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Senate | March 3, 2015 | Chamber | Senate Session

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The Senate will come to order. Sergeant-At-Arms, close the doors; members go to their seats. Members and guests in the gallery, please silence all electronic devices. Leading the Senate in prayer is the Reverend Peter Milner, Senate Chaplain. All guests in the gallery will please stand. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Please bow your heads and pray with me. Lord, you have been our refuge for generation after generation. You are a mighty fortress, and so as we come before you in need of guidance, we realize that you alone are our refuge in strength. As we come before you in tiems of trouble, we know that you are our help. Even when waters roar and foam, there’s a river that makes glad the city of God. Thank you Lord, that while we disagree, while we fume and while we foam, you are still our strength, you are still our mighty fortress, and you are glad. You are glad with us becase you love us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Berger’s recognized for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President. The journal of Monday, March 2nd 2015 has been examined and is found to be correct. I move that we dispense with the reading of the journal and it stand approved as written. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Without objection, the journal for March 2nd stands approved as written. Senators, we do have a nurse of the day with us today. Our nurse of the day is ?? from Raleigh, North Carolina. Nurse ??, please stand to be recognized. Thank you for serving the Senate today. And Senators, upon the motion of Senator Jim Davis of District 50, the Chair is happy to extend courtesies of the gallery to Ken, Coral, Gabriel and Erica Wheeler and Jenna christensen of Glenville, North Carolina. If you’re with us, please stand and be recognized. Thank you for joinging us today. And upon the motion of Senator ?? of Forsyth County, the Chair is happy to extend courtesies of the gallery to home educators and homeschool students from Forsyth County and around the state, as well as trailblazers from H Club and their coordinator Linda Hutchins. If you’re with us, please stand and be recognized today. There we go. Well that concludes our extensive calendar for today. Do we have any notices or announcements? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President, a motion, if I may. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca has the floor for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President, members. Senate Resolution 148, Amend Senate UNC Board of Governors Election, was filed today, and in normal course of business would be read in tomorrow. I move the rules be suspended to the end that the bill be introduced and read in today, and then referred to the Committee on UNC Board of Governors. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Without objection, so ordered. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Predient. Members, please watch your email. We’ll be having a Board of Governors Election Committee Meeting tomorrow morning. I’m not certain of the time and place, but we’ll send out a notice this afternoon or this evening. Thank you, Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Any further notices or announcements? Senator Newton, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To make an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Newton, you have the floow for an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President, and just a reminder to those interested in the sportsmens’ caucus, we’ll be meeting today at 3:30. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Jackson, for what purpose do you rise? V to make an announcement, Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Jackson has the floow for an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President. Members, our ag and rural caucus will be meeting tomorrow mornin gat 7:30 in room 414. We’d love to have you come and join us. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Tillman, for whatt purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] The Education Committee will meet tomorrow at 10am in the normal meeting place. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Soucek, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] A moment of personal privilege at the appropiate time. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator, you have the floor for a moment of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President and members of the Senate.

There comes a time when you have been bested and surpassed and it is time to publicly acknowledge it. And the time is now. You can carry it. What we have here is we have a framed copy of the North Carolina Marksman of the year of 2015, Sarah Lang, with a target that has a perfect in-the-center bullseye, and we thought that it would be appropriate to recognize her from when we had the shooting competition and acknowledge excellence. [SPEAKER CHANGES] We are just glad you finally manned up, Senator. Great job. Senator Hise, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Send for a senatorial statement and a moment of Personal Privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator, you can send forward your statement. If we have a page bring that forward, please. And, Senator, you have the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President, members of the Senate. I want to stand up today and recognize what is a historic day for the state of North Carolina. On March 3, 1915, this General Assembly authorized its first state park, Mount Mitchell State Park, 100 years ago today. Mount Mitchell State Park, for those of you who don't know, is the highest point east of the Mississippi. It stands at 6684 feet and is quite a climate, I guess to say, anomaly in western North Carolina. A few things I just want to mention out for people. For those who think it's cold, they have the coldest recorded temperature on Mount Mitchell State Park at 34 degrees below zero. The highest recorded temperature ever is 81 degrees. That is coming forward, and have had wind gusts that exceed 176 miles an hour standing on the park. Now we have a lot of these across the state and we begin this process of recognizing 100 years of North Carolina state park system. I'm proud and privileged I even got, while I was in college, to live for three months on top of Mount Mitchell State Park while I was out for the summer in college. So these are experiences we have all over this state with a wonderful park system. I ask to commend this statement to you and ask to recognize our park systems, and today their 100 year anniversary. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Senator. Senator Rabon, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To ask Senator Hise if Senator Hise will yield for a question? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Hise, do you yield? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I will yield. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Hise, I believe that you said 6684 feet. Is that correct? [SPEAKER CHANGES] That is correct. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Follow up, Mr. President? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator, do you yield? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is that before or after sea level rise has been calculated? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Hise yield to one more question. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Hise, do you yield? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Just a little more realistic. Senator Hise, is the golf course part of the state park? [SPEAKER CHANGES] The golf course is not part of the state park that is there, but is part of our community and is recognized for one of the best courses you can play in western North Carolina. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you. Inquiry to the Chair? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Have you played that golf course? It's wonderful. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I have not, Senator. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I'd love to take you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you. You have any other notices or announcements? Is there any further business to come before the Senate? If not, the Chair recognizes Senator Berger for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the Senate do now adjourn subject to the standard stipulation set forth in Senate rule 24.1, and subject to committee reports to reconvene on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. And, Mr. President, if I could, an explanation. We would intend to take care of any business that we have a 2:00 and then recess until 4:00 for purposes of the joint session. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The motion is the Senate do now adjourn subject to the standard stipulations to reconvene Wednesday, March 4 at 2:00 p.m. Seconded by Senator Sanderson. All in favor say Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Opposed No. The Ayes have it. The Senate stands adjourned.