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Senate | March 4, 2015 | Chamber | 20140304_senate_session

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Senate will come to order. Sergeant at Arms, close the doors. Members will go to their seats. Members and guests in the gallery please silence all electronic devices. Leading the Senate in prayer is the Reverand Peter Milner, Senate Chaplain. All members and guests in the gallery please stand. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Let's take a moment to pray. Lord, when we are faced with difficult decisions and even disappointment, blue skies and warm air can sometimes clear our minds but temporary change is actually not what we're after. We know all too well our need to seek your wisdom and your guidance that moves beyond circumstances, and so we stop right now and we thank you for your wisdom and for your grace. Grace sometimes can come in the wildest forms, Lord, and this week I have seen it in the faces of the senate pages, their so wonderful, their so quiet, and I thank you for them and I thank you for the legislative assistants that work diligently around this building without praise. I thank you for their quiet and overlooked service to this body. Lord, we need you to come down into the minutiae of the details of this day. Even when we're crushed beneath details and provoked by our powerlessness, Lord, we reach out to you and we pray that you will use our dependency to show or need for your plan. Give us, today, your wisdom to do what is right, for your power is perfect, Lord, and our weakness surely reminds us of our need to pray. And I pray in the name of Jesus, Amen. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Berger is recognized for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President. The journal of Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 has been examined and is found to be correct. I move that we dispense with the reading of the journal and that it stand approved as written. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Without objection the journal for March 3rd stands approved as written. Senators, we have leaves of absence granted today for Senators Tillman, Meredith, and Newton. Senator Meredith is in the chamber. Senators, the Chair is happy to extend courtesies of the floor to former Senator Thom Goolsby of New Hanover County. Senator Goolsby, please stand and be recognized. Thanks for joining us again. [APPLAUSE] Upon the motion of Senator Barefoot of Wake County, the Chair is happy to extend courtesies of the gallery to North Carolina's school counselors. If you're with us today please stand and be recognized. Don't see them in the gallery but if you see them around today please thank them for being here. Upon the motion of the Senator Terry Van Duyn of Buncombe County the Chair is happy to extend courtesies of the gallery to Delphine Keel from Long Island, New York. She is the mother of Senator Van Duyn's intern, Nikisha Livingston, an eight-year army veteran who is a senior at Shaw University, graduating this May with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration. So if you're with us int he gallery, please stand and be recognized. [APPLAUSE] Reports of standing committees. Senator Soucek, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To send forth a committee report. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Soucek, you can send forward your committee report. The clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Soucek, with education hired against the committee, submit for passage Senate Bill 37, unfavorable as to bill but favorable as to committee substitute bill titled "An Act to Provide That the Tuition Waiver for Survivors of Law Enforcement Officers, Fire Fighters, or Rescue Squad Workers and Certain Others

Also applies to children who’s legal guardians or legal custodians are law enforcement officers, firefighters or rescue squad workers. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Bill 37, calendar. Do we have any other reports of standing committees? Senator Apodaca, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To send forward a committee report. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca you can send forward your committee report. The clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca, the Select Committee on UNC Board of Governors Committee Report submits for passage Senate Joint Resolution 148, favorable. Amends Senate UNC BOG election. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Resolution 148, calendar. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President, a couple of motions if I may. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca, you have the floor for your motions. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President. Senate Bill 14, Academic Standards Rules Review, Coal Ash Funds, was received from the House today. I move the rules be suspended and the bill be placed on today’s calendar for concurrence. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Without objection, so ordered. [SPEAKER CHANGES] We do have it Madam Clerk. I’m sorry. Okay. One other motion while I’m standing. [SPEAKER CHANGES] You have the floor, Senator. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Resolution 148 was just read in and sent forth for the governor’s election. It was heard on committee today and reporting, I need, I move to have the resolution placed on today’s calendar for consideration, please. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Without objection, so ordered. Met. Messages from the House, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Bill, I’m sorry, Senate Bill 14, Academic Standards Rules Review, Coal Ash Funds, received for concurrence in the House comes up. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senators by the motion of Senator Michel Lee of New Hanover County the Chair is happy to extend the courtesies of the gallery to the class from Ogden Elementary School. If you’ll stand up and be recognized, thanks for coming in today. [applause] That’ll take us right into the calendar for today. Two items are on the calendar, starting with Senate Resolution 148, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Resolution 148, Amend Senate UNC BOG Elections. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Stine for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To see if Senator Apodaca will yield for a question. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca do you yield? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I do. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Could we have a 15 minute recess just so we could see what the House did to these bills? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Stine, 148 we did it this morning. Senator Blue was there in the committee meeting and the other one we’re just gonna vote not to concur. Do you still wanna go look at it. [SPEAKER CHANGES] It’d be helpful. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate, we will stand in recess until about 2:35. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The Senate will come to order. Sergeant at Arms will close the doors. Members will go to their seats. Members and guests in the gallery please silence all electronic devices. Senators, that brings us back to the calendar for the day with Senate Resolution 148, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Resolution 148, Amend Senate UNC BOG Elections. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Excuse me, Mr. President. Thank you. Members, this is identical to Senate Resolution 47 except for we are extending the time period from

March fourth through the sixth. Deadline is five PM Friday. Everything else the same as forty-seven. Nominations will be accepted in the clerk's office until five PM Friday. And, the reason for extending this is nominees must file their statement of economic interest with the SCC by five o'clock on the deadline on Friday. Cannot be emailed or faxed. Because of the weather, the last couple of weeks, we had a ways in getting some of them in. So, this is an extension to allow everyone to get caught up and I believe we're going to have a few new ones submitted. I ask for your support. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Every discussion or debate. ?? question for the Senate is the motion to adopt Senate resolution one forty-eight. We will have one electronic vote. All those in favor vote aye, opposed vote no. Five seconds will be allowed for voting for clerk to record the vote. Apodaca Berger aye. Brown aye. Bingham. Bingham? Berger is aye, Forty-seven having voted in the affirmative and zero in the negative Senate resolution one forty-eight is adopted. Senate bill fourteen per Corrine [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate bill fourteen academic standards rules of view ?? funds. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President, I move that. motion concur on Senate bill fourteen be moved to tomorrow's calendar. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Out of ??, so ordered. That's all for our calendar of the day. Do we have any notices or announcements Senator Rucho for our purpose hereas? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. Announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Rucho you have the floor for now. [SPEAKER CHANGES] There has been a change. The redistricting meeting is scheduled now for Thursday at between one and three o'clock in room six forty-three. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Senator. Any other notices or announcements? Senator Berger for our purpose hereas. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Make an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Berger you have the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Members, later this afternoon we will assemble to go over to the House for a joint session to hear the Chief Justice and I wanted to announce the Chief Justice's escort committee. Members of the escort committee will be of Senator Harry Brown Chairman, Senator Dan Blue, Senator Tamara Barringer, Senator Warren Daniel, Senator Michael Lee, Senator Terry Van Duyn. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Do we have any other notices or announcements? Any further business, come before the Senate. Now the chair recognizes Senator Berger for another motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President. I move that the Senate do now recess subject to the standard stipulation set forward, set forth in Senate rule 24.1 and announcement of committee appointments to reconvene at three forty-five PM. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The motion of the Senate do now stand in recess subject to the standard stipulation to reconvene today at three forty-five PM. Senate will come to order. Sergeant of Arms, close the doors. Members go to their seats. Members, please turn off all electronic devices. Message from the House. The clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Message from the House. Mr. President, it is ordered that a message be sent to the Senate informing that honorably body that pursuant to the state of johns resolution 109 verse 2015-3. A joint resolution inviting the honorable Mark Martin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina to address a joint session of the House of Representatives and the Senate. The speaker has appointed the following members of the House of Representatives to serve with the committee of Senate to escort the Chief Justice Mark Martin to the joint session. Representative Steven Scare. Representative Jackson. Representative Zocur. Representative Jordan. Representative Baskerville. Representative Farmer-Butterfield. Respectfully Denise Wates, Principal Clerk. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yeah, we're having a ride for the joint sessions of the Senate.

and the House of Representatives as fixed by Senate Joint Resolution 109, inviting the Chief Justice of the State of North Carolina, the Honorable Mark Martin, to address the General Assembly. Sitting in joint session to receive the state of the judiciary address, the Senate stands ready to repair to the Hall of the House. The House will be notified. Message from the House, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Message from the House: Mr. President, it is ordered that a message be sent to the Senate, informing that honorable body, that pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 109, ?? 2015-3, a joint resolution inviting the Honorable Mark Martin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina, to address a joint session of the House of Representatives and the Senate. The House stands ready to receive your honorable body in joint session. Respectfully, Denis Weeks, Principal Clerk. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Berger is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President. In accordance with Senate Joint Resolution 109, I move that the Senate now stand in recess to repair to the hall of the House of Representatives, there to sit in joint session for the purpose of receiving the state of the judiciary address from the Honorable Mark Martin. I move further that upon dissolution of the joint session, the Senate will adjourn to reconvene on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 at 11:00 AM. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The Senate stands in recess, by it's officers shall repair to the hall of the House to receive the state of the judiciary address and upon dissolution thereof, to reconvene Thursday, March 5th, at 11:00 AM.