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House | February 19, 2013 | Chamber | Session

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...the House will come to order. Members, please take your seats. Visitors, retire from the chambers. [pause] The Sergeant-at-Arms will close the doors. Members and visitors, please silence all personal electronic devices including cell phones. [pause] The prayer will be offered by Representative John Blust. Members and visitors in the gallery, please stand and please remain standing for the Pledge of Allegiance. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. If you'll bow with me. Our Heavenly Father, as we gather in this chamber to do the people's business this session, we face enormous obstacles and sobering realities that challenge us beyond our limited capacities. We often fall short of what we ought to be as the legislators the people of this state elected us to be, so we humble ourselves before you today and pray you will endow us with the wisdom and the strength we need to overcome our weaknesses and frailties so that we can carry out our duties to serve the people of this state. We also ask that you grant wisdom to those in government in other states, and in our nation's capital, and that you give strength to the people in this great land, who are struggling in these difficult times. We pray your special blessing and protection upon those who voluntarily place themselves in harm's way to ensure our freedom and safety; both here and overseas. We thank you profusely for all the marvelous blessings you have provided us in this land of the free; may we never forget to honor You from whom all blessings flow. In Jesus' name we pray, amen. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands; one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Moore is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker, the journal for Monday, February the 18th, 2013 has been examined and found to be correct. I move its approval as read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Moore moves that the journal for February 18 be approved as written. All those in favor say aye. All opposed say no. The ayes have it. The journal is approved as written. Petitions, memorials, or papers addressed to the General Assembly or the House? Chaptered bills will be noted. [pause] Reports of standing committees and permanent subcommittees? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representatives Johnson and Langdon are recognized to send forth the committee report. The Clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representatives Johnson and Langdon, co-chairs for the Committee on Education, House Bill 98, Johnson County Schools calendar flexibility, favorable as to the Committee Substitute; unfavorable as to the original bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Committee Substitute Bill, calendar, original bill unfavorable, calendar. Representatives Hollo and Jones are recognized to send forth committee report. The Clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representatives Hollo and Jones, co-chairs for the Health and Human Services Committee, House Bill 29, Methamphetamine Offense Penalties, favorable. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Calendar. Introduction of bills and resolutions the Clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Stevens, House Bill 114, No Social Security number required, parent or child, absolute divorce. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Judiciary subcommittee A. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Adams, House Bill 115, State Minimum Wage Inflation Increases. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Commerce and Job Development; if favorable, Finance. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Insko and Foushee, House Bill 116, Carrboro Office of Alderman. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Government; if favorable, finance. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Brody and Jeter, House Bill 177, Revise laws for unoccupied school buses. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Transportation; if favorable, education. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Cleveland, Hager, Millis, and Szoka, Consulor documents not acceptable as identification. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Judiciary Subcommittee C. The Clerk will note for House Bill 18, the Serial Referral to Regulatory Reform is stricken. [end of data...]

Pages, if we can have all the pages please come to the front of the chamber and those of you at the ?? can step down for a moment. Pages, in a moment the clerk is going to read your names and when the clerk reads your name if you could just step forward maybe give us a quick parade so we can see who you are. The clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Daniella Agostini, Wilson County. John Adams, Wake county. Thomas Brian, Forsyth. Annie Dehart, Burke. Mackenzie Fsyth, Mecklenburg. Anna Freeman, Wake. Hella Hawkins, Vance. Jason Howard, Wilson. William Jackins, Mecklenburg. Daniel Kunitz , Wake. Erin Mcdonald, Mecklenburg. Melissa Pulley, Nash. Justin Smith, Iredell. Elle Stansel, Surry. Kristina Stone, Wake. Jake Thomason, Davidson. Emily Langdon, Wake. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Pages we appreciate your wiliness to come and serve with us this week. You were here on a historic week, last night you saw our Governor give the status of the state, that only happens once every two years. This week those of you who are gonna have certain committee duties are in for a real treat and I think you may find something interesting in judiciary tomorrow and others a lot of interesting things going on but I hope you had the opportunity to pay a little but of attention to what's going on. There were some interesting bills that came through this week, learn a little bit and hopefully carry a positive experience back and encourage your brothers and sisters and friends to come and serve with us. Thank you very much for your service this week. You may now return to your stations. Ladies and gentleman of the house, the chair would like to extend a thank you and a welcome to the Nurse of the day Goeline from Raonoke Rapids and also the EMT of the day ??, Welcome and thank you for serving the house. Ladies and gentleman ?? of representative Dean Arp and Craig Horn from Union county. The chair is happy to extend the courtesy of the gallery to David Scholl, vice chair of the advisory committee for North Carolina Virtual public schools. Please stand as we all welcome you. Counter, House bill 82, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Committee substitute for house bill 82 a bill to be entitled an act to update the reference to the internal revenue code and to decouple from certain provisions of the federal american taxpayer relief act of 2012. General Assembly of North Carolina in act. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The clerk will read the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Luebke moves to amend the bill on page 1, lines 2-3-4 by rewriting the lines to read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Ladies and gentleman, as you may be aware that we carried this over from last week at the time that we displaced the bill, representative Luebke had send forth an amendment. Representative Luebke, is the gentleman prepared to debate the amendment? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes, sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized to debate the amendment.

…amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Members of the House, I’ll try to be brief in part because I already described the importance of this amendment last week. But to give the summary, the House Bill 82, as written ends the earned income tax credit for low and moderate income families. These are families of employees who are working for businesses, primarily small businesses, who, the businesses are able to pay relatively low wages in dollars, $8, $10, maybe $12, which is really not enough for any employee with a family to live on. As a result of this, at the Federal level, years ago Representative Blust reminded me that it actually began as an idea of Richard Nixon’s, it was supported in the 1986 Tax Reform Bill by Ronald Reagan, President Reagan, so it has been a bipartisan concept all along. In 2007 this General Assembly added a state version which meant five percent so that if you were entitled to 100 percent earned income tax credit Federal, you received five dollars additional from the state, the state five percent, so $105. The consequence of not extending the earned income tax credit is the cost the low and middle income families who are eligible for this tax credit $105 million a year. That is $105 million that is very important to these families. These are low income, these are working families. It is so important that we try to do this and when we do not move forward to extend the credit, I think this General Assembly or this House is sending a message as we, in my opinion unfortunately did around Medicaid rejecting the money, around unemployment benefits cutting them drastically, we’re sending a third message that we do not care about the well-being of the lower income families in North Carolina. For that reason I would urge you to support the amendment. The amendment simply extends the earned income tax credit for five years, sunsets the provision in 2019 meaning it will expire unless the General Assembly then chooses to extend it. But for today, I ask you to support the extension of the earned income tax credit state version for working families. Thank you. I urge adoption of the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Without objection, Rule 12D is suspended. Is there objection? So ordered. Representative Howard, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. To debate the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The lady is recognized to debate the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Ladies and gentleman of the House, we had the earned income tax credit for several years and last year during the negotiations and debate in anticipation of tax reform we did extend this one more year, through the year 2012-2013. I believe it is in our best interest to not extend it any further and to do the decoupling. We are actually complying but we are adjusting the amount of the credit, so until we get through our tax reform I would ask you to vote, “No,” on this amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Holley, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Speak to the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The lady is recognized to debate the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I’ve been looking into this. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities did some research into the earned income amendment. It said that in 2010 it listed 9.2 million people, 4.9 million of them were children above the poverty level and the majority that received the tax credit only received it for one or two years because by that time they were making enough money that they could live off of it. The most significant gain in unemployment has been attributed to this earned income tax credit, in particular with mothers with young children. In 1990 it reduced more than a half-million families from cash welfare recipients to work. These are not the kinds of programs we need to cut out, anything that encourages work. These are your low-wage people. They’re not trying to get unemployment benefits. They’re not trying to get welfare. They’re trying to go out there and actually work. Also these are taxpayers. They pay a substantial amount of local taxes and they get, according to this new bill, $4.50 per $100 that they will be getting as…

The average is just over 200 dollars. So you say 4050 cents is nothing it won't buy you lunch down stairs in our cafeteria. But it well provide so much needed relief for some of our poor families in Wake County and I ask that you support the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Hall please state your propose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized to debate the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. Speaker and very quickly I think Representative Howard said it correctly. We have tax reform coming as our understanding is coming and this was extended an effort to wake until tax reform was done and was done in last session as representative Howard said and there's no reason than to take this off the table so when people do tax reform we look at all the options and all the partners in this all the citizen who have something at stake in our tax system. Some people say you do policy either with a carrot or stick and we have pretty much pulled the stick out pretty well during the session we cut off unemployment benefits and we do Medicaid and taken away that option but this is something that helps people who are working now I know all of those who are in favor of helping working North Carolinians and this earned income tax credits just happens to help at least of these North Carolinians you heard the information this is it helps people climb out of situations where they need assistance this would be one message we can say as not really a warn the poor we want at least working poor to have some measure of assistance or respect our government so I would say leave this as it is leave it and let's go ahead and amend it and then when we have tax reform whatever it is let them look at it and let us strand on this merit like every other provision of our tax code. Let's not eliminate the working poor from consideration and leave everyone in tax code whose getting tax relief including those of us who would get 50 thousand credit against our tax liability as was pass last session when we did not address the rest of the tax code so we are doing situations where we give additional benefits in the tax code even though we know we say we gonna rewrite it but when it's time to look at our working poor we say we gonna take any relief you have away even though we are waiting to rewrite the code. So again I ask you to support the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Ross please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] To speak on the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The lady is recognized to debate the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you very much Mr. Speaker and ladies and gentleman you know the amount of money somebody would get through the earned income tax credits somewhere in the neighborhood 200 to 250 dollars a year doesn't sound like a lot to lot of people here but to the people this effects the people who know that they may be getting 200 or 250 dollar a year it makes a huge difference. Last week when I went to lunch with a friends somebody who I have known for a long time and we were talking about this issue and she said her kids go to elementary school with a family that has used what they get back from the earned income tax credit to put down payment on a mobile home so they can own a home for the first time in their entire lives they have used this small amount of money and sculled it away because there's no way they can come up with that kind of saving otherwise between bills medicine and other things. It's a small amount of money that makes an enormous difference in people's lives people who are living at the edge people who are working. You know what this body has done they may have to be spending this money on health insurance they may not be able to use it to put it down payment on a mobile home. It's just simply inconceivable to me that at the same time in this bill we would be giving extra tax breaks to people at the highest level that tomorrow morning we are going to look at doing away with inheritance taxes and yet again for the people who are struggling at the end there's no compassion there's no worry there's no consideration. Please vote for this amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Wilkins please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Speak to the amendment Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized to debate the amendment. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. Speaker

...came into the chamber today, we started off doing exactly what we do every day. And we had prayer together. And I could not help but recall one thing that was in that prayer, and we prayed it together folks. We prayed that our heavenly Father would remember those that are "struggling in these difficult times." I will vote for this amendment. I think it's right within my own conscience to remember those folks who are struggling. And if the amendment passes, I will be ready to vote for Representative Howard's bill. Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion, further debate on the amendment? If not the question before the House is the passage of the amendment sent forth by Representative Luebke for the House committee substitute of House Bill 82. All in favor vote aye, all opposed vote no. The clerk will open the vote. The clerk will let the machine record the vote. 42 having voted in the affirmative and 74 in the negative, the amendment fails. Representative Robert Brawley, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] A point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized for a point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen, today in Mooresville, North Carolina is Margaret Kennerly day. Margaret was born 100 years ago today and has been a real leader around Mooresville. Her profession was a beautician. She's probably made more women beautiful around Mooresville than we can imagine. But we appreciate the work she's done. We use words like "leadership," "dedication," "kindness," "compassionate," "Christian," "ambitious," and an example for the rest of us to follow. And Margaret is listening on the audio today, so I would like to say, "Happy birthday, Margaret, on your 100th birthday." And then, Mr. Speaker, I would also--someone who wasn't born quite a hundred years ago today, who's among us, has also served Iredell County very well. She has served as clerk of court, dedicating many years of service to the people of Iredell County, and last year decided to offer that same service, knowledge and ability to the people of the state of North Carolina, Representative Rena Turner. Happy birthday. [applause] [SPEAKER CHANGES] Ladies and gentlemen, we are back on the House committee substitute for House bill 82. Father discussion, further debate on the bill? Representative Michaux, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] To speak on the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized to debate the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker and ladies and gentlemen of the House, here we go again. The first thing we've done is we've hit the unemployment, folks who weren't employed through no reason of they're own. Then, we hit half a million folks without insurance. Now you're going after the working poor. What this bill does is, you're going to pass the first part and the second part, you're going to take away Earned Income Tax Credit for those low wage employees. But what you're also going to do, you're going to increase the high threshold for joint filers in this ?? to $300,000 when at one time it was $178,150. Which means that this will be of benefit to those of us who are able to afford it--or who really don't need it. What you're doing is you're going to lose about $18 million in revenue from folks who can afford to pay that. Now, sometimes enough is enough, folks. When you start disowning those who are unemployed. When you start taking away health care for those who can't afford it. And when you start running up the cost of these hospitals to a point where many of them are on the verge of ??...

working poor ?? and i just think ?? go back and take another look at it [speaker change] representative adams please take your purpose [speaker change] thank you mister speaker ladies and gentlemen of the house ?? we have done some good things in the chamber ?? in the past few weeks ?? one of the things that we did that i believe was good was to pass the ?? credit. i was privileged ?? who is no longer here ?? of this chamber ?? it was a good bill it provided the ?? for people who were trying to pull themselves up, people who were working hard everyday couldn't make the needs meet, needed an opportunity i am gonna ask i just really just incredibly ?? to watch day after day what's going on in this general assembly in this ?? things that we are doing to people who really need our support, people who live in our district and every county of the state and some of the people we are getting ?? again today, i'am gonna ask plead again for some compassion to give some relief to some ?? to moderate income families and lets think about how this people get through we are talking about ?? get finished with the ?? until we get finished with the ?? can't ?? to wait ?? vote against this bill and in support the ?? working people poor people, people for who are struggling, people who are having a hard time and who need our support and lets support them by voting against this bill [speaker change] further discussion for further debate , if not the question about ?? to the house committee ?? to its second reading ?? all oppose the vote?? ?? the vote 75 having vote in the affirmative 41 in the negative house community substitute ?? has passage second reading will remain on the counter [speaker change] ladies and gentlemen ?? gentlemen from ?? courtesy of the ?? this better half of more than 31 years ?? please stand ?? [speaker change] ?? [speaker change] ?? this is ?? to the department ?? property and require the department of public and ?? report annually on the matter of regenerated through ?? space ?? school campuses as recommended by the ?? community ?? community or the house select community on state on assets ?? north Carolina ?? [speaker change] representative harvard please take your purpose [speaker change] thank you mister speaker i believe that ?? of ?? ?? on this bill from one of the member which is too often ?? i do support the ?? [speaker change] representative blackwell ?? in the ?? [speaker change] representative blackwell ?? page 2 line 49 through page 3 line 5 by deleting lines and substituting [speaker change] the ?? recognize the ?? [speaker change] thank you mister speaker and thank you representative ?? this is what makes what i think is wise and very simple change rather than simply ?? instructions to really ?? from leasing to the appropriations process and the physical research division it makes this application to all state agencies so that we here in the ?? and ?? research division in appropriation ?? we have information on revenue received from ?? agency property, thank you mister speaker [speaker change] further discussion on further debate

Not the question before the House is the passage of the bill of the amendment sent forth by Representative Blackwell for House Bill 13. All in favor vote aye. All opposed vote no. The clerk will open the vote. All members wishing to record, please do so at this time. Representative Graham. The gentleman wish to record. Clerk will lock machine, record the vote. 116 having voted affirmative and none in the negative. The amendment passes. Now, we’re back on the bill. Further discussion, further debate. If not the question before the House is the passage of House Bill 13 as amended on its 3rd reading. All those in favor will vote aye. All opposed vote no. The clerk will open the vote. Clerk will lock machine, record the vote. 115 having voted affirmative, and 1 in the negative. House Bill 13 as amended has passed its 3rd reading will be engrossed and sent to the Senate. Ladies and gentlemen upon motion from the gentleman from Mecklenburg County, Rodney Moore. The chair is happy to extend the courtesies of the Gallery to members of common cause and students of various HBCUs who participated in HBCU Lobby Day, today. Please stand and let us welcome you. (applause). Ladies and gentlemen of the House earlier today the House Bill 114, sent forth or sponsored by Representative Stevens was referred to house or judiciary subcommittee A, should strike that. It’s judiciary subcommittee C. House Bill 77, the clerk will read. House Bill 77, a bill to be entitled enacted to lead a provision for a 50 dollar payment to members of the Board of Law Examiners, has not been paid since 1970s. Clarify provision relating to expenses of that board as recommended by the general statute commission. General Assembly of North Carolina enacts. Representative Blust, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. Speaker and members of the House. This is a very simple bill ….. Gentleman’s recognized to debate the bill. ….Thank you Mr. Speaker. It’s a very simple bill. It just eliminates an obsolete provision in the law, which still authorizes 50 dollars to be paid to members of the Board of Law Examiners. These are the people that grade the bar exam papers and answers each year. And coincidentally, it stopped being paid in the early 1970s. That was about the same time this board allowed Leo Daughtry to pass that exam. So, I don’t know if that’s just coincidence or not. It’s a very simple bill. I’ll be able, I’ll be happy to answer any questions, and Mr. Speaker I hope that you’ll have the question called after half an hour of debate on this. Please, thank you. Representative Michaux, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Would Representative Blust yield for a question? Does the gentleman yield? [SPEAKER CHANGES] If it’s an easy one I’ll yield… Yield. …Representative Michaux. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I don’t know why you want it that way. Let me ask you this though, seriously. There are people who grade the Bar Exam who are not members of the Board of Law Examiners. Does this cover them also? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I don’t know if it covers volunteers, who just come forward or not. I think this covers only people who are on that board formally. ?? the question. I yield. He yields. [SPEAKER CHANGES] These are people that the board asked to come and sit with them to help them grade the Bar Exam. I know several people who do that, on an annual basis. And if they are being asked by the board to do that, why shouldn’t they be included in this? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Michaux I don’t know that they aren’t. I’ll have to check on that. I would ask that we take a vote on 3rd reading, on 2nd reading we can just object, hold it over and I’ll get you that answer by tomorrow…. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you sir. …Thanks. Further discussion, further debate. If not, the question before the house is the passage of House Bill 77 on its 2nd reading. All those in favor vote aye. All opposed vote no. The clerk will open the vote. The clerk will lock machine, record the vote. 115 having voted in the affirmative, and 1 in the negative. House…

Bill 77 has passed its second reading and will remain on the calendar. Special message from the Senate, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Special message from the Senate. Mr. Speaker, it’s ordered that a message be sent to the House of Representatives that the Senate fails to concur in the House Committee Substitute to Senate Bill 4, a bill to be entitled an act to clarify the state’s intent not to operate state run or partnership health benefit exchange, provided that future Medicaid eligibility determination be made by the state rather than federally, facility exchange and to reject the Affordable Care Act’s optional Medicaid expansion and request conferees, president pro tempore appoints Senator Apodaca Chair. Senator Rucho, Hise and Brown are part of the Senate to confer ?? committee appointed by ?? the differences arise may be resolved. Respectfully, Sarah Lange, principal clerk. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Noted. [PAUSE] House conferees on Senate Bill 4 will be Burr, Dollar, Avila, and Brisson. Burr, chair. [PAUSE] Ladies and gentlemen, this concludes the calendar for today. We’re planning for tomorrow and Thursday, it is still the intent of the Chair, we will have session tomorrow at 2, and at this time we’re still looking at 1PM for Thursday. [PAUSE] Notices and announcements. [PAUSE] Clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The House Committee on Rules calendar operations of the House will meet tomorrow at 1PM in 1228/1327 of the legislative building. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further notices and announcements. Representative Luebke, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Would Representative Howard yield for a question? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Howard, does the lady yield? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The lady yields. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Howard, I saw in my email that House Finance is meeting in the morning at 8:30? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES] And, if I may ask if, am I correct that repeal a state tax, House Bill 101, is on the agenda? [SPEAKER CHANGES] It is scheduled for in the morning, yes sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES] A follow up, Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Does the lady yield? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The lady yields. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Would it be possible again that we have the summary as soon as possible this afternoon, of that important legislation? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Doctor Luebke, just as soon as we get it from the staff, that’s our plan. We’ll send the summary and the fiscal notes. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, ma’am. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Hall, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Question of Representative Moore. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Moore, does the gentleman yield? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I do. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman yields. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Chair. Mr. Speaker, Representative Moore, you chair the rules committee, we’re meeting tomorrow at 1. Do we have a bill on or are we hearing from staff, or? [SPEAKER CHANGES] We have two bills on the calendar. They would, they should have been on the email that went out. I don’t recall the exact bill numbers, Representative Hall. I think they were House Bill 84, short title clarify indecent exposure law. Excuse me, House Bill 84, enact medical cannabis act. House Bill 34, clarify indecent exposure law. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Carney, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The lady is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Ladies and gentlemen of the House, you received a notice that was sent out the end of last week, about the county caucus meeting this afternoon at 3:00 in room 1228. It’s going to be an exercise in what might be called the County Government 101. The county association, the county commissioner’s association staff will be here along with Jerry Cohen and the representatives from the school of government to talk about the relationship of county governments with state government. So we encourage all of you to attend. Room 1228 at 3:00. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Members, the Chair would encourage you to attend that if your calendar permits. It would be very educational in terms of understanding the relationship between county governments and the state. Representative Pierce, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Make an announcement, Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized for an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Ladies and gentlemen of the Legislative Black Caucus, please do not forget about our meeting this afternoon. Watch your computers, we might change the time, because we’re getting out early so watch your computers. But the time is 5 in the

isn't time, but watch the computers. Thank you, thank you, Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Further notices and announcements. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Representative Moore is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES]Mr Speaker, I move that the House do now adjourn in honor of Mrs. Margaret Kinnerly from Mooresville, on the occasion of her 100th birthday, to reconvene on February the 20th, 2013 at 2 o'clock PM. [SPEAKER CHANGES][SPEAKER CHANGES]Representative Moore moves, seconded by Representative Burr, that the House now adjourn to reconvene on Wednesday, February the 20th at 2 PM. All in favor in favor say aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES][SPEAKER CHANGES]Aye. All opposed say no. The ayes have it. The House stands adjourned.