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Joint | April 3, 2013 | Chamber | Joint Session

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The joint session will come to order. The chair directs an electronic vote of the House of Representatives to determine a quorum. Ladies and gentlemen, what that involves is the House members at the time the machine is open is to simply indicate that you are here by pressing a button, preferably the green button. But, to know that you're all here, or we'll take it from there, so we're right now confirming that there is quorum. The clerk will open the vote. The clerk will lock the machine and record the vote. 110 present, declare determines that there is quorum. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, at this time we need to determine quorum for the Senate. The reading clerk of the Senate will call the roll of the Senate. All Senate members present at the time your name is called, please respond by saying present. [SPEAKER CHANGES]State of North Carolina 2013, June. North Carolina General Assembly called to roll. Senators Allran, Apodoca, Barefoot, Barringer, Blue, Brock, Brown, Brunstetter, Bryant, CLark, Clodfelter, Cook, Curtis, Daniel, J. Davis, Dick, Don Davis, Ford, Goolsby, Graham, Gunn, Harrington, Hartsell, Hise, Hunt, Jackson, Jenkins, Kinnaird, McKissick, McLaurin, Meredith, Nesbitt, Newton, Parmon, Pate, R. Rabin, W. Rabon, Randleman, Robinson, Rucho, Sanderson, Soucek, Steins, Tarte, Tillman, Tucker, Wade, Walters, Woodard. [SPEAKER CHANGES]48 members present, the Senate has quorum. Committee Substitute No. 2 for House Joint Resolution 21, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Committee Substitute No. 2 for House Joint Resolution 2, Joint Resolution provided for the confirmation of appointments by the Governor of Gregory M. Alcorn, Whinton W. Colby, Jr., Rebecca H. Taylor, A. L. Collins, Olivia Oxendine, Marcella Ramerez, savage to the State Board of Education. The House resolves, the Senate concurring. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Representative Moore, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES]To debate the resolution. [SPEAKER CHANGES]The gentleman is recognized to debate the resolution. Thank your Mr. Speaker. This resolution, is today, to confirm the Governor's appointments to the State Board of Education in this joint session. These members are all supremely qualified. The governor has duly submitted these nominations and I would urge the body's support. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Representative Lubke, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Speaker, to send forth an amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES]The gentleman is recognized to send forth an amendment, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Committee Substitute for House Joint Resolution 21, Representative Lubke moves to amend the bill on page 1, lines 3, 14, by deleting A. L. Collins.

The gentleman is recognized to debate the resolution, or the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you mister speaker, members of the House. Let me just say that procedurally, this is the only way that those of us concerned about the nomination of Mr. Collins can move forward. Mr. Collins is being removed in this amendment because he does not care about school safety for all young people. His record is clear on the Forsyth County Board of Education. When legislation passed for this general assembly came forward through the Forsyth county school administration, as I understand it from newspaper reports, Mr. Collins voted no on a administrative recommendation that the statute be followed so that in an anti-bullying statute. Mr. Collins, it's stated that he indicated that he could not support the anti-bullying provisions that the administration was sending forward because of his feelings about gays and lesbians. That he felt in fact they were not entitled to protection under legislation. Members of the House, this is wrong. School safety is a critical issue. Our governor has just appointed a committee for school safety. We have a bipartisan bill, Representative Holloway, Representative Glazier, Forsyth, I'm sorry, Faircloth and, I'm sorry that I'm forgetting the fourth member. But we have that resolution for a bipartisan bill that is about school safety. In this particular case, we have a nominee who does not care about school safety. His feelings as expressed toward gays and lesbian citizens of our state are offensive to me, I think to many of us in this chamber, and to many people in this state. So again, the only way that this candidate can be removed from the list, because I personally want to vote for the other five, is by this amendment. I would also say that I'm speaking just for myself. This is not any kind of statement from the House Democratic caucus or any other caucus. This is my personal concern, and maybe others who share my concern but I move adoption of the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Moore, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Briefly debate the amendment and then for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mister speaker, I find it very unfortunate that the member from Durham would want to try to politicize the situation and would remind that member that when our party was in the minority, we generally respected the Governor's appointments and confirmed those, but regardless, while the member is entitled to his opinion, I strongly disagree and I would urge the members to give whatever credence you would like to to that, but I would ask to be recognized for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I move that the gentleman's amendment do lie upon the table. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Moore has moved, duly seconded by Representative Edgar that, Representative, Representative Starnes, that the amendment sent forth by Representative Luebke be lied upon the table. All those in favor will vote aye. All opposed will vote no. The clerk will open the vote. The clerk will lock the machine, record the vote. Seventy six having voted in the affirmative, thirty seven in the negative, the motion passes. We are now back on the bill. Further discussion, further debate. If not, the question before the House is the passage of the committee substitute for House joint resolution 21 on its second reading. Those in favor will say aye. Those opposed will say no. The clerk will open the vote. The clerk will lock the machine and record the vote. Seventy nine having voted in the affirmative, thirty four in the negative, the House committee substitute number two for House Joint Resolution 21 has passed its second reading. And without objection will be read a third time. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House resolves, the Senate concurring. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion, further debate. If not, the question before the House is the passage of the House committee substitute number two for House Joint Resolution 21 on its third reading. All those in favor will vote aye. All opposed vote no. The clerk will open the vote.

[Speaker changes.] ...Clerk will lock the machine and record the vote. 80 having voted in the affirmative and 33 in the negative. House Committee Substitute to House Joint Resolution 21 has passed its third reading. Representative Bolles, the Chair observed there were differences in the vote between the first and second vote, does the gentleman wished to be recognized? [Speaker changes.] Yes, sir. Voted Aye. [Speaker changes.] Gentleman will be recorded as voting aye on the second reading. Again House Joint Resolution 21 has passed its third reading and is ordered sent to the Senate by special message. Chair now reliquishes the gavel to Lt. Governor Forrest???? [Speaker changes.] Senate will come to order. (gavel) Message from the House, the Clerk will read. [Speaker changes.] Mister President, it is ordered that a message be sent to the Senate informing that honorable body that the House of Representatives has passed the following bills and resolutions and asks for concurrence of your honorable body therein. House Joint Resolution 21, a Joint Resolution providing for confirmation of appointments by the governor of Gregory Alcorn????, William W. Colby, Jr., Rebecca H. Taylor, A.L. Collins, Olivia Oxendine???????, and Marcella Ramirez Savage to the State Board of Education. [Speaker changes.] Mister President? [Speaker changes.] Senator Apodaca, for what purpose do you rise? [Speaker changes.] Motion please. [Speaker changes.] Senator Apodaca, you have the floor for a motion. [Speaker changes.] Mister President, I move that rules be suspended til the end. That House Joint Resolution 21 be placed on the calendar for immediate consideration. [Speaker changes.] Without objection, so ordered. House Joint Resolution 21, Clerk will read. [Speaker changes.] House Joint Resolution 21, Joint Session State Board of Education confirmation. [Speaker changes.] Senator Tillman is recognized to explain the resolution. [Speaker changes.] Explain the resolution. The resolution before us confirms the Governor's nomination of Greg Alcorn???, Rebecca H. Taylor, A.L. Collins, Olivia Oxendine???????, and Marcella Ramirez Savage to the State Board of Education. I urge your support. Thank you. [Speaker changes.] Be further discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question before the Senate is the passage of House Joint Resolution 21 on its second reading. When your name is called, signify your vote by replying "aye" or "no". The reading clerk will call the role. [Speaker changes.] The Senate calls the roll: Allran aye, Apodaca aye, Barefoot...COULD NOT HEAR RESPONSES SO DID NOT TYPE ENTIRE ROLL?!@# ????????? rollcall ends at 4:42. RECORDING ENDS at 5:00.

[LONG PAUSE] 42 having voted in the affirmative and 5 in the negative, House Joint Resolution 21 passes its second reading. Without objection, it'll be read a third time. [SPEAKER CHANGES] North Carolina General Assembly enacts. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Any further discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question before the Senate is the passage of House Joint Resolution 21 on its third reading. All in favor will say aye. Opposed, no. The ayes have it. House Joint Resolution 21 passes its third reading and will be enrolled. Ratification of bills. The clerk will read. [PAUSE] We'll stand at ease for a moment until the enrolling clerk arrives. [LONG PAUSE] The chair would like to extend courtesies to the gallery to Bill Coby and A L Collins, who were just voted in by the bodies here. If you're in attendance with us, I think you are, please stand and be recognized. [APPLAUSE] Congratulations to both of you. [LONG PAUSE] Let's come to order. Come to order. Ratification of bills. The clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] ?? The enrolling clerk reports the following resolution, duly ratified and properly enrolled and presented to the office of the Secretary of State. House Joint Resoluton 21, a joint resolution providing for a confirmation of appointment by the Governor of Gregory ?? William W. Coby, Jr, Rebecca H Taylor, A L Collins and Marcella Ramirez Savage to the State Board of Education. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The House and Senate, sitting in joint session, have confirmed the appointments of Gregory M. Alcorn, William W. Coby, Jr., Rebecca H. Taylor, A.L. Collins, Olivia Oxendyne and Marcella Ramirez Savage to the State Board of Education. The principle clerks of the Senate and the House shall make notification of the action of the General Assembly as to the confirmation of the appointments of the Governor while sitting in joint session. Senator Berger is recognized for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President. I move that joint session be dissolved pursuant to motions ?? Senate earlier today, the Senate be in recess until 2PM today, subject to the introduction of bills and resolutions, receipt of committee reports and the receipt of messages from the House and the Governor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The motion is that the joint session be dissolved and pursuant to the motion prevailing earlier in the Senate, the Senate will be in recess until 2PM, subject to the introduction of bills and resolutions, messages from the House and Governor and receipt of committee reports. Seconded by Speaker Tillis. All in favor say aye. Opposed, no. The ayes have it. The joint session is dissolved.