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House | February 11, 2015 | Chamber | House Session

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The House will come to order. Members, if I could have order just a moment. Slight deviation from the normal way we open the House but I would ask the house to come to order. We just ask the members that before we begin today's session, we ask that we take a moment to remember the three UNC students who were senselessly murdered in Chapel Hill yesterday evening. If you all would join me with that please. Thank you. Members may take your seats. Visitors will retire from the chamber. The Sargent at Arms will the doors. Members and visitors are asked to please silence all electronic devices. Today's prayer will be offered by Representative Glazier. I would ask that the members and those visitors in the gallery with us today that you please stand for the prayer and also remain standing for the Pledge of Allegiance. Representative Glazier. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Good afternoon and please join me in prayer. We ask your blessings, o God, upon those who have been elected to lead and serve our state. As we perform our duties keep us ever mindful to the high purposes to which we are dedicated. Help us be faithful heirs to those who have preceded us and worthy predecessors to those who will follow. My our collective actions reflect wisdom and strength and bear testimony to the great heritage they represent. As the newly elected officers of this house strive to achieve their goals, may they help keep all of us faithful to our task. Grant us all the strength when we are weary, hope when we are discouraged, patience and perseverance when we face obstacles. Give us health of body, vigor of mind, and serenity of spirit. May our labors always reflect honor upon the House, the General Assembly, and the people of North Carolina and let us all say amen. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Amen. [PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE] [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Lewis is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker, the journal for February 10 has been examined and found to be correct. I move that it be approved as written. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Lewis moves that the journal for February 10 be approved as written. So any favoring approval of the journal will say aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Those opposed will say no. The ayes have it. The journal is approved as written. Petitions, memorials, or papers addressed to the General Assembly of the House? There are none. Members, our nurse of the day is Pamela Harris from right here in Raleigh. Ms. Harris, thank you for being here with us today. [APPLAUSE] Representative Dollar, chairman of the committee on the UNC Board of Governors Nominating Committee, is recognized to send forth a committee report the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Nelson Dollar, the University of Governors Nominating Committee report. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Did the clerk finish reading or are you still reading? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes, Sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Resolution 37. House UNC Board of Governors, favored for adoption. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Members, it is the chair's intention to add this resolution to today's calendar. Is there objection to the bill being added to the calendar? Hearing none, the bill will be added to today's calendar. For what purpose does the gentleman from Rutherford, Representative Hager, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Just a point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized to speak up to three minutes for a point of personal privilege. The House will please come to order. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I'd like to recognize our new representative sitting down front, Representative Rucho sitting down front here. Welcome him to the house. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you for noting that. Senator Rucho, you're always welcome. Most of the time. For what purpose does the gentleman from Durham, Representative Luebke, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To ask a question of the chair or Representative Hager. It was kind of a quick pitch on that bill being added to the calendar and I wondered if we could hear the name and bill number and all of that. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I'll take that. That is the process bill, the resolution setting forth the process for the election of the UNC Board of Governors. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes, sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Introduction of bills and resolutions the clerk will read.

House Bill 62, Representative Richardson, School Calendar Flexibility, Certain School Systems. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The bill is referred to the Committee on Commerce and Job Development, if favorable, Education K-12. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 63, Representatives Millis and Collins, NC Interstate Private Capital Act. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The bill is referred to the Committee on Commerce and Job Development, if favorable, Finance. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 64, Representatives Lambeth, Hanes, and Conrad, School Calendar Flexibility. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Commerce and Job Development, if favorable, Education K-12. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 65, Representatives Elmore, Stevens, and Zachary, Wilkes Fox Trapping. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Wildlife Resources. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 66, Representatives Saine, B. Brown, Hager, and Hanes, Sales Tax Exemption for ?? Equipment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Finance. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 67, Representative Bumgardner, Phase Out Certain Highway Fund Transfers. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Transportation, if favorable, Appropriations. House Resolution 37, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Resolution 37, Representative Dollar and Hastings, a house resolution to establish the procedure for nominating and electing members of the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the gentleman from Wake, Representative Dollar, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] For a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman may state his motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I move the adoption of the resolution and I would request to speak on the motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized to debate the motion for adoption of the resolution. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker, members of the house, this is the bill that we take up every two years that lays out the process about which the House will elect eight members to the UNC Board of Governors. The procedure is similar, as I say, what you will recognize from recent years. The timing for this will be, the nominations will be open for acceptance beginning this coming Monday, February the 16th. They will close at 5:00 on February the 20th. The nomination forms, and each of you has a nomination form at your desk that was passed out, you will also receive after session, you will receive from my office an electronic copy of this form, which will make it easy for you to send it out for folks that you might nominate to fill out. This form has to be signed with an original signature and in to the principle clerk's office by 5:00, no later, but by 5:00 on February the 20th, okay? Also at that same time the individual will need to have filed their statement of economic interest with the State Ethics Commission by 5:00 on February the 20th as well. If you are renominating someone, and there are seven individuals out of eight seats, there are seven individuals who are eligible to be renominated, they may be able to get by with just an update form with the State Ethics Commission, but I would request that they check with them first to make sure that that's appropriate to their situation. All of the instructions are on here, are on the form, the resolution calls for the actual election to be held here in the House on or before March the 19th and, again, it's a standard election. You will be required to vote for eight. We could have up to 16 nominations on the ballot if the committee, if the nominating committee receives more than 16 nominations then the nominating committee is required to meet and to pair that down to 16 that will be brought before this chamber and you will have to vote for eight. As I remind people, and we'll remind you at the time of the vote, that you will be required to vote for eight names. You cannot single shot someone. Those ballots are signed and

...committee is canceled. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the gentleman from Rockingham, Representative Jones, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] One announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman has the floor for an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Capital Commission Prayer Breakfast will be at 7:30 tomorrow morning in the legislative cafeteria. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the gentleman from Mecklenburg, Representative Brawley, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] For an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman has the floor for an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The Committee on Finance will meet on Tuesday of next week. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the gentleman from Wake, Representative Dollar, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] For an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman has the floor for an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The full Appropriations Committee is meeting tomorrow morning at 8:30 in 643 to hear a report from Dr. Berry Boardman on revenue availability and economic outlook for our state. We will also have a presentation from physical research on some of the budget pressures. I'm trying to say that correctly. Also, we have invited the Finance Committee to join us. So, basically everybody here is welcome to come tomorrow morning at 8:30 and hear a presentation on our revenues. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further notices and announcements? Seeing none the gentleman from Harnett, Representative Lucas, is recognized for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker, I move the house adjourn to reconvene Thursday, February 12th, at 10:30 a.m. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Lewis moves. Seconded by Representative West. The house adjourned to reconvene Thursday, February 12th, at 10:30 a.m. Those in favor will say aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Those opposed will say no. The ayes have it. The house stands adjourned.