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House | January 14, 2015 | Chamber | House Opening Session

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The House will come back to order. All member elect for the 2015 House of Representative will please occupy the seats to which you have been assigned. All visitors will please repair to the lobbies and the galleries and the acting sergeant at arms will close the doors. Please be in order and silence your cellular phones. We welcome all the family members who are gathered, the friends and the guests here today and those who are watching and listening. Obedient to law you have assembled at this time and place for the convening of the regular 2015 bi-annual session of the General Assembly. I shall ask all members elect and guests in the chamber to rise for the opening prayer, which will be offered by Representative John Torbett. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Ladies and gentlemen, we asked all members, the year is 1774 and representatives from each of the 13 states were meeting in Philadelphia to iron out political differences that threatened to destroy a new nation. The arguments intensified until one man stood and spoke these words, that man was Benjamin Franklin, "I have lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men, and if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probably that an empire can rise without His aid? I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven and its blessings on our deliberations be held in this assembly every morning before we proceed to business." The first prayer was offered on the morning of September 7, 1774 at 9:00 AM and delivered by the the Reverend Jacob Duchet, rector of Christ Church of Philadelphia, PA. He delivered the first prayer of the Continental Congress, this prayer I offer today. Will you join me? Oh, Lord, our heavenly father, high and mighty king of kings and lord of lord, who does from thy throne behold all the dwellers on earth and reign us with a power supreme and uncontrolled over all the kingdoms, empires and governments. Look down in mercy we beseech the on these, our American states, who have fled to thee from the rod of our oppressor and thrown themselves on thy gracious protection, desiring to be henceforth dependent only on thee. To thee have they appealed for the righteousness of their cause. To thee do they now look up for that countenance and support with thou alonst can give. Take them, therefore, heavenly father under thy nurturing care. Give them wisdom in council and valor in the field. Defeat the malicious designs of our cruel adversaries. Convince them of the unrighteousness of their cause and if they persist in their sanguinary purposes of own unerring justice, sounding in their hearts, constrain them to drop the weapons of war from their unnerved hands in the day of battle. Be though present, oh God of wisdom, and direct the councils of this honorable assembly. Enable them to settle things on the best and surest foundation, that the scene of blood may be speedily closed, that order, harmony and peace may be effectually restored and truth and justice, religion and piety prevail and flourish amongst the people. Preserve the health of their bodies and vigor of their minds. Shower down on them and the millions they here represent such temporal blessings as thou seeist expedient for them in this world and crown them with the everlasting glory in the world to come. All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ, thy son and our savior. Amen. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Amen. Please remain standing for the presentation of the colors by the North Carolina National Guard Honor Guard.

Now join in the Pledge of Allegiance led by former representative Jack Kine of Cleveland County: [SPEAKER CHANGES] Please join me: 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] The national anthem will be sung by Amanda Watson Bailey North Carolina, Miss North Carolina 2008 and a resident of Wake County. [SPEAKER CHANGES] O say can you see by the dawn's early light, What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there; O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Please be seated. The Secretary of State, being the custodian of the North Carolina election returns, has deposited in the Principal Clerk's office for inclusion in the journal, a complete certification of all members elect as evidenced by the abstract of notes filed in that office under the hand and seal of Clerks of the Superior Court of several counties of the state and the State Board of Elections. This will eliminate the necessity of individual filing of election credentials with the Clerk. The names of persons so certified as being elected shall be called in numerical order of the House districts. As your name is called, please stand, answer present, and remain standing until the roll is completed and the oath of office is administered. The clerk will read the certification roll call. [SPEAKER CHANGES] State of North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State, the 2015 North Carolina House of Representatives: I, Elaine F. Marshall, Secretary of State of the State of North Carolina do hereby certify that the State Board of Elections met Tuesday, the 25th day of November, 2012 in accordance with Chapter 163 of the general statutes of North Carolina, at which time the Board did open, canvass, and judicially determine the return of votes cast in the election held on Tuesday, November 4th 2014 and certified to me the persons duly elected as members of the House of Representatives from the various representative districts comprising of more than one county and all others have been certified to be in the abstracts by the State Board of Elec...

Was having the highest number of votes cast in the election for the House of Representatives with districts composed of one county only for the general assembly of 2015, to wit. First district, Bob Steinberg. Second district, Larry Yarborough. Third, Michael Speciale. Fourth, Jimmy Dixon. Fifth, Howard J. Hunter, III. Sixth, Paul Tine. Seventh, Bobby J. Richardson. Eighth, Susan Martin. Ninth, Brian Brown. Tenth, John R. Bell. Eleventh, Duane Hall. Twelfth, George Graham. Thirteenth, Patricia McElraft. Fourteenth, George G. Cleveland. Fifteenth, Philip Shephard. Sixteenth, Chris Millis. Seventeenth, Frank Iler. Eighteenth, Susi Hamilton. Nineteenth, Ted Davis, Jr. Twentieth, Rick Catlin. Twenty-first, Larry M. Bell. Twenty-second, William Brisson. Twenty-third, Shelly Willingham. Twenty-fourth, Jean Farmer-Butterfield. Twenty-fifth, Jeffrey L. Collins. Twenty-sixth, Leo Daughtry. Twenty-seventh, Michael H. Wray. Twenty-eighth, James H. Langdon, Jr. Twenty-ninth, Larry D. Hall. Thirtieth, Paul Luebke. Thirty-first, H. M. Michaux, Jr. Thirty-second, Nathan A. Baskerville. Thirty-third, Rosa U. Gill. Thirty Fourth, Grier Martin. Thirty-fifth, Chris Malone. Thirty-sixth, Nelson Dollar. Thirty-seventh, Paul Stam. Thirty-eighth, Yvonne Lewis Holley. Thirty-ninth, Darren Jackson. Fortieth, Marilyn Avila. Forty-first, Gale Adcock. Forty-second, Mavin W. Lucas. Forty-third, Elmer Floyd. Forty-fourth, Rick Glazier. Forty-fifth, John Szoka. Forty-sixth, Ken Waddell. Forty-seventh, Charles Graham. Forty-eighth, Garland E. Pierce. Forty-ninth, Gary Pendleton, Fiftieth, Graig R. Meyer. Fifty-first, Brad Salmon. Fifty-second, Jamie Boles. Fifty-third, David Lewis. Fifty-fourth, Robert T. Reives, II. Fifty-fifth, Mark Brody. Fifty-sixth, Verla Insko. Fifty-seventh, Mary Price Harrison. Fifty-eighth, Ralph C. Johnson. Fifty-ninth, Jon Hardister. Sixtieth, Cecil Brockman. Sixty-first, John Faircloth. Sixty-second, John M. Blust. Sixty-third, Stephen M. Ross. Sixty-fourth, Dennis Riddell. Sixty-fifth, Bert Jones. Sixty-sixth, Ken Goodman. Sixty-seventh, Justin P. Burr. Sixty-eight, D. Craig Horn. Sixty-ninth, Dean Arp. Seventieth, Pat B. Hurley. Seventy-first, Evelyn Terry.

72nd - Edward Haines Junior. 73rd - Lee Zachary. 74th - Debrah Conrad. 75th - Donnie C Lambith. 76th - Carl Ford. 77th - Harry Warren. 78th- Allen Ray McNeil. 79th - Julia Craven howard. 80th - Sam Watford. 81st - Rain Brown. 82nd - Larry G Pitman. 83rd - Linda P Johnson.84th - Reina W Turner. 85th - Josh Dobson. 86th _ hugh Blackwell. 87th - Edgar B Stramd. 88th - Rob Grime. 89th - Mitchell Smith Setzer. 90th - Sarah Stevens. 91st - Brian Halloway. 92nd - Charles Jeter. 93rd - Johnathon C Jordan. 94th - Jeffery Elmore. 95th - John A Fraley. 96th - Jay Adams. 97th - Jason R Sayne. 98th - John R BRadford III. 99th - Rodney W Moore. 100th - Tricia Cotton. 101st - Brevely Miller Earl. 102nd - Becky Carney. 103rd - Bill Brawley. 104th - Dan Bishop. 105th - Jacquelyn Schaffer. 106 - Carla Cunningham. 107th - Kelly Alexander. 108th John A Torbet. 109th Dayna Bumgardner. 110th Kelly E Hastings. 111th Tim Moore. 112th Mike Hager. 113th Chris Whitmeyer. 114th Susan C Fisher. 115th John Ager. 116th Brian Turner. 117th Chuck McGrady. 118th Michelle D Presnell. 119th Joshan Quinn. 120th Rodger West. In witness where of, i have here unto set my hand and affixed my official seal. Done in office of Raleigh this 8th day of December 2014 - Elain F Marshall, secretary of state. The clerk will read a letter of resignation; Edgar V Starnes, majority leader - January 12th, 2015, Ms Janicee Weeks, principal clerk NOrth Carolina House of Representative 2320 Legislative office building Raleigh, North Carolina 27601. Dear Mrs. Weeks, I am writing to notify you that i have accepted a position in the department of state treasure. i will be serving the treasurer as senior policy adviser and legislative liaison. for this reason i will resign my seat effective 12 o'clock noon on January 13th, 2015. It has been a privilege to serve 20 years on this body. I cherish the friendships i have made and look forward to working with you in my new role at the treasurer's office. With best regards, i am sincerly, Edgar V Starnes, state representative. {speaker changes} the chair declares a quorum to be present. the oath of office with be administered by senior associate justice Robert H Edmonds JR North Carolina Supreme Court. {speaker changes} good morning everyone, and congratulations to all of you. it is a real honor for me and my colelgaues on the court to participate in this ceremony of democracy in action. is everyone ready to take the oath? please have the folks who are going to administer it with you stand up. place you left hand on the bible and raise your right. do you solemnly swear to and sincerely swear to support the constitution of the united states and you will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the state of North Carolina and to the constitutional powers and authorities which are or maybe be established for the government.

?? Thereof, and that you will endeavor to support, maintain and defend the constitution of said state, not inconsistent with the constitution of the United States, to the best of your knowledge and ability, so help you God. And you swear or affirm that you will well and truly execute the duties of the office of a member of the North Carolina house of representatives according to the best of your skill and ability, according to law, so help you God. Congratulations. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Please be seated. Now that you have been seated as a member of the House of Representatives, the first order of business is the election of a speaker from your membership. In the absence of adopted rules the House is governed by usage, custom and precedent, and by the general parliamentary law. The best evidence of what are the established usage and customs are the rules as last in effect. It has not been the custom of the House of Representatives to allow a member to pass on a role call vote. The election of speaker requires a majority of the members present in voting. An answer of present at the time your name is called is not a vote. No member may vote unless the member is in the chamber when the question is put to the body. The floor is now open to nominations. For what purpose does the gentleman from Johnston County representative Daughtry rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To nominate Tim K Moore as speaker of the North Carolina House [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman has the floor and may proceed to the well of the house. [SPEAKER CHANGES Thank you madam clerk. Former speaker Tillis, now senator Tillis, members of the supreme court, special guest and fellow members. It is a pleasure and a great honor in just a few moments to place in a nomination as the next speaker of the house of this coming biennium, the honorable Tim K Moore. But before I do, I would first like to speak to those members who have aspirations of being speaker in the next biennium. If Tim Moore is running I would suggest that you not put your name in the ring. He is hard to beat, I know from experience. Most of you do not know this, but Tim Moore will not the the first representative Moore to serve as speaker of the House. In 1870, W A Moore of Chowan county, also a good republican, served as speaker. And for those of you who are wondering, I wasn't there during that session. But I have served under five different speakers and I think I know a little something about what it takes to make a successful speaker. First, a good speaker must have a clear understanding of the importance of public education. K through 12, our community colleges, and our university system. Tim is a product of public education, he graduated from Kings Mountain High School, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also served as a member of the University Board of Governors from 1997 to 2001, giving him additional insights into our public education system. He therefore realizes that an education is the great equalizer. And that anyone, in this state, no matter where that person lives, should be, if willing to apply themselves, ought to be able to be educated and successful. Tim is committed to our public education system. Secondly, a good speaker must appreciate our third branch of government, the judiciary, as a practicing attorney in Cleveland county since 1997 he has seen first hand the importance of the root of law.

While we suffered the disaster at the Boston Marathon, we stood with Boston. Today, we stand with the people of France. We are Charlie. He wants to ensure that the laws we passed are enforced without partiality or favoritism, and further, he is ready to help bring our court system into the 21st century. Third, a good Speaker must provide leadership and so our state can continue to emerge from the crises of the great recession that occurred a few years ago. In addition to being a practicing attorney, Tim is a small businessman and he has seen firsthand how our state must continue down the road of being competitive with our neighboring states and putting a welcome mat, welcome mat out for new industry that is looking for a place to call home. He wants everyone to have a job and be secure in that job and successful financially. What greater legacy could a Speaker have than to be a job creator? Four, a good Speaker must be a good parent because every parent wants in the long run to see that their children are left a better state than we have now. Tim has fine, two fine young sons, McCrag and Wilson. I'm sure he'll introduce them to you later. Because of them, he will take the long view of making sure that we make decisions now that will impact our state for years to come. Whether that, that involves farmers, rural areas or, or whether that involves distressed counties, make no mistake, Tim is up for the job. When we elect Tim, all ranks in North Carolina will be proud and thank us, both Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. He can get along with people. He knows how to find the common ground with the Senate or the Governor. But most importantly, he is ready to work with all of us for the betterment of our state. He will do an outstanding job and there is a lot to be done. This is the people's House, and Tim is ready to lead it. Madam clerk, my fellow members, I proudly place into nomination for the Speaker of the North Carolina House, my friend, the gentleman from Cleveland, the honorable Tim K. Moore. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the gentleman from Wake, Representative Dollar wish to be recognized? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Madam Speaker, I rise to second the nomination of the gentleman from Cleveland County, Timothy K. Moore, as Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman has the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Members, honored guest, family and friends, one way to tell if a person is a native North Carolinean is to ask them a question. Where are you from? If they answer with the name of their home county, they're a native North Carolinean. In this chamber, the recognition to speak begins with the calling of the county name of a member who's being, who wishes recognition. Tim, Representative Tim Moore is a true son of his native Cleveland County. Tim's best day is walking atop King's Mountain with his two boys, McCray and Wilson, soaking up the sun, soaking up the moment, soaking up the history. And as you recall from our history, some 235 years ago, North Carolineans won an unexpected and pivotal victory defeating a British led Tory army at the top of King's Mountain. The continental army and militia had experienced a crushing defeat at Camden, and our state lay open for invasion. Lord Cornwallis advanced to Charlotte, and with a strong flanking column of Tories on his left led by Major Patrick Ferguson, the British were determined the pacify the Western counties of our state threatening to

Put the countryside to, quote, “fire and sword”. As Representative West will attest, that was a bad idea. Answering the call to serve, frontiersmen, hunters, farmers, tradesmen, led by such backcountry kernels with names that we honor today – leaders like Joseph McDowell, Joseph Winston, Isaac Shelby and Benjamin Cleveland. 900 patriots strong, they surrounded and repeatedly stormed up King’s Mountain, eventually winning the high ground and taking the battle. Having lost the left wing of his arm, Wallace was forced to retire back to South Carolina. The western Piedmont mountains of North Carolina and beyond were secure from invasion, and a young nation cheered a much-needed victory. These were ordinary people willing to work together to sacrifice, to serve a cause greater than their own. The character and value of those patriots lives on today. They have shaped and inspired leaders like Tim Moore with that same willingness to serve, the courage to fight for what is right, and the determination to stand firm for what is best for all North Carolinians. He will do this as he helps lead this great state to an even brighter and more prosperous future. Madam Speaker, Timothy K. Moore will honorably serve as Speaker, exhibiting the best qualities of leadership and service. I second the nomination of the gentleman from Cleveland County. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Are there further nomination? For what purpose does the gentleman from Harnett, Representative Lewis wish to be recognized? [SPEAKER CHANGES] For a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman has the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Madam Speaker. I move nominations be closed and Timothy K. Moore of Cleveland County be elected by acclamation Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives for the 2015-16 session of the North Carolina General Assembly. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there objection? Hearing none, the Chair declares nominations are closed. Those in favor of the election of Representative Tim Moore as Speaker will say “aye”. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] All opposed, “no”. The ayes have it and Representative Tim Moore is elected Speaker of the 2015 House of Representatives. At this time I would and Representative Daughtry, Representative Dollar, Representative Cotham, Representative Bumgardner, Representative Hastings, Representative Torbett, Representative Brian Brown, Representative McElraft, Representative Hager and Representative Larry Hall to please join our newly elected Speaker at the rear of the chamber and escort him to the well of the House.

[Applause] Okay, come this way. The oath of office will be administered to Speaker Moore by Associate Justice Paul Newby. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you. [??] If you would place your left hand on the Bible and raise your right hand. Do you, Tim Moore solemnly and sincerely swear that you'll support the Constitutions of the United States, that you'll be faithful and bear true allegiance to the State of North Carolina and to the constitutional powers and authorities which are and may be established for the government thereof and that you'll endeavor to support, maintain and defend the Constitution of said state, not inconsistent with the Constitution of the United States, to the best of your knowledge and ability so help you God. And do you swear that you will well and truly execute the duties of the speaker of the office of the speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives according to the best of your skill and ability, according to law, so help you God. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I do. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Congratulations. Thank you for your willingness to serve. [Applause] Sign right there. It's always about the paperwork. [SPEAKER CHANGES] That's right. Thank you. I appreciate it. [??] [SPEAKER CHANGES] Congratulations. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you. [??] [SPEAKER CHANGES] At this time I would ask Senator Tillis to please come forward. [??] [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you so much, I appreciate it. Thank you very much. [??] [Applause] [SPEAKER CHANGES] Please have a seat. Well, good morning. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Good morning. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I had the honor of standing here before, but it's a little different today, and this time Senator Tillis actually didn't pull out the little step stool for me to step on this time. He normally likes to do that for me. Distinguished justices of the Supreme Court, members of the court of appeals, thank you for being here. Members of the House, government secretaries, other distinguished visitors, thank you for being here with us today on this great day. I want to first of all congratulate my colleagues here in the House on your reelection, and whether it's your first term or your tenth term, it's always an honor to be here and those of us who run and serve, we have this job to do but the only way we can do it is because our families and our friends and our supporters let us do it. I would ask my fellow members of the House to please rise and thank our family members who stand by us and allow us to do this, please. [Applause] In that same sense, with a spirit of gratitude, I do want to that my family who are here today. I have numerous relatives who've traveled across the state to be here, friends from outside the state, and it means a lot for you all to be here. Most family down front here and of course my two sons who were up here helping me a bit ago, I love you all and appreciate the support you give and can't thank you enough for your support and the opportunity to serve. Let me tell you a little bit about myself. My good friend Nelson Dollar stole the history lesson about King's Mountain, and we were trying to find a witness to the battle of King's Mountain but George Cleveland was not willing to come up here and talk to us today. You know, if you think about

The history of our State we have so much to be thankful for. We live in the absolutely best state in the nation and you go back to the Revolutionary War and the Freedoms that were fought for and the freedom that we have today to sit in this very chamber and pass the laws and do the things we do. We have so much that we owe our predecessors. Growing up in Kings Mountain I practiced law in a small town, have two boys who are growing up into your men. The youngest one now is into drivers ed. I think we have to file a bill now to raise the drivers age. I don't know. That might be something we need to do. Growing up in North Carolina in a small town I learned the value of hard work, learned the value of getting back and had the opportunity to serve in this house seat since 2002. I remember the first time I sat in here getting sworn in my oldest one was two years old and the youngest one was just a baby and now here we are with them being 14 and 12 these many years later and being here in the house. One thing I can tell you is that this is a great institution. It's a great institution not because of the building or where we are but because of the people who are here. Those of you who are serving, those of you who served before, like my good friend Jack Hunt. Jack, thank you for being here with us today former Speaker ETM and Rules Chairman. Jack, you did a wonderful job for Cleveland County and you honor us by being here again today. Thank you very much. It's an interesting public service I think that drives every single member who is here. An interesting public service aside from party labels, ideaology anything else we all have different backgrounds, we all have different views of how we see the world but at the end of the day we all come together in this very room to reach solutions to try to move North Carolina forward. I remember two examples when I was here in the minority that I can think of. We worked on legislation to strengthen the laws with child predators the (sp) Act. A number of you here worked with me on that bill. That bill is now in effect and we now have one of the toughest laws in the state on predators. We passed legislation to increase the penalties on repeat drunk drivers. We've done alot of things that were nonpartisan or bipartisan and I'd like to see us continue to do those kinds of efforts as we move forward. You know, but we have alot of challenges facing this state. The last few years we've dealt with alot of issues. We've dealt with unemployment, we've dealt with economic development, trying to improve the way we do road funding and infrastructure. Well, there's still more work there to be done. There are great ideas from the problems facing North Carolina from both sides of the aisle and the answers are never Republican or Democrat. Their North Carolina answers, there North Carolina solutions and I pledge that we work to see that we arrive at those. All of us have a desire to improve our communities back home and state wide. It's those interests, it's those efforts that make it worth being here and I thank everyone of you for taking the time away from your families, your careers to come up here and give of your time to serve in the house. And, I think alot of time folks don't realize the amount of time it takes. Of course those of you who served here know and you folks here you're about to find out. So, it does take quite a bit of time. I wanted to touch on a couple of ideas that I thought we should address in this upcoming session. One is an initiative to work with public private partnerships with groups like the YMCA, Boys & Girls Club of North Carolina, Big Brothers & Big Sisters to help address issues with afterschool care. Alot of youth, sometimes it's that period between the end of school and when a parent or some other caregiver gets home that alot of either good things can happen or alot of bad things can happen. I think that's an issue that this year we ought to work on. That's something I think we can work together. Both parties can and the folks will come behind. I'm going to task our Education Committee with working on that, finding those solutions and coming up with a good plan moving forward to address those matters. Also, I want to recognize the fact that North Carolina is made in large part, in major part frankly, to the sacrifices of those who have served our country and to the military. We are one of the most military friendly states in the nation. We have alot to be thankful for. I'd like to ask those who are serving in the military or have served in the military to please rise so we can appropriately thank you for your service. Those members who are here please rise.

Would also like to extend that same recognition to any law enforcement officers, firefighters, or first responders who also serve. If you are, please rise so that we can welcome and thank you as well. Members, we have a special guest with us today, and I saw Sergeant Reed Ellington rise and I'd like to take a moment to tell you about a special guest we have today. We'd like to welcome Cooper Ellington, who is seated here in the back of the chamber along with his parents Sergeant Reed Ellington and Stephanie Ellington. If ya'll would please stand. Cooper is an honor roll student in ninth grade at Union Pines High School in Moore County. Representative Bowles is their representative. For the last three and a half years, Cooper has courageously battled VHL syndrome. Cooper, I want you to know the North Carolina House is proud to have you here. You honor us with your presence, and you have, you are in our prayers, and we wish you the best and hope one day you will be here serving with us. Thank you again for being here and for your courageous fight. Now, a lot of what we do, in fact most of what we do is about the future. If we pass a law here, it has an effect, but it's down the road. The major policy changes we effect are long term through the things that will effect our children and grandchildren and beyond. And I think it's important we remember that in everything we do. The challenges going forward, we also have, I mentioned a couple of initiatives. We probably need to make, priority number one, jobs in this state. What can we do to retain the industries, the companies, the businesses we have, and to recruit new ones. I pledge to you as your speaker I will do all I can in this body to make sure that we pass policies and laws that do just that. That we bring jobs to this state, that we keep taxes low, that we invest in infrastructure, and that we continue to move North Carolina forward. There are a lot of issues that will come up that frankly none of us are thinking of right now. And I'm sure when we do, we will deal with those the way we have. We will confront them directly, we will deal with one another candidly, and we will try to reach the best solution we can. At the end of the day, we need to listen to our constituents and make sure that we are in fact putting them first. Something speaker Tillis always said that I thought was always, was very appropriate was vote your conscience, vote your constituents, and then vote for your caucus. Vote in that order. Always put your principles above anything else, and then your, then your folks back home, and then your caucus at that point. I think if we all try to adhere to that it'll help the session, it'll help us all be even better members. I'll work this set out before us. We will work together and cordially. Every now and then we will disagree. Not as much as you would think. You know what, you see the media, you think we're up here fighting and arguing all of the time. That in fact isn't the case. I would say probably 85% of the time we're generally in agreement. It's that 15% that gets talked about a little more. And the key is when we get those 15% of the times when we disagree either between the parties or within the parties or who knows what, that we just do so respectfully with one another. I pledge to you as your Speaker to do that. I'm looking very forward to serving as your Speaker in this biennium. Looking forward to working with each and every member of this House. I want you to know that I consider this the highest honor for this job and I will give everything I can every day to make sure that we do it. Thank you. God bless you, and God bless this great state of North Carolina. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The member from Harnett

Representative ?? is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker, I have placed a resolution with the Clerk for consideration by this body. The Clerk will follow the resolution and assign a member. House resolution 1, ?? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Sponsor representative Lewis, a House resolution adopting the temporary rules of the House of Representatives for the 2015 Regular Session. The gentleman from Harvard has the floor to debate the resolution. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen, the House, I would like to direct your attention to the temporary rules of the House that are before you. In the effort to be expedient, I will point out to the members only the changes that are proposed in these temporary rules. On page 1, line 26, specifies that no votes will be taken on the House floor on Sundays. Page 1, lines 30 and 31 specifies that the House floor will be cleared of all non-members and staff 5 minutes prior to the convening of session. Page 3 — pardon me, ladies and gentlemen, page 5 — lines 8 through 11, this is a rule change that says, "If an amendment is offered, and it is the intent that the amendment do lay upon the table, that the amendment sponsor would be given at least 2 minutes to explain it prior to it being laid upon the table." I would also direct your attention on page 5, lines 46 and 47. This simply adds to the list the vice chair or chairs of the Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House. If the chair of the Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of House is not on the floor or unable to participate in debate, this makes clear that the vice chair would have the same authority to move the previous question. I would like to direct your attention to pages 9, 10, and the top of page 11. There are various changes to the committees. I'll be glad to go through those if members desire. On page 11, lines 24 through 27, this is also an empowering change in the rules for the members. This says that if there's a bill that two-thirds of the members of the committee are willing to sign a letter to the Chairman and ask for it to be heard, that the Chairman will place it upon the agenda for the next scheduled meeting of that committee. Members, I direct your attention to page 14, beginning at line 8 and going all the way down. These are largely — pardon me, these are purely technical changes conforming the dates for bill request to be filed, bill drafts to be requested, and ?? This conforms our rules to match this year's dates. I would also point out, on line 39 is a very small change that, recognizing that the House now uses the electronic dashboard, and it makes reference to following the bill electronically under procedures established and published by the Principal Clerk. Members, I would point out that on page 16, lines 14 and 15, there's also a change. This, too, is purely technical, reflecting the way the House does business now with the electronic dashboard. Members, on page 16, also, beginning at line 31, the old rules referenced a legislative commission that no longer exists. This simply conforms to the legislative — the Joint Legislative Commission on Government Operations, which, of course, does exist. Page 17, members, beginning on line 26, this is a substantial change that's a part of Speaker Moore's attempt to further empower and inform the membership and increase transparency. This will

Require that absent leave of the committee that proposed committee substitutes this going to be consider be sent to the members of the committee and the bill sponsor prior to 9 PM day before the bill will be heard. Mr. Speaker this concludes my presentation of bill I would respectfully asked that the members do vote to adopt the temporary rules. [speaker changed]For what purpose gentleman from Durham represent D.Hall ask? [speaker changed]speak on resolution. [speaker changed]Gentleman from the Durham has the floor to debate the resolution. [speaker changed]Thank you Mr. Speaker and representative Lewis thank you for your work on this particular resolution there is one item that had been concerned last session regarding the bill from the members and what effect that has on to those fully represent their community and constituents they served will certainly want to comment you on the changes that has been made that is one of the item still needs to be looked at know that these are temporary rules so all those supporting them is temporary rules are did want to raise concerned for all members of the body and off course put into official record for future consideration so thank you so much. [speaker changed] Further discussion further debate. Corco read the resolution second time. [speaker changed] House resolution adopting temporary rules of the house of the representatives of 2015 regular session [speaker changed] Further discussion further debate. If not so many are not favoring adoption of the resolution there is a proposal court will open to vote. The court will walk to machine and record the vote.199 having voted in affirmative and none in negative. House resolution one is adopted. Same will be ordered print. Next item on the agenda is the election of the speaker nomination. For what purpose gentleman from Guilford representative Faircloth rise. [Speaker changed] For nomination and speak in support. [speaker changed] The gentleman is recognized to submit the nomination this purpose in speak and support are same. [speaker changed] Thank you Mr. Speaker and the members of the house, honored guests, ladies and gentleman. Today it is indeed my high honor indistinct privilege to bring to this legislative body and place a nomination name of the gentleman from the Wake county the honorable Paul Stam for the office of speaker pro temporary of the North Carolina house .For those of us who been here for while no introduction of Paul Stam is necessary we know the gentleman and we know his love for and his dedication and his many contributions to this institution and to the state of North Carolina for those of you who are newly arrived members amongst us or who are visiting the people’s house today let me make a few points a public service is a desired quality Paul Stam may taste throughout his adult life a U.S marine serving his country a son is school teacher serving his church he is practiced and distinguished attorney serving his profession and his community and local expat leader serving his party are just a few examples with respect to this house representative Stam is in his 8th term and served as minority and majority leader and most recently as speaker for tam. Skip Stam is personally responsible for successful transformation of many of this chamber for being active and interested citizen candidates to become dedicated and effective legislators. His availability to offer advice his willingness to collaborate on bill of development his careful deliberation and honesty in his critique and his stressful cooperation within the crocus and across the hall has consistently resulted in quality legislation and best interest of those we served. Skipper is a teacher and a mentor and I personally thank him for that. I echoed an agree with the thoughts of the representative Nelson Dollar when he said that Paul Stam is qout.

A man of unshakeable character, after a difficult legislative battle when the rhetoric often became heated,Paul Stan is as quick to offer a smile and a handshake to his adversaries as he is to his allies. He serves as an example in our democratic process that you can fight passionately about deeply held beliefs. And when the battle is over, win or lose,he holds no grudges or ill toward his opponents in a campaign, in court, or in this chamber unquote. Paul Stan is not willing to take on an assignment to do just enough to fulfill to the job requirements, we can rest assured that if we see fit to elect him to this office, he will stand ready to assist our speaker and to participate in the leadership activities necessary to support us all in our duties and responsibilities. He will personally be involved in promoting meaningful policy development and will personally be participating in the furtherance of legislation in keeping with the strong conservative principles and his deep christian faith. I can think of no more qualified candidate no more concerned, inclusive member of the leadership team of this twenty fifteen/sixteen house then Paul Stan. For these reasons and more, I respectfully ask for the support of the members of this house to elect him as our Speaker Pro Tempore, thank you. SPEAKER CHANGES. For what purpose does the lady from Randolph represent? SPEAKER CHANGES. To second the nomination of representative Stan and speak to him. SPEAKER CHANGES. The lady from Randolph has the floor. SPEAKER CHANGES. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, of the house. Mr speaker and honored guest all of you this morning. I stand to nominate, second nomination for representative Paul Stan as speaker ?? of the North Carolina house and this one hundred and fifty second convening of the general assembly. Today representative Stan will begin serving his eighth term as a member of the House of Representatives.He is one of the most trusted and respected members of this body. I have served with him eight years and during that time he has served as minority leader, majority leader, and speaker Pro Tempore. His door is always open as all of you know and he will give you advice and answer your questions. He may not always agree with you but he respects you and will give you the truth. His integrity is beyond reproach and contrary to what some of you may think,he did not write the MagnaCarter. However, I'm sure he can read it. He is a go to person for anything pertaining to history and I have been honored to serve with him and could say so much more but I think you understand who he is and what he stands for. So I humbly ask you to join me in voting for representative Paul Stan for Speaker ?? of the North Carolina House of Representatives, I am proud to second the nomination, thank you. SPEAKER CHANGES. Are there further nominations for the office of speaker ?? ? For what purpose does the gentleman from Harnett representative of Louis rise? SPEAKER CHANGES. For a motion. SPEAKER CHANGES. Gentleman is recognized to state his motion. SPEAKER CHANGES. Mr Speaker, I move that nominations for Speaker Pro Tempore be closed and that representative Paul Stan of Wake County be elected Speaker Pro Tempore by acclimation for the two thousand fifteen, two thousand sixteen session of the North Carolina General Assembly. SPEAKER CHANGES. Is there objection? Hearing none the chair declares that the nomination is closed. All those in favor of the election of representative Paul Stan for Speaker Pro Tempore, the House of Representatives will say I. Those opposed will say no. The I's have it and representative Stan is elected as Speaker Pro Tempore for the twenty fifteen House of Representatives. [CLAPPING] [CLAPPING] The Chair directs the following members to escort the honorable Paul Stan to the ?? of the house. Representative Sparecrof, Pearly, Jackson, Katlin, Gill,and Fraley.If you all would assemble outside the large doors in the back. [BLANK AUDIO] If the escort

Committee would come forward. Representative ?? Stam is going to meet you here in the middle. He doesn’t want to walk that far. Committee would please come to order. The Oath of Office will be administered to Speaker Stam by Associate Justice Barbara Jackson of the North Carolina Supreme Court. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Raise your right hand. Do you, Paul Stam, solemnly and sincerely swear that you will support the Constitution of the United States, that you will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the state of North Carolina and to the Constitutional powers and authorities which are or may be established for the government thereof, and that you will endeavor to support, maintain and defend the Constitution of said state, not inconsistent with the Constitution of the United States, to the best of your knowledge and ability, so help you God? Do you swear that you will well and truly execute the duties of the office of Speaker Pro Tempore of the North Carolina House of Representatives according to the best of your skill and ability, according to law, so help you God? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I do. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman from Wake has the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] This paperwork thing again… Members, guests, Justices Edmonds, Newby and Jackson, I am especially pleased that former Speaker Pro Tempore Jack Hunt is here today. He and I served here together many years ago when I was young and he was distinguished. I accept your election. Two years ago on this occasion, I thanked my family and I used the examples of my eldest grandsons for some lessons in how we could do legislation better, but they’re here today and I’m not going to embarrass them, Aiden and Will, but this is a time to be reminded of first principles, and 2015 is the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, and members of the House would be shocked, shocked if I did not mention it and draft it into the service of the House. Magna Carta was a deal between the nobility and King John. He was in deep trouble and barely kept the crown and perhaps his life by making 63 campaign promises. In Section 25 he promised every county shall remain at its ancient rent without increase. Some issues never die. Tax increases and unfunded mandates were not invented last year. Litigation, then and now, requires years to complete. His campaign promise number 40 provides “To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice. Many of us are working now to realize that promise so that the resolution of criminal charges at least may require months and not years. In a day when the principles of free trade and free enterprise are attacked from the right and the left, King John’s campaign promise number 41 provides… and I should say this is all in Latin, so this is translated for all of us. Promise number 41 provided “All merchants may enter or leave England unharmed and without fear by land or water for purpose of trade, free from all illegal exactions, in accordance with ancient and lawful

Customs. Free trade, free enterprise have many friends, except when it's friends, think it damages their own pocketbooks. Eight hundred years ago the English realized that free trade and free enterprise are powerful engines of economic growth for the state as a whole. Environmental issues didn't just surface fifty years ago. Eight hundred years ago there were those advocating that the locking up of land from use by the public. Robin Hood and the sheriff of Nottingham came to blows over this provision. Of this question. Robin Hood won with campaign promise number forty seven provided this, all forests, remember he got exiled to the forest and he got in trouble for shooting the Kings deer, all forests that have been created in our range shall at once be disafforested and a similar course shall be followed with regard to riverbanks. I am not advocating today that we literally fulfill this campaign promise by eliminating the parks at Grandfather Mountain, places like that. Well, I'm just telling it's not a new issue. Religious liberty, is always an issue. In 1215 the first and last sections of Magna Carta protected the church from the government. In 2015 when the Little Sisters of the Poor, a charitable order of nuns, is threatened with massive fines by the federal government, we need a restoration of religious freedom. When we next reconvene on January 28th there will be a legislative rethink on that subject, open to all. And Magna Carta even addresses separation of powers, and I'm glad senator Tillis is here today, because he may get an idea here from promise number sixty one. North Carolina was perhaps the first state to place the principle of separation of powers in its constitution. On instruction, from the inhabitants represented ?? of Orange County to the provincial assembly in 1776. But what is the remedy for use or ?? of power by an executive like King John. Is it lawsuits? Magna Carta suggested a unique consequence. This requires not only a translation from Latin to English, but a paraphrase so that you may enjoy it. Senator Tillis take note. King John made campaign promise number sixty one. If we, or our attorney general, offend in any respect against any man, an offense is made known to the senate. That is, the 25 chosen ?? They shall come to us, or to the attorney general to declare it and claim immediate redress. And if we, or the attorney general make no redress within forty days, forty days, the senate may then distraint upon and assail us in every way possible with the support of the whole community of the land by seizing our castles, our lands our possessions and anything else, except only our own person and that of the first lady, and our children. Until they have secured such redress as they have determined upon. And having secured that redress, the senate may then resume its normal obedience to us. That would really turn things around in Washington. Let us enjoy the session as we address new challenges, new technology, new demographics and the ideas of new representatives. But old principles will often suggest the way forward. Thank you very much for your election. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Members the next item on our agenda is the election of a principal clerk. for what purpose does the lady from ?? representative Howard arise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mister speaker I'd like to place the name of Denise Weeks in nomination for the office of Principal clerk of the house [SPEAKER CHANGES] The lady from ?? is recognized

Has placed into nomination the name of Denise Weeks for Principal Clerk. The lady is recognized to debate the motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Yes, I. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Most of us know that change is ever present as we look around this body and seen new faces and new bodies, but some things are good that we wish to keep steady and constant, and over the past 22 years, Mrs. Weeks has served alongside the 400 men and women and the 7 speakers who have served before us. Mrs. Weeks is excellent and has the ability that has made her an institution in our honorable assembly and she is a strong pillar in our house. Through our most chaotic times, and we've had some, in proceedings over the past two decades, Denise Weeks has made sure that our calendars were printed, that the session bell always rings on time and our votes are counted. Her knowledge, her composure and particularly her integrity has earned the respect of this body and extensive national praise from all of her peers. Ms. Weeks is recognized as a leader throughout the country. She served as the President of the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries and she currently serves as the Vice Chair of [??] of Legislative Procedures Commission. Members of the House, it's an honor and a privilege for me to have this opportunity to nominate our friend and I feel our colleague to each of us, place the name of Denise Weeks in nomination for the office of House Principal Clerk. Her dedication, professionalism and efficiency certainly merits re-election to this great body. I ask for your support. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the gentleman from Durham County, Representative Michaux rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To second the nomination of Denise Weeks for Principal Clerk. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman has the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, honored guests, I've been around this body a little while and don't profess to know everything that goes on here. I've been described by newspapers as having been here since the ice age melting, but that's not quite true, Moses was in high school when I came, but there's one other person here, I've had the privilege of serving six governors, 11 speakers, but only three clerks. Three clerks. My first clerk was Joanne Smith in '73, my second clerk was Grace Collins, and the only clerk that I really know very well is Denise Weeks because she's been here about as long as I have, not quite as long, but just, but she's better looking than me. Denise has done a great job. I call her the 121st member of this body and the most important member of this body, and I say that because in her position she advises us, she tells us where we go wrong, she tells us what we should do, she tells us what we shouldn't do, and the funny thing about it is all of us listen to her. I call her an ego bust. If you are ever in this body and you can see a member storming down to the front because that member perceives a problem that he should have presented and he comes face to face with a smiley, cheerful Denise Weeks that says, "No, you're wrong." That's an ego buster. So, Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen, I am very pleased to second the nomination of Denise Weeks for the office of Principal Clerk of this House. She has done this state well, she has done the nation well, and I would hope that we would continue her service with this election. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] For what purpose does the gentleman from Harnett, Representative Lewis rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] For a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman may state his motion and is recognized to debate the motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I would move that nominations for the office of Principal Clerk

It closed and that Denise Weeks be elected by acclimation the principal clerk of the North Carolina House of Representatives of 2015-2016 session. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there objection? Here now the chair declares the nominations closed. Those in favor of the election of Denise Weeks as house principal clerk will say aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Those opposed no. The ayes have it and Denise Weeks is elected principal clerk by acclimation. Congratulations.[applause] Members pursuant to general statutes 120/5 the Speaker of the house of representatives is authorized to administer oaths for all officers of the house. You will place you left hand on the Bible raise your right. Do you Denise G. Weeks solemnly and sincerely that you will support the constitution of the United States. That you will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the state of North Carolina and to the constitutional powers and authorities which are or maybe established for the government thereof and that you will endeavor to support maintain and defend the constitution of the United States to the best of your knowledge and ability, so help you God. Do you further swear that you will well and truly execute the duties of the office of principal clerk of the North Carolina House of Representatives according to the best of your skill and ability according to law so help you God. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I do so help me God. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Congratulations.[SPEAKER CHANGES]Thank you. [applause] [SPEAKER CHANGES] I wish you all could see this script sometimes. I really do. ?? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Speaker Moore. Speaker pro tempore Stan and members of the house and former members who are here, I really appreciate seeing you here today. Representatives Howard and ?? I really appreciate your kind words and I thank you for your support and continuing to support me as clerk. I thank you for your vote of confidence in me and my abilities and I do truly love this institution. I'm honored to begin service in the 12th term as your clerk and I appreciate the support and the encouragement that you've given me through the years. I want to say a special thanks to my staff who I could not do my job without. The support of my family and especially my husband for his patience and understanding. Thank you. [applause] [SPEAKER CHANGES] Members pursuant to house rule 45 the chair appoints Garland Shepard to serve as the Sargent in arms for the 2015 session of the House of Representatives. Garland Congratulations. [applause] Mr.Shepard.[SPEAKER CHANGES] I'm a little new to this. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Do you Garland D. Shepard solemnly and sincerely swear that you will support the constitution of the United States. That you will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the sate of North Carolina and to the constitutional powers and authorities which are or may be established for the government thereof. And that you will endeavor to support, maintain and defend the Constitution of said state not inconsistent with the Constitution

of the United States, to the best of your knowledge and ability, so help you God. Do you further swear that you will well and truly execute the duties of the office of Sargeant at Arms of the North Carolina House of Representatives according to the best of your skill and ability, according to law, so help you God. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I do. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Congratulations. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The gentleman from ??, Representative Hagar, is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I move that rule 52 be suspended to the end that we may extend courtesies to the floor and gallery to some special guests. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Without objection, so moved. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, members and guests, it is my honor to extend the courtesy of the floor to your family, Mr. Speaker, ?? and Wilson Moore. You guys, thank you for being here today. Your mother and father, Jean and Rick Moore. Thank you, guys. Carla, Sarah, and Lilly ??. Sister and nieces. Jean and Gail McLusky, lifelong friends from Idaho. I think they get the longest trip, don't they? Thank you guys for coming today. And to other special members: I've got Uncle Bill and Aunt Brenda Seller. Thank you, guys. Aunt Doris Wells, and her daughter Gloria, your cousin. Jason ??, who also has something to do with local government in Clinton County, I think. Alyssa Conacher Cobel, friend. Alan Langley. And I know Alan brought your son here, so we appreciate him bringing him here, which was in driver's ed. Commissioners of the city of King's Mountain. Mayor Field Murphy. Rick Murphy, excuse me. Clinton County board of commissioners, Clinton County water district commissioners, other cousins from Clinton County, and Jeb and Carol Brissel. Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I am glad. Congratulations. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you. The announcement of caucus leadership: Representative Hagar is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The republican house caucus is organized, consists of 75 members of this body, and is eager and ready to implement a vision of economic success for this great state and its citizens. Our leadership team includes Representative Marilyn ??, Deputy Majority Leader. Representative John Bell, Majority Whip. Representative Pat Hurley, Joint Caucus Leader. Representative Charles Jeter, Conference Leader. Representative John ??, Majority Freshman Leader. Representative John Bradford, Majority Freshman Whip. Mr. Speaker, the republican caucus stands ready. [SPEAKER CHANGES] ??, the gentleman from Durham, Representative Hall, rise, to annouce the democratic caucus membership. The gentleman has the floor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker, members of the house, on behalf of the 45 duly elected democratic member of the house, representing approximately 4 million voting age citizens of North Carolina, and committed to the cause of a great state going forward, I announce the leadership of the democratic caucus. Leader, Representative Larry Hall from Durham. Deputy Leader, Susan Fisher, representative from ?? County. Secretary, Bobby Richardson, representative from Franklin County. Democratic Conference Chairs, Representative ?? Pierce, from Hoke, Robertson, and Scotland counties. Representative ?? Martin, from Wake county. Executive Liaisons, H.M. Nicki ?? from Durham County. Representative Michael Ray from North Hampton, Vance, and Warren county. And our freshman conference co-chairs, Representative Robert Reeves, and Representative Grey Meyer. Mr. Speaker, the democratic caucus stands ready as well to move North Carolina forward and to ensure that the citizens that we so ably represent, who elected us, as democratic members to this house, are represented in a fashion that they will be proud of and benefit from in years to come. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you. ?? has chosen to take just a moment of personal privilege to recognize, by name and number, the former members that I see. I see Wayne Goodman, who is our insurance commissioner and a former house member. Wayne, we're glad to have you here today, and we thank you for your service.

[Applause] And I see a group from my freshman class, from 2002, and they're all seated together because they're usually troublemakers. I think that's the reason they're all there, but I wanna recognize them by name. Fred Stein, of course, who's no stranger, who works there in the Governor's office, Bill Dautridge, who is a secretary of administration, Karen Ray who we see from time to time and can tell you everything you want to know about motorsports and my good friend Bonda Stiller from Southport. We thank you all for being here. It's good to see you. None of you look a day older than when we first came here. It's good to see you. Thanks for being here. [Applause] The 2015 House of Representatives being organized and ready to proceed with public business, the chair orders that a special message be sent to the Senate so advising that honorable body. Correspondence from the gallery, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The state of North Carolina, Office of the Governor, Pat McCrory, Governor, December 11, 2014, Lieutenant Governor Dan Forrest, President of the Senate, 301 North Bond Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601, the honorable Phil Berger, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, 16 West Jones Street Room 2008, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601, the honorable Tom Tillis, Speaker of the House, 16 West Jones Street Room 2304, Raleigh, North Carolina 2601. Dear Lieutenant Governor Forrest, President Pro Tempore Berger and Speaker Tillis, Pursuant to North Carolina General Statue Section 7A-45.1A10, I hereby nominate and submit for confirmation Special Superior Court Judge Gregory McGuire to fill the vacancy created by the September 30, 2014 retirement of former Special Superior Court Judge John Jolly. Judge McGuire is currently a Special Superior Court judge in Wake County, filling the unexpired term of former Special Superior Court Judge Lisa Bell. Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute Section 7A-45.3, Chief Justice Martin designated Judge McGuire as a business court judge on October 13, 2014. Upon Judge McGuire's confirmation to Judge Jolly's seat, I intend to ask Chief Justice Martin to continue Judge McGuire's designation as a business court judge. Judge McGuire is well qualified for this position by his education and experience and I am grateful for his willingness to serve the state of North Carolina in this important capacity. Enclosed you will find biographical information for Judge McGuire. Please feel free to contact my staff for any additional information. Sincerely, Pat McCrory, Governor. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The notice for appointment and the request for confirmation is referred to the committee on rules, calendar and operation of the House. Resolution from the Town of Bering. Resolution, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] A resolution supporting a statewide national ban on non-theraputic uses of antibiotics in livestock production. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The resolution will be on file in the clerk's office. Members, at this time I would ask that the gentleman from Harnett, Representative Lewis approach the desk and accept his gavel as the chairman of the committee on rules, calendar and operations of the House. [Applause] Now that you have the gavel, we're putting you to work. Gentlemen, the member from Harnett, Representative Lewis is recognized. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Speaker, I have placed a resolution with the clerk for consideration by the body. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The clerk will file the resolution and assign a number, House Joint Resolution 2, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] A joint resolution adjourning the 2015 regular session if the General Assembly to a date certain as provided by law. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Lewis is recognized to explain the resolution. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker and members. The resolution you have before you simply stipulates that when this House adjourns today we will, that the General Assembly, and the Senate concurs with this, that the General Assembly will be adjourned and reconvene 12 o'clock noon Wednesday, January 28, 2015. I would respectfully ask for your support of this resolution. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further discussion, further debate? If not, the question before the House is the adoption of House Joint Resolution 2 on its second reading. Those in favor will vote aye, those opposed will vote no, the clerk will open the vote.

Court of the law machine recorded 119 having voted in affirmative and non in the negative has toward resolution passes second reading without objection you read the third time [Speaker changed] House resolved senate concurrent [Speaker changed] further discussion further debate. Not a question before the house is the passage of resolution 2 on his 3rd reading all in favor say Aye. [Speaker changed] Aye [Speaker changed] Are those in No. Yes now house on Resolution 2 passes his third reading will be sent to Senate by special message. I would like to thank David Daryl from the department of transportation Harold Arlington from the department of agriculture Dwayne House Senior and Alice loof for taking photographs and video today thank you all for being here and service you vended to us today to do so. Notices and announcements also you have to recognize we have a nurse. Nurses for the day and we are glad nobody fell on the ice we are glad we didn’t need your services today but many regard from here thank you for being here. Members on the behalf of the gentleman from Wake representative Pendleton ??? happy birthday to Pendleton and his wife .Wish you happy birthday today. Now this is an announcement for what purpose gentlemen from Durham Hall ask? [Speaker changed]One announcement [Speaker changed] Gentleman forward for announcement [Speaker changed] Thank you Mr. Speaker Democratic caucus will meet at 11 Am on January 28th 14.25 will be our pre meeting to resolution of some items left regarding membership elections. [Speaker changed] For what purpose gentleman from Rutherford representative Hager ask? [Speaker changed] I have an announcement Mr. Speaker [Speaker changed] Gentleman forward for announcement [Speaker changed] I would like for all republican caucus members to assemble at the 1st floor in front of the red carpet’s step for pitcher right after session. [Speaker changed] For what purpose gentleman from Cabarrus representative Pittman rise? [Speaker changed] For my personal privilege. [Speaker changed] Gentleman has it [Speaker changed] Thank you sir you and my colleagues for being here today have some other congratulations I have to stand anybody who is wearing red and black today you didn’t do it for this reason you may not realizes but you are wearing my high school colors and I like to offer congratulations to my New Bern high school and New Bern bears football team won the state flag championship in the recent football season this is the fourth championship they won since 2007 I am proud of them thank you. [Speaker changed] For what purpose gentleman from Wake representative Martin rise? [Speaker changed] For my personal privilege. [Speaker changed] Gentleman has it [Speaker changed] Members hope you will be with on this happy day on this slightly sad note last week Col. Robert Cartel died of cancer. Col.Cartel served as deputy staff judge of 18th Airborne Corp went to Afghanistan with me had a short but hard fought battle with cancer he is one of the funniest and Candice man I ever know his brother and his family live in North Carolina Lexington and asked you to keep all his family and friends in thoughts and prayers. Thank you [Speaker changed] For what purpose gentleman from Moore representative Boles rise? [Speaker changed] For my personal privilege. [Speaker changed] Gentleman has its moment of personal privilege [Speaker changed] Thank you as earlier introduce constituent of mine Mr. Cooper Arlington now just like to say that if he had the microphone he will leave you with these words if you pray for me I pray for you Thank you [Speaker changed] For what purpose gentleman from Scotland representative Pierce rise? [Speaker changed] For announcement Mr. Speaker. [Speaker changed] Gentleman has force for announcement [Speaker changed] Announcement about congratulation to you also nearly after we adjourned I will be highly obliged cops will be having reception in room 1425 all you to welcome combine fellowship with us as guest. Thank you Mr. Speaker [Speaker changed] For what purpose gentleman from Harnett representative Lewis rise? [Speaker changed] An announcement

Has the floor for an announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker, Members, thank to the leadership of the lady from Mecklenberg, Representative Cotham, Room 1228 has been established as a sort of makeshift nursery or as she referred to it, a crying room. I was there myself earlier this morning. It is for, it, of course, is a place for kids. I know we have a lot of kids in this room. Many of them are getting tired. If they'd like to go down there, thanks to Representative Cotham there's some really cool toys and stuff, so [??] and just for all the members please feel free to visit that room. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Further notices and announcements. Seeing none, the gentleman from Harnett, Representative Lewis is recognized for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I move that the house do now adjourn, in memory of Miss Odelle Farmer, mother of Representative Farmer-Butterfield, Mr. Ed Haines, Sr., father of Representative Haines, Mr. Alan Coscatin, father of Representative Fisher, Miss Helen Jeeter, mother of Representative Jeeter, Mr. Donny Ray Lewis, father of Representative Lewis, Miss Jackie Iler and Miss Nancy Cleveland and subject to ratifications of resolutions and messages from the Senate, to reconvene Wednesday January 28 at 12:00 noon. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Lewis moves, seconded by Representative Stam, that the House do now adjourn in memory of Mrs Odelle Farmer, mother of Representative Farmer-Butterfield, Mr. Ed Haines, Sr., father of Representative Haines, Mr. Donny Ray Lewis, father of Representative Lewis, Mr. Alan Coscatin, father of Representative Fisher, Miss Helen Jeeter, mother of Representative Jeeter, Miss Jackie Iler wife of Representative Iler and Miss Nancy Cleveland, wife of Representative Cleveland and subject to ratifications of resolutions and messages from the Senate, to reconvene Wednesday January 28 at 12:00 noon. So many favoring the motion will say aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Those opposed, no. The ayes have it and the House stands adjourned. [inaudible crosstalk, sounds of people leaving the chamber]