a lot about our community, and we learned a lot about ourselves. And what I learned in ?? county was there's a lot of love, and a lot of great neighbors out there that will do anything to help you, and a lot of great organizations that will come in and help you at their most weakest moment. With that, Mr. Chair, I would recommend the resolution. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Holley is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Speak to the resolution. [SPEAKER CHANGES] You're recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] At 4:15 PM, April 16, two years ago, I was laying across my bed in my home, and the wind began to come. The moment, I said this is more than a wind, and got up and moved to the hall to bow down and to pray, because I prayed the tornado hit my home, and my community. And I feel so blessed to know that we were not in the shape of the people of ?? county. We had the Methodist men, we had the Baptist men, I even had the Carolina hurricanes at my house with chain saws, trying to help take down the trees and in my community that day, and in the days that followed. And I feel so blessed that the damage that was done to me was a temporary damage, and we were able to rebuild, and I learned a lot about people and love during these difficult times. So I want to say to the people of Bertie county, my heart and prayers go out to you as you continue to fix the things that need to be fixed that you can fix. But it also goes out to you for the many people that you lost. And I commend the resolution. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Larry Hall of Durham is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] To speak on the resolution, Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES] You're recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Ladies gentlemen of the house, it's interesting that I've had this opportunity to stand here and talk to you today about what can happen in times of crisis, and especially a weather emergency. Now, when I came out of the marine core, I have the opportunity's go to work for another taskmaster, HM Mickey Michaux. And, believe it or not, one thing that happened while at work was his building was hit by a tornado. And we were in the building, working as he would always have us doing, and heard it coming. And ladies gentlemen, if you've never really heard it, if you've never been in one, and I was in one, it sounds literally like a freight train. You've heard people say it. It really does sound like that. My office is one of the offices, he was kind enough to give me one and offices on the outer perimeter of the building, buildings built much like these, with big glass windows from top to bottom. And, as he went around and said, hey everybody get into the center of the building, where the functional core of the building is, where the restrooms and the stairwells and so forth. I reached back in my office to grab my coat off the door. When I slammed the door, the floor to ceiling glass windows were sucked out of my office, along with what ever case files or whatever else went out. And we went into the, actually in the men's restroom, we didn't go into the ladies room , we went into the men's restroom and stayed there for a while, and then periodically he or his brother would go and check. They wouldn't send the young lawyers out. He and his brother would go out and check. I think it might've been a liability concern on his part. But they would go and check. And our cars were removed from the parking lots. The building next door was totally flat. The roof was taken off the building where we were, and it was a commercial building local luckily, or I don't know what would've happened to us.

But as I talk about that personal experience I think the people of Bertie County and North Carolina also exemplify to use how important the work is we do here. I was Chair of the Homeland Security Military and Veterans Affairs Committee for a session and talked about, and worked with, and looked at and tried to take the members over to look at emergency management and what we had to do in those cases. And of course we always go through the struggle of what do we do to fund emergency management, and training and resources, when is it important and what can we do, and I think this is an example to us to how important the work is we do do as we plan for emergencies and make sure that help is there. And so for those folks who survived and those folks that we were able to provide aide to as they recovered this will remind us how solemn are responsibility is to prepare for those times of emergency and take that extra effort and make sure those resources are there. So, I commend a resolution to you. I would state that this particular day, April 16th, was one of the most tragic weather days in the history of the United States. It was the second highest death toll as a result of people being killed in storms regionally not just in North Carolina but in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia. You may remember having seen the news reports and so we are like so many other states except we have this opportunity to plan as we go forward and learn from this. So, I command a resolution to you and I hope it will be more prepared in the future and we can save North Carolinian's lives by better planning and budgeting and looking out for our fellow man because as Representative Stone said "that's truly what it's about". So, I commend the resolution to you. [SPEAKER CHANGES]: Further discussion or debate. If not, the question before the House is the passage of House Resolution 885. The clerk will open the vote. [SPEAKER CHANGES]: Hudson, Jordan. [SPEAKER CHANGES]: The clerk will lock the machine and record the vote. The aye's were 112, the no's were zero. The resolution is passed, will be ordered printed and the Chair upon motion of Representative Mobley from Bertie County is happy to extend the courtesies to the families of the Bertie County storm victims. If you would stand please and let us recognize you. House Resolution 940 the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES]: House Resolution 940 House Resolution is congratulating Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity incorporated for 99 years of service in communities throughout the United States and the world and commending Phi Beta Sigma for upholding its cardinal principles of brotherhood, scholarship and service. The House resolves. [SPEAKER CHANGES]: Representative Lucas is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES]: Mr. Speaker would you read the... [SPEAKER CHANGES]: Clerk would you read the resolution. [SPEAKER CHANGES]: Whereas Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity was established on January 9, 1914 by three young African-American male students on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC and whereas founders of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity are the honorable H. Langston Taylor, the Honorable Leonard F. Morse, and the Honorable Charles I Brown whereas the founders wanted to organize a Greek letter fraternity that would truly exemplify the ideals of brotherhood, scholarship and service and whereas the brothers of Phi Beta Sigma are the fraternity's most valuable resource and strength whereas the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity strengthens and serves practically all communities and the brotherhood continues to serve as a supportive resource that positively impacts the fraternity's growth and financial sovereignty and whereas the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity maintains a strong commitment to brotherhood, scholarship and service and whereas Phi Beta Sigma insures that the fraternity's programs are focused and committed to serving humanity and whereas Phi Beta Sigma exhibits integrity and ethical behavior in

[SPEAKER CHANGES] Paternities business. Serving as a model for all Greek letter organizations. Now for, be it resolved by the House of Representatives. Section one, the House Representatives honors the founders of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity and congratulates the members of the fraternity for their ninety nine years of outstanding service. Section two, the principle clerk shall transmit a certified copy of this resolution to be sent to the Chief Student Affairs officer of all North Carolina institutions that serve as host to Phi Beta Sigma fraternity incorporated. Section three, this resolution is effective upon adoption. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Lucas is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen, as you’ve heard Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington DC by those distinguished founders who thought that it would be good to have African American males engage in such worthy endeavors as scholarship, brotherhood. Concept has transcended and indeed flourished over the years. And now extends not only from Howard University, but around this nation and many parts of the world. Just hearing North Carolina, the following institutions have chapters that are active, Appalachian State University, Duke University, Elon University, North Carolina Wesleyan College, Johnson and Smith University, [??] Ryan University, Saint Augustine University right here in Raleigh, North Carolina Central University, Elizabeth City State University, Winston Salem State University, North Carolina Agricultural Technical University in Greensboro, Shaw University again right here in Raleigh, UNC Pembroke, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University and here in Raleigh we’re well represented here in Raleigh, Fayetteville State University, Western Carolina University, UNC Greensboro, UNC Charlotte, UNC Wilmington, Livingstone College, Wingate University, and the East Carolina University. The fraternity has produced many, many favorite sons right here in our great state. Among them are the late Representative Bernard Allen. The former Secretary of Correction, the honorable Aaron Johnson, former member of the Board of Governors, Dudley Flood, who happens to be in the chamber, the roster today. My current home town Mayor, Mayor Chris Ray, brother Steven Jackson of the Southeastern Region Board, brother Willey Clowner, North Carolina State Board, and brother Tye Atkins of the Cumberland County area and many, many other Sigma brothers. Many of them who are with us today. Mr. Speaker, it gives me pleasure to commend this resolution for you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Floyd is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] To speak on the resolution Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES] You’re recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker, when I was younger than Representative Mickie McShaw, I looked at what organization I could be a part of so I could carve my name in history. And I looked to my left and I looked to my right and I said, my God I should become a Sigma person. So I pledged Sigma. Phi Beta Sigma is focused on bigger, better business, social action, education and our one hundred and fifty thousand men nationwide and our several thousand men here in North Carolina. We are committed and focused on our mission

I'm proud to be a sigma man, and I commend this resolution to this chamber. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Any further discussion or debate? If not, all those in favor will vote aye, all those oppose will vote no. The clerk will open the vote. THe clerk will lock the machine and record the vote. 111 having voted in the affirmative, none in the negative. The resolution has passed it will be ordered printed. And upon motion, representatives Floyd and Lucas of Carolbin county, the tier is happy to extend the courtesy of the gallery to the brother of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. If you would please stand please. Upon motion of representative Rayn Brown, of Davidson County, we have a school group here, we'd like to recognize. Davidson Townson Elementary school, if you're here would you stand please. Earlier in the session, we recognized the ?? Doctor and nurse of the day. But now they're here, Doctor Jess Loan of Lilington, and Nurse Veronica Oliver of Durham. Welcome. House bill 468 the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES]?? The substitute of house bill 468 the bill for the ?? act to change the method of election of the mayor and city council members of Highpoint and to hold the elections on odd number years and by non partisan primary. An election method is provided by general law. General senator of North Carolina ?? [SPEAKER CHANGE]Representative Faircloth is recognized [SPEAKER CHANGES] speak on the bill [SPEAKER CHANGE] you're recognized to speak on the bill [SPEAKER CHANGES] thank you mr speaker. The city of Highpoint currently has its election for the city council in the even numbered years. And they are elected by none partisan polarity election method. There is a story behind why this change is coming about. And its primarily because about a dozen years or so when the change was made to the polarity system and made to the even number years. I was on the council at that time and we were trying to get a better turn out for our local elections. We were only getting about 11 percent. So we made the decision to change to the polarity and the even numbered years and we have gotten a better turn out but the results of the election have been sort of mixed and so recently the council decided they wanted to go back to the way it use to be. And before I explain that if I might to mr speaker I'd like send forth an amendment [SPEAKER CHANGES] You're recognized to send forth an amendment the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Representative Faircloth move to amend the bill on page 1 line 21 by deleting the word date and substituting the word conduct. And on page 1. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Faircloth.[SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you mr speaker. This simply makes two technical changes, two words, technical correction and I ask that you support the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion or debate? If not the question for the house is the adoption of the amendment set forth by representative Faircloth. All those in favor will vote aye, opposed will vote no. Clerk will open the vote. Representative Davis. The clerk will lock the machine and record the vote. The ayes are 107 the no's are 5 The amendment is adopted. Representative Faircloth, further debate? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Speak on the bill [SPEAKER CHANGES] You're recognized

The change asked for in this bill would change the election back to even numbered years, excuse me, from even numbered years to odd numbered years, and would change the election from non-partisan plurality method, back to non-partisan primary and election method, which is the way it was in the past. If this change takes effect, it would take effect in the 2017 election. This is subject of course to a referendum which was recommended to the council by the Guilford delegation, and the referendum would take place in November 2014 and would have to be approved by the voters in order for it to take effect. We do have unanimous support from the city council and mayor, and we have unanimous support from the Guilford delegation, and I ask that you support the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion or debate? Representative Adams. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen of the House. This bill is as Representative Faircloth has said, supported by the Guilford delegation. This is what Highpoint wants and we wanted to certainly support their desires as a part of their legislative agenda to us. So I’m going to support the bill and encourage you to as well. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion or debate? If not, the question before the House is passage of House Bill 468 on its second reading. All those in favor will say aye. Opposed will say no. The ayes appear to have it. The ayes have it. The bill has passed its second reading and will, without objection, be read a third time. [SPEAKER CHANGES] General Assembly of North Carolina enacts. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion or debate? If not, the question before the House is the passage of House Bill 468 as amended on its third reading. All those in favor will say aye. Opposed will say no. The bill has, the ayes have it. The bill is passed and will be sent to the Senate, and engrossed before being sent to the Senate. House Bill 591. The clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 591, a bill to be entitled an act to specify the term of office for appointed members of the North Carolina longitudinal data system board and to make state information officer chair of the North Carolina longitudinal data system board, to specify the times for meeting of the North Carolina longitudinal data system board, and to require quarterly reporting of the progress of the North Carolina longitudinal data system. General Assembly of North Carolina enacts. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Blackwell is recognized to explain the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. Speaker. This is a bill that relates to a bill with a very similar title that was passed by the General Assembly last year. It’s here because we’re doing some cleanup or technical changes, largely. The bill last time provided for the appointment of members to this longitudinal data studies board. The speaker appointing members of the House, the president pro tempore was going to appoint members of the Senate, and the question was raised as to whether or not there was a constitutional problem with the separation of powers because this board under the legislation that we adopted last year, has the authority to make rules. A North Carolina Supreme Court decision has held that that is an executive branch function, and therefore legislators could not be involved in the process. So this bill changes the bill to recognize that House and Senate members will not serve on the board. In part, it also reacts to that fact by requiring some additional reporting from the board, both to the Information Technology Oversight Committee and to the Education Oversight Committee, and I believe to the General Government Oversight Committee. The idea being that we want to keep our finger in the pie to the extent of staying on top of whether this new board is getting various state agencies to cooperate together in sharing information that we need, in order to better evaluate the effectiveness of various programs that we fund. Apart from that, the only other changes I think are that we decided to go ahead and designate the state’s chief information officer as the chair of the board. Before, the chair of the board was to be chosen from the membership and they would elect him, but we decided to go ahead and designate the state chief information officer for that role. And it has some additional dates that are added

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If not, the question before the House is the passage of Senate Bill 148 on its 2nd reading. All those in favor vote aye, those opposed vote no, the clerk will open the vote. Representative Warren. The clerk will lock the machine and record the vote. The ayes are 110, the no's are zero. The bill is passed and will, without objection, be read a 3rd time. [SPEAKER CHANGES] General Assembly of North Carolina in acts. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion, or debate. Representative Warren is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker, I had a malfunction on my switch, could I be recorded as voting aye please? [SPEAKER CHANGES] You will be recorded as voting aye. Representative Cunningham? Is Representative Cunningham seeking recognition? No? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Excuse me, no, I do not. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Okay. If not, the question, further discussion, or debate. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Michaux. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I'd like to ask the gentleman a question. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Who would you like to ask? Representative Hager? Representative Hager, do you yield? He yields [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Hager, I'm just curious, does this less diploma do the grounding, rather than an electrician? [SPEAKER CHANGES] It actually does, there's 3 definitions there, fire sprinkler, contractor/plumber or HVAC contractor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Another question Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Does the gentleman yield? He yields. [SPEAKER CHANGES] What exactly does it actually do? [SPEAKER CHANGES] It allows the plumber that installs the corrugated stainless steel piping, or the fire sprinkler contractor, or the HVAC contractor, it allows them to ground the tubing as they would their normal plumbing offset. The plumber normal grounds his own plumbing, this would allow the plumber that installs it, to ground it also. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further questions? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Do you yield? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes, Sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES] He yields. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Can you assure us that a hazard is not going to be created somewhere down the line by those who are not familiar, people who are not familiar with this. [SPEAKER CHANGES] If you ask me to assure that there wouldn't be an incident, I don't think anybody can assure you that as they could if an electrician did it. But, they're as careful, and have the same bonding requirements on the ground. The bonding and plumbing as they do to the stainless steel tubing. So it's fairly subjective. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion, further debate. If not, the question before the House is the passage of Senate Bill 148 on its 3rd reading. All in favor say aye, all opposed say no. The ayes have it. The bill has passed its 3rd reading and will be enrolled and sent to the governor. Reports from committees, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative William Brawley, and Ilex from the Transportation Committee, House Committee substitute no. 1 for House Bill 272, DOT condemnation changes. Favors committee substitute no. 2, unfavorable as to committee substitute no. 1. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Calendar, notices and announcements. Representative Collins of Nash, for an announcement? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To be recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The State Personnel Committee, you should have received an email on this today, is tomorrow at noon, in room 544, the 3 bills which will be heard are also on you email, are House Bill 176, Charter School Election, House Bill 327, Fire and Rescue Pension Revisions, House Bill 402, Tract air supplements for flexible accounts. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative West is recognized for an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] A point of personal privilege, Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES] You are recognized on a point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. Speaker, and members of the house. i just want to say thank you for all the prayers, the letters, the cards, and all the acts of kindness shown to me and my family during the loss of my mother. It was greatly appreciated. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] We could have a little bit of quiet, too. Representative McNeil recognized? [SPEAKER CHANGES] A point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] You're recognized for a point of personal privileged. I want to recognized to good friends of min who are in the gallery. Wanda Ryde and Jole Hill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The Hill recognizes, if you all would stand and recognize them. Representative Catlin is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, for an announcement. The Republican Freshmen will meet.

15 minutes and LOB, 6:05. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Representative Jeter is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Point of personal privilege, Mr. . . . [SPEAKER CHANGE] You're recognized for personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGE] I'd like to thank the people of District 92. I'd really like to thank my wife. My son had surgery this morning, and because of people like us, who have spouses in our homes, like my wife, that allows me to do this job. My son and my wife did a great job. It was probably harder on my wife than my son this morning, but he's fine. Publicly, I'd like to thank her for allowing me to do this, while she stays at home and does a much more difficult job. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Representative. [Applause] Representative Boles is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Morning announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGE] You're recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Thank you. I just want to remind everyone that the commerce and job development sub-committee on ABC , will meet tomorrow in room 425 at 11:00 a.m.. Welcome to the whole chamber. The presentation will be from the alcohol law enforcement division. There will be no votes. This is an informational, if you'd like to know more about the ALE and the state, please come. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Representative Starnes is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Morning announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGE] You're recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen of the chamber, many of you are aware that Representative Robert ?? was taken to the hospital earlier today with chest pains. The report has come back that he did not have a heart attack, as far as they can tell. They're giving him a stress test and he'll be released later today. Let's continue to keep him in our thoughts and in our prayers. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Representative Hager is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Thank you, Mr. Speaker, for the announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGE] You are recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Public, utilities, and energy will meet tomorrow at noon. We have one bill on the calendar, which will be permitting of wind facilities, and that's around military bases. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Representative Moore is recognized . . . For a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGE] For an announcement first, if I may. [SPEAKER CHANGE] For an announcement and then a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Members of the house election committee will meet tomorrow at 1:00. We're going to take the voter ID bill up and we've slated two hours for the hearing and for the vote on that bill tomorrow. As a result, session tomorrow will be at 3:00. For a motion, if I may, Mr. Speaker. If there's no additional announcements. I see some other lights, I don't know if . . . [SPEAKER CHANGE] One more light has come on. Representative Pierce is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Just a moment of personal privilege, Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGE] You're recognized for point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Mr. Speaker, and ladies, and gentlemen I want to thank you for your support this morning for the breakfast and remembrance of Representative Wayne Wright. At this point we thank you for taking time to come out and share with us. Then, I want to thank you for sharing with the clergy, who were not in the building today, as they learn more about the process. Thank all of you for taking the time to celebrate with us today, and may God bless you. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Representative Shaw is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Question for Representative Moore. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Does Representative Moore yield for a question? He does. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Certainly. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Representative Moore, you made an announcement about election laws meeting tomorrow. Did you say we were going to make a vote on that tomorrow? [SPEAKER CHANGE] We will. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Another question. [SPEAKER CHANGE] I yield. [SPEAKER CHANGE] He yields. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Where did the understanding come from? A lot of us that the vote would not be taken until the 24th, which was the following Wednesday. That we would be just discussing the bill and talking about it. Then, getting it out on the 24th. That was the understanding quite a few of us had on that, Representative Moore. [SPEAKER CHANGE] I'm not sure of those dates. I know it will come out of elections tomorrow and then it will go to, I believe the finance committee after that. It won't come directly to the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Representative Torbett is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGE] For an announcement, Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGE] You're recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Also, meeting tomorrow will be the commerce and job development/military and agriculture. I encourage everybody to come out, where we will have Commissioner of Agriculture Oxford, talking about growing commerce. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Representative Floyd is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGE] A moment of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGE] You're recognized for a point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGE] I just want to thank all members for helping to make the 580 Sigma a very successful day. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Representative Moore is recognized for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGE] And, for another brief announcement in response to the question, if I may. Just to concur with the speaker staff, the 24th is more looking at a vote on the floor on the voter ID bill. At this time, Mr. Speaker, I would move that the house adjourn, subject to the re referral of bills and resolutions. I do so in honor and memory of the victims of the terrorist attack in Boston, to reconvene tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Representative Moore's move seconded by Representative Cleveland that the house adjourn, subject to re-referral of bills and resolutions to reconvene on Wednesday, April 17th.

Think that 3 o’clock p.m. Those in favor will say aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Opposed, no, the ayes have it. The House stands adjourned.