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House | May 24, 2016 | Chamber | House Convenes

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To debate the resolution. >> The gentleman has the floor to debate the resolution. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I first met Earline Parmon in 02 whenever she first came to the General Assembly to replace Pete Oldham. I was impressed from the outset because Earline was all about business, but at the same time she had a very, very unusual way to convey to you what it was that she wanted to accomplish because she had a roundabout joking way to get it done. A couple sessions later when I became Chairman of Education Policy, she came immediately to me and she said, you're going to put some folk into this budget that you don't know what you're gonna do. I said, I am? She said, yes. She said we're going to put some folk in this budget who are going to help the downtrodden. They're going to be counselors, or you can call them whatever you want to call them, but I'm going to the Speaker and I'm going to you, and we're gonna put those in there, they're actually gonna be social workers. And we did do that, she persuaded us to do that. And they stayed in the budget for quite some time, into the poor areas of the state, and they were very influential in getting students to get a good healthy start in education. And I said, how commendable! I also had, like Representative Stam, the opportunity to go on a universal trip, an international trip with Earline, she loved to travel. We went to Singapore. I believe the Speaker was also on that trip, and Earline knew my propensity to joke around whenever we're on trips. She says, I'm gonna be your personal envisary. I'm gonna be your bodyguard, you're not gonna get away from me. And to make sure that you don't get away from me, I'm gong to assign an assistant to help with you, and it's gonna be Debbie Cleary. And Debbie and Earline followed me everywhere that we went. We went to breakfast, they were there. We went to lunch, they were there. And the evenings whenever we were allowed to go out, or we went out as a group to dinner Earline and Debbie were there with me, and they insisted that they have seats opposite right next to me. I said, you don't have to be so protectionist. And they said, well yes, we do. We're gonna watch you, and they always did. One night for dinner they were serving wine and Earline said, I'm not drinking that stuff. In fact, I don't like any of this stuff that they've been serving. So, she asked the waiter for something American to drink. They said, well we have water. She says, no, I want something real American. You must have something. They did find a Coca Cola, and she ordered that Coke. The dinner was gratis of the host in Singapore, but little did she know that she gonna have to pay for that Coca Cola. >> [LAUGH] >> Whenever we got ready to leave, the waiter came to her and says, here is your bill for the Coke, and it was $13. >> [LAUGH] >> She said, Oh my goodness! What am I gonna do? I said, well I'm gonna take care of that, for you watching me, that's your pay. So I paid for that Coca Cola for her. The next day, we had a little free time and I decided I was gonna go out into the economy and find some clothing. I wanted to see a tailor. She says, you got me going with you. And she did, she followed me to the tailor's shop, and she picked out the suits. She says, I've already called Brenda, I'm picking out what you're gonna wear. She picked out all of the clothing that we bought, and I said, you gotta pick something out for her too. She said, I've already talked with her. This is what you're gonna get for her. But that was the protectionist that Earline was, and we're gonna miss Earline around here, and I commend this resolution to you. >> The Lady from Wilson, Representative Farmer-Butterfield is recognized to speak on the resolution. >> I thank you, Mr. Speaker. Representative, Senator Parmon. Wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, minister, former member of the Army

Reserve, educator, member of the House of Representatives, Senator. A phenomenal person. She was very proud of the fact that she started a charter school, that was one of the first things she shared with me when I met her in the Class of 2003. In deed, she and myself, Representative Carney, Representative Lewis, Speaker Moore, and many others came to the legislature together in the House. She was always right. She was an excellent debater, and you knew she had that honorary degree from her alma mater, Winston- Salem State University when she got serious on legislative issues like dropout prevention, eugenics, death penalty. People needing justice who were wrongly incarcerated, and the list goes on and on. But I will long remember all the things that she did to express her wonderful sense of humor and her wit, and shared jokes with those of us on both sides of the aisle. In fact, Representative Parmon, when my party was in control, sat directly in the midst of the party on the other side, and she blended in and worked effectively with both sides of the aisle. And that's why she was able to be successful in not only working with dropout prevention, but domestic violence, voter registration. She worked with the Silver Alert, and just always put people first in everything that she did regardless of the number of hats that she wore. It was always about putting people first, and making sure that their needs were addressed. Now she did have an issue with me because I was a Delta and she was in the AKA sorority and of course, she thought her sorority was the best of the best. So, she and I used to debate about which office was going to be occupied by whom, who was going to moderate a mock session for the Black Caucus on Youth and Family Day. And indeed, we talked about who was going to go to what reception with Beverly Earle, and we were gonna go and we were gonna come back. And Earline always won out because she always debated and argued her point with good rationale and logic, so that you could respect her opinion. So I shall miss Representative, Senator Parmon, and I know that she's in heaven in charge, and giving commands and directives to those angles that she's in the midst of, including her husband Albert for 47 years. I commend the resolution to you. >> The gentleman from Forsyth, Representative Lambeth is recognized to debate the resolution. >> Mr. Speaker and colleagues, Earline Parmon was born in New York. Buffalo, New York, that is. And I actually called her a little buffalo because you just did not want to get in her way, because sometimes she would just run over you. She was an outspoken crusader for many causes. I actually met Earline when I was chairman of the school board in Forsyth County, and she had actually started a school, actually it was probably the first charter school, but that was before charter schools were even formed. She decided that kids who couldn't make it in the traditional public schools needed help. So she started this school, and called it a LIFT Academy, and she went after those kids who everybody else said they have no chance, no chance whatsoever. These kids are gonna end up in prison. We don't know what's gonna happen to them, but I'm gonna give them a chance. And she gave them a chance in her school to get a high school degree. And I earned a great deal of respect for what she was doing because she was did it against all obstacles,

funding, community advocates who said this isn't gonna work, and she fought and fought. Even if there's just one child, she was there fighting for that one child. Some of the words I would use to describe her, spunky, direct, but she was accessible. She loved to talk, she really cared about people, she was compassionate, and no matter how stressful the situation, Earline always had a smile on her face. And I know today because we're here talking about her, she's looking down and she's smiling on this body. So I commend the resolution to you. >> The lady from Mecklenberg, Representative Carney is recognized to debate the resolution. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I didn't wanna do this, but all of you who have been paying attention that did not know Earline, I hope you're grasping the incredible impact she made on lives up here. As referenced by Representative Farmer-Butterfield, we all came in, in the freshman class together. Along with Representatives Lewis, the Speaker and others that are still here. Earline will never leave this place, she put her mark here on so many things, but I have the distinct privilege of sitting in seat 54 and she sat behind me in 66. So all the accolades have been said about Earline, but I wanna put a little human side to it. I also had the opportunity to go on a van trip around the state. There were some of us that went out in 2010, and some of us stayed for the whole thing, we would pick up other members along the way. Earline and I were the two that started out together, and ended up back here together. I learned a lot sitting in front of her, but I learned a whole lot more on that trip. When you're in a van and you've been in a group talking, you get in the car and you're tired, but you keep going. But one thing about Earline that hasn't been said is she was an incredible dapper dresser, she loved coordinating her outfits. So sitting in front of her everyday, it was something different, and I don't know how long it took me before I realized she hadn't changed an outfit in quite a while. Not only were her clothes a message or a statement about her, but I'd look down at her shoes and they always were coordinating, or they always stood out. And I commented one day, Earline, where do you find your shoes? She said, now some of you may know, but I don't, she never told me. But there was a store off the interstate that she would stop by on her way to and from here, and pick up something, pick up some new shoes. But the other thing that she always wore with her attire was a pen, and it was all kinds of pens. So I brought two to her one day that I had, had for a long time that was passed on to me, and I gave them to her and she said, what are these? And I said, I wanted to give, contribute to your collection with two pens. She was most appreciative, but then she came the next day and said, I can't take these, they belong to you. And we went back and forth for a couple of days, she ended up keeping them. I knew she wanted them, but anyway I didn't give in to her. But there was another thing on the trip that I learned about Earline, and that is, and some of you who've been in her home know this, she collected salt and pepper shakers. She had hundreds I guess, every kind you can imagine. And on our van trip, we had one opportunity to go into a local country gas station store and by golly, when we left there she walked out with a pair of salt and pepper shakers. That's the human side of her that someone who was a stranger to her 11 years ago 12, 13 years ago, she just embraced you. I've seen here stand up from seat 66 many times and chew into some issue on the floor, she'd sit down and laugh, and then she would go up to the person that she had confronted on the floor. She'd apologize for a minute and say, now I'm not sorry I said what I did, but maybe it was the way I said it. But she won over everybody that touched her, and it was an absolute incredible privilege for me to get to know Earline Parmon, but she's still with us. I commend the resolution to you. >> The gentleman from Wake, Representative Dollar is recognized to debate the resolution.

>> Thank you, Mr. Speaker and members of the House. I first got to know Earline back in, I believe it was 1989, in the Institute of Political Leadership, and there were several members of that class that ended up serving both here in the House and as well as the Senate, and some local officers as well. And Earline was just a real joy to work with, as has been mentioned she had some very strong opinions. She was not shy about sharing those with you, but you always knew where you stood and how she stood on an issue, which was tremendous. But I got entangled shall we say, on a bill that she ran, a hair braiding bill. Yeah, laughter from those who were actually here at the time, that was sort of an amazing bill. It was hotly debated on the floor, it was something and she had her passion into that. So the bill get's over to the Senate. For some reason it was toward the end of session, and most people weren't here in the House, but the Senate was working on a particular day and I ended up, through a comedy of errors I suppose, but I ended up over in the Senate working on this thing for some reason. And in between, I guess Rand/g was trying to keep Senator Garrou, who was trying to make sure that Earline's bill came through okay. And Senator East, which some of you remember him, who was looking out for the barbers at the time, and I think and I don't know if Representative Fisher remembers this, but we borrowed, we borrowed your bill. You helped save us, thank you for that. We borrowed a bill, and we split the two issues up. We untangled them, and anyway we ended up coming back I think the first of the next week and passing, I don't know two or three different bills, but we got it all done. But it was a pretty amazing experience, and I thought I was taking my life in my own hands except that we did get her a bill, and her bill got passed, and she had what she was looking for. But she was just a, as many have mentioned, she was just a real joy to work with, and so we remember her very, very fondly as a great legislator. And I commend the resolution too. >> The gentlemen from Sampson, Representative Bell is recognized to debate the resolution. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker and members of the House. There's a lot been said about Earline, and all of it is true, and I'm not going to try to repeat some of that, but I remember Senator Parmon when she was a county commissioner. We met at that time, and worked together at the state conferences, and national conferences, and I remember here working with her when she was travelling around the state with the Dropout Prevention Program. I met her husband at that time, and learned him very well and we traveled quite a bit, not only in the state, but outside as well. I used to tease Earline because when I found out she was a minister, and I'm a deacon at my church, I called her my pastor cuz I just couldn't imagine her being a preacher at that time. We socialized together a lot, but anyway I just teased her about that, and I will miss her quite a bit. I already miss her a lot around here, and I commend this resolution to you. >> The lady from Randolph, Representative Hurley is recognized to debate the resolution. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker and ladies and gentlemen of the House. I met Earline when I bent was a freshman, I came in 2007, and that year Speaker Hackney named the Dropout Prevention. It was Legislative Commission on Dropout Prevention in High School Graduation, and I was so glad to be on that committee and you would learn so much. And she and Representative Fisher were chairs of that, and one night they were having the meeting in Winston Salem, and I thought, well, since I'm on this commission I'm going. So I drive by myself over to Winston-Salem to see how it worked, and Earline came over says, how would you like to have one of these in Asheboro? And I said, a freshman I was tickled to death! I said, yes I can imagine! Well of course, the night we were supposed to have it in Asheboro I think we got through at 5:30 or something, so we had to hurry to Asheboro and got there about 7 to 7:30, 8 o'clock, but there were still people waiting. And she of course led the discussion and there was only, it was very difficult to find out who the dropouts were and why they dropped out because it's personal,

and it's private. And so I wrote letters in there and I had learned so much, and I wrote letters and had the schools to mail them about dropout, trying to get several people there. But we had at least one dropout who spoke very much from the heart, and some parents. But she was so good to me, and such a dear friend all the years that she was here, I didn't see her as much when she went to the Senate. But I commend the resolution to you and I will miss her. I miss her terribly. Thank you. >> The gentleman from Mecklenburg, Representative Moore is recognized to debate the resolution. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Very rarely do I stand up and I speak on resolutions about past members, but I had a great deal of respect for Senator Parmon. When I came in, I didn't spend a whole lot of time with her, but the time that we did spend together was very productive. She always had a very, very helpful insight to what I was going through coming into the General Assembly. First year I was here was the year that the chamber transitioned from Democrat to Republican. And I was sitting over there in the Speaker's chair feeling a little lonely, and Earline used to come by and she used to speak to me. And she used to tell me, son just keep holding your head up and keep doing the right thing, and moving forward and you're gonna be all right, and you're gonna have success in this chamber. So don't worry, just keep going forward, and so I have very fond memories of Earline. She was a small woman, but she had a will of iron and the strength and the heart of a lion, and she is our modern day Shirley Chisholm. And so I just wanted to lend my voice to what's been said, and all of you have your different experiences, but I will always hold her deep in my heart with love and respect, and I commend the resolution to you. >> The lady from Surry, Representative Stevens is recognized to debate the resolution. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. And I sort of waited to see if anybody else brought this up, but one thing that incredibly impressed me about Representative Parmon is, we were working on issues one day and I think we were actually talking about Eugenics Bill. And she told me that she understood and knew a lot about that because she herself had been the foster mother of 11 children. Now all the other things we know she's done, and as busy and as active as she's been, to take in 11 of somebody else's children on top of her own, says something incredible about that woman. And I just never forgot that she really devoted her time to the things that she believed in, and to take in 11 foster kids is a lot. So, I commend the resolution to you. >> The gentleman from Durham, Representative Michaux is recognized to debate the resolution. >>Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, I knew Earline probably before any of you all ever thought of Earline. I knew Earline back when we called her a rebel with a cause. She sorta rankled the people in Western Salem with her activities that many of us were engaged in at the time, but it all ended up in a most generous and fruitful manner. When she got here in the General Assembly, we renewed, well we never lost the friendship that we had made during the movement at all, but she got in the habit of calling me godfather. >> [LAUGH] >> And every time we would cross each other, or come across each other she'd say godfather this, godfather that, godfather that. So I say, Earline, why do you keep calling me godfather? She said, well for two reasons. She said, one was I saw the movie Godfather, and you sorta reminded me of the capo. I say, why is that? She said, because you have a habit of talking to people in a way that's nice, but then they better look out for their lives. I said, that's it! Wait a minute, I said, you're calling me a capo in the mafia. She said, well the Godfather, that was what it was about and he was the one that shepherded the people through and got them through

life or just got rid of them. She said, on the other hand, you have played a part of my life and let me believe that you were my Godfather, and that you help me particularly here in the House. She and Larry Womble, actually were a pair that you could not dismiss. And eugenics legislation, that this House eventually passed was because of the prodding, not only of Larry Womble, but because Earline insisted on it being done. And when Larry had his accident, then Earline took over the fight and got more done, and got things done much better than had been happening in the past. Earline had a voice. She spoke, she taught. She said things sometimes that rankled people. She said things sometimes that just really hit the wrong nerve at first, but then people began to realize that what she was saying was true. It reminds me of the great theologian Martin Luther, who had a problem with the high church of Rome, and he began to write letters and theses about how it would be ruining. The holy Catholic Church didn't like it, and they eventually engaged in what they called a Diet of Worms, which they brought where they brought Martin Luther in to get him to ask him whether or not he believed what he wrote. And a lot of people asked Earline, did you really believe what you said? But Martin Luther said, give me overnight to think about it, and he came back the next day and this is what he told the Diet at Worms, I neither can nor will recant anything, for it is neither right nor safe to act against conscience. Here I stand, I can do no other, and that was Earline's real for forte, and so I missed her. And Beverly, you tried to talk her out of going over there to that other body, you weren't anymore passionate about it than I was cuz I said, you're making a mistake. I said, you need to be over here backing up the rest of us. Well, she went on over there. I guess we will all miss her guidance, we miss her counsel, we miss her words of wisdom. We will always miss her personality, we will all miss everything that she offered to this body. I guess the best thing I can say is something I learned a while back, which I've tried to follow, and I know it sort of epitomizes Earline. And it goes something like, I seek opportunity not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk, to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I will never cower before any master, nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid. To think and act for myself, and to face the world boldly and say, this, I have done. Earline, you have done it. >> Further discussion, further debate? If not, the question before the House is the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 853 on its second reading. [BLANK_AUDIO]] Those in favor will vote aye, those opposed will vote no. The Clerk will open the vote. [BLANK_AUDIO] The Clerk will lock the machine and record the vote. 101 having voted in the affirmative and none on the negative, Senate Joint Resolution 853 passes its second reading, and will without objection be read a third time. >> The Senate resolved, the House concurring. >> Further discussion, further debate? If not, the question before the House is the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 853 on its third reading. Those in favor will say Aye, >> Aye. >> Those opposed, No. >> The Ayes have it. Senate Joint Resolution 853 having passed its third reading is ordered enrolled. Members, I would ask that you join me in welcoming the following guests who I'm gonna to introduce.

These are family members of Senator Parmon. First her daughter Tracy Ingram, her daughter Angela Milton, and granddaughter Kayla Milton, as well as some extended family and friends. Would you all please stand so that we welcome you, and thank you for being with us? >> [APPLAUSE] [BLANK_AUDIO] >> Madam Clerk, it appears that Representative Bumgardner's machine was not properly functioning, and the gentleman has indicated he wishes to be recorded as voting Aye on the resolution. If the Clerk will please note that. >> Members, for scheduling purposes, there will be no further votes in session today. The Rules Committee will be meeting, I believe immediately upon adjournment today to take up the bill referenced earlier, and the Appropriations Committee, I believe will be meeting in the morning to take that up. For what purpose does the gentleman from Edgecombe, Representative Willingham rise? >> Mr. Speaker, I'd like to change my vote on 474. >> How does the gentleman wish to be recorded? >> Yes. >> The gentleman will be recorded as having voted Aye on House Bill 474. For what purpose does the lady from Mecklenburg, Representative Carney rise? >> For an inquiry of the Chair. >> The lady may state her inquiry. >> Mr. Speaker, if you allow, would you please have the words today spread across the Journal? >> Will do. For what purpose does the gentleman from Wake, Representative Dollar rise? >> For an announcement. >> The gentleman has the floor for an announcement. >> The full Appropriations Committee will meet tomorrow morning at 8:30 in 643. We will take up two bills. Senate Bill 71, which is the coal ash bill, and House Bill 1050, which is motorcycle discrimination or nondiscrimination, something like that. One of Torbett's bills. So, we'll take up those two in the morning, 8:30. Thank you. [BLANK-AUDIO] And for what purpose does the gentleman from Cumberland, Representative Floyd rise? >> See if Representative Dollar would yield for a question. >> Does the gentleman from Wake, yield to the gentleman from Cumberland? >> I yield. >> He yields. >> Representative Dollar, is it possible for us to meet at 9? Just possible now, I just raised the question sir. >> The only concern we've got is that there is a Health meeting at 10, that also has to set up in there. They have to turn the room over, so that's the reason why we're going ahead and meeting at our usual time of 8.30. >> Thank you sir. >> The gentleman from Harnett, Representative Lewis is recognized for an announcement. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. And Mr Speaker and members of the House, Committee on Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House will meet five minutes after the adjournment of this session in room 1228. The two bills that will be considered are Senate Bill 71, short title Committee Appointment Modifications, and House Joint Resolution 1141, Observance of Memorial Day. >> Further notices and announcements? If not, the gentleman from Harnett, Representative Lewis is recognized for a motion. >> Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, subject to the receipt of committee reports, and the re-referral of bills and resolutions, I move the House adjourn to reconvene Wednesday, May 25th at 2 o'clock PM. >> Representative Lewis moves, seconded by Representative Michaux, that the House do now adjourn, subject to the receipt of committee reports and the re-referral of bills and resolutions. To reconvene Wednesday, May 25th at 2 PM. Those in favor will say aye, >> Aye. >> Those opposed, no. >> No. >> The Ayes have it. We stand adjourned. [SOUND] [BLANK_AUDIO]