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Senate | May 31, 2014 | Chamber | Budget vote

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Speaker 1: … cannot slip out to the restroom; meanwhile, the poor teaching assistant is running room to room when they call them, just so they can take a bathroom break. And he goes on to say that he is having all kind of trouble with his home mortgage: trying to get it modified, and sort of leaves the impression of being very disappointed in what we are trying to – this is one of the people that you say you are aiming the raise at. Abe Lincoln, I think, is the one who said that – you can fool some of the people some of the time, all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people, all of the time. If we think we are fooling these teachers, who are demoralized already, by these tricks and shannigans and this budget, then the only ones we are fooling are ourselves. I hope that, at some point, you will take up the offer that ??? – that let’s sit together and reason and figure how we are going to deal with this crisis that threatens to undermine what we were busy building this state into, because if we do not deal with this teacher crisis, systems all over the state, and especially at the borders, will continue to lose good teachers. We are losing 900 teachers from the Wade county school system this year – experienced teachers. Maybe you can, but we cannot afford to keep that up. So these teachers are being more persuaded to stay in the classrooms when they figure out these games we are playing. And if you truly believe that we ought to give them an 11% increase this year, if you truly do believe that, let’s say that 11% is the baseline, and let’s guarantee that this raise is going to continue past this year, and let’s take some of this language out of the budget bill that makes reasonable people know that it is just a game that you are playing - you are not raising a salary that is being sustained. It has to be something that can be sustained, and that is comprehensive. This bill does not do it. The one highlight of it was aimed at trying to fool teachers and I hope you will vote against it. Speaker 2: Mr. President? Speaker 3: For what purpose do you rise? Senator Apodaca: Let’s see. Let’s do a couple of amendments first. The minority leader threw us off here, getting up, because that is usually the sign of ending debate. So, I would like to set forth an amendment. Speaker 3: Set forth your amendment, the clerk will read. Speaker 2: Senator Apodaca moves to amend the bill. Speaker 3: Senator Apodaca you have the floor. Senator Apodaca: Mr. President, Members, thank you. All this does is correct language instructing Deener to use $250,000 to hire a consultant to study state culture sites, instead, it deposits those funds appropriated into a savings reserve fund. It also instructs Department Culture Resources to report to the oversight committee of general gov as to any conclusions or recommendations as to this task force. I ask for your support. Speaker 2: Further discussion or debate on Amendment 13? Hearing none. Question before the Senate is the passage of Amendment 13 to Senate Bill 744, all in favor vote aye, all opposed, vote not. Five seconds will be allowed for the voting. The clerk will record the vote. Curtis, aye. Forty seven having voted in the affirmative, zero in the negative, Amendment 13 passes, and the bill is back before you for discussion or debate. Senator Brown: Mr. President? Speaker 2: Senator Brown, for what purpose do you rise? Brown: To set forth an amendment. Speaker 2: Set forth your amendment, the clerk will read. Brown: Senator Brown moves to amend the bill. Speaker 2: You have the floor. Brown: Thank you Mr. President. I have been told that most of this, if not all of this, is technical. I will be glad to ask any questions, but it fixes some things we needed to just fix basically. Speaker 2: Is there further debate on amendment 14? Senator Stein for what purpose so you rise? Stein: This is a 5 page amendment, is there any way we can just take one moment to skim through it to see what is in it? Speaker 2: Senate will stand at ease for 5 minutes. Stein: Thank you Sir. Speaker 2: Senator Bryant you may want to turn your microphone off.

...I thought we had in there already. I believe we do. Maybe staff... Mr. President, to respond to Senator Tillman, basically we're sending it the physical research and the state board, the report. That's what my change is. [SPEAKER CHANGES] One follow up question. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Jackson, do you yield for a follow up? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes, sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The other item is you mentioned something about regionalization of some of the school systems in the far-reaching parts of the state. What was that about? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Okay. Just let me confer here. I need to know...what, that's in the bill, too? Mr. President, Senator Tillman. We've asked the State Board to talk to the local schools and get their input, as well. [SPEAKER CHANGES] All right. I thought we had in the... [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Tillman. [SPEAKER CHANGES] A follow up. One more follow up. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Jackson, do you yield? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes, sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The reason I ask is I thought we had that in the budget. You changed it somewhat. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President and Senator Tillman. We made it expressly that we need to get feedback from the local schools. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Very good. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any further discussion or debate? Hearing none. The question before the senate is the passage of Amendment 21. All in favor vote aye, oppose the vote, no. Five seconds will be allowed for the voting. The Clerk will record the vote. Blue, Daniel, aye. Blue, aye. Robinson, aye. Forty-two having voted in the affirmative and zero in the negative. Amendment 21 passes. The bill, as amended, is back before the body. Is there any further discussion or debate? Hearing none. The question before he Senate is the passage of the Committee Substitute Senate Bill 744 on it's third reading. On favorable vote aye, oppose the vote, no. Five seconds will be allowed for voting. The Clerk will record the vote. Thirty-two having voted in the affirmative and ten in the negative. The Committee Substitute to Senate Bill 744 passes it's third reading. Senator Apodaco is recognized for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President, I move that we send it by special messenger to the House. [SPEAKER CHANGES] No objection, so ordered. Senate Bill 744 will be sent by special messenger to the House. The amendments will be engrossed. Do we have any notices or announcements? Any notices or announcements? Any further business to come before the Senate? If not, the Chair recognizes Senator Berger for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President. Just one note before I make the motion. Members, we're going to adjourn till Wednesday and it will be Wednesday late in the day. We are likely to have some committee meetings early in the day but no committee meetings before noon. With that, Mr. President, I move that the Senate do now adjourn to reconvene on Wednesday, June the 4th, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. [SPEAKER CHANGES] On motion that the Senate do now adjourn subject to the stipulations stated by Senator Berger to reconvene Wednesday, June 4th at 6:00 p.m. Seconded by Senator Brown. All in favor say aye, proposed no. The ayes have it the Senate stands adjourned.