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House | March 16, 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 are asked to please silence all electronic devices. This evening's prayer will be offered by Representative Szoka. Members and visitors in the gallery are asked to stand during the prayer and remain standing during the pledge of allegiance. Representative Szoka. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Today marks the 213th anniversary of the founding of the United States mkiliary academy at West Point. After the Revolutionary war, several soldiers and legislators, including Washington, Knox, Hamilton, and John Adams, desiring to eliminate America's wartime reliance on foreign engineers and artillerists, urged a creation of an institution devoted to the arts and sciences of warfare. President Thomas Jefferson signed legislation establishing the United States miliatry in 1802 after ensuring that those attending the academy would be representative of a democratic society. Thep rayer I offer today is a West Point prayer, as expressed by Dan Doyle. The cadet prayer's message and its petitions are profoundly universal, moral behavior is the force that binds us together in our relationships, both personal and communal, and as we pray this prayer, please reflect on its message and how we can endeavor to be humble servants and legislators. Please pray with me. O God, our Father, Thou Searcher of human hearts, help us to draw near to Thee in sincerity and truth. May our religion be filled with gladness and may our worship of Thee be natural. Strengthen and increase our admiration for honest dealing and clean thinking, and suffer not our hatred of hypocrisy and pretense ever to diminish. Encourage us in our endeavor to live above the common level of life. Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong, and never to be content with a half truth when the whole can be won. Endow us with courage that is born of loyalty to all that is noble and worthy, that scorns to compromise with vice and injustice and knows no fear when truth and right are in jeopardy. Guard us against flippancy and irreverence in the sacred things of life. Grant us new ties of friendship and new opportunities of service. Kindle our hearts in fellowship with those of a cheerful countenance, and soften our hearts with sympathy for those who sorrow and suffer. Help us to maintain the honor of the Corps untarnished and unsullied and to show forth in our lives the ideals of West Point in doing our duty to Thee and to our Country. All of which we ask in the name of the Great Friend and Master of all. AMEN [SPEAKER CHANGES] Amen. I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which is stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. The gentleman from Harnett, Representative Lewis, is recognized for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker, the journal for March 12th has been examined and found to be correct. I move that it stand approved as written. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Lewis moves that the journal for March 12th be approved as written. Those in favor will say aye, those opposed no, the aye's have it and the journal is approved as written. Ratification of bills and resolutions, the clerk will read. Representatives Jordan and Stevens are recognized to send forth a committee report, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Jordan and Stevens, Child Youth and Family Committee Report, House Bill- [SPEAKER CHANGES] We can't hear. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Jordan and Stevens, Children's Youth and Family Committee Report, House Bill 82, execution non-secure custody order child abuse, favorable and re-referred to judiciary three. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The bill is re-referred to the Committee on Judiciary Three. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 12, remove Sunset Foster Care [??] Program. Favorable, Committee Substitute, unfavorable to original bill and referred to Judiciary Four. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The Committee Substitute is referred to the Committee on Judiciary Four. The original bill is placed on the unfavorable calendar. Representatives Brawley, Saine, Hastings, Martin, Setzer, and Szoka are recognized to send forth a committee report from the Finance Committee. The clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representatives Brawley, Saine, Hastings, Martin, Setzer, and Szoka

House Bill 5, military veterans special plate, favorable. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Calendar. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 73, Cary annexation, favorable. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Calendar. Members, on behalf of the members from Robeson County, Representatives Graham, Pierce, and Goodman, the Chair is happy to extend the courtesies of the gallery to Naya Dickens and her Mother, Georgette. Naya has artwork in the exhibit in the north lobby. Her teacher, Ashley Berdeau, is also with them in the gallery. If you all would please stand so that we can welcome you this evening. There in the back. Additionally, on behalf of Representative Presnell of Yancey County, the Chair is happy to extend the courtesies of the gallery to students taking classes in local and state government and policy from Mars Hill University located in Madison County. If you all would please stand so that we could welcome you as well, glad to have you here. I also see Representative Ray Raft in the gallery, Representative Raft, we're glad to have you here this evening too, good to see you. Introduction to the bills and resolutions, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 223, Representative Robinson, school calendar flexibility, Caldwell County schools. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Education K-12. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 224, Representatives R. Turner and Baskerville, administrative office of the clerks Omnibus changes. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Judiciary One. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 225, Representatives Conrad, Stam, and Zachary, collect DNA for all felony arrests. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Judiciary One. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 226, Representative Riddell, school calendar flexibility, certain local education agencies, 226. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Education K-12. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 227, Representatives Holloway, Meyer, Riddell, and Zachary, broaden sales tax exemption for farmers. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Agriculture, Finance. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 228, Representatives Holloway, Elmore, Whitmire, and Cotham, assist principals, principal salaries. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Appropriations. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bil 229, Representatives McNeill, Shepard, Riddell, and Pierce, modify religious property exemption. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Finance. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 230, Representatives Farmer-Butterfield, L. Hall, Fisher, and Cunningham, up minimum wages for cost of living adjustment, constitutional amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Judiciary One, Commerce and Job Development, and Elections. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 231, Representative Willingham, school calendar flexibility, Martin County. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Education K-12. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 232, Representatives Whitmire, Shepard, and Jeter, update bicycle safety laws study. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Transportation. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 233, Representatives Lambeth and Hanes, evidence past vehicle is a school bus. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Transportation, Appropriations. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 234, Representative Jeter, green state mountain island lake marine commission. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Local government. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 235, Representative Szoka, [??] appeals [??] liquors ban. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Alcoholic Beverage Control. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 236, Representative Speciale, certain counties purchasing exemption. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Local government. Messages from the Senate. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Bill 53, first edition, a bill to be entitled "An act to authorize cities to provide annual notice to chronic violators of overgrown vegetation ordinances by regular mail or in posting." [SPEAKER CHANGES] Local government, Regulatory Reform. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Bill 60, committee substitute, second edition, a bill to be entitled "An act to provide that a non-expiring permanent civil non-contact order may be issued against a sex offender on behalf of a crime victim and an established procedure for obtaining such an order"

Judiciary Two. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Bill 78, Committee Substitute, third edition, a bill to be entitled an act to provide that a state correction officer may carry a concealed weapon when off-duty. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Judiciary One. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Bill 82, third edition, A bill to be entitled an act to ensure that the integrity of birth records presented for registration. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Judiciary One. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Bill 89, Committee Substitute, second edition, a bill to be entitled an act to amend the law directing the clerk of court to submit certain data relevant to the factors that disqualify a person from obtaining a permit to purchase or a transfer a handgun. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Judiciary One. Introduction of the pages? Okay, let's go ahead and do that. Would the pages please come forward? Any other pages to come forward? Okay, okay. If you would, please step forward when your name is called. Sierra Cox, Gaston, sponsored by the Speaker. Bryson Hill, Brunswick, sponsored by Representative Iler. Kaylee Johnson, Harnett, sponsored by Rules Chairman Lewis. Tanya Simms, Pitt, sponsored by the Speaker. Taybee Zorn, Union, sponsored by Representative Horn. And thank you for being here and thank you for your service. [APPLAUSE] Pages, we're glad to have you here with us this week. I know you're going to have a great week with us. Please be sure to let any of us know that you, if you have any questions, but it's certainly a good break from school, so have a good time. You may return to your post. Calendar, House Bill 58, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representatives Riddell and Ross, House Bill 58, a bill to be entitled an act to provide that the Alamance County Sheriff's Office may contract for the purchase of food and supplies for the county's detention facilities without being subject to the requirements of certain state purchasing and contract laws. The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the gentleman from Alamance, Representative Riddell, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To speak on the bill, Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman has the floor to debate the bill. The House will come to order. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Friends, you may remember this bill from last week, it is a bill simply to allow local flexibility for our local detention facilities in 12 counties, something which every school district in North Carolina currently is unable to do, and of course the bill took the long way around the barn last week but it did end second reading with 94 votes and I would encourage you to give it that same level of support as we go on with it here tonight. I see that there is an amendment, that I will be asking you to defeat, that will be brought forward. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the gentleman from Durham, Representative Hall, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Send forward that amendment that the member wanted to be defeated. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized to send forth an amendment, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative L. Hall moves to amend the bill on page one, lines eight through nine, by deleting. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman from Durham is recognized to debate the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I appreciate Representative Riddell's work with me last week. We had an opportunity to discuss the bill and some of the inadequacies that I thought were in the bill as far as providing guidance to our local sheriffs who would have this authority. As you see, the amendment does two things, it puts the idea or the concept of competition back into the bill that says there will be competition and it defines the area and restricts

bids to vendors within the county in which the sheriff is elected. Now, we know that everyone had a good intention of saying we're going to have a bill that would require the sheriff to get local produce and other products locally, presumably locally grown or produced, and used in the jail system. But that is not what the bill does in its current form unfortunately. As you look at the bill, it really doesn't have any definition of what local means and that's something that the member and I discussed. We don't have a definition in state contracting law that has the word local as a definitive measure. The closest thing we have, and I got a email from the Division of Purchasing and Contracting, says their is no definition for local in terms of purchasing, there is a definition for resident bidder, but no definition for local. As a result, what this bill really does is say there will be no competition and the sheriff, at his discretion, does not have to have any bid but can contract for this food from anywhere he wants to. Now, you might say, "Well we know our local sheriff, the current one we have, we all trust him and he's been vetted, he's experienced, and he'll do a great job to ensure we get local produce, etc, for our community," but this bill is for all of the state, everybody's sheriff, whether you know them personally or not and, going forward, what we're trying to do is ensure that competition is still there and local produce manufacturers benefit from the bill. So I know folks voted in favor of the bill previously, I would hope you would support this amendment so your intent can be carried out in this bill as it goes forward, if your intent was for the local sheriff to use local providers in the jail system, this bill will do that. If your intent is to ensure the best price is also acquired, this bill will do that with this amendment. So again, I'd ask the same folks who voted for the bill with that intent, vote for this amendment, which will in effect make that happen. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the gentleman from Randolph, Representative McNeill, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To speak on the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman has the floor to debate the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Ladies and gentleman, the last thing I wanted to do is be standing up tonight to talk more about this amendment and about this bill but I feel like I must. Although he seemed to be well-intentioned with the amendment, I think it actually does more harm to the bill than it does good. Now, the food that is purchased in a jail is perishable, it's mean to be consumable. You don't want to buy your milk from Texas because you can get it 50 cents a carton cheaper, or your eggs, there's a lot of things you want to buy local. Your canned green beans, you might want to get them from somewhere else because they are all going to be of the same quality. It seems to me that this is restricting, the language in this amendment is restricting the bill so that the sheriff can only buy local, when other, maybe some counties, I know there were two smaller counties that were listed on this bill, Pamlico and Anson, there may be some of the smaller counties that are listed on this bill that can't find things locally. And if they're restricted to buying things locally, then you've actually made this bill a lot worse than what was intended. If you look at the original bill, nowhere does it say "buy local." It just is a simple bill that said allow the sheriff to not be required to be bound by G.S. 143-129 and G.S. 143-131, and because there was some consideration that maybe that might jeopardize minority vendors, you actually amended the bill to take care of that. This amendment makes it more restrictive and I think it hurts the bill. I think we just need to vote this amendment down, pass the bill, and move on. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the lady from Wake, Representative Holley, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Speak on the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The lady has the floor to debate the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I have a problem even with this amendment. Current law with executive order 50, E.O. 50, allows

buy North Carolina products, or anywhere in the state. And it's more than adequate. And when you send a bid to put something out on bid, the state vendors get a 5% discount or $10,000, whichever one is less. Now, if you're local and you can't sell your produce or what you have for less than what you can if it was bidded, then there's no reason for this bill at all. Nor for this amendment. The other problem that I have with it is that it is also limiting in the ways of--this bill does not say it's for local produce, and it says "food supplies." What is that? Is that refrigeration? Is that equipment? Is that forks? Is that spoons? What do you call food supplies? The state government already has existing contracts that they can buy off of to get the supplies and the things that are needed. This is more than about food. This is just bypassing a bill, and adding a local piece on it doesn't help it at all. SPEAKER CHANGES Thank you. For what purpose does the gentleman from Nash, Representative Collins, rise? SPEAKER CHANGES To debate the amendment. SPEAKER CHANGES The gentleman has the floor to debate the amendment. SPEAKER CHANGES I think probably the worst thing we could do would be to define who these folks can buy from by county line. We have a lot of farms in the part of the state I'm from, and farms don't know county lines. Farms cross county lines. Farmers lease fields that are in multiple counties. Most of them are pretty big farmers by now. I don't know how you'd possibly enforce this. Let's vote this amendment down. Dividing it up by county line makes no sense and I think would be unenforceable. SPEAKER CHANGES For what purpose does the gentleman from Alamance, Representative Ross, rise? SPEAKER CHANGES To debate the amendment. The gentleman has the floor to debate the amendment. SPEAKER CHANGES Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Members, in Alamance County over the past few years, locally grown food has become big. Many of you that are from the central part of the state are familiar with Weaver Street Market in Hillsboro, which is in Orange County. We have a co-op in Burlington, the Burlington Co-Op, that works closely with Weaver Street and Orange County. A lot of our local food may be grown--if you're familiar with where Alamance County is, and the geography of Alamance County--a lot of our local food may come from Caswell County, which by the way is a Tier One county. Local food could come from Rockingham County. It's more of a regional reach for our local food, the food that goes into this market. Some of it comes from Orange County, some of it comes from Chatham County. To restrict this to within the county line of Alamance would defeat the purpose of what we're trying to do here. So I ask you to defeat the amendment. SPEAKER CHANGES For what purpose does the gentleman from Alamance, Representative Riddell, rise? SPEAKER CHANGES To urge the defeat of the amendment. SPEAKER CHANGES The gentleman is recognized to debate the amendment a second time. SPEAKER CHANGES Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen, you've probably all heard about the terrible crime spree sweeping North Carolina, where school districts who do not have a convenient definition of "local" in their local purchase of their local food, have operated somehow beyond the law. Or in a manner that is on the razor's edge of the law. Don't forget: Every single school district in North Carolina has operated under their existing exemption of buying local without the suggested definition of "local" in the amendment sponsored by my friend, Representative Hall. As he said, we did have a long conversation about this, a very cordial conversation. I believe I do understand the gentleman's intentions. But it is completely unnecessary. There is no crime spree by our local school districts in the purchase of food locally. We don't need to define "local." We might as well define what the definition of "is" is while we're at it. Let's keep local money in our local economies. When it comes to this amendment, I would ask you to defeat the amendment. Folks, buy local, think local, and vote local. Thank you. SPEAKER CHANGES For what purpose does the gentleman from Durham, Representative Hall, rise? SPEAKER CHANGES To debate the amendment a second time. SPEAKER CHANGES The gentleman has the floor to debate the amendment a second time. SPEAKER CHANGES Thank you, Mr. Speaker. And again, for those folks who voted in favor of this bill with the intent of having local producers and providers get the business, this is the amendment you want to support. If you look at your calendar tonight, and we took great pains to create the illusion that we thought this was going to be a local bill in those 12 counties. But if you look at your calendar tonight, House Bill 236 has been introduced. It's going to provide at least six more counties. And you can imagine, once it goes to the Senate, someone's going to say for the sake of legislative economy, let's just

combine the two bills, now it's a statewide bill, so what you're voting on is really statewide and we appreciate, once again, those of you who have sheriff's that know that they would do the right thing that was intended in this bill. But what you're getting ready to do is provide the predicate for a statewide bill that will say the sheriff can buy from wherever he wants, from whoever he wants, without any competition and therefore no real benefit, necessarily, to the local economy or local producers. Now again, this is optional, the sheriff does not have to do that. What's the difference between a sheriff and a school board? What's the difference between a school board with all the members of the school board reviewing contracts and a superintendent and all those folks involved in the decision making process and the sheriff, who this bill says can go ahead and contract? A great difference, obviously. So again, this is, in effect, the predicate for a statewide bill, let's face it and be realistic about it. We have, right on the calendar tonight, the additional six bills that takes it over the limit, they're going to the Senate, you know what's going to happen. So let's be responsible about what we do. If our real intent is to provide opportunity for local folks, let's make that clear and direct the sheriff to do it. If you don't like the definition given "local" here, and say you want it to be tier one counties, then you've got an obligation to amend it. But to say we're going to send this bill out of here and we know it's defective and does not achieve what we talked about we wanted it to do is really a farce by us and we should not do that. We should either vote this amendment in or, if you have an amendment that does what the intent is supposed to do to ensure local competition and opportunity, then put it on the floor and let us vote it. But to send this bill out of here without any direction and just say "sheriffs can avoid the contracting laws and and competition," is not the right thing to do. So I'd ask for you to vote for the amendment and let's get this bill right before it goes to the Senate and it has an additional bill coming behind it with six more counties. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion, further debate on the amendment. If not, the question before the House is the passage of amendment four offered by Representative Hall to the House Committee Substitute for House Bill 58. So many favoring adoption of the amendment will vote aye, those opposed will vote no. The clerk will open the vote. The clerk will lock the machine and record the vote, 37 having voted in the affirmative and 73 in the negative, the amendment fails. We're now back on discussion on the bill, further discussion, further debate? [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the gentleman from Durham, Representative Michaux, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Speak ont he bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman has the floor to debate the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Very simply, what we are doing now is we are going to sole-source contracting. It's just that simple. The sheriff has the authority not to buy food and food service supplies, whatever they may be, from a sole-source contract. That's what you want to do? Fine. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion, further debate? For what purpose does the other gentleman from Durham, Representative Hall, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and to make one last reminder to the body. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized to debate this bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It appears we're going to go ahead and create this statewide bill, in effect, that's going to take away the opportunity for market forces to work and that now we decide we're going to pick winners and losers by designating the sheriff in each county to be the one who solely picks the winners and losers. And so, if the average term of a sheriff is twelve years, for twelve years I'm good with my contract. I don't have to improve my services as long as I'm good with the sheriff I've got that contract for twelve years and everyone else who would provide a better service or a better contract for the county and the tax payers will not get that opportunity. I don't think that's consistent with what our values are here in this chamber. I don't think that was the intent when this bill was explained and how it was explained to us. I think that's what the effect of it will be if you vote for it. I ask that you vote against it. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion, further debate. If not, the question before the House is the passage of the House Committee Substitute to House Bill 58 on its third reading. So many favoring passage of the bill will vote aye, those opposed will vote no. The clerk will open the vote.

the clerk will lock the machine and record the vote, 72 having voted in the affirmative and 38 in the negative, the House Committee Substitute to House Bill 58 passes its third reading and will be sent to the Senate. House Bill 102, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Davis, House Bill 102, a bill to be entitled "An act to authorize law enforcement officers, emergency personnel, and certain municipal and county employees to operate utility vehicles on some public highways." The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the gentleman from New Hanover, Representative Davis, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To debate the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman has the floor to debate the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, this bill passed unanimously on its second reading and I would ask you to please vote green again tonight, thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion, further debate. If not, the question before the House is the passage of the House Committee Substitute to House Bill 102 on its third reading. So many favoring passage of the bill will vote aye, those opposed will vote no, the clerk will open the vote. The clerk will lock the machine and record the vote, 110 having voted in the affirmative and none in the negative, the House Committee Substitute for House Bill 102 passes its third reading, will be ordered engrossed and sent to the Senate. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the lady from Guilford, Representative Harrison, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Regarding House Bill 58, I wish to be recorded as a no please. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The lady will be recorded as having voted no on House Bill 58. House Bill 7, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Speciale and Pittman, House Bill 7, a bill to be entitled "an act to restore firearms rights to certain persons who were convicted of non-violent felonies before December the 1st, 1995 and whose firearms rights has been restored before December, 1995." The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the gentleman from Craven, Representative Speciale, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To speak on the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman has the floor to debate the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Ladies and gentlemen, this bill came across our desks last session, we passed it 109 to 2. It's a fix from a 1995 bill that, instead of saying "this bill is effective for all felonies committed on or after December 1st, 1995," what they put in there was "for all felonies before, on, or after," which really is ex post factor and it took away the rights from a lot of people. This fixes that error. Again, it breezed through here and went into the Senate, made it through all the Senate committees, the only reason it didn't pass the Senate is because, at that time, they added on some stuff which ended up killing the bill. That stuff's not in here. This is the original bill, same one we passed, let's fix this and make it fair. I ask you to support this bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion, further debate. If not, the question before the House is the passage of the House Committee Substitute for House Bill 7 on its second reading. So many favoring passage of the bill will vote aye, those opposed will vote no, the clerk will open the vote. The clerk will lock the machine and record the vote, 105 having voted in the affirmative and 4 in the negative, the House Committee Substitute for House Bill 7 passes its second reading and will, without objection, be read a third time. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion, further debate. If not, the question before the House is the passage of the House Committee Substitute for House Bill 7 on its third reading. So many favoring passage of the bill will say aye, those opposed will say no, the aye's have it and the House Committee Substitute for House Bill 7 passes its third reading and will be sent to the Senate. Ratifications of bills and resolutions, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The enrolling clerk reports the following bill duly ratified in representation to the Governor, House Bill 157, an act to amend various environmental laws. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Noted. Notices and announcements. For what purpose does the gentleman from Union, Representative Horn, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] For an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman has the floor for an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The House, or actually the Joint Education Appropriations Committee will meet tomorrow morning, 8:30, as usual

same place, same station, so 8:30 tomorrow morning, Joint Appropriations of Education. It's not on your yellow sheet but we are meeting. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the gentleman from Duplin, Representative Dixon, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] For an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman has the floor for an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Members of the House, the House Committee on Agriculture will meet tomorrow at 1:00 PM in 643. That also is not on the bulletin but the House Ag Committee will meet at 1:00 PM, 643 tomorrow. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the gentleman from Wayne, Representative Bell, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized to speak to a moment of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and members of the body. I know everybody was busy this weekend watching what was going in Greensboro but if you weren't busy watching what's going in Greensboro, in Chapel Hill, Kinston High School men's basketball team won their fourth consecutive state championship. So on behalf of Representative George Graham and I, we'd like to congratulate them and ask you to join us in congratulating Kinston High School on their fourth consecutive state championship. [APPLAUSE] For what purpose does the gentleman from Stokes, Representative Holloway, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Make an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman has the floor for an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker, speaking of basketball, it's time for all the gals and guys in here to dig out their basketball sneakers, South Carolina has called, they called me the other day, they want to challenge us to a basketball game. If you remember, we won the trophy last and so we still have it in our possession. It's our turn to drive to South Carolina. They're wanting to get the upper hand, they're ready to play now. They're wanting to play in April and I told them that might not work. So, Mr. Speaker, we need you to get in touch with your dear friend in South Carolina and come to an agreement on a date, please don't make it April, we need a little longer to practice. But the announcement is we do have a gym and a place to practice. Starting next Monday, right after session, at Peace College we invite all the guys and gals and whoever want to play on the basketball team to come out and we will practice at Peace College right after session. So hopefully we'll keep the trophy in our possession and, Mr. Speaker, we'll just wait to hear from you to figure out a date that we can go and hopefully keep that trophy. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the gentleman from Cumberland, Representative Glazier, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] For a point of privilege, Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman may speak to a moment of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and this is also following in the line of Representative Bell's comment, to say congratulations and ask the House to congratulate the boy's basketball team from Terry Sanford High School in Fayetteville on their first championship since the 1960's under their new name, Terry Sanford High School, and to say they did it with only one senior and all the rest underclassmen. So please join me in congratulating the Terry Sanford 3A boy's state champions. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] For what purpose does the gentleman from Moore, Representative Boles, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized for an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Just that the Public Safety Appropriations meet tomorrow in our room at 8:30. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the lady from Wake, representative Gill, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Point of privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The lady may speak to a moment of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I know most of you enjoyed the ACC this week but I want you to know that Wake County had two champions in the High School 4A basketball tournament that was held this weekend, Garner Senior High Magnet School are the 4A boy's champion and the runner-up in the girl's were the ladies from Southeast Raleigh High School. And I also want you to know that one of our members did have a player on each of those teams, Lucas, Representative Lucas. So would you please help join me in congratulating both teams. [APPLAUSE] Further notices and announcements? The clerk is recognized to make a series of announcements. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Committee on Appropriations, Justice, and Public Safety will meet Tuesday, March 17th, at 8:30 AM in room 415 LOB. The House Committee on Appropriations, Education, will meet Tuesday 17

eight thirty a.m. room in room 423 LOV. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further notices and announcements. For what purpose does the gentleman from Mcklenberg representative Bishop rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Point of personal privilege Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman may speak to a moment of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Before the basketball announcements got ?? I wanted to let everyone know that the nationally ranked girls basketball team from Myers High School in my district won their second straight state North Carolina state championship this weekend. Thank you Mr. Speaker. [applause] [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further notices and announcements, if not the gentleman from Harnett representative Lewis is recognized for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I move that subject to the re-referral of bills and resolution to the house adjourn to reconvene Tuesday March 17th at 2:00 pm. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Lewis moves seconded by representative West. The house adjourned to reconvene Tuesday March 17th at 2:00 pm subject to the referral of bills and resolutions. All those in favor will say aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Those opposed will say no. The ayes have it the house stands adjourned.