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Senate | February 3, 2015 | Chamber | Senate Session

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The Senate will come to order. Sergeant-at-Arms close the doors. Members will go to their seats. Members and guests of the gallery please silence all electronic devices. Leading the Senate in prayer is the Reverend Peter Milner, Senate Chaplain. All members and guests in the gallery will please stand. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Please pray with me. Almighty God, Heavenly Father, it is a real privilege to serve here. What an honor that each of us has to walk into this room and serve, laying down our lives for others. Without your light, oh Lord, our search for truth is in vain. You, oh Lord, are so gracious to think of us as we enter in. You are our help. You are our deliverer and your mercy is new every morning. Lord, as we come before you we ask that you would invigorate our studies, invigorate our meetings, the committees, our inquiries and our conversations. Pour your blessed peace upon these gates and permeate every sphere of this community with your grace. We ask all these things in Jesus’ name, Amen. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Pate is recognized for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President. The journal of Monday, February 2nd, 2015 has been examined and is found to be correct. I move that the Senate dispense with the reading of the journal and that it stand approved as written. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Without objection the journal of February 2nd stands approved as written. Senators, we have leaves of absence granted today for Senators Berger, Blue and Bingham. We do have a Nurse of the Day with us today, Beth Johnson from Winston-Salem is with us. Nurse Johnson if you’ll please stand and be recognized. Thanks for your service to the Senate. Senators upon the motion of Senator Jeff Tarte of Mecklenburg County, the Chair is happy to extend the courtesies of the gallery to Mayor Jill Swain of Huntersville. Mayor Swain if you’re with us, please stand and be recognized. Thank you for joining us today. Upon the motion of Senator Jim Davis, the Chair is happy to extend the courtesies of the gallery to the North Carolina Board of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. We have with us today Sharon Pearce, the National President. We have the directors of the anesthesia programs, we have board members and we have Jimmy Kimmel, President of the North Carolina Association. If you’re with us today, please stand and be recognized. Thank you for joining us today. Upon the motion of Senator Joyce Krawiec of Forsyth County the Chair is happy to extend the courtesies of the gallery to Commissioner Kevin Austin, Chairman of the Yadkin County Commissioners and the GOP Fifth District Chairman. Kevin if you’re with us, please stand to be recognized. Thank you for being here. Do we have any reports of standing committees? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Jackson, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To send forth a committee report. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator, you can send forward your report. Clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Jackson with the Appropriations/Base Budget Committee submits for passage. Senate Bill 14, “Academic Standards, Rules Review, Coal Ash, Funds,” favorable. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Bill 14, calendar. Senators at this point we have a special ceremony, the seating of a new member and we’re going to recognize Senator Brown to appoint Escort Committee. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President. Senators Brock, Don Davis, Woodard, Wade and Robinson have been selected to escort the Honorable Paul Lowe into the chamber. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Senator. Members of the Escort Committee may proceed to the doors to escort the Honorable…

Hello to the well of the chamber. The Sargent of Arms will open the chamber doors. All members and guests will please stand. [APPLAUSE] The Reading Clerk will now read the proclamation from the governor appointing Paul Lowe to fill the vacancy left by Senator Earline Parmon. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The state of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, governor. The appoint of Paul Author Lowe, Jr. 2015-2016 by the governor of the state of North Carolina. A proclamation whereas the honorable Earline Parmon, elected senator from senate district 32, 2015-2016 general assembly, has resigned and whereas the provision of general statute 163-11 require that the vacancy created by the resignation of the Honorable Earline Parmon to be filled by appointment of the person recommended by the executive committee of the Forsyth County Democratic Party and whereas Executive Committee of the Forsyth County Democratic Party has notified me of its recommendation of Paul Lowe, Jr. of Forsyth County, North Carolina, to fill the unexpired term. I do by these present appoint Paul Arthur Lowe Jr. as a member of the North Carolina Senate 2015-2016 General Assembly. In witness thereof I have unto signed my name and affixed the great seal of the state of North Carolina at the capital in the city of Raleigh this 30th day of January in the year of our Lord 2015 and of the Independence of the United States of America 238 Pat McCrory, Governor, attest Elaine Marshall, Secretary of State. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Lowe received the oath of office on February first of this year. Senator Lowe, congratulations and welcome to this honorable body and we look forward to serving with you here in the North Carolina Senate. The escort committee may now take Senator Lowe to seat number 35 and the House will be notified. [APPLAUSE] The escort committee can return to their seats. Members and guests in the gallery may be seated. Senator Apodaca, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President, motion please. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca has the floor for motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President, Senate Resolution 9 at IT Committee is currently committing on rules. I move that it be removed from the committee on rules and brought to the floor for immediate consideration. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Without objection so ordered. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Resolution 9 the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Resolution 9 IT Committee. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca is recognized to speak to the resolution. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President. Members, this is something we've talked about for many years and we have decided, the Pro Tempore has decided to move forth with it. This will officially set up IT Committee for the North Carolina Senate. I'll be happy to answer any questions. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Do you have any questions or comments? Hearing none, the question before the Senate is the adoption of Senate Resolution number 9. There will be one electronic vote. All in favor vote aye; oppose the vote no. Five seconds will be allowed for the voting and the clerk will record the vote.

Waddell, Mecklenburg. Is Senator Waddell here? Forty-six having voted in the affirmative and zero in the negative, Senate Resolution 9 is adopted. Senators, at this time, it's time to introduce our Pages for this week, so Pages that are with us in the Chamber if you'll make your way up front here to the front of the dais, and when they get up here, if we can read the names of the Pages, please. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Pages serving in the Chamber this week Landry Ballance, Fremont, ?? Bauer, Mooresville, Katie Dougherty, Washington, Tori Hobbs, Salemburg, Gary Keen, LaGrange, Jared Page, Clinton. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Pages. We look forward to your service this week. Thanks for serving us. Senator Daniel, your light is. Do you mind ??. [SPEAKER CHANGES] At the appropriate time I'd like to ask for a point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator, this would be the appropriate time. So Senator Daniel, you're recognized for point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President and members of the Senate. Today, a member from my district named James Hamby is being honored at a ceremony at the State Capitol. Private First Class Hamby served with the 29th Field Artillery Regiment in World War II. The 29th FA was the first artillery unit to land on Utah Beach in Normandy. The 29th FA continued on through Cherbourg and participated in the Liberation of Paris. They went on through the Battle of the Bulge and on into Germany. After that, they returned to the United States only to prepare for a possible invasion of Japan. In order to express France's eternal gratitude that those who liberated it from oppression from 1944 to '45, the Consul General of France in Atlanta, Georgia, Denis Barbet, today will bestow the Legion of Honor upon seven American World War II veterans from North Carolina in a ceremony at 2 PM at the State Capitol. Founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, the National Order of the Legion of Honor is the highest honor in France. It recognizes eminent service to the French Republic. American veterans who risked their lives during World War II and who fought on French territory qualified to be decorated as Knights of the Legion of Honor. Veterans must have fought in one of the four main campaigns of the Liberation of France: Normandy, Provence, Ardennes or Northern France. Recipients of this honor are designated by the President of the Republic, Francois Hollande. Other recipients today who are receiving this award are Harold Eatman from Matthews, and Fernnie Letchworth from Sharpsburg, James Seitzer from Chapel Hill, Julien Highsmith from Brasstown, Donald Judd from Burlington. In addition, Miss Candy Bernard will be present to receive the medal on behalf of her late father, Leon Bernard, who also served in Normandy. I just wanted to bring this to the attention of the Senate and make you aware of members of your district who may be receiving this award today. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Senator Daniel. Are there any other notices or announcements? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Brown, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] An announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Senator Brown, you have the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Republicans who caucus, meet me after session. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Newton, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] ?? of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Newton you have the floor for a point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President. Colleagues, again, I'd like to invite you, Mr. President, and all of you colleagues tonight to the Sportsmen's Caucus Reception across the street at the Natural Science Museum. It begins about 5:30, and all are welcome. And tomorrow morning, we will have the Sportsmen's Caucus Breakfast. And again, you're all invited. It's starting at 7:30 down in the cafeteria. But tomorrow will be a fun day. There'll be a lot of activities on Halifax Mall and the 1100 quad that the Wildlife Commission has graciously organized for us. We're counting on Senator Daniel reminded me that it wasn't Senator Soucek. He's trying to claim your title as Deadeye of the Senate in the pellet shooting competition, but we have some freshmen senators here and I know that Senator Alexander and Senator McInnis are both sportsmen and hunters. I'm hoping they'll keep up the honor of the Senate.

--and beating the House in these kinds of competitions, but fortunately we're going to hopefully have good weather tomorrow. It looks that way. So, please avail yourself to these activities and learn about the outdoor heritage in the state of North Carolina. All are welcome, even those that don't prefer to hunt. Those who like to fish or like to bird watch. I invite you to be a member of the caucus and enjoy these activities. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Senator Newton. Senator Tillman. For what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President, thank you. A moment of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Tillman, you have the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Newton, you mentioned a couple of our newcomers' names at being somewhat maybe a good shot. They both can shoot the bull very well. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Do we have any further notices or announcements? Any other business to come before the Senate? If not, the Chair recognizes Senator Pate for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the Senate do now adjourn, subject to the standard stipulations set forth in Senate rule 24.1 and to the reading of revisions to committee memberships, to reconvene on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 4PM. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The motion is that Senate do now adjourn subject to the stipulations stated by Senator Pate, to reconvene on Wednesday, February 4 at 4PM. Seconded by Senator Harrington. All in favor say aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Opposed no. The ayes have it. The Senate stands adjourned.