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House | April 2, 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. Members, today's prayer will be offered by Representative Carney. We'd ask that all of the members stand and also all guests in the gallery please stand during the prayer and please remain standing for the pledge of allegiance. Representative Carney. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. Speaker and members of the House. Today, before we pray, I would like to just say I for one am grateful for life. Today marks my six year anniversary of an event that took my life here in this building. It's something that I live with every day, and I am grateful, especially this time of year, in a time of renewal, spring, resurrections, celebrations of life, and am grateful, but I want to share with you a prayer today that was offered on April 2, 2009, the day of my event. It was the last prayer that I heard before my event happened, and these were given at that time by our House chaplain, Reverend James Harry. So would you please join me in prayer. Sovereign Lord, you reign over the universe and all that is in it. We cannot help but marvel at the beauty of your creation. Thank you for providing us with the abundance of nature's offerings. Help us to be people who respect your world and the gift that it is. Remind us that some of our natural resources are indeed finite and that we need to be good stewards of all that you have given us. As we return home this afternoon, grant us the grace of simplicity to admire the hue of the grass, the colors of the trees, the smell of the blossoms. Let our trip be one of thanksgiving and respect for your gift of the Earth, and ultimately for thee. Amen. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Pledge [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] The gentleman from Harnett, Representative Lewis, is recognized for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker, the journal for April 1, 2015 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 April 1 be approved as written. Those in favor will say aye. Those opposed no. The ayes have it and the journal is approved as written. Ratification of bills and resolutions. The clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The Enrolling Clerk reports the following bills duly ratified for presentation to the governor. Senate Bill 78, an act to provide that a state correctional officer may carry a concealed weapon when off duty. And the following bill due to ratify, properly enrolled and prepared for presentation to the office of the Secretary of State. Senate Bill 181, an act to increase the size of the Wake County Voting Commissioners and to alter the district to coincide with the district of Wake County Board of Education. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Chapter bills will be noted. Representatives Davis and Stevens are recognized to send forth a committee report. The clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representatives Davis, Stevens, Judiciary 3 Committee Report. House Bill 298, amend Uniform Interstate Family Support Act. Favorable committee substitute, unfavorable original bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Original bill unfavorable calendar. Committee substitute calendar, and, members, for those who are interested, this is House Bill 298, amend Uniform Interstate Family Support Act. The chair is unaware of any controversy surrounding the bill and without objection the chair would add to today's calendar. Is there objection? Hearing none. So ruled. Members our nurse of the day today is Ivana Plymouth from right here in Raleigh. Ms. Plymouth, thank you for being with us today. Welcome to the House. Members on behalf of the member from Surry, Representative Stevens, the chair is happy to extend the courtesies of the gallery to some fourth-grade students from ??

Flat Rock Elementary School, these students, if the body would give the Chair the attention, you want to know this. These students suggested a bill to have the Autumn Leaves Festival in Mount Airy declared the Official Fall State Festival. It's House Bill 409, which was filed this week. Could you please join me and welcome these assistant legislators we have with us today. And you all should know that Representative Stevens over here in the blue is working very hard for your bill, so thank you, we're glad you're here, and we hope you have a nice weekend and a great Easter. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker? [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the lady from Surry, Representative Stevens, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Just for a moment of personal privilege. I will tell you I was-- [SPEAKER CHANGES] The lady has the floor to speak to a moment of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you. I was invited to speak to this group last Friday, and we spent almost an hour debating bills. They will make wonderful future legislators. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Members, just for your planning purposes, we will have a recess in just a bit. I understand that Representative Lewis would like to complete the business the Rules Committee was working on this morning. They had to stop apparently because of another committee that overlapped. So we're going to dispose of most of the business on the bill, and then go into recess, and during the recess is when we'll also read in, do the introduction of bills. As you can see, it's quite lengthy. Calendar, House Bill 195, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representatives Dollar, S. Martin, Avila, and Lambeth; House Bill 195, a bill to be entitled an Act Amending the North Carolina Pharmacy Practice Act to Allow for the Substitution of an Interchangeable Biological Product. The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman from Wake, Representative Dollar, has the floor to debate the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker, members of the House. Appreciate everyone's vote yesterday, we have a strong vote and I would appreciate your support again today. The only thing I would add is that I do believe that this legislation brought before us is the kind of model that we always have encouraged in the past, and should continue to encourage in the future. And that is where all the major stakeholders, in this case pharmaceutical companies, pharmacy benefit managers, pharmacists, health plans, all of those parties involved got together, worked extremely hard to be able to craft a bill that is a consensus bill and that helps that move this state forward from an economic standpoint and from a patient-safety standpoint. And again, appreciate your support yesterday, and appreciate it again today. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion, further debate? If not, the question before the House is the passage of House Bill 195 on its third reading. Those in favor will vote aye, those opposed will vote no, the clerk will open the vote. Representative Warren, I'm waiting on you. Representative Farmer-Butterfield, in the chamber or Representative Alexander, either one in the chamber? Representative McElfraft? No? The clerk will lock the machine and record the vote: 101 having voted in the affirmative and six in the negative, House Bill 195 passes its third reading and will be sent to the Senate. House Bill 184, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representatives R. Brown, Cleveland, Floyd, and Riddell; House Bill 184, a bill to be entitled an Act to Allow the Department of Cultural Resources, Office of Archives and History, to Use the Net Proceeds of the Sale of Artifacts and Maintenance of Conservation of Other Artifacts; and Clarify Process of Transferring Title to Unclaimed or Undocumented Property Loaned to Museums and Historical Repositories to Those Museums and Historical Repositories; and to Set Time Limitations on Confidentiality of Records. The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the lady from Davidson, Representative Brown, rise?

There's an amendment, Mr. Speaker. To speak on the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The lady is recognized to send forth an amendment. The clerk will read the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative R. Brown votes to amend the bill on Page 3, Lines 3 through 7 by rewriting those lines ?? [SPEAKER CHANGES] The lady from Davidson has the floor to debate the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. This amendment simply clarifies that the changes outlines in HB 194 apply only to state museum and to the State Archives. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I appreciate your support on the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion, further debate on the amendment? If not, the question before the House is the adoption of Amendment 1 sent forth by Representative Brown. Those in favor will vote aye. Those opposed will vote no. The Clerk will open the vote. The Clerk will lock the machine and record the vote. 108 having voted in the affirmative and none in the negative, the amendment is adopted. We are now back on the bill as amended. The lady from Davidson has the floor to debate the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. This bill simply shortens and simplifies the process of locating the owners of unclaimed property by the Department of Cultural Resources. I'll be glad to answer any questions. This is a good bill and I appreciate your support. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the gentleman from Cumberland, Representative Floyd, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker, to speak on the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman has the floor to debate the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker, this bill was ?? yesterday and it came out ??. And I ask everybody for their support. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion, further debate? If not, the question before the House is the passage of House Bill 184 on its second reading. Those in favor will vote aye. Those opposed will vote no. the Clerk will open the vote. The Clerk will lock the machine and record the vote. 108 having voted in the affirmative and none in the negative, House Bill 184 passes its second reading and will without objection be read a third time. [SPEAKER CHANGES] General Assembly of North Carolina enacts. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion, further debate? If not, the question before the House is the passage of House Bill 184 on its third reading. Any in favor will say aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Those opposed will say no. The ayes have it. House Bill 184 passes its third reading and will be sent to the Senate. The Amendment is ordered ?? and sent to the Senate. Representative Glazier, could the gentleman approach the dais please? House Bill 215, the Clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representatives Stevens, ?? Floyd, and D. Hall. House Bill 215. A bill to be entitled Act to Establish Procedure for Waiver of the Right to a Jury Trial in Criminal Cases in Superior Court. General Assembly of North Carolina enacts. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The lady from Surrey, Representative Stevens, has the floor to debate the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Members of the House, in the last session we did a Constitutional amendment to allow the defendant to waive his right to a trial by jury. Once that amendment passed, we had a problem. We had to figure out the procedure for him to do it. This bill is a product of the Court's Commission in which we had four members of the House, three members of the Senate, some Superior Court judges, some District Court judges, somebody from Indigent Defense, somebody from the Bar Association, somebody from the State Bar, Court of Appeals judges, Superior Court judges. We hashed this bill over thoroughly. Not everyone got what they wanted. But it's a great bill that allows the defendant to waive his right to a jury trial and puts in some protections so the system cannot be abused. The bill has been out there for a while. It's in fairly good form. However, this morning some people brought some concerns to me that we perhaps need to address. For that reason, Mr. Speaker, I would ask that we displace this bill and come back to it at a later point. [SPEAKER CHANGES] We will

will displace House Bill 215 to be dealt with after the recess. House ?? just a moment. For what purpose does the gentleman from Harnett, Representative Lewis, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] For an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman may, is recognized for an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, Rules was not quite able to finish its work this morning. We had another committee scheduled for the room, so during the recess, immediately upon recess, Rules will resume its work for what I think will be a very short meeting so we can report out the permanent rules. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Does the gentleman believe if we were to recess until 11 AM, that would give the gentleman time to complete, 11 AM, that would give the gentleman time to complete the business of Rules? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker, certainly it's time to complete the business of Rules. There are a couple of amendments that I've conferred with the clerk on. It'll take--it'd have to go through proofing and bill drafting, so probably 11:15 might be better to give enough time to do it. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Okay. For what purpose does the Majority Leader, the gentleman from Rutherford, Representative Hager, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] For an inquiry. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman may state his inquiry. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker, if we're going to have a Rules Committee meeting, can we plan on maybe having a caucus, a short caucus after that? Can we extend that time a little bit? [SPEAKER CHANGES] If, what I could do, if I have a, if we recess until 11, 11:30, would the Majority Leader want to have a caucus at 11:10? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes, 11: 10 would be fine, yes sir. Certainly be, as quick as Rules can get done, we'll want to have one right after that. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized for announcement if he wants to officially announce that. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. We will have, the Republicans will caucus shortly, right after Rules, right about 11:10 in the same room as the Rules Committee will be. [SPEAKER CHANGES] And Representative Lewis, the Rules Committee will meet down in 1228, where you met earlier today? Okay? For what purpose does the gentleman from Durham, Representative Hall, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker, for an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized for an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Democrats will caucus at 11:15 in 1425. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the gentleman from Wake, Representative Jackson, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Inquiry of the chair. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman may state his inquiry. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker, other than House Bill 215 and the Rules bill that may come out of Rules Committee, do you anticipate anything else being added to the calendar? [SPEAKER CHANGES] That's a good question. Let me look and see. Did we have any other--let me ask this. Any committee chairs that met this morning, if there are any chairs who reported out bills other than the one that was read in, please rise and activate your light. I don't think there's anything else. The only other thing that we could do, and I don't know that there's much interest in it, would be to add the local bills from Local Government. Now, they're scheduled to meet 15 minutes after session today. So I don't know, I don't think they want to meet during the recess, that would probably delay us a good bit if we tried to let Local Government--let me ask. Representative Davis, would the gentleman yield to a question from the Chair? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Or Representative Ford, either one of the gentlemen who are the chairs of Local Government. Is it the opinion of the two of you that it would take a considerable amount of time to go through the bills in Local Government? [SPEAKER CHANGES] If I may, Mr. Speaker, Local Government had a special meeting yesterday morning, and we did put out seven bills. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Correct. [SPEAKER CHANGES] And we're going to address different bills after the session. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Let me ask this. Is there any exigency that either of the two chairmen have for either of these bills, any of these bills--is there anything time sensitive, where any of those need to be on the calendar this week? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Not that I'm aware of. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Ford? [SPEAKER CHANGES] No, but we do have at least to have to hear one of them today because there's a bunch of people here wanting to speak-- [SPEAKER CHANGES] Correct. You will be able to meet. My question simply is if you're trying to get any bills added to today's calendar. Very well. We will not take up any bills from Local Government today. Thank you. So Representative Jackson, in answer to your question, it appears just the bill we've added and the Rules, and then the bill that Representative Stevens has displaced will be the only other matters that I'm aware of that will be considered today. For what purpose does the gentleman from Robeson, Representative Graham, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Immediately after recess, the Rule Working Group will meet in Room 1425. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Members, we are going to stand in recess until 11:15, subject to receipt of messages from the Senate, re-referral of bills and resolutions, committee appointments, and introduction of bills. And that was until 11:30, not 11:15. We're in recess.

The House will come to order. Special message from the Senate, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker, it is ordered that a message be sent to the House of Representatives with the information that Senator [??] report of the conferees for House Bill 41 Conference Committee Substitute, a bill to be entitled an act to make technical and clarifying changes to various revenue laws and recommended by the Revenue Laws Study Committee. When the appropriate action has been taken by both chambers, the bill will be ordered enrolled. Respectfully, Sarah Lang, Principal Clerk. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 41 is ordered enrolled and sent to the Governor by special messenger. Representative Lewis, Chair of the Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House is recognized to send forth a committee report. The clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Lewis, Rules, Calendar, Operations of the House Committee Report, House Resolution 481, House Permanent Rules Final, Federal Committee Substitute Resolution, unfavorable to the original resolution. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Original bill unfavorable calendar, Committee Substitute calendar, and without objection today's calendar. So ordered. House Bill 215, the clerk will read. The clerk is correct, the bill has been read and was displaced for an amendment. The lady from Surry, Representative Stevens, is recognized to debate the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Members of the House, as I said before, this is our procedure to honor the constitutional amendment allowing a defendant to waive his right to a jury trial. This is the defendant's right, not the state's right. I think that probably a lot of you have had your phones blown up by the DA's or emails blown up by the DA's since we've been in break and I am sorry for that. We have worked very hard for several months on making sure that the defendant's constitutional rights were protected without creating any unreasonable delay of trial. What this does, it says the defendant has three different ways in which he could waive that jury trial. We have a couple of amendments that are going to be coming forward that address a couple of the DA's concerns, and some of the others I'm happy to discuss if you have any problems. But, Mr. Speaker, and this point I would ask that you recognize Representative Glazier to send forth an amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the gentleman from Cumberland, Representative Glazier, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To set forth an amendment, Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman has the floor to send forth an amendment. The clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Glazier moves to amend the bill on page one, lines 26, deleting the phrase "for a tentative trial date." [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman from Cumberland has the floor to debate the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. These are, after a meeting, as Representative Stevens said, between a number of stakeholders as well as lawyers involved in the discussion both with the district attorneys and other folks in this bill. There are four changes the amendment suggests that are agreed upon after discussions with Representative Stevens, Representative Stam, Representative Duane Hall, Representative Baskerville and myself. First is a request by the district attorneys to delete the phrase "for a tentative trial date," which is really more a technical issue about scheduling and I don't think there's any controversy over that. The second, Representative Stam and I had looked at the bill last night and it is with no objection from, I think, the DA's conference to this issue either, but a judge in a non-jury trial, just as in a jury trial, can decide a motion to suppress evidence and when the judge does we go on with the trial, whatever the ruling is. There had been a sentence that had been put in, and no one's exactly sure where it came from, that the state would then be able to seek a recusal by the judge if the judge decided the suppression motion, that we all think probably has no place in the bill and also probably interferes to some degree with the defendant's constitutional right to the jury trial. Rather than get in to that, that can happen, a judge can do that if they wish but it shouldn't be in statute. The third part of this makes clear that the defendant has to make his decision, and it generally should be an irrevocable decision, about whether he's going to go non-jury or jury and we said it exactly as the district attorney's wished in the time-frame in which they wished. But there was a thought that on occasion

A defendant might get council or there might be an issue that within 10 days of that decision, they ought to have something right to simply revoke their decision and go to jury trial ?? and this was discussed in J3 yesterday. But it ought to be very limited. And this just says the defendant's decision is generally final. If they decide to go to a jury trial after asking for non-jury, they must do that within 10 days in open court before the DA, or in writing to the DA, and that's it. They don't get to go back and forth. That decision is final binding and irrevocable. And Mr. Speaker, I believe those are the changes in this amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion, further debate, on the gentleman's amendment, just on the amendment. The gentleman from Durham, Representative ?? is recognized to debate the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I just got one small question, Representative Glasier. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I yield. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you. What happens if there, for instance, a defendant comes in, he's represented by council. And he waves jury trial, and then something happens. Some act of nature, anything happens during that 10 day period passes and his lawyer dies, or something happens beyond that 10 day period. What happens? Does he still have that right to withdraw? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Because there has to be, sort of, some finality to the decision of whether to move or not and so the district attorney's know and the judges know. This says at the, essentially is gonna happen right usually at arraignment. The defendant's gonna pick. And then this gives them 10 days after arraignment and that's it. If they wanna change their mind and after that they don't get to change their mind. If they picked non-jury, we're going non-jury. If the judge consents, judge could say "I'm not gonna consent" and this case is going to jury. But the other possibility is, of course, if it's going jury and he's decided that he doesn't get to decide 10 days before trial he wants to go non-jury. In other words, we're gonna keep the defendant from yanking everybody back and forth. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Follow up. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Does the gentleman from Kembal yield to an additional question? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I do yield. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yield. [SPEAKER CHANGES] So there's no room at all in that, in not, for any delay or anything like that? Something happens. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sure. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Some act of nature happens. Can the judge make the decision to allow that person to withdraw after that period of time? Is there any leeway at all? [SPEAKER CHANGES] After the 10 day period, the bill does not allow that to happen. But I would think, my sense is, that in an emergency circumstance or an act of nature that affects the court system. If there's agreement between the DA and the defendant and the judge, one would think they would be able to do it by consent or stipulation. But I think it would require agreement by everybody at that point. Because there's just no way to keep adding 10 day periods in. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Does the gentleman wish to ask an additional question? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yeah. [SPEAKER CHANGES] And does the gentleman from Kembal yield to an additional question? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes, sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES] He yields. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I just hate to keep beating this horse, but it's very, I think very definite that something should, is not in the law, that option is there. Either they have to follow what's in the law. And even though the agreement, I don't think anybody's going to violate the law and the result of trying to do an agreement like that. I'm just looking for something in there that would allow that defendant to withdraw it. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Well I think the compromise was initially the district attorneys wanted it to be totally final at the minute of arraignment. Defense bar wanted to have options all the way up to right before trial. And this was to say, cut a middle ground, to say ?? really needs, does need to generally be at arraignment. We know something could happen right after. So we're gonna give you 10 days to rethink it if you wish. But after that, folks know. I don't think it takes away, for example, at all the judges ability to continue a case. And which may take care of emergencies and setting it over. And I don't think again it bars the judge, the DA, and the defendant from some consent on an emergency circumstance that they. So I don't think it takes that away. But I really would. I think it was a negotiation that really sort of the advocates for justice felt comfortable with. And your argument was raised about how you deal with that. And I think we're trying to cut a concise middle ground. But ?? the defendant generally in. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what. ?? says the lady from Surrey, representing

[SPEAKER CHANGES] Stevens rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Could I attempt to respond to Representative Michaux and see if I could be a little, hopefully a little clearer to what I think is his point. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Just, just before you do I want to make you very popular with your colleagues. Rule 12 d is suspended. All right, now the lady may take the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Michaux, it says the defendant can choose to waive that jury trial, okay? And if, within the ten days, if he says, "Oh wait a minute I don't. I want to have that jury trial." Then he's stuck. But if he goes along and then something else happens, he can get one more, he can get one more shot at trying to get his jury trial back. That's where he goes to the judge and the judge has to find some reason that it's not an unreasonable delay. We're not going to let you choose, get out, choose, get out, so, so that portion is still in there. If he chooses to waive the jury trial, and he doesn't revoke--which he can do without anybody's consent--the first ten days, then he still has the right to say, "I still want a jury trial." But the judge then has to consent and find that it's not an unreasonable delay. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Could I ask the gentle lady a question? [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman from Durham is recognized to tender a question to lady from Surry. Does the Surry-does the lady from Surry yield. She yields. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I, I think you're getting at the point ??. The judge does have some discretion even beyond the ten days depending on the exigencies that existed. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Correct. Yes, yes, that's, that's the law. We didn't change it, we just added that new exception that without the judge consenting you could still change your mind in ten days. But we wanted a place at which the defendant could still protect his right, but once he makes that choice to jump back in, he can't jump back out again. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Stam, does the gentleman wish to debate the amendment or is this on the bill? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman has the floor to debate the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker, members of the House. I support the amendment, some of it was suggested by me. Just a little background on this bill, including the amendment. This was a Senate bill, constitutional amendment. I happened to manage it on the House side. It was almost unanimous in the entire assembly. We had one fella who voted no and he's the only one who has a right to say he doesn't like that amend-amendment because we sent it to the people and they voted for it. But, ever since it passed, there have been attempts to gut the amendment that we just had the people pass. The bill, with this amendment, will properly have procedure to ec-accomplish the amendment that the people of North Carolina passed. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion, further debate on the amendment? The gen-for what purpose does the gentleman from Durham, Representative Michaux rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker to speak very briefly on the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman has the floor to debate the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] And, and, and I'm looking at it and I'm still bothered by the question I raised because of the very last sentence in it that said, this decision to revoke is final and binding. And to me that does not give the court an opportunity to do this. I've got, I'm probably going to vote for it but here again, and, and realize I'm a defendant's lawyer. Any of y'all get in trouble come see me, but other than that, the, the, to me there is no opportunity with that language in there. I just call your attention to that. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the gentleman from Durham-strike that, the gentleman from Wake, Representative Hall rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To speak to the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman has the floor to debate the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Members I have the same concerns that Michaux had about this amendment, but without this amendment the defendant has absolutely no right to withdraw his consent, withdraw his waiver of jury trial. So this amendment is an improvement over the bill of which I'm a primary sponsor of this amendment. I hope Representative Michaux and the rest of my caucus will look forward as well. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the gentleman from Mecklenburg, Representative Brawley, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I wonder if the gentleman from Wake, Representative Stam, would yield for a question? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Does the gentleman from Wake yield to the gentleman from Mecklenburg? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I yield. [SPEAKER CHANGES] He yields. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. Speaker Pro Temp. Having been trained as an accountant and dealing with numbers, the nebulous concept with which lawyers deal sometimes leave me befuddled. Would you just be clear to me, is this amendment a good thing and is the underlying bill a good thing? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Green and green. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion and debate on the amendment? If not, the question before the House is the passage of Amendment 1, sent forth by Representative Glazier. Those in favor will vote aye, those o-

—opposed will vote no. The Clerk will open the vote. [long pause] The Clerk will lock the machine and close the vote. One hundred and six [106] having voted in the affirmative and two [2] in the negative, the amendment is adopted. We're now back on the Bill as amended. For what purpose does the gentleman from Cumberland, Representative Glazier, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES to Representative Glazier] Mr. Speaker, to set forth a second amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES to Speaker] The gentleman is recognized to send forth a second amendment. The Clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES to Clerk] Representative Glazier moves to amend the Bill on page two [2], lines two [2] through three [3], rewriting the lines to read. [SPEAKER CHANGES to Speaker] The gentleman has the floor to debate the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES to Representative Glazier] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. If Representative Glazier wasn't getting old and losing a lot of brain cells every second, he would have seen that this clause was not in the amendment I just gave you that should have been. So we quickly did this fix. This I had talked to you about that would be in it, we just didn't see that it wasn't in. This is the recusal line that Representative Stam was referring to as well. I know of no objection to this amendment; it's simply deleting a line that should have been in the first amendment. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES to Speaker] For what purpose does the lady from Surry, Representative Stevens, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES to Representative Stevens] To speak on the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES to Speaker] The lady has the floor to debate the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES to Representative Stevens] Members of the House, this is a good amendment. These are things we were talked about last minute, that various people had raised issues about and so— it is a good amendment and I'll ask you to support it. [SPEAKER CHANGES to Speaker] Further discussion, further debate? If not, the question before the House is Amendment 2, sent forth by Representative Glazier. Those in favor will vote aye. Those opposed will vote no. The Clerk will open the vote. [long pause] Representative McElraft, does the lady wish to record on this vote? [no answer] The Clerk will lock the machine and close the vote. One hundred and seven [107] having voted in the affirmative and one [1] in the negative, the amendment is adopted. Does the gentleman from Forsyth wish to change his vote from no to yes? [SPEAKER CHANGES to Representative from Forsyth] Yes, sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES to Speaker] The gentleman will be recorded as having voted aye. Now back on the Bill as amended. Further discussion, further debate? If not, the question before the House is the passage of House Bill 215 on its second reading. Those in favor will vote aye. Those opposed will vote no. The Clerk will open the vote. [long pause] The Clerk will lock the machine and close the vote. One hundred and four [106] having voted in the affirmative and two [3] in the negative, House Bill 215 passes its second reading, and will, without objection, be read a third time. For what purpose does the gentleman from Cumberland, Representative Glazier, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES to Clerk] The General Senate of North Carolina enacts. [SPEAKER CHANGES to Speaker] Further discussion, further debate? If not, the question before the House is the passage of House Bill 215 on its third reading. Those in favor will say aye. Those opposed will say no. The ayes have it. House Bill 215 passes its third reading. Amendments are ordered engrossed, and the Bill will be sent to the Senate. Members, we have a group of students visiting with us, from LIberty Drive Elementary School in Thomasville. If you all would please stand so that we could welcome you today. Thank you for being here. [applause] Thanks for being with us. We hope you have an enjoyable Easter Break coming. [pause] House Bill 4— Strike that. House Resolution 481. The Clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES to Clerk] Representative Lewis, House Resolution 481, the House Resolution Adopting the Permanent Rules of the House of Representatives for the 2015 General Assembly. General Senate of North Carolina enacts. [SPEAKER CHANGES to Speaker] The gentleman from Harnett, Representative Lewis, has the floor to debate the Resolution. [SPEAKER CHANGES to Representative Lewis] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Members of the House, the Resolution that you have before you— I'll be as brief as I can. It makes a few changes, many of which were requested by Members in the Chamber. Line two [2], page forty one [41] adds the reading of Statements of Personal Privilege to the Order of Business. I wanna explain to you— Many of you have noticed that we haven't done resolutions yet this year. We still have the capacity to do resolutions if we choose to. But we also have the capacity to do what's called a Representative Statement of Privilege, which is a written statement that you prepare, submit to the Clerk's office, signed, and it goes— it's spread upon the Journal, and at your request can be sent to the person, or the institution, or whatever it is that you're choosing to honor. The Speaker has also made it a practice to recognize—

When members that are being honored arrived, he'll stop what's going on on the floor and allow points of personal privilege. You all remember on Tuesday this House paid tribute to Richard Petty. In the past we would have had a resolution to do that. This time we had a quick statement that was read and then there were a few points of personal privilege. We were able to pay tribute to him and then move on to our business. We've been doing this since the start of Session. It's worked pretty well, I think. I haven't had any complaints on it. Page 3, Line 24 further talks about the procedure of statements of personal privilege. Page 4, Lines 33 through 34 were suggested by Representative Cotham. This is clarifying language for the use of phones and mobile devices on the floor. Essentially what it says is you can use your phone and mobile device but you can't talk on it. You can text on it, you can tweet on it, you can check your email, whatever you need to do to keep up with your constituents. But it does prohibit the distractive act of actually talking on the phone on the floor, which is in our current rules. But this just makes it clear that you can have your electronic device on the floor. Page 9, Line 26 specifies that up to two chairs of the Appropriations Committee can, or also voting members of the Appropriation Committees in the specific subject areas. Page 11, Lines 26 and 27. This was at the request of Representative Glazier. When a vote is going to be held in Committee, the Chair will begin to ask for the vote. A member has always had the right to call for the Ayes and Nos. The Ayes and Nos have to be sustained by one-fifth of the Committee membership. This specifies in black and white that the Chair has to say, Is the call sustained? It's to remind folks that if they want the Ayes and Nos they have to take an action. Page 13, Line 49, again dealing with statements of personal privilege. Page 14, there are some date changes, the most significant of which is you have until the end of the day to put additional filing requests in. You also have until a week from Tuesday to file those bills. Under the temporary rules, members would have been required to be here next week to have filed the bills. This will give you a week from Tuesday to do that. It also does raise the bill filing limit from 10 to 15. This was a request from Representative Glazier. Actually it's not what he asked for, but it's more than what we had. Page 20, Line 39 just says that when amendments are given to the principal clerk they are also given to the House Rules Chairman. Why is that? You've all seen times when the amendment's not been quite right and the speaker has had to stop the debate and call everybody to the dais and figure out how to fix it. It's not an attempt to stop anybody from offering them, just to make sure that they fit in the bill. We've been doing that since the start of Session, too. I haven't had any complaints about that. Page 23, Line 29 was a suggestion from Representative Cotham. This adds pregnancy and military service to the ability to have absence without leave of the House. Page 24, Line 16. This was also at the request of Representative Glazier but many members in our caucus asked for it as well. There are times that bills pass out of this Chamber and go to the other Chamber and come back and the bill sponsor may not agree with the content of the bill. You have the right to have your name removed from the bill if that happens. It will require an affirmative act from you to request the clerk to do that. The clerk will establish whatever procedures she deems necessary to do that. But it will give you the chance, if you send over a bill and it comes back as something you don't agree with, to take your name off the bill. Mr. Speaker, those are the only changes to the permanent rules from the temporary rules that this House has operated under for the past few months. I would appreciate support of the resolution. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion, further debate? For what purpose

Does the gentleman from Durham, Representative Hall, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Speaker, on the resolution? [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman has the floor to debate the resolution. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mister Speaker, and I want to thank all the fellow members of the house for all the work and discussion, as well as efforts that went into this, knowing that, this is not a perfect resolution but, a great starting point and certainly an improvement over what we've done in the past.. and I'd ask your support on it. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion, further debate? If not, the question before the house, is house resolution four eighty one. Those in favor will vote aye, those opposed will vote no, the clerk will open the vote. The clerk will lock the machine and record the vote. One hundred and seven having voted in the affirmative and one in the negative. Resolution is adopted, it is ordered. House bill two ninety eight, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representatives Burr, Stevens, House bill two ninety eight, a bill to bring ?? act to the Amend Uniform Interstate Family Support Act. The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman from Stanley, Representative Burr, has the floor to debate the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mister Speaker. Members, this bill will update our general statutes to comply with the federal requirements that were adopted in the two thousand and nine version of the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act. This is a federal mandate, which comes from a, a bill that was signed into law in September of two thousand and fourteen and, for those of you wondering what the act is, the act provides uniform rules for states to follow in the enforcement of family support orders, and interstate and international child support cases. Would appreciate your support. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion, further debate? If not, the question before the house, is the passage of house bill two ninety eight on its second reading, those in favor will vote aye, those opposed will vote no, the clerk will open the vote. The clerk will lock the machine and.. wait you.. Representative Cleveland is the gentleman wished to be recorded.. the clerk will accept the vote from.. would ask, direct the court to amend the electronic vote to record Mister, Representative Cleveland as an aye. Now the clerk will lock the machine and record the vote, one hundred and eight having voted in the affirmative, and none in the negative. House bill two ninety eight 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 house bill 298 on its third reading. Those in favor will say aye. Those opposed will say no. The ayes have it. House bill 298 passes its third reading, going to be sent to the Senate. Representative Cleveland, the chair assumed the gentleman was gonna vote aye, if the gentleman would like to vote nay, however the gentleman wishes to be recorded. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Whatever the speaker wants. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Cleveland, April Fool's Day was yesterday, sir. Notices of announcements. For what purpose does the gentleman from Rowan, Representative Ford, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] On announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized, for an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you mister speaker, the local governor will meet fifteen minutes after session in room six forty three, we have six bills. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the gentleman from Rutherford, Representative Hager rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] For an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized for an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mister Speaker, I want to announce that Representative West and I just filed another possum bill, we'd love for you, all of you to get on it. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is the gentleman requesting the rules be suspended so that the bill can be considered today? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Ha ha, no sir, not today, but certainly by.. ?? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Very good. For what purpose does the lady from Davie, Representative Howard, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To make an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The lady has the floor for an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, sir. Members of the House, the North Carolina Wine and Grape Caucus, which was.. officially established in twenty eleven, but prior to that time, many members worked collectively to get legislation passed. That caucus is now officially re-enacted, and the senate chairs its joint caucuses, the Senate Chair is Senator Shirley Randleman, Senator Andrew Brock, House chairs, myself, Representative Sarah Stevens, Vice-Chair is Beverly Earle, but membership is open to each and every one of you, you will get an email this afternoon, that I ask that you to respond to, just giving me the, counties that you

represent so we could match them up with the wineries, [??] Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the gentleman from Wake, Representative Stam, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To make a motion with respect to the calendar. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized for a motion, would ask the House to give the gentleman your attention. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules to the end that House Bill 548, in short title Zoning, Modernize, and Reorganize, can have its first reading today and referred to committee, and I'll explain... [SPEAKER CHANGES] You've heard the gentleman's motion. Is there objection to the motion? Hearing none, so ordered. The clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representatives Brawley, Stam, [??], Hamilton, and Bishop, House Bill 548, a bill to be entitled an act to recognize, clarify, modernize statutes regarding local planning and development regulations. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Judiciary Four. The bill is referred to the committee on Judiciary Four. For what purpose does the gentleman from Durham, Representative Hall, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] For an announcement and for an invitation. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman has the floor for an announcement and invitation. [SPEAKER CHANGES] First of all, I want to invite all of the members of the House and your families to come to Durham for the Full Frame Film Festival that will start next week. World renowned, great films covering a broad range of topics, so we certainly want you to come there and get an opportunity to see how to really use the historic tax credit. So please come to Durham and see our great city as well as enjoy that film festival. Second, as an announcement for the Democratic House Caucus, we'll meet back in the back of the chamber for about a two minute announcement meeting, right here in the back of the chamber immediately after session, just two minutes on your way out the door to give you some information. So two minutes after session right here in the back corner, thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the gentleman from Randolph, Representative McNeill, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] For a moment of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized to speak to a moment of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I'd like to ask everyone in the chamber to also take about two minutes after we adjourn to come by and wish my seatmate, who says he's only 39 today, however his hair is as grey as mine so I don't know, but anyway, Representative Rick Catlin has a birthday today so everyone please wish him a happy birthday. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the gentleman from Catawba, Representative Setzer, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized to speak to a point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Ladies and gentlemen of the House, as you all know we are a very busy organization and sometimes in that process we forget the people that work with us that are not in this room and if you will, when you get a chance, thank the people that clean this building because Lord knows this place gets hot as an oven but it won't clean itself and if it wasn't for them we wouldn't be able to kick our way in here. They do a very good job. Also, remember the people that provide security to this institution because you don't know how many times they step between you and disaster, and I learned that very quickly yesterday when an incident occurred. Nothing happened, but they were there. I would also like to thank the sergeant at arms, for what you all put up with, we appreciate you even though sometimes we don't thank you but we do appreciate your solemn work. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Members, we're drawing to the end and I want to take a moment of personal privilege on a couple of things. One is I would like to ask you to keep the family of former Representative Jim Horn in your prayers. Representative Horn passed away, I guess, Mickey served with him, 98, Julia did, Linda did, I'm trying to think of the members here who served with Representative Horn from Cleveland County. He passed away this, I believe two days ago, was a leader in our community. He was instrumental in bringing the American Legion World Series to Shelby, which it draws a lot of people and a lot of tourists to our region of the state and has been a milestone in what it's done for our area. So he will be missed and he served a term here in the House and was, as he was in our community was an honorable and hard working member of the House of Representatives. I also wanted to take a point

point of personal privilege to let the folks know there was a contest this week, we've had the final four, and unfortunately my team is out of it. The gentleman from Orange and I, I guess we'll all be watching our team, or watching other teams, not getting to watch ours this weekend. But I did want to point out, there was another set of brackets. There was a barbecue contest, and it had I believe 64 barbecue restaurants around the country. And as it worked down, the final contest came down between a barbecue restaurant in Shelby called Bridges Barbecue and a barbecue restaurant in Alabama. So don't worry about the east versus west, we can all be on the same side on this one. And I'm pleased to report that Bridges Barbecue in Shelby was voted the best barbecue in the United States. So, we're-- [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker, Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I have a feeling the gentleman's going to be out of order, but for what purpose does the gentleman from Wake, Representative Dollar, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] An inquiry of the Chair. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman may state his inquiry. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Being as that you are the representative of the best barbecue in the United States, does that mean you are not going to treat your fellow members with barbecue upon return from break? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Does the gentleman want me to do that on Monday, this coming Monday? I'll make you a deal. I'll make you a deal. Anyone who comes down and sees me in Cleveland County, lunch or dinner's on me at Bridges Barbecue. For what purpose does the gentleman from Rutherford, Representative Hager, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] A point of inquiry, Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman can state his inquiry. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is that Alston's or Red's? [SPEAKER CHANGES] It was Red Bridges, it was Red. We have two Bridges. So, they're both good. But that was a nice--and the other thing I want to say, too. I know there's a couple lights, is that I do think we've been very productive this week. We had a very long session yesterday, we have really drained the cup as far as the bills that were in committee and eligible to be heard, and I want to thank the members, I want to thank the committee chairs for moving expeditiously through the process. The only bills that are pending in committee now that would have been eligible to be heard next week are the local government bills, and I think the local government chairs have got those placed where they'll be ready to be taken care of week after next. As you know when we started session, we conferred, of course, with Representative Hall, with the House minority leader, made sure that the minority party was agreeable and supported the idea of a spring break. We checked with our caucus and I heard nothing but agreement from all sides, that a no-vote session would be a good idea. The Senate also followed suit. I believe they're going to be gone a good bit of--well, we never know. But the last they told me, was I don't think they're going to be here. And so, of course, staff will be here, I understand that Representative Dollar is going to have the Appropriations members here or the chairs working on the budget. But I just want to take an opportunity to let folks know we've worked very hard this week, we've gotten ahead, and I think that the break is well deserved. I know a lot of us have young children. It's spring break. We don't know how long we'll be here this summer, and it may be the only chance some of us get to have any kind of vacation. So just, I wanted to personally wish every one of you a happy Easter, a restful and relaxing spring break, and know that, hope that you'll be safe in any travels that you have, and encourage you to come back the week after, ready to put your nose to the grindstone and keep pushing on to get these bills out. For what purpose does the gentleman from Gaston, Representative Bumgardner, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] An inquiry of the Chair. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman may state his inquiry. [SPEAKER CHANGES] What time do you want me to be at the barbecue place? You know I grew up in Bessemer City and been there hundreds of times, and so-- [SPEAKER CHANGES] That's right. [SPEAKER CHANGES] --you just need to let me know what day and time. [SPEAKER CHANGES] You name it, you name it. We'll be there. For what purpose does the gentleman from Craven, Representative Speciale, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] For a moment of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized to speak to a moment of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] You know, as we look back on our lives, look at all the things that we've done, I mean I spent 20 years in the Marine Corps, ran five campaigns, actually won a couple of them obviously, but all the things that I've done, and all the decisions that I've made, could not compare to the decision that I made 41 years ago, to ask a young, 16-year-old girl to be my wife. And Monday, we will celebrate our 40th anniversary. And I just wanted to publicly say, I love you, Hazel. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the gentleman from Gaston, Representative Torbett, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Inquiry of the Chair, Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman may state his inquiry. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is it

is that my understanding that there will be a skeletal session on Monday and Thursday and bills would be accepted for being filed on those two days? [SPEAKER CHANGES] That--the Chair was going to announce, pursuant to our rules, rules may be filed on the legislative days next week. Those days will be Monday and Thursday. Those will be the two days, I believe, that we're going to have the no-vote sessions. So, and I do want to address the thing about next week. If members are here conducting business, whether it's meeting with constituents, working on things, certainly you should be reimbursed for mileage and per diem. I would ask that those who are not here certainly waive that. There's a form or an email you can send to, I believe Wesley Taylor's the person. So I think the caucuses may have addressed that. So just remember that requires and affirmative act on your part, so don't for get to do that. But yes, bills may be filed those next two days next week. For what purpose does the gentleman from Guilford, Representative Blust, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] A moment of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized to speak to a moment of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I certainly endorse Representative Setzer's feelings toward the Sergeant-at-Arms. They do a great job. But I would have one request from the Sergeant-at-Arms. If somebody comes after me or some people, let them come, okay? [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the gentleman from Catawba, Representative Adams, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] A moment of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized to speak to a moment of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Well, feeling a bit of peer pressure and knowing that there is a record of this, I want to take a moment to reflect on the fact that Saturday is my 28th anniversary, and 28 years of bliss with my lovely wife, Donna. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the gentleman from Wake, Representative Pendleton, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] A point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized to speak to a point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Well, the Speaker delivered a revelation to me today. I never knew there was any decent barbecue west of Durham. [SPEAKER CHANGES] See, I tried not to go there, Representative Pendleton. For what purpose does the gentleman from Rowan, Representative Warren, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker, I'm just curious. Is local government still meeting after this? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I believe they are. Yes, they are still meeting after session. For what purpose does the gentleman from Cabarrus, Representative Pittman, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Well, Mr. Speaker, just a moment of personal privilege and-- [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized to speak to a moment of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I just want to say that if you think you've had the best barbecue elsewhere, you haven't been to Moore's Barbeque on Highway 17 in New Bern. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Alright. For what purpose does the gentleman from Wake, Representative Martin, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] For a moment of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is it about barbecue? [SPEAKER CHANGES] No, Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Okay, good, okay. Then the gentleman is recognized to speak to a point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Members, my anniversary is November. It's my 17th, and if we're still in session then, it will be my last. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the gentleman from Northampton, Representative Wray, rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] A point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized to speak to a point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and members of the House. As we go along this Easter holiday, a lot of accidents happen on the highway. So just think about the people and the families with blood, and this is Organ Donation Awareness month. And just think about that. A lot of people go from a happy time to a sad time to a time they have to make a quick decision. And God has been good to my family, 2005, we were blessed with twin boys. Twelve hours later, one was airlifted. He was six weeks, six days old. He had a homograft, a donor valve, and 2013 he had another donor valve. So God has been good to my family, He's been good to a lot of families around here. And you really don't think about it until it hits you. So this Organ Donation Awareness month, so think about that, also it's Autism Month. And today's Autism Day. Think about that. Everybody's special. Have a happy Easter, and God bless you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Would ask the pages to please come forward. Pages would just come forward and stand where you did on opening day. Looks like your ranks may have thinned a little bit this week already. Okay. Just want to

We hope you've all had a good week. I understand a couple of the pages are out of the chamber doing some things. Hope you've had an enjoyable week - that you've learned something, that you've made some friends, and that this has been a good excuse for missing school for a week if nothing else. But we want to thank you for your service - all of you have worked hard - we've has nothing but great reports from the committee chairs on the good job you did. I will ask my colleagues to please join me in thanking our pages this week. You all are excused. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose this . . . further notices and announcements: the only one I see (inaudible) chair. If not, the gentleman from (inaudible), representative Louis, is recognized for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker, may I make an announcement? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Gentleman is recognized for an announcement first. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, I received a request from the director of bill drafting to remind all of you who are having deals worked to please stay in contact with the staff in the coming week to make sure that the staff is able to get your feedback and get the information they need to be able to get the bill that you want produced produced. And, Mr. Speaker, for a second announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Gentleman may state a second announcement also. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Members please stay tuned and watch the information from my office and the Clerks office. If you would like to co-sponsor bills, the deadlines do still apply. The bills that you have today you have until 5:00 tomorrow. Mr. Speaker, for a clarifying announcement, please watch your email - we will send out the times by which you must co-sponsor bills if you wish to co-sponsor the bills. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Well said. Now the gentleman is recognized for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker, subject to ratification of bills, messages from the Senate, we refer all bills and resolutions, committee appointments . . . [SPEAKER CHANGES] And I believe the gentleman also needs to make that subject to all introduction of bills and resolutions too. [SPEAKER CHANGES] And introduction of bill and resolutions. I move that the committee is adjourned . . . [SPEAKER CHANGES] And committee reports - received committee reports. [SPEAKER CHANGES] And received committee reports. I move that the House adjourn in memory and honor of former Representative Jim Horn to reconvene Monday, April 6th, at 12:00 noon. [SPEAKER CHANGES] You've heard the gentleman's motion. Those in favor will say aye. Those opposed will say no. The ayes have it. We stand adjourned.