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Senate | May 14, 2014 | Chamber | First Day: Introductions II

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Messages from the House, the Clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Messages from the House. HJR 1030, a joint resolution honoring NASCAR and the inductees of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca’s recognized for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mister President. Members, I move the rules be suspended to the end that HJR 1030 honoring NASCAR that was just reported, and be brought to the floor for immediate consideration. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Without objection, we will put HJR 1030 on the calendar. Hearing on HJR 130, the Clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] HJR 1030, a joint resolution honoring NASCAR and inductees of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca’s recognized to speak to the resolution. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mister President. Members, we are under a time restraint here to get these gentlemen to the Governor’s mansion, so understand it was debated fully over in the House. You probably learned more than you wanted to know over in the House, gentlemen, but we’d like to welcome you to the Senate, which we consider the upper chamber and where most good work’s done in ?? That being said, the motor sports industry in North Carolina contributes 5.9 billion to our economy. That is a good number. We’d like to see that number continue to rise, as it does yearly, and we’d like to thank you for that. NASCAR, or the racing industry in North Carolina, directly or indirectly accounts for 24 thousand jobs, so that makes you one of the major employers in the state. We’ve seen success with NASCAR; we saw that with the last contract they signed with NBC and Fox, going forward another ten years. Senator ?? and I met with the folks earlier, and we were amazed at how technology has been brought forth with NASCAR and how it’s reached into different areas of life, even from dealing with concussions in other sports, what NASCAR has done with the technological advances they have made going forward. This year the Hall of Fame will be doing inductions, and I don’t know the exact date of it but I believe it’s within the next couple of weeks. Is that correct? And we’d like to honor those folks, and I’m going to ask the Clerk, if he would, to name the folks going into the Hall of Fame when we’re finished here. We did want to open it up for debate but due to time restraints we’re not going to be able to, so… we good? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I can recognize them from here. I have the names, Senator. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] So with that being said, I want to thank everyone for attending today, and I hope you had a good visit with us, and please come back anytime, and we do appreciate what you do for North Carolina. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Senator. Is there any further discussion? Hearing none, Senators, we’re going to take two votes back-to-back. The first will be electronic vote for the new Senators with us here today. We’re going to do a five-second vote on that electronic vote. The green button is yes and the red button is no; I’m sure you’ve been well-trained on that. And then we will go to a voice vote after that, and I will ask everybody to please stand when we go to the voice vote, and we will read a second time. So House Joint Resolution 1030, the Clerk will read a second time. We already read a second time; don’t have to do that anymore. We’re going to move right into the vote them. If there’s no further discussion, the question before the Senate is the passage of HJR 1030 on its second reading. All in favor vote “Aye”, opposed vote “No”. Five seconds will be allowed for the voting and the Clerk will record the vote. 49 having voted in the affirmative and 0 in the negative, House Joint Resolution 1030 passes its second reading without objection. It will be read a third time. [SPEAKER CHANGES] ?? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any further discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question before the Senate is the passage of HJR 1030 on its third reading. All members please stand. All in favor will say “Aye”. [SPEAKER CHANGES] “Aye.” [SPEAKER CHANGES] Opposed, “No”. The “Ayes” have it. HJR 1030 passes its third reading and it will be enrolled. Members, you can be seated.

Speaker: Senators, upon the motion, of Senator Tom Apodaca, of Henderson County, the chair is happy to extend courtesies of the gallery to our Nascar special guests. They include Brent Duer, Nascar Chief Operating Office and Richard Childress, owner of the Childress Racing and Childress vineyards. And we’d also like to welcome our Nascar Hall of Fame inductees. We’d like to ask all of you to stand please while I introduce you, and if you could, just kind of raise your hand as I introduce you, all inductees as well; Jack Ingram, Bobby Allison, Rusty Wallace, Junior Johnson, Dale Inman, Ned Garrett, and Dale Garrett. Rusty Wallace you were my favorite when I was a kid, and all that, all that means is you’re really old now. [Audience laughter] Congratulations to all of you. Thank you for joining us in the Senate and we look forward to you induction into the Hall of Fame. Thank you so much. [Applause] Speaker: Senators, upon the motion, of Senator Tom Apodaca, of Henderson County, the chair is happy to extend courtesies of the gallery to, and is honored to recognize some very special international visitors with us today. The North Carolina Secretary of State office is hosting a group of legislators and parliamentarians, from the Republic of Moldova. Many of you are aware that in 1999 North Carolina formed a bilateral partnership with the Republic of Moldova and for fifteen years we have engaged in academic, cultural and economic development and scientific exchanges. So we’re delighted to have with us today three parliamentarians from the city of Chiscinow in Moldova. George Mokonu, Committee for cultural education, research and youth, Egor Vrinya, Committee for Environment and Climate Change, Simian Gistrenuk, Committee for Environment and Climate Change. I hope you’ve enjoyed your time here in North Carolina. We thank you for joining us in the Senate today and welcome. [Applause] Also, Senators, upon the motions of Senator Apodaca, of Henderson County, the chair is happy to extend courtesies in our chamber today to U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Special Agent Steven Gillis. He’s from Charlotte, and his bomb dog Carley, is with him. They conducted a sweep of the chamber today, so Senator Apodaca may blow up but the rest of us are probably fine. So thank you very much, Special Agent for being here today. [Applause] Do we have any notices or announcements? Senator Pate, what purpose do you rise? Senator Pate: Thank you Mr. President; to make some announcements regarding standing committee appointments. Speaker: Senator Pate has the floor for his announcements. Senator Pate: Thank you Mr. President; the following changes is to standing committee membership have been made by President Pro tempori Phil Burger. Senator Bingham replaces Senator Brent Jackson as a co-chair of the Agricultural Environmental and Natural Resources. Senator Brent Jackson remains on the committee. Senators Harrington and Bent Jackson are named additional co-chair of appropriations based budget. Senator Meredith replaces Senator Harrington as a co-chair on appropriations Transportation. Senator Randleman replaces Senator Bingham as a co-chair on appropriations JPS. Senator Bingham replaces Brent Jackson as a co-chair on appropriations NER. Senator Rabun replaces Senator Harrington as a co-chair of transportation, and Senator Meredith... [Cut off]

... replaces Senator Rabin as the Vice Chair. Senator Harrington remains on the committee. Senator Robinson is appointed to Program Evaluation. Senator Hartzell is appointed to judiciary one and removed from judiciary two. Senator Wade is appointed to Rules. Senator Tillman is appointed to finance. [SPEAKER CHANGES] And the next page. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Jeff Jackson is appointed to the following standing committees: agriculture, environment, natural resources, appropriations, justice and public safety, finance, judiciary two, rules, program evaluation. Senator Van Dyne is appointed to the following standing committees: appropriations HHS, health care, commerce, finance, judiciary one, state and local government, ways and means. Senator Fusche is appointed to the following standing committees: education, state and local government, appropriations JPS, appropriations base budget, judiciary one, agriculture, environment and natural resources. Senator Kravick is appointed to the following standing committees: commerce, education, finance, appropriations, transportation, judiciary two, and program evaluation. In addition, Mr. President, President Pro Temp Fillberger appoints Senator Michael Walters to the legislative services commission to fill the unexpired term of the late Senator Martin Nesbitt. Thank you, Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Senator. Any further notices or announcements, Senator Brown for ?? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President. Announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator, you have the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Tomorrow morning at 8:30, the Appropriations Committee will be meeting in rooms 643 in LOB. Please bring the governor’s budget that you should have on your desk in your offices by now I would hope, to the meeting if you would. Thanks. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Any other notices or announcements? Senator Blue, for the purposes of your eyes. Well, Senator ??, you have a question. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator ??, do you? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I do. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator ??, about a month ago, the principal clerk and I talked to a parliamentary delegation from Nigeria, a congressional delegation from Nigeria. One thing that had interested them was our history with the Legislative Services Commission especially back in the 80s and 90s. They raised an interesting question to us. They wanted to know why it hadn’t met in 15 years. [SPEAKER CHANGES] So I see that it’s scheduled for a meeting. I think ’99 was the last time that it had met, but I see that it is scheduled for a meeting tomorrow and I would simply inquire because I look at the membership of it and I’m glad that Senator Berger has appointed Senator Walters to it. But given the subjects that it deals with, and in this case it’s looking at the building rules and things involving the use of the building and decorum around the building. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Do you know if there is going to be a similar effort in the house to have cross-party representation, that the make-up that comes from our computer system says it’s a committee that’s totally populated by Republicans. I just wanted to make sure that there is an alternative viewpoint, or at least competing viewpoint or a cooperative viewpoint, depending on the perspective that the democratic members take on that committee. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Blue, I appreciate that question. When we look back at 1999, we noticed that it was totally the majority party appointed to that commission, but we did take it when we did it. It is my understanding the Representative Paul has been appointed in the House as of a little while ago and we did put, as far as I know, two members. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you very much. I appreciate that. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Blue, do you know another question?

I appreciate that since I didn't do any of the appointing in '99. I guess there was a reason that they stopped a meeting but it must be something monumental if fifteen years later we need to reconstitute it. Would you agree? [SPEAKER CHANGES] But I'll let you know after tomorrow. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I'll look forward to it. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Any further notices or announcements? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator McKissick for a purpose hereas[?]. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Point of personal privilege [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator McKissick has the floor for point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I know it was announced earlier today that we were going to adjourn today in honor of Senator Nesbitt and since I always thought of Senator Nesbitt as a very close and dear friend and a colleague in this chamber I just wanted to say that all of those that attended his funeral, and I these attended, the funeral was attended by a wonderful group of members of both chambers here and likewise of both parties, that it was a real tribute to him as a member. It was somebody who was viewed consistently as a person who had outstanding integrity, somebody who would reach across party lines, somebody who spoke for the common man, someone who had an intrinsic sense of values that caused him to understand the needs and concerns of everyday people. He was frequently referred to during his homecoming service, or funeral, as a mountain man but most importantly as a popularist. And since we are today adjourning in his honor I would have felt remiss if I had not said that he was certainly one of those people who established a very high bar in this chamber and across the hall when he served in the House as well. Someone who unselfishly sacrificed of his time. Somebody who really did not hesitate to stand up in whatever committee he was in or on the floor of this chamber to share a perspective that frequently would have not been articulated, a voice that would not have been heard with passion, commitment, concern, and principle values. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Senator. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Any other notices or announcements? Senator Curtis for a purpose hereas[?]. [SPEAKER CHANGES] A point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Curtis has the floor for a point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] My fellow members, I want to report to you about ?? law, if you recall it's a law that increased the penalty for child abuse in North Carolina. This bill was introduced in the Federal Senate by Congressman Pittenger[?] and it passed the Federal House several weeks ago and passed the Senate last week and is expected to be signed into law by the president within the next few weeks. So I think it's a great thing that this law started here in North Carolina and now it's going to go all across the nation. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Senator. Is there any further business to come before the Senate? If not, the chair recognizes Senator Berger for motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President. I move that the Senate do now adjourn in memory Martin Luther Nesbitt Jr., subject to the receipt and re-referral of messages from the house and the Governor and the referral and re-referral of bills and resolutions to reconvene on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Motion is the Senate do now adjourn in memory of Senator Martin Luther Nesbitt of Buncombe County and subject to the stipulations stated by Senator Berger to reconvene Thursday, May the 15th at 10:30 a.m., seconded by Senator Hunt. All in favor will say "I," opposed "no." The "I's" have it. The senate stands adjourned.