Senate will come to order. Sargent at arms will close the doors. Members will go to their seats. Members and guest of the gallery will please silence all electronic devises. Leading the senate in prayer today is reverend Peter Milner, senate Chaplin. All members and guess will please stand.[SPEAKER CHANGES] Please bow your heads and pray with me. Heavenly father everyday we get to come into this wonderful building and we get to work together. Everyday we come and we hope that something might change perhaps for the best. But lord things can also get mired down and stuck in the mud like a chapter. But lord you sent the lights into the world. You've sent your spirit. And why is that light not enough for us? Why is that spirit not enough for us? You've given us power, the power of your presence. As we wrestle with you as legislators, pass and as they fail. Oh god I pray that all of us, the people that are praying for us. Whole churches praying for leaders. That we're not here alone. That this might be a big machine, but there are people here that need your grace. And pray that these here will know that they can make a difference. And we pray that your light Jesus will make a great difference in this place and in these peoples lives. Its in your name we pray, amen. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Pate is recognized for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] thank you mr president. Journal of Wednesday July 23rd 2014 has been examined and is found to correct. I move that the senate dispense with the reading of the journal and that it stands approved as written. [SPEAKER CHANGES] That objection to Journal for July 23rd 2014 stands approved as written. Members, leaves of absence are granted today for senators Gun and Newton. Our nurse of the day is in the back of the chamber. Nurse Wendy Goutney, of Greensboro, North Carolina is serving the senate today and nurse Goutney we appreciate your service. Thank you. Members we're ready to go to the calendar. Senator Tillman tell me what purpose do you rise. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you mr president. Send forth a conference report. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Send forward your report. Clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Conference report Senate bill 793. The president of the senate speak of the house representatives. The ?? appointed to resolve the differences between the senate and the house of representatives on senate bill 793. A bill to be entitles an act to provide that a teacher employed by a charter school may serve as a non voting member on the board of directions for the charter school. To ammend the date by which the state board of educations shall make decisions on charter school applications. To allow charter school to expand one grade higher than a charter school currently offers to required charter renewals to be for 10 years. To clarify that charters with admissions of single gender education may limit on the basis of gender. To provide priority enrollment for the children of members on the board of directors beyond the initial year. To make charter schools subject to requirements to the open meetings and the public records law. To allow charter schools to ask for additional records regarding your transfer of the ?? people share of the local current expense fund. To shorten the time period for payments of delinquent funds to clarify the bidding process. For the assumption of charter schooling to active staff. State board of education to develop a fast track approval process and to allow charter schools to be eligible to receive permanent registration plates house committee substitute bill 62314 Fits Addition and Gross. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Calendar. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr President [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca, what purpose do you rise. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The conference report the reading clerk just read in. I move that it be placed on the end of today's calendar please. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Without objection.
So ordered. Members, we have 2 local bills that I would propose to voice vote and would also propose to combine. Sen. Apodaca, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Let's do them individually please. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Does that include a request that they be voted recorded on second reading, or [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes sir, please. I move that both of them be recorded electronically and read separately. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Without objection, so ordered. Senate bill 859, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate bill 859, ?? regulation of vacation rentals. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. Tarte is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President. Members, this is a local bill that affects 1 community, deals with zoning in a single family neighborhood around vacation rentals. Has a sunset provision, and passed without opposition out of the finance commission yesterday. I'd ask for your support, thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question before the Senate is the passage of Senate bill 859 on its second reading. All in favor will vote "aye", opposed to vote "no", five seconds will be allowed for the voting, clerk will record the vote. Bingham, aye. Tillman, aye. 45 having voted in the affirmative and 3 in the negative, Senate bill 859 has passed its second reading and will without objection be read a third time. [SPEAKER CHANGES] North Carolina general assembly enacts. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there further discussion or debate on Senate bill 859? Hearing none, the question before the Senate is the passage of Senate bill 859 on its third reading, all in favor will say "aye". [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] All opposed will say "no". The "aye"s have it, and Senate bill 859 has passed its third reading and will be sent to the House. House bill 1151, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House bill 1151, ?? bill red light changes. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. Meredith is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President. Members of the Senate, this is a bill that would allow Fayetteville to erect red light cameras. They had this ability 5 years ago, this is a local bill, Fayetteville currently has statutory authority to erect the red light cameras, what this bill would do would allow Fayetteville to enter into a inter-local agreement with the school board so that they could follow the constitution out. The constitution, and allow the proceeds to be transferred to the school board. In the past, I was on the city council, we did not have the authority to enter into a inter-local agreement with the school board so we had to end the red light program. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there further discussion or debate? Sen. Clark, what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To speak to the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] To the bill? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Excuse me. [SPEAKER CHANGES] You have the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I'd like to reiterate what Sen. Meredith has said, this is a local bill, it has 100% support across our delegation, that's the Senate and House, within our city and within the county commissioners. Now I also want to emphasize that this particular bill is not breaking new ground, and that it is opening up the door to use red light cameras. We already have statutory authority to do that. And I do understand that there's some concern among some individuals or some members maybe that we're trying to- we're going to put in place a system that will essentially game the system against our constituents. In other words, now the duration of the yellow lights. Well we cannot do that. There are already provisions and statutes that dictate the duration of the yellow light. So again we emphasize that this is a local bill, allowing Fayetteville to enter that inter-local agreement mentioned by Sen. Meredith so that we can put this system back into place in Fayetteville, North Carolina. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion or debate? Sen. Jackson, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr.President. As I mentioned ?? [SPEAKER CHANGES] ?? to debate the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] To debate the bill, excuse me. I'm sorry. As I mentioned yesterday in the rules committee, I feel like this is a bad idea. I know our dear friend Don East fought these things for a long time, and with good reason. I think it's a speed trap waiting to happen. There is a study, as I mentioned yesterday in rules, out of Florida that shows that the yellow lights have been decreased, and from what I understand also they've been decreased in some areas here in the state as well, and there's also been a concern raised as far as the fines going to the city council from the school department that I'm not
...unconstitutional, so I just ask that you do not support this bill. Thank you, and I think it’s bad policy. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion, further debate? Senator Hise, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To speak on the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] You have the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President, members of the Senate, I understand that this is a local bill. Ultimately, may support Senator Meredith in this local bill, but I didn’t want to do so without a little bit of ??, without a little bit of a warning. It has been clear that the Senate position as we have voted before, the previous session is that we’re going to eliminate red-light cameras in the state of North Carolina. We have not yet been successful in convincing our House colleagues to go along, but I don’t think that effort’s going to end. While I support this because we’ve not yet been successful, any local governments or any local areas looking to expend money on a red-light camera system at this point need to be aware that I continue to fight and members of this body will continue to fight to eliminate red light cameras in the state of North Carolina because they do not increase safety and they’re quite a constitutional privilege so thank you very much. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there and further discussion or debate? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Goolsby, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Question for Senator Meredith. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Meredith, do you yield? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Meredith, like Senator Hise, I, too, hate red light cameras and have...they don’t do anything, it seems, but place another tax on the people and I wanted to make sure that I understood, for myself, because I want to support your bill, I want to support you and your local bill. This doesn’t expand red light cameras, it simply says that the money, since they’re still legal and we hadn’t gotten rid of yet, which hopefully you guys will do when I’m gone, that the money that comes in will go to the schools instead of into the city budget and that’s all you’re doing here. Is that right? [SPEAKER CHANGES] That’s correct. We’re asking for the authority, the city of Fayetteville to enter into an inter-local agreement with the school board so that they will receive all the proceeds. In the past, the money went to the city, so that’s what we’re asking for. Yes sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, sir. To speak briefly on the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Goolsby is recognized to speak to the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] With that answer, Senator Meredith, I will support your bill, your local bill. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any further discussion or debate? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Tucker, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Just a question for Senator Meredith if he’ll yield. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Meredith, do you yield? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES] He yields. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Meredith, since you have statutory authority, why don't’ you go ahead and put these cameras in. I’m trying to support your bill, but I feel like in this vote for you to be able to transfer money to the schools, I’m endorsing red light cameras and Fayetteville. Help me differentiate that, and why hadn’t you done it before now? [SPEAKER CHANGES] It would be against...we had...we did that as a city, prior, and it was a constitutional issue, so that’s why we need the inter-local agreement. We tried to do it without the inter-local agreement six years ago and it was against the constitution that all the proceeds go directly to the school board and they were coming to the city. That’s why we’re asking for this. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any further discussion or debate? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Wade, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To ask Senator Meredith a question. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Meredith do you yield? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES] He yields. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Meredith, my understanding is that it allows for the fee to be increased. Is that correct? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes ma’am and the...yes ma’am. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any further discussion or debate on House Bill 1151? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Oh, Senator Barringer, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To speak on the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] You have the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I’d like that think Senator Hise and Senator Goolsby for their commentary and questions. I do not support red light cameras, but I certainly support public education and for that reason I will be support this bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Will Senator Rabin yield to a question? [SPEAKER CHANGES] He yields. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Now that you have my attention. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you. Senator Rabin is it state law dictating the time period of a yellow light? [SPEAKER CHANGES] There are those...yellow light times vary with the intersections, but the Department of Transportation does have statutes that cover that. Yes sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Follow up. [SPEAKER CHANGES] He yields. [SPEAKER CHANGES] You say it does vary with intersections? [SPEAKER CHANGES] It can vary with the size of the intersection and the number...
...of lanes, etc. etc. But there is a yellow light period that is set, yes sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any further discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question before the Senate is the passage on second reading of House Bill 1151. All in favor vote aye, all opposed vote no. Five seconds will be allowed for the voting. The clerk will record the vote. I’m sorry, let the record reflect that Senator Newton is now in the chamber. Newton, aye. Senator McKissick, aye. 36 having voted in the affirmative and 13 in the negative, House Bill 1151 has passed its second reading and will, without objection, be read a third time. [SPEAKER CHANGES] North Carolina General Assembly enacts. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any further discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question before the Senate is the passage on third reading of House Bill 1151. All in favor say aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] All opposed say no. [SPEAKER CHANGES] No [SPEAKER CHANGES] The ayes have it. House Bill 1151 has passed its third reading and will be enrolled. Local bill for concurrence, Senate Bill 201. The clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Bill 201. Stanly Community College Capital Project. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator McLaurin is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President. This is a bill to authorize Stanly Community College to enter into agreements with Stanley County government to construct buildings on their campus. This will actually save the community college some money. They’re leasing some space off site. I’ve talked with both the community college and Stanley County commissioners, everybody’s in support of this. I urge your support and thank Representative Burr for bringing this bill forward and, again, I ask for your support. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any further discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question before the Senate is the motion to concur in the House Committee Substitute to Senate Bill 201. All in favor of the motion will vote aye, all opposed will vote no. Five seconds will be allowed for the voting. The bill’s sponsor asks that you vote aye. Five seconds will be allowed the voting. The clerk will record the vote. 49 having voted in the affirmative and none in the negative, the Senate does concur in the House Committee Substitute and the bill will be enrolled. Public bill’s third reading roll call. Senate Bill 763. The clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Bill 763, Revenue Laws Technical Changes. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Hartsell, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To send forward an amendment. The clerk has it and it is on the dashboard I think. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Send forward your amendment. The clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Hartsell moves to amend the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Hartsell is recognized to explain the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President. Members of the Senate, this is a technical amendment. I submit it’s that because it conforms our existing law to generally accepted accounting principles. That is to say, when a sale occurs and when it is reported, I will leave it at that. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any further discussion or debate? Senator Rucho, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. To debate the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] You have the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Members of the Senate, we did discuss this issue in Finance the other day. Our staff had some provision dealing with admissions in there that we felt was not a technical amendment and that’s why we withdrew that from the technical amendments bill because it wasn’t appropriately in there and therefore a decision was made by the chair that there would be no inclusion of another amendment, so there may be a disagreement as to whether technical or not, but it was our decision that it wasn’t. More importantly, this issue of admissions, which we’re working with regarding sales tax collection, was discussed with Senator Hartsell and others, then Senator Rabin and I. Representative Howard said that there would be additional review of this issue in revenue laws during the interim to come up with some suitable answer. Mr. Wayne in the Department of Revenue was very clear in knowing that there is a difference between gross receipts and when time to pay, and when sales...
Switch is a cost that is paid upon receipt of the circumstances of this review, reviewed one. And Irish members of the Senate not to move that to vote against this amendment on this bill, thank you for further discussion about this present their burger or procure raw. I think they can do either amendments are doubtful this minute is very important. I also concur with us and our parcel that this is technical in nature is not this technicality is very important, not it affects not just the largely needs the sale admissions. They also affects our community theaters on the Carolina ballet, symphony, for example I'm a season subscriber to the Carolina ballet, which by the way, works on a shoestring shoestring is very important for our economic development. He has a season subscriber, I get tickets and I have some options with those tickets I can go in and actually sit and watch the performance as purchased before I can trade them in for a lesser tickler ticket or greater ticket for that performance or yet another one will I can actually get before the performance of cars I can turn the ticket agent and converted into a charitable deduction for that charity without this amendment that would be a tremendous bookkeeping and accounting burden on all of those those organizations. All the arts, greets all of the an error of sports greats to keep up with the winners supposed to be making visits efficient, not creating more bookkeeping hassles for the HMI sit in that seat and enjoy the ballet or until I give up. ` and make a charitable contribution. I have that deal was not done until the deal is done. The I do not believe that the sales tax is added. I appreciate your support for this amendment further discussion or debate the president me that run him question in America. The deal I guess I feel so we're not sent to you actually teach something over at the University 's son at the back decision. Thank you, sir, I'm a clinical professor which means I am not saying I am a full-time clinical professor at monastic accounting program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Kenan Flagler business school. Thank you for your expert advice on one another just like speak on the amendment certainly is recognized to speak on the amount just likes and remembers talking about… we have a family and how which provides performances. We have a lot of small theater venues, as I understand it, the way this would work is that he would have to literally pay the tax programmer show that might be canceled, they could have a fire, they could have water damage. The artist might not show up and everybody had to pay the tax before the services even been delivered in support of the same Consumer Reports. It was great if I'm wrong, but if that is the case, I'm in support of this amendment. Think the early yesterday and right was never brought up to debate the amendment was helpful magic numbers that we were supposed pretty hard in an committee and out of committee and we don't need to put up wet that I will tell you that the event this amendment have placed in the technical corrections bill. I think they could do and what effect the revenues of the state and we haven't done that we have arrived and what that epoch that amount might be, but having having said that you know Rob Souza group, muscles often him at the time, but I don't I don't read them until the next General assembly convened. So maybe I should not have to pay that the facts on massive drugs that I was not a lot of difference if and when you have done best in Texas( the land where it will try to simplify things and we've tried to make everything the same for every body know that the high thing to do what you know, this is the beginning of Caldwell and if we if we go along with this sort of thing. In particular, in this venue, rather than letting it in committee, which is the way our process works in growing back down the same road that we work so hard to stop. As of June, when not to vote for this letter will pass about it
Speaker: And will ride that who us little further and we have to put it up again but i would urge you not to support this amendment thank you, Speaker Changes: Further discussion and debate, Speaker Changes: Mr president, Speaker Changes: Senator ?? for what purpose do you ask, Speaker Changes: To speak to the amendment the second time, Speaker Changes: you have the floor to speak to the amendment, Speaker Changes: this is actually the first time you stood to explain the amendment, Speaker Changes: Thank you Mr.President, Speaker Changes: There is no way to carve out this is consistency with existing law that we have with regard to trust access if you look at the statute 154.7 it task about taxes due and payable then the sale occurs when the sale occurs when the sale occurs n this contacts and committee the other day at least we have the opportunity to ask i think Erick Wayne ?? director of sales tax what happens if you buy a pay if cordon he pays sales tax in no he pays sales tax for his team what happens when you for instance lay away something do you pay a tax when you make a first parcel on it when you pay the tax when you pick it up i would content from the economic perspective the attendance of a venue for whatever purpose isn't exactly the same thing ?? clarifies that and says in the contacts and that type of sale in that type of situation it's the same thing now with regard to the funds of the state there is no way to supply the funds of the state the reason it does is the states still took it's taxes it gets the taxes when the sale occurs Speaker Changes:?? Speaker Changes: senator ?? for what purpose do you sk Speaker Changes: to speak the second time Speaker Changes: our rules do not allow you to speak the second time on the amendment the sponsor of the amendment can speak to explain the amendment and can speak one time to debate the amendment so all the members an speak onetime on the Speaker Changes:amendment Speaker Changes: Mr.President, Speaker Changes: senator ?? for what purpose do you ask, Speaker Changes: senator ?? to yell for a question, Speaker Changes: senator ?? do you yell, Speaker Changes: i yell, Speaker Changes: certainly Speaker Changes: senator ?? I'm trying to figure this out that affects the university of North Carolina of the 17 institutions i thin 16 of them would sell tickets in advance of their athletic tickets tens and million of dollars is well as performance by the schools of the arts if this amendment doesn't passe will it change the way that they have to do a counting for their sales and stuff as well Speaker Changes: if the amendment does not pass it will change the way yes, Speaker Changes: senator ?? for what purpose do you ask, Speaker Changes: to accent and reach up a question, Speaker Changes: senator Richard do he yell, Speaker Changes: he yell, Speaker Changes: Senator Richard if i buy that ticket i purchase the ticket as a consumer I'm i expecting that sales tax revenue will be send to the government at the time that, Speaker Changes: i pay it, Speaker Changes: thank you senator ??, Speaker Changes: as a consumer you buy something id you go to ?? or someplace to but a new shirt at the ?? senator ?? i go elsewhere in doing on the sales tax is a trust tax and it is required to me remitted at appropriate time on the existing law that trust tax is not the same as what was before a tax on gross to seat so it's totally different on there is a requirement that need to be paid in a response to send that to ?? if he pays a sales tax for something he purchases and he returns it he repay it and the ?? repay here go back to the ?? person that collected it or the person that paid it so that happens day and day out what does the debate here talk about more than anything how complicated this is and why a revenue law is taken in and study and to see a question completely is really needs further study and you writing your assessment, Speaker Changes: follow up ?? Speaker Changes: yes, Speaker Changes: i do, Speaker Changes: he yells, Speaker Changes: so senator,
If the money is not turned in as in say my business either monthly or quarterly. Then if I am not turning it in the business is using it for their cashflow Yes Mama there is a huge float on that especially in these large corporation that senator ??? is alluding too they sit on millions of dollars they sit on this money for operating costs instead of fufilling their obligation under the trust tax when its received I paid for my panthers tickets 4000 dollars I wont use them until but I paid 278 dollar sin sales tax. I submitted it I expect that money to go back as the law is clearly stated on receipt. MR president one more follow up He will continue to yield. Senator ??? is in essence as a taxpayer I am furnishing cash flow for some businesses is that correct? I say yes mama everyoen is using the term GAAP. Its different GAAP and tax tax is due upon receipt a GAAP is when youre doing accrual and all that stuff its two different worlds. Mr ?? from the dept of revenue was very clear about this. My staff is very clear on this and we urge you to vote down the amendment. Mr President Speak on the amendment. You know the govt cant wait to get your tax money, they like it quick and up front. And this issue has been debated ad infinitum during the committee meetings and I dont think it needs debating further and I think we should vote on it. But the issue is clear I understand it. IF you want the govt to get your money asap thats fine with me. Further discussion and debate on amendment 1 Senator why do you rise TO ask senator ?? a question Senator rucho how is it being done now? The collection of taxes on event tickets. Well, prior to our transfer over from gross receipts where it was kept and differnt businesses can use that money as a float.We the effective date on that..cindy...is it..effective date was on Jan 1st thats when we went from gross receipts to sales tax and the sales tax is the trust tax and thats why we are treating all retail sales the same way and that means upon receipt of the person receiving that money. Follow up mr president? 2014 or 2015 mr rucho? further discussion or debate? Mr President Senator ?? you can rise Mr President can I speak one time or two times? Once for position and one time to explain, youve used both times I think ive dont that yes Further discussion or debate All in favor vote Aye, all opposed Nay 24 having voted in affirmative, 24 in negative, the amendment fails and the bill is back before you. MR President Mr ?? why do you rise Set forth an amendment. The clerk will read. Senator ?? we do not have an amendment. You dont have it? It should have been sent up a while ago.
That's okay. I apologize. It's okay. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion or debate on Senate bill 763? Hearing none, the question before the house is the passage on third reading of Senate bill 763. All in favor will vote "Aye", all opposed will vote "no", 5 seconds will be allowed for the voting. The clerk will record the vote. Sen. Randleman, aye. Sen. Sanderson, aye. Sen. Wade, aye. Sen. Cook, aye. Sen. Apodaca, aye. Sen. Davis, not in the chamber. Sen. McKissick, aye. 46 having voted in the affirmative and 2 in the negative, Senate bill 763 has passed its third reading, and will be sent to the House. House bill 1224, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House bill 1224, local sales tax options, economic development changes. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. Tarte is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Point of order. On the prior amendment, if a member is present in the hall and doesn't vote, is that vote automatically recorded as a "Aye" vote? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. Tarte, I believe that's a rule that applies in municipal government does not apply in this chamber. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. McKissick, to speak on House bill 1224? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Send forth an amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Send forth your amendment, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. McKissick moves to amend the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. McKissick is recognized to explain the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] This is a pretty straightforward amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. McKissick, hold on just a sec. Okay. Now go ahead. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Alright. This is a pretty straightforward amendment, you heard a lot of debate and discussion yesterday when it came to this provision of the bill dealing with the limitation of counties, cities, to impose more than 2.5% sales tax. And of course, what it meant to the counties. Now what this amendment would do and it's very very straightforward and it's very very simple. And it tries to address the issues that are out there right now when it comes to Wake county, and when it comes to Mecklinburg county. What would allow them to do, is to hold a referendum no later than November of basically 2015, I think the actual date in the bill is December 31st of '15, but the election cycle would be in November. That if they have something out there pending now, if they have something out there that's on the drawing boards, since they did not have great notice as it relates to a change in policy of the state of North Carolina, dealing with their ability to hold referendums. Particularly one related to say, a quarter sales tax for education, or half cent for transit, whatever it may be, it would allow them a date certain, that date being in 2015, to hold a referendum. So it gives them an option: That means that if they are planning it, if they're considering it, if they didn't have notice of this new policy being adopted by the state, or otherwise they might have acted earlier, it gives them a chance to go ahead as a community to develop the consensus, and to put that matter on the ballot so the people in those local communities can go ahead and approve those specific referendums. It's very narrow, and it's narrowly crafted for a reason. It addresses fairness, it addresses the ability of these particular counties in particular, to move forward if a referendum is being discussed, but not ye t on the table and not yet on the ballot. So I think it's a matter of fairness, it would cut it off after 2015, and after then, the provisions as provided for in this bill as relates to counties or cities seeking additional taxes would prevail. So I would ask for your support. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion or debate on amendment 3? Sen. Rucho, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Debate the amendment
You have the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGE] I did have a chance to speak with Senator McKissick earlier. I explained to him that this is all part of a master plan to try to have certainty and consistency within the policy. There has been seven years that Wake or any of the other counties have had an opportunity to choose to use this. If everyone remembers if there was a problem in their budget dealing with medicaid issues, this is what was going to fill that gap. Apparently it wasn't necessary and so I urge that you vote this down and allow us to move this job package forward and start creating the jobs that we know it will create. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Further discussion or debate? Senator Blue for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGE] To ask Senator McKissick a question. [SPEAKER CHANGE]Senator McKissick do you yield? [SPEAKER CHANGE] I do. [SPEAKER CHANGE]Yield. [SPEAKER CHANGE]Senator McKissick I don't know how Guilford and Forsyth county feel on this proposition but from a Wake county perspective I want to say thanks but no thanks. Because I don't think that our commissioners wanting to be put under the gun with a specific timetable as they have determined what is best for Wake county. They can't join or cannot fulfill their obligation under the regional compact with Durham and Orange counties unless we impose a half cent sales tax, but it has to go through a process to get there. And I don't think at this point that I want our commissioners to be put under the gun to do it so my question is whether you would consider withdrawing this amendment? [SPEAKER CHANGE] Well I guess my thoughts about this Senator Blue is that I think it offers a reasonable alternative. A valid window in time. A valid opportunity for those communities that might be impacted. I know in Wake county the commissioners have discussed a transit tax for a number of years. I know most recently they've just began discussions of a quarter cent perhaps sales tax for education. If they have contemplated it, if they have considered it, if they are thinking it's something they might want to do, if they're feeling as if it's not something they're ready to do this election cycle in November of 14. It would give them to May of 15 to do it. It would give them to November of 15 to do it. But it allows them an opportunity that they do not have today. And in my mind it's a reasonable window of time. It's better than having no opportunity. That's what it provides. A reasonable opportunity as opposed to no opportunity and with the bill as it is presently there would be no opportunity. So it offers at least that window. [SPEAKER CHANGE] To debate the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Senator Blue is recognized to debate the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Mr. President and ladies and gentlemen of the senate I know that many of you saw the article in the News and Observer this morning but for the fifth time since 2007 Raleigh appears on the Forbes list as the number one city for business and careers in the United States. It's the only city on the east coast this year that made that list. I figure out pretty good how to position ourselves to do what is necessary to develop business, to attract families, to make people know that they can pursue whatever career they want to pursue in Raleigh or in Wake county without having to leave this area. Quite unlike it was when I was growing up in North Carolina. The potential is unlimited, and it's because the leadership of this area decides the kinds of things that keep us attractive. Yesterday we spent a lot of time debating the opportunity for the other ninety four counties that don't have this extra authority to levy a sales tax to build the transit systems. And comments were made about how you got to level the playing field, how you have to look out for the other counties. And just to set the record straight as I said in the past, many of us here voted to take a quarter of percent, a half of percent, a half
I just flees actually to concur, please give the people in North Carolina upright the people that are out there dropping an innate innovation allows Outlook to get to work if they can get to work heavens to Betsy, and we can afford. I'm okay if I cannot afford insurance. Why is that such a huge sum of block should they not be held to the same standards as the rest of us, so please would. He would ask that you concur with the Senate. We are in agreement where an agreement with them. But when we changed it but a house that, as I have I have absolutely no concern of the changes is always the right thing. That is, the majority of people in the state. Thank you Speaker changed: for what purpose does the gentleman from Iredale represented Bolling, Speaker changed: Russ Spielman, Joan has the floor to debate a knife when he was losing it. Speaker changed: I agree with Representatives Shelley and most of what he said it into and so the redundant comment on the rates that part of it, but on the rates. When we passed automobile liability requirements when the students in the past automobile liability requirements for all automobile owners. We also had to pass alone required insurance comes right otherwise, we came back with the journals and we came back, I wasn't here then. But the Jolson. We came back the next year and had a excessive bill requiring church that Mister Wright was a good colorist as your dinner. The drivers and cause anything. How many good drivers, Robin Lopez, you got your people whom you won't be or have been either one of the drivers I have been bad drivers and the drive up the rates on that liability coverage so minimum of the him him as a writer, not some of our responsibility. We pass a law below on your last is very difficult for a drunk driver to the drunken driver to have liability insurance. Speaker changed: If they still have his license or she still has her license, Speaker changed: so I shall finish even ambition they accepted responsibility throughout bottom opiates of Egypt where in that we don't set up so that possibility. Even, you rather located it work responsibility has more than one side to the incident at issue for this bill without the insurance requirement and let the people exercise what they're doing now to accept the responsibility of maintaining and paying their own way and what we can. There is no state around. This requires insurance they don't require the registration in the tags I please, let's eliminate the insurance requirement until we come up with a better way are some common assurance that the people that will except responsibility and pay their own way can't afford the insurance. I can Speaker changed: or what purpose does the gentleman from Ross represented by MRIs Skokomish gentleman from Robinson has afforded of a connection. Speaker changed: Thank this figure and I will be redone if you think I think I'm a lot has been said about this. This motion, but I would like to learn my best to support the people of this state in my district who needs this means of transportation to suburban families. They need this mode of transportation through necessity and and a lot has been said a lot of good points on both sides. I budget for this when it left here. I will not vote for this is support of adding insurance. These vehicles for the him or slow. We're going down a path to her people. Your know this level of transportation and going to moped less of those guys who ride bicycles. My community gone down the road, twenty five, thirty miles an hour to training and working on the endurance of these things received that vehicles as well. I just move over and in Guantánamo and get out of their way, but now with José a personal manner young man who has made some mistakes in life, and maybe lost his license and no longer get his job doesn't have anyone is going to come by and pick him up. " hey, that person, they cannot even get on the bed and alert. He can be responsible, but now you said you know, we really don't. We don't insurance cup
00:00 aye, senator Blue aye, senator Harrington aye who else we're missing that looks like it 47 have voted in the affirmative zero in the negative amendment four passes house bill 1224 has amended its back before the body further discussion or debate senator Hartsell. Mr president. why do you rise. to send forward an amendment. send forth your amendment. it should be on the dashboard. senator Hartsell moves to amend the bill, senator Hartsell you got the floor. thank you Mr president members of the senate quite honestly it's a very simple amendment it moves the cap from point five or 2.5 to 2.75 no more no less simplify the whole thing yesterday I was hoping to have the opportunity to ask senator Gunn if he had applied [??] razor to the context of this amendment because of its complexity because I don't think I would've said anything much I mean the simplicity of this is simply not apparent to avoid the conflict between the [??] whatever I suggest that we simply raise the cap to 2.75 that's what it does. further discussion senator Rucho. Mr president. you have the floor. I stand to speak on the amendment I appreciate senator Hartsell's efforts we've been talking about ways of trying to help work this unfortunately apparently we've not agreed how to get this best done there is consistency in the plan of setting it 2.5 what and it was carefully crafted so there would be no image or hint of any nature of a tax increase and this does give that image and I would urge that members of the senate vote down what is a tax increase in the sales tax. further discussion or debate. Mr president. senator Stein for what purpose do you rise. to debate the amendment. you have the floor. a couple of points one is senator Rucho just said consistency in the tax pays two and a half well right now we got a handful of two a handful more actually they're mostly two about seventy something about twenty something at two and a quarter one at 2.5 and two at 2.75 we've got two counties at 2.75 folks we're [??] we're already I looked at the ten commandments and nowhere does it say 2.5 percent this did not come from [??] it's a number and not only that it's a number that has no consistency in state law in fact the bill before us has 2.35 written in for two counties for [??] memorial unless they change it so we're never gonna be a 2.5 folks it is a number senator Hartsell is trying to address the point that senator Brown raised with passion yesterday that he thinks that there're two North Carolina's [??] that I absolutely share we do have a divide economic development divide between the urban and [??] areas this is a way so that [??] counties have the same capacity that what current law today the six biggest counties have second thing is that senator Rucho just called this a tax increase well it's a tax increase only if the people choose to raise their own taxes well guess what your bill does [??] is it gives people in the counties an opportunity to go to two and a half when they're two now I guess he has agreed with my point yesterday that your bill has a tax increase. further discussion or debate on amendment five senator Hartsell what purpose do you rise. speak I guess that's my first time on the amendment. you were explaining it that's correct you have the floor. thank you I'm struck by how this conflict which I perceive as being unnecessary it is a number but you know they say that consistency is the [??] of little minds problem is it is consistent it simply says we got a consistent [??] for everybody everything has to be in. 05:00
I'm not sure that when they talk about a tax increase or not a tax increase. If there's a tax increase in the base bill, there's a tax increase in this. I'm just trying to simplify the whole process because quite honestly, everything is voted. And I submit to you that this is a way to at least eliminate some of this conflict on laws that already exist. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion or debate on amendment 5? Hearing none, the question before the body is the passage of amendment 5. All in favor will vote "aye", opposed "no", 5 seconds will be allowed for the voting and the clerk will record the vote. 21 having voted in favor, 26 in the negative, the amendment fails. House bill 1224 is back before the body. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. Hartsell, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I have a motion to send forward to the clerk. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator, send forward your motion. The clerk will read Sen. Hartsell's motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] A motion to divide question on House bill 1224 in accordance with the Senate rule 28, I move that the question of passage on third reading of the House bill 1224 be divided into separate parts that state separate and distinct propositions capable of standing alone as follows: Proposition 1: Part 1 of the bill, local option sales tax options. Proposition 2: The remainder of the bill, parts 2-6. Fletcher Hartsell Jr. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. Hartsell, would you like to explain your motion? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I certainly would Mr. President. It's really very simple. Under rule 28, it separates the tax provisions from the other economic development provisions and calls for a separate vote on those 2 provisions, under the rules. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. Rucho, for what purpose do you rise? Speak on the motion? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Speak the motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] You have the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you sir. Members of the Senate, this bill has been worked on, addressed, trying to work very diligently in creating economic growth, job creation, a lot of parts to it are there. If Sen. Gunn was here he would be saying the same thing, we're putting together a comprehensive effort to make North Carolina, and give our secretary and the state the tools to create jobs. This has been crafted together so that all the parts of it are part of the solution for us to achieve that goal, and so under the circumstances I would ask that you vote against this, because of the fact that it will interfere with the ability of this bill to get through on the House side. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Any further discussion or debate on the motion? Sen. Hartsell. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President, just to explain: It doesn't do anything with regard to the bill. It stays together, it just allows us, some of us who feel that it's appropriate, to look at 2 sections because they are 2 distinct propositions: One having to do with taxation, the other having to do with forms of economic development. I'm just simply saying, if both passes, the bill stays together. If it doesn't pass, or one doesn't pass, it goes back to the committee and you can deal with it. But I just think that people ought to have the opportunity to look at different sections of a bill that can easily be divided. And that's what it does, just gives us an opportunity to vote on the 2 sections. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. Tillman, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To speak on the motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The Senator has the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. Hartsell, I
If one part of this bill is good, and one part of it is less good but still good. And if we like one part, we outta vote for it. And members have some mis givens about part two. Personally I think we outta have a show of hands on which part we like the best. So I think you got a good motion. I frankly think both parts will pass. And to me, you can say that its a package. Other people will say we got tax increases. If you wanna take the democrats view on this. We got tax increases in one part. I do not see the need for these to be wedded at the hip. I personally feel free. And I think everybody could have their say if we vote on these in separate pieces. I'm gonna vote for your motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr President[SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Brock, for what purpose do you rise. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Speak on the motion.[SPEAKER CHANGES] You have the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] You know I've been here for 12 years. I've been here for about 12 years. And I wish we could divide every bill that we've come up with. Because when you look at everything that comes before us there is some good parts in it, some great parts, and some that you may not like. Theres some votes that would benefit my district, I voted for, but the entire state there weren't that good. I think about that bill everyday. Senate bill 3. Where it would help some areas of my district but the renewable energy portfolio is bad for all of North Carolina. I wish we could divide the question on that one years ago. Wish we could divide the question on the budget. I mean there's a lot of things you could look and start dividing and start pulling up some, tearing bills apart what you do like what you don't like. How it''ll affect the coast, how it'll effect the mountains. You know this is all of north carolina, we've been working on this thing together. I urge you to vote against the motion.[SPEAKER CHANGES] Ok any further discussion or debate on the motion? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr president [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Rabin what purpose do you rise [SPEAKER CHANGES] speak on the motion [SPEAKER CHANGES] you have the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Hartsell, I believe I see very clearly what you're doing here and I understand it. And there's some merit to what you say. And there's some dismerit to what you say, if that's such a word. And I'll tell you why. Because if every section of every bill were stand alone. We'd probably end up accomplishing little. Because not everybody gets the whole cone of ice cream in this place and that's the way we work. And if there's a better way, we haven't come up with it yet. But we can't take our ice cream and split it on a hot day. That doesn't work either. Now this is what's gonna happen, if the sales tax portion of this is voted down, and it may be it may not be. Some of those counties that like to have it, and they could use that for general purpose. Would not have the necessary funds because they couldn't raise them. For economic development to match the other parts of this bill. And so for that reason, your motion isn't worth a hoot. Number two, some of the 96 counties that would benefit from this, might not be able to build those schools that they need to build. Or to pay for those teachers assistance that they so badly want to keep. And for that reason your motion is not worth a hoot. And so my take on it is your motion is not worth a hoot. And I don't think anyone should support it. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Brown what purpose to you rise [SPEAKER CHANGES] Speak to the motion [SPEAKER CHANGES]Senator has the floor.[SPEAKER CHANGES] I think senator Brock got on the right message I think when he was talking about how we vote on bills. There's not many bills, I would guess, half the bills we vote on, there's sections in them some of just don't agree with but the bill as a whole is something we could live with. We make tough decisions up here a lot of times on bills, state wide bills are always difficult because it seems like in most cases you have some winners some losers.
And you have to work through those provisions. And you hope in the end that it balances out I think it has overtime has balanced out. This is an issue here I think you got 96 counties in reality that are happy with the provision. You got may be 4 counties that you could argue on. And I am not sure all 4 of those are in disagreement of what the bill does. So you have got a bill here where most of the states is in agreement. So why would separate something now for a few counties in this particular situation. Again most bills will pass. It leans one way or the other in most cases. I think it will set a terrible terrible precedent. Moving forward. What will hand up happening is we will start dividing every single bill on the floor and start voting it piece by piece. And this process might just become a full time legislator because it won’t take that long to go through the process. I think it’s a bad precedent and I would say let’s vote this motion down [Speaker changes] Mr. President [Speaker changes] Senator Tillman, what purpose do you rise? [Speaker changes] To speak a second time [Speaker changes] The senator has the floor [Speaker changes] Senator Brown, we are not setting a precedent. Whether you like this motion or don’t vote know or yes, we are not setting a precedent. We have separated bills. It’s not a precedent to separate a bill. Absolutely not. We have been able to do that. We have done that. And we will continue to have that option and don’t think we will separate every bill we don’t like. But it’s our choice on that. But we have not set a [Speaker changes] Senator Hise, for what purpose do you rise? [Speaker changes] To speak on the motion [Speaker changes] Senator you have the floor [Speaker changes] Thank you Mr. President, It is a precedent for most of us in the chamber. I haven’t ever seen this before and as I read through this rule I find it quite ridiculous to divide on this rule. I could understand if someone had a conflict want to be out of a vote on a particular part but if we divide this question, if we vote no on any part, you are killing the entire bill still and send it back to the committee in the last days as we are going to recess. It does nothing to move forward. To vote on any part of this down takes the risk of the entire bill as to whether any other jaded improvement or where for the companies that we trying to work for put those all at risk. By doing this it is a ridiculous move and we had multiple options on committee and discussions any one can run an amendment to remove any part of the bill that we wish rather than do so we are going through this procedure and I ask you vote against it. [Speaker changes] Ok Senator Clerk is back in the chamber Senator Hartsell, what purpose do you rise? [Speaker changes]To respond [Speaker changes] Well I think you have already spoken twice. But this is new territory I was hoping that you withdraw the motion. You have the floor [Speaker changes] Mr. President Members of the senate. There is a reason for the rule in the rules. It’s an unusual circumstance and I rather acknowledge. But they are two very very distinct propositions in this particular case legislation. It appears to me that its appropriate for us to look at that from that perspective. on those two. [??] if it’s ridiculous you know that’s what we are here for and that’ what these rules are for to address these things in a particular way. Simply saying, it doesn’t affect any body in any way other than it tells let’s ask about how we want to do what we want to do in this particular circumstances on segments of the bill, which probably should have been two bills anyway. [Speaker changes] Further discussion or debate. Hearing none, the question before the body is motion 11 to debate the question on house bill 1224 all those in favor of the said motion would vote aye and all those oppose vote no. You will have 5 seconds for the vote. The clerk will record the vote. 24 having voted in the affirmative and 24 in the negative. The motion fails. Question before the body, house bill 1224
its third reading. All those- any further discussion or debate? Hearing none, all those in favor will vote "aye", opposed will vote "nay", you will have 5 seconds for the vote, the clerk will record the vote. House bill 1224 on its third reading passes. 31 in favor, 17 in the negative, it will be sent to the House for concurrence. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. Jackson, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To make a motion relevant to today's calendar. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The Senator has the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President, I move that we move House bill 369 to be heard next on the calendar. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Without objection? So ordered. House bill 369 on its third reading. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House bill 369. Criminal law changes [SPEAKER CHANGES] ??. Sen. Goolsby is recognized to explain the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President. This bill has been vetted in 3 different committee meetings. We made a few changes to it in the last rules committee, one dealing with the technical correction on expunctions, another dealing with conditional discharges, clarifying that they must be a joint motion of the defendant and the prosecutor, not a substantive change, and the other that adds possession of marijuana paraphernalia as a lesser included offense of drug paraphernalia, making it a class 3 misdemeanor just like the drug itself, which will save the state a great deal of money because people charged will not rate a lawyer at the state's expense. Most of the time when you get caught with marijuana, you get caught with something to smoke it in or carry it in. That hints is paraphenelia. I would appreciate your support, be happy to answer any questions you might have. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I want to announce to the body that this will be second reading, substantial changes were made. So this will be second reading of 369. Sen. Robinson, what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To send forth an amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Send forth your amendment. The clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. Robinson moves to amend the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. Robinson, you have the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President. Ladies and gentlemen, this is in regards to the human trafficking commissions, ??'s law, you heard about it last time as something that citizens in our community brought to me, and we, Sen. Goolsby and I have been able to work on it to include that there are many people who are interested in this, and this amendment simply adds to the group of consulting organizations, the North Carolina pediatric society, which is very appropriate. So I'd ask for your support. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. Jim Jackson has an excused absence for the rest of the session. Further discussion or debate on amendment 8? Hearing none, all those in favor of amendment 8 will vote "aye", and any opposed will vote "no". Five seconds will be allowed for the vote, the clerk will record the vote. 37 have voted in the favor-in the positive, 3 in the negative. Sen. Rucho, aye. Sen. Stein, aye. Sen. McKissick, aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. Davis, aye. Getting to you. Sen. Randleman, aye. We got all the "aye"s? "Aye" sigh. Okay. Sen. who? Sen. Pate, where are you? Oh, lost Sen. Pate. Okay, Sen. ?? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President? [SPEAKER CHANGES] ?? [SPEAKER CHANGES] If I might, Mr. President, I'd like to beg the indulgence of the body to change my vote on House bill 1224 from "no" to "aye". [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. Hartsell, can you let me call the vote on this amendment, then we'll do that? Thank you. Okay, 43 having voted in the affirmative, 3 in the negative, amendment 8 passes. Sen. Hartsell is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President. I just ask the indulgence of the body to change my vote on 3rd reading on House bill 1224 from "no" to "aye." [SPEAKER CHANGES] From "no" to "aye." Okay. House bill 1224 now passes, 32 in the favor, 16 in the negative. Okay, question before the body: House bill three sixty-
On its second reading. Any further discussion or debate? Senator Meredith? [CROSSTALK] [SPEAKER CHANGES] I wanna send forth an amendment please. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Send forth you amendment. Clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Meredith moves to amend the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you. Members of the Senate. I just wanted to add Cumberland as one of the, to delete Cumberland from the BB guns. Appreciate your support. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Question before the, Senator Goolsby, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I, I support, as the bill’s sponsor, I support that amendment. I just feel sorry for all the little birds in Cumberland County. [SPEAKER CHANGES] So that was to speak on the amendment? Senator Goolsby thank you. All right. Question before the [CROSSTALK] Ah! Where are you? Who is it? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Clark. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Clark, there you are. [CROSSTALK] What purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To speak on the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator has the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I also speak in favor of that amendment having been an individual born and raised in Cumberland County and haven’t had a BB gun and probably took out a couple of birds. But I won’t admit to that. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Okay. Might be good to shoot some stoplight cameras but anyway. House bill 369, amendment 9 is before us. All those in favor will vote. Any further discussion or debate? Let’s hope not. Okay. All those in favor of amendment nine will vote aye. Opposed no. You’ll have five seconds for the vote. The clerk will record the vote. Amendment nine passes. 46. Senator Rucho aye. Amendment nine passes. 47 in the favor, favor, I can’t talk. 46. 47 favorable, zero in the negative. House bill 369 is back before us. Any further discussion or debate? Hearing none. Question before the body is passage of House bill 369 on its second reading. All those in favor will vote aye. Any opposed vote no. You have five seconds for the vote. The clerk will record the vote. Senator Hartsell aye. Aye. Aye. Rucho aye. Jim Davis aye. Okay. Is that it? 46 in favor, one lonely negative. House bill 369 passes its second reading and will remain on the calendar. Is that correct Clara/g? Okay. Okay. Let’s back up. House bill 369 passes its second reading. And without objection will be read a third time. [SPEAKER CHANGES] North Carolina General Assembly enacts. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Question before the body is passage of House bill 369 on its third reading. All those in favor will vote aye. Any opposed vote no. You’ll five seconds for the vote. Clerk will record the vote. Senator Rucho aye. Senator Hartsell aye. That got us? Senator Walters, gone. Where is he? Okay. Senator Walters aye. We have, would that be 46? 46 having voted in the favorable, one in the negative. House bill 369 passes its third reading and will be sent to the House for concurrence. And amendments will be engrossed. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Goolsby, what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] My motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes sir. Senator has the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Like to make a motion that we recess for about five minutes Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Okay. The Senate will stand in recess ‘til how about 11:45. Did I do all right? [SOUND] Senator Pate’s recognized for motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President. I, I move that we continue our recess, a time you select. And that Republicans will caucus immediately upon the beginning of the recess. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate stands in recess ‘til 12:30. [SOUND] [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr., Mr. President, Democrats will caucus immediately in recess. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Senator. [SOUND] Senate will come to order.
Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca. Before we get to that it's my understanding that Senator Hunt and Senator Jenkins have requested and are granted excused absences for the remainder of the session and I have it on good authority that Senator Berger is back in the Chamber. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Objection. We might need to vote that. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President, on House Bill 1224, Amendment #1, I voted aye. I'd like to change my vote to no. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca would you come up to the Clerk's bench? Senator Apodaca? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President, I apologize. I read the wrong bill. I didn't have my glasses on. It was Senate Bill 763, Amendment 1, from aye to no. [SPEAKER CHANGES] That makes the vote on that amendment 23 in favor, 25 opposed. It still fails. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Newton, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President, as Senator Apodaca indicated, I had voted aye on Amendment 1 and wish to change my vote to no. [SPEAKER CHANGES] That again on Senate Bill 763? [SPEAKER CHANGES] That's correct Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Newton from aye to no on 763. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Blue if you'll give me a second to let me get the count and then. The score now is 22 for and 26 against. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Blue, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I can cut this process short for you. We aren't going to do anything on that bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Bingham, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President I wanted to change my vote from aye to no. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is that on Amendment 1 too on 763? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Bingham from aye to no. So the vote is 21 in favor, 27 opposed. Members I believe we were on House Bill 1224. Can we bring that one back up? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Tillman, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President, on the 1224 House bill, on the motion to divide, I believe that was motion 11, I'd like to change my vote from aye to no. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Tillman from aye to no on motion 11 on House Bill 1224. Makes the count 23 in favor, 25 opposed. Still fails. [long pause] [SPEAKER CHANGES] Let's bring up House Bill 1181. Another tied vote. That's okay. Senator Berger has an excused absence. House Bill 1181. The Clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Bill 1181. North Carolina
Medic Aid Modernization [Speaker changes] Senator Page is recognized to explain the bill [Speaker changes] Thank you Mr. President [Speaker changes] I am going to make some opening remarks and after my remarks are over, if you would recognize Senator Hise for conclusion of remarks, I would appreciate it. [Speaker changes] Yes sir [Speaker changes] Thank you Mr. President. Medic Aid is a system that in need of reform. That if you quit laughing about that. In just the past 4 years, this general assembly had had to fill shortfalls totaling nearly $2 billion. That’s money that could have been invested in other priorities such as Education, Infrastructure and public safety. Every year we have come in here and done our best to contain cost and reduce growth and every year the choices get harder and the debates more heated. And if we ever going to get away from looking for cuts, we have to begin working towards reforms. Because without reform Medic aid budget would continue to soar. In fact the physical research division predicts that over the next 5 years the state’s Medicaid appropriation would grow more than a million dollar. That of course is an unsustainable Path. But this bill charts a new course. The senate plan builds on the foundation laid by the House’s reform plan by harnessing the power of competition between the provider led health plans. And managed care plans. Competition apparently scares a lot of people. But it’s the best way to ensure that the medic aid recipients get the best care possible at the lowest cost to the tax payer. We recognize that the provider led group would need time to get their feet underneath them however. After all they are used to treating patients in a fee for service system. Not managing population in a capitated system. So this bill provides them with a 36 month glad path to bearing full risk. Only by shifting the risk of budget overrun away from the state, will we be able to ensure budget predictability. It’s the only way this general assembly will ever be able to focus its energy and investment towards issues like continuing to improve education system. And Mr. President, if you would recognize Senator Hise for additional remarks [Speaker changes] Senator Hise you have the floor [Speaker changes] Thank you Mr. President and members of the senate. First just o\to go over some details what we have in the plan. I think not only is reform necessary in the plan but we begin by reform in our own house. We being with reform in the department. I don’t have to remind people about the problems we had in the department of Health and human services. Not only over the last year or the 16 months, but over the last decade. Software system glitches, other problems that have gone through, mismanagement, misoperations, costlier suit by the federal government. We got to pull it out and we are going to give a fresh start. That’s why we have proposed the creation of medical benefits section which will oversee Medicaid in the system. We go through this budget over and over again. Looks like a spaghetti play. The budget is so intertwined with everything else in health care in public health. And it’s very difficult to get a hand off on what it costs to run a medic aid department. And that’s we think this clean separation is necessary. Secondly we know that this bill by 2016 will have a vastly different Medic aid system that we currently have. That requires individuals with different skill sets and expertise than we currently have. We need individuals that can manage population and manage care and much fewer individuals who process for the appropriate
724: Speaker1: We have a code for this billing system and we are for service. That’s the nature of the system we are moving to. And we begin that process with the Board. A Board that you find in any major corporation notxxxxxxxxxxxx. We create a Board in place that outs a clear wall of separation between those who are receiving payments from the system and those who are making those decisions as to what it should be. So that individuals do not continue to stack xx board to better their industry or better their particular practice. We take what is currently a legislative process ; every year we come back in here we talk about the money we had put into Medicaid, but how many decisions do we have to make about what the rate should be for in-home care or what the hours of personal care service should be. We as a legislature now hand back to the Board of experts be able to make plan amendments and make the changes to the plan to be consistent with the budget we pass moving forward. The budget that we pass will create regions in the state of North Carolina xx. I suspect you will see somewhere between two and three and xx regions, but that they have that authority, the authority to set population thresholds for how large the region should be or designate them rural or urban. And in each one of those regions we first guarantee that a provider xx will exist in that region if it forms, then we allow others to be it, to be part of that region. By 2018 we expect all plans to be fully capitated in North Carolina which means the legislative and budget risk will be changes in population. We have budget risk if we have more participants in Medicaid or if more age-barred or disabled or others come on we have those budgets at risk, or if it’s more children reduce we will find savings. That would be our responsibility in the budget. Board will take up the responsibility of managing, the ACOs and MCOs will take over the responsibility of managing the cost of those individuals subsequent to the risk. Things we can’t do right now as a state. X both the House and the Senate. People came down here to do a lot of things in education, in economic development. And every time they plan to do them they run into the next Medicaid hole that are having to fill up. X Barring major changes from the Federal Government coming I believe strongly that this is the best system for budget predictability and for whole person care. Two things that the legislature has said is these priorities since we began this project xx and they have been ignored in every other plan. So I ask for your support and will be more than happy to answer any of your questions. Thank you. Speaker changes: Let the records show that the good looking Jackson with hair is back in the chamber, xx Jackson. Speaker changes: Further discussion and debate. Representative Stam for what purpose you arise? Speaker changes: To speak about an amendment. Speaker changes: Send forth your amendment. Clerk will read. Representative Stam moves the bill. Representative Stam will you explain the amendment? Speaker changes: Thank you Mr. President. The issue of having an independent department I actually, I think Senator Hise said there were xx in the DHHS, in the minutes of DHHS. I don’t know the solution for Medicaid xx in your department there may be other ways to get greater oversight every divisional Medicaid assistants rather than upsetting the whole applecart of House care services to our xx in North Carolina. That said I do respect the value on this system. NOTE: I have done my best; the audio would not play a second time for the first part. Thank you.
Sure, the independence of the board and there is that I think an oversight that will reside in the drafting of the exclusions to who consult on the board to talk to him about it has to do with the managed-care companies right now. If you are a provider who get payment from division Medicaid assistance you were precluded from being on the board. This is a delusion has a contract can't be on the board, either. Well, there are no managed-care companies that have contracts with gauges, just because those don't exist. That the whole purpose. You're creating this thread says is this if you are managed care employee who gets appointed to the board, you can't come up with a way to write the rules and then let the contract have to go to your employer, then quit and have given a sweetheart deal for your company to says that if your managed-care employee who's on the board, your company is precluded from getting a contract for your time and it also has a revolving door of provision as you all recall the prior supervisor. Management EMA EMA and when you work for managed-care company and I think that we need to ensure that the public severance is so wrong. These boards make the decisions with absolute integrity and with the public 's mind at the forefront rather than having any question of just what influence their judgment so those are the two objectives of this amendment, now appreciate your support Speaker changed: in her heist or Euros, Speaker changed: the commissioners member Senate will not agree with the arguments for cellulite amendment• on the amendment. Speaker changed: Yet for quick organizers of the arguments made that this does strengthen the wall, separation on the board on its moving forward. As well as having individuals move forward. Also in her budget, vision, hopefully, will expand that all members of the department when they leave, but they don't know are writers, but I given that I would ask to support this movement is Speaker changed: for the discussion or debate on amendment one. During center bank. What purpose do you think I'll take this presence through speak only minimal tenderness for I appreciate Senator signs follow full amendment and urge Speaker changed: you to adopt any further discussion or debate on amendment one thousand eleven eighty one hearing on the question for the body is the adoption of amendment one for House Bill eleven eighty one, all those in favor about high. Although the puzzle vote no. You have five seconds for the boat. The clerk will record about amendment one passes forty six favorable zero negative ASP eleven eighty one spec Ford body for the discussion, debate us around the symbol for Iraq to send forth an amendment 's import your minimum clerk rate and a ravenous and moved to amend the bill to make you, Speaker changed: Mister President, and I hope the spirit of camaraderie, I just saw continues with this deal is all that you can't down a bit, but as I indicated to sanitize and pay and be committee meeting that I do agree that Mary Kay needs needs some revamping my concern. I ever is among several of the issues. Is this boring and if we're going to create a new entity to do things a new way, then, is some plot– we see the important of involving those people who are affected by is this a Medicaid recipients have missed benefit all the things have happened. We know that from the North Carolina tracks and fast systems we seen it. I been all over sideways. They know a bunch of stuff happen that we utilize handwaving Luanne of Medicaid recipients and decide what this does is increase important time allows for the governor to appoint to Medicaid recipients to the board adequately changes some of the others and numbers down, and if you respect and I know you say it also changes in terms of building recipient of the voice acting is well the changes. The bottom line. And if your risk that the people that we serve in the state and we are here to serve the
Then they ought to have equal opportunity to help to make decisions about a system that is set up to benefit them. In all honesty and sincerity I'm putting forth this amendment, because I respect consumers. I believe they have the best sense of what benefits them, what does not. They can see how the system, really sometimes is played against them, and you and I have seen some things that don't work. Well, they've been the recipients of the harm that's been done to them. I think its important to include them on this board. I ask for your support. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Further discussion or debate on amendment 2. Senator Hise, what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGE] Speak on the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGE] You have the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Thank you, Mr. President. Members of the Senate, I find that this amendment would be troubling to the operations. I think first and foremost it is looking at what we want the board to be. We have created a clear, separation in the board from those who receive from the board. Whether it be providers, doctors, benefits, and even recipients from those who make the decisions about what benefits are available in that. This clearly moves that wall much weaker. To take individuals who are recipients of the program, although I would note for most individuals, once qualifying on the board would no longer qualify for Medicaid, as they would no longer be in the income requirements to meet that. I think it's also important to look at what our Medicaid population is and look at who you're drawing from. Our Medicaid population, first of all is predominantly children number one. Secondly, pregnant women, so you have a short time period of a pregnancy, it's usually three months before and two months after that they would be a recipient. That they would have to qualify in the nomination process to remain on the board. The remainder would be the blind, disabled, who have medical conditions sufficient to the point that they are to spend as it is on their monthly maintenance that they cannot function, cannot work, cannot do these types of things. How you pick from a [??] that is greatly limiting that population by those perimeters finding two individuals to serve in a four year term would be a very difficult process from that. One those considerations and most importantly, for keeping that wall of separation from beneficiaries, from the ones making that decision I would ask that you defeat this amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Further discussion or debate on amendment 2? Senator Robinson, what purpose-- [SPEAKER CHANGE] To speak on the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Senator has the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGE] I've heard Senator Hise's objections and I expected those. But, I also know that there are disabled, elderly, and blind people who are not necessarily limited in their educational assets or in their ability to think process and how systems are to work. They just happen to have a physical disability that limits their ability to get the kind of income they ought to have to life. What this legislature does, yes I said at the time they are put on the board. Certainly, we know when you make $96,000, you're coming off this, which is a good thing. But, at the time they go on. But, it also gives some additional information to a board. If we want to do things different and better, we need some real information from people it affects. There are elderly people, we can find them, it's not a matter of having them. I'm talking about children, etc. We know that, but blind, elderly, disabled people. Elderly people have contributed a lot to our state and to our country, and ought to be included in these things. Blind people, disabled people, some are veteran's, etc. I don't accept that as a reason not to have these folks involved in it, in this board. I think its important that we include them. You may say, we'll include them. We'll include them at the local level, at the provider, at the regional level, they need to be included in the process. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Mr. President? [SPEAKER CHANGE] Senator Wade, what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGE] To ask Senator Hise a question. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Senator Hise, do you yield? [SPEAKER CHANGE] I yield. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Senator, go ahead. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Senator Hise, is it possible that the
The board that we are creating by this legislation will there would be a possibility of advisory boards from both recipients as doctors and as recipients receiving the medicare [Speaker Changes] The board has in its authority the ability to create sub committee within its operation. Could seek advisory or any other individuals to inform or advise the board or whether that be under the sub committee process or others just as we even take most public comments from most individuals. The individuals who come down and take the actual decisions about what rates and others will be limited to the full board. [Speaker Changes] Senator Page, what purpose do you rise? [Speaker Changes] To speak on the amendment [Speaker Changes] Senator has the floor [Speaker Changes] Thank you Mr. President. I think one thing that has not been brought out yet is that in addition to the 7 members of the board spoken about here, the secretary of Health and human services also is going to be a member of the board. Although Ex-officio non voting. But the secretary would be able to speak I think with quite a bit of authority about the needs of the medic aid population and it would be a good representative for them so [??] [Speaker Changes] Any further discussion or debate. Hearing none, the question for the body is the adoption of amendment 2 all in favor would vote aye oppose vote No. 5 seconds would be allowed for voting and the clerk would record the vote. 16 having voted in favor 30 in the negative. Amendment 2 fails. House bill 1181 is back before the body. Ant further discussion or debate. Senator Bryant, what purpose do you rise? [Speaker Changes] Send forth an amendment, Mr. President [Speaker Changes] Send forth an amendment [Speaker Changes] Senator Bryant moves to amend the bill [Speaker Changes] Senator Bryant is recognized to explain the amendment [Speaker Changes] Thank you Mr. President and members of the senate. Our health care sector by way, particularly of the provider led ACOs who are considering stand really ready and willing and able to save money variable program cost could be solved in a more robust manner as we also eliminate as much uncompensated care as possible. That uncompensated care would also continue to increase cost for the state and local government and privately insured. If we have faith in this medic aid reform to control the variability of the program cost then it makes sense that would be the time to expand eligibility to eliminate as much uncompensated care as possible so that our provider organization has as much revenue as possible as they absorb the variable program cost that we are wanting them to take on. In addition we have trouble attracting qualified personal. No really good or top health care professionals that can do what we need are going to be interested in providing over a system where the most exciting thing they will get to do every day is the fact what cost or service or sick person they can cut off and our health care academic and community based and local governments will leave no stones unturned including our non-profits in controlling costs and providing the best medical outcome for our medic aid population and our health care system in general. For that reason I send forth an amendment that is in front of you. It recognizes the fact that we have just until 2017 to get 100% medic aid match for the services or for expanding medic aid services. After that as we all know it will step down I think 95 or 93 90 to 90% by 2020. We need to capture as much of that step down reimbursement as we could. Failure to expand medic aid are not only harms our citizens who don’t qualify for subsidies , but it also sends our federal tax dollars billions of federal tax dollars to the other states who are expanding Medicaid. We Predicated thought about opposition to this on the fact that our medic aid program is broken.
Cost and our program services. The medicaid and the ability to control our program services. So the medicaid reformed that your enacting today will provide better certainty, you'll have full capitation, you'll have better forecasting of enrollments numbers and you'll provide overall service savings to the programs, you'll be decreasing growth generating additional funding that can be used with along cause assets to serve the expanded medicaid groups. So based on those reasons, this amendment recommends that we would expand medicaid affective July 1st 2016 at the time when your medicaid reform would fully kick in. In addition to the cause savings from the medicaid reform itself, you get ?? assets from the additional drug rebates from coverages for patients who we now pay for under the general fund like in mental health or department of corrections and for uncompensated care and we'll also get additional tax collection from the economic activity. It's also important to know that when we expand eligibility under the affordable care act we are only required to provide the minimal level of care under that act which is less than the current medicaid package so it'd be less of a cost per person. I also wanna emphasize that medicaid is not welfare and since thousands of these eligible persons are not sitting on port somewhere but they are working families and working individuals at minimum wage. medicaid expansion is economic development of billions of dollars an year circulating in our economy in taxable purchases and activities at the estimation of 25 thousand jobs in the first year that we would expand. In fact this is the only way to produce immediate jobs in all of the rural counties that we were discussing yesterday in our today as well as today. In fact we had a report to our joint committee on economic development that indicated in all the rural counties where we have unemployment in double digits, health care is the major industry sector. That existing industry sector would be positively impacted immediately. We can also make revisions in our legislation to expand that if the federal government who we often say mistrusts to keep it's word if they would change their reimbursement rates and formulas or other parameters that would increase our call so we could withdraw from the expansion decision. In 2022, When the state share would reach 10 percent, we would be for going almost 6 billion dollar in federal money for health care. That is more than we receive from federal Highway fund or defense contracts. We can trust the federal government with our roads and our highway industry but not with our healthcare for human beings or our health care industry. By that time we would have contributed billions of dollars some estimate up to 2 billion dollars in our tax money to other states. Business analysts have noted that expanding care would provide relief to help our small businesses, minimum wage employees, will lower personal bankruptcies and increase credit score and business activity. For these reasons, I ask that you to vote for this amendment to both reform and expand in North Carolina and at the same time control our program calls and budget predictability. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion or debate on amendment 3? Senator Hise, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Speak to the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator has the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President. Members of the senate, there are a lot of things I could say about some arguments made here but I think I'll simply limit it to I believe this is the fourth time we have voted down this attempt to expand medicaid in the state of North Carolina. Since I have been here, I'd ask you to continue that policy and would also know that one of the major things that is still held in decision making by the general assembly even with this board would be the population covered under medicaid so there is always the general assembly that would make decisions about expansion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion or debate on amendment 3? Hearing none, the question before the body is the adoption of amendment 3. All favored say Aye, opposed No. Five seconds will be allowed for the voting and the clerk will record the vote.
Seventeen. Voting member favorable by twenty eight the negative amendment three thousand so hard for what purpose I don't know what does brigade sixteen having voted in the affirmative, twenty nine, and the negative amendment three fails, fails the Raymond J at eleven eighty one, but for the body that Jackson will procure us the Lulu center has four thousand members of our rights are passed. Consider replay and her staff 's work on this piece of legislation is not perfect and we all live. This is not the final prong that in my short-term available preparations and beautiful grove for years and watching our shortfalls and dedicate no having budget predictability and watching DHHS to be the only agency we have the somewhere of early in this state that augmented appears mean nothing to because it's always overrun with you and that is what holds us in her hospice talk about. I think this is a step in the wrong direction else and not doubters of called me and they said that we needed to do this we need to do that but I think those concerns would be notorious. Some of the advisory committees and is this new moves through the process of the General assembly, but I would just like to say I think this is the rock moved to be making that we can get predictability and for those that have looked at the video and we lost the whole body care to me that is just through the world powers. It is the most lift to bring everybody into the room and to discuss with him individual so you don't have to run him thereto in front, which is manifested as many as taxpayers. This costume in many Israel and sounds like a menu from the real number, passwords, or the discussion or debate our cinema four D Russ speak to the center has four extras were placed in the center. I have several major concerns for the hospital, eleven eighty one. The first one is to create an expansion of state government by supporting this bill you to support the largest expansion of state government in recent history. Secondly, it creates a new state agency without clear directions and phone. It creates uncertainty in the delivery of health services for the most battle in the state and undesirable on elderly and disabled, and for those reasons I like to check that the president advocate a part hereof. Statement of the letter has for you would like to thanks in her highest to survey the work in this area. A notable group committed to coming up with the best solutions to resolve Medicaid problems here. North Carolina was sent with him through many meetings with Angels of HHS oversight as well as the appropriations subcommittees. I know that there deeply committed to resolving problems and we've experienced the past which we continue to experience today at the same time, the solutions that are provided by this bill. I cannot agree with an see, I will completely edit HHS. This totality. I look at their responsibility. I look at the inextricable linkages between the Medicaid does not appear charge responsibilities are and what HHS is otherwise responsible for when it comes to approach them as a separate, independent agency. I think it's an issue that deserves far greater study in deliberations. That's a piece that needs to be put into a study bill. We need to put together those that are deeply rooted in the delivery Medicaid services. Those are providers. We need to involve those who perhaps are legislators as well, and individuals might be recipients to think about holistic lady what Medicaid deliveries should look like in North Carolina. We look at a study
Speaker: Reading ?? in it's totality what we may find if that we don't need ?? in the agency or we may find that need something that's semi autonomous i don't know honestly what would need that to conclude but i know however this general assembly tries to jump start efforts and does it extraordinarily quickly without appropriates deliberation thought and includes all the appropriates ?? orders that quite frequently we make mistakes we do things misguided with the very best of intentions if i look at in HHS priers only ?? personal care services we stepped on into a path in which we have to restring ourselves and rethink what we are doing if we gotta appropriate study if we gotta appropriate input we perhaps wouldn't have rule with his general assembly of that path i dot want to see us ?? course where it may not be a appropriate thing to do if we put this into a study group that legislatures involves that providers involves stake holders really know the issue we might decide a semi atomization appropriate we make them what to mix with the board of directors we are talking to day about issue that needs to be flushed out and when we are pointing about ?? very very quickly in the next 60 days before many days whatever that time frame may be it's far too quick it's far far too quick i think that's what we need to do and for that reasons may not comfortable what's in the bill like wise if we look back in the last two years ?? independent consultant bob one thing he was charged with doing was looking at the right path medicare we have ?? as the new medicare director he appreciated ?? systems what we heard was that might be the 10c what do we got a consultant involved and spend eight months traveling the state listening to medicare providers listening doctors listening ?? inputs of those that well stealth in knowledge that came out with a system of countable care organizations as a proposed model that proposes to the countable care organization based on the provider by which i have seen hospitals embraced me others is probable a preferred route for us to take countable care organizations we spent a lot of time trying to see what might be best trying to contain cost with a deadline that would be established for everything to be put in place that's a reasonable time frame for perhaps doing so i know that we look to what that would mean we would end up with the system that would indeed decrease our cost a system that would have the by ?? medicare's across the state and more importantly a systems we would feel perhaps comfortable with if for some reason that the countable care organization model doesn't work we can always deviate we an always move different direction we could always do something that would better outcome or result but if i thin about what we probably need to do at this ?? i don't believe that the bill currently proposed takes us in the right direction establishing an organization or independent department may not in fact be the right thing it may be increasing more ?? mat be creating problems that we don't anticipate we may find a significant legal obstacle in doing so we need to study it we need to figure this thing out because otherwise we could find ourselves traveling along the path intimating to create ?? outcome but instead finding up we have a situation that is gone worse not better more importantly if we really want to get everything in place then needs to be in place we need to focus on the staff ??,
staffing that brings in the accuraries and experts that can do the projections that are necessary to make certain that the program is sustainable, and that we minimize the losses that we have seen in recent years. For those reasons I cannot support this bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion or debate? Sen. Tucker, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To speak to the bill, Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The Senator has the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you sir. I've been here since 2011, we've had 3 secretaries for Health and Human Services. I think a lot of the employees are conditioned with those many changes. We've had 4 Medicaid directors, so the employees are conditioned if they keep their head down long enough, this too shall pass. As far as Sen. Ford's expansion, and I can tell you what's expanded sir, since you've been here since I've been here, is the expansion of the Medicaid overruns. It's expanded since I've been here some $2 billion, and I'll submit to you that we as Republican majority did no better than the Democrat majority at control and cost in Medicaid. We have been here and been here and been here, Sen. McKissick. Sen. McKissick, we have spent, or the DHHS has spent 16 months on the road talking to docs, talking to hospitals, talking about the formation of the ACOs. I personally am in favor of the ACOs, even though they were derived out of Medicare and have very little experience. Whether you call it accountable or managed care, their drive is to reduce cost and to have better outcomes. As far as creating another state agency, it does put a spotlight on Medicaid. We can't duck the issues anymore. I've served on that board since I've been here, in the shadows of Sen. Hise and Sen. Pate and it is a very complex issue that I really don't have my arms around because there's 2 or 3 sources of money, there's multiple federal and state laws. It is very much an uncertainty of who and what get served here. So we've gone back ?? in a state now, and the MCO/ACO approach were bringing forward the holistic approach to communicating about each patient and what their outcome should be. Many don't agree with this bill, there's some things in here I don't like. But I don't think this Sen. McKissick will be done overnight, we will move forward prudently and expeditiously to get something done, but to have a board of professionals that are directed exactly to Medicaid, whether it be a Republican of Democrat administration, if we get a handle on Medicaid, then we can do other things. I don't like being placed in position every budget. Do I pay teachers or state employees, or do I fund the poor and their medical needs? That is not place for any of us to be. We don't want to be there, we've spent the money on Medicaid, the time for change is now. So I will have to support this bill and work with the doctors and the hospitals to improve it as we move forward. Thank you Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion or debate? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sen. Van Duyn. What purpose do you rise. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I would like to speak on the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator has the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] It's at times like this when I wish I could channel the oratory skills of my predecessor. This is something that I feel very very strongly about. I obviously have not had to deliberate with budgets as long as the rest of you have, this is my very first session. But I have been on the board of Health and Human Services at Bunkem county for some time now, and I worked as an affordable care navigator for 6 months. And when someone comes into your office that is broken or chronically ill and you can get them access to health care, it really changes how you think about things. Now I know the intention of the bill is to save money for the taxpayer and to improve the quality of healthcare for North Carolina. But I worry that we are throwing out years of work and we need to protect those parts of our system that are working. Medicaid is a safety net program, and what that means is enrolling is going to go up and down with the rise and fall of our economy. So part of the way we deal with that
is by creating a reserve, and I congratulate the Senate for including a reserve for Medicaid in the budget, that's an important step. But we have to realize that we are not, for many North Carolinians we are still in difficult times. Yes, unemployment is improving, but the greatest sector, the fastest growing sector of jobs, is low paying jobs. Three out of ten North Carolinians make wages that are at or below the poverty level. So my point to you is at least some of that uncontrollable cost in Medicaid over the last several years has been because of the economy. Overruns are a result of an aging population and persistent hard times for too many of our, of our fellow citizens. Furthermore, due to the Affordable Care Act and the work of Community Care of North Carolina, we are actually bringing per person cost of Medicaid down. Community Care has painstakingly built an infrastructure, with the help of our physicians, that has saved North Carolina close to a billion dollars over the last four years. And how did they do that? By making us more healthy. By getting us access to regular care. This, to me, just sounds like a program that needs to be replicated, not defunded. My next point is that managed care is not a panacea. Kentucky and New York are reeling right now from the abrupt withdrawal of their MCOs, and Connecticut has traditioned away from managed care, claiming, quote, "Diminishing confidence in the value of what was provided." According to Mark McClellan, who was the head of the Senators for Medicaid and Medicare for George W. Bush; to be successful, we need to make serious investments in provider networks and support systems, so that we reform the way we deliver care. MCOs are not a quick fix. He goes on to say that managed care plans that have tried to keep costs down by eliminating coverage, although they reduce costs in the short-term, lead to higher costs in the long-term because they make people sick. Health care is a huge, complex problem. But what we do hear has ramifications, not just for Medicaid recipients, but for all of us who need to see a doctor or go to a hospital. Why in the world would we want to start from scratch when we have model programs that are saving the state money by helping make North Carolinians healthier? And what is the hurry? It seems to me that this bill is a smoke screen to keep us distracted from another real problem with the budget, one that we have not talked about at all, and that is the $5 million hole that was created, I'm sorry, by tax giveaways to corporations and to the wealthy. Now if you believe a revenue shortfall is a necessary evil on the way to prosperity, that's fine, but say so. Don't blame the shortfall on doctors in hospitals that are working to actually reform health care and that are absorbing the costs of indigent care because we failed to take the Medicaid expansion. Don't blame the shortfall on the blind, disabled, and the elderly. Don't blame the shortfall on award winning programs like Community Care of North Carolina that are actually saving the tax payer money. And by all means, don't blame pregnant women and the children of the working poor, that's just not right. Thank you Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion or debate? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Rucho, what purpose? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Ask a question to Senator Hise. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Hise do you yield? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Hise, so that I can understand completely, the proposal that you're putting before us is actually going to establish some competition between the MCOs and the ACOs, so
that we can deliver quality healthcare to our poor citizens in an efficient and effective manner. Is that correct? [SPEAKER CHANGES] That is correct. And it will have competition within each region, multiple providers within each region, which will keep a failing provider from causing a problem for the state. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Follow up question sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Follow up Senator. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Hise, indeed under the present circumstances. . . I've been here . . . longer than I need to be probably, but [SPEAKER CHANGES] I had three seconds on that motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The present model, the way its structured, and the suggestions and improvement that you and Senator Pate are recommending, will offer us the opportunity to actually achieve the efficiency and the quality care. Is that correct? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I think it will move much further than anything we've seen, and for the first time will be looking at a matrix of quality of care for evaluating what services are provided in this state. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Follow up one more sir? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Another follow up Senator Hise. [SPEAKER CHANGES] And last question would be, there's been a lot of rhetoric out there about the fact that this Senate body is moving towards MCOs. Am I not understanding that the ACOs, the North Carolina providers, both doctors and hospitals and nursing home facilities, will be given an opportunity well in advance of any type of MCO action? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes, what we have here is two parts. One,we've given them priority so that we guarantee each region has one of those provider led organizations. We've also given them a time period in which they don't have to be at full risk in coming in. They can continue to operate on fee for service or partial risk systems to build up the capital in order for them to come online and be able to work and insure the patients as is necessary. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Bryant, what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To debate the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The senator has the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President and Members. I personally, and most of my constituents are opposed to the commercial care for Medicade management that is in this bill, the MCO provisions. We are concerned about our tax paid Medicade dollars are going to for-profits, especially out of state corporations versus going to better health outcomes for our citizens and for economic activity with our providers, workers and communities. My understanding in reviewing the information on Medicade MCOs is that they can only make a profit by ultimately denying care or by setting up gatekeepers and bureaucratic systems that frustrate, delay or confuse patients so that they either delay care, give up, become more acutely ill or disabled, or unfortunately pass away. Medicade MCOs at their worst can be like the V.A. on steroids. So it is for that reason that we have strong concern in the eastern part of the state, the counties I represent, with higher than average Medicade populations that we would introduce this MCO dynamic into our Medicade system and for that reason I will be opposing the bill. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] OK. Further discussion or debate? Hearing none, question before the Senate . . . Senator Blue, what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To debate the bill, briefly. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The Senator has the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President. You know, the debate around the country for about six or eight years was on the escalating increase in health care costs in this country. It had gotten up to 17, 18, 19 percent of the GNP. Twice, three times, the percentage of the GNP of all of the other western countries. And the whole debate in Washington four or five years ago was trying to get a handle on that and so you got the Affordable Care Act. And I report to you that the cost of health care is decreasing in the sense that the rate of increase has reduced substantially. The same thing that you've heard talked about happening in the public sector and Medicade has been going on in the private sector. Health care is moving away from fee for service concepts to capitated service ideas. That's happening across the entire system and that's happening in Medicade and Medicare and every other form of the ??? of health care because we had to get a handle on it. And the amazing thing about this bill
...is I would readily acknowledge that I’m not the smartest person in the state and certainly not the smartest with respect to how healthcare is moving and where it ought to be going, but I did have the benefit of the wisdom of three individuals who I think are among the smartest on this issue. The 16 of us in the Wake County delegation had an opportunity several months ago to sit down and talk with the heads of the three pet systems that operate here in the triangle. Among those was a fellow named Donald Gintzig who now heads Wake Medical Center. The interesting thing about him is he’s a retired admiral from the United States Navy. Admiral Gintzig was he headed 40 military treatment facilities, over 200 clinics and was hailed as one of the most successful, best administrators in the system as a United States Naval Officer. He’s run private healthcare systems and been the president of a non-profit and now he’s here heading Wake Medical Center. In addition to Admiral Gintzig, we had Bill Roper. Most of you know who Bill Roper and you know Bill Roper. Bill had an extensive background in healthcare. He was in the George H. W. Bush White House as one of the chief advisers and had a sterling reputation. He heads the UNC health system now. But is importantly he’s doing of the school of public health and is a...was a practicing pediatrician, but in addition to that, he’s head of the health care financing administration so he knows something about the money involved in healthcare. A third one at this particular meeting, Victor Zhao who headed the Duke health system was not present, but Victor is now the head of the Institute of Medicine. He left Duke at the beginning of July and now he is the Institute of Medicine. The place in the country that is more knowledgeable about health care policy, about medicine, about medical research and they’re basically beyond reproach in what they do with fellows such as Francis Collins, the guy who gave us the DNA and all of that mapping and stuff. We talk to them and the one common thing that came out of the conversation about fixing Medicaid in North Carolina, number one, they said that we seriously needed some leadership that could envision where we are to go and how we are to get there, number two, we needed reliable technology and make the investment in it. A lot of the major health systems in the state are doing it. You know a lot about that. They spent billions of dollars in epic other systems to get health care information. Unfortunately, the smaller systems can’t afford it because they’re fighting for their survival. The state went down that road unsuccessfully up to this point, I would say. But they were all in agreement on those three things. The third thing, that I didn’t mention that they were in agreement on, was time. That it will take 3 to 5 year window to get a handle on it and get control. Some of the brightest, best minds in this field. Now, I mention that, because one of the things that this bill does, it says that if you’re one of those bright, best minds, you can’t be on this board that’s going to decide how you fix Medicaid in North Carolina. All three are identified and associated with institutions that have gotten money from Medicaid. More importantly, with respect to two of them, with respect to Victor Zhao at Duke and Bill Roper at UNC and I could say the same thing for the head of the East Carolina Medical School and the various schools associated with healthcare is that among those three institutions in this state, and we’re very fortunate in this state to have them as well as Wake Forest, institutions that have healthcare economist that study this thing, they write about it. They teach people across the country and across the world about it. They’re precluded from being part of this group that’s going to decide where North Carolina’s Medicaid care ought to go...
And how we get a handle on it. I don't know. If you're a professor in the school of public health or the school of social work with international credentials you could probably be of some value advising this board or being on this deciding where health care policy is going to go. We preclude them, even though they are associated with an institution with UNC system, an institution with 10s of thousands of employees and 100s of thousands of students. We say, you're precluded because we've got this imaginary conflict that your knowledge doesn't matter. I think that that's one flaw. The other flaw I see in this bill, and I told Mark to congratulate Senator Brown as a lead negotiator on the Senate budget. When I first saw the reserve put in there for Medicaid I thought it was one of the most sensible things that we had done, because Lanier Chancellor, who was Secretary of Health and Human Services, told us three years ago, or four years ago, whenever it was. That when we put the budget that we did on Medicaid, that he could not bring Medicaid in, within that budget. Lanier served with me in the House, good Republican, very truthful, and he said he cannot bring the Medicaid budget in where you set it. Then, we seem shocked and surprised when they exceed the budget the budget that we set. He told you going in it was at least $300 Million dollars more than what we were budgeting and he would do everything in his power. So, predictability is dependent on whether you realistically set the amount that you were expecting to spend. That's why I congratulate Senator Brown and the budget chairs for putting that amount in. I think you think you probably should of been a little more stubborn and keeping it up at the level it was at without reducing it, because it will still come in above that level. But, let me say this in conclusion, we're thinking and may have already set up the board to advise the treasurer on investments. She invests $70 or $80 Billion dollars, I think that's what the retirement fund is now. $70 or $80 Billion dollars and we want experts to be the advisor and help make decisions on how that $70 or $80 Billion dollars is invested. We want experts in business to be part of this board that will govern the Medicaid system. Those three gentlemen I mentioned, as well as the type flight professors and participants at these schools across North Carolina are national experts. You look at their credentials , they serve on the boards of the biggest, most powerful corporations in the United States and helped set policy, and they're unable to help us here in North Carolina with all that expertise. But, when we look at what Lanier was able to do with the money that we gave him, we really ought to be somewhat proud of the efforts that were made by him in that administration. I will tell you that whenever every medical group that I'm aware of, in addition to these gentlemen that I just talked about-- There's a medical group in North Carolina, tells me that their experience and their study shows that TCNC, Community Care of North Carolina, is the kind of direction we ought to go in, it says a lot to me, because they know a lot more about this than I do. When the doctors tell me that they're doing the same thing with their privately insured patients that they would do with Medicaid patients, and more doctors in North Carolina are providing services to Medicaid patients more than most of the other states. Having ACO, accountable care organizations, is a way of insuring that they will still deliver those services at a much higher percentage in North Carolina than most other states to Medicaid patients, than I take note. All of the experts, that I rely on say, this is not the way that we should be going in reforming Medicaid. Nevermind my limited knowledge, nevermind my wisdom on these subjects, I'm more inclined to believe those experts than I am us, who do it on emotion rather than all of the facts that they've considered. I would suggest that the concept of reforming Medicaid is a great
...one that we need to continue to pursue, but we ought to take a moment and listen to the doctors, to the hospitals in North Carolina. All of them have come and told us not to do it the way that we're trying to do it in this bill. And, these experts who have worldwide experience on how to get a handle on this. So I hope you'll vote against this bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Van Duyn has an excused absence for the remainder of the session. Senator Brown, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To speak briefly, on the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The Senator has the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Blue, I'm like you, I'm sure not a pro in this, and it's a complicated issue. And, it's a -- it's a -- probably the toughest issue we deal with every year. A few things I do want to touch on. I know Senator Hise and Senator Pate have been working on this issue for over a year, and I've been a little bit involved in some of the work that they've been doing. And I can tell you that we have sat down with Bill Roper, and Dave Herman, and the gentleman at Cape Fear Valley, and several other major people as we've tried to figure out the direction to take reforming Medicaid in this state. And, actually we've met with those folks on many occasions to try to figure this out because it is so complicated and gotten a lot of input on what a new organization might want to look like. And have tried to incorporate a lot of those thoughts into what this bill looks like today. And again, this bill is probably not a perfect bill--I think we've all kind of admitted that today. This bill's probably got a long way to go before it's finalized, as we continue to talk to administrators and doctors, and providers to continue trying to make it the best bill we can make it before final passage. But there's just several facts, and I think we all know it. And, I'm not going to touch on them long, but in the past ten years Medicaid costs for the state has grown from less than two billion to over--to about three and one half billion--about a 75% increase--ten years. And if you compare it to education, which is the piece which is probably the most important to us in so many ways, that piece of the budget has only grown about 25%. So you can see what the investment in Medicaid has been over the past ten years compared to the other key piece of our budget, which is education, of only 25%. If we look at our plan in North Carolina, we have a great plan. I understand why people want to come to North Carolina, especially for healthcare--we've got some of the best in the world. It's a great place to be. Our Medicaid plan is one of the best in the nation, no question. Our eligibility piece of it is probably the best in the southeast--one of the best in the nation. We cover more things in our Medicaid plan than most do. And that's probably a good thing, if you can banish costs along with it. And, I think that's been the problem we've had. You know, moving forward, we gotta [sic] get some predictability; it's--and Senator Blue I think you're exactly right--I think during the recession in particular, trying to put budgets together, we probably underfunded Medicaid. Because, it was the easiest piece probably to underfund and then you come back--you know--a year later and say why have we got a 300 million dollar shortfall? Well, we didn't plan it right to start with. But it--it's just growing at such a pace, it is absolutely--has absolutely killed our budget. Again, you know, look at JPS. We've cut it to the bone; there's no other cuts there. Education, we haven't been able to do what we want to do. [??] we've made cuts, [??]gov we've made cuts; it's just something we have to get our hands around is the cost of Medicaid. And, I--again, I want to thank Senator Hise and Senator Pate for the time they've put into this. I think you can see when they stand up and speak, just how in-depth they've gotten in trying to understand this issue. I mean, I think Senator Hise can talk about Medicaid in his sleep, because he's dug into it so much, he understands it probably better than anybody in here. But that's what it takes to try to understand it and figure it out. I would just tell you, we'll--we'll continue to work on this bill as it moves forward, we'll continue to talk to administrators and doctors and providers, but reform is needed in this state. And it's a bold step, and something we've gotta [sic] do, and I think today is the first step of that. And we need to move it forward; and again continue to work on it and make it the best we can be. So I ask you to vote for this bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question before...[end of data]
Senate, is the passing of House Bill 1181 on its second reading. All those in favor will vote aye. Those against will vote nay. You have five seconds for the vote, the clerk will record the vote. 28 having voted in the affirmative, 17 in the negative. House Bill 1181 passes its second reading and Senator Ford objects. Senator Ford, give me an objection please. Senator Ford give me an objection on the mic, please. The third reading, it will remain on the calendar. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Object the third reading. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Thank you, Senator Ford. Okay, that brings us to Conference Report for adoption, Senate Bill 793. Senator Tillman's recognized. Oh, the clerk will read, sorry. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Senate Bill 793, Charter School Amendments. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Senator Tillman has the floor, explain. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Thank you, Mr. President. This bill has been worked since, well when we first started the charter legislation. This is a cumulation of a lot of things that needed to be caught up with the rules in the processes, and that's basically what we have here. The bill analysis gives you a pretty good idea of what changes have been made and so forth. We've got all the [??] on the Senate side signed off, and I believe the House side has everybody, but one. I'd ask for your support of this conference report. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Further discussion or debate? [SPEAKER CHANGE] Mr. President? [SPEAKER CHANGE] Senator McKissick, what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGE] To ask Senator Tillman a question. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Senator Tillman do you yield? [SPEAKER CHANGE] I would, Sir. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Could you refresh my recollections about the basic contents of this bill, if you would, Sir? [SPEAKER CHANGE] Well, the bill covers a lot of ground, but if you want to check your digest it will give you a summation of the changes that have been made and agreed upon by the House. I can go through them, or you can look at them and see if you have a particular question. [SPEAKER CHANGE] If you could just-- Mr. [??], follow up? [SPEAKER CHANGE] Follow up, Sir. [SPEAKER CHANGE] If you could just briefly summarize, it would help, Sir. [SPEAKER CHANGE] All right, we can renew charters for up to 10 years, we now have a fast track legislation that will be included in this bill. We changed some dates on the reporting to give more time for the Charter Advisory Board and State Board of Education to review these applications. We've tightened the application process up and having a review process, and having some time for an appeal, if you don't like the decision. Rather than no appeal and simply getting a letter. We're saying you can add a grade if you want to. If you've got five performances that adequate over the last three years you can even add a grade to the lower end, if you've got middle grades, that was not in the legislation. This and some of the other minor changes. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Further discussion or debate? Hearing none-- [SPEAKER CHANGE] Mr. President? [SPEAKER CHANGE] [??] Lauren, what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGE] See if the Senator, gentleman would yield to a question, please. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Do you yield? [SPEAKER CHANGE] Yes, Sir, Senator. [SPEAKER CHANGE] Thank you, Senator Tillman. Just trying to look through this real quick. There was an issue about transparency of salaries, etc. Is that addressed in this bill, because that's important. Our citizens have said to me over and over again, if you're paid by public funds, than that salary ought to be of public record. Anybody ought to be able to recognize that, so I just ask you that question, if you could-- [SPEAKER CHANGE] Good question. I was certainly expecting that one, so yes. If you are employed by the charter school, here before you did not have reveal salaries of anyone, but now as is required by public schools, you have to reveal the name and the salary of your employees. To the charter schools point of view, they're paid different, they already pay on merit and when they have that Suzy, who has only been there five years is making $10,000 more than Jane, who's been there fifteen years it does present a moral problem. We do have look at that, and we may have to look at that when we go merit pay for the public schools. But, yes, right now fully transparent. [SPEAKER CHANGE]j Further discussion or debate? Question before the Senate is the adoption of the conference report for Senate Bill 793. All those in favor of adopting will vote aye, those against vote nay. Five seconds for the vote, clerk will record the vote. 45 have voted in the positive and none in the negative, conference report for Senate Bill 793 is adopted and the House will be so notified.
Further business for Senator Hartsell. What purpose? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President, to send forward a conference report out of order. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Send forth your report. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you. Conference report, Senate Bill 163. The President of the Senate, the speaker of the House of Representatives, the conferees appointed to resolve the differences between the Senate and the House of Representatives on the Senate Bill 163. A bill to be entitled, an act to designate extra clean water as a source water under certain conditions. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Calendar? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the pages this week. You all volunteered to come back, and it's deeply appreciated. Let's give them a hand. Thank you, and we hope you all do something with your life and don't run for political office, okay? Notices and announcements. Okie dokie. Senator Pates recognized for a short moment of personal privilege, Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator has the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I'd like to thank Senator Brown for his remarks and for stretching it long enough so I could really go wash my hands. Mr. President, I move that the Senate do now adjourn, in memory of Representative Jim Fulghum. Subject to messages from the House and the Governor, the referral and re-referral of bills and resolutions, receipt and referral of, re-referral of committee reports, the receipt of conference reports, the ratification of bills and appointment of conferees, to reconvene on Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 10 am. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The motion is that the Senate do now adjourn, subject to the stipulations stated by Senator Pate. Let me take a moment to let everyone here know that we hope to go to dinner together if we can stand each other, by Monday night after session. All and have our love feast, so count on that. Don't eat too much this weekend. Alright. Senator Pate's stipulations stated to reconvene Friday, July 25th at 10am. Seconded by Senator Brown. All in favor say aye. Opposed no. The ayes seem to have it. The Senate stands adjourned.