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House | February 19, 2015 | Chamber | House session

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The House will come to order. Members will take their seats, visitors will retire from the Chamber. The Sergeant At Arms will close the doors. Members and visitors will please silence all electronic devices. The prayer will be offered by Representative Adcock. Members and visitors in the gallery will please stand and remain standing for the Pledge of Allegiance. Representative Adcock. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you. Let us pray. Almighty God, our Heavenly Father. Send down upon those of us who hold office in this state, the spirit of wisdom, charity, and justice, that with steadfast purpose we may faithfully serve in our offices to promote the well-being of all people. To your glory, and in your name, I offer this prayer, Amen. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Amen. [SPEAKER CHANGES]I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. And to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Representative Lewis is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Mr. Speaker, the journal for February 18th 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 18 be approved as written. Those in favor 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 or the House. There are none. Reports of standing committees. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Representatives Malone and West, Wildlife Resources Committee Report. House Bill 65, Wilkes fox trapping, favorable report. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Calendar. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Representatives Dollar, P. Johnson, Lambeth, McGrady. Appropriations Committee Report. Senate Bill 14, academic standards rule review, kolash funds. Favorable report. Committee substitute, unfavorable original bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Original bill unfavorable calender. The House Committee substitute calendar. I would like the thank the pages for their services this week. I would like to extend the courtesies of the gallery on motion of Representative Boles from Moore County to Matt West, father of Grace and Mary Margaret West, two of our pages this week. Thank you for being here, sir. Representative Lewis, do you have a motion regarding referrals? [SPEAKER CHANGES]Mr. Speaker I'd like to begin with a point of personal privilege, if I may? [SPEAKER CHANGES]You are recognized for point of personal privilege, not to exceed three minutes. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Thank you Mr. Speaker. Members, I just wanted to rise, it's a little bit unusual, and I realize. I wanted to arise to thank our pages who have been with us this week, many of which had they been at home and school, would have been excused from school. But instead were here because they care about their state government, they want to learn. You all know that we haven't been as active this week as we have in weeks past. Normally, to our pages, I would tell you that you would have heard some good debate on the House floor. You would have heard the lady from Mecklenburg, Representative Cotham rise to make points about her passion on education. You would have heard the gentleman from Union, Representative Horn, rise and tell you how somehow this is related to something that Winston Churchill said at some point in his ?? You would have heard the gentleman from Duplin, Representative Dixon rise to tell you how important agriculture is to whatever subject happened to be on the floor at the time, and you would have heard the gentleman from Onslow, Representative Cleveland rise to disagree with everything else that had been said prior to that. But with that said, please know that on behalf of Speaker Moore and Speaker Pro Temp Stam, we do sincerely, and all the members of the House, we do sincerely appreciate your time. We hope that should the opportunity to come back and to page with this Chamber or the other Chamber, or even the Governor ?? hope that you will take advantage of that. There are a lot of things here that you can learn. There are a lot of good friendships that you can make, and we're just very, very proud that you would spend this week with us. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Thank you and I will note --

for the pages that for the next five months you can always listen in on the internet and hear it all. I have an announcement from the legislative services office. All House composite photographs that were scheduled for this week have been moved to next week. The photographer should wrap up the photos next week so it is important to show up for your appointment. If you have not already had your photo taken, someone from legislative services office will be sending out a reminder on Monday of your appointment time for either Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday of next week. Thank you. Further notices and announcements? Pardon? Representative Lewis is recognized for re-referral of bills. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Thank you, Mr. Speaker and ladies and gentlemen of the House. Pursuant to rule 39.2, the following bills are re-referred. House bill 25, short title School Calendar Flexibility Alamance and Burlington, along with House bill 34, short title School Calendar Flexibility Certain Counties, the referral to the committee on Commerce will be stricken. House bill 39, short title Labor of Amusement Device Penalties, will be withdrawn from the committee on Health and re-referred to the committee on Judiciary number three, and if favorable, the committee on Finance. House bill bill 62, short title School Calendar Flexibility Certain School System, will be withdrawn from the committee on Commerce and re-referred to the committee on Education K12. House bill 64, short title School Calendar Flexibility, will be withdrawn from the committee on Commerce and re-referred to the committee on Education K12. House bill 68, short title School Calendar Flex Certain School Systems, will be withdrawn from the committee on Commerce and re-referred to the committee on Education K12. House bill 77, short title School Calendar Flexibility Certain School Systems, will be withdrawn from the committee on Commerce and re-referred to the committee on Education K12, and House bill 90, short title School Calendar Flexibility/Rowan County, the referral to Commerce will be stricken. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Representative Pittman is recognized for a notice or announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Point of personal privilege? [SPEAKER CHANGES]You're recognized for time not to exceed three minutes. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Thank you, sir. As some of you know, I will be undergoing surgery on Monday for suspected bladder cancer, and I have another surgery that will be coming later than that on a huge kidney stone that I have to get removed. So I will not be here Monday. I'm not sure whether I'll be able to get here Tuesday or Wednesday. I'm going to try to get back as quickly as I can, try not to let this interfere with my duties any more than I have to, and I just appreciate your prayers. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Thank you, Representative Pittman. Representative Lewis is recognized for a motion. Excuse me. Strike that a minute. What is that? Representative Linda Johnson is recognized for an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES]It's for a moment of personal privilege, Mr. Speaker. I know there's not many of us here today, but we have the faithful few that are here, and today happens to be someone's birthday today. And her seat mate is not here. Rina Turner will be 29 today. She would want you to stand and congratulate her. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Happy Birthday. If all the pages could come up here to let us wave goodbye to you? While they're coming up, the clerk is recognized to read a committee announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES]House Committee on Appropriations General Government will meet Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 8:30 AM, room 425 LOB. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Thank you. If there are not further announcements, again we thank the pages for being here. Hope it will be the first of many times you come back. And we have someone who made it through the snow and ice, and therefore a motion of Representative Bradford from Mecklenburg county. The Chair is happy to extend the courtesies of the galleries to Lyle Haywood, father of Winston Haywood, also serving as a page this week.

Uh, where is, where are you. Hey, thank you for being here. [Applause] Thank you. Representative Lewis is recognized for a final motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker, I move that the House adjourn to reconvene Monday, February 23rd at 1:00 PM. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Those in, Representative Lewis has moved, seconded by Representative Linda Johnson that the House adjourn to reconvene Monday, February 23 at 1:00 PM. Those in favor will say aye. Those opposed, no. The ayes have it. The House stands adjourned. [gavel bangs]