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House | May 22, 2014 | Chamber | House 220th Anniversary

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Members of the prayer we offer our representative Rick ?? and as the prayer is being offered I hope you will keep Michelle ?? from the house and ?? office in your thoughts and prayers, her father passed away yesterday. Members and visitors in the gallery please stand and remain standing. ?? Together we gather in this chamber as friends and colleagues delighted to honor our predecessors for serving the goals of leading our state and the needs of our people. We are all strengthened because of their dedicated work, we are all enriched by yields of their hearts and minds. May God bless all who today serve North Carolina and this nation with all ?? is good and enable them to continue to serve with joy and with vigor. May we carry forward the work our predecessors advanced, may we add our efforts and achievements to theirs. May we be reminded that the greatest reward of serving is not what we get for it, but what we become because of it. May each of us become more caring because of the compassion of our predecessors, may each of us become more loyal because of the courage they showed, may each of us become more dedicated because of the commitment they exhibited, and may all of us find ?? into giving up ourselves to the end as we continue to give expression to the principals we cherish and let us all say amen. ?? as the, I think, longest serving veteran of the house would the gentleman please approach the dais to lead us in the pledge.[SPEAKER CHANGES] I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Thank You. Representative Morris recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker the journal ??? has been examined and found ??[SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Moore moves that the journal for May 21 be approved as written, all in favor say "Aye" "Aye" all opposed say "No" the Ayes have it, the journal is approved as written. Petitions, memorials, or papers addressed to the general assembly of the house . Is the nurse and the doctor of the day present? John was hiding behind the pillar. Is the nurse of the day present? Ladies and gentlemen I would like to welcome the doctor of the day a friend of my from Mecklenburg county Dr. John Ebert. John welcome and thank you for your service. Ladies and gentlemen the chair is happy to extend a courtesies of the floor, I think they're on the floor its a little bit difficult to see out there, to two friends of the legislature and former members, Bill ?? and Fred Sting, please rise and let us welcome you. ?? to bills and resolutions the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] ?? Representative ?? HR ??75 Anniversary of first state house session. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Pursuant to rule 32A calendar for immediate consideration. House resolution 175 the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] HR 1175. HR honoring the 220th anniversary of the assembly's first session in the state house in the city of Raleigh. Whereas in 1787, the assembly authorized the constitutional convention to establish the permanence

State capital; and Whereas, for many years, the Assembly held session in homes, courthouses, and other buildings throughout the State, including Bath, Edenton, Fayetteville, Halifax, Hillsborough, Kinston, New Bern, Smithfield, Tarboro, and Wilmington; and Whereas, in 1788, the Constitutional Convention decided that the State's capital should be located within 10 miles of Isaac Hunter's plantation in Wake County; and Whereas, in 1792, the Assembly appointed commissioners to select a site for the new capital; and Whereas, the commissioners purchased 1,000 acres from Joel Lane of Wake County for $2,756; and Whereas, Raleigh was chosen as the name of the new capital in honor of Sir Walter Raleigh, who was responsible for sending the first colonists to North Carolina; and Whereas, Senator William Christmas, a surveyor chosen to lay out the new city, based Raleigh's layout on the city of Philadelphia, which at that time was the nation's capital; and Whereas, construction of a State House, a simple, two-story brick building, began in 1792, on Raleigh’s central square; and Whereas, on December 30, 1794, the Assembly held its first session in the State House; and Whereas, the State House served as the State Capitol until it burned in 1831; and Whereas, the cornerstone of the present State Capitol is constructed on the site of the former State House; and Whereas, 2014 marks the 220th anniversary of the Assembly's first session in the State House, and it is an occasion worthy of celebration; Now, therefore, Be it resolved by the House of Representatives: SECTION 1. The House of Representatives honors the memory of the early Assembly members and acknowledges the 220th anniversary of the first session held in the State House. SECTION 2. This resolution is effective upon adoption. [SPEAKER CHANGES] May I see that? May I see that? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Murry, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Debate the resolution. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman is recognized to debate the resolution loudly. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen, we have convened in this historic State House to commemorate the 220th anniversary of the first session held here in Raleigh by the North Carolina General Assembly. Now, this wasn’t the, this wasn’t the building they met in. It burnt down in the late 1800s, in the 1800s. And so, after moving around the state for several years, the legislature declared in 1788 that the state government was to be located in Raleigh and, interestingly enough, the original mandate required that the new capital be held within ten miles of Isaac Hunter’s tavern, not just the plantation. They wanted to be close enough to the best watering hole in town. The more things change, the more things stay the same. On December 30, 1794, the General Assembly convened for the first time in the permanent state capital in Raleigh, and I don’t what scoundrel convened all the state politicians under one roof near a tavern just two days before New Year’s Eve. That was the 1795-96 General Assembly that started meeting December 30th, 1794. And so, they got a early start, as well. The building we’re in today was completed in 1840 after a fire destroyed the original State House in 1831. This building housed the entirety of state government until 1888. And the state legislature continued to meet here until the legislative building we, we meet in was completed in 1963. So, in an effort to emphasize the role of this State House and bring the legislature together with citizens, I would like to read a quote from Kemp Battle commemorating the 100th year anniversary of the original State House that was built in 1794. The old State House was smaller than the present structure, but the arrangement of the interior was about the same. The exterior was as plain as a gigantic dog kennel. But it is doubtful that any building in our state ever served so many uses or gave as much genuine pleasure. As there was no other public hall in the city, the authorities were generous in opening its passages below

… and halls above for Fourth of July dinners, theatrical performances, dancing balls and the religious congregations of all denominations. Many a side has been split with laughter, many a throat made hoarse with patriotic singing and furious shouting, many a head made to swim with Fourth of July brandy and rum, many a heart’s transfixed through and through by the dart of the God of Love, many a fantastic toe has been tripped in the joking jig and lively reel, many eloquent speeches and sermons uttered by zealous legislators or preachers burning with missionary zeal in that homely old building. It was the people’s house and the people were allowed to use it. I commend the resolution to you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion, further debate? Representative Martin, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] To debate the resolution. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The Gentleman is recognized to debate the resolution. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mister Speaker. Members, the legislative building built in the early 60s is actually in my district; the old state house is not, so we’ve left my district, so I’d encourage you to hold off on spending your dollars until you get back to my district. If you wonder why the line has gone that way, you’ll have to ask the Gentleman from Harnett, Representative Lewis. With that said, it’s a rare occasion that we get the whole session in this historic building, and it’s a joy to me every time we do because it reminds me that whatever we do in our short two-year terms here in the General Assembly, whatever we do for the good or the ill of this state, whatever we do, the state survives and will endure long after we’re gone. At the same time, it reminds me of our obligation to do good works here whether you’re Democrat, Republican, Libertarian or unaffiliated, that we all hope to last 220 years in the future. I commend the resolution to you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Bill Brawley, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] To debate the revolu… resolution. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Knowing Bill Brawley, that was Freudian. The Gentleman is recognized to debate the resolution. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mister Speaker, and actually the revolution is something to reckon, because we know how our forefathers established this nation with some ideas and liberties which were unique in the history of the world. As we sit in this old chamber in these desks, it would be almost appropriate to be wearing prop coats, or even cutaway coats and powdered wigs, because this is the very place to remember the early days of the Republic which established a new standards of liberty for the entire world. We dress formally when we meet and we have very formal rules and procedures. It imparts a dignity to our proceedings no matter how divided we may be over the issue, no matter how many arguments they may have, and there is a specific reason for that. The deliberations of this body, this house of the people, is exactly what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they created this great Republic which lead the world. When we are in this chamber, we are here to do the people’s business and to conduct it with all of the dignity and the decorum that it deserves. It has been my privilege and my honor to serve with each and every one of you as we have tried to live up to that great standard set so many years ago, and for that reason I commend the resolution to you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative ??, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] To speak on the resolution, Mister Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The Gentleman is recognized to debate the resolution. [SPEAKER CHANGES] ?? over 20 years ago. … we’ve seen a lot of changes ??... so it’s a pleasure for me to be here ??. … the only problems I have with this, you got ??. And I know that we’re not perfect but?? … and I understand…

This house was built by both of my ?? and be able to stand here, in the shoes of my ancestors who helped build this place and be able to speak to a body like this deserves some ??. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion. Further debate. Hearing no member rise or seeing no member rise. The question before the House. The bill number? The question before the House is the adoption of HR 1175. With that objection, we will take a voice vote. Is there objection? All those in favor, say Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] [together] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] All opposed, No. The Ayes have it. HR 1175 has been adopted with the order printed. Ladies and gentleman, we have a couple of recognitions that I'd like to get to before we do take up a bill that will require a roll-call vote. First, on behalf of all the members we welcome former Senator Keith Presnell. He's in attendance today. Keith, please make your presence known so we can welcome you. [clapping] Ladies and gentleman, at the request of Representative Rayne Brown, I'd like to take a moment of personal privilege, to recognize someone, to my envy, a gallery in the center. We have a gallery, an individual, a teacher, who is very special to Representative Rayne Brown. She's asked me to expand our usual recognition. I've agreed to do that. This individual was the choral director at J.E. Holmes Middle School and John Motley Morehead High School in Eden for 38 years. Through his work he has touched the lives of literally thousands of individuals. In addition, he has profoundly influenced music education through his mentor-ship of educators who teach, not only in our state, but across the country. Representative Brown further states that this teacher was a disciplinarian, without having to discipline. A raised eyebrow or a hint of a frown was all that was needed. Such was the admiration and respect for this man. He always gave the best that was in him to give and his students could give nothing less than the same in return. Perfectly and uniquely suited for his life's work he was inducted this year in the North Carolina Music Educator's Hall of Fame and today will receive the Order of the Longleaf Pine for his service to our state. So, on behalf of Rayne Brown, Representative Bert Jones, Rockingham County, and his current representative, Duane Hall, we would like to recognize Duane Best and his wife Gloria. Please stand so we can welcome you and show our gratitude. [clapping] Representative Pittman, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask ?? in recognition as ??. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Ladies and gentleman, upon a motion of Representative Larry Pittman from Cabarrus County, the Chair is happy to extend the courtesies of the gallery to...and I hope that I pronounce his name right, Madison Drewen from Davidson, NC. She raised money and awareness for Father's House International Ghana which provides shelter and education to former child slaves. Madison won the 2014 Prudential Spirit of Community award for her volunteer service. Madison is accompanied by Chase Drewan, Taylor Marshall, Zachary Marshall, Sarah Garett, and Andrew Garett all with leadership xx. They all have endeavored to bring awareness to the fact that child slavery still exists. We would like to extend our thanks to her and her peers. Please stand and let us welcome you.

[clapping] Representative Pittman is recognized for a point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. Speaker. When I was informed of what Madison Drouin and her colleagues there have done, I was just so inspired, I feel they need to be recognized. Madison lives in Davidson, its actually part of Davidson, Anderson, it's actually various counties in my District. Some of her friends live in the parish and some live out there in the area. Madison is a student at Liberty Christian Academy. Madison became aware of the plight of children who had been forced into slavery, including trafficking, and the need to help them. There is a home in Ghana, Father's House International, which ministers to those children and Madison felt the need to help them. So she helped plan a fundraiser, donated the proceeds of the sale of this book that she wrote about the life cycle of the silk moth - I've got it down here, here it is. Sales from this book were given to assist the Father's House International. She wanted to draw attention to the fact that slavery still exists, that many children fall prey to it, and there needs to be a worldwide effort to put an end to this. Madison has achieved national recognition for exemplary voluntary service by receiving the 2014 Prudential Spirit of Community Award, and she was presented this award in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, which honors young volunteers across America who had demonstrated extraordinary commitment in serving communities. Madison earned this??award by giving generously of her time and her energy in the effort to bring awareness to the plight and dangers of child slavery, and to provide financially for their assistance. The success of the State of North Carolina and of our Nation, I believe, depends a lot upon the strength of such young people as this, to strengthen our communities. The overall vitality of American society, I believe, depends on such children as this, growing into the leaders that our world needs. And so the dedication that Madison and these other young people have shown, this calls, I believe should be honoured. We see so much bad news on TV and in the newspapers all the time. I believe that when we have a group of young people like this - there's a group of about 50 of them in this leadership link - when we have young people like this, who are willing to give of their time and their strength, not just to pursue something for themselves, but to help others who are less fortunate than they are. What they do is based on their commitment to Jesus Christ, which means a lot to me as a pastor. When we have something like this, I think it needs to be recognized. I want to see more of this in the news. This should be covered. This should be exalted. This should be honoured. I am proud of these young people, and I feel a little bit better about the future of our State and our Nation thinking that they someday will be helping to lead. God bless you, and thank you! [clapping] [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Brandon, if you would like to come forward and find your seat. Welcome. [clapping] [SPEAKER CHANGES] [inaudible] Department of Revenue ?? application for sales tax [inaudible] [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Howard, please state your purpose. The lady is recognized to debate the Bill. Would the lady like to come to the mike so she can be heard? I can't hear you [laughter] [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. Speaker. Thank you Mr. Speaker and Members of the House. This is actually a simple Bill. The proposed committee substitute that we did in the Finance Committee for SB 261 actually just restores the . . .

… and the intent from 2012, and right now it is a time-sensitive bill because there’s some activity that is occurring across the state of North Carolina, so the bill needs to be signed and in place by June 1. The bill actually just restores the language for the occupancy tax and the collection of sales tax on rental property that is rented, your private residence that’s rented less than 15 days, and with that said Mister Speaker, I would ask for the support of the body for the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Hold up here in case there’s questions. Further discussion, further debate? Seeing none, the question before the House is the passage of SB 261 on its second reading. This is a roll call vote, so we will be carrying this over to next week. We’re just trying to catch up, or get it as quickly to the Senate as possible. This will be a roll call vote. The Clerk will take the roll. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Speaker Tillis? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Alexander? Representative Arp? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Avila? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Baskerville? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative J. Bell? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative L. Bell? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Blackwell? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Blust? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Boles? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Brandon? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative R. Brawley? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative W. Brawley? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Brisson? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Brody? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative B. Brown? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative R. Brown? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Bryan? 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[SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Farmer-Butterfield? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Fisher? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Floyd? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Ford? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Fulghum? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Gill? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Glazier? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Goodman? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative C. Graham? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative G. Graham? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Hager? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative D. Hall? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative L. Hall? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Hamilton. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Hanes? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Hardister? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Harrison? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Hastings? Representative Hastings? Representative Holley? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Hollo? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] representative Holloway? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Horn? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Howard? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Hurley? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Iler? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Jackson? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Jeter? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Johnson? Representative Johnson? Representative Jones? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Jordan? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. Representative Lambeth? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. 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Representative Mendez Aye Representative Montley Aye Representative Motley Aye Representative R. Moore Yeah Representative P. Moore Aye Representative Murray Aye Representative Pierce Aye Representative Pick[??] Aye Representative Purcell Aye Representative Ransom Aye Representative Reeves Aye Representative Richardson Aye Representative Ridell Aye Representative Ross Aye Representative Sain [sp?] Aye Representative Samuels Aye Representative Schaffer [sp?] Aye Representative Setzer Aye Representative Sheffer [sp?] Aye Representative Seminjalik [sp?] Aye Representative Stamp Aye Representative Starm Aye Representative Steinberg Aye Representative Stiegler Aye Representative Stone Aye Representative Stolkholm [sp?] Aye Representative Terry Aye Representative Tine Aye Representative Torman [sp?] Aye Representative Turner Aye Representative Wadell Aye Representative Warren Aye Representative Wells Aye Representative West Aye Representative Wickmayer [sp?] Aye Representative Wilkins Aye Representative Wray Aye Representative Youngs Aye We're waiting for the tally, ladies and gentleman. Maybe this is the best indication of how things have changed over the last 220 years. That takes 15 seconds now. The house be at ease. [??] For a couple of guys who don't like to speak much on the floor they did a good job. I really do think we ought to have our composite in this building next year. Well that would be neat. Run for speaker and make that happen. Let's do that. That'll be my platform. Take a good picture. We'll take the picture at one. . . The house will come to order. 109 having voted in the affirmative and none in the negative, SB 261 has passed its second reading and will remain on the calendar. Representative Moore, please state your purpose. Point of personal privilege. The gentleman is recognized for a point of personal privilege. Thank you Mr. Speaker, members. I just confirmed with the house next-door [??] to make sure that I'm correct. One of the things I can do to help with office assignments and back when this building was being used as the Capitol, initially the member's office was a seat on the house floor and the Corps staff was contained back there. I don't think that would work now. I put this to you and all the operations was here and it's neat to think about how things have changed. I think Representitive Shiffer makes some good comments about the larger historical context of the change over time. Just the practical things that have changed over 200 odd years. We're operating this building and we have remained in this chamber we're seated in right now for the six hour, seven hour long session. Representatitve Fleetwood, I don't know what it was like then but I can imagine there's been some interesting stuff. But the one thing I think we can all be proud of today, although we do not regularly meet from this building, we meet down the street is that it is still the people's house, and it's an honor for us to use it today and I just want to express my appreciation for all the efforts of what th Corps office did and the Seargent at Arms staff and being here today what they did to provide for a smooth transition. Thank you for all all the work you did [??]. Thank you Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentleman, as the count for the SB was being made and Senator Moore came forward, I though the was going to offer for the count. That put me in a state of panic. So I'm glad to hear that you were doing your homework. And I think just to echo what Representative Moore

Representative Bert Jones and I were walking down here and he said he really looks forward to these sessions. I did too. It’s a tradition that hopefully will continue with the next Speaker, but it really reminds you of how we are very much a part of history, and 100, 200 years from now, Mickey will probably still be serving, but the rest of us will move on, but we really have to think about the gravity of what we do here because it truly is writing pages in history. Pages, if you could please come forward, and Representative Martin. Is Abbey in the Chamber? Do we know if Abbey Martin is in the Chamber? Her daughter was an honorary page today. We’re sorry we didn’t see her in the Chamber, but wanted to acknowledge that she’s been here serving the House today. If the pages would please come forward, we’d like to thank you for your service this week. Members, as we were debating the ‘raise the age’ bill yesterday and a couple of our members talked about crazy 15-year-olds and 16-year-olds, I went to a few of the pages up in the dais and said “Nothing personal.” They said they understood it, but I thought it’s a particularly interesting matter for them to be present to hear the debate. But pages, we want to thank you for your service to the House this week. You’ve got the special treat of meeting in this historic building. I hope that over the course of the week, you’ve learned a little bit about how the legislative process works. I hope someday it will inspire some of you to come back and serve in the House Chamber. I hope you’ll share this experience with your friends and family members and encourage them to come back and serve as a page as well. Thank you very much for your service. Ladies and Gentlemen, let’s show our appreciation. You may now return to your stations. Notices and announcements? Representative Warren, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] ?? personal privilege ?? [SPEAKER CHANGES] The House will come to order. The Gentleman is recognized for a point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mister Speaker, it’s appropriate that I really ?? six months ago in this location. I would like to share with the members of the General Assembly now, on January 19th, 2014, ?? Chapel United Methodist Church, located in Woodley, North Carolina, celebrated its 175th anniversary. Founded on January 17th, 1839, the church has been the spiritual home for hundreds of families in Rowan County. It has consistently provided the community with a reliable house of worship and spiritual enrichment, where Christian family values can be passed down from generation to generation. Mister Speaker, I’d like you and my colleagues to join me in congratulating ?? Chapel United Methodist Church on faithfully executing its mission statement to, quote, “follow Christ, make disciples, and lovingly serve others through our gifts and talents,” unquote. Thank you, Mister Speaker. I yield the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further notices and announcements? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mister Speaker? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Moffitt, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] A point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The Gentleman’s recognized for a point of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mister Speaker. Members, as you may recall, yesterday Representative Fisher asked you to help reach out and support Caleb Johnson from Asheville in his effort to become the new American Idol. Thank you very much for your help, thank you for your vote. Caleb Johnson is the new American Idol. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Bill Brawley, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mister Speaker. The House Committee on Transportation will meet next Tuesday, and if my memory serves, because I left my note, it’s noon to 6:43, but please check your calendar. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Samuelson, please state your purpose. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The Lady is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] House Banking will meet right after we leave here at 12:28. Very short one, non-controversial. It’s an ?? to the Bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative…

-Baskerville[???] please state your purpose. [speaker changes] Point of personal privilege [speaker changes] The gentleman is recognized for a point of personal privilege. [speaker changes] Thank you Mr. Speaker, I appreciate it. Maybe some of you know as I did not know this until today. I am sitting beside representative West[???] here who is sitting in the same seat that his father sat and served in this chamber. He was the second member of his family, that is a third generation legislator. Himself, his pop and his grand pop. That is just so cool to me. [unintelligible, applause] [speaker changes] Representative Shepherd[???] please state your purpose. [speaker changes] Yes sir, for a point of personal privilege [speaker changes] The gentleman is recognized for a point of personal privilege. [speaker changes] I have one question for representative West[???], did they have any opossum bills[???] when they was [unintelligible, laughter, applause]. [speaker changes] Further notices and announcements? Seeing none, representative Morris[???] recognized. [speaker changes] Mr Speaker, I move that the house adjourn in memory of [unintelligible] to re-convene Friday May 23rd at nine o’clock AM, in the house chamber of legislation. [speaker changes] Ladies and gentlemen, again, this is a no-vote skeleton session, so that we do not have to meet on Monday night. So we’ll see you back on Tuesday, watch notices for meetings. Representative Laura Moves[???], the house now adjourned, in memory of James Adams and subject to the introduction of bills and resolutions to re-convene on Friday May 23rd at nine AM. The adjournment resolution is seconded by representative M’Shaw[???]. The meeting will be in the house chamber. All in favor vote ‘aye’ [speaker changes to many simultaneous speakers] AYE [speaker changes] All opposed vote ‘no.’ The ‘aye’s have it, the house stands adjourned.